November 30 to December 3
You made it through a week of classes, work, and city life after Thanksgiving break’s brief reprieve from the daily grind. It’s time to reward yourself this weekend with a couple of performances, a hockey game, or a trip to a farmers market.
Chicago is back in town for one week only. Playhouses from Moscow to Mexico City have hosted the longest running American musical in Broadway history, which also boasts six Tony Awards and a Grammy. In 2002, director Rob Marshall brought it to the big screen for the film adaptation with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger. Now’s your chance to see the bawdy and brilliant ode to the Jazz Age live at Emerson College’s Colonial Theatre.
Tuesday, November 28, through Sunday, December 3, at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. Tickets start at $45; purchase here.
In a city brimming with performing arts spectacles, this seasonal staple can sometimes get buried beneath blockbuster movies and touring Broadway shows. But it wouldn’t be the holiday season without the Boston Ballet’s yearly production of The Nutcracker, a wintertime tradition for nearly six decades. Enjoy choreography by longtime Boston Ballet artistic director Mikko Nissinen and get swept away by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.
Friday, December 1, through Sunday, December 31, at Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. Tickets start at $25; purchase here.
Perhaps you’ve seen The Nutcracker and you want something new. Or you haven’t seen it, but you think it’s a bit old hat. Enter The Slutcracker, a burlesque adaptation of The Nutcracker, now in its “sweet 16th” season, according to the show’s forever home, the Somerville Theatre. The show includes belly dancers, titillating imagery, and all sorts of irreverence. See the spectacle Boston.com once called a “venture to the naughty list.”
Friday, December 1, through Sunday, December 31, at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets start at $35; purchase here.
Take a break from the regular grocery hauls with a trip to the Somerville Winter Farmers Market. This year, over the course of 21 weeks, the market hosts 71 vendors selling items ranging from meat and fish to fresh juices. Don’t forget to check out the locally grown fruits and vegetables and be sure to pick up a loyalty card for the fresh food mega fan in your life. Loyalty card holders will be entered into a raffle for prizes from vendors if they shop at the market on six different Saturdays this season.
Saturdays from November 4 through April 6 at 191 Highland Ave., Somerville.
Take a walk through hiphop history at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center. The exhibition explores the “cultural, political, and economic influences” that shaped the legendary artists Ice-T and Afrika Islam. Check out over 200 artifacts, including archival photographs, jewelry, and musical instruments. The exhibition was curated by photographer, New York Times contributor, and Emmy nominee Laylah Amatullah Barrayn. Day One is Barrayn’s latest project; her work has also been featured in the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va.
Day One DNA: 50 Years in Hiphop Culture is on view through May 31, 2024, at Harvard’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, 102 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge. The gallery is free and open to the public.
The Terriers take on Merrimack College at Agganis Arena on Saturday. BU has the edge with a 9-4-1 record this season against Merrimack’s 6-6-1. The Terriers cooled off from their five-game win streak with a loss to Cornell last Saturday, so they’ll be looking to recoup this weekend. Saturday’s matchup will be the second of a two-game set against Merrimack, the first being played on Friday in North Andover.
Saturday, December 2, at Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave.
Tickets start at $23; purchase here.