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Weekend event picks, Dec. 27-29

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  December 26, 2013 09:33 AM

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

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From left: Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Fred Greissing); "Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven" (Danielle Fauteux Jacques); Tom Rush (Gwendolyn Stewart)

FRIDAY

SOMEONE LIKE HER Since Christmas is now ancient history, we don't know if Linda Eder will sing from her new CD, "Christmas Where You Are," but if we were the bettin' kind, we'd put our money on a track or two. We'd also bet that the "Jekyll & Hyde" Drama Desk nominee will perform standards, pop, country, and jazz. Dec. 27-28, 8 and 10 p.m. $48. Scullers Jazz Club at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston-Cambridge, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

MIGHTY, MIGHTY SKACORE For 30 years, third wave ska and hardcore punk have lived together as skacore thanks to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The band released "The Magic of Youth" in 2011 (the same year it played at Fenway Park with Dropkick Murphys) and presents "Hometown Throwdown 16" at the House of Blues. Dec. 27-29, 7 p.m. $25, $39.50. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

IDENTITY Race, culture, and identity are given a blunt instrument to the funny-bone by Young Jean Lee in her Korean-American identity play "Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven." Apollinaire Theatre Company presents "A Show About White People in Love," according to the subtitle. Dec. 27, 8 p.m. (through Jan. 11; for mature audiences). $20, $25 (at the door), $15 students. Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea. 617-887-2336, www.apollinairetheatre.com

SATURDAY

QUITE A RUSH It sounds like Tom Rush is going to have a great night because the singer/songwriter has said: "To be on stage with some of my favorite players and favorite people, mixing it up, having fun … it doesn't get much better than that!" The folks at Tom Rush and "The Club 47 Tradition Continues" are the Jim Kweskin Jug Band (with Bill Keith, Geoff Muldaur, and Maria Muldaur), Patty Larkin, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and Johnny Irion. Dec. 28, 8 p.m. $35-$200. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

WAXING INTERNATIONALLY David Wax, Suz Slezak, and Greg Glassman play Mexo-Americana, a sauce of Mexican folk, American roots, and indie rock. Last year David Wax Museum released "Knock Knock Get Up" featuring field recordings and sounds from the Mexican state of Veracruz. Dec. 28, 7 p.m. doors. $22. 18+. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.sinclaircambridge.com

TAKE STOCK WITH FUNK After all the shopping, decorating, eating, and stressing unwind to the old school funk, jazz, soul, and R&B sounds of the nine-piece Brooklyn New York Funk Exchange. Dec. 28, 10 p.m. $7. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

SUNDAY

UPS AND DOWNS Anthony Raneri had an up and down year when making the upcoming "Cult" with his alt-rock band Bayside. The guitarist and lead vocalist lost loved ones but got married, had his first child, and built a house. The Queens-formed band welcomes special guests Man Overboard, Banquets, and Modern Baseball. Dec. 29, 7 p.m. $17, $20 (day of show). Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

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