Coming Attractions: December 3 through 19 — What Will Light Your Fire

Our skilled critics provide a information to movie, dance, visible artwork, theater, writer readings, and music. Extra choices will likely be added as they arrive in.


A scene from Christopher Nolan’s Following.

December 5 at 7 p.m.
Coolidge Nook Theatre, Brookline

The primary of the Coolidge’s Massive Display screen Debut collection is Christopher Nolan’s 1998 neo-noir function, which he made when he was 28 years outdated. “Nolan seems transfixed on the intersection of time and identification. He seeks to unmoor his viewers from conventional chronology to higher exhibit his characters’ fears and vulnerabilities. For Nolan, time is a man-made assemble that may be bent to his will to higher illuminate a narrative of a damaged man (it’s at all times a person), who, via his brokenness, both succumbs to his personal ego or finds some form of acceptance that enables him to persevere.” (Collider Journal)

The collection continues on Wednesday with Rob Reiner’s sensible mockumentary This Is Spinal Faucet (1984). Thursday brings David Lynch’s groundbreakingly surreal Eraserhead (1977). The next week’s entry, on December 12, options Emma (Bottoms) Seligman’s Shiva Child (2021), and on December 14 comes Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). All movies start at 7 p.m.

Orlando, My Political Biography
December 8 – 14
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge

Author, thinker, curator, and director Paul Preciado, who narrates this documentary in French, buildings his monologue as an tackle to Virginia Woolf whose guide, Orlando, is the inspiration for the movie. That story, the adventures of a poet who modifications intercourse from man to lady and might reside for hundreds of years, is the springboard for a have a look at a lot of up to date “Orlandos.” A solid of 20 non-binary folks play the protagonist at completely different phases, reimagining Orlando’s life via their very own life tales and experiences.

A scene from the documentary Quick Household.

Quick Household
December 12 – 14
Regent Theater In Arlington

Denny Tedesco’s (The Wrecking Crew) new documentary focuses on the chums and studio gamers who backed up most of the formative music icons of the early ’70s and past: Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and plenty of extra.  The group of musicians contains guitarists Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel, drummer Russ Kunkel, and bassist Leland Sklar.

Grrl Haus
December 14 at 7 p.m.
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge

Grrl Haus Cinema is an ongoing program of brief movies and video artwork made by girls, non-binary, trans and genderqueer artists. A mixture of native, nationwide, and worldwide artists current work from quite a lot of disciplines: narrative, documentary, experimental, and conceptual. There may be an emphasis on low finances and DIY.

Merry Good Sufficient
December 12 at 7 p.m.
Somerville Theatre in Davis Sq.

This indie function was filmed within the Boston space within the winter of 2022. Dan Kennedy co-directed with author Caroline Keene. The plot: the matriarch of a dysfunctional household disappears on Christmas Eve. One daughter goes to nice lengths to deliver her household again collectively once more.

Picks of the Week

Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020)
Streaming extensively

The Trial of Henry Kissinger (2002)

This week noticed the passing of two very completely different icons — Shane MacGowan and Henry Kissinger.

Shane McGowwan

In Crock of Gold, Shane MacGowan’s spouse says this of her husband: “Folks assume he’s received a loss of life want. When in precise truth, that’s not the case. He simply doesn’t take pleasure in life with no drink.” And does he ever. The legendary Irish singer of the famend Pogues (the band from which he was dismissed) is the topic of a legacy documentary, produced by his pal Johnny Depp and directed by Julian Temple (The Nice Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle.). Depp’s interview with MacGowan takes place in a pub; at this level the singer is relegated to a wheelchair due to a fractured pelvis, and he grows more and more inebriated via the speak. The dialog is full of humorous recollections, private and Irish historical past, and ideas on faith, all enlivened with animations and live performance footage. MacGowan was Irish via and thru, a cantankerous and opinioned punk, poet, singer, and thinker.

The Trials of Henry Kissinger, was written and directed by Eugene Jarecki (Why We Battle) and written by Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Darkish Aspect and plenty of extra). In it, Christopher Hitchens acts as a prosecutor, making a professional case for Kissinger as a battle legal. Hitchens finds deep ethical failings in each the state and the person who seen the world as a chessboard. Kissinger’s choices had been a part of a causal chain that led to mass killings in Indochina, secret collusion and murders in Bangladesh, political assassinations in Chile and Cyprus, genocide in East Timor, and even the plotting of the homicide of a journalist on American soil. This can be a sobering, typically humorous, have a look at the beady-eyed diplomat who is usually in contrast by his critics to Dr. Strangelove. It’s free to view on Kanopy, a service supplied by native public libraries.

— Tim Jackson

Roots, Pop, and World Music

Anjimile will likely be acting at ICA Boston this week. Photograph:courtesy of the artist

December 8 at 8 p.m.
Institute of Up to date Artwork, Boston

Former Boston alt-folk darling Anjimile displays transition in additional methods than one on second album The King. Now based mostly in North Carolina, he strikes from hopeful tone to somber damage and anger as he tackles being black, queer, and trans within the face of right-wing politics and police brutality in addition to familial nonacceptance. Extra in charge of his decrease register whereas favoring an assured falsetto, he cloaks his weak voice in impressionistic orchestrations that may evoke Grizzly Bear and Sufjan Stevens, constructing intrigue for what he’ll sound like with a reside band on the ICA.

