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GENERATIONAL GYRATIONS: Exotic drama takes flight when A Time To Dance Studio presents The Maharajah's Wedding.

Set in India, this full-length ballet is "a show for the entire family to enjoy, performed by highly skilled dancers of all ages," according to director Dee Dee Doell.

Children comprise the majority of the troupe, with dancers ranging from age 6 to adult. Doell, who wrote and choreographed the work, started the studio about six years ago to provide kids with an alternative to other high-priced dance studios that emphasize too much competition and unrealistic expectations. The result is an ensemble that continues to grow, with a vast repertoire of fine performances under its belt.

Curtain time for The Maharajah's Wedding is 2 p.m. Saturday, December 18, in the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. A $5 donation is suggested. Call 327-5137 for details.

CHRISTMAS DADDY-O: Tikes will get tickled pink when Crawdaddy-O presents their annual Holiday Kids' Show.

These fine boys o' brass include off-beat triplet horn players, a trombone player named Fruitpie, and a superstar drummer with a big red nose. Add a "healthy dose of humor, intuitive musical mastery, and that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you encounter something extra special," and you have the 'Daddy.

Now Big "O" spreads its raucous take on reality to wee ones. The show will include a "cleverly ridiculous" version of "Jingle Bells," a brassy rendition of "We Three Kings," and a possible visit by Ol' St. Nick himself.

The party starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 18, in the Mat Bevel Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. Admission is $4, $2 for kids ages 3 to 12, free for children ages 2 and under. For details, call 622-0192.

TRADITION IN VERSE: Create your own holiday tradition in a lyrical vein when the Tucson-Pima Library hosts Regalitos: Gifts of Poetry.

The workshop will be led by poet Rita Marie Magdaleno, using the artwork and stories of Carmen Lomas Garzas for inspiration. The end result: shiny cards with your verse tucked inside, a unique gift that you won't find in any mall.

The free event is 4 p.m. Thursday, December 16, in the Woods Memorial Branch Library, 3455 N. First Ave. Call 791-4548 for details.

CACTUS CHORDS: The desert gets a dose of seasonal cheer when the Arizona Repertory Singers warm up their chords.

Under the direction of Dr. Jeffry Jahn, our premier a cappella ensemble gets a thorough holiday workout with this stellar concert. The performance will include a new mix of holiday music ranging from "Renaissance gems" and Russian Orthodox masterpieces to Francis Poulenc's "Quatre Motets de Nöel, and selections from English composer Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols." Traditional Christmas carols round out the program.

The performance is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 19, in Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 505 N. La Canada Drive in Green Valley. A $5 donation is suggested. For information, call 792-8141.

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