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NATALIE PORTMAN GETS TOUGH FOR ‘BROTHERS’ {page 15}

THE XX: SOMEONE BUY THESE KIDS A (NONALCOHOLIC) DRINK {page 10}

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree More musicians are trying to make sure you don’t have to have a silent night {page 08}

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Fallen officials honored The city of Worcester, state officials and firefighters across Massachusetts on Thursday honored the memory of six firefighters killed in a warehouse blaze 10 years ago. The annual “Firefighters of the Year” ceremony is normally held in Boston but was moved to Worcester as a tribute to the fallen. METRO/GS

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Teens held in shooting of Roxbury man BOSTON. Two Dorchester men accused in the Wednesday night shooting of another man in Roxbury were arraigned Thursday and held on high bail. Vincent Davis and Jesse DeBurgo, both 18, were charged in the alleged attack on a 30-year-old Roxbury man. Prosecutors say the confrontation on Albion Street stemmed from a rivalry in the Cape Verdean communities.

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Gov. goes back on prison plan BOSTON. Hours after a top Patrick administration official told a downtown Boston crowd that closing prisons was the “only way" to save money and deal with budgetary pressures, the administration released a statement Thursday indicating it does not have any plans to close any prisons. METRO/GS GETTY IMAGES

Obama

A Harvard University study has found the majority of young people approve of President Obama’s overall performance though many question his handling of critical issues such as health care and troops levels. The survey, conducted online earlier this month with 2,807 people aged 18 to 29 nationwide, found two-thirds oppose sending more troops to Afghanistan, while 52 percent disapprove how he’s handled health care. METRO/GS BOSTON.

Lakshmi arrival

Bay State has among the highest number of learning institutions with buildings deemed unhealthy 55 million students at ‘sick schools’

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Young are critical of troop plan MIT will mark the opening of its new Center for Gynepathology on Friday at 4 p.m. with a talk by Emmy nominated actress, “Top Chef” host and award-winning author Padma Lakshmi. Lakshmi will discuss her struggles with endometriosis, a debilitating disease of the female reproductive tract. METRO/TL

The sickly state of Mass. schools

The percentage of Massachusetts’ 1,879 schools which have at least one inadequate building feature, higher than every other state but Ohio.

80 Many Massachusetts schools have fallen into disrepair and pose health risks to students, especially when compared to other states, according to a national report.

Massachusetts schools have among the highest rates of “inadequate” buildings and those with “unsatisfactory environmental factors,” according to a report released Thursday which details the dangers of unhealthy learning environments. “Sick Schools 2009,” compiled by the National Coalition for Healthier Schools, said that budget cuts and lagging resources have left the Bay State’s aging schools a threat to students, especially those with respiratory issues

Hard to learn According to experts cited in the report, 55 million children “attend public and private K-12 schools where poor air quality, hazardous chemicals and other unhealthy conditions make students (and their teachers) sick and handicap their ability to learn.”

such as asthma. The report calls for federal help, citing astronomical costs to put schools into “sound physical condition.”

“Local school districts and the commonwealth cannot carry the full financial load needed to bring our schools up to ... healthy standards,” said Tolle Graham, Healthy Schools Coordinator at the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. “And in the meantime, more schools fall further into disrepair, leaving few options for the children and staff who learn and work in these buildings.” TONY LEE

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The percentage of Massachusetts schools with at least one unsatisfactory environmental factor. Only four states had a higher rate.

77.4 The percentage of students at “high risk” of health issues at school on a daily basis.

80 The percentage of children with asthma in Massachusetts schools, the highest rate in the nation.

Looking for a little red balloon DARPA PHOTO

As eyes gaze upon the sky Saturday in search of 10 red weather balloons in undisclosed locations across the country, many more will stare at computer screens for hints on the balloons’ whereabouts. It is all part of the DARPA Network Challenge, a social networking experiment with a $40,000 prize for the group which first identifies

Look for these Saturday.

all 10 locations. Some local groups, such as Harvard Business

School's Project Red Balloon, will donate money to charity if they win. Others will distribute the money across their network. “We think [the networking] will spread on its own,” said MIT grad student Galen Pickard, whose media lab group will study the networking patterns. “People have incentive to work for us." METRO/TL

How it works Starting 10 a.m. Saturday, witnesses can relay balloon location coordinates to their teams through social networking sites. The balloons float for six hours, but networking continues until the first participants submit the correct coordinates by Dec. 14.

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Christmas. Tree lighting

Record-breaking weather

December, but it feels more like it’s summer BOSTON. Just weeks before Christmas and hours after the sun came up Thursday, the city of Boston saw the mercury rise to 69 degrees by 9:20 a.m. The dramatic midmorning warm-up is part of a long run of higher-thannormal temperatures that began in early November. The average temperature for last month was nearly four degrees above the norm, and 21 of the last 23 days had temps higher than the daily average. There may be a return to reality this weekend, as temperatures will struggle to get out of the low 40s and snow is likely Saturday. METRO

Rally calls for emergency jobs in Mass. Bay State job advocates say 500K underemployed or unemployed Proposal would create 1 million jobs

This year’s tree is a 46-foot spruce.

A Hub holiday tradition The lights decorating Boston’s official Christmas tree were turned on Thursday night amid celebration and fireworks. Mayor Thomas Menino was not able to assist Santa with the lighting this year — he’s still recovering from knee surgery. METRO

Advocates stormed the State House on Thursday morning to rally in favor of a potential federal plan that would create 1 million emergency jobs nationwide. The rally coincided with a national jobs summit at the White House. Lewis Finfer of the Massachusetts Jobs Coalition spoke with Metro about the rally. How would you describe the Massachusetts jobs situation?

It’s very dire. Unemployment ... went from 198,000 people a year ago to 307,000

“A time like this is when the government needs to prime the pump.� LEWIS FINFER, MASSACHUSETTS JOBS COALITION

people now. There’s another 120,000 people working part-time and want fulltime jobs that can’t get them. Overall, you have 507,000 either unemployed or underemployed.

about 25,000 to 30,000 jobs to Massachusetts. ... The other thing being discussed is fiscal relief to states to help with budget cuts. ... There’s also a proposal on the extension of unemployment benefits. What kinds of jobs could it create?

Extra people working in day care centers, food banks, homeless shelters, schools and some kinds of construction jobs and public works.

How would this plan directly aect jobs in Massachusetts?

We estimate it could bring

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Obama engages corporations over jobs losses

With unemployment at 26-year high, president asks for help of companies Says government can’t do it all

President Barack Obama on Thursday called on corporate America to help tackle the nation’s highest unemployment in 26 years and said the government did not have enough public dollars to do the job alone. “We cannot hang back and hope for the best when we’ve see the kinds of job losses that we’ve seen over the last year,” Obama told business and labor leaders invited to the White House to brainstorm how to speed employment creation. “Despite the progress we’ve made, many businesses are still skittish about hiring,” he said, ac-

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NEWSMAKER@METRO.US Ted Kennedy received more new nominations than anyone else yesterday in Metro’s Man and Woman of the Year event. Michael Jackson is another consistent nominee. But one reader nominated

10.2% U.S. unemployment rate, as of October. Analysts have low expectations for the next report, due out over the weekend. knowledging that although growth has resumed, the labor market is lagging. Obama is hosting a jobs forum after U.S. unemployment hit a 26-year high of 10.2 percent in October, chipping away at his popularity and potentially shaping his political future. November’s unemployment report is due on Fri-

GI Joe and GI Jane, unnamed U.S. military personnel serving their country in a foreign field. Send your nominations to newsmaker@metro.us. In Monday’s edition we will reveal a shortlist of 3 in each category — Man of the Year and Woman of the Year — so our readers can vote for their choices. Final winners will be revealed in our special end of year edition on Dec. 28. Anyone can be nominated: Who do you think has affected the news headlines, for better or for worse, in 2009?

day and a Reuters poll of analysts expect the rate to show no change. The numbers will provide a sobering backdrop for Obama as he travels to Allentown, Pa., to take his message into the heartland, capping a crucial week for the president who also announced a major escalation in the Afghan war. He reiterated that he would only consider responsible ideas that took account of the country’s limited resources. Critics dismiss the White House forum as largely a public relations exercise. REUTERS

Google: We didn’t kill newspapers NEW YORK. Google is not to

blame for the news industry’s problems but is committed to playing a role in helping struggling publishers survive, CEO Eric Schmidt said. “With dwindling revenue and diminished resources, frustrated newspaper executives are looking for someone to blame,” he wrote. REUTERS


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TOM FOREMAN

POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT FOR CNN

WIN, LOSE OR DRAW IN AFGHAN WAR Back in junior high gym class when wrestling was on the agenda, there was no more frightening foe than the hulking Gooch McFeeney. You knew from the moment that he lumbered to the mat, dropped the beef shank he’d been gnawing on, and squinted his grizzly bear eyes, that you had no chance of winning.

