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From Fiedler to Lockhart

It’s come a long way from its 1974 beginnings with Arthur Fiedler. In those days there were three Boston Pops Holiday concerts compared with 37 at this year’s Holiday Pops. Wednesday’s opening with Keith Lockhart (above) includes the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and renditions of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. (through Dec. 24). $29-$94. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200.


M & M Lady Wishfort is not on board with the marriage of Mirabell and Millamant, and the couple is fully aware that they won’t be on the receiving end of the aunt’s full dowry. In William Congreve’s “The Way of the World,” an 18th-century parody on love, happiness, and possessions, the couple does what it can to get its inheritance. 8 p.m. through Dec. 7. $25 and $30, $5 senior discount, $10 student discount. Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. 617-912-9222.

A Frank assessment “I have always longed to be the passengers in those tiny windows with the silhouetted figures going to places I had only dreamt of seeing.” For “Stephen A. Frank: Exploring My Kodachrome Dreams, You Can’t Go Home Again,” the photographer visited more than 14 national parks, monuments, and historic sites across the country. Tues-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun 1-5 p.m. (through Dec. 16). Free. Sherman Gallery, 775 Commonwealth Ave., second floor, Boston. 617-353-3350.


Staycation It’s that time of year when you have nothing left for an exotic vacation. One way to see the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland and beach resorts along the French Rivera is to visit the “Winter Wanderlust” exhibit of travel posters. Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Jan. 31 (Sun noon-6 p.m.). Free. International Poster Gallery, 205 Newbury St., Boston. 617-375-0076.


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Boardwalk empire Jan. 16, 1920, was when the Volstead Act banned the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. Dec. 5, 1933, was when Prohibition was repealed. Celebrate the latter anniversary at “Repeal Night at The Hawthorne: A Farewell to Bathtub Gin” with cocktails, snacks, and a copy of Stephanie Schorow’s “Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits.” Dec. 5 doors at 6:31 p.m. (when the first legal drink was sold in Boston). $50. (Proceeds benefit United States Bartenders’ Guild of New York support of Hurricane Sandy victims.) The Hawthorne, 500A Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-532-9150.

Tellers taking turns Storyteller Judith Black joins other tellers, stand-up comics, a singer, and a magician at The Amazing Open Comedy Mique Show. Black dives into tales of her life which include her son and football as well as herself and patience. Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. $6. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787.

Get ready Smokey Robinson has said: “The Four Tops will always be one of the biggest and the best groups ever. Their music is forever.” The group responsible for “Baby I Need Your Loving” shares the bill with The Temptations of “My Girl” fame. Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. $55-$69. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.