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The Gibson Brothers perform Dec. 17 at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.

MUSIC

Pop & Rock

HARRY AND THE POTTERS The hyperactive nerd-poppers lead a Yuletide celebration of “wizard rock” featuring other J.K. Rowling-inspired musical collectives, including reunited cabaret-poppers the Moaning Myrtles and the Woonsocket, R.I.-born brother act Draco and the Malfoys. Dec. 17, 5 p.m. $20. Middle East Downstairs. 617-864-3278, www.mideastoffers.com

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UNSANE New York’s heroes of gnarled post-hardcore continue to bludgeon eardrums; this year the long-running noise rock outfit, which formed in the Big Apple’s harsher days of 1988, put out the barreling “Sterilize” in September. Dec. 18, 9 p.m. $15 and up. Great Scott. 617-566-0914, www.greatscottboston.com

LIL UZI VERT One of this year’s biggest hip-hop smashes is this Philly MC’s spaced-out dirge “XO Tour Llif3,” an existential breakup lament that pairs fleet-tongued verses with a precipice-dwelling chorus. (“All my friends are dead” is actually a reference to money — also known in slang as “dead presidents” — but realizing that doesn’t make the lyric floating out of a radio any less jarring.) Dec. 20-21, 7 p.m. $45 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston

MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

THE GIBSON BROTHERS The premiere brother act in bluegrass today has long been doing its “North Country Christmas Show” for a hometown audience, and has decided to take it on the road for the first time this year. Prepare yourselves, bluegrass purists: Electric guitar and drums will be employed. Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. $26. The Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190, www.bullrunrestaurant.com

BEBEL GILBERTO Gilberto’s new EP, “Live at the Belly Up,” strips her distinctive electronic-bossa nova mix back to just her voice accompanied by acoustic guitar. She’ll add a percussionist Sunday and sing her take on Radiohead’s “Creep,” bossa nova standard “So Nice,” and other songs from her new one. Dec. 17, 8 p.m. $32-$36. City Winery. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com/boston

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PARSONSFIELD The Western Massachusetts-based roots-music outfit forsakes everything electric for its “holiday acoustic tour.” While it may be strictly acoustic, it won’t be strictly holiday; the band will be adding in choices from its own catalog alongside the seasonal selections. Dan Blakeslee opens. Dec. 17, 8 p.m. $18. Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport. 978-462-7336, www.firehouse.org

STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

SHEMEKIA COPELAND In 2011, the award-winning singer was officially proclaimed “Queen of the Blues” by the city of Chicago and the governor of Illinois. It’s a crown she was born to wear, as both daughter of late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland and possessor of one of the most poignant and powerful blues voices around. Dec. 19, 8 p.m. $20-$30. City Winery, 1 Canal St., Boston. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com

A JAZZY CHRISTMAS: THE JOHN BABOIAN QUARTET The Mosesian Center’s Berklee faculty artist showcase continues its 10th season with a festive garland of seasonal melodies woven by guitarist and vocalist Baboian, bassist Bruce Gertz, drummer Jon Hazilla, and versatile saxophonist Dino Govoni. Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. $17-$22. Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.mosesianarts.org

JAN MARIE & THE MEAN REDS The sultry chanteuse with the soulful voice and stylish delivery offers up an evening of holiday jazz and American Songbook standards backed by her swinging trio. Dec. 22, 8 p.m. $10-$12. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330, www.rylesjazz.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

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PALAVER STRINGS This self-directed string orchestra presents a motherhood-themed program titled “a dormir a sonar,” featuring William Grant Still’s “Mother and Child,” Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Moisès Fernández Via, and a selection of newly composed lullabies. Dec. 20, 7 p.m., Huntington Avenue Theater. www.palaverstrings.org

BACH, BEETHOVEN, AND BRAHMS SOCIETY Steven Lipsitt leads his orchestra in a holiday-themed program devoted to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (Nos. 2 and 4), Corell’s “Christmas” Concerto, and other seasonal works. With singers from VOICES Boston and the Apollo Club. Dec. 18, 6 p.m., Faneuil Hall. 617-991-8721, www.bbbsociety.org

