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Dec16

  |   Holiday   |   Shopping

CraftBoston Holiday

  • $15

‘The Improper Bostonian’ is pleased to be a sponsor of CraftBoston Spring and Holiday, presented by The Society of Arts and Crafts. This twice annual show features artists showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. For more info, visit societyofcrafts.org.

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Hynes Convention Center

900 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 954-2000

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Dec16

Holiday   |   Shopping

The South Boston Holiday Market

Scoop up gifts at this festive fair.

Get ready to shop till you drop at the 4th annual South Boston Holiday Market, returning to the Innovation and Design Building this month. Peruse handmade gifts and home decor from more than 100 local artists, artisans, designers and food purveyors—such as sterling silver wax seal pendants from Fennel & Clark, upcycled vintage clothing created by Stevie Leigh and printed textiles and mixed-media art from Bumble Belly Designs—while munching on tasty treats courtesy of four of the IDB’s container eateries. Grab your shopping bags and get in the market for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers at the Innovation and Design Building on Dec. 15-16. / Julia Aparicio

The South Boston Holiday Market opens at the Innovation and Design Building on Dec. 15-16. 

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Innovation Design Building

25 Drydock Ave.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

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Dec16

Fitness   |   Wellbeing

Yoga with my OMies!

  • $30

Craft & Caro presents Yoga with My Omies, a beginners yoga class followed by complimentary drinks, snacks and goodies on Dec. 16

Craft & Caro

23 Dry Dock Ave.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(617) 580-8525

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Dec16

Education   |   Parade   |   Theater

245th Boston Tea Party Anniversary & Annual Re-enactment

  • $30

Dunk into America’s early history during the Boston Tea Party anniversary and re-enactment on Dec. 16.

Watch a ticketed debate between Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock before following the characters to the waterfront, where they dump tea into Boston Harbor during a public re-enactment.

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Old South Meeting House

310 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02108 United States

(617) 482-6439

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Dec16 THRU Dec 22

Theater

Man in the Ring

  • $20 - $55

Man in the Ring is a one-two punch of redemption and tragedy, based on the life of world-champion boxer Emile Griffith.

Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Man in the Ring, running Nov. 16-Dec. 22 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, is a one-two punch of redemption and tragedy. Based on a true story, the drama follows world-champion boxer Emile Griffith on his meteoric rise from the Virgin Islands to a fatal match at Madison Square Garden, where his life changed forever. / Nathan Tavares

Read our interview with Man in the Ring‘s Kyle Vincent Terry»

Photo: Nile Hawver

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Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

527 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 266-0800

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Dec16 THRU Dec 23

Holiday   |   Kids   |   Theater

José Mateo Ballet Theatre's 'The Nutcracker'

  • Tickets start at $25

José Mateo Ballet Theatre presents ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Strand Theatre on Dec. 14-23.

José Mateo Ballet Theatre presents its 31st production of The Nutcracker featuring sets and costumes by scenic designer Laura C. McPherson.

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Dec16 THRU Dec 23

Theater

A Nightmare on Elf Street

  • $50

More than the weather outside is frightful when A Nightmare on Elf Street storms through Machine from Nov. 29 to Dec. 23.

This year, Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans are taking the sentiment “the holidays are murder” in a literal sense with A Nightmare on Elf Street. This new musical comedy is meant to evoke an ’80s slasher by way of the glitter-dusted North Pole, a high-camp drag spooktacular where devils and ghouls raise hell in their plot to end Christmas (and the world) forever. When the students at Elf Street Academy—Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and the other deer ones of Santa’s flight team—are hunted down by the evil Krampus,
Santa calls in the master “she-tective” Shirley Holmes and her trusted companion Dr. Jodi Watley to put a stop to the Christmas carnage. More than the weather outside is frightful when A Nightmare on Elf Street storms through Machine from Nov. 29 to Dec. 23. / Nathan Tavares

A Nightmare on Elf Street Machine, 1254 Boylston St., Boston. brownpapertickets.com. MBTA: Green Line to Kenmore. Nov. 29-Dec. 23. See website for complete details. $50-$100. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans present this drag musical comedy about the renowned “she-tective” Shirley Holmes on the trail to solve the grisly murders of Santa’s reindeer. Directed by Kiki Samko.

