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The Short List

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The Lion in Winter’

Northwest Classical Theatre Company continues its “Season of Kings” with James Goldman’s award-winning play — the film versions starred Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn and then Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close. It focuses on the dynamics of a modern-day ruling family at Christmas time.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5- Jan. 6, Shoebox Theatre, 2110 S.E. 10th Ave., www.nwctc.org, $20, $18 students/seniors

‘A Christmas Carol’

Portland Playhouse puts on Rick Lombardo’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic — everybody in the cast plays musical instruments, as well as sings and acts. It’s a family friendly production.

7:30 Wednesdays-Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5-29, Portland Playhouse, 602 N.E. Prescott St., www.portlandplayhouse.org, $17-$38

‘In Good Company’

The Northwest Dance Project puts on five new dance works inspired by Top 40 hits from 40 years ago. Dance members Andrea Parson, Samantha Campbell, Lindsey Matheis, Franco Nieto and Patrick Kilbane travel back to 1973 to create upbeat and evocative works for themselves and five other members to the music of Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Sonny and Cher, The O’Jays and others in this holiday show.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 11-14, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 and 15, Northwest Dance Project Studio and Performance Center, 833 N. Shaver St., www.nwdanceproject.org, $32-$36, $45 at door

‘A Nightmare on Elf Street’

It’s a new Portland sketch comedy revue by Second City alum Caitlin Kunkel, where Santa has been kidnapped and the only thing preventing him from certain death at the hands of his holiday-hating captor is a treasure trove of festive sketches.

7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 6-Dec. 21, The Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, www.brodytheater.com, $12, $15 at door, $10 students

‘Noises Off’

It’s a Third Rail Repertory Theatre backstage comedy by Michael Frayn, where friends seemingly have lost the important things in their lives.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 6-Jan. 11, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.thirdrailrep.org, $37-$46

MISC.

Da Vinci Arts Fair

The ninth annual event returns as one of the more popular holiday fairs in Portland, with 70 juried artists showcasing ceramics, clocks, clothing, sculptures, paintings, pottery, photos, soaps and wearable art. There will be live music, hands-on activities, food and student art work for sale.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Da Vinci Middle School, 2508 N.E. Everett St., www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/davinci, free

First Thursday

The monthly art gallery walk, through the Pearl District and other areas, continues Dec. 5. For info on participating galleries: www.firstthursdayportland.com.

CJ Hurley

Funded in part by a grant from Regional Arts & Culture Council, the artist has created two- and three-dimensional designs combining sculpture, painting and technical craft to create works of art that have the luminosity of cellular enameling and stained glass.

5 p.m. First Friday, Dec. 6, through Jan. 3, Olympic Mills Commerce Center, 107 S.E. Washington St., www.cjhurley.com

Oregon Symphony

Guest conductor Thierry Fischer, who’s Swiss, and violinist Elina Vahala, who’s Finnish, join the Oregon Symphony on a night of Prokofiev’s symphonic suite from “The Love for Three Oranges,” Lindberg’s “Violin Concerto” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4.”

7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8, 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, starting at $22