By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
Friday, December 19
Women's Chorus of Dallas: Visions of Sugarplums, will be the opening concert for the Women's Chorus of Dallas' ninth season. The concert begins with a North Pole revolt by disgruntled elves of the female gender (elves aren't only male, you know!), spearheaded, naturally, by Mrs Santa. Tickets range from $10 - $25. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Caruth Auditorium, SMU campus. Call (214) 520-7828.
Saturday, December 20
Las Colinas: Join Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Celebration at 8 p.m. in Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center, 3333N. MacArthur Blvd., between Highways 114 and 183. Ticket prices: $9, $19, $24. Call (972) 580-1566.
Soul Rep Theatre: "Habara Gani," a play about Kwanzaa, will be presented by Soul Rep Theatre at 3 p.m. in the Kahn Pavilion in the Children's Center of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young. For more information call (214) 670-1671.
Sunday, December 21
Christ Episcopal Church: Advent Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. 534 W. Tenth Street. Call (214) 941-0339.
Christmas Concert: Oak Lawn United Methodist Church soloist will perform at 1 p.m. Caroling will start at 4 p.m. You can sing Christmas carols to the church's shut-in members. Call (214) 521-5197 for information.
The Living Christmas Card: This outstanding singing group that premiered their album by the same name last year at Borders in Lewisville, will present another outstanding Christmas concert beginning at 3 p.m. Call Borders Books and Music for more information at (972) 459-2481.
Don Cento Duo: The Don Cento Duo will perform an eclectic array of Christmas, standards, and jazz works in the Cafe Espresso. Performance is at 7 p.m. at Borders in Lewisville. Call (972) 459-2481.
Monday, December 22
The Nutcracker: Fort Worth Dallas Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Music Hall at Fair Park beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $6 to $48. Also shows on December 23 and 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on December 24 at 2 p.m. Call 1-888-672-8NUT.
Tuesday, December 23
Hanukkah and Kwanzaa: Highland Hills Library has many activities planned to celebrate both Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Theme: Family Celebrations--Ancient and Modern, includes daily display of banners, posters and books. Join them December 23 to celebrate with ponthskes (Hanukkah doughnuts), cheese, and hot apple cider from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 24, 10-11 a.m., is pre-school storytime--read stories about Hanukkah and family celebrations, with hot apple cider. Saturday, December 27, 2-4 p.m., is the Kwanzaa celebration. Play gospel and jazz CDs. Enjoy hot apple cider and tea cakes. And Wednesday, December 31, 10-11 a.m., is pre-school storytime--read stories about Kwanzaa and family celebrations, with hot apple cider. 3624 Simpson-Stuart Rd. Call (214) 670-0987 for further details.
Wednesday, December 24
Candlelight Communion service: A Holy Communion Candlelight Service will be held at the Oak Lawn United Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. 3014 Oak Lawn Ave., (214) 521-5197.