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CONCERT MUSIC EVENT — Puffy shirts abound
Yuletide Madrigal Feast
Dec. 8-10
7 p.m.
$50
Randolph Hall
66 George St.
953-6306
www.cofc.edu/sota

If the crass commercialism of the season has you feeling a bit humbug-y, take a trip back in time with the College of Charleston Madrigal Singers as they celebrate Christmas the way it was meant to be honored: with massive amounts of munchies, merriment, and music. They continue their yearly holiday tradition of three evenings of multi-course Renaissance feasts of grilled duck, roasted squash and sweet potatoes, grilled asparagus, and wild rice and biscuits, followed by sacred and secular traditional carols performed by the festively period-costumed, seasoned 18-member singing group. Act fast, though, as tickets are available only through advance purchase by Wed. Dec. 7.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY


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MUSICAL THEATRE — Rockin' in a winter wonderland
CharlestonChristmas Special
Dec. 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Various times
$17.50-29.50
Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
871-9292

Broadway veterans Brad and Jennifer Moranz produce and star in this popular annual musical variety show, which also features singers Bobby Alvarez, Tiffany Coleman, Marie Talley, Brian Miller, and Latoya Smith alongside a troupe of dancers that includes former Radio City Rockettes, all propelled along by the fine stylings of the Tommy Gill Orchestra. The wholesome, family-friendly evening includes dancing, singing, drama, and skits, with a cadre of classic Christmas songs like "Ave Maria" and "Winter Wonderland," to name but a few.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, TUESDAY


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DANCE — The Sugar Plum Fairy returns
Great Russian Nutcracker
Sat. Dec. 10
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
$35-45
N. Charleston Coliseum
5001 Coliseum Dr.
554-6060
www.nutcracker.com

Children and adults will be entranced by the story of Clara, a little girl who receives a nutcracker for Christmas and falls into a whirlwind ethereal evening of battles, love, and tutus all a-twirl. The Moscow Ballet, along with a number of local children selected at auditions held earlier this year, will perform the fantastical ballet set to Tchaikovsky's memorable score, part of which was used as music for the dancing elephant scene in Disney's Fantasia.
SATURDAY


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LECTURE — If you think you have a reason to hate the government ...
Denounce Torture Community Forum
Wed. Dec. 7
7 p.m.
Free
N. Charleston Convention Center
5001 Coliseum Dr.
884-6315
www.amnestyusa.org
Capt. James Yee, whom the City Paper interviewed and wrote about for last week's issue ("Free ... At Last?", News), will speak about arbitrary detention and torture in the war on terror at this forum sponsored by Amnesty International. Yee, a Muslim Army chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, was arrested and imprisoned for 76 days before he was freed when the government finally admitted it had no evidence.
WEDNESDAY


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VISUAL ARTS — Support the locals and stock up on gifts
The Chase Is On
Dec. 9-11
Various times
Free
Chase Furniture Company
414 King St.

This weekend-long sale and exhibit features the work of 20 local artists and artisans in a variety of mediums, from handcrafted furniture to lighting, textiles, jewelry, and fine art. Artists include Leigh Alexander, EMS Barnwell, Phillip Hyman, Bea Aaronson, Kim Alsbrooks, Lynne Riding, and many more. The sale will be held on Fri. from 12-8 pm, Sat. from 10-7 pm, and Sun. from 12-8 pm. A closing reception will be held on Sun. from 5-8 pm.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY


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MUSEUMS — A cheapskate's day to get some culture
Community Day at the Gibbes
Sat. Dec. 10
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
$2
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St.
722-2706
www.gibbesmuseum.org

Today, guests at the Gibbes can visit the museum for a reduced admission of $2 and enjoy holiday activities like refreshments and story time with Mrs. Claus (10 am-2 pm), docent-led tours of the museum (11 am, 2:30 pm), and a choir performance. They can also check out the current exhibits Art in the South: The Charleston Perspective, 100 Years at the Gibbes, and A Hard Day's Work (in the Japanese woodblock room).
SATURDAY

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