December 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm EST | by Juliette Ebner
Local events in brief

Gay Men’s Chorus plans ‘Nutcracker’ holiday show

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington begins its 30th anniversary season with its holiday production “Men in Tights: A Pink Nutcracker” on Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University (730 21st St., N.W.).

“This year’s holiday extravaganza begins with glorious choral music performed by over 200 singers filling the stage and for the first time in GMCW history we are bringing in an organ of grand proportions for an even more majestic sound,” says Jeff Buhrman, artistic director, in a press release.

The second half of the performance is the chorus’s take on the Nutcracker suite, opening with a holiday party in which the two principal dancers meet and fall in love.

Tickets range from $20 to $50 and can be purchased at or at the door.

Other performances will be Dec. 18 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. with ASL interpretation. Look in next week’s edition for more information about this show.

Singer Pamala Stanley plans two weekend performances

Pamala Stanley will be in town this weekend performing at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) and as part of Georgetown Jingle.

Stanley, who often performs at Blue Moon in Rehoboth, is coming back to Cobalt for a performance Saturday at 9 p.m.

Stanley will also be the main entertainment at Georgetown Jingle Sunday night. The event starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 8 at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington (2800 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.).

Created by the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, JDS Designs, Inc., the Washington Design Center and the Georgetown BID, the Georgetown Jingle is an event to celebrate fashions of the holiday season and support families battling cancer.

Funds raised will benefit Georgetown University Hospital and their Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program as well as their Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program.

Proud Bookstore hosts book signing

On Saturday, the Proud Bookstore on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth, Del., will have five authors signing books from 3 to 5 p.m.

Three of the authors, Renee Bess, Lisa Gitlin and Sheri Reynolds will be visiting the bookstore for the first time.

Reynolds latest book, “The Sweet In-Between,” is about a gender-confused teenage girl whose mother is dead and father is in jail, growing up a Virginia tidewater town. She also authored “The Rapture of Caanan,” an Oprah Book Club selection and “New York Times” bestseller.

Gitlin’s debut novel, “I Came Out for This?” is a comic coming out tale written like a journal. It was published by Bywater Books.

Bess, whose latest book is “The Butterfly Moments” from Regal Crest publishers, writes about African-American lesbians. Moments is about a Philadelphia parole officer with a homophobic daughter who is given the task of supervising a “renegade” probation and parole officer.

Also appearing at the signing will be Stefani Deoul and Fay Jacobs from Rehoboth.

Jacobs will be reading from her newest book “For Frying Out Loud,” a collection of her latest columns plus some new, never-before-published material.

Deoul will be reading from “The Carousel,” about a woman who stops in a small northeast town to refuel and notices a pile of discarded carousel horses, bringing gossip, mystery and a restorative journey for the horses, the townspeople and herself.

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