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n each case, we have to effectively make progress, and the Taliban has to merely hang on. Our measure of success is the stabilization and security of an entire land. The Taliban’s success: Just a few hundred guys hiding in the hills, who wake up each day to say, “We are still here, and patient, and waiting for our next chance.” Where is Gooch McFeeney when we need him? – CNN’s Tom Foreman is a regular on “AC360°”/www.ac360.com and “Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull.”

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Comcast lands NBC in deal that reshapes media Cable, Web giant will own 51 percent, while GE will keep 49 percent Agreement gives Comcast program power for TV, computers, mobile Comcast Corp. struck a deal to buy a majority stake in NBC Universal from General Electric Co, creating a media superpower that would control not just how television shows and movies are made, but how they are delivered to the home. The deal had been discussed for months and brought to light deep divisions over the future of the media business, with some lauding Comcast Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts as a visionary and others calling it the most foolhardy acquisition since AOL bought Time Warner in 2001. In a world where the Internet has disrupted traditional media, Comcast

Just a thought for a new logo, guys. METRO COMPOSITE

By the numbers The deal calls for Comcast to contribute $6.5 billion in cash, its own cable TV networks and other assets in return for a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal, owner of TV networks, a movie studio and theme parks. GE will keep a 49 percent stake. The companies said NBC Universal’s businesses have been valued at $30 billion.

wants NBC Universal so it can deliver programing to audiences however they may want it — whether through TV sets, personal computers or mobile devices. Not only is Comcast the largest U.S. cable distributor, it also is the leading Internet service provider to homes. But critics of the deal, including some of Comcast’s own shareholders, suggest there is too little overlap

between the businesses to draw out meaningful savings, and that competition regulators are bound to burden it with restrictions. Moreover, big media deals rarely work, they say, pointing to Time Warner Inc.’s breakup as an example. Once the world’s biggest media company, Time Warner has spun off Time Warner Cable Inc. and will soon do the same with AOL. REUTERS

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TV online The digital jewel is video site Hulu.com. Having a stake in that will help Comcast sidestep a big concern for cable companies — namely, that users may start cutting subscriptions if they can see their favorite shows online for free.

Brilliant or risky move for Brian Roberts? We’ll find out.

Consummate dealmaker Roberts scores media prize Comcast Corp. CEO Brian Roberts brokered the 2001 deal that turned the cable company his father founded into a national player, but he is perhaps better known for his failed attempt to buy Walt Disney Co. in 2004. Roberts hopes to close

the Disney chapter with the NBC deal, which will make him one of the most powerful men in media, overseeing 24 million subscribers of video, Internet and voice services, plus the NBC broadcast television network, cable networks

like USA and SyFy, theme parks and a film studio. “Brian’s always been a big-picture thinker with a long-term horizon and he’s hedging his bets between content and distribution,” said Chris Marangi, portfolio manager at Gabelli. REUTERS

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ut by running around, shrieking like a cheerleader every time he landed a hairy paw, and frantically squirming at least one shoulder into the air each time he went for the pin, you could delay losing for quite a while. Go on long enough, Gooch would tire, and maybe you would not have to lose at all. It is a peculiar characteristic of sports, chess and arguments with your spouse, that winning is much tougher than merely not losing. “Winning” requires aggressive, focused and tenacious effort. “Not losing” just requires holding on. Quoted That is the key problem we face in Afghanistan, even as “‘Winning’ President Obama’s new requires strategy is put into action. Whether we leave in 18 aggressive, months, or reassess and leave focused and in 18 years, the Taliban, as far tenacious as we can tell, is never going to leave. effort. ‘Not There are plenty of other losing’ just serious issues. Our requires relationship with Pakistan, holding on.” while long standing, often FOREMAN veers into that shaky sort of Jon and Kate territory. Can we really count on them to guard the Taliban’s back door escape route while we chase the bad cats out of the Afghan kitchen? This notion of rapidly training up enough Afghans to secure their own country is another big question mark. How will they pay their troops? Are there enough young men there willing to throw themselves into this fray, or will too many seek instead a personal detente with their local Talibanistas? On it goes.

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Holly, jolly listening for the season

’Tis the season to hear holiday music, but these musicians recorded their tunes in the off-season What to play at this year’s Christmas party PAT HEALY

Sudol of A Fine Frenzy

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“A FUNNY AND INVENTIVE COMEDY.

‘Planet 51’ is loaded with funky cool animation and off-the-wall comedy. It is lots of fun.” Jeff Craig, SIXTY SECOND PREVIEW

“ The perfect holiday animated comedy.” Jim Ferguson, KGUN (ABC) Tucson

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One of the oddest challenges musicians face when releasing songs that celebrate the holiday season is that to get them out on time, they often have to record them in the summer. “You’ve really got to use your imagination,” says Brandon Flowers of the Killers, who earlier this week released the band’s fourth Christmas song in as many years. Their annual tradition of bringing joy to the world through collaborations and donating the proceeds to charity continues with “¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!” which they recorded with Wild Light and Mariachi El Bronx. “I think it’s our best Christmas song,” says Flow-

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“Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. I start looking forward to it basically on January 1! So I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do than record some holiday songs in October.” MEAGHAN SMITH ers, confidently (and correctly). Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy, who chose melancholy over holly jolly with their recently released “Oh

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Blue Christmas,” says strands of twinkly lights in the studio help get her in the spirit offseason. “When you’re in the studio from morning to night, you’re not going outside so it’s really easy to shut the door on the outside world,” she says. Meaghan Smith, who you might know from her Pixies cover in “(500) Days of Summer,” waited a little later in the year to record her Christmas EP, “Wish Upon a Star,” which comes out Tuesday. “Christmas has always been my favorite time of year,” she says. “I start looking forward to it basically on January 1! So I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather

Tori sleighs us We asked Tori Amos about her fondest memory of performing holiday music, and surprisingly, it involved a late politician from Massachusetts. I was performing many many years ago at the Congress Christmas Party. I remember being sat at my piano bench along with Tip O’Neill. I was playing while he sang “Bye Bye Blackbird.” He was someone who loved music and in that moment he wasn't one of the most powerful men in the country, we were just a piano player and a singer performing a duet.


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THIS WEEKEND, ONLY ONE FILM WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH AND CRY LIKE NO OTHER.

A REMARKABLY TOUCHING FILM.

First-rate performances by Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell.” -Karen Durbin, ELLE

THIS HOLIDAY GEM DELIVERS.” -Mara Reinstein, US WEEKLY

“ROBERT DE NIRO IS ONE OF THE GREAT ACTORS OF HIS GENERATION. He is outstanding. It’s De Niro’s command of it that turns ‘Everybody’s Fine’ into something of a greater mission.” -Roger Friedman, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Darlene Love belts out a song in the ’60s with producer Phil Spector at the helm.

do than record some holiday songs in October.” Darlene Love, whose iconic recording of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” has just received a handsome reissue from Sony’s Legacy Recordings label, says when she performs her hit from the 1963 album “A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector” every year, it’s still as fresh as the new fallen snow. “During this time of year I’m always singing all those songs that I recorded back then,” she says. “They’re still fresh because you only get to sing them October, November, December then you don’t sing them again for a whole ’nother year.” On the deluxe version of his solo debut, Julian Casablancas includes a version of the “Saturday Night Live” song “I Wish It Was Christmas Today,” and even Tori Amos and Bob Dylan released Christmas

Songs for your X-mas playlist The entire “A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector” is worth owning. “Phil was doing a rock ’n’ roll Christmas album which had never been done yet,” says Love. “We thought, ‘Oh Lord, he’s losing his mind.’”

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albums this season. So what is it that makes these artists want to sing these seasonal songs? Is it that they’re especially religious? “Whether you love the holidays or you just want a

Brandon Flowers

Not only is the Killers’ song an impossibly happy and catchy tune, but the video features Luke Perry as a bearded cowboy. What says yuletide cheer better than Luke Perry as a bearded cowboy?

