“Nutcracker Sweets” ballet Saturday, Dec. 17, 1 p. m. and 5 p. m.
Students in the Arc School of Ballet will present an hour-long performance specifically for young audiences at the larger Leo K. Theatre at Seattle Center, 155 Mercer St. Tickets:(206) 352-0798 or www.arcdance.org
Blind Boys of Alabama Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p. m. Benaroya Hall welcomes the gospel-music legends and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners as they present their Christmas concert, “Go Tell I on the Mountain,” complete with holidays songs, gospel standards and a few selections from their latest album. ThirdAve. and Union St. Tickets: (206) 215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org
David Lanz’s Winter Solstice concert
Tuesday, Dec. 20-Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p. m.
Pianist David Lanz takes his annual Winter Solstice concert to Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, where he will perform with guests Walter Grey, Gary Stroutsos and Keith Lowe for holiday music and a world premiere of his latest recording, “Here Comes the Sun.” 2033 Sixth Ave. Tickets: www.davidlanz.com“The Burlesque Nutcracker” Through Dec. 24
This adults-only version — billed as the “hepist holiday party since the end of Prohibition — will take guests to the “Land of the Sweets” with some promised new elements. The Triple Door, 216 Union St. Tickets:www.landofthesweets.com
Children’s films from around the world
Dec. 28-29, 2-4 p. m.
The Seattle Public Library’s Central branch will host screenings of selected international short films for children age 3 and older, including those from Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Latvia, South Sudan, Denmark, France, Taiwan and Australia. Admission is free. 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium. Information: (206) 386-4675
“Cold Recall: Reflections of a Polar Explorer” Through Feb. 5
The Nordic Heritage Museum is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole with its new exhibit “Cold Recall,” which features images from Amundsen’s hand-colored lanternslides. 3014 N. W. 67th St. Information:(206) 789-5707 or www.nordicmuseum.org