It’s barely December, but Hallmark, Lifetime, UpTV and other cable networks have been running their syrupy holiday movies nonstop for more than a month already.
Comedy Central enters the fray with its own original parody, “A Clüsterfünke Christmas,” on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. SNL alums Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer wrote the screenplay.
Holly (Vella Lovell), a go-getter real estate exec from New York City, heads to a small town to buy the quaint Clüsterfünke Inn and transform it into a mega-resort. First, she must convince the inn’s spinster owners (Gasteyer and Dratch) to make the sale. But before she can, she meets their nephew Frank (Cheyenne Jackson), a hunky woodsman. Will she go back to her fast-paced city life or will she fall in love with Frank and find the spirit of Christmas?
Check local listings for channels and showtimes.
Pigs Fly at Empire Stage
Pigs Do Fly Productions, the South Florida theater company founded by Ellen Wacher to “spotlight actors over 50 living their lives in involved and exciting ways,” returns to Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale this weekend with “Helen on Wheels,” playing Dec. 3 – 19.
The comedy, written by Cricket Daniel and directed by Deborah Kondelik, is the story of “a feisty, bingo-playing, gun-toting, ruckus-raising, independent woman living in the small town of Crockett, Oklahoma. When Helen isn’t locked up in the local clink, she’s on her front porch shootin’ up critters and the local kids.”
Tickets are $39 at PigsDoFlyProductions.com. Use the code BLAST for a $10 discount at purchase. Note: Masks are required to enter the theater and during the performance.
Sounds of the Season
Symphony of the Americas will transport audiences at the Broward Center on a world tour, celebrating the sounds of the season in their new seasonal tradition, “Holidays of the Americas,” Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:45 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 and 7:45 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center.
Guest conductor William Garfield Walker will lead the symphony, along with Florida’s Singing Sons and the North Broward Preparatory School Concert Choir, in a program featuring Piazzolla’s “Winter in Buenos Aires,” Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” “Christmas on Broadway” and an audience sing-along.
Tickets start at $35 at BrowardCenter.org. Recent negative PCR COVID test results or, alternately, proof of vaccination and masks required.