Latina Scrooge back on stage

Plenty of hol­i­day events to get you in the spirit

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY - By­jeanne Claire van Ryzin jvan­ryzin@states­man.com

Hol­i­day arts events con­tinue with the open­ing of Bal­let Austin’s sparkling “The Nutcracker,” Teatro Vivo’s de­light­ful “Cuento Navideño” and a new hol­i­day show, “A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas: The Mu­sic of Vince Guaraldi” at An­tone’s. — a self­ish and self-con­sumed busi­ness­woman who has lost touch with her cul­ture and her fam­ily and thus lost her con­nec­tion to her com­mu­nity. But a sur­prise visit from the ghost of her former busi­ness part­ner — the once equally greedy Teodora — sets Evan­gelina on a jour­ney to look closely at the choices she’s made.

A dif­fer­ent mem­ber of the com­mu­nity will make a sur­prise ap­pear­ance at each show in a walk-on role. Among those lu­mi­nar­ies: Travis County District Clerk Amalia Rodriguez-Men­doza, Austin City Coun­cil mem­ber Mike Martinez and play­wright Erica Saenz.

To­day through Dec. 16, Rollins Stu­dio The­atre, Long Cen­ter, 701 W. River­side Drive. $15-$20. 4765664; www.teatro­vivo.org

Forty-seven years ago an an­i­mated tele­vi­sion spe­cial based on the Peanuts characters from Charles Schulz’s comic strip made its de­but and be­came a hol­i­day tra­di­tion for many.

With­out a doubt “A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas” en­deared with its de­light­ful yet real­is­tic characters. But the show’s jazzy pi­ano melodies — com­posed by Vince Guaraldi — cat­a­pulted Char­lie Brown and his friends into the pop cul­ture lex­i­con and be­came in­stant Christ­mas clas­sics.

Now, pi­anist and Austin Cham­ber Mu­sic Cen­ter di­rec­tor Michelle Schu­mann recre­ates Guaraldi’s sig­na­ture pi­ano, acous­tic bass and drums sound in a pair of con­certs at leg­endary blues club An­tone’s.

4 and 6 p.m. Sun­day, An­tone’s, 213 W. Fifth St.

CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH WIL­LIAMS

Yvonne Flores as Teodora and Mary Alice Carnes as Evan­gelina Cruz in Teatro Vivo’s “Cuento Navideño,” a mod­ern Latino take on Charles Dick­ens’“A Christ­mas Carol.” The show plays at the Long Cen­ter to­day through Dec. 16.

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