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Chelsea Perry as Clara and Sabi Varga as Drosselmeier in “The Nutcracker.”

Gene Schiavone

Chelsea Perry as Clara and Sabi Varga as Drosselmeier in “The Nutcracker.”

PICK OF THE DAY

A new nut to crack

More than 300 dancers, 182 costumes (with more than 200,000 jewels and 2,000 yards of
net and tulle), a 42½-foot tree with 600 ornaments, a new character (the Bunny), and
mice feet created from molds shaped on the dancers’ feet. We don’t know about a partridge
in a pear tree, but this new Boston Ballet production of “The Nutcracker” also has new choreography, sets, a new ending, and it takes place in the Jane Austen era.
Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. (through Dec. 30). $35 and up. Boston Opera House,
539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-695-6955. www.bostonballet.org

THURSDAY

Finch and mockingbird Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck) defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. The racially split 1930s Alabama town isn’t behind Finch in this 1962 film based on the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning Harper Lee novel. The screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird” celebrates the film’s 50th anniversary and is part of “Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years.” 4:30, 7, and 9:30 p.m. (Nov. 23 at 4:30 and 7 p.m.). $6.75-$9.75. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837. www.brattlefilm.org

FRIDAY

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Go fly a kite If you can fit into your favorite Mary Poppins costume after Thursday’s feast, put it on for Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins emceed by Mary Poppins impersonator Linda Peck (not at 7 p.m. show on Nov. 23). The on-screen lyrics, bag of props, and costume parade will put you in a “Chim-Chim-Cher-ee” mood. Nov. 23 at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. (through Nov. 25). $15, $12 seniors and kids.
Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849.

www.regenttheatre.com

Another shot heard round the world In 1912, Joseph Caruso, Joe Ettor, and Arturo Giovannitti were arrested for their alleged involvement in the death of striker Anna LoPizzo. While in jail, Italian poet and trade unionist Giovannitti wrote “The Walker,” the basis for Stefano Sabelli’s “The Walker’s Auto-Da-Fé” presented by Libero Opificio Teatrale Occidentale. Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation (reservations required). Everett Mills, 15 South Union St., Lawrence (two blocks from where LoPizzo was shot). 978-686-9230. www.lawrencehistorycenter.org/node/21658

Chain, chain, chain A 15th anniversary is associated with crystal, so for the 15th Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction, Arthur Ganson made crystal balls this year’s theme. The artist and sculptor helps 30-plus teams link their contraptions for the mega-chain reaction and surprise ending. Nov. 23 from 1-4 p.m. $15,
$5 ages 5-18, students, and seniors (includes admission to MIT
Museum until 6 p.m.). Rockwell Cage Gymnasium, 120 Vassar St., Cambridge. 617-253-5927. www.web.mit.edu/museum

SATURDAY

Capitol offense There’s no shortage of material for the Capitol Steps who present their new show, “2012 Winners and Losers Edition.” Will the political humorists touch on the debate President Obama forgot to attend and that binder of women? Nov. 24 at 5
and 8 p.m. $31-$39, $5 student discount (two-ticket max). Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222. www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu/boxoffice

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