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In the ’50s we had Carmen Jones. In the ’70s came The Wiz. In the ’90s, choreographer Donald Byrd brings us The Harlem Nutcracker. Colorized versions of traditionally Eurocentric stories aren’t new, but Byrd’s historical, family-centered approach adds a big twist to this Christmas favorite. In the original, Clara is a young girl setting off for imaginary lands by herself. In Byrd’s version, Clara is a grandmother reminiscing about the rush and fever of the Harlem Renaissance. The Sugar Plum Fairy becomes Sugar Rum Cherry, and instead of waltzing in front of the fireplace, guests cut the rug at Club Sweets. There’s lots of local involvement in this production. The George Mason University Jazz Ensemble performs native son Duke Ellington’s arrangement of the original Tchaikovsky score, WPAS’s Men and Women of the Gospel, a choir made up of area singers, adds a spiritual tone to this holiday celebration, and performers from the city’s leading youth dance companies, D.C. ShowBiz Kids and D.C. Youth Ensemble, will join Byrd’s company members onstage. The choreographer will be on hand for a pre-performance discussion one hour before showtime. At 8 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2 & 8 p.m. on Nov. 23, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 24 at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $22-35. (703) 993-8888. (Holly Bass)