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Holiday Arts & Entertainment

‘A Bloody Mary Christmas’
8 p.m. Dec. 6-21
Space 55 Theater
636 E. Pierce St.
602-663-4032

For the fourth consecutive year, Space 55 presents a holiday musical for people who hate the holidays and musicals. Sun City retirees Blanche, Bertha and Mabel sing, dance and drink themselves silly as they battle a heartless homeowner’s association that tries to evict them from their condo on Christmas Eve. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll pee a little. Need we add that this show isn’t even remotely appropriate for children? Tickets are $15. Shows are Friday and Saturday nights only. Get the in advance online at www.space55.org or at the door.

‘Celebrate the Joy’
ProMusica
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Drive
www.pmaz.org

The full orchestra and chorale will be engaged to present the Christmas story, augmented by heart-warming readings, and beautiful music including “Silent Night,” Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium,” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Presented in two acts, this concert also features innovative visual elements, dancers, and audience sing-alongs of traditional favorites. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17.50 for seniors, and $12 for students, and will be available at the door.

Christmas Pageant
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
Xavier College Preparatory
4710 N. 5th St.

The pageant is the traditional story of the birth of Christ as told through reverent music and dance.This year’s theme is “Hope Is Born.” The performance is Xavier’s gift to the community, so there will not be a charge for admission.

‘Holidays with Orpheus’
Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix
3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15
Camelback Bible Church,
3900 E. Stanford Drive
602-271-9396

This year’s Holidays with Orpheus concert will feature such classics as “I Saw Three Ships,” “What Child Is This?” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “O Holy Night,” along with a few rare gems like “Riu, Riu, Chiu” and “The Mummer Song.” Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Visit www.orpheus.org.

‘Feast of Carols’
Arizona Masterworks Chorale
3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15
Faith Lutheran Church
801 E. Camelback Road
602-350-8261

The performance features favorite carols in a variety of styles: madrigal, Mozart, and modern. In addition, the group will take the audience on a journey through music history in a sophisticated, entertaining rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” singing each verse in a different musical tradition—imagine “Nine Ladies Dancing” in the style of a 19th Century Viennese waltz. Tickets are $15 (12 and younger free) and are available in the church office, from a chorale member, and at the door. For more information, call or visit www.arizonamasterworks.com.

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