Lakewood hosts an Irish Christmas
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the humble spud for the culinary delights it has given us. Tater tot casserole. Latkes with applesauce. Curly fries at Jack in the Box. But the potato is responsible for more than high-carb meals--it brought us Riverdance. Were it not for the great Irish potato famine of the mid-1800s and subsequent mass migration to the United States, I feel sure that those slip jigs and reels would still be confined to St. Patrick's Day celebrations instead of receiving the collective cultural embrace they have in the last 10 years. Am I stretching here? There are millions with Irish heritage, and somebody has to be creating the demand. I can't flip through late-night TV without seeing people, arms rigid at their sides, jumping around and pointing their toes. Maybe I'll find out who's behind the Emerald Isle's popularity at this Saturday's Irish Christmas in America at the Lakewood Theater. Of course there will be step dancers performing traditional pieces, but you can also count on other entertainment, like Irish band Téada, singer Cathie Ryan, folks playing the Irish harp and uilleann pipes and re-enactments of seasonal traditions. There'll also be handmade jewelry, pottery, leatherwork and clothing on sale and a silent auction. Who knew a potato could bring about so much? The Irish Christmas in America concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Parkway. Doors open at 5 p.m. for refreshments and the silent auction. Tickets are $15 to $25 with $100 VIP seating available at www.scmatx.org or www.ntif.org. Call 214-821-4173. --Leah Shafer
It's a Wrap!
Santa in the Saddle
Christmas is so blatantly biased against the great state of Texas. When's the last time we had a white Christmas? And when Santa drops off the goods here in DFW, most years he'd do better to wear a light jacket instead of that fur-trimmed suit. We don't roast chestnuts over an open fire; we roast Ranch Style beans because we're freakin' hungry after a day out on the range. Thankfully, native Dallasite and renowned singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey has tailored a Christmas experience a little more relevant to the spirit of the Lone Star State. His December 12 performance of Cowboy Christmas starts at 7 p.m. at the Bass Performance Hall, 330 E. 4th St., Fort Worth. Tickets are $34.50 to $49.50. Call 1-877-212-4280. --Andrea Grimes
Brass and Bells
At best, it's an excuse to prove to friends and family that you "clean up real nice." But still you hesitate. Going to hear symphonic music may not be you--"classical snobbery" isn't in your rhetoric. Hey, I grew up playing a classical instrument, and I don't relate to every "call of the Hall." But our Meyerson Symphony Hall is a Dallas landmark, world renowned for its architecture and acoustics. Our symphony is kick-brass, and this is Christmas--the time for caroling, traditions and making family memories. Let one of the finest orchestras in the world serenade you with carols in one of the world's finest halls. David R. Davidson conducts the 7-Eleven Christmas Celebration with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Angels Sing. Enjoy a winter's evening with family and friends for sing-alongs, puppets and holiday favorites...with no snobbery to be found. Performances at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., December 8 through December 18 on select days. Call 214-871-4551 or visit www.dallassymphony.com. --Danna Berger
Past, Present and Future
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Adam and Eve, Fully Clothed
When we see a live play re-enacting the Old Testament stories of Genesis, our motives aren't noble. Same reason we saw Titanic, actually. We already know the ending of both--ship crashes, kids eat apple--so the only reason left is nudity. Unfortunately, unlike the Kate Winslet-baring Titanic, the upcoming production of Children of Eden at Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St., looks remarkably clothed, which means we don't get to see pre-shame Eve run through her wicked garden. The Stephen Schwartz musical takes a closer look at the thoughts and stories behind the Garden of Eden and Noah's Ark...not close enough for boobies, though. Children of Eden runs Thursday through Sunday until January 14 with a week off for Christmas. Tickets are $10 and up. Call 214-871-3300. --Sam Machkovech