Western music has long been denounced in post-revolution Iran, perhaps none as much as heavy metal for its perceived ties to Satanism. But that hasn’t stopped Persian Magnetic, an underground society for Metallica fans and the inspiration behind Iranian writer/director Babak Jalali’s award-winning film Radio Dreams. It follows Hamid, an Iranian writer-turned-manager of California’s first Persian-language radio station, who is unrelenting in his attempts to unite Afghanistan’s first rock band, Kabul Dreams, with Metallica for an on-air jam sesh. The storyline may be fictionalized, but audiences can expect appearances from Kabul Dreams members, as well as Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. Tune in when Radio Dreams screens at the Museum of Fine Arts on Jan. 19 and 22 as part of the Boston Festival of Films from Iran, which runs through Jan. 29.
Jan22 THRU Jan 29
Sunday evenings in December and January, Canary Square will screen a movie and serve complimentary popcorn and a $10 specialty cocktail inspired by the featured movie.
December 18th: ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’
January 1st: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
January 8th: ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016)
January 15th: ‘Annie Hall’
January 22nd: ‘Interstellar’
January 29th: ‘Jurassic World’
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If idle hands are the devil’s playthings, then an idle hand puppet is his mouthpiece—at least in Hand to God. SpeakEasy Stage presents the Tony-nominated black comedy about a fundamentalist Christian ministry that uses sock puppets to preach the Good Word. Things get a bit out of hand, however, when the group leader’s teenage son’s possessed puppet starts speaking for himself, leading to all kinds of unseemly revelations, violent confrontations and, yep, puppet sex. Think Avenue Q meets The Book of Mormon with a dash of The Exorcist for good measure. Those looking for an antidote to all those feel-good holiday shows should catch the Boston premiere Jan. 6-Feb. 4 at the Wimberly Theatre at the BCA.
Jan22 THRU Feb 5
Worcester Art Museum flagged 65 works from its collection for Picket Fence to Picket Line, an exhibit tracing the ever-evolving idea of what it means to be an American citizen. James Karales’ iconic image of civil rights marchers en route to Montgomery from Selma, Alabama, joins The First Patriotic Election in the Beach Street Industrial School (pictured above), Jacob August Riis’ 1888 photograph of young immigrants casting votes on whether to salute the flag. In addition to silkscreens from Andy Warhol and prints from the Occupy Wall Street movement—all on display through Feb. 5—you’ll also find The Beauty of Tyranny, a newly commissioned multimedia installation by Seoul-based duo Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries. It’s on view through Dec. 31 next to the work that inspired it, photography pioneer Alfred Stieglitz’s turn-of-the-century image The Steerage.
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- Tickets start at $25
“Boring old married couple” isn’t exactly a cliche that applies to the pair at the center of Edward Albee’s 1962 tragicomedy Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Lyric Stage presents the classic play that follows George and Martha, whose long marriage is disintegrating around them—with increasingly dark results. Played by local theater veterans Steven Barkhimer and Paula Plum, the frustrated, embittered pair aren’t satisfied throwing acid-laced barbs at each other, luring a naive young couple into their marital mayhem. Lyric Stage vet Scott Edmiston directs all the drama when it hits home through Feb. 12.
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The Nora Theatre Company presents this offbeat comedy about the love affairs of London suburbanites, centered on two female protagonists whose paths audience members follow on alternating performances. In an interactive twist, the audience votes on how the drama will play out. Directed by Olivia D’Ambrosio.
Jan22 THRU May 7
Beginning Jan. 29, the Museum of Science is giving visitors something they can sink their teeth into. Its latest temporary exhibit investigates an ancient Aztec currency, intercontinental slave trade and a modern $90 billion business as it traces the harvesting, transit, marketing and consumption of Forrest Gump’s favorite boxed good and the stuff of dentists’ nightmares. Chocolate: The Exhibition spans 5,000 square feet and 200 objects, allowing visitors to stroll through a rainforest with a life-size cacao tree replica, learn about a chili-spiked, frothy drink invented by the Mayans, relive the moment when the bitter morsel met its sugary match in 16th-century Spain and peek at today’s Ghanaian and Mexican farmers and their equatorial plantations. Perch on a bonbon (pictured above) to get a taste yourself—Chocolate is on display in the museum’s Blue Wing through May 7.
Jan23 THRU Mar 4
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then we’re betting that the ones on display in MassArt’s DRAW/Boston write one hell of a memoir. The new exhibit compiles personal sketches from more than 40 artists from around the globe to explore their creative processes and most intimate thoughts. Originally curated for Beijing’s Inside/Out Museum, the exhibit also features Demonstration Drawings, an interactive, live mural by Argentinian artist Rirkrit Tiravanija that explores hot-button political issues. Visitors are welcome at weekly group drawing nights in the galleries, so take a peek inside the artists’ sketchbooks for inspiration when the exhibit makes its North American debut at MassArt from Jan. 23 toMarch 4.
Jan25 THRU Feb 12
The Theater Offensive’s Out in Your Neighborhood Series and Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA) present this festival featuring folklore, music and dancing, a parade, theater performances, poetry readings, a live Saint Sebastian (an icon of modern queer culture) installation, Puerto Rican food, and beer and wine available for purchase. Fest runs from 4 to 10 pm.
On Saturday, January 28, the Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of Crashfest. One night, three stages, ten bands, global street food, and international beer and cocktails. Featuring music by Bombino, San Fermin & NOW Ensemble, Salif Keita, Debo Band and more. For more information go to crashfest.org or houseofblues.com/Boston.
Feb3 THRU Feb 26
Local photographer Rachel Tine’s exhibit explores the emotional toll suffered by victims of emotional abuse through a series of digital photographs of survivors of emotional abuse paired with audio clips in which the subjects describe their abuse and its impact, as well as how they finally escaped their abuser. As part of the exhibit, Casa Myrna, a Boston-based domestic violence shelter, will provide information on how to access resources dedicated to helping emotional abuse victims. The exhibit enjoys an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 3rd from 7 to 10 pm.
This Mardi Gras themed-event highlighting three local arts organizations—Brookline Music School, Brookline Arts Center and the Puppet Showplace Theatre—features live jazz, puppet performers, interactive art, and fun for foodies and N’awlins inspired food from the Paris Creperie, Otto, Michael’s Deli, Rifrullo, Fugakyu, Brio and the Vine Ripe Grill.
- $100; $50 children
This first annual 2-mile walk to address the needs of Boston’s homeless community ends at Copley Plaza where participants will share a meal and hear real stories and struggles of Boston’s homeless citizens. All proceeds raised from the Winter Walk will benefit five nonprofits: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, the Pine Street Inn, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Brookview House and Y2Y Harvard Square.
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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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