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Come caroling downtown with the Action Pack at the XMAS POPS Sing-Along

The Action Pack brings back
because Christmas (pops) comes early this year!
Friday, Nov 26 at the Alamo Ritz
Get your advance tickets right here

Was that the most perfectly timed cold front or what? I woke up on Thanksgiving morning, went outside, and thought, "Geez, it doesn't feel very much like the holidays out here..." Then just a couple of hours later I stepped out again, all confident in my short sleeved shirt - and had to turn right back around, change my shirt, and add a jacket.


So now that the holidays actually have officially come to central Texas, it is most definitely time to return to one of my favorite holiday traditions - The XMAS POPS SING-ALONG.

Those of you who've been to this show in the past know what it's all about. We take Christmas music videos from all over the place, then assemble them into one collection that manages to blend seamlessly between John Denver & The Muppets singing The Twelve Days of Christmas into Wham's Last Christmas, Run DMC's Christmas In Hollis, and pretty much everything in between.

Throughout the show we'll also be playing several holiday themed games, including a Shoot My Eye out contest and some holiday Videoke, but the real highlight for me doesn't even take place inside the theater.

For me, the entire show is a warm up for the main event - leaving through the back door of the Ritz, gathering in the alley behind the theater, and then heading out as one pack of extremely holiday-spirit-filled carolers to take Sixth Street by storm. We'll be handing out caroling books to everyone in the audience then going up and down the street singing U2 and Mariah Carey and the Peanuts' Christmas Time Is Here to bouncers, drunks, revelers, fancy diners, and anyone else we can come into contact with.

So after you've got your shopping done (and picked up some Alamo Gift Cards, of course), I invite you to come downtown and ring in the holiday season with The Action Pack. As usual, Greg and I will be dressed in silly costumes and wearing yellow tights instead of pants. Yeah, Merry Christmas - you're welcome. (Henri Mazza)


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