This week’s Wave wrap

Chastity Brown, a bluesfest fave, plays at 7 p.m. today at Amazing Grace.

Here is what you will find in this week’s holiday-heavy edition of the Wave:

It’s “Nutcracker” vs. “Nutcracker.” The Minnesota Ballet’s traditional family-friendly take on the classic opens the same weekend as Renegade Theater Company’s super not ballet production. Here is a rundown of the differences between the shows.

Best Bets include two “Nutcrackers,”  two singers performing holiday shows, a bluesfest favorite performing at Amazing Grace and Rubber Chicken Theater’s holiday revue.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett is totally not feeling a St. Cloud, Minn.-based musician’s debut album.

Also on the internet:

Robert Gardner of the Minnesota Ballet talks to Classical MPR about “The Nutcracker” and his most famous role.