SFGN Nites for the Week of December 18-24, 2013

Miami City Ballet again presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition, in Miami, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Courtesy Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet again presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition, in Miami, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Courtesy Miami City Ballet

Thursday, 12/19


A beloved holiday tradition returns to the Arsht Center when Miami City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Sugar plum fairies, dancing toys, waltzing flowers, menacing mice and the heroic nutcracker prince continue to captivate audiences of all ages in this magical Christmas ballet, set to timeless music by Tchaikovsky. Performances through Tuesday, Dec. 24 in Miami; Friday, Dec. 27 – 30 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach; and Jan. 3 – 5 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. For show times and tickets, go to MiamiCityBallet.org.

Friday, 12/20


Still looking for that perfect gift? Why not check out the Island City Art Walk tonight? Galleries, boutiques, cafes and other businesses along Wilton Drive display the works of more than 40 local and national artists each month on the third Friday. As you stroll along the 1.1 mile stretch along the Wilton Manors Arts and Entertainment District, stop in the participating businesses and enjoy a glass of wine, holiday music and decorations, and a bite to eat. For information, go to IslandCityArtWalk.com.


There’s no doubt Lucille Ball was one of the most colorful classic television stars, but her iconic sitcom, I Love Lucy, starring Ball and husband Desi Arnaz, remains a black and white classic….until now. For the holidays, CBS is airing special colorized episodes of the 1950s series. Enjoy the 1952 Christmas Episode, as well as one of the most popular episodes of all time, Lucy’s Italian Movie, a grape stomping good time set on a Tuscany vacation and first broadcast in 1956. Check local listings for show times and stations.

Saturday, 12/21


A miniature circling the base of the Christmas tree was a must at our house during the holidays. Santa Claus, a train lover himself, will be visiting the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami on the Holiday Express from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. Located adjacent to Zoo Miami off of 152nd Street, the museum's Holiday Express is $8.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members with entertainment, bounce house, games, holiday movie and, of course, train rides. Here’s a chance to celebrate your inner child this holiday season. For information, go to GCRM.org.

Sunday, 12/22


The First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach, “The Pink Church,” 2331 NE 26th Ave., has long offered an outstanding music program. Today at 4 p.m., the choir is joined by orchestra and soloists for a special holiday concert featuring J.S. Bach’s Christmas cantata, Unto Us a Child is Given, traditional carols and hymns. A $10 donation is requested. Afterwards, head down to The Sanctuary Church, 1400 N. Federal Hwy. in Fort Lauderdale, for a drive-thru living nativity, 5:30 – 7 p.m., featuring music by the Christian rock band, Jericho Rising. For more information, go to SanctuaryChurchFtL.org.


One of the magical aspects of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, is that it can be interpreted in so many unique ways. This afternoon, Arts Ballet Theatre of South Florida offers the distinctive choreography of its founder and artistic director, Vladimir Isaaev, at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy performances on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. and today at 3 p.m. Tickets are $16.50 - $36.50 at ParkerPlayhouse.org.

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