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Arts & Crafts Shows

Castleberry Faire in Wilmington - Wilmington, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015 Shriner's Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road Wilmington, MA
This three day shopping bonanza includes over 250 of the nation's finest craftsmen and artisans. More than 250 juried craftsmen and women from throughout the United States will be displaying and selling their works. Also, a food sampling extravaganza will present herbal dips, sauces, jams & jellies, candies, peanut brittle, fudge, oils, salsas, chutney, jerky, baked goods, coffees and more. Held indoors, rain or shine.
Time: Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; kids under age 14, free. One admission is good for all three days.
Telephone: 603-332-2616

Fine Arts Boutique - Sandwich, MA

Dec 6, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Fessenden House, 151 Main Street Sandwich, MA
The Visual Arts Group of the Sandwich Arts Alliance, will be offering a Fine Arts Boutique in Fessenden House,next to the Daniel Webster Inn. Art work for under $150 will be offered, including small paintings, packaged cards, jewelry, and much more. Come see the wonderful display of art that is perfect for gifts on your list or for you! Cookies will be served.
Time: 11a.m. - 4 p.m.

CraftBoston Holiday Show 2015 - Boston, MA

Dec 11, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015 Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street Boston, MA
Comprised of 175 exhibitors, CraftBoston Holiday is a must-attend event for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts. Come for the day to shop for unique, gifts, meet the makers, and learn about fine contemporary craft. Nick Offerman, actor, writer, comedian, and carpenter, will speak on Friday 1:30 p.m. His talk, Sawdust and Mirth, is about the importance of handmade objects.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: General admission, $15; seniors, $13; students, $12; children age 12 and younger, free

Children & Families

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” - Dorchester, MA

Nov 27, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 Fiddlehead Theatre Company at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road Dorchester, MA
Based on Disney’s animated film, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a young mermaid who falls in love with a human prince. When forbidden by her father to go above water, she makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea witch so that she can meet her prince.
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 pm
Admission: $25-$45
Telephone: 617-514-6497

Scituate North Pole Express - Scituate, MA

Dec 13, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015 Departing from Greenbush Commuter Rail Station Scituate, MA
WAY Children and adults alike will enjoy this 60-90 minute train ride, which replicates the journey to the North Pole as told in the classic story of “The Polar Express.” Children will hear this holiday story, snack on milk and cookies, sing Christmas carols, receive a Christmas gift, and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Passengers should arrive 30 minutes before departure. The 12:30 p.m. train offers a more-relaxed setting for families of children with special needs. The event is a fund raiser for the Scituate CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education) and SHORE (Scituate High Opportunities and Resources for Education). Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online. More information at scituatenorthpoleexpress@gmail.com
Time: Trains depart 9:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:40 p.m. and 4:40 p.m.
Admission: Tickets are $25 plus a $1 parking fee per ticket. Children age one and younger ride free


Laugh Lounge with the Berkshire Theatre Festival - Pittsfield, MA

Sep 23, 2015 - Dec 2, 2015 The Colonial Theatre or the Garage 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
Laugh Lounge:Sean Donnelly at the at The Garage on September 23 at 8 p.m. Sean Donnelly made his network TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman and 2015 is a huge year for the affable comic with appearances on Comedy Central's @midnight, Broad City, and The Amy Schumer Show. $10-$12.
An Evening with Paula Poundstone at The Colonial Theatre on September 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets: A: $55 B: $45 C: $25 Paula Poundstone has become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. She performs standup comedy across the country. $25-$55
Laugh Lounge: Brooke Van Poppelen at The Garage on October 28 at 8 p.m. Brooke Van Poppelen has been seen on @Midnight, John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, IFC's Comedy Drop, and currently hosts Hack My Life on truTV. $10-$12.
Laugh Lounge: Kevin McCaffrey at The Garage on December 2 at 8 p.m. Kevin McCaffrey made his network TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman and did so well that Letterman hired McCaffrey to write with his monologue team until his retirement last month. $10-$12.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Consult event website


Nature By Design Exhibit - Lowell, MA

Oct 30, 2015 - Dec 19, 2015 American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street Lowell, MA
Nature is the oldest and richest source of design inspiration. The objects in Nature by Design share a common characteristic: they are both artful and useful, functional and aesthetically pleasing. This exhibit explores the rise and decline of the great movements of art, from Classicism and Romanticism to Art Deco, and their impact on our culture, society, and economy. Exhibit is open through January 10, 2016.
Time: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults age 17 and older, $10; seniors age 65 and older, children age 6 to 16, and college students, $8;


The Weight Featuring Levon Helm Band and Rick Danko Group - Pittsfield, MA

Dec 3, 2015 - Dec 3, 2015 The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
Five musical brothers with legitimate Band heritage, performing songs from The Band. Featuring Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante from The Band, Brian Mitchell and Byron Isaacs of the Levon Helm Band and Marty Grebb, who worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel of The Band.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $45, $35, $25

Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents the Brandenburg Concertos - Boston, MA

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015 First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street Boston, MA
Ground-breaking in their diversity and invention, the six Brandenburg Concertos are among Bach’s towering achievements, a perfect display of his genius and dazzling virtuosity and an exuberant finale for Chameleon Arts Ensemble’s celebration of his influence.

