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December 7, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Weekend preview: Elves, nutcrackers, figgy pudding, more

This week: An all-holiday edition of the weekend preview, listing a range of events from pricey shows to free fun. We invite you, too, to share your own weekend plans with other readers on the comments thread.

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“Elf”: The charming Will Ferrell film (under-rated? Feel free to discuss) is now a Broadway-style musical, and it plays Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre through Dec. 31. Look for Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson’s review soon at seattletimes.com/entertainment.

“Nutcracker”: Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual holiday treat takes to the stage a little later this year. It starts today (Dec. 7) and runs through Dec. 29. Take it from us — you can go every year and it never gets old. Arts writer Moira Macdonald’s review will appear Monday on our online Entertainment page and in print on Tuesday.

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“Black Nativity”: Another one of the Northwest’s most cherished holiday traditions gets underway this weekend at the Moore and continues through Dec. 23. It’s the original “gospel song play,” written by Langston Hughes, with rousing music and a spiritual message. Recording artist BeBe Winans makes a guest turn Dec. 21-23.

“Holiday Pops”: Seattle Symphony’s new principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik debuts in his new role through Dec. 9. The program that includes “White Christmas,” “Let It Snow” and “Joy to the World,” plus other traditional and classical offerings.

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Great Figgy Pudding Street-Corner Caroling Contest. Finally, if you’re looking for something even more populist, head down to Westlake Plaza tonight (Dec. 7) to see and hear more than 40 community choirs. They will all raise their voices — and money — on behalf of Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and it’s free (donations requested).

(Photos: Matt Owen as Buddy in “Elf” by Mark Kitaoka; “Black Nativity” 2011 by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times; Figgy Pudding 2011 by Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times.)

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