–Paul Robicheau

Singers Showcase fortieth Anniversary Particular: Vacation—4 A long time of Madonna
December 7-8
Berklee Efficiency Heart

Madonna not too long ago confessed that, for her present tour, she had laid off her whole band. The present involves the Backyard on January 8 and 9 with only a backing monitor. If that association doesn’t appear well worth the worth of a ticket — they go as excessive as $2100 — right here’s a worthy different: Berklee’s Singers Showcase is celebrating its fortieth anniversary with two nights of the Materials Woman’s classics, carried out by a solid of over 120 singers, dancers, producer/arrangers and, sure, musicians.

Hanukkah Celebration
Museum of Wonderful Arts
December 7, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

You actually don’t need to be Jewish to affix on this Hanukkah celebration, but it surely does come at a time when many Jews are notably craving for some further gentle of their lives. A co-presentation of Jewish Arts Collaborative and Mixed Jewish Philanthropies, the evening contains closely decreased admission to the MFA, crafts, meals, and a few very engaging music: Ira Klein (guitar) and Beth Bahia Cohen (violin and yayli tanbur) will play three brief units of intimate duets dedicated to Center Jap and North African Jewish traditions. And Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band will collaborate with choreographer Rachel Linsky for a pair of premieres that bridge up to date and Yiddish dance, adopted by some extra conventional participatory dancing.

This week on the Regent in Arlington — a homage to Boston’s queen of the blues, Toni Lynn Washington. Photograph: courtesy of the artist

Toni Lynn Washington LIVE Celebration!
Regent Theater, Arlington
December 8, 7:00 p.m.

She could have began her recording profession in New Orleans, however for many years Toni Lynn Washington has reigned as Boston’s queen of the blues. Tonight an all-star solid of singers and musicians are paying tribute, backed by a band led by Washington’s longtime musical director, the outstanding keyboardist Bruce Bears. Amongst these performing are Duke Robillard, Sonya Rae Taylor, Brian Templeton, Equipment Vacation, Michelle Willson, Diane Blue, Nephtaliem McCrary, Chops Turner, and plenty of extra. And also you higher consider the unstoppable visitor of honor will take the stage herself.

December 8-10
JMAC, 20 Franklin Avenue, Worcester

The Worcester-based collective Crocodile River Music supply year-round performances and classes in African music. Now they’re staging the inaugural version of what’s going to hopefully change into an annual pageant. It kicks off on Friday with kora participant Yacouba Sissoko and his band. Saturday options the Mali All-Stars, whereas the Sunday matinee is a pan-West African revue known as The Dakar-Bamako Specific. There are additionally drum and dance workshops for youth, teenagers, and adults.

dragonchild x Sunken Cages. Photograph: Massive Ears

dragonchild x Sunken Cages
December 16
Bummer Metropolis Winter Gala
First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Avenue

It’s a basic case of being beloved in every single place however in your hometown. dragonchild x Sunken Cages, Jamaica Plain saxophonist Danny Mekonnen’s riveting duo with drummer/digital musician Ravish Momin, has been invited to play such prestigious festivals as Massive Ears and Le Guess Who?, however has but to look in Boston. That’s lastly altering because the pair, who combine deep non secular jazz with ferocious grooves, play the Bummer Metropolis Winter Gala. Talking of bummers, the occasion, which additionally options Laura Stevenson, seems to be bought out as of this writing, but it surely’s price checking again for later ticket releases.

— Noah Schaffer


COVID PROTOCOLS: Examine with particular theaters.

Pamela Lambert, Peter Mill, Remo Airaldi, and Kelby T. Akin within the Lyric Stage manufacturing of The Sport’s Afoot. Photograph: Mark S. Howard

The Sport’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig. Directed by Fred Sullivan Jr. Staged by the Lyric Stage Firm of Boston, 140 Clarendon Avenue, 2nd Flooring, Boston, via December 17.

A whodunit farce that guarantees loads of “slapstick and hilarity” with its “homicide and mayhem.” “It’s a blustery December evening in 1936 on the Connecticut mansion of actor William Gillette, whose life was not too long ago threatened by a rogue gunshot whereas he was onstage performing his most celebrated function, Sherlock Holmes. A cavalcade of quirky pals arrive upon his request for a weekend of revelry all with the intent of discovering out who pulled the set off. However when one among Gillette’s glitzy and glamorous company is stabbed to loss of life, the survivors are trapped inside a enjoyable home of hidden passageways and trick mirrors the place any of them may very well be the killer.” Arts Fuse assessment

Legally Blonde: The Musical. Music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a guide by Heather Hach, based mostly on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown. Directed by Katie Anne Clark with musical path by Mindy Cimini and choreography by Taavon Gamble. Staged by Moonbox Productions on the BCA Calderwood Pavilion – Roberts Theatre, 527 Tremont Avenue, Boston, December 8 via 31.

