Striptease for Santa
Celebrate "A Santa Baby Christmas" as Houston Burlesque Revue has “a holiday striptease showcase like never before.” In other words, ’tis the reason for the teasing this season. The show is inspired by the classic film “A White Christmas,” so expect a ’40s/’50s vibe. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; Where: Numbers, 300 Westheimer; Tickets:$15 at door
Katt got your tongue
Through a few smartly chosen TV and movie appearances, Katt Williams has become an in-demand stand-up comedian, as his latest Toyota Center gig attests. He became a BET phenomenon for his stand-up work, though he might be taking his pimpin’ persona a bit too far. He was a no-show at a recent performance, slapped a Target employee in California and led police on a chase on a three-wheeled motorbike. Williams also doesn’t take kindly to hecklers. You’ve been warned. When: 8 p.m. Friday; Where: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk; Tickets; $47-$75.
This play is off the hook
She’s flying! Cathy Rigby returns to her favorite role in the Broadway musical version of J.M. Barrie’s classic fantasy "Peter Pan", which is about the boy who refuses to grow up. It’s a familiar flight pattern for the former Olympic gymnast, who has headlined several Broadway engagements and numerous tours of the popular show. Brent Barrett, a veteran actor/singer with sterling Broadway and London credentials, co-stars as Captain Hook/Mr. Darling. When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and continues through Dec. 23; Where: Hobby Center, 800 Bagby; Tickets: $24-$125.
The rest of the week
Civil Twilight: The Cape Town, South Africa, four-piece includes brothers Andrew and Steven McKeller (along with Richard Wouters and Kevin Dailey. The band moved to Los Angeles, landed a deal and saw songs pop up on “One Tree Hill,” “House” and “The Vampire Diaries” on the strength of its big, arena-ready rock. Sophomore album “Holy Weather” was released earlier this year and earned comparisons to Muse, U2 and Radiohead. When: 8 p.m. Thursday; Where: Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak; Tickets: $12.
Suzanna Choffel: The Austin singer-songwriter already had a solid Texas following thanks to her soulful sort of jazzy pop. But she’s picked up a legion of new fans in the last couple of years via a pair of pivotal appearances. A grainy YouTube clip of her cover of “Tennessee Stud” was featured in the documentary “Catfish,” and she made it to the semifinals on the current season of “The Voice.” Choffel is also, for better or worse, starring in ChapStick commercials. When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Where: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk; Tickets: $20.
“The Rat Pack Is Back!”: The title says it all. Brian Duprey, Drew Anthony, Kenny Jones and Mickey Joseph make like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop in a re-creation of one of the gang’s swing-a-ding-dingin’ performances at Las Vegas’ Sands Hotel in 1960. Presented by Society for the Performing Arts. When: 8 p.m Friday; Where: Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana; Tickets: $35-$80.
Negami Toy Drive: Negami vocalist Juan Carlos Villegas was inspired to create a toy drive when he visited the home of a family with “no electricity, much less money for gifts.” This fourth annual event includes performances by the enduring Tejano group, along with the Galena Park High School Show Choir, the North Shore High School Show-Gospel Choir and more. When: Noon Saturday; Where: Joyce Zotz Education Center, 13801 Holly Park. Tickets: Admission is an unwrapped toy or donation.
Eastern Sea : Earlier this year, Eastern Sea released the beautiful though admittedly dark and Camus informed “Plague.” Perhaps to offset the heaviness of that album the band has applied its lush instrumentation to a pair of new original holiday songs and 10 standards for the season. They’ll be mixing up holiday fare with nonholiday fare (like the wintery masterpiece “The Snow”) with a pair of shows. When: 7 p.m. Monday; Where: Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak; Tickets: $10. When: 3 p.m. Sunday; Where: Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth; Free.
John Ross Palmer Holiday Cheer: Local artist Palmer unveils his limited-edition ornament line at his annual Christmas event, which also includes a look at his latest paintings. There will be 32 numbered ornaments, marked with the year 2012, for sale. And, yes, there will be champagne, too. When: 2 p.m. Sunday; Where: John Palmer Art Gallery & Studio, 1218 Heights; Tickets: Free.
AbOUT Magazine’s F.A.C.E. Awards: The biweekly local magazine hosts its first ceremony honoring “excellence in the LGBT Houston community.” F.A.C.E. — First Achievers in Community Excellence — awards will be presented in a multitude of categories, including best bartender, club, drag queen, politician, DJ and journalist. Former Channel 13 weatherman Ed Brandon hosts the semiformal event, which also includes presenters Erica Rose, above, (“The Bachelor,” “Bachelor Pad” and “You’re Cut Off”), Special K (KRBE morning show) and Edward Sanchez (Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge). When: 7 p.m. Monday; Where: F Bar, 202 Tuam; Tickets: Free.
Mastersons : Each holiday season the Mastersons come back home to Houston from Brooklyn for a show. This time the husband
wife combo of singer/guitarist Chris and singer/fiddler Eleanor Masterson have a terrific album in “Birds Fly South,” which is a rootsy collection of songs mostly about couples doing poorly. So don’t come expecting holiday cheer. When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; Where: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk; Tickets: $20-$22.
Miss Leslie and Brennen Leigh: These two Texas gals have been kindly keeping it country (and bluegrass) — without any of that oatmeal-y “Texas country” nonsense. Leslie is a big, blustery singer of songs about wronged women and being the wrong woman. Leigh is an equally gifted performer. Her plain-spoken approach to music makes her a rarity in any genre. When: 8 p.m. Wednesday; Where: Dosey Doe Music Cafe, 463 FM 1488, Conroe; Tickets: $10.