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    Holiday harmony

    At this time of year, everybody’s a singer. That’s OK, since we all know it’s the spirit of the season that counts. If we were honest, though, we’d admit we feel most warm and fuzzy when the singing is spirited and beautiful. You can count on that at “Jennifer Kimball’s Harmonic Celebration of Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony.” Joining the ace vocalist are fellow singers and musicians Rose Polenzani, Rose Cousins, Laura Cortese, Brittany Haas, and cellist Valerie Thompson. Dec. 18, 8 p.m. $20. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679,


    Dealing with the devil F. W. Murnau, the filmmaker who brought you the ghoulish “Nosferatu,” is also responsible for “Faust,” another 1920’s silent movie that mines supernatural subject matter. The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra and the Berklee-based Video Game Music Choir provide musical accompaniment for the visually stunning story of an alchemist’s tussle with Satan. Dec. 17, 7 p.m. $20, $17 students and seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500,

    Treat for her tresses Make someone special (or yourself) something special at “The Handmade Pin-up: Hair Ornaments.” The workshop covers constructing and decorating a hair accessory using a variety of materials and trims. Millinery techniques including shaping and curling feathers will be taught, so you can make your creation as pretty and professional as possible. Dec. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30. Boston Vintage Factory,
    86 Joy St., Studio 50, Somerville.



    Designing woman In the late 19th century, architecture was a pre-profesional man’s world. That didn’t stop Annie Cobb from trailblazing a career in building and designing. The exhibit “An Architect Ahead of Her Time: Annie Cobb (1830-1911)” pays tribute to Cobb’s work. Tues-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m. $5, $3 seniors and children ($1-$2 Newton residents). Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington St., Newton. 617-796-1450,

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    Guiding lights The holidays can make us miss departed loved ones even more. Light candles for yours at the annual Candle Lighting Service at Mount Auburn Cemetery. After words and music suited to the season, lighted candles will be placed at the Asa Gray Garden (weather permitting). Dec. 18, 4 p.m. Free, candles sold at event. Mount Auburn Cemetery, Story Chapel,
    580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge. 617-607-1980,

    Being the big guy Jack Sanderson buys a Santa suit, goes to Santa school, and brings holiday cheer to tikes and toddlers. With screaming babies, difficult parents, and mucho makeup, the job isn’t always full of ho-ho-ho’s. See what being Santa is really like at a screening of the documentary “Becoming Santa.” Dec. 18, 7 p.m. $12. Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit. 508-428-0669,

    Young cats The newest host of Amazing Things Arts Center’s weekly jazz jam is barely out of his teenage years. Bring your axe (that’s instrument, in jazz speak) to Jesse Combs’s Youth Is Served” jam. Instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to sit in after a set by the house band. Dec. 18, 8 p.m. $6. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787,