This musical, just like the enormously profitable movie model, “chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy, UCLA sorority woman who finds her life turned the other way up when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner. In an effort to show to Warner that she is extra than simply some blonde sorority woman, she follows him to Harvard Regulation Faculty, the place she struggles to slot in and do nicely. Finally, she defies expectations and manages to remain true to her delightfully pink persona.”

A scene from Les Sages Fous’ Tricyckle. Photograph: Puppet Showplace Theater

Tricyckle, written and carried out by Les Sages Fous. Offered by the Puppet Showplace Theater on the United Parish in Brookline, on December 6 and eight.

“Les Sages Fous brings us again to their eerie-yet-inviting world in a wordless manufacturing that includes puppetry, reside performing, and unique music performed on ‘invented devices.’ That is the final cease on the troupe’s current U.S. premiere tour of New England, which was made doable with funding from the New England Basis for the Arts (NEFA).”  This can be a three-person troupe based mostly in Trois Rivières, a small metropolis on the St. Lawrence River, between Montreal and Quebec.

The Band’s Go to, music and lyrics by David Yazbek, guide by Itamar Moses. Primarily based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin. Choreography by Daniel Pelzig. Music path by José Delgado. Directed by Paul Daigneault. A Huntington Theatre Firm and SpeakEasy Stage co-production on the Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, via December 17.

“On this Tony Award-winning, feel-good musical (based mostly on the acclaimed 2007 movie), an Egyptian band of musicians is stranded in a small Israeli city after a transportation combine up, and with no lodgings obtainable, the locals take them in for the evening. By morning, stunning connections have been made and friendships cast over moments of shared humanity and love of music.” Arts Fuse assessment.

Playwright Harrison David Rivers. Photograph: Jeff Wheeler

The Salvagers by Harrison David Rivers. Directed by Mikael Burke. Staged by Yale Rep (with manufacturing help offered by the Binger Heart for New Theatre) on the Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel Avenue, New Haven, via December 16.

The world premiere of a brand new drama, commissioned by Yale Rep: “Meet the Bosemans Salvage: 37-year-old Senior and 23-year-old Junior, at odds beneath the identical roof throughout a snowy Chicago winter. Their icy relationship is additional strained as potential romances for each father and son compel them to reckon with the previous.”

Actual Girls Have Curves: The Musical. Music & lyrics by Pleasure Huerta & Benjamin Velez. E book by Lisa Loomer. Further Materials by Nell Benjamin. Primarily based on the Play by Josefina López. And HBO’s Actual Girls Have Curves, Screenplay by Josefina López & George LaVoo. Music supervision by Nadia DiGiallonardo. Directed & choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. Staged by the American Repertory Theater on the Loeb Drama Heart, Cambridge, December 6 via January 21, 2024.

“Summer season 1987, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. After eighteen years beneath the roof of her immigrant mother and father, Ana is able to unfold her wings. Her goals of school and a profession in New York Metropolis are bursting on the seams, however her household’s expectations would maintain her house, working at their garment manufacturing facility. Is it price sacrificing the goals of her household, who’ve sacrificed all the pieces for her?” Primarily based on the play by Josefina López that impressed the enduring hit movie, this empowering world premiere “explores life’s surprising curves.”

Left to proper: Jenna Agbayani, Judy Track within the Huntington Theatre Firm manufacturing of The Coronary heart Sellers. Photograph: T. Charles Erickson

The Coronary heart Sellers by Lloyd Suh. Directed by Might Adrales. Staged by the Huntington Theatre Firm on the Calderwood Pavilion/Boston Heart for the Arts, Boston, via December 23.

A New England debut for this script: “Jane and Luna run into one another within the grocery retailer on Thanksgiving in 1973 and discover they’ve a lot in widespread: every are current Asian immigrants, a bit homesick and lonely with hardworking absentee husbands, and adjusting to a brand new nation full of new alternatives. Over sips of wine and a questionable frozen turkey, they dream of disco dancing, studying to drive, and even a go to to Disneyland, and share their hopes and challenges for making a brand new house in a brand new land with grace and dignity. ” Arts Fuse assessment

Madeleine Rose Maggio, who performs Elizabeth Darcy on this 12 months’s studying of Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley. Photograph: Shakespeare and Firm

Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. Directed by Ariel Bock. A costumed staged studying by Shakespeare and Firm on the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Lenox, MA, December 15 via 17.

This play, an “imagined sequel” based mostly on Jane Austen’s characters, “takes place on the house of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, and focuses on Georgiana Darcy — an achieved pianist cautious of romance. Georgiana’s finest pal, Kitty Bennet, is a bright-eyed optimist. These two youthful sisters are prepared for their very own adventures in life and love, beginning with the arrival of an admirer and secret correspondent to Pemberley.”

