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    Poinsettias in “A Holiday Garden”, the Courtyard display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
    Siena Scarff
    Poinsettias in “A Holiday Garden”, the Courtyard display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


    Gardner’s garden

    The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is always a visual delight, and during the holidays it outdoes itself with poinsettias, silver Artemisia, shrubs of bright red berries of Pyracantha, and amaryllis on display in the courtyard at “A Holiday Garden.” On Dec. 20 at 5 p.m., check out “Gardner After Hours,” an evening of words, poetry, and literature (free with museum admission). At 7 p.m., the Callithumpian Consort presents a program of John Cage ($27, includes museum admission). Wed-Mon from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Thurs until 9 p.m.; through January, depending on plants). $15, $12 seniors, $5 college students, free under 18, US military and families, and all named Isabella. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum,
    280 the Fenway, Boston. 617-278-5156.


    Untitled, unconventional What do Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline share with a whale and a bird? All are prints by Jon Langford, the eclectic artist, activist, and punk pioneer. The untitled exhibit includes about 20 pieces. Wednesday hours are 2-7 p.m. (through
    Jan. 4). Free. J.P. Art Market, 36 South St., Jamaica Plain. 617-522-1729.

    Worldy The Dave Matthews Band is all over the place supporting its latest album, “Away From the World,” which Billboard has described as “sometimes heart-rending, often seismic, always ambitious ... [and showcasing] some of [Matthews’s] most stirring, vulnerable vocals and lyrics to date.” The guys must have a thing for bellies since two of the tracks are “Belly Belly Nice” and “Belly Full.”
    7 p.m. $65, $75. Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, N.H. 800-745-3000.


    Praising and braising Singers from the Roxbury Presbyterian Church branch out to the Beehive for a Gospel Christmas Concert. The Roxbury Presbyterian Praise Team led by Aaron Bellamy preaches soul-inspired Christmas classics. Chef Rebecca Newell braises beef brisket and roasts day boat cod, among other treats. 8 p.m.-midnight (dinner from 5 p.m.-midnight, reservations recommended). No cover. The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069.

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    Tea cozy Take a break from seasonal stress to stare at Boston Harbor with a cup of tea in one hand and tea sandwiches in the other at Holiday Frost-Tea. Kids get hot cocoa and sugar cookies and will decorate a Snowman holiday card for children at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children. Daily from 2:30-4 p.m. through Dec. 31. $49, $25 under 10 (reservations required). Boston Harbor Hotel’s Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-856-7744.

    Juliette, here art thou What is your favorite Juliette Binoche film — “Certified Copy,” “Three Colors: Blue,” “Damage,” “Wuthering Heights,” or another? The Films of Juliette Binoche kicks off with “Certified Copy” at 5 p.m. (Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.) and “Three Colors: Blue” at 7:15 p.m. (Dec. 20 at 3 p.m.). Through Dec. 30. $11, $9 students and seniors (matinee discounts available). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975.


    ‘Meta’ messages Forty-eight artists are behind the multimedia exhibit “Meta: Art About Art.” Video, photography, painting, drawing, and sculpture explore the politics, economies, and infrastructure of art. Dec. 20 from 1-6 p.m. (through Jan. 5; Dec. 20 reception from 6-9 p.m.). Free. Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridge.