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    Paul Kolnik


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    There’s racial tension when Huey Calhoun wanders into a black club in the segregated 1950s. And there’s plenty of sexual tension when the white DJ falls head over heels with the rock ’n’ roll club’s black singer. Watch it all unfold in the Tony-winning “Memphis” with a score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and Joe DiPietro. Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. (through Dec. 23). $34 and up. Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. 866-348-9738.


    The powers that be Hugh Jackman is all over the big screen as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” but remember when he played magician Robert Angier against Christian Bale’s Alfred Borden in “The Prestige”? Christopher Nolan’s 2006 film takes place in early 20th-century London. Before Monday’s screening, MIT professor Peter Fisher will talk about wireless power. 7 p.m. $10, $8 students. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500.

    Yo, heave-ho Act one is sacred followed by act two’s secular when the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble performs in Cambridge. The program includes Stravinsky’s “The Lord’s Prayer” and “Song of the Volga Boatmen.” Can you guess which is which? 7 p.m. Donations welcome. St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1991 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-547-4070.


    He always has Paris “I see and paint a Paris everyone wishes to recall and savor.” The recollections and savorings in “Michel Delacroix at 80” include snow-covered Parisian streets and skylines of the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame. The almost-octogenarian, award-winning painter was born in Paris’s 14th district in 1933. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Jan. 6. Free. Axelle Fine Arts, 91 Newbury St., Boston. 617-450-0700.

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    The dream Sit-ins, freedom rides, strikes, boycotts, and marches were hallmarks of the American Civil Rights movement, a journey of peaceful resistance led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The exhibit “MLK and Signs of Freedom” is a collection of photographs, posters, broadsides, and documents that celebrate King’s life and the non-violent activities. Mon-Sat from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Jan. 31. $5, $3 seniors and ages 13-17, free ages 12 and under. Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., Boston. 617-725-0022, ext. 222.

    True man Forget “In Cold Blood” and “Murder by Death” because the Truman Capote stories in “Holiday Memories” are sentimental, loving, and sweet. “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory” are based on the author’s Alabama childhood during the Depression and introduce us to 8-year-old Buddy and his older kooky cousin who made ornaments, baked, and looked for the perfect tree. 7:30 p.m. (through Dec. 23). $28-$58. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487.


    Festival of light and latkes We like our potato latkes with applesauce, maple syrup, and sour cream. Let us know how they are topped at Hanukkah at UpStairs on the Square where you’ll down the carbs and a beef brisket with horseradish in the Soirée Dining Room. Dec. 11-14 from 5:30-10 p.m. $58 (reservations required). UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge. 617-864-1933.