Friday, December 3, 2010

The Christmas Show Calendar Spectacular

McCall's Magazine Cover, 1939, from the George Eastman House Collection
'Tis the season for shopping, yes, but it's also the season for special holiday performances at local theaters and symphony halls. Here’s a long list of local goings-on—there's plenty of options for entertaining in-laws, or better yet, yourself. Happy Holidays!

For a Country Christmas…
Austin-based singer-songwriter Bruce Robison and his wife (also a singer-songwriter) Kelly Willis take over the Wyly Theatre Proscenium, playing holiday favorites as well as original songs from their own albums. December 18, 8 pm.
Sit back and enjoy the Dallas-born country singer's original cowboy poetry, plus songs from the Old West—and of course, Christmas tunes. December 14, 7 pm.

For a Classic Christmas…
Check out the Christmas Pops with Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlischat and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. (December 3 and 4, 8 pm.) The DSO is also putting on their annual Christmas Celebration, this time with an all-new roster of carols featuring the Dallas Symphony Chorus and a children's choir. Those with kids in tow, take note—Santa will make an appearance. (December 9-19) And on the 26th and 27th, DSO will be playing holiday classics from Mannheim Stemroller

From now until the 24th, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is playing at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kalita Humphreys Theater downtown.

See the Texas Ballet Theatre's performance of The Nutcracker from now through December 5 at the Winspear Opera House, and December 10-24 at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. 

A traveling showcase of four spectacular voices, the Canadian Tenors join the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for their American debut, at Bass Performance Hall. December 21, 8 pm.

Don't miss Christmas at the Meyerson with the Dallas Wind Symphony: a festive night complete with audience sing-a-longs. December 21, 8 pm.

For a Jazzy Christmas…
Every Thursday night the Dallas Museum of Art hosts Thursday Night Live, but on December 23, Len Barnett and Friends will put on a holiday-themed jazz set, starting at 6 p.m.

University of North Texas jazz ensemble the One O'Clock Lab Band presents a set list of holiday favorites, as well as some of their own tunes, at the McDavid Studio in Fort Worth. December 17, 8 pm.

For a Kid-Friendly Christmas…
The Dallas Arboretum has a whole slew of special events, starting with a collection of Santa figurines from private collections on display at the on-site DeGolyer Estate (an exquisitely up-kept 1940 mansion), now through January 2. Kids who tour the exhibit will get a scavenger hunt sheet to mark sightings of specific Santas. Also, a photographer will be on site every day from 11 am – 3 pm through December 23 for photos with Santa in the garden (a lovely alternative to the usual crowded department store setting!).

Meet cast members from How the Grinch Stole Christmas prior to their December 7 opening night performance, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s free tree lighting, set to the tune of local choir and string ensembles. December 7, 6 pm., at Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park. 

See Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the Winspear Opera House. December 7-12.

For an Upbeat Christmas...
Sip a martini and settle in for an evening with Ricki Derek, of The Mansion bar fame, for his Merry Little Christmas Show at the Lakewood Theater. Expect an energetic set of big band classics and original arrangements with holiday flair. December 18, 9 pm.

Don’t miss the Brave Combo Holiday Extravaganza at the McDavid Studio in Fort Worth—a special performance by the Denton-based alt-polka band. Hear their takes on the classics, plus their own yuletide tunegs. December 10, 8 pm.

For an Artsy Christmas...
The Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co. is an inventive, fast-paced performance group that melds dance, pneumatics, and gymnastics with inflatable outfits and props. See this one-of-a-kind holiday show at Bass Performance Hall. December 13, 6:30 pm.

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