Arts hot ticket: It’s a Wonderful Life, Winter Celebrations

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      It’s a Wonderful Life

      December 19 to January 5 at the Anvil Centre

      Revisiting the Gateway Theatre’s 2018 show, Patrick Street Productions’ artistic producer Peter Jorgensen has adapted the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life for the stage in a way that also serves as a celebration of songs from the era. Musical standards by the Gershwins, Kurt Weill, and more interweave with holiday carols, bringing a fun new layer to the vintage story of a 200-year-old angel trying to save George Bailey’s soul.

      Winter Celebrations

      December 18 to January 5 at the Anvil Centre

      New West’s shiny arts centre pulls out all the stops during the holidays, with free family entertainment and activities from 10 a.m. onwards on most of the 14 days. For kids, we’re talking dance, arts and crafts, storytelling, circus, and juggling arts. Look also for art installations and musical performances, with appearances by acts like Marcus Mosely, the Sojourners, and Will Sanders. Note that Peach Cobblah hosts a Solstice Pride Ball on December 21. And our vote for the best-named event? The comedy show Festivus for the NewWest of Us.