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70 Things to Do This Week in Boston: Explore the Best of the City

Welcome to Boston, a city teeming with exciting events and activities for every taste. Whether you're a local or just passing through, there's something here for you. From art exhibitions and theater performances to concerts...

Welcome to Boston, a city teeming with exciting events and activities for every taste. Whether you're a local or just passing through, there's something here for you. From art exhibitions and theater performances to concerts and comedy shows, this vibrant city offers a plethora of options to keep you entertained. So, grab your calendar and get ready to mark down these must-see events!

MULTIPLE DAYS Ongoing through Monday, January 22

SEASONAL FUN

Winter wonderland continues in the Seaport Seaport

The holiday season may be over, but the Seaport's winter wonderland continues with the iceless curling lane, special events like the Betty the Yeti Cocktail Crawl, and more. Don't miss out on the fun! Free, through February 25, 2024, Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Curling at The Liberty Hotel

The Liberty Hotel

Resist the urge to curl up indoors and assemble a crew of up to six people for a bit of iceless curling, plus cocktails and fun snacks like homemade Pop-Tarts and sriracha glazed kettle corn. This package has proven popular, so make sure to book in advance. $180, through March 17, The Yard at The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., Boston.

Frog Pond Skating Rink

The Frog Pond's rink, a classic choice for winter dates and family outings in the heart of historic downtown Boston, might be the city's most iconic skate spot. It's open seven days a week throughout the season and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Lace up your skates and enjoy the winter wonder! Free-$10 (skate rentals extra), through March 8, Boston Common, 38 Beacon St., Boston.

THEATER

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

This adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's campy romp through the world of Belle Époque Paris, set to a deliciously anachronistic pop mixtape, premiered right here in Boston in 2018. In 2019, it made the jump to Broadway, where it snagged a whopping 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Prepare to be dazzled! $45-$265, Tuesday, January 16 through February 4, Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Hairspray

Hairspray

The musical version of John Waters' mainstream breakthrough, the tale of a plucky girl in early 60s Baltimore who becomes an overnight celebrity when she lands a spot on a local TV show, was such a smash that it ended up getting turned into a movie itself. Don't miss this beloved production while it's in town for just a weekend! $49-$194, Friday through Sunday, January 19-21, Emerson Colonial Theater, 106 Boylston St., Boston.

Stand Up If You're Here Tonight

Stand Up If You're Here Tonight

Jim Ortlieb stars in this interactive one-man play by John Kolvenbach, presented in The Huntington Theater's smaller Maso Studio. As for what it's about, Kolvenbach offers the following on the Huntington's website: "The show is about a guy trying to do the impossible, or the nearly impossible: he wants to achieve a kind of union with the audience, a oneness." $55-$60, Saturday, January 20 through March 3, The Huntington Theater, 264 Huntington St., Boston.

Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

Lyric Stage presents Alice Childress' 1955 drama about a Black actor, Wiletta Mayer, preparing for her Broadway debut. The play-within-a-play's white author considers his work progressive, but it's not, compelling her to speak truth to the same power that gave her the opportunity. Get ready for an eye-opening performance! $45-$80, through February 4, Lyric Stage Company, 140 Clarendon St., Boston.

Northside Hollow

Northside Hollow

This two-man play from the Cape's Harbor Stage Company tells the story of a miner trapped underground and the first responder who saves him. As an added (and ingenious) touch of realism, the action is illuminated partially by audience members wearing headlamps in the front row. Prepare for a gripping experience! $25, through January 20, Plaza Black Box Theater, Boston Center for the Arts, 529 Tremont St., Boston.

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch

Apollinaire Theater Company picks up some slack between the fall and spring theater seasons with this Sarah Einspanier comedy about seven lawyers out for lunch—which, they, as public defenders, all relish because it may be the only thing that goes right all day. Get ready to enjoy a hilarious and relatable performance! $30, through January 21, Chelsea Theater, Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea.

Real Women Have Curves

Real Women Have Curves

The American Repertory Theater is back with an original musical adaptation of Josefina López's coming-of-age drama, with songs by Joy Huerta and Benjamin Velez and a book by Lisa Loomer. Set in the late '80s, it centers on Ana, an 18-year-old daughter of Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles whose dreams of starting a new life in New York City conflict with her parents' wish for her to stay and work at the garment factory. Don't miss this powerful and resonant production! $35-$150, through January 21, Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge.

DANCE

Ashwini Ramaswamy: Let the Crows Come

Ashwini Ramaswamy: Let the Crows Come

In "Let the Crows Come," Indian dancer Ashwini Ramaswamy, rooted in the Bharatanatyam tradition of Tamil Nadu, passes her moves to Alanna Morris and Berit Ahlgren, who then repeat them in their own very different styles, showing how memories are transformed across generations and cultures. Bonus: Cambridge's Multicultural Arts Center will host a conversation about the work on Wednesday. Get ready to witness a mesmerizing fusion of dance styles! $67, Friday and Saturday, January 19-20, Plimpton Shattuck Black Box, New England Conservatory, 255 St Botolph St., Boston.

