Full belly

Pasatiempo - - JENNIFER GOES -

The hol­i­days can be scary for some peo­ple, what with the elu­sive so­cial re­quire­ment to ex­hibit good­will to­ward men and wish for peace on Earth at the dark­est, cold­est time of year. This might be why naughty-to-nice re­demp­tion sto­ries are so pop­u­lar, like A Christ­mas Carol and It’s a Won­der­ful Life, in which the grouchy get sec­ond chances at sea­sonal cheer. In The Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas, Jack Skelling­ton, pump­kin king of Hal­loween Town, kid­naps Santa Claus for self­ish pur­poses. The 1993 Tim Bur­ton movie be­came an in­stant cult clas­sic that has in­spired decades of fan-fic­tion and other crossovers, in­clud­ing the Desert Dar­lings Belly Dance ren­di­tion: “Night­mare: A The­atri­cal Belly Dance Ad­ven­ture.” Belly dance, fla­menco, aerial fab­ric dance, and other con­tem­po­rary world styles are used to retell the an­i­mated tale at Ware­house 21 (1614 Paseo de Per­alta) on Fri­day, Dec. 18, and Satur­day, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. Tick­ets to the all-ages show are $15 in ad­vance, avail­able at www.thedesert­dar­lings.com; it’s $20 at the door. — Jen­nifer Levin

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