You've nearly survived all the holiday parties. It's time to go out and have some fun in wintry New England!
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Through Dec. 28
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Citi Wang Theater
270 Tremont St., Boston
The world can get pretty cynical, even around the holidays, but at least you can escape to a simpler world with this theatrical adaptation of the 1954 holiday film musical “White Christmas”. It may not have Bing Crosby and company, but it’s got all those great old Irving Berlin tunes, which ought to be as comforting as a nice hot chocolate.
'Through a Lens Darkly'
Through Dec. 28
Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave., Boston
This 2013 documentary by Thomas Allen Harris examines the history of black photography, taking into account both the artists themselves and their subjects, and showing how successive generations used the medium for social change as well as self-expression. Featured names include Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, and Clarissa Sligh.
Candice Breitz: The Woods
Through March 1
Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St., Salem
The Woods in this video art piece have nothing to do with forests. Rather, they’re the three film industries of Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood. Breitz shows child actors from these centers of American, Indian and Nigerian film, respectively, exploring the gap between actual childhood experience and how it’s performed, between the world we occupy and the one we wish for.
The Frisky Disco
Through Dec. 27
40 Prospect St., Cambridge
For this show, the ImprovBoston cast will take on the challenge of parodying a genre that practically parodies itself already: the soap opera, with all its over-the-top dramas and relentless catastrophes. Sounds rife with possibility. Each night has a different setting—Saturday’s is “Caribbean Wedding Cruise” and next Saturday’s is “USO New Year’s Extravaganza”. There are also dancing and stand-up segments.
The Dream Project
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Green Street Studios
185 Green St., Cambridge
Choreographer and dancer Chun-jou Tsai created and performs this solo work, combining contemporary dance styles with traditional Chinese dance. Her moves are meant to resemble the Chinese calligraphy of an ancient Buddhist poem about the importance of perseverance in accomplishing one’s dreams—her body becomes the writer’s brush. The show’s title is also a pun on her nickname, Dream.