After each matinée performance of Oklahoma City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, kiddos can get autographs and take pictures with Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince himself. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday–Sunday at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Tickets start at $15. For more information, call 848-8637 or visit okcballet.com/nutcracker.
An OKC staple, the Paseo Gallery Walk is especially festive this time of year, with a unique display of luminarias lining Paseo Street and a lighted tree courtesy of sculptor Collin Rosebrook. Need more? There will be live music, special holiday exhibits and sales — all within walking distance. Walk 6-10 p.m. Friday in the Paseo Arts District. Call 525-2688 or visit thepaseo.com.
That Mr. Grinch was one mean fellow, trying to ruin Christmas and all. But the Whos down in Whoville — specifically Cindy Lou Who — will have none of it. See Jim Carrey in Dr. Suess’s holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 7 p.m. Monday at Harkins Theatres, 150 E. Reno Ave. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit downtownindecember.com.
If ethereal, loop-based vocal music is your weakness, Julianna Barwick is your kryptonite. The Brooklyn-based songstress has opened for the likes of Sigur Rós and The Flaming Lips, crafting some of the most uniquely potent ambient music you’re bound to encounter. See for yourself 9 p.m. Monday at Womb Gallery, 25 NW Ninth St. Tickets are $10- $12. Call 600-6366 or visit ticketstorm.com.
We know nobody shops this time of year (yeah, right), but if you’re looking for something different, check out Pambe Ghana, a seasonal market featuring handmade crafts from all across the globe. You can shop from noon-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday at Pambe Ghana’s Global Market, 6516 N. Olie Ave. Visit pambeghana.org.
When we say, “Go see Trans-Siberian Orchestra,” it’s not a fancy way of telling you to take a hike across Siberia. No, literally, go see Trans-Siberian Orchestra as they perform their acclaimed rock opera The Lost Christmas Eve at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave. Tickets are $41.50-$71.50. Call 602-8700 or visit chesapeakearena.com.
If you’re one of those who prefers a little scenery with your run, you’re in for a holiday treat. Midwest City Parks and Recreation will host the eighth annual holiday lights spectacular and 5k Nightlight Run, 5:45 p.m. Saturday at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, 8700 E. Reno Ave. in Midwest City. Registration is $25- $30. Call 739-1293 or visit midwestcityok.org.
The only thing better than making it is taking it. Thankfully, there’s a winter class in which you can do both. Make & Take features nail and string art creation for adults and kids alike. The workshop is from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd. in State Fair Park. Admission is free. Call 951-0000 or visit oklahomacontemporary.org.
There are rap moguls, and then there’s Jay Z. The rapper, record producer, label owner, sports agent, investor, entrepreneur and all-around baller will perform as part of his Magna Carter World Tour 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave. Tickets are $32.50- $125. Call 602-8700 or visit chesapeakearena.com.
Wednesday, Dec. 18
Music and visual arts don’t have to be exclusive to one another. In fact, they’re probably more related than you think. Noise Makers, a group exhibition exploring the relationship between the two mediums, opens 6 p.m. Friday at Mainsite Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main St. in Norman, and will run through Jan. 11. Admission is free. Call 360-1162 or visit mainsite-art.com.
Around the holidays, it’s recommended you stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. At least that’s what everyone’s favorite oversized elf, Buddy, thinks. See Elf on the big screen 7 p.m. Monday at Harkins Theatres, 150 E. Reno Ave. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit downtownindecember.com.
Here in Oklahoma, we know a thing or two about wind, but Windhand is here to teach us how to rock. The female-fronted sludge metal act’s new record, Soma, recently landed on Stereogum’s Best Albums of 2013. You can see them play 6 p.m. Sunday at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western Ave., along with Power Trip, Iron Reagan and more. Tickets are $10. Call 607-4805 or visit conservatoryokc.com.