MUSIC FOR FOOD Now in its seventh season of raising awareness and funds for hunger relief, Music for Food presents an evening of chamber works by Schubert (the “Trout” Quintet), Elena Ruehr, and Kathryn Salfelder. Proceeds benefit The Women’s Lunch Place. Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Fenway Center, Northeastern University. 857-269-5587, www.musicforfood.net

 JEREMY EICHLER

ARTS

Theater

HOLD THESE TRUTHS Jeanne Sakata’s drama about Gordon Hirabayashi, who defied the interning of Japanese-Americans by the US government during World War II, provides a roomy showcase for the talented young actor Michael Hisamoto. He immerses himself in the role, delivering a subtly textured portrayal that conveys a vivid sense of the personality, as well as the fervent idealism, of a man who was willing to sacrifice his freedom for a cause. Directed by Benny Sato Ambush. Through Dec. 31. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JESUS? That redoubtable parodist Ryan Landry has concocted a new musical murder mystery that purports to pick up the story of Jane and Blanche Hudson where 1962’s “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’’ left off. The twisted sisters end up back in their Vermont hometown, and — wouldn’t you know it? — the body count starts to climb. Through Dec. 23. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine nightclub, Boston. whateverbabyjesus.brownpapertickets.com

SHE LOVES ME This 1963 Bock and Harnick musical is certainly no masterpiece, but it remains a pretty tasty confection, especially as whipped up by director-choreographer Ilyse Robbins. Jennifer Ellis and Sam Simahk play feuding clerks in a Budapest parfumerie who are unaware they are carrying on an anonymous romantic correspondence. Through Dec. 23. Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham. 781-279-2200, www.greaterbostonstage.org

JULIUS CAESAR Bryn Boice directs a darkly compelling all-female production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of power, ambition, and bloodshed. Among the highlights: Marianna Bassham’s many-shaded portrayal of Antony and Marya Lowry’s brooding Brutus. Through Dec. 17. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Studio 210, Huntington Avenue Theatre, Boston. 617-933-8600, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org

DON AUCOIN

Dance

THE NUTCRACKER Now in its 30th consecutive season, José Mateo Ballet Theatre takes an intimate approach to Clara’s dream journey, tweaking and streamlining the narrative to be particularly accessible for younger viewers. After finishing its run downtown, the company is now offering performances at the Strand. Through Dec. 24, Strand Theatre, Dorchester. $20-$75. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org

URBAN NUTCRACKER Tony Williams Dance Center’s intrepid little charmer brings a lively multicultural Boston spin to the familiar tale. Amassing a crew of 150 performers, kids as well as professionals, the production spins through a wide range of dance styles to a mix of Tchaikovsky’s luminous score and Duke Ellington’s jazz interpretation. Through Dec. 28. $25-$85. John Hancock Hall. 888-596-1027, www.urbannutcracker.com

THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER This touring production comes to Boston as part of a whirlwind 28-city venture. What this adaptation may lack in homespun local flavor it should make up for with first-rate dancing by a dozen professionals in choreography by Jennifer Weber. The traditional Tchaikovsky score is complemented by musical remixes supplied by an onstage DJ and an electric violinist. Dec. 21-23. $25-$75. Shubert Theatre. 866-348-9738, www.hiphopnutcracker.com

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

JULIE BLACKMON: FAKE WEATHER Children are usually the stars of Blackmon’s staged photographs. At first, the scenes appear innocent and cheery, but they’re laced with dark undertones. In January, the show moves to Robert Klein’s Newbury Street venue. Through Jan. 3. Robert Klein Gallery @ Ars Libri, 500 Harrison Ave. 617-267-7997, www.robertkleingallery.com

FROM MINIMAL TO BLING This studio jewelry biennial (first time in the Society of Arts + Crafts’s new digs) features necklaces, brooches, and more by 24 artists, and overlaps with the organization’s wider-ranging CraftBoston Holiday, at the Hynes Convention Center, through Dec. 17. Through Feb. 3. Society of Arts + Crafts, 100 Pier Four Boulevard, Suite 200. 617-266-1810, www.societyofcrafts.org

 

