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Shining bright
by: ANNI TRACY,

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Peacock Lane

Any other time of the year your neighbors might not appreciate you trekking around their streets at night, peeking into their yards. During the holiday season the inhabitants of Peacock Lane don't mind at all.

Since the 1920s, homeowners in the area have pulled out all the stops, decorating their homes with a fervor and creativity that can rival many a shopping mall.

Take in the lights by foot, strolling past the twinkling houses in this historic Southeast neighborhood.

Or hop on the horse-drawn carriage for a ride back in time.

- Lee Williams

6 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily, through Dec. 31, also 6 p.m. to midnight Monday, Dec. 24, between Southeast Stark and Belmont streets and one block east of 39th Avenue, www.peacocklane.net, free

FRIDAY

MUSIC

'Messiah' and 'Handel's Messiah: A Complete Oratorio'

At press time, few tickets remained for Friday's concert, a performance of Handel's Messiah, Part 1, along with the Locatelli Concerto and an appearance by the vocal ensemble Cappella Romana.

Concerts for the full-length 'Messiah' on Saturday and Sunday are sold out, although some return tickets may be available for all three days. Arrive 90 minutes early.

- Eric Bartels

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, First Baptist Church, 909 S.W. 11th Ave.; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., 503-222-6000, www.pbo.org, $18-$48

MOVIE

'Casablanca' (PG)

Demon barbers. Bloodthirsty vampires. Bloodcurdling harmonies produced by a trio of singing chipmunks.

This weekend might be the time to cut through some of those high-concept holiday releases and rediscover a film with far more class than flash.

(And you won't need a golden compass to find it.)

Starting Friday, venture back to a little piano bar called Rick's Café Américain in Morocco.

White suits, black ties, a movie legend who goes by the name of Humphrey Bogart, an elegant Swedish star known as Ingrid Bergman, and one timeless tune can all be found in 'Casablanca.'

'Casablanca' returns to the big screen for a run at the Living Room Theaters. It's a classic that defines the word, even as time goes by.

- LW

Opens Friday, Dec. 21, Living Room Theaters, 341 S.W. 10th Ave., 971-222-2010, www.livingroomtheaters.com

SATURDAY

PERFORMANCE

The Party Project: A Strolling Dance Performance Event

Movement artist Tahni Holt draws on the experiences of viewing movies as she explores the ideas of private and public space in architecture.

The roving performance moves between three different buildings in the South Waterfront district: a condo, an artist-in-residence studio and an empty retail unit. Part of the concept requires that the audience will be on the outside looking in at the 30 dancers, but they will be plied with hot chocolate and cider for their trouble.

It all climaxes in a party (indoors). Holt is the fourth of 13 monthly guest artists in residence in the South Waterfront. If you can't flip it you might as well have fun with it.

- Joseph Gallivan

4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, begin at the Bella Espresso Cafe, 3580 S.W. River Parkway (at Pennoyer Street), 971-998-4810, southwaterfront.com/art_and_design/artist, free

FAMILY THEATER

'Where in the World Is Santa?'

This musical holiday mystery taps the investigation powers of three sleuths, Jingle Belle, Tidy Tim and Mort the Elf, to track down the whereabouts of the big guy with all the gifts.

- LW

10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-281-4215, www.filmaction.org, $12-$15

SUNDAY

SONGWRITER

Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band

Maria Muldaur may have gotten her start in the thriving Greenwich Village folk scene in the '60s, but she's got a timeless approach to music that makes her as relevant today as she's ever been.

Her generous pipes lend themselves nicely to the traditional material on her latest album, 'Naughty, Bawdy and Blue' (a collection of 20th-century black vaudeville songs). Whether she's covering Dylan's love tunes, belting out old soul or performing her 1974 hit, 'Midnight at the Oasis,' Muldaur is riveting.

- Barbara Mitchell

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3895, $27