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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Dec 27, 2012)

The holiday season comes to a close this week with New Year’s celebrations across the metro. However, before then, an art museum screen movies where big actors take on small roles, a local comedy troupe relocates, and a famous musical act comes to Oklahoma for one last taste of Christmas.

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City celebrates the coming of 2013 by once again hosting its annual “Opening Night” in Oklahoma City on New Year’s Eve. On Monday, December 31st, 40 musical acts perform at 9 different venues throughout downtown and Bricktown, and nearly every genre of music is represented, from R&B to smooth jazz. The OKC Roller Derby also displays their skills, as well as OKC Improv and illusionist David Thomas. The evening ends with music, the New Year’s countdown in the Myriad Gardens, fireworks, and the beginning of the New Year.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art screens ShortsHD’s collection of movies called “Stars in Shorts” from December 27th through the 30th. The seven movies range in subject matter from slice-of-life stories about chance encounters to the pros and cons of online dating. Some of the actors in these films include Judi Dench, Julia Stiles, Keira Knightly, Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh, and Jason Alexander. All films are either from the United Kingdom or the United States and none of them are longer than 25 minutes. The showtimes are in the evening on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with a matinee on Sunday.

The comedy troupe OKC Improv has changed locations for this year’s “Winter Run.” Beginning Saturday, December 29th, the group performs at the Broadway Theatre in Oklahoma City every Saturday through January 26th. Each weekend, different acts that are part of OKC Improv take the stage and shows begin at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. For the opening night of the “Winter Run,” “Everybody and Their Dog,” “Off Book: Musical Morsels,” “Good Cop/Nice Cop,” “Take One Productions,” “ZOOM!”, and “Twinprov” all perform.

If you’re still in the Christmas spirit and want one last dose of holiday music, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas stops at the Civic Center Music Hall this weekend during its 27th year on tour. Grammy winner Chip Davis directs the ensemble on Saturday, December 29th. He was the percussionist on the original album “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” that was released in 1984 and has since gone multi-platinum, making it one of the best selling Christmas albums in the country. Mannheim Steamroller performs in Oklahoma City for one night only. Tickets are available for both the 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. concerts.

Other New Year’s events of interest:

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at The Opolis
OKC NYD Blastoff 5K
The Olive Drop
NYE Prom 2013 - Eyes Wide Shut: “A Masquerade Party”

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

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