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Season’s best in special events planned through new year in NE Ohio

Apollo the Python-Slayer, formerly Apollo Sauroktonos (Lizard-Slayer), detail, c. 350 B.C. Attributed to Praxiteles (Greek, c. 400 B.C.–330 B.C.). Bronze, copper, and stone inlay; 150 x 50.3 x 66.8 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund.
Apollo the Python-Slayer, formerly Apollo Sauroktonos (Lizard-Slayer), detail, c. 350 B.C. Attributed to Praxiteles (Greek, c. 400 B.C.–330 B.C.). Bronze, copper, and stone inlay; 150 x 50.3 x 66.8 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund.By Barbara Christian
MUSIC
December 18, the Cleveland Orchestra will perform composer John Williams’ music from the popular family film Home Alone as the movie is projected on the big screen above the Severance Hall stage. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. The heartwarming movie follows the adventures of an eight-year-old boy accidentally left behind when his family leaves for a Christmas vacation and must defend his home against two bungling comic thieves.11001 Euclid Ave., University CircleCall: 216.231.1111Visit: clevelandorchestra.com

The North Coast Men’s Chorus, with Richard Cole directing, will present Keeping the Yuletide Gay, at 3 and 8 p.m., Dec. 14 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Hanna Theatre. Season favorites along with the unexpected turns at comedy, dance as well as vocal artistry is in store for audiences attending the concert, a well-known Cleveland tradition.

2067 East 14th St., PlayhouseSquare

Call: 216.556.0509

Visit: ncmchorus.org

Another Cleveland tradition is the Trinity Cathedral Chamber Orchestra and soloists’ annual audience participation The Messiah-Sing at 12:10 p.m., Dec. 18 at Trinity. Todd Wilson will conduct. All are welcome to “make a joyful noise” whether they are seasoned singers or not.

2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Call: 216.771.3630

Visit: trinitycleveland.org

Maria Sensi Sellner will conduct the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a popular Akron tradition, Holiday Pops, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the University of Akron E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall featuring a festive mix of traditional and contemporary favorites. Symphony music director is Christopher Wilkins.

198 Hill St., Akron

Call: 330.535.8131

Visit: akronsymphony.org

THEATER

Actors’ Summit Theater is presenting The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guide Dramatic Society’s A Christmas Carol through Dec. 22 at Greystone Hall in Akron. Hilarity and the unexpected happens when five women of Farndale attempt to present the Charles Dickens classic. In the tradition of Milton Berle, Monte Python and Mrs. Doubtfire, all female roles are played by men.

103 S. High St., Akron

Call: 330.374.7568

Visit: actorssummit.org

Now through Jan. 5 2014, the Beck Center for the Arts presents a return engagement of its record-breaking hit ANNIE on the Mackey Main Stage. A cast of 28, plus one canine, tell the story of the comic-page orphan in search of family. Along the way, audiences will be treated to the “Annie” classic number “Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and, of course, “Tomorrow.”

17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

Call: 216.521.2547, ext. 22

Visit: beckcenter.org

The Big Meal, a metaphoric tale featuring one restaurant table, five generations and 80 years of a modern family, is on stage at Dobama Theatre through Jan. 5, 2014. Over the course of many mealtimes, their stories — both large and small — are told.

2340 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

Call: 216.932.6939

Visit: dobama.org

Cleveland Public Theatre, through Dec. 21, is underway with a back-by-popular-demand production of The Loush Sisters DO The Nutcracker. The sisters are back to celebrate the holidays in an evening of song, fueled by booze, fairies and holiday cheer, as they relive their cherished holiday memories with the help of family and “The Nutcracker.”

6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

Call: 216.631.2727

Visit: CPTonline.org

VISUAL ARTS

Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo is on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art just through Jan. 3, 2014. The museum’s in-depth examination of the ancient bronze Praxiteles masterwork sculpture is showcased alongside two ancient Roman marble copies on loan from the Louvre and the Liverpool World Museum. An accompanying 124-page book by Dr. Michael Bennett is also available.

11150 East Blvd., University Circle

Call: 216.421.7350

Visit: clevelandart.org

Through Dec. 28, the William Busta Gallery is showing Mark Howard’s Nothing Sacred, paintings, and Jerry Birchfield’s Exercise N/or Exorcise, photos and drawings.

2731 Prospect Ave., Cleveland

Call: 216.298.9071

Visit: williambustagallery.com

The Howson Gallery at Judson Park. through Jan. 5, 2014 is underway with My World in Black and White, photographs by Lauren Pacini. His award-winning digital photography has concentrated on Cleveland’s industrial life, the renovation of St. Luke’s Hospital and its transformation into senior housing and the Intergenerational School.

1801 Chestnut Hills Dr., Cleveland Heights

Call: 216.791.2321

Visit: judsonsmartliving.org

With a Trace: Photographs of Absence ends its run at the Akron Art Museum on Jan. 23, 2014. This exhibit is comprised of ethereal images culled from the collection of the museum and Northeast Ohio collectors Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell. It showcases works by multi-generational and international photographers such as Christopher Bucklow, Margaret De Patta, Adam Fuss, Alison Rossiter, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Minor White among others.

1 S. High St., Akron

Call: 330.376.9185

Visit: AkronArtMuseum.org

More than 20 artists are involved in the Log Cabin Gallery’s annual Winter at the Cabin Exhibition including the sale of art and fine craft works in a variety of styles and mediums from metal, clay, glass, fiber and fabric to paper wood, and stone.

1671 Main St., Peninsula

Call: 33.657.2670

Visit: thelogcabinfallery.com

Akron’s Harris Stanton Gallery is underway with its annual Holiday Invitational including the work of local and international artists Matthew Koldziej, Pat Zinsmeister Parker, Alexander Befelein, Miquel Olivares, Andrea Joki, Charlotte Lees, John Ranally, Kurt Mair and others.

2301 W. Market St., Akron’s Pilgrim Square

Call: 330.867.7600

Visit: HarrisStantonGallery.com

EVERYTHING ELSE

Those wizards of the round ball, the Harlem Globetrotters are back Dec. 28 for one performance at 7:30 p.m.at Quicken Loans Arena. Crowd entertaining events include the “Hot Hand Jersey,” “Make or Miss” and the “Trick Shot Challenge.” Showcased will be stars Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite Bruton and Dizzy Grant along with female stars TNT Madddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu.

1 Center Court, Cleveland

Call: 888.894.9424

Visit: theQarena.com or harlemglobetrotters.com

Through Jan. 31, 2014 the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library is asking visitors to share their hopes and dreams by taking part in its interactive Before I Die Project, an installation chalk board that asks “Before I die I want to… Visitors are to fill in the blank. The event coincides with the “Before I Die” book featuring stories on Before I Die projects from around the world.

325 Superior Ave., Cleveland

Call: 216.623.2800

Visit: CPL.org

The Western Reserve Historical Society, through Dec. 23, is offering Holiday Lantern Tours of Hale Farm & Village in Bath, OH. The season will be celebrated throughout the long ago village and the gift store will be open. Reservations are required.

2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath

Call: 330.666.3711, ext. 1720

Visit: halefarm.org

A new exhibit Miniature Wonderlands! is a display of miniature rooms and doll houses being offered by the Shaker Heights Historical Society through Jan. 19, 2014 auspices of the Cleveland Miniature Society and with model trains from the collection of Bob Orlando. Also on view in the Jack and Linda Lissauer Gallery are playful paintings by Patricia Zinsmeister Parker. Admission.

16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights

Call:216.921.1201

Visit: shakerhistoricalsociety.org

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