Looking to add some nostalgic glow to the holiday season since chestnuts on an open fire aren’t really an option? There’s plenty around, though nothing like the classy reunion at Antone’s Alumni Winter Ball. Belters including Lou Ann Barton and Malford Milligan get six-string support from the likes of Kathy Valentine, Denny Freeman, and Derek O’Brien to ensure rockin’ R&B. Mike Flanigin, George Rains, J.J. Johnson, Georgia Bramhall, Larry Fulcher, and Scott Nelson act as icing on that holiday sweet. – Margaret Moser
The Vortex and Circus Chickendog team up to present this trained-animal homage to Tchaikovsky's classic for the holidays. It's family-friendly, all right, but it's not just for the kiddies: These are antics that even grown-ups will be delighted by, as the talented Darren Peterson goes all out with juggling, unicycling, giant bubbles, rope tricks, and puppets – as abetted by his circus dogs and a performing macaw. Thu.-Sun., Dec. 27-30, 5:30 & 7pm; Thu.-Fri., Jan. 3-4, 7pm; Sat., Jan. 5, 5:30 & 7pm. $10-30 ($5-15, kids)
Are the kids starving for activity in their school-deprived vacation? Let the Nature & Science Center give them a day of science learning, outdoor exploration, and playing. For kids ages 5-11. Dec. 24, 26, 27, 28, 31, Jan. 2, 3, & 4, 8am-5pm. $45 per day.
Features an exhibition by artist Paul Pfeiffer and a display of James Naismith's 1891 document the Original Rules of Basketball. You won't want to miss this in-depth and historical look into the sport of basketball. Runs through Jan. 13, 2013.