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B.B. King in SCFTA debut, ‘Reindeer’ finale, ‘Mary Poppins’ bows on Blu-ray

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You picked a fine time to make your Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut, B.B. King. As if the holidaze weren’t already busy enough. But I’m not complaining; I’ve wanted to see you perform live for years, and I’m not getting any younger. Considering you began your career in the 1940s and you’ve piled up some 15 Grammy Awards (not to mention the Presidential Medal of Freedom), I’ll be there with bells on when you touch down in Costa Mesa on December 8.

Actually, it’s a two-fer. The Record Company will open for the blues legend at Segerstrom Hall. The Los Angeles-based band is a rock/blues/roots trio blending the sounds of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker with The Stooges and The Yardbirds—or so their publicity says. Call (714) 556-2787.

If you’ve ever wanted to see Jeff Goode’s “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues,” now’s your chance. In fact, it’s your last chance to catch what’s been called "the funniest (and filthiest) Christmas show in town” at The Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills, which is staging the decidedly adults-only show for the 10th and final time this season (through December 22). Alex Bueno, who shares the role of Comet, also directs. Call (714) 777-3033.
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And if your taste in holiday fare runs to more family-oriented material, you’re also in luck. Disney is bringing out “Mary Poppins” on Blu-ray for the first time. The digital restoration marks the 50th anniversary of the film; Dick Van Dyke (who shines as Bert, the whimsical chimney sweep), former child actress Karen Dotrice (who co-stars as Jane Banks) and composer Richard Sherman attended a screening at the TCL Chinese Theater last month to celebrate the occasion.

Sherman is the focus of a bonus feature about writing songs for the picture; there’s also a deleted song (“Chimpanzoo”) and of course, a making-of doc. (Much of the back story is told in the current release, “Saving Mr. Banks.”) As for “Poppins” itself, the film holds up nicely; Julie Andrews still sparkles in her Oscar-winning role as the nanny with magic powers, and the supporting cast is impeccable; Ed Wynn still amuses as Uncle Albert, the man who can’t stop laughing.

More from Jordan:

Dean Martin and Edie Adams shows on DVD, Cinerama films restored

Chanukah gift guide: Jackie Mason, Benny Bell, Yiddish theatre and radio

Holiday gift guide: Stars of the Golden Era resurface in print, on DVD and CD

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