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MUPPETS—There are those who like their naughty Santas, and their slasher Santas, but you know what everyone likes? The Muppets. It's a proven trans-generational cure for the seasonal grumps, so gather around whoever's handy this time of year for The Muppet Christmas Carol and feel good about the world again. MS
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, Wed & Thurs, 7 pm, $8

MUSIC—As the holidays keep on creeping on, you could use some rock relief. The mystic frenzy of Sun Angle is just what the doctor ordered, as Papi Fimbres, Marius Libman, and Charlie Salas Humara form a 12-limbed spirit animal of noise and motion. To keep things sweet and local, XDS and Summer Cannibals round out the stacked bill. NL
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $6-8