Finally, a costume that's both sexy and warm.
Finally, a costume that's both sexy and warm.
Danny Hurley

Best Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend

Fri 12/15
My fellow anti-Christmas warriors, the drag queen holiday event isn’t the only battle plan we’ve drawn up for this week. Nearly Naked Nutcracker is a ballet-inspired burlesque performance sure to tempt otherwise upstanding Christian dads and their sexually repressed adult sons while stirring the unacknowledged same-sex lusts of the wives and daughters toiling in the lower ranks. Not only will the lovely Vivi Valens, Sabra Johnsin, Felix Elixir and Leggy Lass Greenleaf act as honey traps, but the event’s hunky guy performers, Matt Finish, JD Hickock and Alexander the Great, may spark impure adulterous desires in those ladies’ hearts and hopefully even drive some ostensibly straight Christian men to take a furtive trip out of the closet. The show starts at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with doors opening at 8, at Viva’s Lounge, 1350 Manufacturing St., Suite 120. Remaining tickets, $22, and more information are at nearlynakednutcracker.com. Viva's Lounge, 1350 Manufacturing St., Suite 120, 9 p.m., $22, nearlynakednutcracker.com. — Jesse Hughey

In celebration of the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group’s yearlong residency at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., the company will present Things Missing/Missed, an original movement (key word — movement) play by Justin Locklear and Houston playwrights Melissa Flower and Philip Hays. It’s based on the real story of a hermit who hid in the woods outside of North Pond, Maine, for 30 years. Dallas Observer named DGDG the best dance troupe of 2017. Free shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free parking is available at the library’s Wood Street entrance. For information, visit dgdgdancegroup.com. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday, free, dgdgdancegroup.com. — Reba Liner

Helen Kelter Skelter is quite a mouthful. And the band's music plays appropriately along. From Norman, Oklahoma, this psych rock outfit has all the grooves to bring you a very vivid experience. If you can't catch it tonight at Double-Wide, check back in January; the group will return after the Jan. 19 release of its upcoming album, Melter. Double-Wide, 3510 Commerce St., 10 p.m., $8, double-wide.com. — Diamond Victoria

Holiday productions of any sort, from music to theater to dance, tend to really lay on the cheese. Locked in well-worn patterns of tradition, there’s usually little inspiration left to squeeze from these performances. When it comes to Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s Black Nativity, however, that could not be further from the truth. In its 14th year, Black Nativity is a touching medley of gospel, poetry, folk spirituals, dance, song and every stop in between. Forget the local reruns of A Christmas Carol and all those remix performances of classic holiday tunes; this is where the spirit of the holidays retains its soulful charge. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St. Tickets start at $18.50. For more information, visit bishopartstheatre.org. Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St., 7:30 p.m., $18.50 and up, bishopartstheatre.org. — Jonathan Patrick

You may fancy yourself a connoisseur of comedy because you’ve seen Doug Stanhope perform in a dive club or burned every DVD Jeff Dunham has ever produced. You can’t call yourself a true connoisseur, however, if you’ve never seen Jerry Seinfeld live. Just because he’s one of the most famous and highest-paid comedians on the road doesn’t mean he’s no longer funny as hell. After all, this is a comic who stepped away from the sweetest deal in sitcom history so he could go back on the road and do standup comedy. He performs at 9 p.m. Friday (doors opens at 7:30 p.m.) at the WinStar World Casino and Resort, 777 Casino Ave. in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Tickets are $85 to $250 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. WinStar World Casino and Resort, 777 Casino Ave., 9 p.m., $85-$250, ticketmaster.com. — Danny Gallagher

The cast of Things Missing/MissedEXPAND
The cast of Things Missing/Missed
Trenton Ryan Stephenson

Sat 12/16
Christmas in the Park at Fair Park
, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Automobile Building, 1010 1st Ave., marks the 19th annual giveaway of clothing, food and toys to less fortunate folks in Dallas. A spokesperson for the event said that after those who signed up are served, nonregistered individuals and families will be accepted. The event, staged by the S. M. Wright Foundation, honors the memory of S. M. Wright, former civic leader and pastor of People’s Missionary Baptist Church. For information, call 214-741-4990 or visit christmasatfairpark.com. Automobile Building at Fair Park, 1010 1st Ave., 8 a.m.-3 p.m., free, christmasatfairpark.com. — Reba Liner

