Performing Arts

Noa Kipnis performs as Clara in the Albemarle Ballet Theatre’s abridged version of The Nutcracker.

ARTS Pick: Nutcracker Mini-Suite

No need to wait until Christmas Eve for visions of sugarplums to dance in your head. This weekend, Clara and her beloved nutcracker doll take center stage in the Albemarle Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker Mini-Suite. Twenty-four local dancers populate the Land of Sweets for selected scenes from the seasonal ballet, embellished by handmade costumes and Tchaikovsky’s […]

Poet Srikanth Reddy examines human nature in extreme circumstance with the help of new and old literary prescriptions at The Bridge on Monday.

ARTS Pick: Srikanth Reddy

Harvard graduate, University of Chicago professor, and literacy director for the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Trust, Srikanth Reddy shares selections from his two books of poetry, Facts for Visitors (2004) and Voyager (2011). Using a variety of methods, including prose, syllabic, and terza rima, Reddy’s form plays like a pop-up book of images and ideas that feel odd and inclusive. Monday 12/2. […]

The true meaning of Christmas is revealed by cranky Ebenezer Scrooge (Dan Stern) with help from three nudging spirits including the Ghost of Christmas past (Iris Susen) in Four County Players’ A Christmas Carol.
Image: J. Stoll

ARTS Pick: A Christmas Carol

Four County Players’ production of A Christmas Carol has been a local favorite since 2008, but in this go-around director Joncey Boggs and local playwright Miller Murray Susen are keeping it fresh by taking a step back and using Dickens’ age-old text while adding some musical numbers for originality. Through 12/15. $12-16, times vary. Four County Players, 5256 Governor Barbour St., […]