More happenings: A humungous list of area holiday events
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The calendar does not lie. It's December. Time to dive headlong into that cool pool of Christmas spirit.
So what's to see and do and hear in the metro area that will help us get in a ho-ho-holiday mood?
No worries, Noelle. Got ya covered, Rudolph.
We made a list. You can check it twice.
Add mistletoe and eggnog, and you're at least halfway there.
“Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol”
Where: Blue Barn Theatre, 614 S. 11th St.,
When: through Dec. 22.
Tickets: $25 adults, $20 students and senior citizens.
Information: 402-345-1576 or bluebarn.org
Tom Mula wrote the classic Charles Dickens tale from the viewpoint of Marley rather than Scrooge, and audience imagination is called for in place of detailed scenery and costumes. A Blue Barn co-founder returns as Marley, after the show was a big Blue Barn hit in 2010.
“A Christmas Carol”
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St., Hawks Mainstage
When: through Dec. 23.
Tickets: before Dec. 15: $35 adults, $24 students; Dec. 15 onward: $39 adults, $28 students. Information: 402-553-0800 or omahaplayhouse.com.
It always works. The Playhouse's traditional holiday show based on Charles Dickens' classic tale opens its 38th annual run. Jerry Longe returns as Scrooge for the eighth year.
“Bang, Zoom, to the Moon!”
Where: Circle Theater at Central Presbyterian Church, 726 S. 55th St.
When: Friday through Dec. 21.
Tickets, dinner and show: $25 adults, $23 senior citizens, $20 students
Show only: $15 adults, $13 senior citizens, $10 students
Information: 402-553-4715 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy holly bush! Santa's been captured by moon creatures! Omaha actor David Sindelar wrote this play, in which St. Nick's Christmas deliveries are in jeopardy. The one-act shares the bill with a “Waiting for Godot” parody, “Waiting for Gordy” by Omaha playwright Doug Marr.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
Where: Chanticleer Theater, 830 Franklin Ave. in Council Bluffs
When: Dec. 13 through 15
Information: 712-323-9955 or chanticleertheater.com
The rough-and-tumble Herdman kids bully their way into the annual Sunday school nativity play, causing the church ladies and minister to fear the worst pageant ever. The Sunday school teacher, however, remains optimistic.
“Black Nativity,” opens Friday. This semi-biographical musical movie is based on a play by the great black writer Langston Hughes. Jacob Latimore plays the streetwise Baltimore kid who's sent to New York City for Christmas to spend time with relatives. Langston hates the strict Rev. Cobbs and his wife (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). He just wants to return to his mother (Jennifer Hudson). En route he learns about faith and family. Rated PG, it also includes Mary J. Blige in the cast.
“Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas”
“Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas,” opens Dec. 13. Perry dons a dress again to play straight-talking, ever-popular Madea. This time the feisty lady gets talked into helping a friend spread some cheer by paying a surprise visit to her daughter in a small town. Chad Michael Murray and Larry the Cable Guy join in the PG-13 merriment.
CLASSICAL & DANCE
“Holiday Under Glass”
Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.,
When: noon Wednesdays and Fridays through Dec. 20.
Information: 402-342-3300 or joslyn.org.
Drop into Joslyn Art Museum this month for a series of lunch-hour holiday concerts, including choral groups from Grace University, Central High School, Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Lunch is available for purchase from Joslyn's Cafe Durham. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for donation to Food Bank for the Heartland.
Where: Bellevue Little Theatre, 203 W. Mission Ave., Bellevue,
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 6 through 15.
Information: 855-222-2849 or web.tututix.com.
Ever After Productions presents its seventh annual “Nutcracker Delights,” a blend of theater and ballet drawn from E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” A cast of dancers, actors, singers and fencers delivers the backstory to the classic tale, set to the traditional Tchaikovsky score.
Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.
When: Dec. 7 and 8.
Tickets: $25 to $59
Information: 402-342-3560 or balletnebraska.org
Ballet Nebraska delivers the enchanting holiday staple that blends fantasy and reality in the story of young Clara and her journey through a wondrous dream world populated by toys come to life, an army of mice, dancing snowflakes and the dazzling Sugar Plum Fairy.
“Omaha Symphony Christmas Spectacular”
Where: Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.
