PICK OF THE DAY
Assuming the world doesn’t end today, continue your holiday celebrations with Paul Byrom’s Christmas Special, when “The Swanky Tenor” will serenade you with his mix of opera, pop, standards, and Broadway. The latest CD by the Dublin-born singer, dancer, and actor is “This Is the Moment.” 7:30 p.m. $30. Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge.
A Blue Christmas On this day of the winter solstice, the Blue Heron vocal ensemble takes flight at Christmas in 15th-century France and Burgundy. The program by Franco-Flemish masters Du Fay, Binchois, Ockeghem, Josquin, Obrecht, and Brumel covers the “mystery of Advent and the joys of Christmas.” Dec. 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. (7:15 p.m. pre-concert talks). $30-$50, $25 seniors, $10 students and low income, free under 18. First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-960-7956. www.blueheronchoir.org
Instruments and issues Turn your apocalypse ideas into a fabulous outfit for the Kina Zoré dance and costume party. The eight-piece Boston Afro-pop band of Berklee and New England Conservatory alum (and a current jazz studies student, trombonist Michael Prentky) is as passionate about social issues as it is about its horn melodies and African rhythms. Federator No. 1 and Endangered Speeches are also on the bill. 8 p.m. $12, $20 for two. Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock St., Boston. 617-236-7600. www.churchofboston.com
Photographing the photographer Norma Holt said to her friend Jane Paradise: “When I Was Young, I Was Considered Beautiful,” the title of the latter’s photo exhibit about the former. The two met five years ago in Provincetown, and Paradise’s show is an “intimate portrait” of her 90-plus-year-old friend. Friday hours are 1-6 p.m. (through Jan. 13; also one hour before each theater performance). Free. The Griffin Museum at the Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-729-1158. www.griffinmuseum.org
The voice of Christmas past “A Christmas Carol” is as integral to this season as family, presents, and food. This year it’s time to also celebrate the author who was born 200 years ago. Chorus pro Musica presents “A Dickens Christmas, Celebrate the Holidays With Story and Song” featuring Boston actor Terrence O’Malley as narrator.
8 p.m. $25-$45 (student and senior discounts available). Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston. 800-658-4276. www.choruspromusica.org
Tea for two Tea sommelier Cynthia Gold presides over the two-day Holiday Tea. Talk, tea, and treats include a “Tea Nog,” tea sandwiches, pastries, petit fours, and special dishes. Dec. 22 and 23 at 1:30 p.m. $50 (reservations recommended; Tarot Tea Dec. 30 at 1:30 p.m.). L’Espalier, 774 Boylston St., Boston. 617-262-3023.
Harboring Instead of cruising around the mall, board the Odyssey and cruise around beautiful Boston Harbor on the Sleigh Bells Dinner Cruise. The Mark Greel Band accompanies you on this dinner and dessert feast. Dec. 23 from 6-9 p.m. (5 p.m. boarding; also Dec. 27 from 7-10 p.m. with 6 p.m. boarding, $91.57 and up). $85.02 and up. Odyssey Boston, 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 866-211-3807. www.entertainmentcruises.com