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Five things to do, Dec. 4-10

The Christmas Revels visit Venice, high-profile photography at the MFA, Sherlock Holmes in Arlington, and more.

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Julie Mack, Self-Portrait (Julie) With Family in SUV, Michigan, 2007.

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ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR SANTA

Opening Friday, December 8

A Broadway actor known for portraying Sherlock Holmes sets out to solve a real-life murder in The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays, by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor). A talkback with the cast and crew of the comic mystery follows the December 10 performance. At the Arlington Friends of the Drama Theatre through December 17. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays. $20. afdtheatre.org

BUON NATALE

Opening Friday, December 8

Visit Italy without leaving Cambridge at The Christmas Revels: A Venetian Celebration of the Winter Solstice. In this year’s renewal of the 46-year-old holiday mainstay featuring live music, inventive costumes, and enthusiastic performers of all ages, the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes sets the plot in motion. Be ready to sing along. At Sanders Theatre through December 27. Tickets start at $22. revels.org

IT’S ALL RELATIVE

Opening Saturday, December 9

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The Museum of Fine Arts draws on its deep photography collections (and beyond) for (un)expected families. The exploration of families created by birth and by choice includes work from the 19th century to the present, by big names including Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, and Nan Goldin as well as younger talents such as Boston-based Abelardo Morell and Harvard alum Sage Sohier. Through June 17. $25, free for children under 18. mfa.org

DON’T BE A SCROOGE

Sunday, December 10

The Dickens Holiday Festival takes over the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, showcasing both A Christmas Carol and Tea With Mrs. Dickens, a one-woman show starring Waltham-based actress Marci Diamond as the author’s wife, Catherine. The old engine room of the Boston Manufacturing Co. will host carolers, bell ringers, and a fiddler. 10 a.m. Included in museum admission ($10 adults, $5 children). charlesrivermuseum.org

A BRIGHT IDEA

Sunday, December 10

Two days ahead of the start of the Festival of Lights, Boston’s Central Reform Temple presents its annual Hanukkah cantata, A Light Through the Ages, at 15 Newbury Street, a.k.a. Emmanuel Church. The interfaith celebration tracing the history of the holiday features the Zamir Chorale of Boston and culminates in a candlelighting ceremony. 4 p.m. Free. centralreformtemple.org


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