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Ben Barham plays miserly Ebe­neezer Scrooge as the Ar­genta Com­mu­nity Theater, 405 Main St. in North Lit­tle Rock’s Ar­genta Arts Dis­trict, reprises — with some new twists — Judy Goss’ adap­ta­tion of Charles Dick­ens’ A

Christ­mas Carol, 7:30 p.m. Fri­day-Satur­day and Dec. 14-15, 2 p.m. Sun­day, 7 p.m. Tues­day-Dec. 13. Tick­ets are $10-$30. Call (501) 353-1443 or visit ar­gen­ta­com­mu­ni­tythe­ater.com.


The Sug­arplum Fairy, Clara and some pesky mice will wel­come Christ­mas with lots of twirls, leaps and hol­i­day cheer as Bal­let Arkansas pre­sents its an­nual pro­duc­tion of The Nutcracker at Robin­son Cen­ter Per­for­mance Hall, 426 W. Markham St. at Broad­way, Lit­tle Rock. It’s the 40th an­niver­sary of what’s be­ing billed this year as the “Nutcracker Spec­tac­u­lar,” fea­tur­ing the pro­fes­sional bal­let com­pany, the Arkansas Sym­phony Orches­tra and more than 250 lo­cal dancers. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Fri­day, 2 and 7 p.m. Satur­day and 2 p.m. Sun­day. Tick­ets are $20-$99. Call (800) 7453000 or visit tick­et­mas­ter.com.


Co­me­dian, ac­tor, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer Martin Lawrence hosts the

LIT AF Tour, fea­tur­ing co­me­di­ans DeRay Davis, Rickey Smi­ley, Michael Black­son, Jay Pharoah, Deon Cole, Bruce Bruce, Adele Givens, Clay­ton Thomas and Benji Brown, 7:30 p.m. Fri­day at North Lit­tle Rock’s Ver­i­zon Arena. Tick­ets are $39.50-$119.50 plus ser­vice charges. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit Tick­et­mas­ter.com.


Lit­tle Rock’s South Main dis­trict lights up at the Ber­nice Gar­den Tree

Lighting Cer­e­mony, 5-7 p.m. to­day. School choirs will sing car­ols be­fore the of­fi­cial tree lighting. There will also be crafts, re­fresh­ments, SoMa mas­cot Cosmo, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Neigh­bor­hood busi­nesses par­tic­i­pat­ing in the SoMa Hol­i­day Open House will stay open un­til 8 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is free. Call (501) 681-9073 or visit facebook.com/ events/627875427614172.


Photos with Santa and some elab­o­rately dec­o­rated lit­tle ed­i­ble houses will be on dis­play, with an ex­hibit of win­ning en­tries from the Hol­i­day Col­or­ing Con­test, at Treat­ment Homes’ Gingerbread Ex­trav­a­ganza,

1-4 p.m. Sun­day at the state Capi­tol, 500 Wood­lane St., Lit­tle Rock. Ad­mis­sion is free. Call (501) 372-5039 or visit treat­men­thomes.org.


A Christ­mas mir­a­cle en­sues as three East­ern kings fol­low­ing a shin­ing star stop for the night in the hut of an im­pov­er­ished, crutch-bound boy and his mother, in Amahl and the Night

Visitors, a one-act opera in English by Gian Carlo Menotti. A joint pro­duc­tion of Praeclara, Wild­wood Park for the Arts and Sec­ond Pres­by­te­rian Church will be on­stage 7:30 p.m. Fri­day and 3 p.m. Sun­day in the Cabe Fes­ti­val

Theater at Wild­wood, 20919 Denny Road, Lit­tle Rock, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Satur­day at Sec­ond Pres­by­te­rian, 600 Pleas­ant Val­ley Drive, Lit­tle Rock. There will be carol­ing, treats and bev­er­ages in the theater’s South Lobby an hour be­fore the show, plus post-show re­cep­tions with the cast, Santa and his elves. Tick­ets are $20, $10 for col­lege stu­dents and chil­dren 17 and younger. For Wild­wood shows, call (501) 821-7275 or visit wild­wood­park.org; for the two at Sec­ond Pres­by­te­rian, call (501) 8599000 or visit praeclara.org.


The Arkansas Cham­ber Singers and con­duc­tor John Er­win, with the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas Cham­ber Singers, are of­fer­ing “The Gift of Song,” 7 p.m. Fri­day-Satur­day and 3 p.m. Sun­day at the Old State House Mu­seum, 300 W. Markham St., Lit­tle Rock. The pro­gram will in­clude Baroque, Bri­tish, Ital­ian and Rus­sian songs of the sea­son. Ad­mis­sion is by

free ticket; call (501) 377-1121 or visit AR-Cham­berSingers.org.


The Lit­tle Rock Winds, with guests pi­anist Ja­nine Reeves Tiner, tenor Matthew New­man, the McCafferty Academy of Ir­ish Dance, the Lit­tle Rock Cen­tral High Con­cert Choir and Santa Claus, will be “Mak­ing Spir­its

Bright,” 7:30 p.m. to­day in the Cen­ter for Hu­man­i­ties and the Arts, Univer­sity of Arkansas-Pu­laski Tech­ni­cal Col­lege main cam­pus, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Lit­tle Rock. Is­rael Get­zov con­ducts. A pre-con­cert silent auc­tion opens at 6:30. Tick­ets are $15, $12 for se­nior cit­i­zens 65 and older, free for stu­dents. Call (501) 812-2831 or visit charts.uaptc.edu/events.


Spend some fes­tive time with some spe­cial an­i­mals when the Heifer Ranch, 55 Heifer Road, Per­ryville, pre­sents its an­nual Hol­i­day Hoopla, 5-8 p.m. Satur­day and 3-6 p.m. Sun­day. There will be mu­sic, gifts for ship­ping, farm-fresh food and a chance to take pic­tures with Heifer an­i­mals. Ad­mis­sion is free. Call (855) 343-4337. See story on Page 4D.


Get a taste of a very tra­di­tional Christ­mas as His­toric Wash­ing­ton State Park pre­sents its Christ­mas and

Can­dle­light, 1-8 p.m. Satur­day. Af­ter dark, thou­sands of lu­mi­nar­ies will light the way to his­toric build­ings dec­o­rated in 19th-cen­tury style. Start­ing at 5 p.m., groups and choirs will per­form. Ad­mis­sion is $10, $6 for chil­dren 6-12. Call (870) 983-2684 or visit arkansasstateparks.com.

Spe­cial to the Demo­crat-Gazette/WAR­REN McCUL­LOUGH

Spe­cial to the Demo­crat-Gazette/KURT KAMPHAUSEN


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