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.
For the last two years, a quaint little art gallery has inhabited the outskirts of the Paseo. Twisted to Texas commemorates Twisted Root Gallery’s second anniversary with live music, art and food. Festivities are from 4 p.m.- 1 a.m. Saturday at Twisted Root Gallery, 3012 N. Walker Ave. Admission is $5. Call 208-4288 or visit twistedrootgallery.com.
Robert Earl Keen’s music spans a wide variety of styles — folk, country and bluegrass among them. See the Texas-based singer-songwriter take on the sounds of the season with the Robert Earl Keen Christmas Show 7 p.m. Thursday at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. in Tulsa. Tickets are $21- $36. Call (918) 584-2306 or visit cainsballroom.com.
One, two, three, four, the Sugar Plum Fairy is workin’ the floor. At least she might be in Hip Hop Nutcracker, a Race Dance Company production featuring original music and an urban-centric story line. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, 801 NW 50th St. Individual tickets are $6-$15. Visit racedance.com.
If you’re like us, when you read A Christmas Carol, you do it in your best Charles Dickens voice (or at least a British accent). Thankfully, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents Dickens himself (played by Wil Rogers) to tell his story as he would have when he toured America in 1868. The reading starts at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th St. Tickets are $35. Call 235-3700 or visit oklahomashakespeare.org.
Ah, the holidays — time to bust out those beloved Christmas classics, like Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. See the latter receive the RiffTrax treatment 7 p.m. Thursday at Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 6001 Martin Luther King Ave.; AMC Quail Springs 24, 2501 W. Memorial Rd.; and Regal Spotlight Stadium 14, 1100 N. Interstate Drive in Norman. Tickets are $12.50. Visit fathomevents.com.
Of the many bright spots each holiday season, seeing the array of lights adorning the landscape is undoubtedly the brightest. The University of Central Oklahoma celebrates each year with WinterGlow, which features caroling and Santa himself in addition to some beautiful scenery. Activities are from 6-9 p.m. Friday on the UCO campus, 100 N. University Drive in Edmond. Admission is free. Call 974-2363 or visit uco.edu/winterglow.