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Jan22

Film

'Radio Dreams' at the MFA

  • $11

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.

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Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

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Jan22 THRU Jan 29

Film

Sunday Movie Nights at Canary Square

  • Free

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’

Canary Square

435 South Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130 United States

61752402130

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Jan22 THRU Jan 29

Theater

'Something Rotten'

  • $20-$125

This musical comedy set in the 1590s tells the story of two brothers who set out to write and produce the world’s first musical in an effort to upstage Shakespeare. Directed by Casey Nicholaw.

Boston Opera House

539 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111 United States

(617) 259-3400

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Jan22 THRU Jan 30

Theater

'Boston Crime Scenes'

  • $25

This three-act musical, set to Irish music, pays tribute to Hollywood films set in Boston, including ‘The Departed,’ ‘The Town,’ ‘Mystic River,’ ‘The Fighter’ and more. Directed by Pete Holm.

The Rockwell

55 Elm St.
Somerville, MA 02144 United States

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Jan22 THRU Feb 4

Theater

'Hand to God'

  • $25-$52

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.

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Wimberly Theatre at the BCA

527 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 266-0800

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Jan22 THRU Feb 5

Art

Picket Fence to Picket Line

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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Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609 United States

(508) 799-4406

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Jan22 THRU Feb 5

Theater

'A Doll's House'

  • Tickets start at $25

Huntington Theatre presents this drama about a happily married couple whose world is turned upside down when the wife risks her reputation to save her husband’s life. Directed by Melia Bensussen.

BU Theatre

264 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(617) 353-3350

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Jan22 THRU Feb 5

Theater

'Thurgood'

  • $19-$32

New Repertory Theatre presents this look at the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court. Directed by Benny Sato Ambush.

Arsenal Center for the Arts

321 Arsenal St.
Watertown, MA 02472 United States

(617) 923-0100

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Jan22 THRU Feb 5

LGBT   |   Theater

'Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women'

  • Tickets start at $25

The A.R.T. presents the U.S. premiere of this Fringe First Award-winning play that draws from candid interviews with transgender women from around the world. Directed by Jo Bonney.

Loeb Drama Center

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

(617) 547-8300

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Jan22 THRU Feb 12

Theater

'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

  • 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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Lyric Stage

140 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

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Jan22 THRU Feb 12

Theater

'Intimate Exchanges'

  • $16-$47

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.

Central Square Theater

450 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

(617) 576-9278

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Jan22 THRU May 7

Art

Chocolate: The Exhibition

  • $25

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.

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Museum of Science

1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114 United States

(617) 723-2500

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Jan23 THRU Mar 4

Art

DRAW/Boston

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.

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Bakalar & Paine Galleries

621 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 879-7337

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Jan25

Comedy   |   Talk

Savage Love Live with Dan Savage

  • $35-$67

Writer, TV personality, activist and sex advice columnist Dan Savage answers sex and relationship questions onstage. (Check out our interview with Savage from last year, when we taught him about soaking!)

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Wilbur Theater

246 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 248-9700

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Jan25 THRU Feb 12

Theater

'Really'

  • Tickets start at $25

Set in a photography studio, this drama centers on the mother and the girlfriend of an artist as they struggle to work out their feelings while sorting through the images he left behind. Directed by Shawn LaCount.

Matter and Light Fine Art

63 Thayer St.
Boston, MA 02118 United States

(857) 990-3931

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Jan26

Festival   |   Food + Drink

Taste of Eastie

  • $35

Sample food from 30 local restaurants while sipping on beer and wine and enjoying live entertainment. Proceeds benefit East Boston Main Streets.

Hilton Boston Logan Airport

1 Hotel Drive
Boston, MA 02128 United States

(617) 568-6700

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Jan26

Music

Morrissey Night at the Indo

  • Free

This night hosted by Luke O’Neil (DJ for the Sinclair’s monthly Emo Night) is dedicated to spinning Morrissey, the Smith and music from related bands like the Cure.

The Independent

75 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143 United States

(617) 440-6022

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Jan27 THRU Jan 28

Dance

Jessica Lange Dance

  • Tickets start at $65

Celebrity Series presents the Boston debut of this New York contemporary ballet company.

Boch Shubert Theatre

265 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

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Jan28

Education

Mass Destruction 6: Watch City Wreckage!

This robot battle to the “death” invites inventors to put their homemade ‘bots in the ring, to duke it out in categories including 1 lb, 1 lb Plastic, 3 lb and 12 lb Sportsmans. 8 am to 6:30 pm.

Charles River Museum of Industry

154 Moody St.
Waltham, MA 02453 United States

(781) 893-5410

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Jan28

Festival   |   LGBT

Fiesta De San Sebastian

  • Free

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.

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

85 West Newton St.
Boston, MA 02118 United States

(617) 927-1737

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Jan28

Crashfest

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.

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House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(888) 693-2583

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Jan28

Music

CRASHfest

  • $48

This indoor music festival with three stages features world music performances by acts such as Bombino, San Fermin & NOW Ensemble, Salif Keita, Debo Band and Orkesta Mendoza, plus international street food, beer and cocktails. The Improper is a sponsor.

House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(888) 693-2583

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Feb3 THRU Feb 26

Art

Invisible Fractures: The Enduring Trauma of Emotional Abuse

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.

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Piano Craft Gallery

793 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118 United States

(617) 595-5638

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Feb9

Art   |   Food + Drink

Art-i Gras

  • $15-$25

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.

Brookline Teen Center

40 Aspinwall Ave.
Brookline, MA 02446 United States

(617) 396-8349

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Feb11

Food + Drink   |   Valentine's Day

Dining in the Dark

  • $95

This sensory Valentine’s Day dinner begins with welcome cocktails and a brief orientation before guests are guided to their tables to enjoy a blindfolded four-course meal.

Hampshire House

84 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108 United States

(617) 227-9600

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Feb12

Benefit

The Winter Walk

  • $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.

Copley Square

Copley Square
Boston, MA United States

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Feb12

Education   |   Food + Drink

Trade Secrets Italian Cooking Class with Jody Adams

  • $150

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.

Trade

540 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(617) 451-1234

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Feb14

Food + Drink   |   Valentine's Day

Dining in the Dark

  • $95

This sensory Valentine’s Day dinner begins with welcome cocktails and a brief orientation before guests are guided to their tables to enjoy a blindfolded four-course meal.

Hampshire House

84 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108 United States

(617) 227-9600

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Mar19

Education   |   Food + Drink

Trade Secrets French Cooking Class with Jody Adams

  • $150

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.

Trade

540 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(617) 451-1234

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Apr23

Education   |   Food + Drink

Trade Secrets Spanish Cooking Class with Jody Adams

  • $150

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.

Trade

540 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(617) 451-1234

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Oct7 THRU Oct 8

Bruno Mars brings his 24K Magic Tour to Boston

  • $45-150

Sponsored

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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TD Garden

100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114 United States

(617) 624-1050

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