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Oct18 THRU Oct 21

Theater

The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood

  • $35

Five teenage girls search for ways to cope following the suicide of one of their housemates in ‘The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood’ by Kira Rockwell. Directed by Leila Ghaemi.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

949 Comm. Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 353-5443

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Oct18 THRU Oct 28

Art

Yayoi Kusama's Where the Lights in My Heart Go

  • $14

Head to DeCordova for Yayoi Kusama’s Where the Lights in My Heart Go.

Installed in the Pollack Family Terrace, Yayoi Kusama’s Where the Lights in My Heart Go is a 10-by-10-foot chamber with a mirrored interior that visitors can step inside to inspect a never-ending illusion.

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deCordova Sculpture Park

51 Sandy Point Road
Lincoln, MA United States

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Oct18 THRU Oct 28

Art

View from the Headlands Exhibit

Dive into the must-sea View from the Headlands at Cape Ann Museum, on display through Oct. 28.

Cape Ann Museum has gone overboard with View from the Headlands, its latest exhibit honoring illustrator Harrison Cady with a collection of the late artist’s works. At the turn of the 20th century, Cady landed the covers of several publications, including Life magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal and the Saturday Evening Post. While Cady’s career sent him to the Big Apple, his adoration of the waterfront in his home state of Massachusetts led him to make Rockport his permanent summer home starting in 1920. New Yorkers knew Cady for his syndicated comic strip “Peter Rabbit,” but his legacy in New England emerged from his coastal oil and watercolor paintings, such as Stage Fort Park. Created at Cady’s property known as “The Headlands,” the 1930s watercolor (seen above) depicts a troupe of children eyeing a line of cannons on a seaside cliff. Dive into the must-sea View from the Headlands at Cape Ann Museum, on display through Oct. 28.

. / Nicole Rodger

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Cape Ann Museum

27 Pleasant St.
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States

(978) 283-0455

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Oct18 THRU Oct 31

Art

Stroke of Genius

Head to Galerie d’Orsay for a collection of original paintings from Samir Sammoun inspired by the Head of the Charles. Exhibition runs September 29 through October.

Galerie d’Orsay

33 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 266-8001

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Oct18 THRU Nov 9

Art

True Poems Flee

  • free

Vaughn Sills captures Prince Edward Island landscapes in True Poems Flee, a tribute to her late mother who lived there for 30 years.

Vaughn Sills captures Prince Edward Island in A Room of Her Own, on display in True Poems Flee at Simmons College’s Trustman Art Gallery from Oct. 4 to Nov. 9.

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Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery

300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 521-2268

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Oct18 THRU Nov 18

Food + Drink

Fall Harvest Afternoon Tea

  • $58-$68

Celebrate fall with afternoon tea and treats at Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Fall Harvest Afternoon Tea through Nov. 18.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s signature Afternoon Tea is reimagined for fall featuring pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon treats, autumn cocktails and apple cider delicacies.

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel

776 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199 United States

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Oct18 THRU Nov 25

Art

Gone...Fishing

  • $12; $10, seniors and students; free, members and visitors under 19

Cape Ann Museum presents Jeffrey Marshall’s Truck Bed #1 and other works in Gone…Fishing, on display through Nov. 25.

In Gone…Fishing, Jeffrey Marshall uses oil, pastel and conté, ink and grease pencil to capture buoys, nets, pickup trucks and fishermen’s other objects seen from his studio overlooking Morse Sibley Wharf. Through Nov. 25.

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Cape Ann Museum

27 Pleasant St.
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States

(978) 283-0455

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Oct18 THRU Dec 2

Art

Lorraine O’Grady: Family Gained

Unearth the past at the Museum of Fine Arts through Dec. 2.

The Museum of Fine Arts is helping a Boston-born octogenarian artist keep it in the family with its latest exhibit, Lorraine O’Grady: Family Gained. Celebrating the recent acquisition of Miscegenated Family Albuma photo installation of 16 cibachrome diptychs—the collection explores O’Grady’s roots through visual comparisons of her family members with that of Queen Nefertiti of Egypt. The artist, who graduated from Boston Latin and Wellesley College, began exploring the familial history of Nefertiti during a trip to Egypt after the death of her older sister, Devonia Evangeline. While there, she noticed visual similarities between the ancient family and her own, as shown in Sisters IV (seen above) featuring mirroring black-and-white photographs of a young Lorraine beside an image of a sculpture depicting Nefertiti’s sister, Mutnedjmet. Unearth the past at the Museum of Fine Arts through Dec. 2. / Julia Aparicio

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Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

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Oct18 THRU Dec 13

Art

Strategies of Engagement

Don’t miss Carrie Mae Weem: Strategies of Engagement at the McMullen Museum Sept. 10 through Dec. 13.

McMullen Museum presents Carrie Mae Weems’ If I Ruled the World from Hopes and Dreams: Gestures of Demonstration in Strategies of Engagement, on display through Dec. 13.


