Opened this week:
“Nicholas Nixon: Persistence of Vision,” survey of art by the Brookline photographer best known for his ongoing “The Brown Sisters” project, group portraits of his wife and her three sisters taken annually since 1975. On view at Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, from Dec. 13, 2017, to April 22, 2018.
Bedlam’s “Sense & Sensibility” at American Repertory Theater, Harvard, Cambridge. The New York troupe brings out the humor and pain in their inventive staging (everything seems to be on wheels rolling across the stage for comic and cinematic effect) of Jane Austen’s social satire about women trapped by social mores of 18th century England’s one-percent. Dec. 10, 2017, to Jan. 14, 2018.
Friday, Dec. 15
“Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa” by OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center at Roxbury Community College. Repeated on Dec. 16.
“Wear Corpse Paint And Take Pictures With Santa” at Maine Mall in Portland, Maine.
Last chance to see “S.A.P.E.: Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes/ Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People,” photos of Congolese dandies on view at the College of the Holy Cross’s Cantor Art Gallery in Worcester from Oct. 18 through Dec. 15, 2017.
Saturday, Dec. 16
“Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style” at Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum is billed as “the first exhibition to explore the art, image and personal style” of the great American painter. On view Dec. 16, 2017, to April 1, 2018. (Pictured at top: Bruce Weber’s 1984 photo “Georgia O’Keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico.” Courtesy Bruce Weber)
Lightsaber Build Party at Parts and Crafts, Somerville.
Krampus Ball 2017 at Mediator Stage, Providence.
“Give the Gift of Black Children’s Literature” interactive story time by Wee the People and visit from Black Santa. At Frugal Bookstore, Roxbury.
“2nd Annual Boston Talks About Racism.”
Illuminations Christmas Lights Tour 2017 by the Somerville Arts Council.
Sing Home Concert & Song Sharing with Shaw Pong Liu at Pao Arts Center, Boston.
72nd Annual Rockport Christmas Pageant. “A torch-lit live re-enactment of the Nativity.”
Last chance to see “Society in Upheaval” exhibition at Wheaton College’s Beard and Weil Galleries in Norton, Massachusetts, from Oct. 30 to Dec. 16, 2017.
Sunday, Dec. 17
Girls Rock Campaign Boston Holiday Rock n’ Roll Social fundraiser at Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge.
“Emergency Protest – Hands Off Jerusalem” at Copley Square, Boston.
“Decolonize Puerto Rico: March and Rally” at Villa Victoria, Boston.
Monday, Dec. 18
Reception for JJ Gonson’s photography exhibition of “29 original prints of punk and rock musicians and fans, from the late 80’s and early 90’s” at Diesel, Somerville.
Thursday, Dec. 21
Gender Parity Task Force Meeting at StageSource, Boston.
Boston band Tall Heights plays the Sinclair, Cambridge.
Friday, Dec. 22
“Christmas Shooting Stars above Boston 2017,” the annual Geminid meteor shower.