A “little orchestra” mingles with a grand orchestra sure to make for an explosive evening. The talented Jerry Steichen conducts … he’s got a nice brass! The bestest of the best is Kurt Bestor when it comes to crooning holiday melodies, so get the holiday season off and running with two fantabulous concerts.
12Friday — Utah Symphony Presents Pink Martini
Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, 8pm, through Saturday. Tickets $18-85, arttix.org
18Thursday — Kurt Bestor
Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, times vary, through Saturday. Tickets $20-36, arttix.org
The language of ballet presents its version of the classic holiday story, a crowd-pleaser for the whole family. The off-beat language of Derryl Yeager and the amazing dancers of Odyssey Dance Theatre presents its quirky version of the classic ballet.
5Friday — The Night Before Christmas
Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, times vary, through Saturday. Tickets $12, arttix.org
17Wednesday — ReduxNut-Cracker
Kingsbury Hall, 1395 Presidents Circle, UofU, 7:30pm, through Dec. 23. Tickets $20-40, kingtix.com
Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott and Dominic West star in this film based on a true story. Gay activists work to help miners during their strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in 1984 England.
5Friday — Pride
The Prospector, 2175 Sidewinder Dr., Park City, times vary, through Dec. 7. Tickets $7-8, parkcityfilmseries.com
Hmmm…if I had to only pick one of these shows to see, it would be a daunting task. I mean Michael Jackson, Jane Lynch or a group of circus freaks like on American Horror Story, poor Matt Bomer, these are tough acts to choose from. Well, with MJ being dead and all, and that I’m scared of the circus, I guess I would pick Jane (I do love me them lesbian folk).
26Friday — Who’s Bad? The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute
Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City, 8pm through Saturday. Tickets $29-35, egyptiantheatrecompany.org
30Tuesday — Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk
Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City, 7:30pm. Tickets $39-69, firstname.lastname@example.org
31Wednesday — An Evening with Jane Lynch
Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City, 8pm. Tickets $40-165, email@example.com
It’s all about the Plan-B. When I first saw the name Christmas with Misfits, I thought Club Try-Angles was throwing a Xmas party for its staff and clientele. Sorely saddened I was wrong, but hey, the play sounds fun too. Marry Christmas debuts and is directed by my high school classmate — ohhh, the things we did in that tent!! — Jason Bowcutt. Its short run will raise funds for Restore Our Humanity.
11Thursday — Christmas with Misfits
Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, 8pm, through Dec. 21. Tickets $20, arttix.org
20Saturday — Marry Christmas
Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, times vary, through Dec. 23. Tickets $20, arttix.org