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    Leanna Creel


    Watch and learn

    Every time you make one of the 80 recipes from “Simply Ming in Your Kitchen: 80 Recipes to Watch, Learn, Cook & Enjoy,” Ming Tsai will be right there with you, sort of. The celebrity chef and author included 10-minute videos of himself cooking each dish and sharing tips, techniques, and secrets. The Blue Ginger chef will talk about and sign copies of his latest book. Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Free (a Barnes and Noble receipt for the book is required for the signing). Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1 Worcester Road, Framingham. 508-628-5567.


    3-D nut to crack In 1892, “The Nutcracker” made its debut at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, and Tchaikovsky’s gem celebrates its 120th anniversary with a screening of “The Nutcracker Mariinsky Ballet” which was recorded last year. Watch Clara, the Nutcracker, Mouse King, and other characters leap in RealD 3D. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $16. Participating movie theaters including Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place, 670 Legacy Place, Dedham. 800-315-4000.

    Final bow In 1942, John Barrymore rented Broadway’s Majestic Theater to prepare for his “Richard III” audition, a comeback attempt in the last year of his life. In “Barrymore,” starring Christopher Plummer (left), a troubled Barrymore reflects on his life from that stage. Based on William Luce’s play, which won a Tony for Plummer. 7 p.m. $20, $17 seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500.


    A sparkling session Here’s something to help all you holiday stomach stretchers. “Holidays and Wine — The New Sparklers and the Old Stand-bys” doesn’t come with batteries, but it does include executive chef Josh Lewin’s four-course dinner, four wines, communal seating, and a crash course in sparklers and stand-bys. 7 p.m. $60 (reservations required). The Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charles St., Boston. 617-723-7575.

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    Suds and a slice If your beer usually lands in your pizza, you’re a perfect candidate for “Brew & Chew With Slumbrew & Posto.” Posto’s Matt Celeste and Somerville Brewing Company’s Jeff Leiter will teach you how to make a spent-grain pizza from leftover beer grains. You’ll also sample Slumbrew beers. 6-9 p.m. $70 (plus $15 for materials; registration required). Boston Center for Adult Education,
    122 Arlington, St., Boston. 617-267-4430.


    First impression “A no ne” is a Japanese word used to begin a conversation, similar to “say.” In the hands of flutist Hiro Honshuku, the word is tweaked to indicate “First of Sound” or “First Note.” The Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory grad’s A-No-Ne Jazz is presented at “Jazzy Christmas Carols.” Dec. 4 at 12:15 p.m. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St, Boston. 617-227-2155.

    Chair in the seat Dr. Jonathan Bass, chair of Boston Conservatory’s Piano Department, puts himself front and center at a Piano Masters concert of Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and more. Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. $15, $10 seniors, free for students. Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. 617-912-9222.