When the word extreme--whether spelled correctly or cutely--precedes the name of an item or a crazy sports competition, it usually indicates that the item will be painfully spicy or the event will be rife with death-defying stunts. Or it might just be a way to give an event an adorably alliterative title. Case in point: Curtis Stigers' annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza. And although it's a highly anticipated event each year, this time Stigers is definitely working toward "extreme."
The internationally famous singer/songwriter/saxophonist always throws this annual festive holiday party at the Egyptian Theatre and asks the Fool Squad's Joe Golden and Tom Willmorth to assist him in hosting duties. He then invites several local luminaries to share the stage, and for a few hours, everyone laughs and plays and sings and shimmies and shakes until they can't shimmy or shake anymore. For the last four years, that's pretty much how it has been. The problem is that with so many performers, someone has to go on late. And tickets sell out so quickly, somebody is always left wanting. So Stigers came up with terrifically smart plan for this year's event: Do it twice.
That's right. The fifth annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza will take place on both Sunday, Dec. 19, and Monday, Dec. 20, meaning the acts will be spread across the two nights and twice as many people can attend. But what that really means is that Interfaith Sanctuary, where 100 percent of the event's proceeds always go, will receive double the usual donation. Now that is xtremely generous.