Photo: Courtesy of Jack Shainman

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McMullen Museum of Art

2101 Commonwealth Ave. MA United States
(617) 552-8587

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Oct18 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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Oct18 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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Oct18 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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Oct18 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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Oct19 THRU Oct 21

Dance   |   Workshop

Racines Black Dance Festival

  • $10-$160

Celebrating traditional black dance from across Africa and the diaspora, this festival includes workshops and performances, including Malian dance performed by Joh Camara and the samba da Bahia performed by Isaura Oliveira.

Last fall, local artists Baindu Conte-Coomber, Marianne Harkless Diabate and Mckersin Previlus aimed to bring together a sweeping range of performers skilled in African-rooted dance at the Racines Black Dance Festival. Kicking off with a live showcase by the visiting artists and staff at Roxbury Community College, the three-day extravaganza returns with performances and workshops at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. From Haitian folkloric to voguing, the workshops showcase a rich tapestry of traditional and contemporary styles. Lace up your dancing shoes for a locking seminar with Carl Alleyne—a movie choreographer who’s shared the stage with Gladys Knight—or let Yesenia Fernandez-Selier transport you to Havana for a primer on the Cuban rumba. Find your groove at the Racines Black Dance Festival on Oct. 19-21. / Natalie Gale

Photo: Maria Fonseca

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Roxbury Community College

1234 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02120 United States

(617) 427-0060

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Oct19

Books

Busy Philipps' 'This Will Only Hurt a Little'

  • $22

Busy Philipps presents ‘This Will Only Hurt a Little,’ her memoir that recounts her rise to stardom as an actress.

Known for her trademark honesty and sly humor, cult-favorite actress Busy Philipps bares it all in her memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little. The Cougar Town and Freaks and Geeks star candidly chronicles her rise to fame and every bump along the way, from dislocating her knee at a school dance to landing her first paid acting gig. While delivering her laugh-out-loud wit, Philipps also opens up about tougher topics like failure, loneliness and sexism in the workplace—revealing how she really feels about working with James Franco. Keep busy at Back Bay Events Center, where Harvard Book Store hosts the actress on Oct. 19. / Cathryn Haight

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Harvard Book Store

1256 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

(617) 661-1515

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Oct20

Talk

Love Your Brand Experience

  • $99 general admission

Head to Boston Marriott Long Wharf for The Love Your Brand Experience highlighting the rise of experiential retail and immersive branding. Speakers include Boston social media influencer Tiffany Lopinsky (@BostonFoodie), Kelsy Stromski of Refinery 43 design studio and more.

Boston Marriott Long Wharf

296 State St.
Boston, MA 02109 United States

(617) 227-0800

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Oct20

Benefit   |   Party

Dana-Farber’s UnMask Cancer

  • $200-$1,000

Support Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund at a masquerade cocktail bash at the Mandarin Oriental on Oct. 20.

Don a mask and cocktail attire to enjoy small bites and cocktails and dance to tunes spun by DJ Joey Carvello at this rainforest-themed event to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

Photo: John Deputy

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel

776 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199 United States

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Oct20

Benefit   |   LGBT

Party for Prevention

  • $45 advance tickets; $50 at the door

Join the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition for the 21st annual Lesbians & Friends dance on Oct. 20 at Holiday Inn Brookline.

Holiday Inn Brookline

1200 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446 United States

(617) 277-1200

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Oct21

Fitness

Coolidge Yoga at the Chase Young Gallery at SOWA

  • $20

Find your center with Coolidge Yoga at Chase Young Gallery.

Head to SoWa for an hour of vinyasa yoga followed by a Chase Young gallery tour with owner Kate Kostopoulos.

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SoWa

450 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118 United States

978337419

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Oct23

Music

Garbage

  • $42-$62, all ages.

Scottish-American alt-rock outfit Garbage tosses out tunes at the House of Blues on Oct. 23.

Garbage heads to the House of Blues on Oct. 23.

Photo: Joseph Cultice

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House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(888) 693-2583

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Oct25

  |   Food + Drink

Harvest Party

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of Harvest Party. Come share an evening with the Boston Public Market community! Proceeds support the BPM’s Community Engagement Fund, which offers free, public, seed-to-skillet educational experiences within our four walls and throughout our local community.

Chef’s Table: 5:30-7pm | $500 (includes Market Party)

An intimate evening of culinary collaborations showcasing the talents of our farmers, fishers, and food entrepreneurs. Taste exclusive Market creations and raise a glass and fork to the bountiful New England harvest.

Market Party: 7–10pm | $50

A festive fundraiser celebrating the best of the Boston Public Market! Savor an evening with our vendor community over local libations, food, live music, dancing, and so much more. For tickets and more information got to Eventbrite

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Boston Public Market

100 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02108 United States

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Oct25

Film

Dorchester Short Film Festival

  • $20

The Dorchester Short Film Festival will showcase Dorchester’s first short film festival spcomedy, drama, action, and animation to celebrate 100 years of the Strand Theatre.

