Ten to Do, Dec. 12 to 18
There aren’t many bands that exemplify both the disco era and the holiday season, but Boney M is definitely one of them. For their Holiday Favourites and Classic Hits tour the Euro-Caribbean dance-pop unit has roped in original lead singer Liz Mitchell for such indelible late ’70s hits as Rivers of Babylon, Painter Man, and everyone’s favourite banger about Russian history, Rasputin. On the Christmas front they’ve also got such radio hits as Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday, Little Drummer Boy, and Mary’s Boy Child.
When: Thursday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.
Where: River Cree Resort & Casino, 300 East Lapotac Blvd., Enoch
Admission: $149 and up, available in advance from Ticketmaster
Things are about to go terribly wrong at this year’s Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant…Ever! Especially for Mrs. O’Brien, who has taken over mounting the show from the injured Mrs. Armstrong. What should have been an easy production turns into pure chaos when the Herdman kids show up for auditions, drawn in by the lure of free refreshments. Does everyone involved learn a little bit about the true meaning of Christmas? Possibly, but you’ll have to go to the Backstage Theatre to find out.
When: Thursday, Dec. 12 to Sunday, Dec. 22. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. No shows on Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: Backstage Theatre, 10330 84 Ave.
Admission: $19 and up, available at the door or in advance from Tix on the Square
Kacy & Clayton
Saskatchewan’s Kacy & Clayton return for their yearly visit with their fifth album, Carrying On, the second produced by mentor and fan Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. The return visit to Tweedy’s loft sees the pair in fine form as they summon the ghosts of ’60s Brit-folk and Appalachian music on such indelible numbers as Intervention, Spare Me Over One More Year, and South Saskatchewan River. With Ellen Froese.
When: Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
Where: Starlite Room – Temple, 10030 102 St.
Admission: $19.99, available at the door or in advance from the Starlite website
Christmas isn’t just for the kids, you know. Debauchery and bah humbuggery are just a few of the things promised at the fifth instalment of How the Stripper Stole Christmas, over at the Myer Horowitz on Friday night. The very adult-themed Christmas production features Beau Creep as Krampus, disgruntled elves, misfit toys, and the very intriguingly named Howard Van Zandta Claus, all presented by the Edmonton Burlesque Festival.
When: Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.
Where: Myer Horowitz Theatre, 8900 114 St. Students’ Union Building, University of Alberta
Admission: $30 and up, available at the door or in advance from Eventbrite
Sara Does a Solo
Motherhood, aging, and identity are all addressed in Sara Porter’s one-woman dance performance, Sara Does a Solo. The Toronto-based dancer-choreographer draws on her own life experience for the show, which is based on Porter’s return to movement arts after getting drunk at a party with legendary singer-songwriter Mary Margaret O’Hara. Wait, what? Porter’s show has won plaudits across the continent for its blend of storytelling, comedy, singing, dancing, poetry, puppetry, and video.
When: Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.
Where: Spazio Performativo, 10816 95 St.
Admission: $15 to $20, available at the door or in advance from the Mile Zero website
Noël à la Cite
Out and about during the day on Friday and looking for something to do? Admission is free for the Opus@12 Chamber Concert Society presentation of Noël à la Cite, but bring along a few dollars as well. Donations to the Christmas-themed show will be going to families in need.
When: Friday, Dec. 13 at noon
Where: La Cite Francophone rotunda, 8627 91 St.
Make it a punk rock Christmas at Hey Ladies, this Friday at the Roxy on Gateway. The comedy, info-tainment, musical, game, and talk show spectacular (featuring Leona Brausen, Davina Stewart, Cathleen Rootsaert, and Noel Taylor) is bringing in Edmonton’s own Real Sickies for a blast of straight up, jet-powered rock ‘n roll, along with an appearance by the legendary Bad Santa. Other segments include Hey Ladies DIY Craft, Yuletide Matchgame, and plenty of liquid cheer.
When: Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.
Where: Roxy on Gateway, 8529 Gateway Blvd.
Admission: $26, available at the door or in advance from Tix on the Square
Oh, those meddling mice! They’re the true heroes in Shumka’s Nutcracker, because without them young Clara and her dream prince of the title would never have met. Tchaikovsky’s classic score is matched with Ukrainian Christmas traditions, including folk and character dances, as well as lavish sets and costumes in this highly anticipated production by the Shumka Dancers.
When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
Where: Jubilee Auditorium
Admission: $22 and up, available in advance from Ticketmaster
You know it, you love it, and you’d really like to add your voice to it. For BALM Society’s Second Annual Sing-Along Messiah you can do exactly that to Handel’s beloved seasonal favourite, with a chamber orchestra of strings, organ, and trumpet as a musical bed. In addition, you’ll be entertained by solo arias from local professionals and up-and-coming musicians.
When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.
Where: Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 123 St.
Admission: $20 to $30, available at the door or in advance from Tix on the Square
It’s just over a week until Yuletide, so time to get down to business. Luckily, Kayla Nickel and Kelsey Visscher are bringing the holiday jams to their A Night of Strictly Business…Christmas Business, at the Horizon Stage on Saturday night. The Edmonton-based singer-songwriters are inviting audiences to “laugh with us or at us” at their cabaret, which features musical theatre, Christmas tunes, and storytelling.
When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Horizon Stage, 1001 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove
Admission: $30 to $35, available at the door or in advance from the Horizon website
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