Stewart reprises; Dylan revisited

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December 11, 2005

'A Christmas Carol'
Albery TheatreLondon Through Dec. 31Patrick Stewart revives his award-winning adaptation of Charles Dickens's holiday classic. Ebenezer Scrooge is just one of some 30 speaking parts (yes, including Tiny Tim and Jacob Marley) taken on by Stewart, best known for his seven seasons playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard on ''Star Trek: The Next Generation" and his role as Professor Charles Xavier in the ''X-Men" films.

St. Martin's Lane, 011-44-870-950-0920 , .

'Jules Verne,writing the sea'
Pointe-à-Callière, Museumof Archaeology and HistoryMontreal Through April 20

This year marks the centenary of Jules Verne's death. Verne, the father of science fiction, was the first writer to stand at the crossroads of technology and the imagination. Montreal's Pointe-a-Calliere, Museum of Archaeology and History, looks at both sides of that intersection in an exhibition that focuses on the facts and fiction of Verne's nautical writings. Ten of his novels have maritime settings, the most celebrated of which is ''20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." The show comprises drawings, photographs, film stills, and period instruments that Verne either drew upon for his work or that his work effectively foreshadowed.

350 Place Royale, 514-872-9150 ,

'Bob Dylan's AmericanJourney, 1956-1966'
Experience Music ProjectSeattle Through April 1Between his constant touring and Martin Scorsese's recent two-part PBS documentary about him, Bob Dylan seems everywhere lately. The current epicenter of Dylanology, though, is at Seattle's Experience Music Project. ''Bob Dylan's American Journey" offers a comprehensive look at how Robert Zimmerman of Minnesota became Bob Dylan of the world. The exhibit includes more than 150 items pertaining to Dylan, including the singer's 1949 Martin guitar, typed and handwritten lyric sheets, posters, albums, and many photographs.

325 5th Ave. North, 877-367-5483; 206-367-5483,

'Nicholas Nixon:The Brown Sisters'
National Gallery of ArtWashington Through Feb. 20Nicholas Nixon, who teaches at Massachusetts College of Art, is one of America's leading photographers. He is perhaps best known for his ongoing series of black-and-white photographs of his wife, Bebe, and her three sisters. The National Gallery of Art showcases the series with the exhibition ''Nicholas Nixon: The Brown Sisters." Each year since 1975, Nixon has taken a photograph of the four women. The resulting images are like chapters in a visual novel that is a unique, and uniquely revealing, study in personality, family, and the effects of time.

On the National Mall, between 3d and 9th streets at Constitution Avenue NW, 202-737-4215,

'Pixar: Twenty Yearsof Animation'
Museum of Modern ArtNew York Wednesday-Feb. 6Pixar, the boutique animation studio headed by Apple Computer's Steve Jobs, has an unbroken string of hit feature films employing computer generation. Titles like ''Toy Story," ''Toy Story 2," ''Monsters, Inc.," ''Finding Nemo," and ''The Incredibles" have been enormous successes both commercially and artistically. Pixar, which has also made a number of short animated films, has helped revolutionize the technology of animation and set a standard for the genre. This Museum of Modern Art exhibition, the most extensive MoMA has ever devoted to animation, includes more than 500 drawings, paintings, sculptures, digital installations, and other pieces loaned by Pixar.

11 West 53d St., 212-708-9400 ,

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