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Fascinating facts, bonus tails, demon spawns, and verifiable pizzazz

Michael Andor Brodeur's weekly roundup of inconsequential Internet news.

At Passim’s 60th anniversary show, an evening of memories and music

Dar Williams, Peter Wolf, Josh Ritter, Patty Griffin, and Joan Baez were all on hand to celebrate the folk club that had helped launch their careers.

After 12 years away, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes returns to an old favorite with the BSO

Though the concerto took up less than half the concert’s total run time, there’s no contest that it was the most memorable event on Thursday evening.

Currier Museum of Art now owns two Frank Lloyd Wright houses

Both homes are on the same street in Manchester, N.H.

In ‘An Iliad,’ Denis O’Hare is a one-man army

The actor will be performing his solo show at the Paramount Center, the same stage where it began its touring life in 2013.

10 pop concerts sure to bring seasonal cheer

The holidays will feature the likes of Mariah Carey, Hanson, Pentatonix, and Lil Jon.

Boston Camerata uncovers sounds ‘that early music tends to forget’ with Hispanic Christmas concert

The December program features music from Renaissance Spain and early Hispanic settlements of the Americas.

Ten ways to celebrate the holidays with classical music old and new

Classical holiday music from Handel and Haydn Society to the Boston Pops.

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Dolly Parton transports ‘A Christmas Carol’ to a place she knows well

The singer and songwriter's musical, set in the Smoky Mountains during the Depression, premieres at the Emerson Colonial Theatre Dec. 3.

Ten festive dance performances bring on the holiday spirit

Five different Nutcrackers to choose from, plus a Dickens-inspired show and more.

10 holiday theater picks, from ‘Rudolph’ to the ‘Revels’

Seasonal offerings abound on Boston-area stages.

GIFT GUIDE

Holiday Gift Guide: The perfect book for everyone on your list

Eugenia Williamson offers a list of perfect gift books for everyone on your list.

Dance

The ‘Urban Nutcracker’ is looking for talented kids, with help from a Roxbury teacher

Like Anthony Williams, Jason Jordan lifted himself up through dance. Now the two want to find the next generation of performers through a new scholarship program.

Keb’ Mo’s ‘Jingle Bell Jamboree’ is his remedy for the holiday blues

The singer just released his first Christmas album, and there isn't a traditional song on it.

It’s a dysfunctional life for the fractious family in ‘The Moodys’

Massachusetts natives Denis Leary, Elizabeth Perkins, and Elizabeth Frei bring some local flavor to the Fox Christmas comedy.

10 TV picks to channel the holiday spirit

This season's holiday-themed movies and specials include starring appearances by Kacey Musgraves and the cast of "The Facts of Life."