Bailey At Funnybone
Comedian Ben Bailey performs his standup at The Manchester Funny Bone on Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. each day.
His run at the Funny Bone comes just a few days after “Cash Cab” returns for its season debut on The Discovery Channel on Monday Dec. 4 at 10 p.m.
Bailey, who has won three Emmys for outstanding game show host for the show, also does the podcast “Tall But True.” $20. hartford.funnybone.com.
Visions of Sugar Plums
Here are a few of the many “Nutcracker”s battling malevolent mice on Connecticut stages this week: Dec. 8 to 17 at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, starring New York City Ballet soloists Erica Pereira and Daniel Ulbricht in the Millard Auditorium inWest Hartford ($15-$30, 860-768-4228, hartford.edu); “Albano’s Nutcracker” Dec. 8 to 10 at Mohegan Sun’s Cabaret Theatre ($32-$38, 888-226-7711, mohegansun.com); and Eastern CT Ballet’s rendition on Dec. 9 to 10 at Garde Arts Cente in New London ($22-$49, 860-444-7373, gardearts.org).
In recent months, Sea Tea Improv has improvised works by Tennessee Williams and Oscar Wilde. Now is clearly the appropriate time for Dickens. “An Improvised Christmas Carol” runs Dec. 7 to 17 at the troupe’s own Sea Tea Comedy Theater, 15 Asylum St., Hartford.
What odd new directions will this classic holiday tale go in? That’s up to you, as audience suggestions shape the show. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. plus a toned-down “Family Show” Sunday at 2 p.m. $15, $10 for children.
For a wider-ranging seasonal satire, Sea Tea also has a “Humbug Holiday Sketch Show” scheduled for Dec. 9 at 10 p.m., right after that night’s performance of “An Improvised Christmas Carol.” $10. 860-578-4TEA and seateaimprov.com.
Gay Men’s Choruses
The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus presents “From Tinseltown to Times Square: A Holiday Adventure” on Dec. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. $35 to $45. hartfordgaymenschorus.com
Also on Dec. 10 (at 4 p.m.), the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus performs “Twinkle: A Celestial Celebration” at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. $30. thekate.org and 877-503-1286.
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents December Dreams, Dec. 8 to 10 at the Belding Theater at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford. Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. hartfordsymphony.org.
Ugly Sweater Run
Who cares about a few mothballs? Grab your ugliest sweater and run to sign up for the Dec. 9 5K starting at 11 p.m. at Bushnell Park in Hartford. Hundreds are expected at the race, which will include massive inflatables, photo stations, games and holiday music. Post-run goodies include a Kahlúa cocktail, and other holiday treats. Awards for best ugly sweater, best kids’ sweater, best pet attire and best real/fake facial hair. $45 in advance: bib pickup is Dec. 8 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports in West Hartford. Event day bib pickup is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the park. Bushnell Park Registration and rules at theuglysweaterrun.com.
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