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“Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical”

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The Whos and hows You have discovered the true meaning of Christmas — it’s shopping, right? The Grinch comes to his own discovery in “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” featuring “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.” 1, 4, and 7 p.m. (through Dec. 9). $35-$125. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738. www.citicenter.org

FRIDAY

Slings and arrows The British Television Advertising Awards have a new name, the British Arrow Awards, but the product is the same — original, witty, and creative ads from the British advertising world. Nov. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. (Dec. 6, 20, and 27 at 7 p.m.). $10, $6 students. Institute of Contempoary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3100. www.icaboston.org

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Fluffernutty In his Comedy Central special, Gabriel Iglesias says: “I’m Not Fat . . . I’m Fluffy,” and the comedian brings his fluffiness, storytelling, parodies, and sound effects to the Wilbur for all ages to enjoy. 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m.). $35-$45. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

Past is prologue Henrik Ibsen and current scandals give us a lot to ponder at “Pillars of the Community.” “What defines a man’s character? When is a lie better left untold? How does a leader’s personal life affect his public duties? What can be said about the conscience of a nation that demands its leaders be flawless, then criticizes them for being inhuman?” Elements Theatre Company tackles this weighty stuff in the socio-politial drama. 7:30 p.m. (through Dec. 2). $30, $25 seniors, free under 19. Paraclete House, 5 Bay View Dr., Rock Harbor, Orleans. 508-240-2400. www.elementstheatre.org

SATURDAY

Ann how The gospel sounds of singer Renese King, the sounds of you, plus new and old holiday music come together at the Cape Ann Symphony “Make a Joyful Noise: Holiday Pops Concert.” Nov. 24 at
8 p.m. (Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.). $35, $30 seniors, $20 young adults, free under 13. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium, 36 Lincoln St., Manchester-by-the-Sea. 978-281-0543. www.capeannsymphony.org

SUNDAY

The bells are ringing Seven octaves is a lot to cover, but 13 members of the New England Ringers do it at the “Angels, Bells and Kings” handbell concert. Schulmerich handbells and Malmark handchimes, plus other instruments, play “Ukranian Bell Carol,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and more. Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. $15, $20 at the door; $13 students and seniors, $18 at the door. Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. www.newenglandringers.org

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