Midwinter Revels: The Feast of Fools – A Medieval Celebration of the Solstice. Written and directed by Patrick Swanson and co-directed by Debra Smart, with music path by Elijah Botkin. Staged by Revels at Harvard College’s Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Avenue, Cambridge, December 15 via 28. Digital Encore Streaming Window: December 25 – January 7.

“This 12 months’s musical extravaganza takes audiences on a colourful journey to Medieval Europe. On the Feast of Fools, all the pieces is topsy-turvy by design; rulers are briefly deposed by servants, wit triumphs over energy, and a Lord of Misrule finds himself steering the ship of state. This musical journey options vibrant processionals, full of life carols, delicate harmonies, vigorous dances, and a beneficiant ritual serving of the wild and the holy. On the shortest day of the 12 months, something is feasible!” The solid will function David Coffin, René Collins, Susan Dibble, Eliza Fichter, Roger Reed, Vincent Siders, and Laurel Swift, in addition to musicians Karen Burciaga, Barbara Allen Hill, Ben Matus, and Hideki Yamaya.

— Invoice Marx

Visible Arts

The late 18th via the nineteenth century was “The Age of Historical past” in a method not seen earlier than or since. The event of recent archaeology set off sensational discoveries that modified concepts of fantasy and historic truth. Radical theories of geology and the origins of species vastly elevated the timespan of historical past. New concepts about nationhood discovered the reality of countries in ethnicity and historical past as an alternative of the divine proper of kings. Historical past grew to become a science and was used to justify all the pieces from colonialism, revolution, and white supremacy to gender norms and household legislation.

Fantasy, Fantasy, Legend: Imagining the Previous in Works on Paper since 1750, opening on the RISD Museum on December 16, makes use of 30 prints, drawings, and pictures to discover how imagining and imaging the previous turns into a device to form the current. The choice contains up to date work that seeks to critique and dismantle the oppressive false narratives of previous generations, a course of that appears “woke” and up to date however is definitely as outdated as historical past itself.

Fish Head, 1946. Gelatin silver print. Berenice Abbott Assortment, MIT Museum. Reward of Ron and Carol Kurtz.

Berenice Abbott’s extraordinary profession, her hanging portraits, and her indelible pictures of Paris, New York, and Mexico Metropolis helped create fashionable pictures. An countless technical experimenter, she embarked, in 1939, on a brand new mission that will create a job for herself as a “pleasant interpreter between science and the layman.” So Simple to See: Berenice Abbott’s Tremendous Sight, opening on the MIT Museum (not the Record Heart) on December 12, was organized in collaboration with the Picture Heart of Toronto. It’s the first large-scale exhibition of the direct picture seize course of Abbott known as the “Abbott Course of” or “Tremendous Sight,” by which she produced vivid images of small objects with out utilizing a photographic enlarger. Primarily based partly on the prephotographic image-capturing machine, the digital camera obscura, Abbott’s approach created pictures of exceptional readability, transparency, and realism. In addition to images, the exhibition will embody documentation from MIT’s Berenice Abbott Archive.

Additionally on the MIT Museum on December 7, from 4 to six p.m., is a panel dialogue, Designing Expertise: Performing, Play, and Participation, a program that shifts focus from the design of fabric items and artifacts to the design of human expertise. Does the design of video games, performances, movies, and different experiences that unfold in time play a vital function in how we work together and outline actuality? Panelists embody MIT college students, designers, and entrepreneurs.

Kailyn Dulay seems in Kayla Abuda Galang’s When You Left Me on That Boulevard, one of many shorts within the 2023 Sundance Movie Festiva

On December 7 at 7 p.m. the Institute of Up to date Artwork, Boston, will display Sundance Movie Competition Shorts. Brief movies are a tried and true method for younger filmmakers and administrators to develop their skills, abilities, and voice earlier than tackling a full-length function. The legendary Sundance Competition is likely one of the most prestigious and visual locations to display shorts, and its program has lengthy been a premier showcase and launchpad for future outstanding unbiased filmmakers. This brief movie tour, introduced by Shutterstock, is a 90-minute program of seven movies from the 2023 pageant, together with two of the pageant’s award-winning titles. Tickets are $5 for ICA members and college students, $10 for nonmembers. This system repeats on December 9 and 10 at 1 p.m. and three p.m..

The Peabody Essex Museum is celebrating the vacation season with a collection of family-friendly decoration-making workshops, together with “Wool Felt Garlands” on December 8 at 3 p.m. and “Beeswax Candle Making” on December 16 at 11 a.m. (see the museum’s web site for extra workshops and instances). PEM holds its “Winter Solstice Celebration” on December 16 beginning at 11 p.m.. Occasions, designed to assist put together you for the 12 months’s longest evening, happen via the afternoon and embody a harp efficiency by Mary King and a “Winter Solstice Group Circle Ritual” with Tam Wiley and Rev. Tracy Wealthy. Preregistration and tickets required for some occasions; see the museum web site for particulars.