When: Dec. 12 through 15
Tickets: $19 to $83
Information: 402-342-3560 or omahasymphony.org
The Omaha Symphony's annual holiday tradition continues with this year's installment of the family-friendly concert, complete with new musical arrangements, an audience sing-along, live reindeer, dancing Santas and Dave Webber. Led by resident conductor Ernest Richardson and directed by New York-based Broadway singer Peter Lockyer, this year's event also calls for a 100 percent chance of indoor snow.
“Christmas at the Cathedral”
Where: St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St.
When: 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
Tickets: $18 to $30
The Omaha Symphonic Chorus teams up with the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra for the 18th annual “Christmas at the Cathedral” concert, featuring guest appearances by St. Cecilia organist Marie Rubis Bauer and UNO modern dance ensemble, The Moving Company.
Toy Drive for Pine Ridge
When: Dec. 8
Where: Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St.
The 11th annual Toy Drive for Pine Ridge is an all-day event this year. The toy drive, organized by local musician Larry Dunn (sometimes known as Lash Larue), collects hundreds of toys that are delivered to children at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, one of the nation's poorest areas. Admission is $15 with an additional $5 to participate in a potluck buffet, and donations of new, unwrapped toys are also appreciated. Most everything involved in the production, including the fees for the venues and most of the bands, is being donated, so your money will go straight to the toy drive.
Now That's What I Call a Metal Christmas
When: Dec. 14
Where: The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
Popular Omaha metal band Byleth leads a slate of local metal groups including Superior, The Matador, Awaiting Eli and When Towers Fall.
Omahype's Holiday Rock-N-Shop
When: Dec. 14
Where: Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.
Rock out and get some shopping done at the same time at the fourth annual Rock-N-Shop. Local designers, craft-makers and arts organizations will have tables and booths set up for you to peruse while local groups All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, John Klemmensen and April Faith-Slaker perform on Slowdown's stage.
A Pathfinder Christmas
When: Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 15050 West Maple Road
The Pathfinder Chorus boasts more than 90 members, so just imagine how pretty all your favorite Christmas songs are going to sound. Plus, it's a benefit concert for Goodfellows. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the charity, which provides holiday meals, clothing and emergency assistance to those less fortunate.
When: Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St.
Wynonna Judd and her band, The Big Noise, will perform her "A Simpler Christmas" concert featuring Christmas classics, Wynonna's own holiday songs and some of her big hits. Check out next
Shaun Johnson and the Big Band Experience
When: Dec. 18
Where: Joslyn Art Museum's Witherspoon Concert Hall
Johnson is the lead singer of Minnesota a capella quartet Tonic Sol-Fa, and he's coming to Omaha with his Big Band Experience for a charity concert benefiting the Open Door Mission. Johnson started a charity tour last year and is continuing it this holiday season with a show full of new songs and plenty of horns.
When: Dec. 21
Where: Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.
Omaha funk and jam band Blue Martian Tribe brings its annual Frostival celebration back to Slowdown. The night usually features half a dozen bands capped off with a captivating headlining performance by Blue Martian Tribe. Cost is $15 at the door, but you can drop that to $10 if you bring a new, unwrapped toy or five cans of food.
When: Dec. 7
Where: Beer Corner USA, 3578 Farnam St.
Grab tickets now for Beer Corner's 7th Annual Holiday Beerfest. Close to 100 holiday beers will be available to sample, and you'll go home with a souvenir tasting glass. Drinks are unlimited with the purchase of a $23 ticket.
Miss Merry Christmas Pageant
When: Dec. 8
Where: The Max, 1417 Jackson St.
Work it in the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant or simply watch these ladies strut their stuff. RuPaul's Drag Race contestant The Princess will be on hand. The winner walks away with $300.
When: Dec. 14
Where: downtown Benson, omahasantacon.com.
Borrow Uncle Pete's Santa costume or throw on your ugliest holiday sweater. You'll need it to take part in this holiday-themed Benson pub crawl. The event starts up in Benson at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the night.
When: Dec. 18, 8 p.m.
Where: Wilson & Washburn, 1407 Harney St.
Hang out at the downtown gastropub and listen to holiday tunes by Ars Cantus Antiquitas. The group performs modernizations of classical, baroque and other early forms of music.
GUNK presents Murray X-Mas
When: Dec. 27
Where: House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St.
Throw on your best Bill Murray get-up and head out to this unconventional Christmas celebration. DJs Kobrakyle and $pencelove will be on the tables helping you dance the holidays away.