Old Yule

Every holiday season there is an abundance of shows from which to choose, and any number of the usual suspects. This year, opt for the unusual with Yuletide, a time-traveling adventure that, though music and words, unlocks a history of holiday traditions.

Meet Saint Nick’s evil friend, German fairies, wounded Celtic warriors, hungry Saturnalians, and an Italian Christmas witch, all brought to life via poetry and readings from Arizona Curriculum Theater actors. Meanwhile early music ensemble Bartholomew Faire traverses the centuries with ancient seasonal music. The songs -- performed on bagpipes, drone ocarina, Gothic harp, lute, recorder, and other classic instruments -- may not be immediately recognizable, but they carry plenty of cheer in the form of Spanish cantigas, French noels, and other international refrains.

Experience something new this holiday season with Yuletide, 8 p.m. Friday, December 13, at Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos, 202 North Central Avenue. Tickets are $15 to $20. Visit www.azyuletide.org or call 888-343-4228.

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 13. Continues through Dec. 21, 2013


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