The Dina Martina Christmas Show

Also: Nutcracker (Pacific Northwest Ballet) and Tudor Choir.

The Dina Martina Christmas Show

Dina Martina is the biggest talent to hit the Northwest since Frances Farmer bought the farm. She is a true Seattle legend, a talent of awe-inspiring proportions whose courageous performer's heart is rivaled only by her frighteningly endowed singing range. Martina's Christmas (or rather, Chrish-mash) revue has become a holiday staple, a surefire means of tapping into the spirit of the season. Following her roaring success at this year's Wigstock in the Big Apple, Martina is sure to be in top form this time around, primed to trot out an expected selection of damaging holiday music, innocently off-kilter banter and shocking gifts. If you've never experienced the confusion and elation that is Dina Martina, do yourself a Christmas favor and treat yourself to this very special holiday special. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., 206-448-8464 or $18. Opens Fri. Nov. 25. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.; also 8 p.m. Mon. starting Dec. 19; 8 p.m. Wed. starting Dec. 21. Ends Sat. Dec. 31. RICHARD MORIN

Nutcracker—Pacific Northwest Ballet

The first act of the holiday classic is set at a family party, so it's appropriate that PNB opens their Nutcracker season while your turkey leftovers are still fresh in the fridge. Former artistic director Kent Stowell caught the mildly sinister feeling of Maurice Sendak's designs in a production that makes Clara's trip to the Land of Sweets a metaphor for growing up beyond the Candyland of childhood. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., 206-292-ARTS or $18-$102. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 25; 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 26; 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sun. Nov. 27; ends Wed. Dec. 28. SANDRA KURTZ

Tudor Choir

18th-century American vocal music—rough, simple, fervent, full-throated—presented a contrast to polished, courtly European manners just as our citizens themselves did. The foursquare hymns of William Billings, for example, sound a bit like something Handel might have written after he'd had a few, while music in the "shape-note" tradition used a notation specially devised to aid worshippers who couldn't read music. The Tudor Choir, under Doug Fullington, celebrates this musical heritage in a Thanksgiving-weekend concert, complete with authentic dance tunes from fiddler Cathie Whitesides. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-323-9415 or $10-$25. 8 p.m. Sat. Nov. 26. GAVIN BORCHERT

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