You don’t want to miss these upcoming shows
Arts & Life Editor
DEC. 16 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Meet the lovely singing Belle (played by Mikki Frank), make a stained-glass craft, have a snack and watch Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (created by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice) on the big screen. Berman Center for the Performing Arts at the West Bloomfield JCC. $10-$12. (248) 661-1900; theberman.org.
DEC. 23 THE RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Introduce the kids to the magic of ballet with a gorgeous holiday classic: the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker — Dove of Peace Tour. It has a company of almost 40 dancers, stunning hand-painted sets, a Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan — and is produced by Ukrainian-born, Juilliard-trained Akiva Talmi (who has split time between the U.S. and a kibbutz in Israel). Three performances at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. Tickets start at $28. (800) 745-3000; 313presents.com.
DEC.14-15 ELF and THE POLAR EXPRESS
Head to the Redford Theatre this weekend for big-screen viewing of two favorite Christmas movies — both written by Jews. Showing Dec. 14-15: Elf, the 2003 hit about the man who believes he’s an elf, was written by David Berenbaum, directed by Jon Favreau and features James Caan, Ed Asner and more. Showing Dec. 15: Based on the 1985 gorgeously illustrated, Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book The Polar Express (set partly in Grand Rapids), by Michigan-born and U-M and Rhode Island School of Design graduate Chris Van Allsburg, the story was transformed into an equally magical film by Robert Zemeckis in 2004. $5 each. Redfordtheatre.com.