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Jessica Taylor plays love doctor in Stolen Shakespeare Guild’s Emma.

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WED ▪ 10 Why do we need a 3D film to appreciate art that was painted on flat surfaces? We don’t know, but The Vatican Museums 3D intends to give a guided tour of the institution for the benefit of people who can’t make it...


TBT’s hilarious satire The Nutty Nutcracker will be part of the Nutcracker festivities this month.

Get to Crackin’

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Rounding out this year’s salute to Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets, Texas Ballet Theater begins its annual performances of The Nutcracker Friday in Bass Performance Hall. The company presented Swan Lake in May and Sleepin...



Tashina Richardson and Lindsay Harris are refugees from the apocalypse in Sundown Collaborative Theatre’s Said and Done.

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WED ▪ 3 Just so we’re clear, Artisan Center Theater’s show ’Twas the Night Before Christmas is Kathryn Schultz Miller’s telling of Clement Clarke Moore’s story from a mouse’s point of view. Don’t confuse it with...


Sybarite5 plays classical and rock at Live Oak, Thu.

Arranging Strings

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Widely divergent kinds of music will be arranged for stringed instruments at two different performances this week. First, TCU Cello Ensemble will feature 11 cellists and one harpsichordist playing music arranged for their force...



An avalanche gets too close for comfort to a ski resort in Force Majeure, at the Modern. See Friday.

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WED ▪ 26 The Italian composer Gioachino Rossini was constantly misspelling his own first name. He wasn’t very good at reading and writing, but he was excellent at composing coruscating comic operas, and he did it all before...


Aaron Roberts, cobra, John-Michael Marrs, and Thomas Ward in Stage West’s The Explorers Club.

The Gift of the Stage

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They’re known as “rent parties,” the shows that theater and performing arts troupes put on over the holidays to give spectators some holiday cheer and raise money to help pay operating costs for the rest of the year. The ...



Connor Barth and Matt Kopec enjoy a pasta dinner in “Elf: The Musical.”

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WED ▪ 19 With the change in seasons comes a change in menus and in the wines that accompany your winter meals. And to guide you through all that comes Pairings of the Season. Featuring food from Bob’s Steak & Chop House...


Albrecht Dürer’s “The Nativity” is on display at AMA.

Scenes from the Nativity

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The Annunciation to the Shepherds, the Massacre of the Innocents, the Flight into Egypt, the Adoration of the Magi, the Madonna and Child –– these incidents from the story of Christ’s birth have all been commonplace subje...



Kevin Kratzke plays Buddy Holly in Texas Family Musicals’ farewell show, Fri.

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WED ▪ 12 Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan have earned rave reviews in the U.K. for their performances in Skylight, a David Hare play about a wealthy restaurateur who drops in on his much-younger ex-girlfriend and finds her teach...


Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in Whiplash at the Modern.

Blood and Skins

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Playing this weekend at the Modern, Whiplash is a soft-headed melodrama at heart, but its performances alone are worth watching. Andrew (Miles Teller) is a talented jazz drummer whose dreams of being the next Buddy Rich seem to...