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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Jan 26, 2012)
A variety of performances ranging from film adaptations to multimedia presentations fill stages across the metro for the next week.

Lyric Theatre opens its 2012 season with “Xanadu” on February 25th at 7:30 p.m. in the Plaza Theatre in Oklahoma City. This musical comedy is a spoof of the 1980s Fantasy movie starring Olivia Newton-John, and features choreographed roller skating, singing, and more. The stage adaptation was performed on Broadway, and premiered in 2007. Jeff Lynne and John Farrar wrote the music and lyrics that have now been performed across the globe, from Germany to Australia. “Xanadu” runs through February 11th.

The Armstrong Auditorium hosts the 50 piece Moscow Festival Ballet as it performs “Sleeping Beauty” in Edmond on January 31st at 7:30 p.m. The choreography in traditional Russian style by Marius Petipa is set to Tchaikovsky's score and tells the story of Princess Aurora who can only be awoken from a spell by a prince’s kiss. The Moscow Festival Ballet toured Europe twice since its inception in 1989 and has performed in the United States extensively since 1997.

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic presents “Waterloo,” considered to be the best ABBA tribute group, for two performances of “ABBA – The Concert” on February 27th and 28th. Both performances begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Thelma E. Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre of the Civic Center Music Hall. “Waterloo” began in Sweden in 1996, and the show combines members of tribute groups and the original ABBA backing band performing iconic hits including “Money, Money, Money” and “S.O.S.”

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design performs “Vital Signs V” in the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab in Edmond on January 31st at 7:30 p.m. The show is a collaborative multimedia arts performance by UCO faculty musicians, artists, and actors as part of the Faculty Artist Concert Series. Composed and directed by the UCO School of Music director L. Keith White, Ph.D, the concert examines what is “vital in the arts.”

There are more performances and art museum events throughout the week.

East Central University in Ada hosts “Nobodies of Comedy”, a collection of touring, “unknown” comedians, on January 26th.

The Oklahoma Latin music group Tekumbé plays at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha on January 31st.

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman holds an opening reception for its newest exhibit “Highlights from the Permanent Photography Collection: Part 1” on January 27th.

Firehouse Art Center in Norman holds the 2012 Chocolate Festival, its annual fundraiser, on January 28th at the National Center for Employee Development.

For more events and details, visit our calendar page.

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