Holiday events dominate the to-do list this week.
Songs from “Frozen” should help boost the attention of kids at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s annual crowd-pleasing variety show. This year, Angela Brown and Ben Crawford (from the opera and Broadway worlds, respectively) return as hosts and the string trio Time for Three becomes part of the mix. Of course, the tap-dancing Santas, the reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” and other Yuletide staples will be back. Dec. 5-23 Hilbert Circle Theatre Details
The thing about original art as a gift: You run zero risk of your recipient’s already having it. So as you take in this month’s IDADA First Friday gallery openings—including “Tiny III” at Gallery 924 (featuring more than 300 works, many under $100), a holiday open house at the Stutz Building, and the second annual Art Market at the Indy Indie Artist Colony—consider a gift for someone on your nice list. Or for yourself. Dec. 5 Various locations Details
Indy Writes Books Launch Party/Holiday Author Fair
After successfully branching out into bookstore management, adult-literacy not-for-profit Indy Reads has now stepped into the world of publishing. Its first anthology, Indy Writes Books, features donated pieces by best-selling author John Green, novelists Cathy Day and Ben. H. Winters, former Indiana poet laureates Karen Kovacik and Norbert Krapf, and puzzlers Will Shortz and David L. Hoyt/Jeff Knurek. (Also in the mix, a short play of mine as well as poetry by IBJ’s Bonnie Maurer.) The book gets an official launch at Indy Reads Books on Dec. 5 and will also be available Dec. 6 at the Indiana History Center’s Holiday Author Fair, where a number of its contributors will also be representing their most recent works. Dec. 5 Indy Reads Books Dec. 6 at Indiana Historical Society Details
Also this week
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with Wynton Marsalis, offers Big Band Holidays, its take on holiday music, Dec. 5 at the Palladium.
NoExit Performance revives--and revises--it's "Nutcracker" Dec. 4-6 at the Irving Theater.
Guitarist Larry Carlton plays the Jazz Kitchen Dec. 3.
Train headlines WZPL’s Jingle Jam Dec. 7 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
The JCC’s free Artisan Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 7, features work by 24 crafters.
For “Broadway Meets Motown,” Dec. 4-14 at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope offers an act of dance choreographed to hits from each world.
Butler Ballet dances its annual “Nutcracker” Dec. 4-7 at Clowes Hall. Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre offers its version Dec. 5-7 at Pike Performing Arts Center.
Sheila Kay Adams offers “Breaking Up Christmas” via Storytelling Arts of Indiana, Dec. 6 at the Indiana History Center.
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir presents its annual Festival of Carols Dec. 7 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.