The Five

Today’s entertainment picks:

v Packard Concert Band, 2 p.m.: Annual holiday concert at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren; 330-399-4886.

v Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m.: Free concert at First Covenant Church, 5210 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-758-9753.

v “Journeys,” 5 p.m.: Move Over Broadway Productions presents this Christmas-story musical at Ford Family Recital Hall, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264.

v American Holiday Fine Art and Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The annual marketplace of art gifts at Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-743-1107.

v “Cinderella,” 2 p.m.: Last chance to see this favorite fairy tale at New Castle Playhouse, 202 E. Long Ave., New Castle, Pa.; 724-654-3437.

“The Christmas Heart” (8 p.m., Hallmark): Have the tissues handy for this one. It’s a TV movie about a close-knit community that rallies around a teen who needs a heart transplant. Teri Polo and Paul Essiembre star.

“Boardwalk Empire” (9 p.m., HBO): In the season finale, a desperate Nucky (Steve Buscemi) cedes control of a prized asset to Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) in an attempt to weaken Gyp and Masseria’s (Bobby Cannavale, Ivo Nandi) alliance.

“The Walking Dead” (9 p.m., AMC): Season 3 of prime time’s zombie sensation has been both extremely sad (R.I.P., Lori) and gruesome. This week brings the show’s midseason finale and the promise of a major clash between the savvy survivors led by noble Sheriff Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the citizens of Woodbury, lorded over by the deranged Governor (David Morrissey). Will estranged brothers Merle and Daryl collide? Where will Andrea’s loyalties lie? How many rivals will Michonne take out? We don’t know, but we’re pretty sure it will be bloody.

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Century House welcomes guests


The Century House of Salem, 1171 E. State St., will host a Christmas open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12. The stately mansion is one of the city’s oldest institutions.

To schedule a group tour, call 330-337-3697.

‘Shades’ parody tickets on sale


“Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody,” a musical that spoofs the popular novel, will come to the Hanna Theatre Jan. 17-20. Tickets are on sale now at and 216-241-6000. “Spank!” is not associated with, nor authorized by, author E.L. James or Vintage Press.

Video-game awards


The Spike Video Game Awards, which will air live on Spike at 9 p.m. Friday, will be hosted by Samuel L. Jackson with appearances by Zachary Levi, Snoop Lion, Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris. Jackson already has hosted the show four times.

“Assassin’s Creed III,” “Dishonored,” “Journey,” “Mass Effect 3” and “The Walking Dead: The Game” are vying for the best-game trophy.

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