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The originals on A Fine Frenzy’s “Oh Blue Christmas” are gorgeous, but the track that will have you remembering happy golden days of yore is Sudol and company’s version of the Peanuts gang staple “Christmas Time is Here.” The slide guitar sounds

break from work or school, I think most people can appreciate the sentiment of wishing it was Christmas,” says Casablancas, “and the blindly naive tone, though tongue-in-cheek, was kinda charming to me.” Rivers Cuomo, whose band Weezer released a Christmas collection last year, has a similar answer. “I went caroling when I was a kid,” he says, “and I just really feel like as a singer, those melodies are really well catered to my voice with the chord progressions.” Flowers would seem to agree: “There’s a lightness about writing a Christmas song,” says the Killers singer. “There’s not a lot of pressure. You’re writing it and you’re giving it to charity. And there’s a quality about our Christmas songs that I wish we could have otherwise.”

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Meaghan Smith’s version of the same song is a snazzy contrast with its horns and bouncy brushed drums. The entire Bob Dylan “Christmas in the Heart” album will leave you winter wondering why he’s singing lines about Santa Claus coming down Santa Claus Lane. This is the guy who wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind”! But it’s so weird that it’s good. Plus, check out the video. Why is he wearing a Kurt Cobain wig? METRO/PH

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Live this weekend

Yes, he is quite possibly conducting the theme to “Super Mario Bros.”

I, Pistol

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Friday, 10 p.m. The Precinct 70 Union Sq., Somerville MBTA: Red Line to Harvard, 86 bus to Union Sq. Free, 21+, 617-623-9211 www.precinctbar.com I, Pistol are a local act that fall nicely between the various splinter genres that rock mutated into in the ’70s. You could say they’re power-pop, but they’re almost shoegazey with their wooly guitars and slightly apathetic vocals. Really, they’re just between indie rock and mainstream, which doesn’t make them bland, just happily the middle.

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Berklee Performance Center 136 Mass. Ave., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Hynes $10-$20, 617-747-2261 www.berkleebpc.com Those of us in the know (i.e. video game nerds) have believed it for years: from Koji Kondo to Nobuo Uematsu to whoever did that nasty funk stuff in “NBA Jam,” video game music can be great music. Take it away from its context and it’s still great, as this ensemble, who create and perform symphonic arrangements of the bloops and bleeps, proves.

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They’re XX-hausted but XX-cited to tour

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British buzz band keeps busy to avoid working a 9-to-5 Why they don’t want to hear your praise Oliver Sim isn’t quite sure what city he’s in. It’s only been a few weeks since his band, the London-based quartet the XX, started their first headlining tour, but

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Band of brothers The XX’s Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim have known each other since nursery school, but Sim doesn’t mind the togetherness: “I guess it would feel strange if we were apart.”

the band’s bassist and cosinger is already a bit confused. “Yeah … yeah, we are in Hamburg, yeah,” he says as if he’s still trying to decide if that’s actually true. “About three weeks and about a year left to go. I’m in high spirits at the moment but I don’t know how I’m going to feel in about six months.” The instant success of their spare, electronic debut album has resulted in a relentless schedule for the young band, which Sims says is probably for the best. “I don’t think I want to digest all that’s being said,” he admits. “I’m not as up to date as I should be about

The XX, from left, Romy Madley Croft, Sim, Jamie Smith and Baria Qureshi.

how it’s all going, but the stuff I have heard has been really nice.” With all of the band members still too young to drink in the U.S., the critical praise lavished on their efforts opens up the possibility of a long career in the industry. Sim is optimistic that they’ll continue. “I can only hope that there’s still a demand for our music, that people want

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Coolidge Corner Theatre 617–734–2500 290 Harvard St., Brookline BAD LI EU TE NANT: PO RT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS (R) 1:15, 4:00, 7:20, 9:50 BOTTLE ROCKET (R) Fri and Sat 12:00 DEFAMATI ON ( HA SHMA TSA) (NR) Fri and Sat 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:30, 9:40; Sun 2:40-4:507:30-9:40. THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (R) Fri and Sat 12:15, 2:45, 4:55, 7:40, 9:50; Sun 12:00-2:00. PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE (R) 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:30 THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (R) Fri and Sat 12:00

5:20-8:00-10:20.; Sun 10:0012:20-2:40-5:20-8:00. PLANET 51 (PG) Fri 1:30, 4:20, 6:40, 9:10; Sat 11:00-1:30-4:206:40-9:10.; Sun 11:00-1:30-4:206:40. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (PG-13) Fri 1:05, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00; Sat 9:45-12:35-4:007:00-10:00.; Sun 9:45-12:354:00-7:00.

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A SERIOUS MAN (R) Fri 1:30, 4:05, 6:45, 9:20; Sat and Sun 11:00-1:30-4:05-6:45-9:20. THE STRIP (PG-13) Fri 1:15, 4:35, 7:20, 9:35; Sat and Sun 11:15-1:154:35-7:20-9:35.

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Braintree 10 888–AMC–4FUN Route 93 off of Exit 6 2012 (PG-13) Fri and Sat 12:00, 3:20, 6:40, 10:05; Sun 12:003:20-6:40. ARMORED (PG-13) Fri 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45; Sat 10:0012:15-2:30-4:50-7:20-9:45.; Sun 10:00-12:15-2:30-4:50-7:20. THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) Fri 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:30; Sat 10:20-1:154:15-7:15-10:30.; Sun 10:20-1:154:15-7:15. BROTHERS (R) Fri 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:45; Sat 10:45-1:45-4:457:45-10:45.; Sun 10:45-1:45-4:457:45. DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN DISNEY DIGITAL 3D (PG) Fri 2:10, 4:35, 7:10, 9:35. Digital 3D; Sat 11:30-2:10-4:35-7:10-9:35. Digital 3D; Sun 11:30-2:10-4:357:10. Digital 3D FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG) Fri 12:35, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:10; Sat 10:15-12: 35-2:50-5:20-7:5010:10.; Sun 10:15-12:50-3:055:20-7:50. NINJA ASSASSIN (R) Fri 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:10, 10:40; Sat 10:0512:30-3:00-5:30-8:10-10:40.; Sun

1:00-3:25-5:50-8:15. OLD DOGS (PG) Fri 12:50, 2:40, 5:00, 7:30, 9:50; Sat 10:00-12:502:40-5:00-7:30-9:50.; Sun 1:003:15-5:35-8:00. PLANET 51 (PG) Fri 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:05, 10:25; Sat 10:2512:45-3:15-5:45-8:05-10:25.; Sun 10:25-12:45-3:20-5:45-8:05. THE TWILIG HT S AGA : NEW MOON (PG-13) Fri 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00; Sat 10:05-1:00-4:007:00-10:00.; Sun 10:05-1:054:00-7:00.

Burlington Cinema 10 888–AMC–4FUN Across from Burlington Mall 2012 (PG-13) Fri 3:10, 6:50, 10:10; Sat 11:40-3:10-6:50-10:10.; Sun 11:40-3:10-6:50. THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) Fri 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:30; Sat 9:50-12:504:10-7:20-10:30.; Sun 9:50-12:504:10-7:20. BROTHERS (R) Fri 2:00, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35; Sat 11:10-2:00-4:507:50-10:35.; Sun 11:10-2:00-4:507:50. DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN DISNEY DIGITAL 3D (PG) Fri 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:05. Digital 3D; Sat 9:45-12:00-2:20-5:007:40-10:05. Digital 3D; Sun 9:4512:00-2:20-5:00-7:40. Digital 3D EVERYBODY’S FINE (PG-13) Fri 3:00, 5:40, 8:20, 10:45; Sat 9:5012:10-3:00-5:40-8:20-10:45.; Sun 9:50-12:10-3:00-5:40-8:05. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG) Fri 1:10, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30, 10:40; Sat 10: 30-1:10-3: 30-6:00-8: 3010:40.; Sun 10:30-1:10-3:30-6:008:10. NINJA ASSASSIN (R) Fri 3:20, 5:50, 8:10, 10:45; Sat 12:40-3:205:50-8:10-10:45.; Sun 10:0012:40-3:20-5:50-8:10. OLD DOGS (PG) Fri 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:20; Sat 9:55-12:20-2:40-

AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (PG) Fri 12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30. IMAX; Sat 12:00-2:30-4:50-7:109:30-11:50. IMAX; Sun 12:002:30-4:50-7:15-9:40. IMAX AN EDUCATION (PG-13) 11:25, 1:50, 4:25, 7:45, 10:15.C SELECT INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (R) 10:45 LAW ABIDING CITIZEN (R) 1:05, 8:45 THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS (R) 12:30, 6:15, 11:30 NINJA ASSASSIN (R) Fri 11:05, 1:40, 2:10, 4:10, 5:05, 7:00, 8:05, 9:20; Sat 11:05-1:40-2:10-4:105:05-7:00-8:05-9:20-11:45.; Sun 11:05-1:40-2:10-4:10-5:05-7:008:05-9:20. OLD DOGS (PG) Fri 10:40, 11:10, 12:50, 1:20, 3:05, 3:35, 4:05, 5:15, 6:00, 7:25, 8:10, 9:35, 10:00, 10:40; Sat 10:40-11:10-12:501:20-3:05-3:35-4:05-5:15-6:007:25-8:10-9:35-10:00-10:4011:55.; Sun 10:40-11:10-12:501:20-3:05-3:35-4:05-5:15-6:007:25-8:10-9:35-10:00. PIRATE RADIO (R) Fri and Sat 3:40, 11:15.C SELECT; Sun 3:40.C SELECT TRANSYLMANIA (R) 11:30, 1:55, 4:35, 7:50, 10:20 TH E TWILIG HT SA GA : N EW MOON (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:30, 11:00, 1:30, 2:00, 3:00, 4:30, 5:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 10:30, 11:00; Sun 10:30-11:001:30-2:00-3:00-4:30-5:00-7:308:00-8:30-9:00-10:30. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (PG) 10:30, 6:20

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4:00, 7:20, 10:40; Sun 12:004:00-7:20. THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) Fri 12:30, 4:15, 7:50, 10:50; Sat 10:00-12:45-4:15-7:50-10:50.; Sun 12:30-4:15-7:50. DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN DISNEY DIGITAL 3D (PG) Fri 1:15, 4:45, 7:45, 10:20. Digital 3D; Sat 10:45-1:15-4:45-7:45-10:20. Digital 3D; Sun 1:15-4:45-7:45. Digital 3D FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG) Fri 1:30, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30; Sat 11:001:30-4:30-7:00-9:30.; Sun 1:304:30-7:00. TH E TWI LI GH T SAG A: NE W MOON (PG-13) Fri 1:00, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10; Sat 10:10-1:00-4:10-7:1010:10.; Sun 1:00-4:10-7:10.

Fri and Sat 11:35, 2:20, 5:10, 7:55, 10:50.C SELECT; Sun 11:35-2:205:10-7:55-10:40.C SELECT THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) Fri 10:35, 12:10, 1:25, 3:10, 4:15, 6:10, 7:20, 9:05, 10:10; Sat 10:35-12:101:25-3:10-4:15-6:10-7:20-9:0510:10-12:05.; Sun 10:35-12:101:25-3:10-4:15-6:10-7:20-9:0510:10. B OO NDO CK SAINT S I I: A LL SAINTS DAY (R) Fri and Sat 11:20, 10:45.C SELECT; Sun 11:2010:25.C SELECT BROTHERS (R) Fri 10:55, 1:45, 4:20, 7:05, 9:40; Sat 10:55-1:454:20-7:05-9:40-12:15.; Sun 10:551:45-4:20-7:05-9:50. DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (PG) 12:55, 7:40 DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN DISNEY DIGITAL 3D (PG) 11:15, 1:35, 4:00, 6:25. Digital 3D DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL:

888–AMC–4FUN 22 Flutie Pass 2012 (PG-13) Fri and Sat 11:20, 2:50, 6:15, 9:40; Sun 11:20-2:506:15-9:35. ARMORED (PG-13) 11:50, 2:20, 4:55, 7:20, 9:55 THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) Fri 10:45, 12:20, 1:35, 3:20, 4:35, 6:20, 7:40, 9:30, 10:30; Sat 10:4512:30-1:35-3:30-4:35-6:30-7:409:30-10:30.; Sun 10:45-12:201:35-3:20-4:35-6:20-7:40-9:30. BROTHERS (R) 11:15, 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 COUPLES RETREAT (PG-13) 2:15, 7:35 DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN DISNEY DIGITAL 3D (PG) 11:00, 1:30, 3:55, 6:50, 9:25. Digital 3D EVERYBODY’S FINE (PG-13) 10:50, 1:15, 3:50, 7:10, 9:45 FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG) 11:40, 2:10, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50 THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS (R) Fri 11:45, 5:00, 10:20; Sat 5:00-10:20.; Sun 11:45-5:0010:20. NINJA ASSASSIN (R) Fri and Sat 11:55, 2:30, 5:20, 8:00, 10:35; Sun 11:55-2:30-5:05-7:45-10:10. OLD DOGS (PG) Fri and Sat 11:10, 12:10, 1:40, 2:40, 4:10, 5:10, 6:40, 7:50, 9:10, 10:25; Sun 11:10-12:101:40-2:40-4:10-5:10-6:40-7:509:10-10:05. PLANET 51 (PG) 11:35, 1:50, 4:15, 6:45, 9:20. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video TH E TWILIG HT SA GA : N EW MOON (PG-13) 12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:00. Digital Presentation; 11:30-2:45-6:00-9:15.

Showcase Cinema De Lux Patriot Place 800–315–4000 24 Patroit Place, Foxboro 2012 (PG-13) 11:45, 3:15, 7:05, 10:30 ARMORED (PG-13) Fri and Sat 11:30, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:00, 12:15; Sun 11:30-2:05-4:45-7:3010:00. THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) Fri and Sat 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:10, 7:40, 9:15, 10:45. Lux Level; Fri and Sat 12:00-1:003:00-4:00-6:10-7:40-9:15-10:4512:05.; Sun 12:00-1:00-3:004:00-6:10-7:40-9:15. Lux Level; Sun 12:00-1:00-3:00-4:00-6:107:40-9:15-10:45. BROTHERS (R) Fri and Sat 11:05, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 10:15, 12:40; 11:05-1:50-4:30-7:10-10:15. Lux Level; Sun 11:05-1:50-4:30-7:1010:15. DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN DISNEY DIGITAL 3D (PG) Fri 11:15, 1:40, 4:25, 7:00, 9:30. REAL D 3D; Sat 11:15-1:40-4:25-7:009:30-12:00. REAL D 3D; Sun 11:15-1:40-4:25-7:00-9:30. REAL

D 3D EVERYBODY’S FINE (PG-13) Fri and Sat 11:00, 1:20, 3:50, 6:30, 9:00, 11:40; Sun 11:00-1:20-3:506:30-9:00. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG) Fri and Sat 11:20, 1:35, 4:10, 6:25, 9:05, 11:20; Sun 11:20-1:35-4:106:25-9:05. HOLIDAY CLASSICS (NR) Sat 10:00 NINJA ASSASSIN (R) Fri and Sat 12:05, 2:30, 5:00, 7:20, 9:55, 12:25; Sun 12:05-2:30-5:00-7:209:55. OLD DOGS (PG) Fri and Sat 11:25, 11:55, 1:45, 2:15, 4:05, 4:35, 6:20, 6:50, 9:10, 11:30; Sun 11:25-11:551:45-2:15-4:05-4:35-6:20-6:509:10. PLANET 51 (PG) Fri and Sat 11:35, 2:10, 4:40, 7:05, 9:35, 11:55; Sun 11:35-2:10-4:40-7:05-9:35. THE TWILIG HT S AGA : NEW MOON (PG-13) 11:10, 2:00, 4:50, 7:45, 10:40. RWC/DVS; Fri and Sat 12:30-3:30. Lux Level; Fri and Sat 12:30-3:30-6:40-8:459:45-11:45-12:35.; Sun 12:303:30-6:40-8:45-9:45.; Sun 12:303:30-6:40-9:45. Lux Level

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Have a trippy Christmas It’s just not Christmas without surf guitar holiday tunes performed by a bunch of guys wearing Mexican wrestling masks. Add in a jump-suited Mexican Elvis-a-like, and we’re talking Feliz Navidad on an unimaginable scale. We’re talking El Vez and Los Straitjackets — together for the first time.

El Vez will no doubt be decked out in his best festive jumpsuit while his backing singers usually don mini-skirted Santa outfits. Los Straitjackets — who just released their second holiday album, “Merry Mexmas! Viva Christmas!” — stick with their latter-day uniform of suits and ties. Masked? “Of course,”

says co-guitarist Danny Amis, aka Daddy-O Grande. “I play all over the world with local surf bands backing me up. I never perform without the mask.” LINDA LABAN

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From left, Ian Hultquist, Al Adhamy, Nate Donmoyer, Michael Angelakos and Jeff Apruzzese are Passion Pit.

