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The Short List

STAGE

“Singing Christmas Tree”

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Christmas spectacular, which features a 300-voice choir, live orchestra and special guests Timothy Greenidge and The Jefferson Dancers.

Singingchristmastree.org, 11:30, 3:30, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.pcpa.com, $20-$69

by: COURTESY OF PATRICK WEISHAMPEL/PCS - Darius Pierce plays Crumpet the Elf in David Sedaris' 'Santaland Diaries,' a Portland Center Stage show through Dec. 30 at Gerding Theater.

“The Santaland Diaries

It’s the cult classic true chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience with his fellow man as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, noon Thursdays, through Dec. 30, Gerding Theater, 128 N.E. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org (check for tickets)

“It’s A Wonderful Life

Stumptown Stages’ version of the Frank Capra holiday classic features music and lyrics by Michael Allen Harrison, Alan Berg and Julianne R. Johnson-Weiss and direction by Corey Brunish.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 29-Dec. 23, Brunish Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-946-7272, $15-$30

MUSIC

Winter Warm”

The annual jazz and dancing concert, a benefit to help feed homeless, features the Tom Grant Band, Ron Steen, Toni Lincoln, Craig Irby, Greta Matassa, LaRhonda Steele, Shelly Rudolph, Norman Sylvester, Dave Captein and Jeff Frankel.

6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Tiffany Center, 1410 S.W. Morrison St., www.potluckinthepark.org, $45-$75

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

The group’s “Winter Fire” concert will feature Maestro Andres Lopera, the new music director, and Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances,” Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 5” and Marquez’s “Conga del Fuego Nuevo,” as well as Luis Cardoso’s “Gaudium.”

8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.playmys.org, 503-239-4566, $14-$37

MISC.

Providence Festival of Trees

The festival celebrates 30 years of holiday magic with its long tradition of “Making Miracles.” This year’s beneficiaries include cancer research at Providence Cancer Center. It includes 100 trees of all sizes, wreaths and holiday vignettes created by local designers, businesses and volunteers, as well as live music, Santa photos, a teddy bear hospital, elaborate gingerbread houses, model trains and cookie decorating.

5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.providence.org, $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children (ages 3-12)

Da Vinci Arts Fair

The da Vinci Arts Middle School puts on its eighth annual event, featuring 70 Northwest artists supporting arts education. It’s an ideal shopping venue for out-of- the-ordinary gifts, including jewelry, stoneware, ceramics, exotic clocks, sculptures, metal work, paintings, photos and wearable art.

10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2, da Vinci Arts Middle School, 2508 N.E. Everett St., www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/davinci, free