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Sheppard Ferguson

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Seasonal magic

How about a holiday pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela? That’s a medieval cathedral town in Galicia, the Celtic region of Northern Spain, and to get there, a little seasonal magic is in order. It’s provided by the 43d annual Christmas Revels, the winter solstice celebration that’s become a Cambridge tradition. Storyteller Jay O’Callahan and Mexican actress Angelica Aragon lead an 80-member ensemble of adults and children in a show featuring music, dance, and stories. You’ll hear Spanish carols, instruments including the gaita (Spanish bagpipe), the tale of the allegorical Everyman, and Revels mainstays “The Shortest Day,” “Sussex Mummers Carol,” “Lord of the Dance,” and “Dona Nobis Pacem.” Dec. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 3 p.m.
Dec. 15, 1 and 5:30 p.m. Through Dec. 27. $15-$57. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge.
617-496-2222, www.revels.org

THURSDAY

Seeing red The Cambridge Art Association’s annual Northeast Open Show invites artists to submit color-themed works for a juried exhibition. Seventy-one works were chosen from nearly a thousand submitted for “Red Biennial 2013.” Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m. reception. Through Jan. 24. Kathryn Schultz Gallery, 25 Lowell St., Cambridge. Tues-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. University Place Gallery, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 617-876-0246, www.cambridgeart.org

FRIDAY

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Joyful birth Scripture, verse, music, and dance combine to tell the story of Christmas in “Black Nativity.” Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’s song play uses his own writings and the Gospel of St. Luke. Dec. 13-14 8 p.m. Dec. 14-15, 3:30 p.m. Through Dec. 22. $18-$45. Northeastern University, Blackman Auditorium, 342 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-514-3849, www.blacknativity.org

Hills holiday The Hub Theatre Company wraps up its debut season with “Sand Mountain,” two one-act plays by Romulus Linney. In “Sand Mountain Matchmaking,” a young widow seeks true love while dealing with unwanted suitors. “Why the Lord Come to Sand Mountain” depicts the Lord and St. Peter paying a poor family a Christmas Eve visit. Dec. 13-14, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 5 p.m. Through Dec. 21. Pay-what-you-can. First Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. www.hubtheatreboston.org

Merrily we stroll along At the annual Fort Point Holiday Stroll, visit the neighborhood’s restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries to view gingerbread houses, sip hot chocolate, taste craft beers, warm up with some clam chowder, and patronize local artists for holiday shopping. The event kicks off the Fort Point Arts Community Holiday Sale. Dec. 13, 4-8 p.m. Free. Holiday sale Dec. 13-15, Fri 4-8 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-
4 p.m. Fort Point Neighborhood, Boston. www.friendsoffortpointchannel.org

SATURDAY

Soundtrack of your game Instead of playing video games all afternoon, listen to them. The Video Game Music Choir presents “Nintenshow” featuring arrangements of video game hits. The event includes performances by the Audire Soundtrack Choir, the Videri String Quartet, and others. Dec. 14, 1 p.m. $10, $5 students. All ages. Middle East Upstairs, 472-480 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastclub.com

 Correction: The event listed in the print edition version of this story for comic Mo’nique at the Wilbur Theatre on Friday has been canceled. The change happened after the section had been printed.

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