Performance Picks

DINA MARTINA

Look at that facedoesn't it just scream glamour and goodwill? Who better to celebrate this special season? Ms. Martina, for the uninitiated, surpasses all desperate showbiz has-beens and can proudly claim her title as the world's most earnest never-was. She's back in town for some impassioned holiday song-wrecking, in a special no-frills series of appearances accompanied by Chris Jeffries on piano. Her scheduled three-night-only engagement has probably already sold-out, but the faithful should keep close watch: Rabidly comic performer Grady Westa close confidante of Dina and to whom she bears striking resemblancesays there's a possibility of extra dates being added. Re-bar, 114 Howell St., 206-323-0388. $15. Opens Wed. Dec. 10. 8 p.m. every Wed. Ends Wed. Dec. 24. STEVE WIECKING

A TAP DANCE CHRISTMAS CAROL

Cheryl Johnson (pictured, as Jacob Marley) and Anthony Peters have developed this tap version of Dickens' holiday story. YesTiny Tim taps. Parts of it are tongue-in-cheek, but it's quite fun, and a nice alternative to the more plum pudding-ish stagings of the story. Marley's chain is full of tap shoes, and Scrooge regains his "festive feet" at the finale. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Ave., 206-323-1400. $16-$24. Opens Fri. Dec. 12. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. matinees Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 21. SANDRA KURTZ

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