BREAKING BREAD There’s no need to be alone on Christmas.
The Bread of Life will be holding its free annual Christmas Day dinner from noon to 2 p.m. at Malden High School, 77 Salem St. No reservations are required.
Pull up a chair and enjoy a wonderful holiday meal of roast beef or turkey, with all the fixings, plus bread, dessert, and refreshments, sponsored by Project Ezra volunteers, Dr. Ed and Dr. Jon Weiner & Friends, Temple Tiferet Shalom of Peabody, Congregation Agudas Achim — Ezrath Israel of Malden, and the office of Malden Mayor Gary Christensen.
The nonprofit, faith-based Bread of Life provides free food to the hungry, homeless, and isolated people in communities north of Boston. In 2016, nearly 1,056,000 meals were served.
Feel the spirit to volunteer or donate? To deliver meals to senior citizens who are unable to attend the Christmas dinner, call or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Extra hands are welcomed for cleanup from 2 to 4 p.m. Donations of baked goods also would be appreciated.
Call the Bread of Life office at 781-397-0404 or e-mail email@example.com.
PULITZER PRIZE-WINNERS The subject is not pretty: a young boy in rural Maine who tries to find his footing after experiencing physical abuse by those he trusted.
But the series of 16 photographs chronicling his story earned Jessica Rinaldi, a staff photographer for The Boston Globe, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.
The powerful show titled “The Life and Times of Strider Wolf” can be seen at The Governor’s Academy, 1 Elm St., in Byfield.
The free exhibit is open to the public and on display from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday through Feb. 11 in the Remis lobby of the Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts. Weekend visits can be arranged by calling Arts Department chair Belle Struck at 978-270-5044. Visit thegovernorsacademy.org
SISTER ACT Longing for a better life can make you laugh, cry, or laugh while you cry.
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tracy Letts has adapted Anton Chekhov’s masterwork, “Three Sisters,” now being staged in Chelsea by the Apollinaire Theatre Company. Though the story was written in 1900, the Chicago Sun-Times said Lett’s version has “a sharpness and edgy heart that make it newly compelling.”
“Three Sisters” is a dark comedy about the Prozorov sisters, who yearn to return to the city life of Moscow where they spend their childhood after being stuck in a provincial outpost after the death of their army general father.
Struggling to find their place in a society on the brink of upheaval, the sisters battle their desires against stark reality while finding love, beauty, and meaning even in their darkest hour.
Lett’s intimate production is being staged in three locations within the theater and limited to 30 seats per performance.
Shows run from Dec. 22 through Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; Thursdays, Dec. 28 and Jan. 11 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Jan. 7 and 14 at 3 p.m. A reception with the actors will follow each performance. Tickets are $35. Performances run 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.
The Apollinaire Theatre Company is located at Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St. Call 617-887-2336 or visit apollainairetheatre.com.
QUILTING THE LILY The curator at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell has gathered a distinct and wide-ranging selection of embroidered quilts and textile arts from American museums, private collectors, historical societies, and quilt artists spanning over 200 years.
“Gilding the Lily — Embroidery In Quilts, Past and Present” is on display through Dec. 30 (except Christmas Day). The works you will find range from a petticoat embroidered in 1750 with crewelwork flowers, made into a quilt two generations later, to the modern, provocative work of Amy Meissner, an Alaskan textile artist.
Admission is $8, free for museum members and children under 12. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 18 Shattuck St. Visit nequiltmuseum.org.Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.