What do small Russian dolls, rodent kings and urban youth have in common? Surprisingly little until now. URBAN NUTCRACKER unites the Tchaikovsky-Dumas original with a modern interpretation from street-savvy characters. Transposing the quaint innocence of the 1940s – think It's a Wonderful Life – with the building racial tensions in the pre-Civil Rights Movement South, the Urban Nutcracker is set in Atlanta's own Sweet Auburn district. The production, choreographed by Waverly T. Lucas and performed by the Ballethnic Dance Company, features a diverse cast and dynamic adaptations of the classic music. An annual holiday event that merges local history and seasonal traditions, this dance performance bridges the gap between antiquated high culture and contemporary relevance. $29-$52. Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600. www.ballethnic.org.