The Nightmare Before Christmas

The holidays can be scary for some people, what with the elusive social requirement to exhibit goodwill toward men and wish for peace on Earth at the darkest, coldest time of year. This might be why naughty-to-nice redemption stories are so popular, like A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life, in which the grouchy get second chances at seasonal cheer. In The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington, pumpkin king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus for selfish purposes. The 1993 Tim Burton movie became an instant cult classic that has inspired decades of fan-fiction and other crossovers, including the Desert Darlings Belly Dance rendition: “Nightmare: A Theatrical Belly Dance Adventure.” Belly dance, flamenco, aerial fabric dance, and other contemporary world styles are used to retell the animated tale at Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta) on Friday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 in advance, available at www.thedesertdarlings.com; it’s $20 at the door.