Holigay gift ideas, Nashville-style

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Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers will perform at Tennessee Performing Arts Center on February 4, 2011. The tart-tongued star, who began her career as Johnny Carson’s guest host, has been an ubiquitous presence in the entertainment industry for over fifty years. Her numerous pursuits—advertising QVC jewelry, appearing on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice and attacking captive celebrities on the red carpet—offer fodder for her singular comedy routine. She riffs on her travails in the hard-crusted world of Hollywood with a cynical wit and a keen sense of her special place in the media mayhem. (www.tpac.org, $25-70)

Nashville in Harmony (NiH) will perform its holiday season concert “Twisted Tinsel” on Thursday, Dec. 16 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. NiH’s first time at Polk, this performance will feature the beautiful harmonies, laughter and surprises that have made this rapidly growing city chorus a holiday “must see” event on the Nashville concert scene. The group will be performing arrangements in jazz, pop and seasonal favorites. Tickets are on sale through the box offices at TPAC. For more information, visit www.nashvilleinharmony.org.

Nashville Ballet will reprise its beloved local take on the classic Christmas tale when Nashville’s Nutcracker returns to TPAC December 10-19 with new magic tricks and dancers returning from retirement to perform.  In conjunction with The Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet presents Nashville’s Nutcracker with traditional music by Tchaikovsky and a local account of the beloved holiday performance. Nashville Ballet tickets for all performances can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office downtown or by phone at 615-782-4040. Single tickets can also be purchased online at www.nashvilleballet.com. Tickets are priced at $23 for Level 3, $45 for Level 2, $65 for Level 1, and $82 for Premium Level tickets.