Arts & Performance
Enjoy a famed holiday tradition. Presented by the Continental Ballet Co., this perennial favorite will delight children and adults alike. $13–$25. Times vary. Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 West Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington; 952.563.8562; continentalballet.com
Experience the thrill and grace of the Shanghai Ballet in this production, blending classical ballet and Chinese folk style. The story centers on two young classmates, Liang and Zhu. As the pair falls in love, they face disapproval from their families and community. The lively dancing, combined with spectacular costumes and sets, makes this a performance to remember. $42–$70. 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.339.7007; hennepintheatretrust.org
There’s no shortage of bands that hit it big, only to disappear into a haze of other one-hit wonders in radio station archives. The Fabulous Armadillos have put together a two-hour show of just such No. 1 hits, and each is sure to bring back special memories of a very specific time and place. 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 952.934.1525.
Head back to a simpler time at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres with this tribute to the Carpenters. Aimee Lee and a host of other musicians bring new life to old favorites such as “Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” in this two-night concert, part of the venue’s concert series. 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show.