Dec9 THRU Dec 10
- Many events free
Tin is traditional for 10th anniversary gifts, but the Institute of Contemporary Art is celebrating its decadelong residence on the waterfront with steel—the Branches Steel Orchestra, that is. The Dorchester band will bring calypso tunes to the museum’s free community day on Dec. 10, which also features dance performances, artmaking projects, pop-up talks, giveaways and free coffee to keep you fueled for the fun. And there are more celebrations in store: The community day is the culmination of ICA 10, a 10-day lineup that includes an Island Creek Oyster shucking demo, a movement installation by choreographer Heidi Latsky, a trunk show for local makers, a throwback dance party and other festivities, which kick off Dec. 1
Dec9 THRU Dec 11
What happens in the bedroom stays in the bedroom—except in the case of the put-upon characters in Huntington Theatre Company’s Bedroom Farce. British playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s 1975 comedy centers on Trevor and Susannah, a dysfunctional married couple who enter the bedrooms of their houseguests—friends and family alike—during the course of one evening, personal boundaries be damned. Not all is well with their guests either: While one couple struggles with the feeling of having settled, another ostensibly solid pair deals with secret porn stashes and a flagging sex life. Pull back the covers at the Boston University Theatre, where the show plays through Dec. 11.
Dec9 THRU Dec 11
The classic Christmas lyric “10 lords a leaping” takes on a whole new meaning in Cirque Dreams Holidaze, in which life-size holiday characters like gingerbread men and toy soldiers indeed leap…and flip and tumble and soar. Now in its eighth year under the direction of Neil Goldberg, who has staged productions for the Super Bowl, Holidaze brings the holidays to life on a stage filled with gigantic presents and 30-foot Christmas trees. Incorporating more than 300 costumes into 20 acts, the show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with a combination of acrobatic and aerial feats, live music, dance and variety acts. Be sure to swing by when it lands at the Boch Shubert Theatre on Dec. 9-11.
Dec9 THRU Dec 18
When Charlotte Brooks first picked up a camera for LOOK, the former aspiring social worker was photographing supermarket cheese displays for the advertising department. But before long, her assignments involved much bigger cheeses—she tagged along on the campaign trail with Eisenhower and Nixon—and Brooks began capturing history while making history herself as the magazine’s only female staff photographer. For the first retrospective of the pioneer’s career, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College digs into photos Brooks took for LOOK between 1951 and 1971, including this portrait of salsa sensation La Lupe, snapped after the singer’s exile from Cuba, and a photo essay that caught up with Brown v. Board of Education plaintiff Minnijean Brown after her relocation from Arkansas to a private integrated high school in New York. Take a look through Brooks’ eyes at the Davis from Sept. 28 to Dec. 18.
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TirNa Theatre reprises its musical Christmas comedy that reimagines Jesus as a benevolent booze-maker from Galway County, torn between returning to heaven and remaining in his earthly hometown to help the local pubs produce alcohol on the cheap. Directed by Colin Hamell.
Dec9 THRU Dec 24
321 Arsenal St.
Watertown, MA 02472 United States
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Dec10 THRU Dec 11
- $10; children under 13 free
This holiday celebration features Swedish food, crafts, gifts, musical entertainment and activities for children.
For this hour and a half hands-on class taught by Mandarin Oriental pastry chef Robert Differ, students will each receive a freshly-baked chocolate present cake filled with Italian buttercream and pre-wrapped with a choice of red or green fondant to decorate as they see fit. Students will also learn how to create and attach fondant bows and personalized gift tags made out of modeling chocolate.Chef Differ will also demonstrate how to use edible markers, festive cutouts and gold paint detailing for cake decorations.
Dec10 THRU Dec 11
Townsman bar manager Silas Axtell teaches students how to make the perfect holiday cocktail, followed by a lesson in Chef Matt Jennings’ favorite holiday dishes, paying special homage to New England. Guests will sample a variety of festive dishes and the class includes two beverages, recipe packets and dinner.
- a la carte
Mei Mei’s fast food pop-up will serve their elevated take on the Big Mac, the Big Mei—two all-pastured-beef patties, special Mei Mei sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed steamed bun ($8; pre-order available) along with fernet and cokes and boozy milkshakes. Pop-up open from 6 to 9 pm.
Dec12 THRU Dec 16
Jerry Thomas Celebration
- Free; cocktail prices vary
In collaboration with he world’s oldest distilled spirits brandt Lucas Bol, a group of Boston bars will serve specialty cocktails to celebrate the legacy of 19th century icon Jerry Thomas, the bartending world’s first superstar. Participating bars including Tavern Road, Blue Dragon, Capo, Highball Lounge and Mooo will serve cocktails inspired by the genever-based cocktails Thomas created more than 100 years ago.
