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Weekend Picks: Taylor Mac, ABT’s ‘Nutcracker,’ Messiah two ways, plus more holiday fun

American Ballet Theatre returns to Orange County for the New York company’s annual performances of “The Nutcracker,” with Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s score. Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday; other dates through Dec. 23. $29 and up. scfta.org