Cirque, an interactive 'Die Hard,' Xscape, an Angry Hedwig and more of the week's best events in the Baltimore area

Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular

Flying reindeer ain’t got nothing on these folks, a troupe of high-flying, gravity-defying Cirque performers, including acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, balancers, strongmen and aerialists, who do stuff that sometimes defies categorization, with music from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as backdrop. All that, and you get Santa in the lobby, too. 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $17.50-$85.

‘The Nutcracker’

The Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers its annual take on dancing sugar plum fairies and marching toy soldiers, with Tchaikovsky’s music performed by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Mingle in the lobby beforehand with Santa, carolers and (of course) the Nutcracker itself. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $19.50-$54.


The recently reunited R&B quartet that gave the world “Just Kickin’ It,” “Understanding,” “Feels So Good” and “The Arms of the One Who Loves You” bring The Great Xscape Tour to Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Also on the bill: Monica and Tamar Braxton. 8 p.m. Friday. $38-$103.

‘Die Hard’ Interactive Movie Night

Maybe you forgot that “Die Hard” was a Christmas movie? It all takes place at an office Christmas party on Christmas Eve, when all John McClane (Bruce Willis) originally wanted to do was reconcile with his wife. Ah, but fate and an especially nasty terrorist named Hans Gruber (the late great Alan Rickman) has far more nefarious things in mind. And you, lucky you, get to shout out the lines (“Yippee-ki-yay," etc.), play games, hoist a drink special or two and otherwise get in the spirit. 7 p.m. Friday (movie begins at 8) at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. $9-$15.

‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

No botched sex-change operation has ever been more musical. The story of Hedwig (formerly Hansel) Robinson and her East German rock-and-roll lifestyle, presented with aplomb by Stillpointe Theater. 9 p.m. Thursday (with a repeat at 9 p.m. Dec. 28) at The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. $25-$40.

Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar: A Christmas Tour

You know they’ll be singing “The Naughty List,” and hopefully a bunch of other Christmas music, as well. 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. $60-$70.

‘The Greatest Showman’

A musical based on the life, and showmanship, of P.T. Barnum, with Hugh Jackman (who has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his work; the movie’s been nominated as well, for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy) and Michelle Williams. In theaters Wednesday.

Bard in the Barn

The Baltimore Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Sea Voyage,” a 17th-century tale of love, a shipwreck and an island where men are not exactly welcome. You may note a more-than-passing resemblance to Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Performed in the Barn at Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike in Hydes, Baltimore County. 2 p.m. today. $25.

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’

Director Donald Hicken narrates Dylan Thomas’ classic tale, with music from singer-songwriter Nancy Krebs. Followed by an audience singalong, including students from the Baltimore School for the Arts. 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Cabaret at Germano’s, 300 S. High St. $15.

‘I Love Lucy’ and ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ — Now in Living Color

Broadcast for the first time, colorized versions of a trio of TV classics. From “I Love Lucy,” you’ve got “The Fashion Show,” with Lucy getting to show off in a high-class fashion show, if only her sunburn doesn’t get in the way. Then a pair of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” greats: “My Blonde-Haired Brunette,” where Laura (Mary Tyler Moore, never better) decides to dye her hair blonde, convinced she needs to reignite her husband’s passion, and “October Eve,” where a nude painting of Laura that she hoped she’d destroyed ends up in an art show. Plus, you get the annual presentation of “The Christmas Episode” from “I Love Lucy,” as the Ricardos and the Mertzes prepare for Santa’s visit. Wonderful stuff, and colorization, while still of debatable artistic merit, has come a long way over the decades. Definitely worth a look. The “I Love Lucy” episodes start at 8 p.m. Friday, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” episodes at 9 p.m., on CBS (WJZ, Channel 13).

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