Pit members swear they are not going to let success turn them into jerky rock stars No crazy groupie exploits for these ‘normal’ guys It’s been quite a year for Passion Pit. The quintet stormed out of Boston this past spring with its synth rock debut, “Manners,” and has been touring the world since. The band played every major festival from Reading to Bonnaroo, and the pace shows no sign of letting up as they hit several radio holiday shows this month. Passion Pit must be blown away. “I would have been blown away if I hadn’t been doing it every single day,” says synth and samples man Ayad Al Adhamy. “It’s like any job where you get a raise or get promoted — you’re happy about it, but you’re not like, ‘Whoa!’” So far, so jaded? “When people lay it out for us and say, ‘Look at what you’ve done,’ then we think, ‘Wow, that’s pretty … OK, I’m nervous now.’ If you don’t think about it, then you just do it,” he adds. Passion Pit simply like to keep their feet on the ground.

In more Pit news... The band scored highest marks with two awards at Wednesday night’s Boston Music Awards: Song Of The Year for “The Reeling” and Act of the Year. More hot newcomers won out at the BMAs

“We’re lucky in that we’re pretty normal. There’s two ways to go when people make music. You either do it because you love it, or you do it to get girls and be assholes. We love music. We don’t want to have that other side — ‘Yeah, we want to be rock stars!’” So, no knocking back bottles of Jack Daniels on the tour bus? “Maybe we do that, but we do it like anyone would be doing it at home.” With groupies on board? “No, no … We don’t do that at all,” Adhamy insists. WFNX Miracle on Tremont Street with Spoon, Phoenix and Passion Pit Friday, 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theatre One Hamilton Place, Boston MBTA: Red or Green Line to Park Street All ages, 617-679-0810 SOLD OUT

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guy,” says Rockwell with a smirk. “I like playing the straighter characters because it is a little easier.” But really, why this role? “DeNiro was the main reason I came on board,” admits the actor. “He’s

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Dillon: Best cast I’ve worked with Matt Dillon on his ‘Armored’ co-stars and trying to shake off the traits of his manipulative character after the cameras stop rolling each day In “Armored,” Matt Dillon plays an armored truck driver who hatches a plot with his co-workers to rob their employers. But when the plan goes horribly wrong, the results are potentially deadly. Dillon says he doesn’t let the heavy nature of the consequences get him down. In the film you play a very manipulative guy.

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‘Weapons of SelfDestruction’ COMEDY. In his first stand-up special in seven years, Robin Williams says all the things too naughty (or too funny) for “Old Dogs.” Sunday, 9 p.m., HBO

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Nonantum Annual Holiday Lighting

Where to go and what to do

Sunday, 6:45 p.m. Coletti-Magni Park Watertown Street, Newton

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Washington Street Art Center, 321 Washington St., Somerville MBTA: Red Line to Harvard Free, 617-335-5202 www.washingtonst.org

For those who like handmade crafts, this will be a perfect chance to kill two birds with one stone, supporting local artisans and crossing some names off the pesky Christmas shopping list. Also there will be cider and plenty of delicious baked goods to satiate the sweet tooth, which is, of course, the only thing peskier than the Christmas shopping list. Old South Church Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday, 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Old South Church, Gordon Chapel 645 Boylston St., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Copley Free, 781-662-2127 www.oldsouth.org

Here’s another chance to support local artisans and get some knickknacks for your friends. Featuring works in glass, pottery, jewelry, photography, textiles,

Yes, another tree lighting, but this one features a visit from the one and only SANTA CLAUS, live and in the flesh. Or it may only be one of the thousands of body doubles Claus sends out to promote Christmas each year, due to his assassination paranoia. But they have been doing this event in Nonantum for years, so they might actually have the real Santa.

Bruce George puts the slammin’ in Cafe 939’s Poetry Slam 3 on Tuesday

woodwork, watercolors, and “gingerbread art,” which sounds delicious. Sharp crafts hounds will split their time between this and the similar fair in Cambridge this weekend. Bazaar Bizarre Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. BCA Cylcorama 539 Tremont St., Boston MBTA:Green Line to Copley www.bazaarbizarre.org

This craft fair is a hipster’s holiday heaven. The homemade gifts are made by 20-somethings with tattoos

instead of 80-somethings with perms, which makes for a lot of knitted skulls and crossbones. But, like any bazaar, with enough searching, you can always score a few gems. Just don’t expect to find the perfect gift for your grandma here.

HOLIDAY Thanksgiving Feasts and Christmas Controversies in Early Boston Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:12 p.m. Paul Revere House

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History buffs rejoice! Be a tourist in your own city as you learn about how Colonial Boston celebrated the Holidays from costumed guides, listen to authentic Anglican Christmas music played on period instruments by one R.P. Hale, and enjoy period Christmas cakes and cider (don’t worry, it’s freshly prepared).

Poetry Slam 3 Tuesday, 7 p.m. Cafe 939 939 Boylston St., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Hynes Convention Center Free, 617 747-2421 www.cafe939.com

Slam poetry is a little more engaging than some pencilnosed English major reading disjointed verse about the flowers and dead birds and his abusive stepfather. It’s competitive, in-yourface verbal karate, almost ridiculously expressive and kinetic. The draw here is

co-creator of the Def Poetry Jam, Bruce George, as well as the performances of his Berklee slam poetry class students.

MUSIC Bay State’s Make-A-Wish Foundation Benefit Show Tuesday, 8 p.m. Harper’s Ferry 158 Brighton Ave., Allston MBTA: Green Line B to Harvard $12, 617-254-9743 www.harpersferryboston.com

Featuring Gentlemen Hall, Boston’s quickly-rising funk superstars who recently got a nod from MTV, as well as New Hampshire emo kids Spies Like Us, sharp Connecticut rapper Front Page, and Taste, whose MySpace page we couldn’t find. All proceeds go to the local chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, so you have no excuse. MATTHEW DINARO/ ANNA MCKEON

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DECEMBER ‘Bat Boy: The Musical’ Through Dec. 11 New College Theatre 10-12 Holyoke St. Cambridge MBTA: Red Line to Harvard $5-$15, 617-496-2222 www.batboylives.com

If it ain’t Aquarius-age hippies or phantoms of the opera, then it’s animals — Broadway loves its cats, lion kings, and bat boys almost as much as its nude Bacchanalians and masked specters. This tabloid-come-tolife is notable as the largest student-directed musical at Harvard this winter.

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Through Dec. 13 Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre 820 Mass. Ave., Cambridge MBTA: Red Line to Central $10-$20 www.badhabitproductions.org

Actors Gone Wilde! Four actors play all the parts in Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners. ‘Christmas Belles’ Through Dec. 19 Boston Playwrights’ Theatre 949 Comm. Ave., Boston MBTA: Green Line to BU West $20-$25, 866-811-4111

Christmas and all its headaches come to a small Texas town, where three sisters — one pregnant with twins, one going through menopause, and one in jail — will perhaps discover that there truly is no place like home for the holidays. Unless, of course, you’re pregnant with twins, going through menopause, or incarcerated.

‘A Question of Mercy’ Through Dec. 19 Boston University Theatre 264 Huntington Ave., Boston MBTA: Orange Line to Mass. Ave. $10-$20, 617-933-8600 www.bostontheatrescene.com

Boston University’s professional performing arts initiative, BCAP, stages this play about a man with AIDS who aims to put an end to his suffering with the help of a compassionate doctor. Hmmm, wonder which of these is the titular “Ideal Husband”

‘Shipwrecked!’ Through Dec. 20 The Lyric Stage Company 140 Clarendon St., Boston MBTA: Orange Line to Back Bay $25-$50, 617-585-5678 www.lyricstage.com

Explorer Louis de Rougement has the big fish story to dwarf all other big fish stories, and you’re gonna listen to him tell it. ‘The 101 Dalmations Musical’ Dec. 23 through Dec. 27 Citi Wang Theatre 270 Tremont St., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Boylston $28-$75, 866-523-7469 www.broadwayacross america.com/boston

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‘Best of Both Worlds’

Inspired by a true story, this play harkens back to the days of Madame Curie and the so-called “miracle cure” of radium. We know radium can be tempting, but please do not drink it.

Through Jan. 3 Loeb Drama Center 64 Brattle St., Cambridge MBTA: Red Line to Harvard $25-$75, 617-547-8300 www.amrep.org

Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale” is told through R&B and gospel music — which, incidentally, was the way he had originally written the play until he realized that neither genre had been invented yet. ‘Radium Girls’ Dec. 10 through Dec. 19 Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts 527 Tremont St., Boston

‘Mamma Mia!’ Dec. 15 through Dec. 17 Colonial Theatre 106 Boylston St., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Boylston $43-$91, 800-982-2787 www.broadwayacross america.com/boston

ABBA’s greatest hits propel this bona fide worldwide sensation. If you don’t like to be happy, then avoid this like the plague!

