Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 10–13

It's warm and dry inside, Portland—and we've got just the ticket! This weekend, it's George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, the Mystery Box Show's sexy storytelling, ZooZoo, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and the English Beat.

By Ramona DeNies December 10, 2015

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'Tis indeed the sound of the most wonderful season. The Portland Gay Men's Chorus busts out the chestnuts this weekend. 


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Your look is Perfectamundo, Billy Gibbons! Rocking Rev Hall this Friday. Image credit: Billy Gibbons and the BFG's.

Billy Gibbons and the BFG's
Friday at 8 pm, Revolution Hall
The beardy, bead-bedazzled soul man of ZZ Top tours for new album Perfectamundo—whose “Afro-Cuban flavor” might feel like a departure for the blues rocker (until you recall that he played timbales as a teen with Latin legend Tito Puente.)

Portland Gay Men's Chorus: The Most Wonderful Season
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, Newmark Theatre
Lovers of Yuletide cheer, get ready for this annual parade of holiday classics, performed live by PGMC’s 150-voice chorale.

The Dandy Warhols
Saturday at 8 pm, Crystal Ballroom
Portland’s longtime indie-rock popsters return for their fourth consecutive year of annual holiday knees-up, this year titled A Dandy Christmas Carol. Expect high-energy versions of your favorite holiday classics (and probably that Bohemian song).

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Remember these swells? The English Beat goes on.

The English Beat
Sunday at 7:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom
Ska came to the United Kingdom in the 1970s, on the wingtips of underground bands like the English Beat. The group disbanded in 1983; three decades later, front man Dave Wakeling is back with crowdfunded album Here We Go Love.


The Mystery Box Show
Sunday at 7 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre
“Sexy storytelling”—yup, it’s a thing! Adult-toy experts, stand-up comedians, and racy raconteurs from Portland and beyond aim to combat creeping chill from Jack Frost nipping at your door (which reminds us of this one time ...).


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Some very special snowflakes. OBT's The Nutcracker opens this weekend.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Friday–Sunday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Keller Auditorium
The ballet returns, as regular as the winter solstice, with Balanchine’s beloved take on synchronized snowflakes and toys come to life.

The Spin
Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 pm, BodyVox
Dance as a game of chance? Twenty rehearsed dances are in the bank; BodyVox invites the audience to spin the proverbial wheel (and other game show devices) to inform the order of each evening’s performance.

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Book your last seating at ZooZoo—it's the beloved show's final run!


Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at noon and 2 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, Imago Theatre
Imago brings back its popular peripatetic production one more time, replete with conga-dancing polar bears and insomniac hippos. The New York Times says “just watch”—this will be your last chance to do so before ZooZoo zips off on a final national tour.

A Christmas Carol
Thursday–Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, Portland Playhouse
It’s Portland Playhouse’s third year producing Rick Lombardo’s wacky, Drammy-winning adaptation of the Dickens classic. Bring tissues for the Tiny Tim bits.

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