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CraftBoston Holiday Online

Artists will showcase one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces perfect for gift-gifting, including ceramics, decorative fiber, art-to-wear, furniture, toys, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.

Join Society of Arts + Crafts to shop the artists’ handmade wares and participate in virtual events and artist-led workshops streamed from their studios from Friday, Nov 12 through Sunday, Jan. 30 at https://societyofcrafts.org/craftboston-holiday-online-2021.

‘Iphigenia’

Iphigenia was born to be sacrificed – or so the Greek myth would have people believe. But what if she contests her fate? What if the winds don’t blow and the sails hang limp in the sea air? Staring down the history of opera, “Iphigenia” makes some demands on its future: no more tragic women singing through suicide and going mad in perfect pitch and no more spectacles of women dead and dying. With music by jazz legend Wayne Shorter, libretto by multi-GRAMMY® winning musician Esperanza Spalding, scenic design by famed architect Frank Gehry, and direction by the acclaimed Lileana Blain-Cruz. “Iphigenia” disrupts the traditional tale of the sacrificial daughter of Greece in a work that envelopes the classical with the contemporary. 

The world premiere performance of “Iphgenia” will be held at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St.

A conversation between Iphigenia librettist Esperanza Spalding, musicologist Dr. Carolyn Abbate, and Boston While Black Founder Sheena Collier moderated by Emerson assistant professor Dr. Dana Edell will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15.

Please be aware that this production contains scenes of violence against women.

Go to https://artsemerson.org/events/iphigenia for more information and tickets (From $25).

Sundance Film Festival Shorts

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival program, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for close to 40 years.

Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2021 program offers new audiences a taste of the festival and shows that short films transcend traditional storytelling.

ICA will host this event at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14.

Visit www.icaboston.org for more information, including the list and synopsis of the shorts, and tickets ($5 - ICA members + students | $10 - nonmembers (gallery admission sold separately).

Kari Jobe - The Blessing USA Tour - Volunteers needed

Loop Volunteers is recruiting volunteers to fill a variety of positions (with specific time slots) for the Kari Jobe - The Blessing USA Tour. They would love to have people serve at this event on Saturday, Nov 13 at the Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Pl. Must be 16 years of age or older. One of the positions will receive a stipend.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/kari-jobe-the-blessing-usa-tour-volunteers-boston-ma-tickets-174435089047 for more information and registration.

Celebrate Diwali

Diwali is a festival of light observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains throughout the world and is celebrated in many different ways.

The Boston Children’s Museum will welcome local friends and families to share their Diwali experiences, and together will offer immersive drop-in activities that explore the sights, sounds, and spirit of this holiday on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar for more information.

ARC Blood Drive at 125 High St.

Help end the critical shortage status by donating blood with the Red Cross from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 125 High St.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

‘Zoo Motel’

A lot can happen at a magical hotel. Zoo Motel gives people the keys.

Welcome to the Zoo Motel. They hope people find their rooms comfortable and their amenities… unique. 

In this live digital performance, theatre director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips and artist Steven Dufala transport viewers into a magical hotel room where time stops, objects come to life and stories begin to emerge from across the globe that all illuminate themes of human existence.

The live digital performances will be shown from Tuesday, Nov 16 through Sunday, Nov. 21 with evening and matinee show times.

Visit https://artsemerson.org/events/zoo-motel for more information and virtual tickets ($35).

Midweek Mindfulness

Everyone could use a little more mindfulness in their lives. Sometimes simply taking a deep breath to ground yourself in the present moment or performing a quick body scan can work wonders to calm the mind.

Join Boston Public Library YA librarian Paul to discuss mindfulness, dedicate some time to meditation and practice a few exercises that will help you live more fully in the now.

The program will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Suitable for teens and young adults.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Phillis Wheatley’s Books of Poetry & The Dartmouth

Nestled among the Dartmouth’s cargo of East India Company tea was a crate of another kind. This one would hold a shipment of the newly published Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral written by Phillis Wheatley.

