This arts and entertainment calendar updates weekly and lists events taking place in and around Louisville, from concerts to comedy shows, theater productions, musicals, and more.


Magic Inc.: Nutcracker in a Nutshell. 2 p.m., Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th St. Tickets start at $25.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” StageOne presents the story of the Herdmans. The worst kids in the world who lie, steal, and cheat and have bullied their way into the church’s Christmas pageant. Saturday, 2 and 5 p.m., Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Ends Dec. 17. Tickets start at $20, $15 for children.

Foxing, Shinra Knives. 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Tickets start at $18.

Louisville Orchestra. “Once Upon an Orchestra.” The program weave music and storytelling together in an interactive experience that includes a 30-minute small ensemble performance preceded by a hands-on activity to build a musical instrument from recycled materials. 2 p.m., Louisville Free Public Library, St. Matthews Branch, 3940 Grandview Ave. Free.

“Christmas Carol: A Radio Play.” Actors Theatre of Louisville audio adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale of redemption, connection, and generosity. This spirited listening experience can be streamed from any device for the whole family to enjoy. Streaming through Dec. 31. Pay what you choose, starting at $10 plus fees.

Adam Pascal and Olivia Valli in

“Pretty Woman: The Musical.” PNC Broadway in Louisville presents the show based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time. Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 and 6:30 p.m., Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Ends Dec. 4. Tickets start at $46.80.

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“Santa Claus: The Musical.” Santa has decided to retire but not all the elves in his workshop are thrilled about his replacement. Presented by Derby Dinner Playhouse Children’s Musical Theatre. Saturday, at the playhouse, 525 Marriot Drive, Clarksville, Ind. Breakfast 9 a.m., show, 10 a.m.; lunch noon, show 1:15 p.m. Ends Dec. 23. Breakfast $17; lunch $22.

The Frazier History Museum’s “White Christmas: The Exhibit”  includes this photo of Vera Ellen, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby in the 1954 film “White Christmas.”

“Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas.” Derby Dinner Playhouse presents the holiday classic based on a popular movie. Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday-next Saturday; 7:45 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 and 7:45 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 and 7:45 p.m., at the playhouse, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Indiana. Ends on Dec. 31. $39-$49. 812-288-8281,

Sherlock Holmes: Silenced Night!” On Christmas Eve, Holmes and Watson need to find out why guests have been disappearing from a hotel in a dangerous part of town in time to prevent a murder. Match wits with the world’s most famous detective to find the solution. Presented by Who Dunnit Murder Mystery Theater. 7 p.m., Bristol Bar & Grille, 614 W. Main St. Ends Jan. 7. $59.90 includes show, dinner, tax and gratuity. 502-649-1829;

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The Soul of Christmas. The musical production features renditions of iconic secular and sacred holiday songs. Sunday, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m., Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Ends Dec. 11. Tickets start at $43.88.

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