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Gotta dance

“I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls.” “I think dancing is a man’s game and if he does it well he does it better than a woman.” Whether you agree or disagree with Gene Kelly, the hoofer made dancing look easy, and you can see for yourself at the Gene Kelly Centennial Tribute. Today’s Christmas gift is the 1952 “Singin’ in the Rain” with Kelly (right), Donald O’Connor (left), Debbie Reynolds, and Jean Hagen. 2:30, 4:45, 7, and 9:15 p.m. $9.75, $7.75 before 5 p.m. (series runs through Dec. 30). The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837.


Dinner on the hill If your food pyramid needs a boost, journey to Beacon Hill for Christmas Day Dinner at Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. Apps include white sweet potato soup and a potato latke (happy belated Hanukkah); main dishes feature free-range turkey roulade and roasted goose breast; sweets are pies, tarts, and local cheeses.
1-10 p.m. $57 ($29 for optional wine pairing; recommendations recommended). The Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charles St., Boston. 617-723-7575.

Yum When is the last time you started your day with leek and truffle quiche or eggs benedict? They and more await at Aura’s Christmas Brunch. Other treats created by chefs Robert Tobin and Karen Hodsdon include pancakes, French toast, smoked salmon, roast pork loin, roast prime rib, cakes, and pies. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $69, $24 ages 7-14 (reservations required). Aura restaurant at the Seaport Hotel,
1 Seaport Lane, Boston. 617-385-4300.



For the people One of the most beautiful public spaces in Boston celebrates other public spaces (and itself) at “Building Boston.” Five exhibits at the Boston Public Library are “Boston Sports Temples,” “An Elevated View,” “Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces,” “Boston in the Gilded Age: Mapping Public Places,” and “The People’s Own: Construction of the McKim Building.” Dec. 26 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (some galleries close at 9 p.m.; check website for closing dates). Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.

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Symbols and subjects It’s not easy depicting (or being) an icon, especially an incorporeal or intangible one. At “Imaging the Invisible: Angels, Demons Prayer and Wisdom” you’ll see how iconographers used symbolism to represent their subjects. Dec. 26 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (through Spring 2013). $7, $5 seniors, $2 students and ages 3-17. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000.

Banke on it In 1630, British settlers named a section of Portsmouth, N.H., after the wild berries growing there, and almost 400 years later you can take a 90-minute guided tour of five decorated homes at Strawbery Banke Holiday House Tours. Dec. 26-30 on the hour from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $15, $10 ages 5-17. Strawbery Banke, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-433-1100.

The hills are alive Thanks to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, you can sing your heart out at Sing-A-Long Sound of Music and wear your nun costume, Julie Andrews frock, or any other outfit. Dec. 26 at 10:30 a.m. (through Dec. 29). $15, $12 seniors and children (includes a goody bag). Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849.