For 11 months of the year, we live in a state of perpetual summer, but every December something magical happens: We celebrate winter. Or rather, we celebrate what we recall or imagine winter as being. Inject yourself with an added dose of merriment and attend the most Christmas-y event of all, The Nutcracker. Prima ballerinas from Key West to Broward are smoothing their ankle ribbons, preparing to enchant children young and old with their Sugar-Plum Fairy solos.
This Friday and Saturday, attend a tropical take on the seasonal favorite at the Nutcracker Key West (Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd., Key West). In it, Clara needs the toy soldier militia to save her from the nefarious Rooster King. (We hope conch fritters are properly represented through dance with dipping sauce, possibly being batted about by six-toed cats). Tickets cost $15 and are available at www.keystix.com. Miami isnt left out of the whimsy. On Saturday, the 305 wonders how Uncle Drosselmeyer earned his eye patch, when the New World School of the Arts and the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet go toe-to-toe in the classic tale. Its enchanting crowds for, fittingly, one magical night at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St., Miami). Tickets cost $10 to $25. Call 305-547-5414, or visit ticketmaster.com.
Fri., Dec. 5; Sat., Dec. 6, 2008