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the city this winter years after WWII, won the 1947 Tony Award for Best Play. As far as awards named after men go, you could do worse than a Tony. ‘Strega Nona’ Jan. 9 Colonial Theatre 106 Boylston St., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Boylston $20-$35, 800-982-2787 www.ticketmaster.com

“Strega Nona”: If there’s spaghetti like this, there must be witchcraft involved.

JANUARY ‘Groundswell’ Jan. 1 through Jan. 30 The Lyric Stage Company 140 Clarendon St., Boston MBTA: Orange Line to Back Bay $10-$50, 617-585-5678 www.lyricstage.com

This psychological thriller takes place in a South African hotel, where two hotel employees attempt to persuade a guest to take part in their diamond mining plot. Diamond mining plots are no joke! That dude should just lock his door and watch free HBO. ‘GATZ’ Jan. 7 through Feb. 6 Loeb Drama Center

64 Brattle St., Cambridge MBTA: Red Line to Harvard $25-$75, 617-547-8300 www.amrep.org

NYC theater company Elevator Repair Service isn’t exactly staging F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” but rather reading the entire novel within an original play. How very Andy Kaufman! ‘All My Sons’ Jan. 8 through Feb. 7 Boston University Theatre 264 Huntington Ave., Boston MBTA: Orange Line to Mass. Ave. $15-$83, 617-266-0800 www.huntingtontheatre.org

Arthur Miller’s play, a drama about a family pursuing the American Dream a few

We’ve been singing the praises of good witches ever since attending that Wiccan bake sale last month, as does Tomie dePaola’s musical about a friendly magical witch determined to help the people of her small Italian town.

321 Arsenal St., Watertown $35-$54, 617-923-8487 www.newrep.org

Playwright Chris Craddock’s “fractured fairy tale” farce gets its New England premiere at the New Rep. The plot appears to be a bit complex, to which we say: Farce on, good man, farce on.

FEBRUARY

Colonial Theatre 106 Boylston St., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Boylston $28-$75, 800-982-2787 www.broadwayacross america.com/boston

It’s a thinly veiled story of Motown and the Supremes and it’s won more awards than could ever fit in the original Motown headquarters.

‘Dreamgirls’

‘Not Enough Air’

Feb. 2 through Feb. 14

Feb. 11 through March 14

Central Theatre 450 Mass. Ave., Cambridge MBTA: Red Line to Central $15-$35, 866-811-4111 www.centralsquaretheater.org

Local playwright Masha Obolensky’s play, about the sensational murder trial of journalist Ruth Snyder in the 1920s, gets its East Coast premiere. We are currently filing a grievance in regard to the West Coast seeing this before us. Totally not fair!

‘In the Heights’ Jan. 12 through Jan. 24 The Opera House 539 Washington St., Boston MBTA: Orange/Red Line to Downtown Crossing $30-$91, 800-982-2787 www.broadwayacross america.com/boston

Winner of no less than four 2008 Tonys including Best Musical, this show makes an entire Manhattan community come to life. And then an evil scientist makes that community-come-to-life do his evil bidding. Bwa-ha-ha. ‘Indulgences’

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DECEMBER Bartok, Martinu & Dvorak Through Saturday Symphony Hall 301 Mass. Ave., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Symphony $19-$115, 617-266-1492 www.bso.org

One of many concerts scheduled to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bohuslav Martinu’s death, this performance by the BSO and German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann will feature Martinu’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Also on the bill are pieces by Bartok and Dvorak, but you already knew that.

Nothing says holidays quite like scorchin’ guitar shreds and overpowering synths. Come all ye faithful, and prepare to have yer face

30 Gainsborough St., Boston MBTA: Orange Line to Mass. Ave. $15-$45, 617-542-7464 www.bgmc.org

On a more “Is It Too Soon?” note, check out this celebrity impersonation show. Doug Church and Kenny Wizz are Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson in a 2-fer-1 show.

We like the way the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus thinks — i.e. a tropical wonderland getaway in the middle of a New England winter. Join them for a trip to the North Pole, where Mrs. Claus, alone again on Christmas Eve, gets into the pina coladas and decides to take the elves to Rio.

The Christmas Revels: ‘In Celebration of the Winter Solstice’

Been a long time since Hammer of the Gods played, a long lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely time, as a matter of fact.

melted by the awesome power of extreme caroling. Holiday Pops

Mannheim Steamroller Saturday, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Colonial Theatre 106 Boylston St., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Boylston $45-$78, 800-982-2787 www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/boston

7 Medford St., Arlington MBTA: Red Line to Alewife $22.50-$37.50, 781-646-4849 www.regenttheatre.com

Dec. 9 through Dec. 27 Symphony Hall 301 Mass. Ave., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Symphony $33-$122, 617-266-1492 www.bso.org

For more traditional holiday music, check out Keith Lockhart and the Pops’ annual concert. The possibility does exist that Lockhart will melt yer face with some gnarly conducting.

Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Experience Dec. 12 Berklee Performance Center 136 Mass. Ave., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Hynes $19-$59, 800-745-3000 www.berkleebpc.com

We’re not gonna ramble on too much about it, but Hammer of the Gods play a whole lotta Led Zep. ‘The King of Rock and the King of Pop’ Dec. 11 through Dec. 13 Regent Theatre

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Dec. 11 through Dec. 27 Sanders Theatre 45 Quincy St., Cambridge MBTA: Red Line to Harvard $15-$52, 617-496-2222 www.revels.org

Now in its 39th year, the annual Christmas Revels show celebrates the winter solstice with Appalachian fiddling and clogging, Native American music and stories, Shaker songs, shape-note hymns, and other crazy-ass stuff that sounds like it’s from a planet other than Earth. ‘Our Home for the Holidays’ Dec. 13 through Dec. 20 NEC’s Jordan Hall

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Blues Cruise Dec. 31 Central Wharf @ New England Aquarium $60-$65, 617-770-0040 www.harborexpress.com

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it a Blues Cruise or a Booze Cruise? Blues + Booze + Fireworks Cruise? On New Year’s Eve? With music by Chris Stovall Brown and Madeleine Hall? Someone please create a new cruise “type” for this event. “Blooze” just sounds dumb.

JANUARY ‘What Makes It Great? The Music of Cole Porter’ Jan. 23 NEC’s Jordan Hall 30 Gainsborough St., Boston MBTA: Orange Line to Back Bay $25-$35, 617-482-6661 www.celebrityseries.org

Rob Kapilow takes a close look at the music of Cole Porter in this part-performance, part-deconstruction show. Check it out, if for nothing else but to get educated on how one had to rely on more than empty catch-phrases to be a pop songwriter in the ’30s.

FEBRUARY High School Open Rehearsal So that answers the question of what era Jacko they do in “The King of Rock King of Pop”

Peace and joy for the holidays.

Feb. 4 Symphony Hall 301 Mass. Ave., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Symphony $10, 617-266-1492 www.bso.org

Dig James Levine and his crazy hair for a measly ten bucks at this rehearsal performance of Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah.” If we had crazy hair, we wouldn’t think twice about charging three times that much. Roots and Reason Feb. 4 Berklee Performance Center 136 Mass. Ave., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Hynes $15-$20, 800-745-3000 www.berkleebpc.com

Berklee’s African Studies program presents a show full of music from West Africa, the Caribbean and rural America. The school’s students and faculty, along with some special guests, will perform.

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The Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston will perform new interpretations of a Libby Larsen song cycle, Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy” for violin and piano, and Brahms’ Piano Quartet. We had to move those pieces off our iPod in order to fit the new 50 Cent record on there, so it will be cool to revisit those.


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No, they’re not the villains from “Superman 2,” they’re the Borromeo Quartet.

