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2013 Holiday Arts Preview

Ksusha Melyukhina and Russell Ferguson in Anthony Williams’s “Urban Nutcracker,” one of the shows included in the Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular.

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Ksusha Melyukhina and Russell Ferguson in Anthony Williams’s “Urban Nutcracker,” one of the shows included in the Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular.

Mayor’s holiday arts initiative draws record number

Half-price tickets to a total of 135 productions in Greater Boston will be available through the Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular. By Don Aucoin

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/23/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/cavanaugh_11erin9_life--90x90.jpg ‘Anti-Holiday Spectacular’ is an irreverent antidote for Christmas fatigue

The singer-songwriter Erin McKeown skewers what she considers the oppressive nature of this time of year.

“Man of Steel.”

DVD holiday shopping guide

Heroes come in all forms in this holiday season’s crop of DVD picks, including “Man of Steel,” “James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition,” and “Mary Poppins.”

Grace Gibson at the “Black Nativity” premiere in New York.

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Grace Gibson’s double duty as student, actress

The 22-year-old Berklee College of Music student, who costars in the Nov. 27 holiday release, “Black Nativity,” is still enrolled in school as a “professional music” major.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/JMBTNutcrackerimage--90x90.jpg Holiday critic’s picks: Dance

Dance performances of the holiday season, including José Mateo Ballet Theatre production of “The Nutcracker.”

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Performances not be missed this holiday season in Greater Boston.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/133824_6I9615R_ful--90x90.jpg Holiday critic’s picks: Television

What holiday-themed shows to watch, including “Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/12032010_03ipod-7788591--90x90.jpg Holiday critic’s picks: Pop music

Holiday-themed concerts to check out.

David Coffee as Ebenezer Scrooge in North Shore Music Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” in 1992. Coffee will play the role for the 20th time when the company stages the production beginning Dec. 6.

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North Shore’s tradition of ‘Bah, humbug!’

David Coffee will be starring as Ebenezer Scrooge for the 20th time in the North Shore Music Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.”

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Festive films

The holidays bring good cheer, and some of the most beloved movies on the subject celebrate the joy of those occasions.

Holiday critic’s picks: Classical music

Upcoming holiday-themed programs in concert halls and churches of Greater Boston, including:

Special section

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The Globe’s complete guide on where to find the best music gifts, DVDs, books, and more.

Chill

Travel

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Tips, news, advice, and more on snow sports in New England and points west.

Globe Magazine

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Find your paradise two hours from Boston, plus lessons from a Disney vacation.

Special section: Boston Ballet

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Repositioned after a financial crunch, the dance company is growing in size and ambition.

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