Chestnuts are roasting on the sun-warmed sidewalk, and tiny tots are in their strollers crying like hell. Its Christmastime in Miami, and even though the weather isnt quite wintry, the usual holiday detectors are still at play. Sure, Walgreens has been celebrating since 11:59 Halloween night, but it aint Xmas till youve seen The Nutcracker. This fairy-tale ballet has been around since the late 1800s, and all of its dancing candy canes and flirtatious wooden tools have enraptured audiences worldwide. You deserve a piece. Airfare might hinder you from catching the Kennedy Centers legendary version, so this Saturday, watch Miamis oldest ballet school, the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, put its spin on the standard. Clara will undoubtedly dazzle, and the Sugar Plum Fairys sweetness will usher you into a season when gift buying can leave your wallet feeling a little sour. The show begins at 7 p.m. at Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Tickets cost $10 to $25.
Sat., Dec. 5, 7 p.m., 2009