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Set your TiVos and DVRs for a new Christmas classic - The San Francisco Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker"

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One of the Christmas traditions in my family is to watch "The Nutcracker" on PBS, usually on Christmas Eve. For about 30 years, we've been watching the Mikhail Baryshnikov - Gelsey Kirkland performance. I think it was filmed in the late 70s, when "Mishi" was in his prime and Kirkland was just a wisp of a girl. (Her autobiography, "Dancing on My Grave," details her battles with anorexia and cocaine addiction.)

Tonight, on KERA, Channel 13 out of Dallas, they aired the 2007 production of the San Francisco Ballet's "Nutcracker." It is stunning, both visually and in the performance of its dancers.

KERA's schedule shows that they will air the San Francisco production again next Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m.

Try to set aside some time to see this lush, lavish and delightfully "new" look at Tchaikovsky's holiday gift.

 

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