Edge of Aquarius

Edge of Aquarius

The Click's latest piece of contemporary dance theater, inspired by choreographer Alexandria Nunweiler's reflections on her upcoming birthday, is a "nonlinear coming of age story" with a multigenerational cast acting out various stages of life, viewed in the space of a birthday party. This unique performance will leave you in awe! $27, Friday through Sunday, January 19-21, The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., Cambridge.

COMEDY

Paul Mecurio

Paul Mecurio

Providence native Paul Mecurio was on the way to a respectable career in finance when a chance encounter with Jay Leno led to him selling his first jokes and getting hooked on comedy. Since then, he's made several TV appearances, including a stint as an evil HMO rep on The Daily Show and several spots on Stephen Colbert's Late Show. Get ready for an evening of laughter! $33, Friday and Saturday, January 19-20, Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston.

MOVIES

Mean Girls

Mean Girls

Yes, we're making fetch happen. Tina Fey's satirical 2004 high-school masterpiece has been rebooted, with actor-singer Renee Rapp playing the contemptible Regina George. This casting choice makes the character extra-OK to hate around these parts: In 2023, Rapp released a song called, "I Hate Boston." Boo, you—j/k! —C. DODERO Don't miss the chance to watch this hilarious and iconic film on the big screen! $13-$16, Alamo Drafthouse, 60 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Boston Palestine Film Festival

Boston Palestine Film Festival

Rescheduled from October in truncated form, this fest includes the coming-of-age dramas ALAM (The Flag) and A House in Jerusalem, plus the dark comedy Mediterranean Fever. Don't miss the thought-provoking films that shed light on the Palestinian experience. It moves to MassArt for next Thursday's closing film, Notes on Displacement, which documents a Palestinian refugee family's difficult journey to Germany. Free-$18, Friday, January 19 through January 25, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

I.S.S.

I.S.S.

In this extremely tense speculative thriller, a friendly American-Russian team on the International Space Station find themselves in a battle for control when nuclear war breaks out between their homelands on earth. The cast includes Broadway musical stars Ariana DeBose (Steven Spielberg's West Side Story) and John Gallagher Jr. (Spring Awakening, American Idiot). Get ready for a gripping cinematic experience! $10.99-$14.49, opens Thursday, January 18, Alamo Drafthouse, 60 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

The Zone of Interest

The Zone of Interest

Jonathan Glazer directed this feature-length adaptation of Martin Amis' novel about Auschwitz chief Rudolf Höss and his family, who lived in disturbing comfort right next to the death camp. If you're thinking there's no way they could have kept themselves completely shielded from the horrors inside, you are right. Experience a powerful and thought-provoking film! $13.50-$15.50, opens Friday, January 19, Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.

The Book of Clarence

The Book of Clarence

This New Testament send-up stars LaKeith Stanfield as a false prophet who observes the work of Jesus of Nazareth and sees a financial opportunity. It all goes very well until the Roman authorities catch on to his ruse, offering him a deal that would impress the Devil. Get ready for a satirical and thought-provoking film! $14.49, Alamo Drafthouse, 60 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

Anselm

Anselm

The great Wim Wenders' new documentary collapses life and art in a 3D portrait of German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer, known for his stark, large scale, powerful works engaging with history, literature, and esoteric spirituality, as well as his symbolic use of materials like straw and lead. Prepare to be captivated by the artistic journey of Anselm Kiefer! $10-$19, Landmark Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney St., Cambridge.

Projections

Projections

The Coolidge Corner Theater is spending January in a sci-fi mood, with mega-hits like The Terminator, the Matrix trilogy, and Alien, artier affairs like A.I., Her and George Lucas' debut THX 1138, and older foundational classics like the Shakespeare-in-space tale Forbidden Planet and the granddaddy of them all, Metropolis. Enjoy a journey through the world of sci-fi cinema! $13.50-$15.50, through January 31, Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.

Anyone But You

Anyone But You

Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) star in this rom com update of Much Ado About Nothing as a failed couple forced to spend time with each other when they're both invited to a destination wedding. Neither is happy about it—until they realize that pretending to make amends might be in their mutual best interest. Get ready for a fun and heartwarming romantic comedy! $7-$14.49, Alamo Drafthouse, 60 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

All of Us Strangers

All of Us Strangers

In this fantasy romance from director Andrew Haigh, a lonely Londoner (Andrew Scott) on the cusp of a new relationship finds himself drawn back to his hometown, where he encounters the ghosts of his parents, who died 30 years before. Prepare for a unique and moving cinematic experience! $13.50-$15.50, Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.

