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by: Courtesy of Blaine Truitt Covert Oregon Ballet Theatre presents the holiday classic "The Nutcracker," Dec. 10-24 at Keller Auditorium.

HOLIDAY

'Gospel Christmas'

Now in its 13th year, the rousing concert with the Oregon Symphony and singers and musicians from churches and music ministries in the Portland area continues to be a tradition. Charles Floyd conducts, the Northwest Community Gospel Choir performs.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, $25-$90

'Joy to the (Modern) World'

Portland Gay Men's Chorus will present a mix of traditional favorites and new inspirations, with the main 130-man chorus, the Locomotions dance troupe and Cascade subgroup performing.

2 and 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.pdxgmc.org, $16-$42

'Posada Milagro'

It's a Christmas celebration with theatre, music, dance and traditional foods for the whole family, presented in Spanish and by Miracle Theatre Group.

1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, El Centro Milagro, 537 S.E. Stark St., www.milagro.org, free

'The Nutcracker'

Oregon Ballet Theatre again puts on the George Balanchine classic, featuring the OBT Orchestra. Info: various times, Dec. 10-24, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., 503-248-4335, www.obt.org, starting at $21.

Meanwhile, NCM Fathom, New York City Ballet and the Lincoln Center will bring 'The Nutcracker' to movie theaters nationwide for one magical night: Tuesday, Dec. 13. Special guest host is Kelly Ripa, and it'll be broadcast to more than 550 theaters. Ripa will take audiences backstage for a behind-the-scenes look at the magic of 'The Nutracker,' including interviews with principal dancers. Tickets are available at www.fathomevents.com, and the show will be seen at these local theaters, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13: Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave.; Cedar Hills Crossing 16, 3200 S.W. Hocken Ave.; Lloyd Center 10, 1510 N.E. Multnomah St.

STAGE

'Angels'

Portland Playhouse presents 'Angels in America: Millennium Approaches,' an award-winning play on national gay themes such as the AIDS crisis, celebrating its 20th anniversary. Written by Tony Kushner, directed by Brian Weaver.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Dec. 20-21, 2 p.m. Sundays and Dec. 30, Dec. 8-31, World Trade Center, 121 S.W. Salmon St., www.portlandplayhouse.org, $15-$32

'Mortified Portland'

Make your plans, folks, to catch a cast of angst-ridden Portlanders who share their shame on stage in this unusual interview series, featuring everyone from CEOs to celebrities revealing intimate details of their life.. The show also was to debut on the Sundance Channel this week.

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., www.getmortified.com, $12 advance, $15 at door

'In Good Company'

It's a festive, vinyl-only dance performance as six choreographers use records as musical inspiration for their new creations. DJ Anjali will be spinning the LPs.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 15-17, Northwest Dance Project Studio and Performance Center, 833 N. Shaver St., www.nwdanceproject.org, $30

ScratchPDX

It's the sixth year of the proving ground for many of Portland's cutting edge dancers, comedians, musicians, story tellers, improvisers and more unusual performance artists. Upcoming dates: Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 10, April 14, May 12.

9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Hipbone Studios, 1847 E. Burnside, www.scratchpdx.com, $10

The Brody Theater

The cool improvisation theater conclude its 15th year anniversary with two shows: A reunion show with RV, the predecessor to the improv theater joined by Kevin Dorff, and 'Spoken,' performed by Seattle's Unexpected Productions.

RV, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 'Spoken,' 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, The Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, www.brodytheater.com, $10 adults, $8 students/seniors each show

MUSIC

A NYE tripleheader

Heads up: It may be cold New Year's Eve, but this show promises to scorch you - The Reverend Horton Heat, Supersuckers and The Suicide Notes, a triple shot of rootsy rock 'n' roll at its best.

9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, www.mcmenamins.com, $25 advance, $30 day of show

MISC.

Frida Kahlo cultural celebration

Portlandia International Language School, located in Southeast Portland's newly remodeled historic Firehouse #7 building, was established 18 months ago to provide a unique environment for adult professional to learn the Spanish language and gain valuable cultural insight. 10-week courses are offered at all levels, including a free weekly meeting to students interested in practicing their conversational skills.

Portlandia School is hosting a cultural event on Dec. 8 to celebrate the life and work of one of Mexico's most famous painters, Frida Kahlo. Prints of her famous folk art will be on display. All members of the public are welcome.

7-10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, 511 SE 11th Avenue, #203, info: 503-381-0785, www.portlandialanguages.com, free.