Stage & Dance

Best Bets: Holiday shows, ‘Mockingbird’ and the Queen of Comedy

Adele Givens comes to Comedy Off Broadway.
Adele Givens comes to Comedy Off Broadway. Associated Press

The Lexington Children’s Theatre gets into the Christmas spirit with its annual show at the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street, this year offering Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. The last time LCT brought kids-literature favorite Junie B. Jones to its stage, it was with a cast of adults. This time, it’s mostly area students performing as part of the theater’s Discovery series. Show times are 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 5, and 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children. Call 859-254-4546 or go to

Phil for Christmas

The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra invites the chorus from SCAPA (the School for Creative and Performing Arts) and musicians from the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras for its annual Candy Cane concert for families at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Singletary Center for the Arts concert hall, 405 Rose Street. The afternoon will feature Philharmonic musicians playing alongside CKYO students in a program including Christmas classics such as Sleigh Ride and ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and music based on The Polar Express. Pre-concert activities start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and will be available at or by calling 859-233-4226. Read more about this event at or in Sunday’s Herald-Leader.


AthensWest Theatre Co. continues its production of the Harper Lee classic To Kill a Mockingbird the next two weekends at the Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and the production continues through next weekend. Tickets are $25, $20 for senior adults, military and students. Call 859-425-2550 or go to Read our review of To Kill a Mockingbird at

Queen of comedy

Comedian Adele Givens is in town for four shows this weekend at Comedy Off Broadway in the Lexington Green Shopping Center. The acclaimed Queen of Comedy, who has been seen on shows such as Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, performs at 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17 and available at