DECEMBER 3 The English National Ballet in London unveils choreographer Christopher Hampson's reinterpretation of The Nutcracker (44-207/632-8300). The production, with set designs by Gerald Scarfe (Walt Disney's Hercules), fuses traditional ballet with modern costuming. Imagine mice with gas masks and soldiers in colorful camouflage.
DECEMBER 4 Today the moon moves in front of the sun, creating a total eclipse whose path begins over the Atlantic, crosses southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, and ends in South Australia. For optimum viewing potential, join Wilderness Safaris (www.wilderness-safaris.com) for a trip through Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique starting December 1.
DECEMBER 6 Along with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, tenor José Carreras performs under the stars at the Temple of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Proceeds from the concert and the accompanying black-tie dinner, hosted by Raffles International Hotels & Resorts, go to several charities, including the Cambodian Red Cross.