Pennsylvania Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24-29, Kennedy Center 2700 F. St. NW, Washington, (202) 467-4600, kennedy-center.org, $47-$150. The Pennsylvania Ballet performs this classic dance interpreted by Balanchine, best known as the godfather of modern ballet (but pre-jazz hands) so expect something a little different but dressing up for the drive.
The Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 4-6, Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St., (410) 837-7400, france-merrickpac.com, $29-$79. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performs an early 1900's version of this Christmas standard, moving the story to Mount Washington in Pittsburgh, and featuring a Heinz delivery truck and Kaufmann clock. Is Clara heir to the Heinz fortune?
The Cracked Nut, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Dec. 5-6, Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, (410) 480-1686, hocoarts.org, $5. The Kinetics Dance Theatre presents its take on the nut show, infusing jazz, hip-hop, swing, synchronized swimming, and humor.
The Nutcracker, 6 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 p.m. Dec. 6, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, (443) 438-4525, chesapeakearts.org, $20, seniors and students $18. Travel back in time to one of the greatest known, and certainly most delicious, Russian fairytales.
The Nutcracker, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Dec. 11-13, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 600-2835, weinbergcenter.org, $25-$11. A performance by the Boston Ballet, sans Beantown accents.
The Nutcracker, 7 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 12-13, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, (410) 280-5640, mdhallarts.org, $40. This performance of the world's most popular candy-filled ballet includes a pre-performance Sugar Plum Party on Sunday. Your sweet tooth is calling.
The Nutcracker, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday Dec. 12-13, Goucher College Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, (410) 667-794, baltimoreballet.org, $40, children under 12 $20. The Baltimore Ballet Company dancers and students perform alongside special guest dancers from the American Ballet.
The Case of the Missing Nutcracker, 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, (410) 280-5640, mdhallarts.org, $40. Assist the Ballet Theatre of Maryland in cracking the case of the missing nutcracker, with live music from the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Great Russian Nutcracker, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 19-20, Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (800) 745-3000, nutcracker.com, $24.50-$84.50. Moscow's greatest ballerinas twirl, pounce, and shimmy in concert with Baltimore musicians.
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