— Peter Walsh

Elimelekh Tzoref, Torah defend, Entrance, 1781–82. Silver and partially gilded with enamel, niello, and stones. Photograph courtesy of the MFA Boston

Throughout a time of mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, and stereotypical allegations, there may be a lot wanted reduction in celebrating the visible aesthetics and spirituality of Judaism. On December 8, the Museum of Wonderful Arts, Boston (MFA) will open Intentional Magnificence: Jewish Ritual Artwork.  (On view via December 13, 2026 on the Bernard and Barbara Stern Shapiro Gallery within the Artwork of the Americas Wing.) It marks the primary gallery dedicated to Jewish ritual artwork, or Judaica, on the establishment and in New England. Bringing objects collectively from Asia, North Africa, Europe, and the US, the gallery showcases ceremonial objects created for the Jewish spiritual expertise each at house and within the synagogue.

This presentation speaks to the huge geographic and cultural range of the Jewish folks. Included are metalwork, textiles, work, furnishings, and works on paper. The thematic set up is introduced in three groupings: “Dressing the Torah,” “A Judaica Revolution” and “Dressing the Physique: Ritual and Modesty.”

— Mark Favermann

A panel dialogue entitled “Creating Artwork, Considering Science” (December 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the MIT.nano Educating Area, MIT 12-0168) kicks off what seems like an enticingly futuristic exhibition on the MIT Museum. The present is devoted to “envisioning and scrutinizing methods to intertwine nanoscience and nanotechnology toolsets and visualization strategies to increase the bounds of artwork and tradition.”

.zerodotzerozerozerozerozerozerozerozeroone will run via Fall 2024 on the Lisa T. Su constructing. The presentation “marks a major step in bringing collectively the Artwork, Tradition, and Expertise program with MIT.nano, probing new presentation strategies, supply modes, and visualization ideas that tackle creative pursuits throughout societal, environmental, scientific, and cultural domains.”

The intent appears to be to attach us with the sublimity of the tremendous duper small: “An object’s shade, luster, and texture are formed by its nanoscale properties. So is how we understand style, odor, stickiness, transparency, and different features of an object’s tangibility. Using devices inside MIT.nano, one can tailor the nanoscale for shaping the expertise of those that interact with the artisans’ creation. Nanoscale means may also allow us to peer into the depths of the primal components that assemble our world, giving a glimpse into the hidden data and presenting the beautiful magnificence and intricacy of the nanoscale world.”

— Invoice Marx


Bert Seager’s Coronary heart of Listening to
December 6 at 7 p.m.
Lilypad, Cambridge

With a barely revamped lineup, pianist and composer Bert Seager’s Coronary heart of Listening to quartet returns to the Lilypad for its month-to-month residency, a showcase for his or her distinctive intimacy and humorousness (as in fellow feeling, but in addition the occasional ha-ha). Longtime Coronary heart of Listening to regulars Dor Herskovits (drums) and Rick DiMuzio (tenor sax) are joined by bassist Andrew Schiller in delivering the cheering surprises.

Ana Petrova Organ Venture
December 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Peabody Corridor, Parish of All Saints, Dorchester, MA

The peripatetic pianist and keyboard participant Anastassiya Petrova closes out the Dot Jazz season at Peabody Corridor fronting a brand new organ trio with drummer Mark Walker and Lihi Haruvi on alto and sopranino saxophones. This system will embody originals, organ jazz classics, and “songs written by feminine composers.”

The Music of Ken Schaphorst
December 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Jordan Corridor, Boston

Over the previous twenty years, audiences have seen Ken Schaphorst conducting any variety of performances by the New England Conservatory Jazz Orchestra in music by Duke Ellington, Sam Rivers, George Russell, Gunther Schuller, Randy Weston, and any variety of different jazz luminaries and distinguished NEC college. Tonight  Schaphorst — co-chair of NEC’s Jazz Research Division — will get to showcase his personal wealthy guide of compositions for big ensemble, together with works from his seven albums as a frontrunner and, we’re guessing, perhaps one thing new. Schaphorst’s music is at all times as heat and stirring as it’s superbly designed. The live performance is free, however tickets are required. Register right here.

Puerto Rican alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón and Cuban pianist Camila Cortina Bello will carry out on the Lilypad this week. Photograph: Jimmy Katz

Miguel Zenón and Camila Cortina Bello
December 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Lilypad, Cambridge

The outstanding Puerto Rican alto saxophonist, composer, educator, and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zénon normally performs the large rooms, so it’s uncommon to search out him at an intimate venue just like the tiny Lilypad. Right here he collaborates with the achieved Cuban pianist Camila Cortina Bello (credit embody Paquito D’Rivera, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Dianne Reeves) on a program known as “Dos Alas: The Music of Rafael Hernández & Pablo Milanés,” connecting the “two wings” of Puerto Rican and Cuban tradition represented by songwriters Hernández (1892-1965) and Milanés (who died final 12 months).

