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Music/dance

"Christmas on Temple Square," through Dec. 27, free performances daily (www.lds.org/events)

"The Nutcracker," Ballet West, through Dec. 30, times vary, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 300 South, $17-$71 (801-355-2787, 888-451-2787 or www.arttix.org)

"A Little Jazz with Your Mistletoe," Dan Waldis Band and vocalist Melissa Pace, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, $15 (801-355-2787, 888-451-2787 or www.arttix.org); also, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden, $12 (801-689-8700, 801-467-8499, 800-888-8499 or www.smithstix.com)

Junction City Big Band Dance with vocalist Ruth Stevenson, Dec. 11, 7:15 pm., Shepherd Union Ballroom, Weber State University, Ogden, $6

A Kurt Bestor Christmas, Dec. 11-12, 8 p.m.; also Dec. 12, 2 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 S. West Temple, $17.50-$37.50 (801-355-2787, 888-451-2787 or www.arttix.org)

"The Night Before Christmas," Ballet Jeunesse and the Salt Lake Dance Center, Dec. 11-12, 7 p.m., Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, $10 (801-355-2787, 888-451-2787 or www.arttix.org)

University Choirs holiday concert, Dec. 11-12, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, $7 (801-581-7100 or www.kingsburyhall.org)

Utah Symphony, conductor David Cho, pianist Verina Chen, Dec. 11-12, 7:30 p.m., Cox Performing Arts Center, Dixie College, St. George, $20 (435-652-7800 or www.tickets.dixie.edu)

"What Sweeter Music," Salt Lake Men's Choir Christmas concert, Dec. 11-12, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 777 S. 1300 East, $10 (www.saltlakemenschoir.org)

"Messiah," Salt Lake Community College Concert Choir, jazz & gospel, Dec. 11-12, 14, 7:30 p.m., Grand Theatre, 1575 S. Main, $24 (801-957-3322 or www.the-grand.org)

"The Nutcracker," Julie Moffit Ballet School, Dec. 11, 6 p.m.; also Dec. 12, 1 and 6 p.m., Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden, $10 (801-689-8700, 801-467-8499, 800-888-8499 or www.smithstix.com)

"The Nutcracker," Mountain West Ballet, dates and times vary, Mt. Jordan Middle School, 9360 S. 300 East, $8-$12 (801-572-6222 or www.mountainwestballet.org)

"A Holiday Celebration of Music and Art," with Dan Waldis, piano, Dec. 12, 6 p.m., Rikka Events Center, 1526 Ute Blvd., Park City, $20 (435-640-9657 or www.mountaintownstages.com)

"Messiah," Oratorio Society of Utah, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Cottonwood Presbyterian Church, 1580 E. Vine, $5; also: Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, U., $10 (801-581-7100 or www.kingsburyhall.org)

New Sounds for Christmas 2009 Composer's Guild concert, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., 10th Ward Cultural Hall, 420 S. 800 East, free

Utah Arts Alliance Holiday Open House, music and dance, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Utah Arts Alliance, 2191 S. 300 West, free

Vienna Teng and Alex Wong, piano and percussion, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City, $15-$30 (435-655-3114 or www.parkcitytickets.com)

WSU High School Honor Band, Dec. 12, 4 p.m., Browning Center, WSU, Ogden, free

"The Nutcracker," Utah Regional Ballet, Dec. 12, 17-19, 22, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12 and 19, 2 p.m., Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo, $16-$26 (801-852-7007 or www.coveycenter.org)

Ellis Paul, singer/songwriter, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Cache Valley Unitarian Universalist, 596 E. 900 North, Logan, $15 (435-757-3468)

"Holiday Gift of Music," Wasatch Community Symphony Orchestra, director Theodore Zalkind, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., LDS Park Stake Center, 732 S. 800 East, free

"Messiah" sing-in, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Murray High School, 5440 S. State, free

U. Flute Choir Christmas concert, Dec. 13, 6 p.m., Dumke Recital Hall, U., free

"Messiah," Orchestra of Southern Utah and Messiah Choir, director Adrianne Tawa, Dec. 13-14, 7:30 p.m., Heritage Theatre, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City, free

"Here Comes Santa Claus," Utah Symphony, conductor David Cho, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Browning Center, WSU, Ogden, $8-$30 (801-399-9214 or www.symphonyballet.org)

Miss Marnene's Musical Theatre Community Christmas concert, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, free

Timpanogos Chorale Christmas concert, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., American Fork High School, 510 N. 600 East, American Fork, $3

WSU Alumni Singers, Dec. 14, 6:30 and 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 800 28th Street, Ogden, donations accepted