This year needs a shot of whimsy, and there’s not much time. Someone’s gonna have to bring in the clowns. The Circus Freaks, luckily, are on it. The local collective of circus clowns, acrobats and improv masters hits all the right buttons on the silliness meter during its holiday revue, No Tinsel Required, at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Margo Jones Theatre, 1121 First Ave. Expect all the ballyhoo you can handle, including bendy acrobats, comical performances and appropriately overenthusiastic clowns. You’ll leave with a smile on your face and probably some glitter in your hair, which is the happy ending we all deserve. Tickets are $15 at circusfreaks.org/holiday. Margo Jones Theatre, 1121 First Ave., 5 p.m., $15, circusfreaks.org/holiday. — Jennifer Davis-Lamm

It’s not Christmastime in Dallas without a shopping trip to NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway. You think we’re being sarcastic, but we’re very serious about our yuletide must-dos, and a NorthPark visit for the Treats of Christmas Benefiting the North Texas Food Bank is at the top of that list. Head to Level 1 near Macy’s or Level 2 between Nordstrom and Macy’s on Saturday and try to maintain any semblance of willpower. Local chefs pile the tables high with cakes, pies, cookies, and all manner of special breads and buns, so snag some sweet gifts for your mouth while you shop down your list. From buche de noel to gingerbread, the treats are ready to take home or munch on while you stand in line for photos with Santa. For more information, visit northparkcenter.com. To donate to the North Texas Food Bank (which you can also do at Treats of Christmas), visit ntfb.org. NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., free, ntfb.org. — Merritt Martin

Ace Frehley, the legendary rock ’n’ roll icon and co-founding member of Kiss, headlines a jam-packed throwback to the glorious days of hair metal and glam rock. Eddie Trunk of VH1’s That Metal Show will host the festival-like affair with a stacked bill. Dokken, L.A. Guns, Enuff Z’nuff, Dangerous Toys, Graham Bonnet and Supernova Remnant are enough to satiate even the most dedicated headbanger. Frehley’s seminal work is with Kiss, but his solo career has been fruitful and cemented his status as one of the most influential guitarists in rock ’n’ roll history. His most recent release, 2016’s covers album, Origins, Vol. 1, saw success on Billboard charts and featured a reunion with Paul Stanley. Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 5 p.m., $29.50-$96.50, thebombfactory.com. — Mikel Galicia

Every Christmas special says that the holidays are about celebrating the human spirit of generosity and making your loved ones feel happy and appreciated. Another part of the holiday is about making yourself feel good so you can do all of those other things. So before you play Santa on Christmas day, why not dress up like Santa and fill your belly with all of the delicious adult beverages it can hold? Vodka Trot’s annual Dallas Santa Crawl kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday in West End. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best Santa Claus getup as the crowd trots from bar to bar to enjoy special holiday drinks. The pub crawl includes a costume contest for sexiest male Santa and sexiest female Santa, a vodka tasting area and a commemorative cup at the finish. The Dallas Santa Crawl will run until 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $15 for designated drivers and can be purchased online at vodkatrot.com. Participants must be 21 or older. West End, 7 p.m., $15-$20, vodkatrot.com. — Danny Gallagher

As guitarists go, there are few who match the style and technique of Tommy Emmanuel. A developer of a complex and unique finger-picking style, he began his career as an in-demand session player before branching out to record and tour on his own. The accolades have rolled in. Chet Atkins called him “fearless” while awarding him the esteemed honor of “Certified Guitar Player.” Emmanuel’s playing has also bestowed upon him the dual high honors of being a certified Kentucky Colonel and a Member of the Order of Australia in his native land. Dig through his intensive YouTube page and get familiar with how he turns standards and traditional tunes into something original and complex. He’s playing a lot of Christmas tunes Saturday at the Majestic, so the research will be a good precursor to the night ahead. The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., 7:30 p.m., $27-$47, ticketmaster.com. — Jeff Strowe

Sun 12/17
Had enough of children’s choirs this holiday season? They’re cute and all, but it’s nice to listen to professionals every once in a while. That’s where Colors of Christmas comes in. This show, which brings together some of the country’s best singers to perform holiday songs such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” against a winter wonderland backdrop, has been touring major cities across America for 25 years. The Christmas tradition visits Dallas’ Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.This year’s lineup comprises award-winning soul and R&B artists Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., Ruben Studdard and Jody Watley. Tickets are $49 to $129 at attpac.org. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., 7:30 p.m., $49-$129, attpac.org. — Caroline North

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