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Sick of The Nutcracker, be it performed by your local elementary school or the Kirov? Had it with the Sugar Plum Fairy but still have a place deep in your heart for Tchaikovsky? Boston’s Shirim Klezmer Orchestra has just the thing for you: This six-piece band skips the kiddies and the choreography to render a reimagining of the Russian composer’s music. Think Spike Jones, a Jewish wedding ensemble, and Duke Ellington drunk somewhere on U Street, and you’ll get an idea of Shirim’s clarinet-, trombone-, and tuba-led take on such adaptations as “Dance of the Latkes Queens” and “Waltz of the Rugelach.” With circuslike drumming, frequent time changes, and speedy keyboard fingerwork, these guys give a frenetic spin to a Gentile tradition. The show starts at 3 p.m. (see City List for other times) at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $30. (202) 777-3254. (Steve Kiviat)