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Classical Pick of the Week: Your Requisite Nutcracker Events

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Been in a mood to watch ballet? it's probably b/c it's Nutcracker season, or you just watched Black Swan. Although we'd rather go see Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto (insert eye-roll here) and Dvorak's 9th (you've probably heard both of them) this weekend with the Pacific Symphony, we know that Christmas is coming up and to get you in the mood, here are a few performances of the Nutcracker (no Messiah yet, sorry):

It's probably too late for the 2 PM performance at Pomona College, but you can watch it again on the 11th and 12th at 7:30 PM and 2 PM respectively. The Inland Pacific Ballet is putting on this production and you'll have a chance to see it again on the 16th-19th.

The Lineage Dance Performing Arts Center has a "Nutcracker Tea" event for mothers/daughters where you can decorate gingerbread houses and cupcakes and it's encouraged to bring some non-perishable foods to donate. Tickets for a mother and daughter cost 40 dollars (total), and you can get more information here.

If you want the Cliff Notes version of the Nutcracker, you can check out the Nutcracker for Kids this weekend at OCPAC with the Pacific Symphony. There's a performance this Saturday at 10 AM and at 11:30 AM.

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For the actual ballet, the Madrid Theatre has performances from the 10th through 12th with tickets as low as 14 dollars up to 24 dollars. For showtimes (there are quite a few), click here.