Arts roundup: 'Nutcracker' performances start this weekend
BY JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Thursday, November 29, 2012
11/29/12 at 5:59 AM
Things get cracking once again around here - as evidenced by three different variations of "The Nutcracker" that one might take in this weekend.
If you want live and local, there's the South Tulsa Children's Ballet production of "A Children's Nutcracker," with performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the VanTrease PACE, 10300 E. 81st St. Tickets are $15-$25. 918-595-7777, tulsaworld.com/mytix
If you're into live performance and don't care from whence it comes, the Moscow Ballet will bring its touring production of "The Great Russian Nutcracker" to the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., for one performance only, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. In addition to the touring dancers, this production will feature about 25 students from Tahlequah's Academy of Performing Arts. Tickets are $33.50-$76. 918-495-6000, tulsaworld.com/mabee
And if virtual reality is your thing, the Cinemark Tulsa will be showing "The Nutcracker Mariinsky Ballet," a 3-D film of a 2011 performance of this ballet in the theater where it debuted in 1892. Tickets are available at the door or at tulsaworld.com/fathomevents
Or just wait until the following weekend, when Tulsa Ballet opens its newly revised production of "The Nutcracker" at the Tulsa PAC ...
The Tulsa Symphony is off to see the Wizard this weekend as it presents "The Wizard of Oz," the classic 1939 film with live musical accompaniment. The performance begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tulsa PAC, 101 E. Third St. Tickets are $15-$70. 918-596-7111, tulsaworld.com/mytix
Singer, songwriter, novelist, cat-lover and the man who might have been the governor of Texas, Kinky Friedman, will make Tulsa a stop on his Hanukkah Tour, appearing 7 p.m. Monday at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St. Proceeds from Friedman's concert will go to the Jazz Hall's educational programs. Tickets are $16-$50. 918-281-8600, tulsaworld.com/mytix
One of the few major artists of the American West whose work is NOT represented in the Gilcrease Museum's collection is the subject of the exhibit opening Sunday at the museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road.
"Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey" is a retrospective of this California artist, with more than 100 objects, from paintings and sketches to photographs and items from the artist's studio. The exhibit will be on display through March 24. 918-596-2700, tulsaworld.com/gilcrease
Jean Shepherd's "A Christmas Story," about a young boy's wish to find an authentic Red Ryder BB gun under his Christmas tree, has become a contemporary holiday classic.
Encore Theatre Arts presents the stage adaptation of this story with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Doenges Theatre, Tulsa PAC, 110 E. Second St. Tickets are $11-$16. 918-596-7111, tulsaworld.com/mytix.
The Council Oak Men's Chorale will present its unique take on music of the season with "Zinga!" at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 7-8 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 501 S. Cincinnati Ave.
The concert will feature such selections as "A la Nanita Nana" and "Carol of the Birds," spirituals such as "African Noel" and "Mary Sat a-Rockin," as well as "Deck the Halls," "Let it Snow" and "Please Come Home for Christmas."
Tickets are $15 at the door.
The M.A. Doran Gallery, 3509 S. Peoria Ave., hosts its annual Small Works Show, featuring small-scale paintings, jewelry, crafts and ornaments by gallery artists. Opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Thursday, and the show runs through December.
For the past 26 years, the Herdman family has been wreaking theatrical havoc each holiday season, thanks to Clark Theatre's annual production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." This popular comedy about the worst kids in town and how they manage to disrupt everyone's holiday will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 7-8, 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 9, at the Henthorne PAC, 4825 S. Quaker Ave. Tickets are $7-$10. 918-746-5065.
Tulsa artist Phill Cooper will be sharing "Big Stuff" with visitors to the Tulsa PAC this December. Cooper's paintings play whimsically with perspective, so that relatively small objects appear gigantic against the landscape. The show in on display at the Tulsa PAC gallery, 101 E. Third St., through Dec. 30.
Original Print Headline: Tis the season for 'Nutcracker'
James D. Watts Jr. 918-581-8478
Tulsa Ballet opens its revised production of "The Nutcracker" at the PAC Dec. 8. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World