Encore: The Must-See Performances and Shows in Rhode Island This Season

Pull up your calendar: You won't want to miss these visual and performing arts shows.

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December

December 2
Marshall Tucker Band
Years of rigorous tour schedules earned the band the respect of critics and countless dedicated fans. With hit singles like “Heard It In a Love Song,” “Fire On The Mountain,” “Can’t You See,” and “Take The Highway,” the Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label.
8 p.m. Greenwich Odeum, East Greenwich, greenwichodeum.com

December 2–5
Clue: On Stage
It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests have an alias, the butler has a variety of weapons, and the host is dead. So whodunnit? Join some iconic oddballs as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue: On Stage is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist. See website for times.
Will Theatre at the URI Fine Arts Center, Kingston, web.uri.edu/theatre

December 3
Christmas with the Stars
Remember all the wonderful holiday variety shows we all grew up on in the ‘70s and ‘80s? Now is your chance to see them live and re-created by Las Vegas’ number one impersonators of all time. All your favorite legendary Superstars come alive in Christmas with the Stars. See Sonny and Cher, Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Tom Jones and many more all in one show, singing their number one hits as well as some of your favorite holiday tunes. 8 p.m.
The Vets, Providence, theedwardstwins.com

December 4
URI Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Big Band Holiday Concert
Directed by Ann Danis and Emmett Goods, the URI Orchestra and Jazz Big Band will present two versions of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite—the 1892 original and
the 1960 Ellington/Strayhorn jazz band arrangement for this holiday concert. General admission $12; students $7; seniors (sixty and older) $7; free for children twelve and under free. 8 p.m.
URI Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Kingston, web.uri.edu/music/events

December  4
Artists’ Exchange’s 17th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
Steal away a few moments during the hectic holiday season to gather with friends and family to engage in an old-world craft… be creative, sneak some candy, and have fun! Enjoy 20 percent off class registrations, raffles, grab bags, face painting, artisan vendors and more. Reservations are required. Gingerbread craft
kits also available. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Artists’ Exchange, Cranston, artists-exchange.org

December  5
Billy Gilman: Home  for the Holidays
Grammy nominee and from NBC’s “The Voice,” Billy Gilman will bring his favorite holiday classics, as well as non-holiday favorites that have made the singer a worldwide name, to the Vets in Providence this season! 7 p.m.
The Vets, Providence, thevetsri.com

December  5
An Irish Christmas with Lunasa
Irish supergroup Lúnasa uses melodic interweaving of wind and string instruments pairing flutes, fiddle, whistle and uilleann pipes in breathtaking arrangements. For twenty years, Lúnasa has been universally acclaimed as one of the best Irish bands in the world. These two Christmas concerts will feature Dave Curley on vocals. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Blackstone River Theatre, Cumberland, riverfolk.org

December 9
Black Violin: Give Thanks Tour
Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. and Kev Marcus. The band’s Give Thanks Tour employs playful storytelling, whimsical string melodies and hard-hitting beats to highlight the unifying pillars of the holiday season: Giving back to others and being wholeheartedly thankful. 7 p.m.
The Vets, Providence, thevetsri.com

December  10–19
A Christmas Carol
Presenting the Royal Shakespeare Company’s version of “A Christmas Carol,” a new adaptation by David Edgar, based on the Charles Dickens classic. Celebrate the holiday season with the redemption story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter man who is visited by the ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Present and Future. See website for times.
Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre and Conservatory, Woonsocket, stadiumtheatre.com

December  11
Brian Regan
Critics, fans and fellow comedians agree: Brian Regan is one
of the most respected comedians in the country with Vanity Fair calling Brian, “The funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment Weekly calling him, “Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.” 7 p.m.
The Vets, Providence, thevetsri.com

December  12
Handel’s Messiah
Performance by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra with the Providence Singers. 3 p.m.
The Vets, Providence, thevetsri.com

December  17–18
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
See website for times.
Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, ppacri.org

December  18
Holiday Concert
Join the Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra and its community partners for a special celebration of the season! The program includes Handel El Mesías (Messiah Part I and Hallelujah Chorus in Spanish) 8 p.m.
Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, nabsco.org