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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker comes to Robinson 

Also, New Year's Eve fun.

THURSDAY 12/21

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker lands at Robinson Center Performance Hall, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., $28-$126. Or, if you'd like to do the dancing yourself, catch CosmOcean at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5, or come earlier for happy hour with a set from Brian Ramsey, 5:30 p.m., free. Dylan Earl & His Reasons Why share a bill with Willi Carlisle at Four Quarter Bar, 8 p.m. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" screens at The Meteor, 1001 Kavanaugh Blvd., 6 p.m. The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History hosts trivia at Stone's Throw Brewing, 6:30 p.m. If you like your comedy on the clean side, check out James Ervin Berry at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. The Arkansas Homeless Coalition hosts the National Homeless Persons' Memorial Service at First United Methodist Church, 723 Center St., 6 p.m.

FRIDAY 12/22

D.O.T. and The Moving Front share a bill at the White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. Jeff Coleman & The Feeders play some rock'n'roll at TC's Midtown Grill in Conway, 1611 E. Oak St., 9 p.m. Revolution hosts a song-swapping showcase from TV-famous country rocker Barrett Baber and Matt Stell, 8:30 p.m., $10. Down the street in the River Market district, there's a show from Couch Jackets, Ghost Bones and Lame Johnny, 8:30 p.m., Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, $5-$7. Splendid Chaos performs at West End Smokehouse, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $7. Mississippi-based Hartle Road brings its surf-infused rock to Maxine's in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., $5. Also in Hot Springs, Low Key Arts hosts its annual Christmas Bingo & Potluck, 6 p.m. Kevin Kerby, Amy McBryde & the Active Ingredient, Benadriil, and The Martyrs entertain for The Sonic Temple's Toy Drive, 4603 E. Broadway, North Little Rock, 7 p.m., donations. Richie Johnson kicks off the weekend with a happy-hour set at Cajun's, 5:30 p.m., free, followed by a late-night set from Jet 420, 9 p.m., $5. Billy Jones Bluez takes the stage at Kings Live Music in Conway, with an opening set from Edward Briggler, 8:30 p.m., $5. Liquid Kitty takes the stage at Thirst N' Howl, 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY 12/23

Chinese Connection Dub Embassy brings some reggae to the holidays at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $6. Soul singer J-Wonn performs an early show at Club Envy, 7200 Colonel Glenn Road, 7 p.m. Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, Adam Faucett, Spirit Cuntz and Drybrain play a rock show at the Rev Room, 9 p.m., $10. Watch "The Polar Express" from your car at the Reels & Wheels series, 6 p.m., Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport, 525 Airport Road, free. Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo perform their hazy, crescendoing tunes at Kings Live Music, with an opening set from Caleb Ryan Martin, 8:30 p.m., $5. Steel drum percussionist Darril Edwards brings calypso beats to Cajun's, 5:30 p.m., free, followed by a late-night set from Nerd Eye Blind, 9 p.m., $5. In Fayetteville, the Ben Miller Band plays a free holiday show at George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m. Big Red Flag performs at Reno's Argenta Cafe, 10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 12/27

Comedy improv troupe The Joint Venture gets inspiration from the impromptu at The Joint, 8 p.m., $8. Catch James Johann's "rural genius" stand-up routine at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sun., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sun., $8-$35.

THURSDAY 12/28

Bad Habit kicks off a rock set at Stickyz, 8 p.m., $5-$8. Stephen Koch, host of the Arkansas music history radio show "Arkansongs," hosts state-centric trivia at Stone's Throw Brewing, 6:30 p.m., free. Indie Music Night at the Rev Room features an eclectic mix of hip-hop and spoken-word performers, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY 12/29

Club Sway revisits some memorable 2017 performances with a drag remix, #NeverForget, 9 p.m. Freeverse jams at Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $5. Carey Griffin hosts a jam session at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 8 p.m. Bluesboy Jag plays a happy hour set at EJ's Eats & Drinks, 6 p.m.

SATURDAY 12/30

Fayetteville rock quintet Vintage Pistol takes its guitar riffs to Stickyz, 9 p.m., $6. The Schwag channels the best of the Grateful Dead with a tribute show at the Rev Room, 9 p.m., $12. Trey Johnson holds down happy hour at Cajun's, 5:30 p.m., and later, Lypstyck Hand Grenade takes the stage, 9 p.m., $5. Harrison-based Polyester Robot performs at Kings Live Music, 8:30 p.m., $5. Elsewhere in Conway, Billy Don Burns and The Great Whiskey Rendezvous play a show at TC's Midtown Grill, 9 p.m. New Town Blues Band plays a free show at Markham Street Grill & Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. The Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs celebrates Noon Year's Eve, a daytime event for kids featuring a bubble wrap stomp, a ball drop and tinkering exhibits, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 500 Mid-America Blvd., $8-$10.

SUNDAY 12/31

DJ G-Force kicks off the festivities early at Cajun's, 5:30 p.m., and for the revelers who plan to stay up til midnight, the Big Dam Horns play at 9 p.m. Later on in Riverdale, Discovery Nightclub hosts a New Year's Eve Bash with seven DJs, a drag show, three dance floors and a midnight toast, see latenightdisco.com for VIP tickets. The Joint Theatre & Coffeehouse hosts a special New Year's Eve celebration with a champagne toast, a holiday meal from Two Sisters Catering and a performance of its two-act comedy "A Fertle Holiday," 8:30 p.m., $55, call 372-0205 or see thejointargenta.com for tickets. Deep Sequence, Ryan Viser and Flintwick bring the electronic dance beats to Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10-$12. The Crumbs entertain revelers at Flying Saucer, with special tappings and shots until 2 a.m., $5. In Hot Springs, Legoria's Rhythm & Rocks Jazz Bistro holds a New Year's Eve Masquerade, $35-$45, call 701-4799 for tickets. George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville rings in the New Year with a show from Arkansauce, The Mighty Pines and The Toos, 9 p.m., $15. Jacob Flores, Susan Erwin and Moxie entertain for Oaklawn Racing and Gaming's NYE celebration, Hot Springs, 4 p.m.-midnight, free.

TUESDAY 1/2

Brett Ihler hosts "Punch Line" Stand-Up Comedy at The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse, 8 p.m., $5. Riverdale 10 Cinema screens the painted imagery film "Loving Vincent," 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 1/3

Encyclopedia of Arkansas Editor Guy Lancaster discusses his new book, "Bullets and Fire: Lynching and Authority in Arkansas, 1840-1950" at the Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library as part of the Legacies and Lunch series, noon, free. Improv troupe The Joint Venture flies without a script at The Joint, 8 p.m., $8.

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