MIDWINTER LIGHT: ELECTRIC GAS & GLASS SCULPTURES BY WAYNE STRATTMAN Strattman, who calls himself a kinetic plasma artist, illuminates glass with electricity and gases such as neon and krypton. His pieces range from abstract to organic, and can be as animated as lightning. Through Dec. 23. Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St. 330-904-5589, www.pianocraftgallery.com CATE McQUAID

Museums

EIGHTY YEARS OF CALDECOTT BOOKS A chronological trip through the children’s picture books that have won Caldecott Medals, plus an assortment of original illustrations. Artists include Chris Van Allsburg and Ed Emberley. Through May 13. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. 413-559-6315, www.carlemuseum.org

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: ART, IMAGE, STYLE O’Keeffe wasn’t simply a painter. She was a Modernist fashion icon. She made her own clothes and carried off a crisp, understated style. This exhibition finds formal confluences between her wardrobe and her art. Through April 1. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org

NICHOLAS NIXON: PERSISTENCE OF VISION Using as a spine the Boston-area photographer’s well-known series “The Brown Sisters,” depicting his wife and her sisters, the exhibition follows across four decades his work and its attention to what it means to be human. Through April 22. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

  CATE McQUAID

EVENTS

Comedy

STARSTRUCK: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE AWKWARD KIND Bethany Van Delft and Nick Chambers host this show about comedians’ embarrassing moments meeting their idols, with a chance to replay the moment with a “Redo Crew.” Featuring Kelly MacFarland, Kyle Crawford, and Corey Rodrigues. Dec. 20, 7 p.m. $15. The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335, www.therockwell.org

THE BEST OF LAUGH BOSTON Occasionally, this club hosts weekend shows with only local comedians under the “Best Of” banner. This week, the headliner is Jim Colliton with featured acts Sean Sullivan and Chris Pennie. Nick Chambers hosts. Dec. 21-22 at 8 p.m., Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

TOM DUSTIN No one walks the line between swagger and self-deprecation like Boston’s own Tom Dustin, who also has a very highly developed sense of the inappropriate and a sweet tooth for filthy jokes. Dec. 22-23, 8 p.m. $20. Nick’s Comedy Stop, 100 Warrenton St., Boston. 617-963-6261, www.nickscomedystop.com

NICK A. ZAINO III

Family

BARRY’S SHOP T-SHIRT WORKSHOP If you’re a fan of DIY presents, but also in desperate need for a last-minute Christmas gift, Barry’s might be your saving grace this holiday season. Learn how to screen print designs onto T-shirts or posters, and be the envy of your less-creative relatives who bought everyone gift cards. Dec. 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10. Barry’s Shop @ Zone 3, 267 Western Ave., Allston. www.eventbrite.com/e/barrys-shop-t-shirt-workshops-tickets-40877486663

DISNEY ON ICE: DREAM BIG If a dream is a wish your heart makes, then the hearts of Disney lovers are in for a treat. Princesses Snow White, Aurora, Tiana, and others skate across the stage, while Tinkerbelle, her fairy friends, and Olaf the snowman (friend of Elsa and Anna) bring magic to life. Dec. 22-Jan. 1, various showtimes. $10. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-353-4628. www.disneyonice.com/ticket-info/Dream%20Big/111093

KERPLUNK! Your own adventure books leap off the page and onto the stage in this interactive comedy show for kids of all ages. Based on audience participation, each show is guaranteed to be unique and full of imagination. Dec. 23, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. The Rockwell. 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335. www.catalystcomedy.com/kerplunk/KAITLYN LOCKE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Jan. 11 Restorations at Middle East Upstairs www.ticketweb.com

Jan. 15 Yacht at Great Scott www.axs.com

Jan. 16 Fetty Wap at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Jan. 17 Majid Jordan at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Jan. 18 Deerhoof at Brighton Music Hall www.ticketmaster.com

Jan. 19 Andrea Gibson at Brighton Music Hall www.ticketmaster.com

Jan. 20 Collie Buddz at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Jan. 20 Dead Prez at Brighton Music Hall www.ticketmaster.com

 TERENCE CAWLEY