Culture The Pikkari Theatre The Pikkari Theatre, a Japanese troupe of 'living dolls', offers a show guaranteed to delight families over the Christmas holidays. Actors perform in head-to-toe costumes and against brightly coloured, cartoon-like sets and to musical accompaniment. They enact Aladdin's Lamp in Cantonese, with English surtitles. Today, 3pm and 7.30pm. Grand Theatre, Cultural Centre, TST. $70-$160 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7323 HKPO & Teresa Carpio The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra teams up with Teresa Carpio for the singer's first solo concerts for almost 20 years. Only single seating is still available for the shows on Friday and Saturday, 8pm, Sha Tin Town Hall. $320 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 2030 China Philharmonic Orchestra Music director, solo violinist and conductor Lim Kek-han leads the China Philharmonic and a 200-member choir made up of 13 local choirs, in a concert of classic Chinese music. The programme features The Yellow River Cantata, Li Huanzhi's Spring Festival Overture and Chen Gang and He Zhanhao's Butterfly Lovers violin concerto with soprano Wang Xiufen and baritone Song Xuewei performing. Today, 8pm. Tuen Mun Town Hall. $60-$110 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321 Looking Ahead The Traditional Art Of Puppetry The Yangzhou Puppet Theatre of China stages a show that mixes spectacular puppets with acrobatics by actors. The programme includes a Lion Dance, The Crane And The Tortoise and The Lady In The Moon. Thursday, Sha Tin Town Hall; Friday, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre; Saturday, Tuen Mun Town Hall; Sunday, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre. All shows start at 7.30pm. $100-$130 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7323 Yanbian Song And Dance Troupe The award-winning Yanbian Song And Dance Troupe hails from the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture. It performs a series of group dances, with different programmes each night. Friday-Saturday, 7.30pm. Grand Theatre, Cultural Centre, TST. $80-$180 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 9009 City JanFest Book your tickets for the Fringe Club's City JanFest which starts on January 8. Untie The Boat From The Ugly Wharf is a collaboration between Hong Kong and Australia. The mime follows a woman at sea on her way to Hong Kong. January 8-10, 8pm, January 11, 3pm and 8pm, $100 ($80). Black Hole Beyond is a Putonghua drama set around an earthquake, from I Think Theatre of Taiwan, directed by theatre critic Wang Mo-lin. January 14-18, 8pm, $120. Melbourne's Fiona O'Loughlin presents hilarious comedy in From Here To Maternity, a raging success at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. January 21-25, 8.30pm, $150 ($120). London- and Tokyo-based theatre company Performance Exchange presents a study of ghosts, from Shakespeare to Dickens and Walt Disney. January 22-25, 8pm, $120 ($90). Musical show My Romance stars Lynn Sherman of Manila performing jazz standards and Broadway tunes. January 28-31, 7.30pm, $150 ($120). All tickets available through Ticketek or from the Fringe Club. More info: 2521 7251 A Vast Land, A Diverse People The Hong Kong Dance Company presents a show inspired by nature, 'land in the mountains under blue skies and white clouds'. January 9-10, 7.30pm. January 11-12, 3pm. City Hall Theatre, Central. $80-$110 Urbtix. Inquiries: 3103 1810 or visit www.hkdance.com Flowing Fancies The world premiere of prolific Hong Kong composer Law Wing-fai's 'bold and improvisatory concerto Flowing Fancies, inspired by the flow of Chinese calligraphy'. Pipa virtuoso Wong Ching stars with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. There is also a performance of Strauss' Horn Concerto No 2 and Beethoven's Symphony No 1 with the Philharmonic's principal horn, Mark Vines, leading. January 10, 8pm. Yuen Long Theatre Auditorium. January 11, 8pm. Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium. $50-$120 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2312 6103 or visit www.hkpo.com HK Rep The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre performs at the Arts Centre for the first time, with an Internet-themed drama series consisting of two plays running on alternate nights. Written by Yu Rongjun and directed by Yin Zhusheng from Shanghai, www.com is an award-winning play about love lost and found in reality and cyberspace. Hong Kong's Rape Virus is a dark story of 'visual fantasy turning to real life crime'. In Cantonese with English surtitles. www.com: January 11, 12, 16, 17, 19, 22, 25 and 27. Rape Virus: January 14, 15, 18, 21, 23, 24, 26 and 28. $100-$170 Ticketek. Inquiries: call 3103 5900 or visit www.hkrep.com Organ Recital By Jennifer Bates Award-winning British organist Jennifer Bates plays her own compositions: Variations On A Gregorian Theme and Toccata On A Theme Of Martin Shaw. The programme also includes works by Bach, Schumann, Liszt, Tournemire and Langlais. January 12, 8pm. Concert Hall, Cultural Centre, TST. $50-$120 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321 King's Harmonica Quintet 15th Anniversary Concert It is the 15th anniversary of this quintet that made headlines in 1997 when it won first prize at the World Harmonic Championships in Germany. Ho Pak-cheong, Kenneth Chan Shu-keung, Lau Chun-bong, Rocky Lok Ying-kei and Johnny Kuan Man-hou perform a programme of Western and Chinese music, with guest soloists - guitarist Stephen Chau, dancer Ong Yong-lock, sheng player Loo Sze-wang, pianist Nerrisa Yeung and fellow harmonica player Herman Ho Kwong-pui. January 13, 8pm. City Hall, Central. $80-$140 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321 All-Mozart Concerts The Hong Kong Philharmonic celebrates Mozart's 247th birthday with Happy Birthday Mozart concerts featuring Normal Krieger on the piano. They play a programme of Symphony No 17 in G, Piano Concerto No 9 in E Flat and Symphony No 41 in C. January 17, 8pm; January 18, 3pm ($60-$250) and 8pm. Concert Hall, City Hall. $90-$280 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2312 6103. On January 18 there is Mozart's Birthday Fun Fair with face painting, musical arts and crafts, Mozart storytelling and clowns and magic shows. 3pm-6pm. Free, ticket holders to the Happy Birthday concerts are entitled to one game card for the fun fair. Inquiries: call 2312 6103 or visit www.hkpo.com Peking Opera Three national class one performers star in this show of traditional Peking opera: Li Jinhwen of the Peking Opera Theatre of Shenyang, Shi Yihong from the Shanghai Peking Opera Theatre and Hou Danmei of the Peking Opera Troupe of Guiyang City. They perform The Green Peony on Jan 23, 7.30pm; The Story Of The White Snake on Jan 24, 7.30pm; Mu Guiying Defeats The Enemy's Tianman Battle Array on Jan 25, 7.30pm; and excerpts from various operas on Jan 26, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Grand Theatre, Cultural Centre, TST. $100-$320 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7323 Extra-curricular Music For The Millions The Music Office of the Leisure And Cultural Services Department stages a music carnival in the foyer of the Cultural Centre. 'Orchestral Wonderland' includes Chinese and Western performances. There is a 'Music Corner' where audience members can try out various instruments as well as dance shows and drumming circles. Today, 1.30pm-5.30pm. Foyer and piazza, Cultural Centre, TST. Inquiries: 2582 5334 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/MusicOffice World Carnival Hong Kong 2002/03 Covering 500,000-sq-ft, this is the world's largest touring carnival and includes more than 130 rides, games and attractions. Weekdays 1pm-11pm, weekends noon-11pm (December 31 and January 31 open until 1am). Former Kai Tak airport, Kowloon City. Free entry. Rides and attractions are paid with tokens. Inquiries: 8333 9877 or visit www.world-carnival.com . Ends February 9 Urbtix: 2734 9009 Urbtix/CityLines credit- card booking: 2111 5999 Fringe: 2521 7251 CityLine: 2317 6666 TicketNet: 2312 9998 Ticketek: 3128 8288 For a complete listings service visit totallyhk.scmp.com.