'Tis the season for holiday-themed shows to hit local stages. Art Zone host Nancy Guppy joined us with several interesting choices, along with an incredible exhibit from Paul Allen's collection!

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Here are the events Nancy spotlighted this week:

A Closer Look: Portraits from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection* - December 2, 2016 - February 26, 2016 at Pivot Art + Culture. CLICK HERE for more information

ACT's annual holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, featuring R. Hamilton Wright and Frank Corrado in the juicy role of Scrooge - November 25 - December 28, 2016. CLICK HERE for more information

Seattle Children's Theatre's production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first book in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series - Now through December 11, 2016. CLICK HERE for more information.

Theater Anonymous' staged adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life is a full-of-surprises, one night only performance happening December 10, 2016, at Seattle Center's Cornish Playhouse. CLICK HERE for more information.

For a non-traditional take on that holiday classic, The Nutcracker, check out:

  • Buttcracker II... More Crack - December 8 - 18, 2016 at the Erickson Theatre off Broadway. CLICK HERE for more inforamtion
  • Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker - December 9-29 at the Triple Door. CLICK HERE for more information

* Artist credits for A Closer Look: Portraits from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection

  • David Hockney, The Conversation, 1980, Acrylic on canvas
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La liseuse, 1877, Oil on canvas
  • Chuck Close, Self-Portrait (Maquette), 2009, Polaroid photograph with graphite, ink and tape, Photograph by Kerry Ryan McFate, Courtesy Pace Gallery
  • Guy Tillim, Portait VI: Mai Mai militia in training near Beni, eastern DRC, for immediate deployment with the APC (Armée Populaire du Congo), the army of the RCD-KIS-ML, December 2002, Archival pigment ink on coated cotton paper

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