Anna Traut is like a fish in water when it comes to dog shows. "I've been going with my mom since I was little," says the 11-year-old. This weekend's Crown Classic Dog Show gives her another chance to show off Shelby, her six-year-old Shetland sheepdog. Last year, Traut and Shelby won second place in the Novice Junior category -- which qualifies Traut to dispense advice. Bathe and trim all unsightly hair on feet, nose, and ears, she says. Follow-up with a mousse application to the neck hair, then brush. "It's kind of like a beauty pageant," she says. It's also kinda like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the I-X Center (6200 Riverside Drive). Admission is $3 to $6; call 216-676-6000. -- Nadia Michel
Sounds of Christmas
It took Handel 21 days to write The Messiah; the Cleveland Orchestra will spend 10 days, starting Thursday, performing it and other holiday tunes at its Christmas concerts. The program features seasonal faves by Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Bizet, as well as music by the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. "There are also sing-alongs and a visit from Santa," promises conductor Robert Porco. The concerts take place at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday through December 21 at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue. Tickets range from $28 to $68, available by calling 216-231-1111. -- Damian Johnson
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