Let’s face it: we all love to laugh at the expense of others. Comedian Jim Gaffigan knows this (the guy just put out a book called Dad Is Fat, after all), which is a big reason he has ascended to the top of the stand-up ranks. See Gaffigan poke fun at himself (and maybe eat a Hot Pocket or two) 9 p.m. Friday at WinStar World Casino, 777 Casino Ave. in Thackerville. Tickets are $40-$60. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit winstarworldcasino.com.
For the biggest event of the year, it’s only appropriate that Downtown OKC feature 10 venues with 16 stages full of some of the best talent Oklahoma has to offer. Ring in 2014 with Opening Night, an annual New Year’s Eve celebration capped off with a grand fireworks-filled finale, starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in downtown OKC. Wristbands are $8-$10 and can be claimed at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., until 11:30 p.m. Visit artscouncilokc.com.
Feature-length films get all the love, but almost all of today’s brightest movie directors started out making shorts. See the official lineup of short films presented at 2013’s Sundance Film Festival 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Tickets are $7-$9. Call 236- 3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
Love & Addiction can be thorns in your side, unless we’re talking about Oklahoma City native Aisha Eustache, whose debut EP of the same name is as engaging as its title would suggest. See the soul/R&B singer in her return to her hometown 8 p.m. Saturday at Urban Roots, 322 NE 2nd St. Tickets are $10. Call 278-7906 or visit ticketstorm.com.
After each matinée performance of Oklahoma City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, kiddos can get autographs and take pictures with Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince himself. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday–Sunday at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Tickets start at $15. For more information, call 848-8637 or visit okcballet.com/nutcracker.
An OKC staple, the Paseo Gallery Walk is especially festive this time of year, with a unique display of luminarias lining Paseo Street and a lighted tree courtesy of sculptor Collin Rosebrook. Need more? There will be live music, special holiday exhibits and sales — all within walking distance. Walk 6-10 p.m. Friday in the Paseo Arts District. Call 525-2688 or visit thepaseo.com.
That Mr. Grinch was one mean fellow, trying to ruin Christmas and all. But the Whos down in Whoville — specifically Cindy Lou Who — will have none of it. See Jim Carrey in Dr. Suess’s holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 7 p.m. Monday at Harkins Theatres, 150 E. Reno Ave. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit downtownindecember.com.
If ethereal, loop-based vocal music is your weakness, Julianna Barwick is your kryptonite. The Brooklyn-based songstress has opened for the likes of Sigur Rós and The Flaming Lips, crafting some of the most uniquely potent ambient music you’re bound to encounter. See for yourself 9 p.m. Monday at Womb Gallery, 25 NW Ninth St. Tickets are $10- $12. Call 600-6366 or visit ticketstorm.com.
We know nobody shops this time of year (yeah, right), but if you’re looking for something different, check out Pambe Ghana, a seasonal market featuring handmade crafts from all across the globe. You can shop from noon-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday at Pambe Ghana’s Global Market, 6516 N. Olie Ave. Visit pambeghana.org.
When we say, “Go see Trans-Siberian Orchestra,” it’s not a fancy way of telling you to take a hike across Siberia. No, literally, go see Trans-Siberian Orchestra as they perform their acclaimed rock opera The Lost Christmas Eve at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave. Tickets are $41.50-$71.50. Call 602-8700 or visit chesapeakearena.com.
If you’re one of those who prefers a little scenery with your run, you’re in for a holiday treat. Midwest City Parks and Recreation will host the eighth annual holiday lights spectacular and 5k Nightlight Run, 5:45 p.m. Saturday at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, 8700 E. Reno Ave. in Midwest City. Registration is $25- $30. Call 739-1293 or visit midwestcityok.org.