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MICHAEL VON REDLICH

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Reindeer games

There’s no funnier, more outrageous, or campier way to bring holiday cheer to your life than a parody ride with Ryan Landry’s Gold Dust Orphans. The troupe’s latest production is “Rudolph the Red Necked Reindeer” starring a sexy Rudy who tries to save Christmas by escaping from the Abominable Icicle Snow Monster Lady. Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. (through Dec. 23). $35, $45. For mature audiences. Machine, 1254 Boylston St., Boston. 800-838-3006. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/291882

WEDNESDAY

Out of a Cannon Every month, The War Virgin delivers a new “shocking, tell-all account of the Iraq invasion — the version they didn’t share on CNN.” Paula Broadwell and musical guest Katy Perry make an appearance at Wednesday’s show, a la Laura Cannon, an Iraq veteran and comedian who shares true stories about her coming of age. 7-9 p.m. $12. The Living Room, 101 Atlantic Ave., Boston. 617-723-5101. www.warvirgin.com

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Intermingled We celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, Passover and Easter, and other holidays in our interfaith family (we celebrate anything that comes with food and presents). “Love, Faith & Other Dirty Words: Interfaith Boston Couples” shares stories based on interviews with 26 interfaith Boston-area couples. Nov. 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. (post-performance discussions). $28, $15 under 39. Modern Theater at Suffolk University, 525 Washington St., Boston. www.newcenterboston.org

The end If you believe the Mayan prophecy, get your affairs in order because the world ends in a few weeks. If not, head to Cambridge for “Apocalypse Soon? How the World Ends (or Doesn’t) in Religions of the World” where Harvard professor David Carrasco will talk about apocalyptic and millennial themes and movements in Native American, Christian, and Buddhist traditions. 6 p.m. Free. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-496-1027. www.peabody.harvard.edu

THURSDAY

On the move Without packing or removing your shoes at the security table you can experience romance in a strip club in Oman, encounter angry bulls on a Kyrgyzstan mountaintop, and climb the Great Wall with a 9-month-old and a 91-year-old. At “The Best Women’s Travel Writing,” contributors Marcia De Sanctis, Ann Hood, Abbie Kozolchyk, and Carol Reichert share their stories.
Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Free. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton. 617-244-6619. www.newtonvillebooks.com

Keep on trucking A couple of years ago, hubby and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi traded in their solo careers for their 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band. He (a Florida native) provides the slide guitar, she (a Boston native) the voice, and with the band they serve up a hearty roots sound. Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. $45-$75. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

Pass the tradition You survived Thanksgiving dinner. Next comes Christmas, so prepare by attending OperaHub’s “The Long Christmas Dinner.” Eight singers from the local “opera punks” troupe assume 11 roles in Hindemith’s journey through 90 years of Christmas dinners at the Midwestern Bayards home. Nov. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. (Dec. 1 at 2 and 8 p.m.). Free (donations welcome). Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. www.hubcollab.org/tickets

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