Richard Goode and Jonathan Biss Feb. 7 NEC’s Jordan Hall 30 Gainsborough St., Boston MBTA: Orange Line to Back Bay $45-$66, 617-482-6661 www.celebrityseries.org

Pianists Richard Goode and Jonathan Biss will face off in this special event — no word yet if the performance will take place in a steel cage. The two will play Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Debussy. Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour Feb. 11 Berklee Performance Center 136 Mass. Ave., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Hynes $39-$49, 617-482-6661 www.berkleebpc.com

Violinist Regina Carter, vocalist Kurt Elling, guitarist Russell Malone, and pianist Kenny Barron comprise this bill of inventive and swinging musicians who fall loosely under the “jazz” banner. With any luck they will also bring some Monterey weather with them. ‘Zest for Love’ Feb. 12 NEC’s Jordan Hall 30 Gainsborough St., Boston MBTA: Orange Line to Back Bay Feb. 14 Sanders Theatre 45 Quincy St., Cambridge MBTA: Red Line to Harvard $18-$72, 617-266-3605 www.handelandhaydn.org

Get in the mood for love with a night of “romantic vocal music” with the Handel and Hayden Society. Conductor Laurence Cummings leads the chorus through music by Monteverdi and others, and readings by Shakespeare, that dude who invented those sweet “Shall I compare thee to…” pickup lines. A Borromeo Valentine Feb. 14 Faneuil Hall Congress and State sts., Boston MBTA: Orange Line to State

$18-$63, 617-423-3883 www.bostonclassicalorchestra.org

The Borromeo String Quartet has been called “the finest string quartet on this planet” by the Boston Globe — high honors, indeed, though they should refuse to rest on their laurels and go conquer other planets.

the Lute’ Feb. 26 First Church in Cambridge, Congregational 11 Garden St., Cambridge MBTA: Red Line to Harvard $19-$64, 617-661-1812 www.bemf.org

Three words: viola de gamba. One more word: lute. You’re welcome.

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All-Beethoven Program Feb. 18 Symphony Hall 301 Mass. Ave., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Symphony $29-$105, 617-266-1492 www.bso.org

Those seeking to binge on Beethoven this winter should look no further than this James Levinehelmed BSO show. Four of the composer’s symphonies will be featured. Vittorio Ghielmi and Luca Pianca: ‘The Golden Age of the Viola de Gamba and

‘The Great American Songbook: The Music of Motown’ Feb. 28 Berklee Performance Center 136 Mass. Ave., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Hynes $15-$20, 800-745-3000 www.berkleebpc.com

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest American R&B labels of the 20th century, Berklee students and faculty will perform selections by the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Supremes and many more.

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see a lot of people dancing to Mozart’s music, but then again, you have no idea whether Mozart wrote that music for dancing people. Emmanuel Music’s orchestra will perform the musical selections, including “Piano Concerto No. 11,” “Sonata in D Major for 2 Pianos,” and “Piano Concerto No. 27”

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DECEMBER ‘The Nutcracker’ Through Dec. 27 The Opera House 539 Washington St., Boston MBTA: Orange/Red Line to Downtown Crossing $35-$162, 617-695-6955 www.bostonballet.org

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Every year we stare down our fear of giant dancing mice to check out Boston Ballet’s lavish production of Tchaikovsky’s classic. More than 250 children from Boston Ballet School will join the Company on stage. Check out Metro next week for Katrina Lallier’s review. ‘Styles Showing’ Dec. 11 The Boston Conservatory Theater 31 Hemenway St., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Fenway Free, 617-536-6340 www.bostonconservatory.edu

The Boston Conservatory does a free showcase of dance styles to suit every taste, including hip-hop, musical theater, tap and

X Dance Feb. 11 through Feb. 14 Greene Theatre 10 Boylston Place, Boston MBTA: Green Line to Arlington $5, 800-233-3123 www.emerson.edu

“Styles Showing” is close to a little bit more showing.

African styles. Someone had better break out the Cabbage Patch, too.

JANUARY

Artist-in-residence Marlena Yannetti directs original dance pieces choreographed and performed by Emerson students. As long as some budding new talent stages a tribute to “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” we will die happy.

Boston MBTA: Orange/Red Line to Downtown Crossing $47-$82, 617-482-6661 www.celebrityseries.org

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Feb. 25 through Feb. 28 Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts 527 Tremont St., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Boylston $10-$12, 617-933-8600 www.bostontheatrescene.com

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DECEMBER Bob Saget Tonight Wilbur Theatre 246 Tremont St., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Boylston $25-$42, 800-745-3000 www.thewilburtheatre.com

Saget’s worked pretty hard over the years to completely obliterate the good-guy persona fabricated by his roles on “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” by delivering some of the dirtiest stand-up comedy on the market. No Rest for the Wicked Funny Through Saturday Improv Asylum Theater 216 Hanover St., Boston MBTA: Orange Line to Haymarket $10, 617-263-NUTS www.improvasylum.com

The fifth-annual comedy event is also a 24-hour charity drive, with 100 percent of profits going to local children via Globe Santa. If you think laughing at comedy is fun, just try laughing at comedy after you’ve stayed up so late that you’ve passed exhaustion and have entered some funky sleep-deprived semiconsciousness. That’s when the laugh riot starts. Todd Barry Dec. 10 Great Scott 1222 Comm. Ave., Boston MBTA: Green Line to Harvard Ave. $15, 617-566-9014 www.greatscottboston.com

You’ve seen stand-up comedian Todd Barry in films like the underrated “Pootie Tang,” or as the bongo-playing third member of the band on HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords.” He’ll do the whole bald-man-standup routine thing and make Great Scott a funny place.

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College Saturday

No. 1 Florida vs. No. 2 Alabama, 4 p.m., CBS Breakdown: The SEC Championship Game is already being called the game of the season. The winner gets a trip to the BCS title game; the loser will likely play in the Sugar Bowl. Who wins: Florida. Tim Tebow won’t be much of a pro player, but you have to think he’ll step up on a big college stage once more.

No. 3 Texas vs. No. 21 Nebraska, 8 p.m., ABC Breakdown: The undefeated Longhorns can clinch a spot in the BCS title game by holding off the “upstart” Cornhuskers. Most of the country will be rooting against Texas — if they lose, true underdog TCU could end up playing the SEC winner for the national championship. Who wins: Texas. Sentimentality aside, they’re just too good for Nebraska.

No. 12 Ga. Tech vs. No. 25 Clemson, 8 p.m., ESPN Breakdown: The ACC Championship Game is no longer the BC Invitational, and both teams are coming off rivalry game losses to in-state foes. Still, it’s worth a watch if only to see Georgia Tech’s unorthodox — and crazy fun — offense. Who wins: Tech. The freewheeling spread option will be too much for Clemson again.

New Hampshire at Villanova, 3:30 p.m., CSN Breakdown: Two northeast teams meet in the quarterfinals of the FCS tournament. UNH (10-2) is the only team to beat Villanova (11-1) this season. The winner plays Southern Illinois or William & Mary in the national semifinals. Who wins: ’Nova.

TV highlight No. 5 Cincinnati at No. 14 Pittsburgh, noon, ABC

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Did not practice RB Fred Taylor (ankle), S Bret Lockett (groin) Limited NT Ron Brace (ankle), WR Julian Edelman (forearm), DE Jarvis Green (knee), C Dan Koppen (knee), T Matt Light (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (head), DE Ty Warren (ankle)

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The Wildcat was all the craze around Miami for the last 14 months. Now that RB Ronnie Brown is out for the season, the gimmick formation is rapidly fading from the spotlight. Before Brown went down, the Dolphins ran about 15 percent of their offensive plays out of the Wildcat — which calls for the running back to take a shotgun snap — but they’ve only run nine Wildcat plays in their 130 snaps (6.9 percent) in two games since. The Patriots have proven an ability to snuff the Wildcat so don’t expect to see much of it Sunday.

Sure, the Saints made Randy Moss and Wes Welker look mediocre, as the pair combined to catch nine passes for 99 yards and no touchdowns. But that will remain an exception and not the rule. New Orleans, which has a very talented secondary, built a big lead, geared up against the Patriots’ passing game and tackled spectacularly in the open field. Moss and Welker combined for 15 receptions, 231 yards and one touchdown against Miami earlier this season.

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Friday marks big reveal of Cup draw Hundreds of millions expected to tune in to star-studded ceremony in South Africa Groups we’d like — and hate — to see U.S. end up facing

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Rajon Rondo slams one home Thursday night.

