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Oregon Ballet Theatre presents “The Nutcracker” this holiday season, with performances at Keller Auditorium Dec. 11-24.

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'The Nutcracker'

Oregon Ballet Theatre's presents its annual performance of George Balanchine's classic, as Marie and The Nutcracker Prince take their journey to the candy-coated realm of The Sugarplum Fairy.

Various times, Dec. 11-24, including noon Dec. 24, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., obt.org, $18-$125

'A Tuna Christmas'

It's Oregon Repertory Theatre's hilarious holiday tale, a sequel to the hit 'Greater Tuna.' The citizens of Tuna, Texas, celebrate the 24 hours before Christmas.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-23 (2 p.m. Dec. 12), Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 1-800-745-3000, starting at $15

Oregon Symphony holidays

Conductor Carlos Kalmar and the symphony are joined by jazz/fusion/bluegrass ensemble Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and the Tuvan throat-singing ensemble Alash. A few days later, guest conductor Charles Floyd leads the symphony with the Northwest Community Gospel Choir.

7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $23-$123; 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 10-11, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, Schnitz, 503-228-1353, $23-$88

'REPO'

Polaris Dance Theatre returns to Lincoln Hall with a journey of creative reflection, dating to the launch of the company in 2002, from artistic director Robert Guitron.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 9-11, Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., polarisdance.org, $30, $20 seniors (65-older) and children (12-younger)

Live Wire!

Conan O'Brien writer Todd Levin, author Stephen Elliott, author of 'Householder's Guide to the Universe' Harriet Fasenfest, essayist Justin Hocking and musical guest Laura Veirs and Mimicking Birds are featured in the show.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., livewireradio.org, $15, $30 reserved

Portland Center Stage

Holiday shows continue at the Gerding Theater, with a different spin on 'A Christmas Story' on the main stage through Dec. 26 and 'Santaland Diaries' through Jan. 2 in the Ellyn Bye Studio. See website pcs.org for information.

Jingle Bell Swing

Portland Gay Men's Chorus is all about carhops and bobby socks in a holiday concert.

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, pcpa.com, $21.25-$49.50

MUSIC

Ben Darwish Trio

The Portland musician, who recently spent weeks playing on a cruise ship, returns to his hometown to play host to his monthly free concert (every first Tuesday).

8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., bendarwish.com, free

Neigh-sayers

The weekend offers you two opportunities to catch Horse Feathers, one of our fair city's tastiest folk bands. They'll share the stage with the insanely danceable Y La Bamba both nights. Sara Jackson-Holman, she of the irresistible smoky voice, opens Friday, and lyrical acoustic rocker Joshua English opens Saturday.

9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-WOOD, $12

MISC.

Readers Rep

'Christmas Merry and Dark' is the Readers Theatre Repertory's holiday show, featuring the contrasting tales 'I'll be Home for Christmas' by Robert Anderson and 'Mutilated' by Tennessee Williams.

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 10-11, Blackfish Gallery, 420 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-295-4997, $8

'The Big 100 Show'

It's a benefit for Cascade Aids Project and Oregon Food Bank with 100 artists selling their 1,500 framed works for $50 each.

4 p.m.-2 a.m., Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 2-4, Goodfoot, 2845 S.E. Stark St., 503-239-9292, free

OHS' 'Holiday Cheer'

The 43rd annual event by the Oregon Historical Society celebrates Oregon's authors who have published within the past year. Some authors will give readings. Authors featured include suspense novelist Phillip Margolin.

Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., ohs.org, $5 nonmembers