Fifteen years ago, the husband-and-wife duo of Harry Shearer (The Simpsons) and singer Judith Owen opened their Santa Monica home to a heartwarming holiday house party filled with music and all the mirth you'd expect from the guy who's hilariously voiced Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner and Ned Flanders. The couple's tradition lives on in Christmas Without Tears, a Brooklyn bash hosted at an altogether different kind of house: the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Think of it as a throwback to simpler times. This homespun variety show is both festive romp and salve for the soul, featuring a full band, comedic bits, carols and performances by mega-watt stars like Alan Cumming, Olympia Dukakis, Paul Shaffer, Béla Fleck. Not only is Christmas Without Tears an irreverent antidote to the most stressful of seasons, the performance also honors World AIDS Day in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
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