Dave Carlock’s Best Bets: Dec. 28

Published 3:43 pm Thursday, December 27, 2012

Saturday, Dec. 29
MOVIE: ‘Les Miserables’

In the wildly loved musical set to film, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway deliver stellar, heart-wrenching performances. If men make it out of the theater without tears, I’d be surprised. I’m not a real fan of musical theater — I can’t stand “Glee”—but well-directed films are a great way to begin drawing in some converts.
Check it out: celebrationcinema.com, amctheaters.com, cinemark.com

Sunday, Dec. 3
Opera in Cinema: ‘The Magic Flute’ — from Milan’s Teatro Alla Scala
3 p.m.
Riviera Theater
50 N. Main St., Three Rivers
(269) 278-8068

Looking for a little culture? Listen to Italian opera singers conforming to a libretto in the lovely, romantic sounds of the German language (??), perhaps Mozart’s secret amusement behind one of his best works. This one can enthrall all the conspiracy theorists as well as they watch for the references to Free Masonry.
Check it out: trriviera.com

Monday, Dec. 31
Super Happy Funtime Burlesque NYE & Video Party
9 p.m.
Acorn Theater
107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks
(269) 756-3879

And now for what promises to be an unusual and fun New Year’s Eve experience, the SHFB troupe brings sexy, bawdy fun to a night that has far too little variety. For a step away from the stereotypical “band, booze, drama” come out and push your envelope.
Check it out: superhappyfuntimeburlesque.com

Monday, Dec. 31:
Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show
9 p.m.
Hard Rock Café Four Winds
11111 Wilson Rd., New Buffalo

These cats hail from Las Vegas and were the first “tribute” band to ever appear on David Letterman, who subsequently praised them. The website shows a Morris Day character as well, so it you wanna hit the funk hard on NYE, I’d take my chances here. The Hard Rock has dinner packages as well. Find your Darling Nikki and make it happen.
Check it out: purplereign.net

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