B-There! The Nutcracker | Sugar and the Hi-Lows

B-There! The Nutcracker | Rachael Yamagata | Holidaze




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12/12/12 – 12/18/12




This edition of B-There features the best of events and destinations in and around the city.  We’ve got a “sweet” selection of hot events in the mix this week – from Balanchine’s The Nutcracker to Sugar and the Hi-Lows… Just mark your calendar and B-There…
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Sugar and the Hi-Lows / Gabe Dixon 
WorkPlay, 12/12, 8:00 PM

The duo of Nashville singer-songwriters Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup debuted their “their rockabilly ‘n’ retro soul revue” (Huffington Post) in November with the single See It For Yourself. The song was featured in USA Today’s Playlist and has received airplay on Triple A and Americana stations. The writing duo has co-written several songs over the past three years, some of which have been heard on TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, and Private Practice, to name a few. A departure in sound from the moody, subdued tone of their previous collaborations, their style and substance is a throw-back to a bygone era of the 50s and 60s, inspired by Motown, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. Suit up and sashay down to WorkPlay tonight for Sugar and the Hi-Lows! More details here 


Red Mountain Theatre, Through 12/21

Everyone’s favorite time of the year begins with Holidaze!  Red Mountain Theatre Company brings you an all-new holiday spectacular, featuring performances by local favorites accompanied by the RMTC Youth Programs. Holidaze includes classics like White Christmas, The Sleigh, Christmas Lullaby, Steam Heat, and Christmas Time is Here plus original songs like A Birmingham Carol and Snow’s up Baby!, along with our traditional Walk Through Bethlehem!  Holidaze is presented by Ginger & Lane Milam and Kimberly & Danny Patterson. This fresh take on the holiday season is the cure for any Scrooge. Holidaze is a family-friendly production and appropriate for all ages. (Frosty gave this show ‘two twigs up’)  More details here 


Rachael Yamagata
Bottletree Cafe, 12/13, 9:30 PM

Rachael Yamagata has been called ‘the troubadour of heartbreak’ by the press and fans are drawn to her ability to ‘turn emotion into song’. She began her musical career with the band Bumpus before becoming a solo artist and releasing four EP’s and three studio albums. Her songs have appeared on numerous television shows and she has collaborated with other musicians including Jason Mraz, Rhett Miller, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Toots and the Maytals , Ray Lamontagne and shared the stage at Carnegie Hall with R.E.M. and Patti Smith. NPR, The Audio Perv, Perez Hilton and even Taylor Swift remain fans (she’s photographed this year with Rachael’s lyrics to ‘Even If I Don’t‘ on her arm during one of her shows). See and hear what everyone is talking about when they say Rachael Yamagata is not-to-be-missed live in concert! More details here


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George Balanchine’s
‘The Nutcracker’

The Wright Center,
Samford University
12/14 – 12/23

The Alabama Ballet remains one of only 7 companies in the world granted the right to perform this holiday classic by the Balanchine Trust. All performed to Balanchine’s exacting specifications; dazzling choreography, opulent costumes and extravagant sets make this production unlike any other. The Alabama Ballet’s company of 35 dancers consistently shows audiences how spectacular this beloved production can be.  A wonderful ballet for the entire family, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season and to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical ballet. Start your traditional holiday outings with The Nutcracker, performed by the Alabama Ballet! More details here


Skybucket Records Presents: Dylan LeBlanc and Belle Adair w. Philos Moore LIVE
Bottletree Cafe, 12/15, 9:00 PM

Boasting a sound reminiscent of those that came many years before him, the young musician Dylan Leblanc is a Muscle Shoals native who has spent the majority of his life surrounded by the rich musical history many artists can only dream of.   Recently signed to the London-based label Rough Trade Records, Leblanc’s newest album is Cast The Same Old Shadow. Joining Leblanc at Bottletree are fellow Muscle Shoals natives Belle Adair. Recently featured in the September issue of Relix magazine as part of the “new sound of Muscle Shoals,” Belle Adair has been garnering the attention of many due to their fresh, folk pop sound.  Their self-released six-song EP is filled with quiet harmonies that make one feel at home with every single song. Both of these acts have played Secret Stages and we’re glad that Bottletree is bringing the distinctive talents of  Dylan Leblanc and Belle Adair back home to Alabama! More details here  

