Boston-area to do list

Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Jason McEachern
Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


Rockin’ around the Christmas tree

Rock opera salutes Christmas with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “The Lost Christmas Eve,” a combo of rock, classical, folk, Broadway, and R&B. The single “Wizards in Winter” is featured in this story stocking filled with a rundown hotel, an old toy store, a blues bar, and a Gothic cathedral. Dec. 23 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. $32.50-$70.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000.


Festive us Festive, a word of the season, is a key word for the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Art exhibit “The Festive City.” Rarely seen prints and books welcome visitors to festivals of early modern Europe funded by the ruling classes to celebrate special occasions like saint’s days, coronations, and royal marriages. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through July 14). $12, $10 seniors, $5 college students, $3 ages 5-18, free on Sunday. The RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St., Providence. 401-454-6500.

Take a chance There will be a roomful of blues, R&B, and jazz when the horn-driven Roomful of Blues presents “Last Chance Holiday Dance.” “Hook, Line & Sinker,” the latest release by the award-winning ensemble, is a collection of a dozen tunes from Little Richard, Dave Bartholomew, Amos Milburn, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Floyd Dixon, and others. 8 p.m. $22. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311.


He takes his love to Lynn This year’s memoir, “Luck or Something Like It: A Memoir,” fills you in on how Kenny Rogers has accumulated more than 50 years in the music biz. The 74-year-old crooner credits his mother with always providing wisdom. Country singer Billy Dean joins the Kenny Rogers Christmas & Hits Tour. 8 p.m. $49-$122. Lynn Auditorium, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn. 800-594-8499.

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Immersion The Real School of Music gives students of all ages the opportunity to join bands, compose, gig, and record demos. Saturday’s Real School of Music Student Showcase shows off the results of this music education and performing arts program. 4-8 p.m. $5 cover. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-776-2004.


Simply sublime Sublime’s lead singer, Brad Nowell, died in 1996 two months before the release of the Long Beach band’s third album. However, its punk legacy is channeled through the Badfish tribute band, which gets its name from a Sublime tune: “When you grab a hold of me/Tell me that I’ll never be set free/But I’m a parasite/Creep and crawl I step into the night.” Dec. 23 at
8 p.m. $20, $23. 18+. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Brassy There are at least three reasons to check out the Worcester Art Museum. One is Sunday’s holiday concert by The Worcester Brass Consort; another is “Looking at the Stars,” an exhibit of prints by Imamura Yoshio; third is free gift-wrapping of items purchased in the museum shop (3-4 p.m.). Dec. 23 from 2-3 p.m. (the museum is open Sat from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). Free concert with museum admission of $14, $12 seniors and college students, free under 18. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 508-799-4406.