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Weekend event picks, Dec. 20-22

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  December 18, 2013 09:55 AM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.

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From left: Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Bob Carey); Andre Obin; Aardvark Jazz (Erlyn Ordinario)

FRIDAY

SWEET EVENING For their latest release, "Evening," Sugar Ray & The Bluetones went back to basics. According to Sugar Ray Norcia, "We approached this one like Hank Williams made records...I went in with my lyrics, just rough sketches of the songs and the great musicians in the Bluetones, who always play something exciting." Be there for the excitement when they visit Somerville. Dec. 20, 7 p.m. $12. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

LAUGH WITH LISA The focus of "Use This Against Me," the third full-length recording by Louisiana native Lisa Landry, is life after divorce, something for which comedy offers considerable relief, and even, at times, valuable insight. The lady comic who's joked about love, marriage, divorce, motherhood, and more visits Boston. Dec. 20-21, 8 p.m. $20. Nick’s Comedy Stop, 100 Warrenton St., Boston. 617-830-2551, www.nickscomedystop.com

SATURDAY

GIVE AND RECEIVE Get in touch with the giving and partying spirits of the season at the Three Kings Holiday Extravaganza, the annual holiday bash with Santa, caroling, and more. Las Vegas resident DJ G-Squared spins, and proceeds benefit Leslie's Links/Ewing's Sarcoma Research. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots, too. Dec. 21, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $50-$60. 21+. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston. www.royaleboston.com

TWO MYSTERIES The Harvard Film Archive solved a mystery for film distributor StudioCanal UK when it found in its collection a rare, 91-minute 35mm print of the U.S. release version of Robin Harvey's 1971 cult classic The Wicker Man." An investigator heads to a Scottish island to look for a missing girl and finds Celtic pagan rituals, agricultural conspiracies, and a spiritual crisis. Get in on the horror at "The Wicker Man" Resurrected. Dec. 21, 9 p.m. $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700, www.hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

JAZZY 'NUTCRACKER' Hear how one great composer's work is interpreted by another at the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's 41st Annual Christmas Concert. The Boston big band will play the 1960 Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangment of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" suite. Instead of "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," "Arabian Dance," and "Waltz of the Flowers," it's "Sugar Rum Cherry," "Arabesque Cookie," and "Dance of the Floreadores." Aardvark's holiday show always benefits a worthy organization, and this year it's the Pine Street Inn. The festive performance also features jazz carols. Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. $20. Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. 617-452-3205, www.aardvarkjazz.com

SUNDAY

LAST 'EVE' Paul O'Neill, creator/producer of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is grateful for the band's fan base. He says, "Honestly we always hoped the band would be successful. After 15 years of touring we never dreamt we would be where we are today but the dedication and support of our fans has allowed this happen." As a holiday thank you present, the arena rock wizards present the final performances of their rock opera of old, "The Lost Christmas Eve." Rock, classical, folk, R&B, and special effects combine to tell the story of one enchanted evening in New York City. Dec. 22, 3 and 7:30 p.m. $32.50-$72.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. www.livenation.com

RE-MIXED BAG Synth-pop artist André Obin released "The Arsonist," and now comes "The Arsonist Remixes," an EP of remixed tracks from the original recording. His next project is ready for release in the spring. In an interview with BDCwire, Obin said of the record, "I really tried to push myself to take some chances and do away with the shackles of musical conservatism." Dec. 22, 8 p.m. $9. 21+. Radio, 379 Somerville Ave., Somerville. www.radiobarunion.com

WALLS OF SINGING NYC-based vocalist Tati Ana (short for Tatiana Kochkareva) was born in Moscow and classically trained, but her new electro synth track "Four Walls" reveals influences of artists who inspired her (Pink Floyd and Queen). Hear the indie music artist in advance of the early 2014 release of her new EP. Dec. 22, 8 p.m. $10. 18+. Middle East Upstairs, 472-480 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastclub.com

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.

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