Wheatley was the first woman of African descent, and slave, and third woman in America to publish a book of poetry. Wheatley wrote her first poem in 1765 and was published in 1767. Six years later in 1773, Wheatley would publish her famed book of poetry.

Join the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for a one-hour conversation about her connection to the Boston Tea Party Ship Dartmouth and her lasting legacy as a poet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Visit www.bostonteapartyship.com/virtual-museum for Zoom registration ($15).

Bright Lights: ‘No Ordinary Man’

American jazz musician Billy Tipton developed a reputable touring and recording career in the mid-20th century, along with his band The Billy Tipton Trio. After his death in the late 80s, it was revealed that Tipton was assigned female at birth, and his life was swiftly reframed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career.

The genre-defying documentary “No Ordinary Man” seeks to correct that misrepresentation by collaborating with trans artists. As they collectively celebrate Tipton’s story as a musician living his life according to his own terms, they paint a portrait of a trans culture icon.

On demand streaming will be available for viewing from 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 until the live 45-minute moderated discussion with writer and directors Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18. 

Conversations will stream within the film viewing platform and on Zoom.

Visit https://artsemerson.org/events/bright-lights-no-ordinary-man for more information and registration.

This is part of Trans Awareness Week; co-presented with Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival and the Boston Women's Film Festival.

Artist Demo: Woodworking with Coby Unger

Join the Society of Arts + Crafts for a woodworking demo with CraftBoston artist Coby Unger from 2 to 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18. Unger calls himself a "professional mess maker," but you wouldn't know it from his pieces.

This demo will be viewable on the Society of Arts + Crafts' website and on their YouTube channel.

RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-demo-woodworking-with-coby-unger-tickets-194623463017 (0-$5).

Evening of Inspired Leaders

Mass Poetry will present their seventh annual Evening of Inspired Leaders, its annual fundraiser that brings inspiring poetry read by a diverse group of community leaders, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18. The hybrid event will be held online and live at GrubStreet’s Center for Creative Writing, 50 Fan Pier Blvd. 

At Evening of Inspired Leaders attendees come together for inspiration and poetry that speaks to hearts, spirits and to this moment in all its complexity.

Funds raised at Evening of Inspired Leaders will help Mass Poetry produce its dynamic roster of free and low-cost poetry programs for thousands of people, young and old, across Massachusetts.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-of-inspired-leaders-tickets-173575297387 for more information, including featured speakers, and registration (Free - donations and sponsorships appreciated).

Snowport opens Nov. 19

Back again for this year, Snowport, at 88 Seaport Blvd., will be open daily from Friday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 2. The attraction will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Snowport will host large-scale winter games, the Seaport Tree Market, Light Up Seaport and a European-style holiday market, showcasing more than 60 small businesses from around Boston.

– Revelers feeling sporty can try iceless curling, light-up Bocce and large-scale versions of Battleship, Jenga, KanJam and more. The North End Curling Club will also teach complimentary learn-to-curl classes on select Saturdays.

– There will be a “dramatic” canopy of more than 2,000 twinkling lights, a 3-D backdrop of gifts, and a 30-foot interactive chalkboard called a “Winter Wish Wall” where guests can share their holiday wishes.

– Light Up Seaport will take place on Friday, Dec. 3 on the Seaport Common when Boston Seaport’s 54-foot Norway Spruce tree will be lit with more than 10,000 white lights. The Boston Children’s Chorus and other local entertainers will perform. After that, guests can take part in a Holiday Stroll, where more than 40 local businesses will offer one-night-only promotions.

– There will be a Menorah lighting on Saturday, Dec. 4 at One Seaport Courtyard. Guests will be treated to traditional kosher jelly donuts and chocolate gelt. 

– The Seaport Tree Market will sell Christmas trees, wreaths, kissing balls and more.