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Guests channel their inner child with a night of sock skating, macaroni wreathmaking, dancing to music from a live DJ and exploring interactive exhibits and an oversized fort, all while enjoying a cash bar and holiday snacks. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. 21+.
Dec14 THRU Dec 27
Dec14 THRU Dec 18
- $30; $12, pillow seating
Produced in partnership with the Dance Complex and the Theatre Offensive, Peter DiMuro’s Gumdrops & the Funny Uncle celebrates all types of families in the LGTBQ community using storytelling, dance, drag and a cast ranging from age 12 to 70. David Parker and the Bang Group’s playful response to The Nutcracker is performed in a variety of genres, including tap and en pointe ballet. The two productions play in repertory.
The country-folk duo perform a Christmas musical medley that invites audience participation and includes trivia, prize giveaways and more.
Travel back in time to the Old South Meeting House in 1773 and join loyalists and patriots in deciding what to do about the tax on tea imposed by the British crown. After the meeting, the whole group will march to Griffin’s Wharf accompanied by fife and drum where guests will have reserved outdoor seating across from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum to watch the Sons of Liberty throw chests of East India tea into the harbor.
Dec16 THRU Dec 31
Herr Drosselmeyer as an OG B-boy? Local dance titan Tony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker reinvigorates Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday ballet, placing the action in downtown Boston, where young Clarice discovers an enchanted world on Christmas Eve. The multicultural performance melds Tchaikovsky’s original score with the music of Duke Ellington, retelling the story through a mix of hip-hop, jazz, tap, flamenco and—new this year—traditional Georgian folk dance by Giorgi & Giorgi, choreographers with Boston’s Mavi Dance, a company dedicated to reviving ancient dance traditions. Get crackin’ when Urban Nutcracker hits John Hancock Hall on Dec. 16-31 (with a special LGBTQ night featuring drag queens on Dec. 29).
Dec17 THRU Dec 18
Dec17 THRU Dec 18
Another pine tree-scented candle? Sometimes holiday gifting is a real bust. But that’s a good thing at the Bust Craftacular, a craft fair hosted by the alt-women’s magazine. Now in its 11th year, the Craftacular features more than 100 vendors selling handmade and vintage wares, from leather goods to pop culture pins to hand-printed greeting cards. Come to shop but stay to party: There’ll be DJs, an ugly sweater photo booth, free nail art, flower crown making, cocktails, food and Artisan’s Asylum jewelry- and map-making workshops, plus Broken Tail Rescue’s Cat Cafe, where all the kitties are up for adoption. The first 300 attendees will score a swag bag, so come early when the Craftacular hits the BCA Cyclorama on Dec. 17 and 18.
- $40; $70 per couple
The Boston chapter of this supporters group for the US men’s and women’s national soccer teams hosts a party for members from chapters across the country featuring food, drinks and dancing to music by DJ Brian Smith. Proceeds benefit America SCORES Boston. 21+.
Dec22 THRU Dec 23
The Beehive hosts a speakeasy-themed NYE party with a three-course prix fixe menu for $125 per person that includes a glass of Champagne, live music by the Lee Fish Orchestra, Nadia Washington and Vanisha Gould, and a performance Rebecca the Belly Dancer.
This intimate cooking classes led by Trade chef Jody Adams features welcoming coffee and scones, followed by a class on cooking Greek cuisine and a3-course lunch with wine pairing. Attendees will receive recipe cards to take home to recreate the dishes.
This intimate cooking classes led by Trade chef Jody Adams features welcoming coffee and scones, followed by a class on cooking Italian cuisine and a3-course lunch with wine pairing. Attendees will receive recipe cards to take home to recreate the dishes.
This intimate cooking classes led by Trade chef Jody Adams features welcoming coffee and scones, followed by a class on cooking French cuisine and a3-course lunch with wine pairing. Attendees will receive recipe cards to take home to recreate the dishes.
This intimate cooking classes led by Trade chef Jody Adams features welcoming coffee and scones, followed by a class on cooking Spanish cuisine and a3-course lunch with wine pairing. Attendees will receive recipe cards to take home to recreate the dishes.
Oct7 THRU Oct 8
Grammy Award winner and world-renowned, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer/director/musician, Bruno Mars, revealed details behind his massive upcoming global headline tour – The 24K Magic World Tour. This show comes to Boston for two shows, October 7 and 8, 2017.
You can buy tickets online at livenation.com.
The 24K Magic World Tour marks Mars’ first full-length tour since 2013’s hugely successful Moonshine Jungle World Tour, an international blockbuster that sold 2 million tickets worldwide across 155 sold-out dates.
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