The late Arni Cheatham, beloved saxophonist and activist. Photograph: Mark Redmond

December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Church of the Covenant, Boston

The annual Christmas live performance by the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will likely be particularly poignant this 12 months, with the current passing of beloved saxophonist and neighborhood activist Arni Cheatham, a member of the band for 46 years. The live performance, devoted to Cheatham, will function the premiere of Aardvark chief Mark Harvey’s newest piece, “The Reward,” in Cheatham’s honor, “plus joyful jazz carols, spirituals, and wide-ranging American originals. Alternatives will embody the ‘Shepherd’s Carol’ by William Billings, the African American non secular ‘Go Inform It on the Mountain,’ the soul-jazz basic ‘Cristo Redentor’ by Duke Pearson, and the band’s up to date association of the Seventeenth-century Creation hymn ‘Let All Mortal Flesh Hold Silence.’” The final was carried out on the first Aardvark Christmas live performance in 1973. Grace Hughes is the wonderful Aardvark singer for the vocal numbers. The live performance is a profit for Rosie’s Place.

Marco Pignataro: “Tales From the Harbor”
December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Regattabar, Cambridge

The esteemed saxophonist and composer Marco Pignataro is presenting “Tales from the Harbor (Racconti dal Porto”),” which “reimagines folktales from the Italian diaspora and the Italian American expertise via the lens of jazz and music storytelling. “Becoming a member of Pignatoro for this Jazz All Methods live performance from JazzBoston are Jakob Kobal, accordion; Angela Varo, violin; Peter Sumner, cello; Gabriel Maia, guitar; Devon Gates, bass and vocals; George Lernis, percussion; and particular visitor arranger and drummer Andre Sudol.”

December 13 at 6:45 p.m.
Lilypad, Cambridge

Some of the provocative releases of the 12 months was the ambiguously titled August in March, the third CD by the Brooklyn trio Ember. The tunes (alternately written by all three gamers) span through-composed items to free improvisation, all marked by a compositional consideration to texture, type, and dynamics. The three-way free-flow of musical dialog at all times has a affected person deliberation about it, even when it explodes into quick tempos. The moods are evocative — meditative or kinetic — at all times with a robust sensual narrative present of melody and rhythmic pressure, whether or not in tensile grooves or free tempos. Caleb Wheeler Curtis performs saxophones (together with the “straight alto” stritch) and trumpet (together with reed trumpet), with Noah Garabedian on bass and Vincent Sperrazza on drums.

December 14 at 8 p.m.
Lilypad, Cambridge

Three artists lively within the experimental music and humanities scene have come collectively to create Granular, a collection that mixes variations of sound (improvised and in any other case), together with poetry, and dance. Their showcase tonight is tagged “3 ways of sounding.” Granular is organized by two college members at Berklee Faculty of Music and Berklee Conservatory, Nomi Epstein and Victoria Cheah, and pianist, composer, educator, and poet Tatiana Castro Mejía. First up is Noeplace (Laura Cetilla, cello, and Epstein, ready piano); adopted by Mejía with dancer Maude Warshaw; after which Cheah, voice and electronics.

Sheila Jordan
December 15 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Mad Monkfish, Cambridge

The good jazz singer Sheila Jordan, who turned 95 final month, makes one among her common annual stops on the Mad Monkfish, and as normal, is supported by pianist Yoko Miwa’s trio, with bassist Brad Barrett and drummer Scott Goulding. Along with the 2 Friday exhibits, Jordan will conduct a grasp class on the venue on Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. You may register for that class as a category participant right here, or as an auditor right here.

Pianist Stanley Sagov and saxophonist Stan Strickland. Photograph: courtesy of the artist

Stanley Sagov
December 16 at 9:30 p.m.
Regattabar, Cambridge

Some of the extremely anticipated returns to the Regattabar after the membership’s lengthy Covid-induced layoff was that of Dr. Stanley Sagov’s Remembering the Future Quintet. Sagov, a former New England Conservatory scholar who grew up taking part in jazz within the vibrant Cape City, South Africa, scene, returned to music late in his medical profession and had redoubled his efforts since retiring. Now there may be added urgency to the date, since Sagov was not too long ago recognized with stage 4 melanoma in each lungs. Along with the Remembering the Future crew — saxophonist/flutist Stan Strickland, trumpeter Mike Peipman, bassist John Lockwood, drummer Yoron Israel, and visitor vocalist Wannetta Jackson — the band will likely be joined by one other of Sagov’s former NEC classmates, Anton Fig (for years the drummer on The Late Present with David Letterman, in addition to on numerous different high-profile gigs), bassist and music producer Tommy Lockett, and Sagov’s sister, Margo, who’s flying in from London for the event.

Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorers Membership
December 17 at 6 p.m.
Lilypad, Cambridge

For his long-running Explorer Membership band, Charlie Kohlhase at all times comes up with an fascinating format, nice musicians, and atypical repertoire. For this present, the band will play items by one among Kohlhase’s many noteworthy collaborators, John Tchicai, in addition to by Don Cherry, Elmo Hope, and himself. The band contains Kohlhase on alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones; Seth Meicht, tenor sax; Dan Rosenthal, trumpet and flugelhorn; Invoice Lowe, bass trombone; Josiah Reibstein, tuba; Eric Hofbauer, guitar; Tony Leva, bass; and Curt Newton, drums.