Photo: Michael von Redlich

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Machine

1254 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 266-2986

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Dec16 THRU Dec 23

Theater

Breath and Imagination

  • see website for ticket prices

Breath and Imagination follows the life of Roland Hayes, one of the first famous black classical singers.

After an inaugural year of readings, the Front Porch Arts Collective’s first season of fully staged shows opens at Emerson Paramount Center with Breath and Imagination. Co-produced with Lyric Stage Company from Nov. 30 to Dec. 23, the musical follows Roland Hayes, whose soaring tenor lifted him from a plantation in Georgia to the courts of Europe as one of the first famous black classical singers. / Nathan Tavares

Photo: The Bancroft Library

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Lyric Stage

140 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

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Dec16 THRU Dec 24

Food + Drink   |   Holiday

Miracle Pop-Up Bar

Jingle all the way to this festive pop-up at Kimpton Marlowe Hotel through Dec. 24.

The tree isn’t the only thing getting lit this holiday season: The Christmas-themed Miracle pop-up returns to the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel through Dec. 24. The lobby bar transforms into a winter playground decked out with ornaments dangling from the ceiling, stockings hung with care and bartenders donning their favorite ugly Christmas sweaters while serving cocktails. Sip on the Snowball Old Fashioned with butterscotch rye, pumpkin pie-flavored Christmas Carol Barrel and the Koala-La La La, La La La La with eucalyptus syrup. Guests can also chow down on snacks prepared by executive chef David Bazirgan, such as cake pops, dan dan noodles, spiced cashews and pork belly buns, while listening to carols around the cozy marble fireplace. Dash through the snow to the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel through Dec. 24. / Julia Aparicio

The Miracle pop-up bar lights up the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel through Dec. 24. (617-868-8000) hotelmarlowe.com.

Photo: Peter Holmgren

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Kimpton Marlowe Hotel

25 Edwin H Land Blvd.
Cambridge , MA 02141 United States

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Dec16 THRU Dec 31

Art

Mira Cantor’s Promiseland

Mira Cantor’s Promiseland juxtaposes life-sized sculptures made of clothing and canvas with oversized drawings of other figures to comment on issues like our national power structures, greed, brainwashing and white male power. Through Dec. 2.

Kingston Gallery presents Mira Cantor’s Police Drawings and other works in mixed-media installation Promiseland, on display through Dec. 2.

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Kingston Gallery

450 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA United States

(617) 423-4113

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Dec16 THRU Dec 31

Holiday   |   Kids

Zoolights at Stone Zoo

Thousands of twinkle lights line the trees at Stone Zoo through Dec. 31.

Stone Zoo celebrates the holidays with thousands of twinkle lights along Yukon Creek where visitors are encouraged to visit the black bears, arctic foxes, reindeer and more along the exhibit’s path. For more information, visit: zoonewengland.org.

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Stone Zoo

149 Pond Street
Stoneham, MA 02180 United States

(617) 541-5466

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Dec16 THRU Jan 2

Art

Recollections

. In dual exhibition Recollections, photographer Diana Bloomfield presents 19th-century
printing techniques that use dried flowers on simple backgrounds, while photographer Sal Taylor Kydd details simple, intimate subjects, like children, bugs and flowers, in her series of black-and-white images. Through Jan. 2.

Panopticon Gallery presents Recollections, featuring Diana Bloomfield’s Quince and works by Sal Taylor Kydd, on display through Jan. 2.

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Panopticon Gallery

502c Comm. Ave.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(781) 718-5777

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Dec16 THRU Jan 5

Art

Human/Nature

Vose Galleries presents Jane Peterson’s ‘Lure of the Butterfly’ and other works in Human/Nature, on display through Jan. 5.

Human/Nature includes more than 50 paintings by American artists that highlight the convergence of the human and natural worlds. Through Jan. 5.

Vose Galleries 238 Newbury St., Boston (617-536-6176) vosegalleries.com. MBTA: Green Line to Copley. Tue.-Fri., 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat., 10 am-5:30 pm.

