Olympia native Clarke Hallum (pictured, with glasses) stars as Ralphie in A Christmas Story: The Musical. Photo: courtesy Curt Doughty

THEATER Nutty holiday classic A Christmas Story gets the musical treatment at 5th Avenue Theatre. Now there’s singing, dancing, and pink bunny costumes. Will Olympia native Clarke Hallum get nine-year-old Ralphie and his Red Ryder angst just right? Dec 8-Dec 30.

The poetry of Langston Hughes come to life in Intiman’s holiday staple Black Nativity (now at the Moore), with live music, choreography by Donald Byrd, and Pastor Patrinell Wright leading her gospel choir. Dec 9-26.

FILM Experience Gene Wilder’s wonderfully wonky Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with the help of Smell-O-Vision at SIFF Cinema. Dec 10-12.

It’s the 30th anniversary of Robert De Niro’s tour de force performance as boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. Celebrate with a new 35mm print at NW Film Forum. Dec 10-15.

Is she crazy, or is she really becoming a swan? That’s the question that Darren Aronofsky would love for you to believe drives Black Swan, his cuckoo-for-tutus tale starring Natalie Portman in theaters December 9. Find out if he succeeded in Matt Halverson’s review, coming up this afternoon on Culture Fiend.

CONCERT Though the ’90s power-pop band got its start in Bellingham, the Posies never played Seattle until this year. Now they can’t stay away. They’re at Showbox at the Market with a special guest.

Students should take advantage of the discounted tickets to see Bela Fleck and the Flecktones at Jazz Alley. It’s like getting a lesson in “blu-pop” from the banjo master himself.

VISUAL ART Only one week left to explore the space between with Martin Creed’s installation Open/Closed, Big/Small, Full/Empty, On/Off at Western Bridge. It closes December 18.

CLASSICAL & MORE Seattle Symphony performs selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, a stirringly cinematic score with mournful cellos and playful violin overtures setting the stage for the star-crossed lovers. Dec 9 & 11.

MAGIC Yes, Penn and Teller do magic, but they’re also comedians, performers with an eccentric, kinda raunchy Vegas shtick. You go just to hear Penn talk and Teller…not talk. Ex: Penn came to town early (before their shows at the Paramount, Dec 10-12) and he has a few things to say about Paul Allen and the EMP.

One of their PG-rated tricks…

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