For those who like their seasonal cheer with a side of satire, actor Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons,” most Christopher Guest movies) and his wife, singer-songwriter Judith Owen, will host their annual “Holiday Sing-Along” show at BAM. The audience-interactive night typically includes traditional seasonal tunes, plus timely satirical songs, and the Spinal Tap classic “Christmas with the Devil.”
9 pm at BAMcafe, BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, [30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100, www.bam.org]. Free.
It is that time of year again, when every ballet company in Brooklyn stages “The Nutcracker,” and the first nut of the season will be cracked by the New York Children’s Dance Theater. The company’s young dancers will be joined on stage by former American Ballet Theater principal dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky.
2 pm at Master Theater [1029 Brighton Beach Ave. at Brighton 11th Street in Brighton Beach, (718) 732–3838, www.mastertheater.com], $34–$55.
All in your head
Movies mixed with science to the power of a live audience equals a formula for a fascinating night. Film geeks and science nerds will unite when event series ArtLab brings cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin and Brooklyn filmmaker Alexandra Stergiou together for a live discussion on the neuroscience of film.
7:30 pm at the West [379 Union Ave. at Hope Street in Williamsburg, (718) 599–1704, www.thewestbrooklyn.com]. Free.
We don’t know why you wouldn’t come. Norah Jones’ side project Puss ’N Boots returns to the Bell House for another blow-out “Christmas Spectacular.” In addition to a night of country covers from the band, last year’s event reportedly involved strippers, live comedy, musical guests, and a visit from Santa.
8 pm at the Bell House [149 Seventh St., between Second and Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510, www.thebellhouseny.com]. $15.
Where’s the boss?
Don’t work in an office, but don’t want to miss all the fun of getting re-gifted junk in the Secret Santa and drunkenly making out with Kevin from accounting in the supply room? The “No Office Holiday Party” has you covered. Freelancers, telecommuters, and the unemployed can enjoy karaoke, a raffle, and a photo booth without worrying about embarrassing themselves in front of management.
7:30 pm at Littlefield [622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Third Avenues, in Gowanus, (718) 855–3388, www.littlefieldnyc.com]. $6–$8.