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Boston-area to do list

Jeff Mayes

PICK OF THE DAY

A story to tell

Since 1970, Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity has told the story of the nativity through scripture, verse, music, and dance. A cast of children and adults recounts the song-play based on the Gospel of St. Luke and the poetry of Langston Hughes. Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. (through Dec. 22). $18-$45. Northeastern University’s Blackman Auditorium, 342 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-514-3849. www.blacknativity.org

THURSDAY

The Fox and the fly “Art acts as an investigative and experimental form of inquiry, addressing or amending what is explained through traditional scientific or mathematical means,” according to the exhibit “In the Holocene.” And the three screenings that help get the point across are John Latham’s “Erth” and “Ants and Locusts,” plus Terry Fox’s “The Children’s Tapes.” Fox sets up experiments to illustrate fundamental principles of physical science (in one, a fly approaches a piece of fruit under a tin lid held up by a match). 6:30 p.m. Free. MIT List Visual Arts Center, Weisner Bldg E15, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4680. listart.mit.edu

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Here and there Global Potential and the West End House Boys & Girls Club help empower disadvantaged urban youth through the visual arts. With Grand Circle Gallery, the three present photographs and documentaries created here and abroad by young artists at “Points of View: Visions of Travel and Community.” Thursday hours are noon-7 p.m. (through the winter). Free. Grand Circle Gallery, 347 Congress St., Boston. 617-346-6459. www.gct.com/gallery

Up on the roof Here are Le Corbusier’s 1960 thoughts about his new Carpenter Center: “Electric ringing sounds will be composed and emitted once, twice, three times a day, at fixed times, emission of a formidable nature of softness and of power.” Fifty years later at “Hans Tutschku: Unreal Memories,” the Harvard professor creates a sound installation for the rooftop. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through May 29. Free. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University,
24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-5666. www.ves.fas
.harvard.edu/tutschku.html

FRIDAY

Here’s the point Fort Point takes care of you and your shopping list at “Sip, Shop, & Stroll.” Restaurants, shops, museum, and galleries entice you with complimentary clam chowder and gingerbread cookies, discounts, wine tastings, gift certificates, and shopping opportunities. Dec. 14 from 4-8 p.m. Free. Fort Point Neighborhood (A, Congress, Farnsworth, and Channel Center streets; Fan Pier). www.friendsoffortpoint
channel.org/fort-point-holiday-stroll

Naughty or nice? Early New Englanders didn’t celebrate Christmas because they thought it was a pagan perversion of pure Christianity. Learn more at Christmas by Candlelight where you’ll hear Victorian carolers, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, meet Father Christmas and Santa Claus, and more. Dec. 14-16 and 21-23 from 4-9 p.m. $14 (Fri, Sun), $15 (Sat), free under 3. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. 508-347-3362. www.osv.org

SATURDAY

Witch path? You will be “Members of Hansel and Gretel’s Ultra Adventure Club” which means you’ll help “Hansel & Gretel” select the path that gets them home. This adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale features masks, puppets, and songs. Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. (through Jan. 6). $15. The Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300. www.american
repertorytheater.org/events/show/hansel-and-gretel

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