The season's premier pop-music showcase includes performances from Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer and Hailee Steinfeld (hey, if you liked her in "Edge of Seventeen," you'll be impressed to hear that she can sing, too). Always a good time — thanks, Mix 106.5. 8 p.m. Friday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $45-$65. lyricbaltimore.com.
'Great Russian Nutcracker'
The Moscow Ballet offers its spirited take on Tchaikovsky's ode to sugarplum fairies, etc. 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $46-$139. france-merrickpac.com.
Ever wonder how Princess Leia got ahold of the plans for the Death Star (the ones she was so desperate to get to Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original "Star Wars")? Here's the answer, in a "Star Wars" film featuring precious few of the characters you've come to know over the years (although Darth Vader does show up). With Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen and Diego Luna. In theaters Thursday.
It wouldn't be Christmas in Baltimore without this annual show from Hagerstown's own Kix. Hair bands rock! 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $27.50. ramsheadlive.com.
Ugly Sweater Run
Put on your best ugly sweater ("best" may not be the right adjective to use here, but you get the point) and run through a chilly winter morning in Baltimore, all in the name of having a merry holiday season. And when you're done, organizers promise the chance for a family portrait inside a larger-than-life snowglobe. Who could resist? 9 a.m. Saturday at Rash Field, 201 Key Highway. $35-$45 (free for kids 5 and younger). theuglysweaterrun.com.
Scores of tubas, pounding out the holiday classics. Very impressive. 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, Pratt and Lights streets. Free ($10 to play). If the weather's bad, all those most noble of brass instruments will be moved inside the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. (There's another one scheduled, in Bel Air, for 5 p.m. Sunday at Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St.) tubachristmas.com.
'Ole Ole Ole'
Watch as the Rolling Stones conquer South America, including a first-ever performance in Cuba, in concert footage from earlier this year. 8 p.m. Monday in area theaters. fathomevents.com.
A night of instrumental surf music and surf movies, with performances from Garage Sale and the Flying Faders. Not exactly seasonal, but with winter rapidly approaching, welcome. 9 p.m. Saturday at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. Free. theottobar.com.
Union Square Holiday Cookie Tour
For the 31st year, residents of Union Square throw open their Victorian-era homes, with cookies, to the public. Noon-4:30 p.m. today, beginning at 1401 Hollins St. $15-$18. union-square.us.
Watch George Bailey and company discover just how precious life is (especially when directed by Frank Capra), with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing Dimitri Tiomkin's score live. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $25-$75. bsomusic.org.