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Vose Galleries

238 Newbury S.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 536-6176

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Dec16 THRU Jan 6

Art

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic

  • free for members; $10-23 for non-members

In Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, more than 200 original manuscripts, drawings, photographs, ceramics and other artifacts examine how A. A. Milne and
E. H. Shepard’s children’s book character has stood the test of time.

Revisit your childhood at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibit. The beloved teddy bear and his gaggle of friends come to life with more than 80 of illustrator E.H. Shepard’s early sketches, nearly a century’s worth of Pooh merchandise and a handwritten letter from author A. A. Milne to Shepard. Browse original photographs of Milne with his son, the inspiration for Christopher Robin, such as Howard Coster’s 1926 portrait of the two with Christopher’s bear (seen above) from the National Portrait Gallery. Children and adults can ring a bell in a treehouse, cross a footbridge above an animated lazy river or listen to a 1929 recording of A.A. Milne reading Winnie-the-Pooh, his first of two standalone books about the beloved bear. Take a stroll through the Hundred Acre Wood nearly 100 years later at the MFA through Jan. 6. / Natalie Gale

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Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

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Dec16 THRU Jan 14

Art

Sargent on Location: Gardner’s First Artist-in-Residence

  • free with admission

Observe John Singer Sargent at home with the Gardner Museum’s Sargent on Location exhibition.

Sargent on Location: Gardner’s First Artist-in-Residence brings the painting of Gretchen Osgood Warren and her daughter Rachel back to the Gothic Room, where John Singer Sargent completed five portraits in 1903. The work, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, is on display through Jan. 14 alongside the artist’s oil painting of Gardner herself, while the Fenway Gallery hosts photographs of an in-action Sargent in addition to the piece’s props: Italian candlesticks, Renaissance chairs and a 15th-century Virgin and child that he used to pose his subjects. / Sarah Hagman

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 566-1401

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Dec16 THRU Jan 20

Art

Starfield through Contemporary Lenses

Visit Starfield through Contemporary Lenses at the Addison Gallery through Jan. 20.

Addison Gallery presents Abelardo Morell’s Cliché Verre #4 in Starfield through Contemporary Lenses, its look at sculptor Paul Manship on display through Jan. 20.

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Addison Gallery of American Art

Phillips Academy, 180 Main St.
Andover, MA United States

(978) 749-4015

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Dec16 THRU Jan 21

Art

Candice Breitz: Love Story

  • $25; $23, seniors and students 18 and older; $10, ages 7-17 during school hours; free, visitors under 18 on weekdays after 3 pm, weekends and Boston Public School holidays; free, members

A seven-channel video installation, Candice Breitz’s Love Story spotlights the global refugee crisis by presenting interviews with six individuals who fled their native countries alongside their stories acted out by Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

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Dec16 THRU Feb 21

Art

Choreographic Objects

  • $10 - $15

Swing by the ICA’s newest, playground-like exhibit

Beginning on Oct. 31, get moving at the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Choreographic Objects, the first comprehensive U.S. exhibit by William Forsythe. The former director of the Frankfurt Ballet invites the public to wind through 80 hanging pendulums, cross a gallery using gymnastic rings and try (spoiler: and fail) to hold a feather duster absolutely still. Beyond the small- and large-scale installations, watch two dancers slowly twist their bodies in video Alignigung 2, and mark your calendar for Feb. 21, the final day of the exhibit when the Vermont-based choreographer chats with chief curator Eva Respini. / Sarah Hagman

Photo: Dominik Mentzos

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Institute of Contemporary Art

25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(617) 478-3100

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Dec16 THRU Feb 24

Art

Ansel Adams in Our Time

Ansel Adams in Our Time features works by the American landscape photographer displayed alongside images by his predecessors and contemporary artists grappling with similar themes such as environmental threats and land rights. Dec. 13-Feb. 24.

