Boston-area to do list


Party on

According to Jewmongous founder Sean Altman, his comedy song concert “is gonna party like it’s the 1999th-iversary of Christ’s bar mitzvah.” The Rockapella founder, former member, and composer of “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” has a new acoustic rock treat for you titled “Jesus Christ’s Bar Mitzvah” plus favorites like “They Tried to Kill Us (We Survived, Let’s Eat).” 6 and 8:30 p.m. $20. For mature audiences. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679.


A happening Arthur Honegger based his King David (Le Roi David) oratorio on music he wrote for a 1921 stage play by René Morax. The oratorio will be performed by the Zamir Chorale of Boston at Hanukkah Happens conducted by guest conductor Amy Lieberman who will also preside over songs about Jerusalem. The concert concludes with Robert Starer’s “Break Forth Into Joy.” 7:30 p.m. $30, $25 seniors, $15 under 13. Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton. 617-558-8100.

Santa sessions Maybe you can replace a few things on your holiday list with one of the last two Holiday Pops concerts. And since Santa has to get ready for his all nighter, you can wish him a safe trip either this morning at the Kids Matinee or later today. There are singalongs and Santa sightings at each concert. 11 a.m. (Kids Matinee) and 3 p.m. $35-$129, free under 2. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200.


When you wish upon a star (of David) Hanukkah is over, but it looks like Gary Gulman’s wish will come true at midnight. Improv Asylum presents the Boston comedian and his “All I Want for Hanukkah Is Christmas!” show. Gulman’s TV appearances include “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late Show With David Letterman.” 8 p.m. $20. Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St., Boston. 617-263-6887.

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Name change We don’t know what Tchaikovsky would think of “The Slutcracker,” but this “sexy-freaky” parody retelling of the Clara story features a new recording of “The Nutcracker” by the Czech orchestra, Filharmonie Brno, led by UK conductor Mikel Toms. 7 p.m. (Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.). $25. 18+. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-625-5700.

Celebrate with a skate Here’s a wonderful way to burn a few calories and enjoy our beautiful, twinkling city on Christmas Eve. Skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond Skating Rink is also a great way to celebrate the end of your holiday shopping. Weather permitting. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5, free under 14 (skate rentals $9, $5 kids). Boston Common Frog Pond, 84 Beacon St., Boston. 617-635-2120.


A bang and bangs For more than 3o years, landlady Isabel Czerny has been done in by one of the characters in “Shear Madness,” but not the same one. The deceased lived over the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, and in this cut-above-the-rest whodunit, the audience asks the questions, comes up with the suspect, and solves the murder. Dec. 25 at 5 p.m. (ongoing; recommended for ages 13 and older). $50. Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St. Boston. 617-426-5225.