Time: Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 4 p.m.
Admission: $47, $36, $25; $5 off for students & seniors
Telephone: 617-427-8200

John Pizzarelli in Concert - Great Barrington, MA

Dec 19, 2015 - Dec 19, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli will honor Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with his Swing 7 Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration concert. Pizzarelli has had a multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $25 to $100
Telephone: 413-528-0100

The Manhattan Transfer - Rockport, MA

Dec 20, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
One of the most celebrated vocal pop groups of the contemporary age, The Manhattan Transfer has enchanted audiences for more than 40 years with their pristine harmonies, sophisticated arrangements and jazz/doo-wop hybrid style.
Time: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission: $40- $85
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Parties, Dances, Balls

Roaring 20s Cocktail Party 2015 - Ipswich, MA

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road Ipswich, MA
Enjoy a night out reliving the splendor of the Roaring Twenties. Tour the Great House decked out magnificently for the holidays. Refresh yourself with catered hors d'oeuvres and vintage cocktails at the open bar. Listen to period jazz, take a turn on the dance floor, and learn the Charleston. Vintage attire is encouraged.
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Admission: $85

Science & Nature

Bare Trees and Naked Shrubs - Belmont, MA

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 New England Wild Flower Society, 10 Juniper Road Belmont, MA
No leaves? No problem! We will use a combination of branching patterns, bud and bark characteristics, habitat, persistent fruits, galls, and leaves to help identify woody plants in winter. The program will begin indoors. We will then head outdoors to the Sanctuary for a close-up look at 15- 20 common trees and shrubs. The program will conclude indoors with a twig quiz and a hot beverage. Bring a bag lunch and a hand lens if you have one.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: $30
Telephone: 508-877-7630

Shopping & Sales

North End Holiday Shopping Stroll - Boston, MA

Dec 4, 2015 - Dec 4, 2015 North End Boston, MA
The Holiday Stroll is a free event designed to fête the arrival of the holiday season. Shoppers will have the chance to explore the narrow streets, trendy boutiques, wine stores, design studios, galleries, and specialty shops of Boston’s Little Italy.  All 20 merchants participating in the Holiday Stroll will display balloons outside of their storefronts to let shoppers know where they can get their stroll passports stamped.

Time: 6-11 p.m.
Admission: Free

Cultural Survival's Festival of Native Arts and Cultures - Boston, MA

Dec 11, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015 The Shops at Prudential Center, Belvidere Arcade, 800 Boylston Street Boston, MA
Featuring Indigenous artists, performers, and handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artists, grassroots projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop for folk art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs,and much more. Enjoy concerts, presentations, educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, and native cuisine.
Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission: free admission
Telephone: 617-441-5400


“A Confederacy of Dunces” - Boston, MA

Nov 11, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 The Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA
Adapted from the cult classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces is a hilarious wild ride, filled with colorful characters and comic misadventures. Email: tickets@huntingtontheatre.bu.edu
Time: Curtain times vary; consult event website
Telephone: 617-266-0800

“The Snow Queen” - Watertown, MA

Nov 28, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA
In The Snow Queen, the audience is taken on a fun and fantastical journey, a quest as seen through the eyes and experiences of the play’s young heroine, Gerda. Audiences of all ages identify with the universal themes of Gerda and Kai's journey in the play, and respond powerfully to the exhilarating and visceral feel of the rock score. Dates: See event website for dates and hours of performances.
Time: Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission: $30-$59
Telephone: 617-923-8487

"My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays" - Arlington, MA

Dec 9, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street Arlington, MA 02474
The time of year when families gather for reunions, dinners and parties also means the funniest family function around. Peter Fogel arrives in Boston for two weeks only, December 9 to December 20, 2015 in Steve Solomon’s "My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays!"

Time: Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission: $45-65

“Exposed" - Boston, MA

Dec 10, 2015 - Dec 18, 2015 Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, Wimberly Theatre, 527 Tremont Street Boston, MA
When Texas billionaire Seymour Sackeroff is in need of some forgiveness, he goes straight to God’s right hand—Dick Cockburn, the Christian televangelist who talks to the Lord on a regular basis—or so he says. But when Cockburn comes to roost in Seymour’s mansion, all Hell breaks loose. “ Exposed” by Robert Brustein takes a ferociously sardonic wink through the lens of Molière’s Tartuffe to lambast contemporary America, the Right, the Left, the NRA, AIPAC, and greed in all its guises.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Adults, $30; seniors age 62 and older, $25; students, $10
Telephone: 866-811-4111

Visual Arts

After Hopper in Truro - Truro, MA

Nov 2, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015 Truro Public Library, 7 Standish Way Truro, MA
In 1930, Edward Hopper and his wife Jo spent their first summer in South Truro on Cape Cod and later built their home here on a bluff overlooking Cape Cod Bay. This exhibition of work by contemporary artists is inspired by Edward Hopper and Cape Cod.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 508-255-6200