Refocus at Museum of Fine Art’s Ansel Adams in Our Time, featuring a collection of works by the late American landscape photographer. Inspired by government survey and expedition photographers of the late 19th century, Adams set out into the uninhabited American West to capture snaps of Yosemite Valley and Yellowstone. The pictures grappled with themes like wilderness spaces, indigenous peoples and environmental threats, such as in Pine Forest In the Snow (seen above) taken at Yosemite National Park in 1932. The exhibit presents his renowned work alongside that of his predecessors, as well as contemporary artists like Mark Klett, Trevor Paglen and Catherine Opie, whose works touch on land rights and natural resource issues. Venture into the wilderness at the MFA from Dec. 13 to Feb. 24. / Natalie Gale

Photo: The Lane Collection / The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust / Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

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Dec16 THRU Mar 10

Art

Collecting Stories: Native American Art

  • $25; $23, seniors and students 18 and older; $10, ages 7-17 during school hours; free, visitors under 18 on weekdays after 3 pm, weekends and Boston Public School holidays; free, members

Collecting Stories: Native American Art features Navajo weavings, Zuni Pueblo pottery, Plains Indians beadwork and other rarely seen works.

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Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

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Dec16 THRU Mar 31

Art

The Little House: Her Story

The Little House: Her Story celebrates the career of Gloucester native and children’s book author and illustrator Virginia Lee Burton, with archival drawings, prints and a model of the home in her ‘The Little House.’ Nov. 3-March 31.

Make yourself at home at Cape Ann Museum’s latest exhibit, The Little House: Her Story, a collection of prints, drawings and illustrations by children’s author Virginia Lee Burton. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Burton captured the hearts of many thanks to her books’ universal themes, such as in The Little Houses plot of a simple country home that is threatened by urbanization. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Burton’s trademark tale, Cape Ann Museum worked with Tokyo’s Gallery A4 to create a traveling exhibition of Burton’s works, including Little House (pictured), which features the titular house surrounded by rolling hills glowing with golden wheat and foliage-bedecked trees, celebrating the natural beauty of the countryside. Find a home away from home at Cape Ann Museum through March 31. / Jennifer Suryadjaja

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Cape Ann Museum

27 Pleasant St.
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States

(978) 283-0455

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Dec19

Benefit   |   Holiday   |   Party

The Barking Crab's Jingle & Mingle

  • $40

The Barking Crab hosts the second annual Jingle & Mingle benefit. Tickets include two drink tickets, dinner, live music, games and more on Dec. 19.

Head to the Barking Crab on Dec. 19 for the second annual June & Mingle event for dinner, drinks and holiday cheer. Tickets include dinner, two drinks, live music, a silent auction, games and more. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester.

Photo: Brian Samuels

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Barking Crab

88 Sleeper St.
Boston, MA United States

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Dec21

Dance

Joyryde

  • $10-35; 21+

Joyryde serves his signature psychedelic trance, electronic rock and hard house hits at Royale on Dec. 21.

Joyryde serves his signature psychedelic trance, electronic rock and hard house hits at Royale on Dec. 21.

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Royale

279 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 338-7699

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Dec23

Sports

New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills

The New England Patriots play the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 23 at Gillette Stadium.

The New England Patriots check in with the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 23.

Photo: David Silverman

 

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Gillette Stadium

1 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035 United States

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Jan19

Music   |   Opera

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project's 'Haroun and the Sea of Stories'

  • $20-$50; students $10

BMOP presents Charles Wuorinen’s ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’ on Jan. 19 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.

Head to Jordan Hall on Jan. 19 for the Boston premiere of Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Charles Wuorinen. Artistic director and conductor Gil Rose will lead the semi-staged opera with libretto by James Feon based on the novel by Salman Rushdie, featuring performances by BMOP and special guest soprano Heather Buck.

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Jordan Hall

290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 585-1260

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Jan29 THRU Feb 10

Theater

Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

  • Starting at $40

The Tony and Grammy award-winning ‘Beautiful—The Carole King Musical’ features the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter and will play the Boston Opera House from Jan. 29 through Feb. 10.

Boston Opera House

539 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111 United States

(617) 259-3400

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Feb4

Music

Poppy

  • $20+

Hear Poppy at the House of Blues on Feb. 4

Poppy seemed to pop out of nowhere this decade, gaining fame with millions of YouTube followers for her entrancing-yet-befuddling videos such as a clip where she simply repeats “I’m Poppy” for 10 minutes. But where she really came from is Boston, and she returns to the city on Feb. 4 at the House of Blues to promote her Poppy Church project as well as her new album, Am I a Girl, which features a Diplo collab on “Time Is Up.” / Matt Martinelli

Photo: Titanic Sinclair

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House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(888) 693-2583

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