— Jon Garelick

Anthony Coleman Trio
December 5
Lilypad, Cambridge

Whereas pianist Coleman is usually pegged as one of many quintessential downtown New York skills, he’s a Bostonian at the very least just a few days per week whereas he teaches at NEC. He’s additionally a welcome presence at each on- and off-campus occasions, taking part in all the pieces from stride piano to adventurous free improvisations. For this version of the This Music/TM Collection he’ll be joined by Yoona Kim, who performs the standard Korean stringed Ajaeng, and Greg Kelly on trumpet and electronics.

— Noah Schaffer

Michelin-Cardoso: Uninventing Songs
December 15 at 7:30 pm
Regattabar, Cambridge

The stellar partnership of Boston-based Uruguayan pianist Nando Michelin and Brazilian piccolo bassist and singer Ebinho Cardoso has resulted in a number of the most fun initiatives combining South American rhythms and each unique lyrics and settings of poetry, together with 2018’s Engenheiros. They bring about their newest mission, paying homage to Brazilian poet Manoel de Barros, to the Regattabar, with their group, which options Ian Ashby on acoustic bass and two glorious drummers, Tiago Michelin and Lumanyano Mzi. The present is a part of JazzBoston’s Jazz All Methods collection, supported by the Mass Cultural Council, Cambridge Arts, and Cambridge Group Basis. Admission contains two 45-minute units.

— Evelyn Rosenthal

Classical Music

The Boston Camerata performs in Lexington and Boston this week. Photograph: courtesy of the artist

A Medieval Christmas
Offered by Boston Camerata
December 8 at 8 p.m., 9 at 4 p.m., and 10 at 4 p.m.
Follen Church, Lexington (on the eighth), First Parish Church of Newbury (on the ninth), and Previous South Church, Boston (on the tenth)

Boston Camerata’s first program of the month celebrates the season with music for feminine voices and devices from medieval Europe.

Bach Illuminated
Offered by Boston Cecilia
December 8 at 8 p.m. and 10 at 3 p.m.
Church of the Creation, Boston (on the eighth) and All Saint’s Parish, Brookline (on the tenth)

Boston Cecilia’s December program focuses on music by J.S. Bach, in addition to composers who influenced him or had been formed by the output of the bigger Bach household. Michael Barrett conducts.

Pianist Jeremy Denk will carry out at Jordan Corridor and the Groton Music Heart this week. Photograph: courtesy of the artist.

Jeremy Denk in recital
Offered by Movie star Collection
December 9 at 8 p.m. and 10 at 3 p.m.
Jordan Corridor, Boston (on the ninth) and Groton Music Heart, Groton (on the tenth)

Pianist Jeremy Denk returns to the Movie star Collection with a program that, over its first half, showcases music by girls composers of the final (roughly) two centuries. Additionally on faucet are Robert Schumann’s Ghost Variations and Brahms’s large Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel.

Annual Household Live performance
Offered by New England Philharmonic
December 10 at 3 p.m.
Tsai Efficiency Heart, Boston

The NEP’s annual Household Live performance showcases the winners of this 12 months’s Younger Artist Competitors — pianist Henry Tushman and violinist Sophie Lengthy Sha Tung — taking part in music by, respectively, Mozart and Sibelius. Moreover, Jordan Kuspa’s Thriller of the Lacking Music receives its Boston premiere.

Baroque Christmas
Offered by Handel & Haydn Society
December 14 at 7:30 p.m. and 17 at 3 p.m.
Jordan Corridor, Boston

Ian Watson leads H&H of their annual Christmas live performance. This one options excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in addition to choices by Charpentier, Scarlatti, Corelli, and others. Soprano Teresa Wakim and baritone David McFerrin are the soloists.

The famend Blue Heron ensemble in motion. Photograph: courtesy of the artist

Christmas in Medieval England
Offered by Blue Heron
December 15 at 8 p.m. and 16 at 3 p.m. and eight p.m.
First Church in Cambridge

Scott Metcalfe leads his ensemble in a program of English choral music from medieval instances.

Christmas at Emmanuel
Offered by Emmanuel Music
December 17 at 4 p.m.
Emmanuel Church, Boston

Ryan Turner and Emmanuel Music have a good time the season with a trio of partaking works: two cantatas – Britten’s Saint Nicolas and Bach’s Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen – and a newly commissioned motet from Jonathan Woody.

— Jonathan Blumhofer

Creator Occasions

Mark Chiusano at Harvard E book Retailer
The Fabulist: The Mendacity, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos
December 4 at 7 p.m.

