With Christmas holidays looming, there’s a burst of activity this weekend before things slow down. That kind of wreaks havoc with my pick-of-the-day formula so with this post I’ll shine a bit of light on a few events that are happening in the next three days.

Tonight, SaskExpress starts the final four days in the run of its annual holiday show. As the title Broadway indicates, the bulk of the program will consist of tunes from famous Broadway musicals. The shows are at the SaskExpress Theatre at 2272 Pasqua St. Dec. 15-17, the performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 there’s a matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are Adults $25, Seniors & Students $20, Children under 12 $10. For more info call 522-3406

Friday, Creative City Centre is hosting its first Christmas Party. It will be hosted by member organizations of the centre, including Articulate Ink, Regina Fashion Collective and Regina Arts & Business Network. CCC, for those who don’t know, is located at 1843 Hamilton St.. The drop-in event starts at 2 p.m. and will run late into the evening. Later that night  at Artesian on 13th, its Prairie Roots Revue. Performing are Ryan Boldt of the Saskatoon alt-country group Deep Dark Woods, Northcote (pictured above), Zachary Lucky and Carly Maicher.  Even later that night, at O’Hanlon’s, two Saskatoon bands are playing: Foam Lake and Slow Down, Molasses.

Also on Friday, there’s an opening reception at 7 p.m. for a retrospective exhibition by veteran Canadian artist Shelagh Keeley (pictured at left) at the Dunlop Art Gallery. Keeley divides her time between Toronto and New York now, and throughout her career she’s produced a wide assortment of drawings and paintings exploring issues related to feminism, sexuality and interior and exterior space. The exhibition was curated by Linda Jansma for the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Keeley’s birthplace of Oshawa. It’s on at the Dunlop until Feb. 16, and includes an artist talk on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Finally, Saturday at the Exchange the local dance company FadaDance is holding their annual pre-Christmas performance/dance party. The FadaMen won’t be performing this year, but several other groups will be. I believe the evening has a bit of a nautical theme. Regardless, it’s always a high energy event with plenty of fun activities. To give you a taste, here’s some video from an outdoor firedance the troupe did in the summer of 2010.