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Arova Contemporary Ballet Presents:
The Snow Queen

Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre,
Alabama School of Fine Arts,
12/15, 2:30 & 7:30 PM

Things are ‘looking up’ this winter as ballet takes to the frosty air with ‘The Snow Queen’! The Arova Contemporary Ballet presents an exciting and contemporary spin on the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of good prevailing over evil. Back by popular demand, ACB’s newest staging of The Snow Queen will feature premiere choreography, multimedia animation & high-flying aerial ballet. This show gets off the ground December 15 for only TWO shows, so get your seats before they’re gone! More details here


The Polar Express:
All Aboard for
KidOne Transport
and Save the Lyric:

Alabama Theatre,
12/21 & 12/22,
2:00 PM

Based on the modern day classic storybook of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is a motion capture-computer animated film from Robert Zemekis that has become a classic of its own. On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train to the North Pole where his beliefs about Santa and the magic of Christmas are tested in powerful and poignant ways. Ticket proceeds for The Polar Express features at the Alabama Theatre will go to Kid One Transport and the Lyric Theatre Restoration Project. Help keep both of these worthwhile journeys rolling forward and join the holiday crowd for a magical matinee at the historic Alabama! More details here



A Very JUKA Christmas
Bottletree Cafe, 12/18
6:00 – 11:00 PM

Join John Scalici’s Juka Tribe and prepare to pound your world boogie drum at Bottletree as they present a special holiday show to beat down hunger in Birmingham. In the Christmas spirit, be ready to share $10 at the door plus a non-perishable food item, all to support Magic City Harvest, a local non-profit which redistributes food to over 60 locations in Birmingham. Juka Tribe will be joined by special guests Erynias Tribe (Tribal Fusion bellydance) and more guest musicians who will support the Tribe for an evening of grooving…and giving for Magic City Harvest. More details here


Wells Fargo Zoolight Safari
and ‘Breakfast with Santa’ at
The Birmingham Zoo!

Make your reservations now for this popular holiday event with old St. Nick! Breakfast with Santa takes place on 12/15 & 12/22 in the Zoo’s Kudzoo Cafe and features a scrumptious breakfast followed by a visit from Ole Saint Nick himself with all of the children receiving a special treat! The Wells Fargo ZooLight Safari embarks amid half a million lights, holiday music and plenty of festive spirit as the Zoo comes alive every evening through 12/31! Now visitors can experience the NEW ice skating rink at the only place in Birmingham where it snows every night! More details here 



Holiday Film Series at
The Historic Alabama Theatre

Alabama Theatre
Through 12/22

Reunite with your favorite Christmas movies at the 2012 Holiday Film Series at the Alabama! This year’s line-up includes: Holiday Inn, Elf, The Santa Clause, Home Alone, White Christmas, Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Polar Express, and A Christmas Story! Movie goers can enjoy refreshments including wine or hot cocoa, and sing carols with the Mighty Wurlitzer.  It’s said that no one fully experiences Christmas in Birmingham until they’ve sung carols together, raising voices in the grand spaces of the Alabama Theatre prior to a classic movie. Start your own warm family tradition this year, enjoying beloved holiday films at the Alabama Theatre! More details here


‘A Christmas Memory’
The Musical Adaptation
of the Truman Capote Classic

Virginia Samford Theatre, Through 12/23

The new musical adaptation of Truman Capote’s famous holiday story enjoys its Birmingham premiere at the Virginia Samford Theatre! Based on Capote’s sepia-hued memoir of his childhood, this new adaptation of ‘A Christmas Memory‘ chronicles a young boy’s loving friendship with an eccentric aunt in a small Southern town in the 1930s, where misfits Buddy and Sook launch kites, haunt speakeasies, and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to President Roosevelt. Directed by Jack Mann, and with music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by Carol Hall, rich poetry sings from the stage in this wistful memoir of cherished youth. If you’re in a “bah humbug” mood this holiday season, a seat at the uplifting musical ‘A Christmas Memory’ may be just the remedy! More details here 



Pepper Place Saturday Market 
December 15 – 7:00 AM til 12:00 PM 

Celtic Christmas tunes by Fiddlin’ in the Parlor!  


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