Holiday Happenings: It's time for OBT's 'Nutcracker'
Holiday fun continues in the next week. What's going on? Here are a few things:
• The 39th annual Safeway Providence Festival of Trees will be broadcast live on KATU-TV (2), 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. Three design teams will share what it takes to create the trees every year; there'll also be music performances.
• Oregon Symphony's holiday concerts continue at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway: "Comfort & Joy: A Classical Christmas," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8; "Gospel Christmas With the Oregon Symphony," featuring the Northwest Community Gospel Chorus returning for its 22nd annual performance, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 10-11 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12; "It's a Wonderful Life in Concert," with the symphony playing the score and the classic movie showing on a big screen, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13; "A Very Merry Christmas Concert With Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez," a multicultural experience with classical, pop, jazz, swing and show tunes, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15.
For more: www.orsymphony.org.
• Portland Gay Men's Chorus sings holiday favorites and winter tunes, 8 p.m. Dec. 10-12 at Newmark Theater, 1111 S.W. Broadway.
• The Holiday Art & Craft Market is tabbed as the city's biggest arts and crafts market, drawing hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors to Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dec. 10-12.
• Oregon Ballet Theatre, under the direction of new Artistic Director Peter Franc and featuring several new dancers, presents its annual holiday show, "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker," Dec. 11-26 (excluding Christmas Day) at Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St. Join Marie and her charming Nutcracker Prince as they are swept away by dancing snowflakes to a magical land of sweets ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy, all to the music of Tchaikovsky's score.
• The Cinnamon Bear has been a holiday tradition in the Northwest for more than 80 years, and it returns to Oaks Amusement Park dance pavilion, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 18-19. Kids can enjoy a live musical production with the Cocklebur Cowboys singing with old friend Paddy O'Cinnamon.
• In Lake Oswego, the Willamette Shore Trolley, 311 N. State St., takes visitors on a yuletide ride with holiday lights, games, sweet treats, carols and more — and maybe a guest from the North Pole — starting at 11 a.m. Dec. 11.
• Portland Symphonic Choir continues its holiday tradition with its Wintersong concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at First Presbyterian Church, 1200 S.W. Alder St.
• Portland entertainer Tony Starlight puts on his Christmas show at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 12. It's a throwback show with tunes by Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Gene Autry and Frank Sinatra; Starlight also performs songs from holiday TV specials of the past.
— Jason Vondersmith
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