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Leslie Jackson, left, and Tatyana Lubov star in “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” at Bass Concert Hall on Dec. 6-11. Contributed by Carol Rosegg

Tickets on sale now

“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” See the modern musical update of this classic story. In this version, Ella is a much stronger version of Cinderella. “She’s not a girl looking to be rescued,” actress Tatyana Lubov says. “She has her own ideas. She’s very strong.”

And that’s what makes her an inspiration to young girls, Lubov says.

Yes, there’s still a fairy godmother, but, Lubov says, the magic comes from the Ella’s decision to follow her dreams and go to the ball. Also different is that Ella encourages the prince to open his eyes and see the world around him outside of the castle. “She gives him all of these ideas of how to run the kingdom,” Lubov says. No shrinking violets here.

8 p.m. Dec. 6-10; 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10; 1 p.m. Dec. 11. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. $20-$125. broadwayinaustin.com

— Nicole Villalpando

Billy Crystal. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 for comedian Billy Crystal — he of a stand-up career, a weirdly underrated stint on “Saturday Night Live” and a massive catalog of movies — for a Feb. 27 show at the Long Center.

Crystal has characterized the show as “stand-up and sit down.” Expect some comedy, some story-telling, some film clips and chats about his life, the universe and everything. 8 p.m. Feb. 27. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $69-$189. thelongcenter.org

— Joe Gross

Free self-defense seminar

An Austin krav maga studio is offering free self-defense seminars in response to what it describes as overwhelming requests from the community at a time when many feel vulnerable.

The 90-minute sessions, dubbed A Day of Empowerment, start at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at Fit and Fearless, 2800 Interstate 35 South, No. 100. Separate classes will be offered for adults, teenagers and youth as young as 4.

Krav maga, a self-defense system, incorporates techniques of aikido, judo, boxing and wrestling, along with fight training.

“Krav maga is physically and mentally empowering, and we feel it is our duty to offer the community the skills they need to feel safe in their surroundings and the empowerment to combat bullying and hate,” the studio said in a news release. “This event is LBGTQ friendly. We provide a safe and welcoming training environment for those who need it most.”

Register at fitandfearless.com/events.

— Pam LeBlanc

Next week in Austin360: Matthew Odam reviews June’s All Day, a new restaurant on South Congress Avenue from the group behind Jeffrey’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe and more Austin restaurants.

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