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Two courses A noncaloric way to enjoy food is to digest Films for Foodies at the Museum of Fine Arts. Gereon Wetzel’s 2010 ‘‘El Bulli: Cooking in Progress’’ is a behind-the-scenes documentary about chef Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli Restaurant (5:30 p.m.). Lutz Hachmeister’s ‘‘Three Stars’’ shows you the competitive world of restaurant ratings and reviews (8 p.m.). Tonight at 5:30 and 8. (through Dec. 30). $11 per film, $9 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/film

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Opera abridged You might recognize the conductor at the Met: Live in HD encore screening of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.’’ The Metropolitan Opera abridged version will be sung in English and presided over by James Levine. 6:30 p.m. $12.50. Fenway 13, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston. 617-424-6111 (check website for “Hansel and Gretel’’ screenings on Dec. 22). www.metopera.org/hdlive

It’s all a blur Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you at “Bill Armstrong: Photography.’’ The New York-based photographer and BU alum manipulates images by photocopying, blurring, changing, and re-photographing to shake things up. Today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Feb. 19). $8, free under 19. Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis. 508-385-4477. www.ccmoa.org

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Tonal tunes How familiar are you with George Russell’s Lydian chromatic concept of tonal organization? No worries, because flutist and composer, Hiroaki Honshuku, has it under control and on the agenda at tonight’s Hiro Honshuku’s A-NO-NE Christmas. The jazz- and Brazilian-influenced A-NO-NE Ensemble will twist those traditional holiday faves. 9 p.m. $10. Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330. www.rylesjazz.com

TOMORROW

Grinchy good time Described as “a sleigh filled with profanity,

irreverence, and just plain bad behavior,’’ ErinMcKeown’s Anti-Holiday Show is sure to please Scrooges one and all. The singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist will perform her anti-holiday album backed by a chorus of cranky carolers. Dec. 22 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. $20. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.passim.org

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Attention Former frontman for the Barnburners, blues singer Chris O’Leary served as a Marine in Desert Storm and salutes his band of brothers on “Dress Blues,’’ a track from “Mr. Used To Be.’’ The Chris O’Leary Band marches into Somerville tomorrow. Dec. 22 from 8 p.m. $10. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com

A happening A dessert reception follows Hanukkah Happens XXII - Music of the Sephardic Tradition, but the main course is the Zamir Chorale of Boston with soloists including Cantors Elias Rosemberg and Elise Barber. The program features sacred and secular works. Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. $30, $18 seniors and kids under 13. Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton. 617-558-8100. www.templeemanuel.com/hanukkahhappens