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Art Scene Selections: Nov. 24-Dec. 2

By The Monarch - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Nov 23, 2021

‘Five Carols For Christmas’

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"Five Carols For Christmas" now playing at Peery's Egyptian Theater through Monday. For tickets, visit ogdenpet.com/events.

Back by popular demand, Ogden Musical Theatre presents “Five Carols for Christmas” this holiday season at Peery’s Egyptian Theater. The retro musical comedy, set in 1954, follows five best friends — all named Carol — as preparations for their annual holiday performance at the local high school on Christmas Eve get hilariously complicated by a power outage. “This is a story we can all relate to,” said Maurie Tarbox, this year’s director and artistic director. “These five Carols are just doing the best they can to make everything perfect and it never is.” Tarbox said it’s the talented cast, nostalgic music, and choreography that will make this your family’s favorite Christmas tradition. “Five Carols for Christmas” runs from Wednesday through Monday, with evening showings at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees. For details and to purchase tickets, visit ogdenpet.com/events.

Wednesday, Nov. 24, through Monday, Nov. 29, various times; Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd.; $15-$20; ogdenpet.com/events.

‘The Polar Express’ at Peery’s Egyptian Theater

A favorite holiday tradition at Ogden’s iconic theater, The Polar Express returns for its seventh year. The annual fundraiser is a benefit for the Egyptian Theater Foundation, who are the “guardian angels” overseeing the preservation, maintenance and improvement of the beloved historic theater. This year’s film screening is also a holiday pajama party and all are invited to attend in their “most festive fuzzy pants and slippers.” Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the film begins at 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.; Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd.; $8 adults/$5 children 12 and under, military and seniors; ogdenpet.com/events.

Ballet West ‘Nutcracker’

Onstage Ogden presents “America’s First Nutcracker,” returning to Ogden once again. In 1944, critics were stunned when Willam Christensen staged the first full-length Nutcracker in America, stated Onstage Ogden, quoting the Sacramento Union: “We can’t understand why a vehicle of such fantastic beauty and originality would not be produced in its entirety in this country until now.” It was produced on a shoestring budget, but captivated a nation. Now, during this momentous year and following a $3 million new production, see the original choreography, just as Mr. C intended it — and only from Ballet West. Hurry and get your tickets — the Saturday matinee is already sold out.

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Peery's Egyptian Theater presents the seventh annual screening of "The Polar Express," a benefit for the Egyptian Theater Foundation, on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. For tickets, visit ogdenpet.com/events.

Friday, 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; Val A. Browning Center at Weber State University, 1901 University Circle; $25/$10 children under 12; onstageogden.org.

‘Vida, Muerte, Justicia | Life, Death, Justice: Latin American & Latinx Art for the 21st Century’

Ogden Contemporary Arts hosts this exhibit of 24 Latin American and Latinx contemporary artists whose work responds to relevant themes in relation to social and racial justice. The exhibited artists offer local, national and international perspectives through multiple disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, digital art and more. “Vida, Muerte, Justicia” is a collaboration between Ogden Contemporary Arts, Weber State University’s Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery, curator Jorge Rojas and associate curator Maria del Mar González-González. Be sure to catch the exhibit this week before it closes Saturday.

Now through Saturday, during business hours; OCA Center, 455 25th St.; free; ogdencontemporaryarts.org.

Ballet West's Nutcracker presented by Onstage Ogden is playing at the Val A. Browing Center at Weber State University on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-27, 2021. For tickets, visit onstageogden.org.

On display at OCA Center through Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, is "Granary Storage and Ariana" by Andrew Alba as part of "Vida, Muerte, Justicia," an exhibition of Latin American and Latinx artists.

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