As we pull into the home stretch of another busy holiday season, you either need exactly zero help filling your calendar or you need the sweet, sweet relief that comes from spending time with patrons of the arts as opposed to patrons of the NorthPark parking garage. If you fall into the latter category, rejoice — for even among all the hustle and bustle of the season, there are cultural opportunities aplenty this week.
Shakespeare in the Bar King Richard III
7 p.m. Monday
333 W. Jefferson Blvd.
An alcohol-fueled rendition of one of The Bard’s most violent and unsettling works lands on stage at Small Brewpub Monday night. In the hands of actors who boast a passing familiarity with the script and an ever-growing bar tab, King Richard III takes on an improv-like quality, blurring the lines between tragedy and comedy — and making its villain more dastardly diva than stone cold killer. Find tickets at eventbrite.com.
The Tribe Presents: Christmas Cab: The Christmas Shoes
7 p.m. Tuesday
The Balcony Club
1825 Abrams Road
A spirited, weird and delightful cabaret performance from local collective The Tribe. Made up of a series of five-minute-long stand-alone wonders, this diverse array of song, dance and absurdity is like nothing else you’ll see this holiday season. Think ABC Family meets the Hallmark Channel in a manger blasting “Christmas Shoes” on repeat — but with booze. Throw in a magic man with hosting duties, and you’ve got all the elements for a night that’s anything but silent.
Kitchen Dog Theater Presents Bar Politics: Special Spin City Edition
8 p.m. Wednesday
The Green Zone
161 Riveredge Drive
Pay-what-you-can — $15
On Wednesday, libations and a cynical assessment of local politics combine with a flair for drama during a special presentation of Bar Politics. Following Kitchen Dog Theater’s regular performance of political satire “The Totalitarians," the Bar Politics players take a look at how spin shapes local politics. Kitchen Dog artistic director Tina Parker, who also stars in the play, will discuss the role that arts and culture play in political dialogue. The first 25 tickets are pay-what-you-can; after that mention Bar Politics at the door for a $5 discount.
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House Party Theatre: Frosty: Songs of Redemption
9 p.m. Thursday
Community Beer Company
1530 Inspiration Drive
You always knew there was a little more going on under Frosty’s hat than the classic cartoon let on. House Party Theatre explores the snowman’s more nihilistic side as he grapples with the realities of global warming and his watery mortality. Order up a cold beer and chill during the one-hour play featuring original music written and performed by Surprising Flavor. Get tickets at housepartytheatre.com.
Little Downtown Holiday Market
5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
Main Street Garden Park
It’s getting down to the wire for your Christmas shopping, but who has the stamina for malls and big boxes at this point? This quaint and charming downtown Christmas market has more to offer than nightmarish register queues and bland commerce: Support local businesses and hand-crafted goods, including vintage wares, handmade soaps, small-batch clothing, and — mercifully — mulled wine and baked goods. See the Facebook event for a list of vendors.