Strand Theatre

543 Columbia Road
Boston, MA United States

(617) 635-1403

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Oct26 THRU Nov 16

Food + Drink   |   Halloween

Welcome to Hawkins 'Stranger Things' Pop-Up

The Welcome to Hawkins Stranger Things Pop-Up takes over the Precinct Kitchen & Bar from Oct. 26-to Nov. 16.

Go retro at this Netflix-inspired pop-up.

Turn your world Upside Down at the Stranger Things-themed Welcome to Hawkins pop-up taking over Precinct Kitchen & Bar from Oct. 26 to Nov. 16. Following in the footsteps of last winter’s Game of Thrones-inspired pop-up, the restaurant’s sunken outdoor patio and interior will transform into the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, for the Halloween season, featuring lights, arcade games transported straight from 1983 and “Justice for Barb” cocktails served in take-home mugs that would have even Chief Hopper foregoing his usual cup of coffee and contemplation. Guests can also chow down on a la carte food specials, such as the Dart’s TV Dinner featuring bacon-wrapped meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans and crispy onions. Grab your Eggo waffles and make your night an Eleven at Precinct Kitchen & Bar from Oct. 26 to Nov. 16. / Julia Aparicio

The Welcome to Hawkins Stranger Things Pop-Up takes over the Precinct Kitchen & Bar from Oct. 26-to Nov. 16. (617-532-3827) precinctkitchenandbar.com. See website for complete details. 

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Precinct Kitchen + Bar

154 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 532-3827

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Oct26

Benefit   |   Music

ABCD Community Heroes Celebration feat. Leslie Odom Jr.

  • $300

Leslie Odom Jr. will speak and perform at the ABCD Community Heroes Celebration to benefit those in transition from poverty on Oct. 26.

Tony and Grammy winner Leslie Odom Jr. performs at In It Together, the annual gala for ABCD, which raises money to help local residents overcome poverty and achieve success.

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Boston Marriott Copley Place

110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 236-5800

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Oct26

Halloween   |   Party

Spooky Brews Boston

  • $60; 21+

Hop Culture hosts a Halloween party with food, music, 30 beers with unlimited pours and more. Come in costume.

Head to the Cyclorama on Oct. 26 for Spooky Brews, a Halloween party hosted by Hop Culture featuring food, music, 30 beers with unlimited pours and more. Come in costume and trick or treat at each brewery’s booth. For more information, hopculture.com/spooky

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Cyclorama at the BCA

539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 426-5000

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Oct27

Art

Halloween pARTy

  • $25

This second annual spooktacular event.

This second annual spooktacular event features unique art, libations, light fare, a costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, photo booth, games, music and more.

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Brookline Arts Center

86 Monmouth St.
Brookline, MA 02446 United States

(617) 566-5715

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Oct28

Theater

The Tale of Fauvel: A Political Fable from Medieval France

  • $10-$63

The Boston Camerata presents ‘The Tale of Fauvel: A Political Fable from Medieval France’ at First Church on Oct. 28.

Head to First Church for a biting political satire about corruption from the Boston Camerata’s The Tale of Fauvel: A Political Fable from Medieval France. For more information, visit bostoncamerata.org

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First Church

66 Marlborough St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 267-6730

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Oct31

Music

Richard Marx

  • $75-$90

Grammy winner Richard Marx plays City Winery on Oct. 31.

City Winery Boston

80 Beverly St.
Boston, MA 02114 United States

(617) 933-8047

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Nov2 THRU Nov 4

Festival   |   Holiday   |   Shopping

Boston Christmas Festival

  • $14

The 32nd annual Boston Christmas Festival on Nov. 2-4 will feature 350 pop-up boutiques ranging from home accessories, jewelry, holiday decor, handcrafted gifts and more.

The annual Boston Christmas Festival will feature 350 boutiques ranging from home accessories, jewelry, holiday decor, handcrafted gifts and more. Plus check out the gingerbread competition to benefit Housing Families.

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Seaport World Trade Center

200 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210 United States

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Nov2 THRU Nov 3

Dance

WILD TYPE: Dances About Who We Are

  • $40

Boston Moving Arts Productions’ premiers “WILD TYPE: Dances About Who We Are” by Boston-based choreographers Jenna Pollack and Junichi Fukuda, and New York City choreographer/ dancer Adam Barruch.

Boston Center for the Arts hosts a performance by Boston Moving Arts Productions’ choreographers for five modern dances inspired by work, power and love. For more information, visit https://www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/wild-type-a-dance-performance-about-who-we-are/

Photo: Ben McKeown

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Boston Center for the Arts

539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

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Nov16 THRU Nov 18

Sports

Harvard vs. Yale at Fenway Park

  • $1045+

Luxury accommodations are available for this year’s Harvard vs. Yale game.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is offering luxury accommodations for this year’s Harvard vs. Yale game at Fenway Park.

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel

776 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199 United States

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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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