Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet, the Nutcracker, does some soul searching in Ballethnic Dance company's adaptation, URBAN NUTCRACKER (right). While the pirouettes and pliés may look the same, Ballethnic adds jazz and ethnic dance to the classical ballet's repertoire. Originally set in 19th-century Germany, the Urban Nutcracker takes place on Sweet Auburn Avenue in the 1940s. The story's heroine, little Clara, still finds herself surrounded by a cast of Christmas characters, only this time it includes reggae rag dolls, Coca-Cola workers, black Russian tumblers and a prima ballerina named Brown Sugar. Through NOV. 19. $22-$52. Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600. www.ballethnic.org.