"A Christmas Dream," Ballet Centre, Dec. 14-16, 7 p.m., Ballet Centre Theatre, #70 E. 4880 South, $5 (801-265-0707)

Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband, bluegrass, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, $13-$15 (801-355-2787, 888-451-2787 or www.arttix.org)

Voice Mail Christmas, a cappella, Dec. 15-16, 7:30 p.m., Thanksgiving Point Show Barn, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, $14 (888-672-6040 or www.thanksgivingpoint.com); also Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 S. West Temple, $9-$16 (801-355-2787, 888-451-2787 or www.arttix.org)

"Carols and Confections," Mapleton Chorale, Dec. 16, 6 p.m., Maple Mountain High School, 51 N. 2550 East, Spanish Fork, $9-$15 (mmhs.nebo.edu)

Ruth Gatrell Singers Christmas concert, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Farmington City Community Arts Center, 120 S. Main, Farmington, free

Saltaires Barbershop Chorus, Dec. 16, 7 and 9 p.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem, $10 (801-255-2787 or www.scera.org)

"A Cheerful Christmas Concert," a benefit for the American Red Cross, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, U., $9 (801-355-2787, 888-451-2787 or www.arttix.org)

Stone Circle Winter Solstice concert, Celtic, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, $15 (801-355-2787, 888-451-2787 or www.arttix.org)

"Holiday Pops with Jerry," Utah Symphony, conductor Jerry Steichen, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Browning Center, WSU, Ogden, $20-$36 (801-399-9214 or www.symphonyballet.org)

"Gravity," Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Dec. 17-19, 7:30 p.m.; also Dec. 9, 2 p.m., Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, $30 (801-355-2787, 888-451-2787 or www.arttix.org)

"The Nutcracker," Imagine Ballet Theatre, Dec. 17-19, 7:30 p.m.; also Dec. 19, 2 p.m., Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden, $10-$25 (801-698-8700, 801-467-8499, 800-888-8499 or www.smithstix.com)

GETTING OUT

Dancing with the Randy Evans Band, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Orem Senior Friendship Center, 93 N. 400 East, Orem, $5 (801-229-7110 or 801-229-7111)

Cosmic light shows, "U2," dates and times vary, Clark Planetarium, The Gateway, $5-$8 (801-456-7872 or clarkplanetarium.org)

Hourly star shows, 12:30-7:45 p.m., Clark Planetarium, The Gateway, $5-$8 (801-456-7827 or clarkplanetarium.org)

Hunt Mysteries, audience-participation murder-mystery show and dinner; dates, venues and ticket prices vary (801-569-1482 or huntmysteries.com)

Quilters Without Borders, interfaith quilting group meets monthly, see www.quilterswithoutborders.org for schedule

Children's art workshops, third Saturday of the month, 2 p.m., Utah Museum of Fine Arts, U., prices vary (801-581-7332 or umfa.utah.edu)

THEATER

OPENING THIS WEEK

"A Child's Christmas in Holladay," Dec. 12-18, dates vary, 7 p.m., Holladay City Hall, 4580 S. 2300 East, $2-$12

"A Christmas Carol," Dec. 17-18, 7:30 p.m., youth production, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Cedar City, $3-$5 (800-752-9849 or www.bard.org)

"A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 22, nights and times vary, Midway Town Hall, 145 W. Main, Midway $8-$12 (www.highvalleyarts.org)

"A Christmas Carol," Dec. 18-31, nights and times vary, Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main, Park City, $15-$25 (435-649-9371 www.parkcityshows.com)

"Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol," OurSpace Theatre, Dec. 11-12, Prospector Square Lodge, 2200 Sidewinder Dr., Park City, $20 (435-658-3030); also Dec. 18-24, The Old Post Theatre, 245 Fort Douglas, $20 (801-581-7100 or www.kingtix.com)

CONTINUING PRODUCTIONS

"Babes in Toyland," through Dec. 24, nights and times vary, The Children's Theatre, 237 S. State, $12 (801-532-6000 or www.tctheatre.org)

"Cast Party SLC," Saturdays, 7-9 p.m., local cabaret, Club Manhattan, 5 E. 400 South, $10 (801-364-7651)

"A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 23, nights and times vary, Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North, $15.50-$19.50 (801-226-8600 or www.haletheater.org)

"A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 23, nights and times vary, Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, $17-$30 (801-984-9000 or www.halecentretheatre.org)

"Go Dog. Go!" through Dec. 27, nights and times vary, Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North, $10-$25 (801-363-7522 or www.saltlakeactingcompany.org)

"Miracle on 34th Street," West Jordan Theater Arts, through Dec. 14, nights and times vary, Sugar Factory Playhouse, 8201 W. 2200 South, West Jordan, $3-$6 (www.sugarfactory.org)

"Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical," through Dec. 21, nights and times vary, SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem, $10-$12 (801-225-2569 or www.scera.org)

"Nutcracker: Men in Tights," through Jan. 2, nights and times vary, Desert Star Playhouse, 4861 S. State, Murray, $8.95-$39.95 (801-266-2600 or www.desertstar.biz)

"Once Upon A Christmas: A North Pole Musical," Pickleville Playhouse, through Dec. 23, nights and times vary, Ellen Eccles Conference Center, Utah State University, Logan, $9.95-$30.95 dinner optional, (435-755-0968 or www.picklevilleplayhouse.com)

"Scrooge: The Musical," through Dec. 19, nightly, except Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Rodgers Memorial Theatre, 292 E. Pages Lane, Centerville, $10-$17 (801-298-1302 or www.rodgermemorial.com)

"Scrooge: A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 23, nights and times vary, Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden, $7-$12 (801-393-0070 or www.terraceplayhouse)

"Shadows of the Bakemono," Meat & Potato Theatre, through Dec. 20, nights and times vary, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, $20 (801-355-2787 or www.arttix.org)

"The Wedding Singer," national tour, through Dec. 13, nights and times vary, Kingsbury Hall, U., $15-$55 (801-581-7100 or www.kingtix.com)

IMPROV/COMEDY

Comedy Sportz, shows every Friday and Saturday, 8 and 10:15 p.m., 36 W. Center, Provo; family friendly; $8 (801-377-9700 or www.comedysportzutah.com)

Laughing Stock, weekends, times vary, Off Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main, $6-$9 (355-4628)

Off the Wall, dates and times vary, Terrace Plaza Playhouse, Ogden (393-0070)

Quick Wits, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 600, 26 E. 600 South (355-9860 or www.smitstix.com)

Thrillionaires Improv Theater, Covey Center for the Arts Little Theater, Provo, $10 (801-852-7007 or www.coveycenter.org)

CLUBS

Abyss Rock and Roll Sports Bar: Vains of Jenna, Corvid and Heartbreak Hangover, Dec. 11 (www.24tix.com)

Cisero's: Dirtbags Don't Die, Dec. 11 (435-649-5044)

Club Sound: Suicide Silence, Fire in the Skies and the Sky Devoured Us, Dec. 11 (801-467-8499)

Club Vegas: Dimebag Darrell Memorial with Blood of Saints, Vinia, Reaction Effect, Arsenic Addiction and Skies of Redemption, Dec. 11; Smile Empty Soul, Burn Halo, The Last Vegas, Split Lid Rayfield and Dirty Love Guns, Dec. 12 (801-818-2263)

The Depot: Barenaked Ladies, Dec. 14 (801-467-8499)

Downstairs, Park City: Junior and Friends, Dec. 13 (801-467-8499, 800-888-8499 or www.smitstix.com)

In the Venue: Royal Bliss, Dec. 12 (801-359-3219)

Kilby Court: Themselves, Burnell Washburn, Pat Maine, Yze and MC Pig Pen, Dec. 11; Ursa Oley, Bird Eater, I Am the Ocean and Accidente, Dec. 12; Sister Audio, Rabbit Alone and Cary Judd, Dec. 15; Nathan Spenser, Forget the Whale and the Red Caps, Dec. 16 (www.kilbycourt.com)

Muse Music: Polka Dot Dot Dot, Dec. 11 (801-377-6873)

Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover, Nev.: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dec. 11; Sara Evans, Dec. 12 (800-537-0207)

Sidecar, Park City: Salem, Dec. 11; Funk Schwa, Dec. 12 (435-645-7468)

Spur Bar and Grill, Park City: Nate Robinson Trio, Dec. 11; The Detonatores, Dec. 12 (435-615-1618)

Star Bar, Park City: Sex on the Run, Big Gun Baby and Stereotype, Dec. 12; Lee "Scratch" Perry and Sister Carol, Dec. 16; Ugly Duckling, Dec. 17 (435-615-7588)

State Room: Gregory Alan Isakov, Dec. 13 (800-501-2885 or www.thestateroomslc.com)

Sun and Moon Cafe: Li'l Dave Thompson, Dec. 11 (801-583-8331)

Tea Grotto: Live music every third Friday and every Saturday (801-466-8255)

Urban Lounge: Del the Funky Homosapien, Bukue, Scenic Byway and Smells Like Fun Video Premier, Dec. 11; Themselves, Mindstate, The Kno It Alls and Feel Good Patrol, Dec. 12; Jerry Joseph, Dec. 13; Trampled by Turtles and Puddle Mountain Ramblers, Dec. 14 (www.24tix.com)

Velour Music Gallery: Ellis Paul, Dec.www.comedysportzutah.com)