Sure, there’s the tap-dancing Santa Clauses, and that alone should be enough enticement to check out the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday celebration. But there’s also the BSO, guided by the Hollywood Bowl’s Thomas Wilkins and with help from soprano Alison Buchanan, presenting such classics as “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Sleigh Ride” and “O Holy Night.” Guaranteed to generate holiday spirit. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. next Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $17.50-$75. bsomusic.org.
‘A Hunger Artist’
A man sits alone in a cage, starving, all for the enjoyment of his audience. Adapted from a Franz Kafka short story by Brooklyn-based Sinking Ship Productions (including writer and Baltimore native Josh Luxenberg). 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. next Sunday at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. $15-$25. theatreproject.org.
'Breaking With Tradition: Stories About Unconventional Holidays'
Ever survived an unconventional holiday? This could be your chance to tell everyone about it — or, perhaps, simply listen to others and their tales of non-conformity, all courtesy of the folks at Stoop Storytelling. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (preceded by cocktails and live folk music from Orchester Prazevica) at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. $20. stoopstorytelling.com.
Yes, she’s come a long way since winning Season 3 of “American Idol.” See just how far, and enjoy the voice that brought us “I Believe,” “Truth Is” and all kinds of great songs. 7:30 p.m. today at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $49.50-$59.50. modell-lyric.com.
‘Legos, Lights & Latkes’
Help build a 12-foot Menorah, then reward yourself for all the hard work with pizza, latkes, and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts). 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. $10-$15. jcc.org.
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
More adventures in a galaxy far, far away, as Rey (Daisy Ridley) learns more about the force, and we all get to enjoy Carrie Fisher onscreen one last time and Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker gets more than the one-scene, wordless cameo he had in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In theaters Thursday.
Silent on Fifth Street
Some seriously heavy metal from Maryland’s own. Also on the bill: Filth, The Machinist, Kriminals, Louder Than Quiet and The Seamstress. 6:30 p.m. Monday at The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. $12. theottobar.com.
Seven Fells Point bars, offering food and drink specials, plus a refillable Santa mug. Time to get merry. Registration at the Fells Point Tavern, 1606 Thames St., from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, with specials lasting until 9 p.m. $15-$30. baltimoresantacrawl.com.
Great Russian ‘Nutcracker’
Archetypical Tchaikovsky, complete with sugarplum fairies, wooden soldiers and a very important nutcracker, presented with all the aplomb the Moscow Ballet can muster. 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. $47-$199. france-merrickpac.com.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra brass musicians Phil Munds (horn), Andrew Balio (trumpet), René Hernandez (trumpet), Aaron LaVere (trombone) and Chris Tiedeman (tuba), with Michael Britt at the organ, perform works by Handel, Mozart, Gabrieli, Tchaikovsky and (in a nod to the 20th century) Steve Allen. 7 p.m. today at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Church, 1316 Park Ave. $20, free for students. browndowntown.org.