Local audiences will have no less than four versions of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" to choose from this season, but that's only part of the upcoming holiday performances.

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The long-running "Jazz Fighting Hunger" fundraiser will bring back a star from Anchorage's past for its final show on Nov. 8.Mike Dunham
 “I’m not just doing my shtick. It’s just real. I talk about everything but mostly I just try to connect with the people.”Chris Bieri
“Teller ... explained to me that if you first told people that you would be lying to them and only then lied to them, then it became art," said Penn Jillette.Vikram Patel
The performers in this production are exceptionally polished and they have excellent -- if rarified -- material from one of the best American dramatic writers. Mike Dunham
The impressive production of "Chicago, the Musical" at Mat-Su College's Glenn Massay Theater is a treat to see and brings hopes of more worthy shows in the future.Mike Dunham

Anchorage Opera's production of "Carmen" will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct.23-24, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct 25, in the Discovery Theatre. 

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Do we put Alaska Native artists in an aesthetic ghetto when they're labeled as "traditional"?Mike Dunham
“Living Alaska” is a remarkable assembly of the best Alaska art dating from this millennium.Mike Dunham
An Anchorage artist who suffered from acute depression sees her vision fulfilled as 85 statues are placed on the edge of Cook Inlet.Mike Dunham