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“Soft Structures’’ is an exhibit of new works inspired by Caesar’s visits to the MFA and Boston.


He came, he saw, he conquered The day after Christmas sounds like an opportunity for LA-based artist Jedediah Caesar. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts alum uses natural and man-made debris including packaging and scraps to create sculptures evoking archeological strata, geodes, and fossils. ‘‘Jedediah Caesar: Soft Structures’’ is an exhibit of new works inspired by Caesar’s visits to the MFA and Boston. Today from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (through April 1). $22, $20 seniors and students 18 and over, free under 7 (see website for additional discounts). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300.


Don ho ho ho In about a week we’ll wear hubby’s sweatpants, and if you expect to be in the same extra-large boat, how about a Hula Workshop? Learn the traditional dance and some Christmas hulas from Carol Anne Buckley, then shake it up with other participants. 8 p.m. $10. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-776-2004.

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Ghosts of items past For the four artists whose work is on view at “Lost & Found,’’ discarded stuff in antique shops, abandoned barns, salvage yards, and flea markets are treasures. Found objects are used in unconventional ways to juxtapose vintage and modern, organic and malleable, and organic and industrial. Mon-Sat from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Dec. 31. Free. Lanoue Fine Art, 125 Newbury St., Boston. 617-262-4400.

Hallelujahs in the hall Follow the signs for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass - or just take a seat and enjoy the “Messiah’’ Sing! Ten choruses, nine conductors, four soloists, an 11-piece orchestra, and you will sing the Christmas portion of Handel’s oratorio. 7:30 p.m. $15 (bring your score or purchase one the day of the sing). The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, N.H., 603-436-2400.

Words for the day Get some tips from seasoned poets Richard Cambridge, Irene Koronas, and Bert Stern and then knock some socks off at the open mike portion of The First and Last Word Poetry Series. 6:30 p.m. $4. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191.


Horning in The exhibit “Headgear: The Natural History of Horns and Antlers’’ closes on Jan. 22, but there’s an early closing celebration tomorrow with the Christmas Revels who stop by Winter Solstice Night at the Museum to perform the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 from 5-8 p.m. $9, $7 students and seniors, $6 ages 3-18 (free for Dec. 20 Christmas Revels ticket holders; half-price museum admission through Dec. 29 with a Revels ticket or stub). Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045.

Pros and parents Parents of some of the dancers are party guests in Act One at the International Ballet Academy of Norwell production of “The Nutcracker,’’ where participants range in age from 7-63. Professional dancers from Providence’s Festival Ballet perform with the students. Dec. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. $25. Company Theatre, 34 Accord Park Dr., Norwell. 339-788-9670.

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