Enjoy a reimagined take on Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic this weekend when the RACE Dance Collective presents “HipHop Nutcracker” Friday through Saturday.
Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Oklahoma City Community College Performing Arts Center, 7777 S. May Ave.
The show in partnership with Oklahoma City Public Schools Dance Programs tells the story of Carlos and his journey of self-discovery and love of community. It features magic dolls, battling robots, mice and tap-dancing SnowFly Fairies.
The show was featured in a last year’s documentary Finding Carlos, directed by Oklahoma City’s Lance McDaniel. Sponsors are the Kirkpatrick Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.
For tickets, go to racedance.com.
Coming of age
This weekend, the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Thelma Gaylord Academy will present a comical musical that captures adolescence. It’ll be the first show at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre since March 2020. 13: The Musical from Friday through Sunday tells the story of Evan Goldman, played by Conner Coffman, who has to navigate middle school as a new student in a small town after moving from New York.
“These kids are incredibly talented,” production Director Meagan Olson said. “And this show is so much fun and so funny. Whether you are a teen or an adult, you will leave this show chuckling.”
The show is recommended for ages 10 and up. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is required. For tickets, go to thelmagaylordacademy.com.
The Artspace at Untitled’s interesting and unusual Postcard Perspectives exhibit returns this week to the Oklahoma City art gallery and for the third year will feature postcard-sized art from around the world.
The opening reception will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the gallery, 1 NE Third St. Artists from 23 countries and more than 40 U.S. cities mailed in postcard art, for sale to benefit the nonprofit community arts center.
I first wrote about Postcard Perspectives last year and its connection to artists around the world. The exhibit will be open through Dec. 31.
Also reopening is Artspace’s retail shop, The Hive, featuring work by community artists. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday for 20% off your purchase and to meet the Hive artists.
For more Artspace happenings, go to 1ne3.org.
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s 24 Works on Paper will make the final stop of this traveling exhibit this week in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, 1400 Classen Dr. The collection has toured the state since August and features works from Oklahoma artists in media like printmaking, drawing, painting and photography. Guest curator is heather ahtone, senior curator at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma. Closing reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 13. See a virtual tour from its stop in Altus archived at nbcwigwam.art. For additional information, go to 24works.org.
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