“Newsday alum and PEN/Hemingway honoree Mark Chiusano tells the total (nicely, as full as could be given the topic) story of Santos right here for the primary time. From humble years spent in Brazil, to glamorous nights on the west aspect of Manhattan, to the beautiful small-time scams employed to ease his slippery climb up the American society ladder, The Fabulist tells a narrative you’ll need to learn for your self to consider … and even then, it’s George Santos, so who’s to say for positive.

“Combining the easiest of boots-on-the-ground journalism, dishy backroom dealings, and glittery particulars about Gold Coast mansions and bodice-baring drag exhibits that’d really feel simply as at house in your subsequent summer season seashore learn, The Fabulist is really stranger than fiction.”

John Freeman at Harvard E book Retailer
Freeman’s: Conclusions
December 5 at 7 p.m.

“Over the course of ten years, the Freeman’s anthology has launched the English-speaking world to numerous writers of worldwide import and acclaim, from Olga Tokarczuk to Valeria Luiselli, whereas additionally spotlighting sensible writers working in English, from Tommy Orange to Tess Gunty. Now, in its final concern, this distinctive literary mission ponders all of the methods of reaching a becoming conclusion.

“For Sayaka Murata, maintaining with the comings and goings of vogue and its altering emotional landscapes can imply being left behind, whereas in her poem ‘Amenorrhea,’ Julia Alvarez experiences the top of a line as menstruation ceases. But typically an finish is merely a starting, as Barry Lopez meditates whereas strolling via the snowy Oregonian landscapes. Whereas Chinelo Okparanta’s story ‘Fatu’ confronts the top of a relationship beneath the specter of latest life, different writers look in the direction of getting old as a chance for rebirth, reminiscent of Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, who takes on the function of being her personal elder, comforting herself within the ways in which her grandmother used to. Lastly, in his funny story ‘Everybody at Dinner Has a Max von Sydow Story,’ Dave Eggers means that typically tales don’t have neat or clear endings — that typically the center is sufficient.

“With new writing from Sandra Cisneros, Colum McCann, Omar El Akkad, and Mieko Kawakami, Freeman’s: Conclusions is a testomony to the startling energy of literature to conclude in a state of magnificence, worry, and promise.”

The Solid of America’s Check Kitchen on the Brattle Theatre – Harvard E book Retailer
The Full America’s Check Kitchen TV Present Cookbook
December 7 at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $12

The Full America’s Check Kitchen TV Present Cookbook is a dwelling archive of each recipe that has been on each episode of public tv’s top-rated coooking present, together with the brand new season that debuts in January 2024. It now contains recipes from episodes created for streaming platforms as nicely. It additionally contains the top-rated gear and ingredient suggestions from each new testing and tasting assessment.

“Prepare dinner together with Bridget and Julia and the check kitchen cooks as the brand new episodes of the 2024 season air. Each recipe that has appeared on TV or OTT is on this cookbook together with the check kitchen’s indispensable notes and ideas. A complete procuring information exhibits readers what merchandise the ATK opinions crew recommends and it alone is well worth the worth of the guide.”

Judith Tick at Harvard E book Retailer
Changing into Ella Fitzgerald: The Jazz Singer Who Reworked American Track 
December 8 at 7 p.m.

“Ella Fitzgerald made turning into an important artist appear easy. She hid her will, her drive, and her originality behind the masks of a modest, soft-spoken lady. Now, finally, Judith Tick exhibits precisely how Fitzgerald explored and formed each type of American well-liked music. Within the course of she thwarted all of the boundaries of sophistication, race, and gender that threatened to restrict her. Tick’s musical data is impeccable; so are her reporting and her scholarship. ‘I gained’t be left behind,’ Fitzgerald used to vow. This stirringly full biography ensures that she by no means will likely be.” —  Margo Jefferson, writer of Developing a Nervous System. Arts Fuse assessment

Vacation Grown Up E book Truthful at Trillium Brewing! – Porter Sq. Books
December 10 from 12-4 p.m.

“Bear in mind getting the guide honest flyers in school? Seeing if the subsequent guide in your favourite collection was popping out, evaluating lists with your mates, checking off the books you need, and planning the way you’ll completely persuade your mother and father that sure, in truth, you undoubtedly want all these books as a result of don’t they need you to get into faculty or no matter? After which the joys when the books arrive and also you see a pencil set you completely want and stickers in your trapper keeper and a type of friendship necklaces? Suppose you’ll by no means get to expertise that rush once more? Suppose once more!

“Be part of us on Sunday at Trillium Brewing’s Fort Level location for a Grown Up E book Truthful! This Vacation Grown Up E book Truthful may have all the pieces you’re keen on about college guide gala’s, together with all of these enjoyable gift-y objects you keep in mind, plus beer! It’s the proper time to get some vacation procuring completed.”

Polar Specific Story Hour! – Porter Sq. Books
December 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets are $10

“Be part of us at Honeycomb Creamery for a telling of “The Polar Specific” and different vacation tales! Together with the storytime we will likely be providing a scorching chocolate bar and every baby will obtain a vacation memento to take house included with their ticket!”

— Matt Hanson

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