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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Dec 20, 2012)

This week is all about Christmas, including a Christmas concert, a glimpse of Christmas before Oklahoma was a state, a Christmas fundraiser and family tradition, and of course, Christmas dinner.

Performers from all faiths join the Central Oklahoma Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for “Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Celebration” at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City on December 22nd. Dr. Craig Jessop, Dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, directs the choir and orchestra during a wide range of Christmas songs ranging from traditional carols such as “Sleigh Ride” and “O, Come All Ye Faithful” to lesser known pieces like “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” and “And Suddenly There Was with the Angel” from “Messiah.”

The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie performs an original play by Oklahoma playwright Stephen P. Scott for the 25th year in a row. “A Territorial Christmas Carol” is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ widely known holiday story set during the Oklahoma Land Run in the late 1800s. It is a family friendly show, but parents are encouraged to leave children under 5 at home as some of the scenes could be frightening. The final performances continue through this weekend beginning on Thursday, December 20th at 8:00 p.m. and end with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on December 23rd.

In its 19th year, the Sullivan Family Concert takes place this Saturday, December 22nd once again at the Catlett Music Center on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. The family is made of musicians spread out across the country. This year, country music performer Tim Sullivan also brings entertainer Mark Nadler and classical musician Dominic Meinan to the stage from New York City. The show features a wide variety of music ranging from original songs by members of the family to holiday classics. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. and functions as a fundraiser for the Women's Resource Center.

Bob Magarian from St. Michael's Episcopal Church coordinates the Norman Christmas Day Community Dinner every year and has since 1987. It has grown over the last two and a half decades from serving 20 people to nearly 2,000. This year, it takes place December 25th in the commons cafeteria of Norman High School. Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The motto is “No One Should Eat Alone on Christmas Day,” and everyone from the Norman area is welcome to attend. Santa will also be present to give gifts to both children and adults.

Another event of interest:

The Istvan Gallery in Oklahoma City features work inspired by the cycle of the Mayan calendar during its “End of the World” exhibit that opens on Thursday, December 20th. The reception is from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Several Oklahoman artists’ showcase their work ranging from photography to multidimensional compositions including Kristen Vails, AK Westerman, Christina Kovash, and Mariana Oberlander. Artist Asia Scudder also created an installation piece using wire specifically for the exhibit. Her piece was inspired by Rodin’s “Gates of Hell” that was made in France during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

For more information on events in your area, visit our calendar page.

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