Ferrari

Ferrari

Adam Driver finally makes good on his surname as race car driver turned auto industry tycoon Enzo Ferrari in this Michael Mann biopic, focusing on the year 1957, which saw Ferrari dealing with the recent death of his son and his company's impending bankruptcy, looking for a win in the upcoming Mille Miglia race. Get ready for a thrilling and captivating film! $7-$17.49, Alamo Drafthouse, 60 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

American Fiction

American Fiction

Recalling Spike Lee's outrageous Bamboozled, this satire from writer-director Cord Jefferson follows a Black novelist (Jeffrey Wright) who, exasperated with the entertainment industry profiting from Black stereotypes, creates a ridiculously clichéd novel as a joke, only to watch it become a huge hit. Prepare for a thought-provoking and entertaining film experience! $13.50-$15.50, Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.

The Iron Claw

The Iron Claw

Zac Efron and Jeremy Allen White star in this family portrait of five Von Erich brothers, heirs to their father's pro wrestling dynasty who made indelible contributions to the art in the '80s while tragedy repeatedly struck the family, giving rise to legends of a "Von Erich curse." Get ready for a gripping and emotional documentary! $12-$16, Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville.

Poor Things

Poor Things

Yorgos Lanthimos' latest mind-bender, based on the 1992 novel by Alasdair Gray, stars Emma Stone as a woman resurrected from the dead by a scientist (Willem Dafoe). Hungry for experience, she runs off with a libertine lawyer (Mark Ruffalo) in a journey that will take her across the globe. Get ready for a visually stunning and thought-provoking film! $13.50-$15.50, Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.

Wonka

Wonka

Timothée Chalamet takes up the mantle of Roald Dahl's mysterious chocolatier in this origin story. Although it's produced by Warner Bros., the same studio that made Tim Burton's 2005 adaptation of Dahl's original novel, it presents a different version of Wonka's past and embraces an aesthetic closer to the 1971 version. Get ready to be transported to a whimsical and delicious world! $11.59-$20.99, AMC Boston Common, 175 Tremont St., Boston.

The Boy and the Heron

The Boy and the Heron

The first film from Hayao Miyazaki in more than a decade, "The Boy and the Hero" tells, with gorgeous hand-drawn animation, the story of a kid, Mahito, who journeys into a land between life and death to find his mother. Note: the link above is for subtitled screenings—if you'd prefer the English dub, check here. Get ready for a visually stunning and heartwarming film! $13.50-$15.50, Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

This prequel to the original Hunger Games takes place when the Games were only a decade old, tracing the early days of series antagonist Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blythe). Prepare for a thrilling and captivating film experience! $15.49, AMC Boston Common, 175 Tremont St., Boston.

TOURS

View Boston

View Boston

If you've got visitors and you want to give them a killer 360-degree view of the city, or if you just want a peep yourself, you can hardly do better than View Boston, at the top of the Prudential Center. You can spring for a guided tour or just take it in yourself. The view isn't all you'll find up there—there's also a restaurant, The Beacon, and Stratus, a cocktail bar. Higher-level ticket packages include a sample drink. Take in the breathtaking views of Boston from the top of Prudential Center! $29.99-59.99, open daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston.

The Innovation Trail

The Innovation Trail

This new tour focuses not on colonial and revolutionary Boston—that's been thoroughly covered—but on the city's history, down to the present, as a hub of science, medicine, and technology. You can pay for a guided tour on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday through the end of October or opt for a self-guided experience whenever you want. Explore Boston's innovative side and learn about its contributions to science, medicine, and technology! Free-$20, now open, starts in Central Square, Cambridge or Downtown Crossing, Boston.

KID-FRIENDLY

Belmont World Film Family Festival

Belmont World Film Family Festival

Highlights of this fest, showcasing the best in youth-oriented animated and live-action shorts and features from around the world, include the Dutch road movie Okaythanksbye, about a pair of teenage friends who meet at a boarding school for Deaf kids, and Dancing Queen, about a Norwegian tween who finds her footing in a dance competition. Treat the whole family to a day of fun and entertainment! $8-$120, through Sunday, January 21, various venues, Cambridge, Arlington, and West Newton.

These are just a few of the many incredible events happening in Boston this week. As you can see, there's something for everyone, whether you're a theater lover, a music enthusiast, or a fan of art and exhibitions. So, don't miss out on these exciting opportunities to explore the best of Boston's vibrant culture. Make your plans, grab your friends and family, and get ready to experience the magic of this amazing city!

UPCOMING EVENTS

2024

  • Feb. 2, 2024: Shrek Rave at Big Night Live (110 Causeway St, Boston).
  • Sat. March 9, 2024: Kaskade headlines Big Night Live (110 Causeway St, Boston).

May 2024

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events!

These are just a few of the exciting events on the horizon. Keep an eye out for more incredible experiences coming your way!


Remember, this is just a taste of the many events happening in and around Boston. Whether you're in the mood for art, theater, music, comedy, or just looking for some family-friendly fun, this city has something for everyone. So, go out and explore the vibrant culture that Boston has to offer!

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