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The Dirty Dozen Entertainment Guide Dec. 20-26

Posted 11:03pm on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas: Season stand-up showcase: After a tearful week of tragedy, here's hoping a little laughter might be a tonic for the soul. Try this event, presented by QLive!, featuring some of the area's funniest standup comedians. Headliner is Shane Torres, a Cowtown comic who has since relocated to the Pacific Northwest. 8 p.m. Sunday, Four Day Weekend Theater, 312 Houston St. Tickets $10 in advance and at the door; $8 with a canned good donation. www.qcinema.org

The 3 Redneck Tenors: The guys from Grapevine, armed with opera arias and mullet wigs, have just finished a second successful year playing Branson, and they're back home for the holidays. Their annual Christmas "Spec-Tac-Yule-Lar" runs Thursday through Sunday at the MCL Grand Theatre, 100 N. Charles St., Lewisville. $15-$25. 888-407-8025; www.3rednecktenors.com

The Nutty Nutcracker: In recent years for Ben Stevenson's wacky take on The Nutcracker, we've seen the Texas Ballet Theater dancers offer nods to Thriller and Slumdog Millionaire. Who wants to bet that this year, they get a little Gangnam Style up in Bass Hall? 7 p.m. Friday at Bass Hall. $19-$99. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org

The Blue Man Group: Any one of the performers in this long-running act ever get the blues? Not in the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve, we're guessing. Cuz they'll be in Dallas, Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Dec. 30 at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $35-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

Flight of the Butterflies: The long journey of the monarch butterfly is the subject of this new large-format film, which opens the Wednesday after Christmas at the Omni Theater Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St. $10-$14. 817-255-9540; www.fwmuseum.org

Jack Ingram: It's a shame that someone who writes songs well, and is this cute, isn't a country superstar. It's OK, Jack, we'll keep you all to ourselves. He plays 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Billy Bob's Texas in the Stockyards. $20 reserved; $12 general. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com

Merry TubaChristmas: What? You're asking for Christmas tunes performed on tuba, euphonium and sousaphone? The annual TubaChristmas is the answer. The Fort Worth edition is noon Saturday at Texas Christian University in front of Jarvis Hall by Ed Landreth Auditorium, Fort Worth. Free. In Dallas, it's noon Monday in Thanks-Giving Square in downtown. Find out how to participate at www.tubachristmas.com

Winter SolstiCelebration: Rumor has it that this could be the last year for this long-running celebration of the colder months. This year's theme is "transformation," and that will be expressed through all musical performances, poetry, circus arts, a yule fest and other events. 7 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. $13-$20. 214-261-5599; www.EarthRhythms.org

The Nearly Naked Nutcracker: Broads and Panties Burlesque presents a unique take on The Nutcracker. All you need to know is that the top-billed performers are Red Snapper and Mr. Snapper, and the others have names like Pearl Lux, Pixie Okneel, Lorelei Lee, Erin Go Braughless, Levi Des Peu Cahpeaux, Reya Del Sol and Ella Ardour. Doors open at 7 p.m., pre-show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Trees, 2709 Elm St., Dallas. $15-$30. 214-741-1122; treesdallas.com

Gift of Lights: Still haven't gotten your fill of Christmas lights? Check out this drive-through illumination, with more than 2 million LED lights, open daily, at night, through Jan. 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth. $15-$20 per car. 817-215-8500; www.giftoflightstms.com

A Royal Affair: A German doctor, the queen of Denmark and her psycho king walk into a bar. It doesn't end well, not in this acclaimed film about a tragic love triangle. 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday; 11:30, 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $8.50. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The group called Los Bastardos does a live performance with a screening of the camp/cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show at various locations. This week, see it at midnight Saturday at the Inwood Theatre, 5458 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas. $7.50-$10. 214-352-5085; www.landmarktheatres.com or www.losbastardos.com

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