What's Up in the 405
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-23
Once upon a time, a young girl received a wondrous toy and accompanied it on an enchanted adventure. The story isn’t really the point, though; what makes The Nutcracker truly magical is Tchaikovsky’s ethereal score (performed here by the OKC Philharmonic) and the exquisite art of dance executed by the OKC Ballet, in director Robert Mills’ signature staging of an all-time great aesthetic creation. Come make some memories.
OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker, OKC, 848.8637, okcballet.com
An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf
Through Saturday, Dec. 15
When a gourmet restaurateur announces that he’s going to starve himself, his dedicated staff decide to give him one last “meal” by only describing the dishes as appetizingly as they possibly can. It’s the last weekend to catch this fondly funny production, before the play – like its centerpiece feast – can only be enjoyed by imagination.
Carpenter Square Theatre, 800 W Main, OKC, 232.6500, carpentersquare.com
Friday, Dec. 14
Here’s a quick riddle for you: When is getting socks for Christmas not merely acceptable, but great; a genuine treat? The answer is waiting at the Tower Theatre, as powerhouse throwback rocker McPherson returns to his native state to share his new holiday album … “Socks.” Don’t expect to hear about mommy kissing Santa Claus, either – these are all original tracks, and he’s not shy about making the rafters rattle with righteous guitar work. Rock the halls with killer music.
Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23rd, OKC, 708.6937, towertheatreokc.com
Cowboy Christmas Ball
Friday, Dec. 14
It’s the western fan’s favorite holiday tradition: Texas troubadour Michael Martin Murphey returns to the museum for a one-of-a-kind throwback evening of carols, traditional songs (including several that date back more than a century) and plenty of dancing. It’s deliberately arranged as an all-ages affair – no alcohol, plus songs suitable for younger kids. Add in a bountiful home-cooked buffet dinner and perhaps a visit from Mr. Claus, and you can see why this party presented by Express Employment Professionals is still going strong in its 24th year.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd, OKC, 478.2250, nationalowboymuseum.org
OKC Streetcar Grand Opening
After months of work and no little financial outlay, residents and visitors are about to have a fresh new way to explore the heart of OKC – and the ride begins today. With a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting at the Leadership Square platform, the OKC Streetcar will be open for business, kicking off an introductory event filled with celebration, from free fares to live music all weekend to a special celebration at Oklahoma Contemporary’s Campbell Art Park (it’s at the north end of Automobile Alley, but you can just ride the streetcar there and back). Let’s get this people-moving show on the road!
Leadership Square, 203 N Robinson, OKC, okcstreetcar.com
Robert Earl Keen
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Alt-country singer Robert Earl Keen is a true Texas legend. His “Cosmic Cowboy Christmas Tour” combines music and comedy in a “Hee Haw” variety show format – and as the evening goes on, and the band starts drinking, well, high jinks are promised. Expect surprise covers and fan favorites including Keen’s classic “Merry Christmas from the Family.” This fun show is likely to sell out.
The Jones Assembly, 901 W Sheridan, OKC, 212.2378, thejonesassembly.com