Celtics eye a Texas win The Celtics won their sixth straight game Thursday night, storming into San Antonio and taking a 90-83 victory over the Spurs. They’ll go for win No. 7 at Oklahoma City on Friday (8 p.m., CSN, WEEI), and return home to meet Milwaukee on Tuesday. METRO

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Think of it as the world’s highest-stakes game of Powerball. The groups for next summer’s World Cup proper in South Africa will be drawn Friday, setting the matchups for the United States and the 31 other countries that qualified for the tournament. The teams will be drawn into eight groups of four teams each. At the 2006 World Cup, the U.S. was placed in one of the tournament’s toughest groups, facing eventual champion Italy, the Czech Republic and Ghana. The teams have been put into four pots of eight teams each, designed to break up teams from the same continent and spread the favorites evenly. The top seven in FIFA’s rankings and host South Africa are the eight “seeded” teams in Pot 1. The U.S. is in Pot 2, along with Mexico and Honduras, as well as teams from Asia and Oceania. Pot

On the air Friday World Cup draw noon, ESPN2

Former Revolution star Clint Dempsey (8) will be key to the U.S. effort in South Africa.

3 includes teams from Africa and South America, while Pot 4 has the nonseeded European teams. Each four-team playing group will include a team from each of the pots. The ceremony will feature appearances by Charlize Theron, Nelson Mandela and David Beckham. Some 130 million people worldwide watched the 2006 draw. JOSEPH GRAVELLESE SPORTS@METRO.US

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The Group of Death — Brazil (a favorite, along with Spain), the U.S., Cote d’Ivoire (a popular underdog pick to win it all) and Portugal (featuring one of the world’s best in Cristiano Ronaldo) The Group of Intrigue — England (featuring David Beckham against his adopted home), the U.S., Ghana (the team that knocked the Americans out in 2006) and France (freedom fries for everyone!)

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CAMBRIDGE, The best deal in Cambridge just got better. Parkside Place is now offering amazing rent specials on select apts. Our all inclusive rental package will simplify your life. Luxury building in West Cambridge with concierge, fitness center, toddler playroom and club room w/billiard table. Mod apts, amazing views, close to transportation, gar pkg available. 3BR from $2575. www.parksideplaceapts.com 617-876-7979

LYNN, Swampscott line studio condo nr bch, ht incl $700/mo. 781-301-1594

ROSLINDALE, Beaut renov. 3BR Townhome, huge eat-in kit w/breakfast bar, 1.5BAs, w&d, A/C, 2 avl. for reduced price of $1925 incl. ht., hw & internet 617-325-0091

CAMBRIDGE, Renovated apts, great school systs, close to public transp. Seeking moderate income households and section 8 Voucher holders. CCHI- 80 Auburn Park, Cambridge 617-491-5466.

MARLBORO, Call MARY LOU TO SEE (508-864-7544) Southern exposure unit w/deck. Freshly painted, 2BRs, Swimming Pool, gym, sauna, cable in all rms, open prkng, commuters dream loc. On site mangement. Much more. $1325.

BOSTON, Financial District. Ofc suites avl for sale or lease, 1000-6000sf, prestigious address, many wndws, up to 50% price reduc. or free rent for 6 mos., up to 90% financing arranged by the developer for qualif co's. Only 7 units remain. Call Jeff Becker 617-423-5555. www.185devonshire.com RAYNHAM, PRIME Space 1250 sf avl. great loc,nr Rtes 24, 44 & 495, plenty of free pkg, Call 508-824-7200

APARTMENTS ACTON, Best Deal! Best location! 1BR $650, 2BR $800; pkg pool, a/c, w/w balcony. Call 781-284-3885 ANDOVER, Outstanding lg. mod. 1BR, LR, hw. flrs, kit. w/side pantry, grt. loc., 2nd flr. $875 no utils, no pets. Avail. now. 978-609-5234.

DORCHESTER, 33 Regina Rd, No fee, 1 br-$1,200 incl ht/hw, nr Codman Sq,T, deleaded, sect 8 okay, 781894-1900 x108 reganllc.com

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MEDFORD, Charm 3BR, hdwd flrs, hi ceils. Close to T, $1175 + utils. 781-389-0005

DORCHESTER, 4BR lux condo, CA, hwf's, gran, SS appls, w/d, fin bsmt. $1950. Sect 8 OK Call 617-304-5788.

NEWTON, CTR, 3BR, DR, LR, kit, hwflrs, fp, d&d, w&d, $1695 no utils 617-261-4222

HYDE PARK, 3 BR $1525. Section 8 OK. Call for information. 617-877-8881

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MEDFORD, Mystic Place, 2 BR w/all utils & pkg incl'd. Conv. loc'd. nr pub transp. & major hgwys. Call about great specials, current pricing & avail. 781-391-1810

NEWTON, Ville, 1st ad 5 rm. 2BR, FP, hdwd, steps to Village & transp. Lg priv. yd, ample strge & pkg. W&D, $1450/negot. 617-285-2691

HYDE PARK, Stonybrook Village. Affordable housing. 1 br $923, 2 BR $1170, ht, hw & gas incl, free prkg, on site lndry facil, $500 sec dep, no fee. Income limits apply, Sect 8 ok. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 10:30-3:30. 617-361-7200. Currently accepting applc for 1&2 br wait list.

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MALDEN, Lg mod 5 rm 2BR 1st flr yd, pkg, on T. $1195. , Also 5br avl. 781-324-8505

DORCHESTER, 33 Regina Rd, No fee, 1 br-$1,200 incl ht/hw, nr Codman Sq,T, deleaded, sect 8 okay, 781894-1900 x108 reganllc.com

EAST BOSTON, Large 3 bedroom townhouse avail now. Private front and back entrances, EIK, huge living room and new bathroom. Includes heat, HW and gas. FREE PARKING and h/s internet. Close to T, airport & minutes to downtown Boston. $1950, NO Fee, please call for SPECIALS at 617-569-2255 or visit us at www.brandywynevillage.com Equal Housing opportunity

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DORCHESTER, $1500 Lg 3BR, Must see, very clean, huge kit, won't last, gas ht/hw, new windows. Nr nice park & elem. school. No pets. Sean 267-278-5238

MALDEN, 2BR 1st flr new kits &ba, ceil fans, d&d, new W&D in unit, on busline. Off st pkg. Deleaded. Section 8 ok. $1100 mo no utils incl. Call Steve , 781-910-7022

HYDE PARK, 2BR, hw flrs, 654 Metropolitan Av $1000+ util 1st & sec 617- 935-1148

NEWTON, Waban. 3br, 2ba, d&d, hdwd, gar, deck, c/ac. $1995 RE . 781-891-1888.

ROXBURY, 1 & 2 BR, remodeled, deleaded, Sect 8 ok. Call 617-427-2699 ROXBURY, 2 BR renov, 2nd flr, section 8 ok. Call 617-427-0489. STONEHAM, Mod 2BR in small bldg. On T, Pkg, $1000 mo. +. utils. 781-718-4812 TEWKSBURY, 2BR very clean priv. bkyrd w&d, $1200 No pets 978-686-0610

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WATERTOWN, No Fee. Exc cond 5rm 2 br 1ba , lr, dr, kit w/frig hwf's, updts, prkg, strg, pet neg, w/d, avl now $1375. Paul 617-721-6525. WELLESLEY, Renov 1BR, att gar, furn, c/a, ht, cable all utils incl. No pets/smkng, $1275. 781-910-5056

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WEYMOUTH, 2BR 1.5 BA Twnhs apt, avl Dec. mins from Xway w/d in spac. bsmt $1500+utl781-749-7371

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WOBURN, West 3 rm, resid. area, nr 93/128. all utils. No Pets, $950. 781-864-7661 WOBURN, Modern 1BR, nr 128, $900 incl heat & electricity No pets 781-983-9225

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NORWOOD, Gables Apts. Stu & 1BRs avail, $950 & up. No smk/pets 781-762-7076.

HYDE PARK, Seeking 2 rmmates to shr 4BR ownr occ condo. $575/mo. + util. 857413-1378 lv msg. Avl now.

ROSLINDALE, Sparkling beautifully renov'd townhomes off W. ROX, Enneking Pkwy. Brand new open kit., w/dining area new appli's Plank flrs, Berber carpet, & w&d, Steps to bus, free prkg, playgrnd & more! Heat/hot water & internet included 2BR from $1570 3BR from ...................$1900 Stonybrook Commons 617-325-0091

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ROSLINDALE, Spac. 1 BR $1300 includ. ht., hw, internet, newly tiled bath w/pedestal skin, tons of closet space, free prkg., steps to bus, Call 617-3250091 to schedule an appt.

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ROXBURY, Nice spac. 3BR duplex in 2 fam. hse, hdwd flrs., DR & newly remod. kit. $1300 + utils. 781-396-1449.

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DORCHESTER, Single rooms avail. Fields Corner Great loc. Dorch Ave .& Park St. nr. T, share kit & bath, utils. includ. Call Brian 617-265-8371

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