The Houston Symphony performs live to picture as the Christmas classic about an 8 year-old who outsmarts a couple home invaders plays onscreen. Guest Steve Reineke conducts from John Williams’ score.
Dec 4 at 7:30 $35-115. 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org
Jubilee of Dance
For those who pine for some ballet during the holiday season, but can’t stand to see one more performance of The Nutcracker, this show is for you. The one-night only event blends together excerpts from the company’s classic ballets.
Dec 4 at 7. $55-180. Wortham Center, 501 Texas St. 713-227-2787. houstonballet.org
While he got his licks doing stand-up, the comedian and musician gained some love on the small screen with his recurring role as warehouse worker Darryl Philbin in NBC’s The Office.
Dec 4 at 8 & 10:30; Dec 5 at 7 & 9:30; Dec 6 at 7:30. $32-42. Improv Houston, 7620 Katy Fwy. 713-333-8800. improvhouston.com
Britten: Saint Nicolas Cantata
Most people know Santa Claus as the pink-cheeked, happy-eyed jolly fat guy who spreads Christmas cheer. The Houston Chamber Choir, however, dives into the history of the real Saint Nick, the 3rd century bishop who went door-to-door dropping gifts off with nary an advertised Coca-Cola bottle in hand.
Dec 5 at 7:30. $10, students; $40. South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main St. 713-224-5566. houstonchamberchoir.org
Opening of Santaland Diaries
Humorist David Sedaris’ cringe-worthy tales about his time as a Macy’s Christmas elf get boiled into a one-man show at Alley. Company artist Todd Waite reprises his role in the play that centers on retail mania at the height of the holiday shopping season.
Opening Friday, Dec. 4. $25-35. 615 Texas Ave. 713-220-5700. alleytheatre.org