– Tuscan Kitchen will serve festive craft cocktails and arancini, pizza, calzones, and more from a wood-burning stove inside a 10,000 square-foot dining space.

– Breezy Hill Orchard will serve hot cider, cider doughnuts, and gingerbread treats. Guests can relax and eat at seating areas inside a heated tent.

Visit https://www.bostonseaport.xyz for more information.

Emerson Stage ‘Marie Antoinette’

Emerson Stage will present David Adjmi's “Marie Antoinette” at 8 p.m. from Thursday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Nov. 20 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at Tufte Performance and Production Center, Greene Theater, 10 Boylston Place.

This revolutionary take on the life and downfall of the Queen of France displays the vapid early days of her monarchy and its deterioration as the revolution brews in her country, all while providing the richest insight to one of history’s most potentially misconstrued events.

Visit www.emersonstage.org/marie-antoinette for more information and tickets ($12 – general admission | $8 – Emerson).

Global Arts Live presents Raphael Xavier

Known for his “artful and mesmerizing” approach to hip-hop and Breaking, Raphael Xavier has explored Breaking as social, physical and mental “movement” for more than 20 years. Utilizing live jazz as a backdrop, Xavier’s: The Musician & The Mover highlights the traditions of freestyle and improvisation of both Breaking and jazz.

Xavier and two other Breakers will be joined on stage by four jazz musicians to create a transcendent mix of poetry, movement, and music at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20 at ICA.

Visit www.icaboston.org for more information and tickets (Members: $44 | Nonmembers: $48).

Dino Safari: A Walk-Thru Adventure

Dino Safari is a walk-thru dinosaur exhibition with more than 30 realistic and scientifically-accurate animatronic creatures. Get up close and personal with these giant ancient creatures in a thrilling experience. People will learn where on earth they lived, how they behaved and how they evolved over time.

Dina Safari will be open from Friday, Nov. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 30 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace - 4 S Market St. Time Slots and ticket prices vary.

Go to https://dinosafariboston.com for more information and reservations.

Wolf convection steam oven demonstration                                  

Join Clarke – Boston, 7 Tide S. for a demonstration as the in-house culinary team bring to life the various cooking modes and features of the Convection Steam Oven.

They will share some tips and techniques to help people get the most from new appliance, or learn all about it if considering a purchase. This class will boost confidence and enthusiasm for preparing daily meals with steam.

Demos will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/wolf-convection-steam-oven-demonstration-tickets-168478314173 for more information and registration.

Wolf product demonstration                                                           

Planning a kitchen project? Thinking about a griddle or charbroiler? Induction or gas surface? See what each of these Wolf options, and more, have to offer. A Clark chef will demonstrate several of Wolf’s unique cooking appliances to help build a kitchen that complements your lifestyle.

Demonstrations will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23; from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Clarke – Boston, 7 Tide St.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/wolf-product-demonstration-tickets-168480964099 for more information and registration.

Boston Ballet: ‘The Nutcracker’

The Boston Ballet will perform the classical ballet – “The Nutcracker” – set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky – at the Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St.

Evening and matinee shows will be held on select days from Friday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 26.

Visit www.bostonballet.org for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Art Lending Showcase

Stop by The Gallery at the Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St. to view the latest art exhibit in partnership with FPAC, Art Lending Showcase, on display through Dec. 10.

Artist participating in Art Lending are FPAC members working in a range of media, materials and styles.

For more information visit fortpointarts.org.

AFH's virtual open studio

In addition to their popular and inspiring, in-person monthly open studio, Artists for Humanity also has a new, virtual open studio platform. Travel through their studios and event venue - meet their teen artists and designers, hear from AFH mentors, view teen artwork and their recent client commissions.

Designed in partnership with Northeastern University students, new content will be updated periodically, allowing people to return for a new experience at https://afh-open-studios.vercel.

app/studios/painting-studio.

BBF November walking tours                                

The Boston by Foot Heart of the Freedom Trail tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and The Road to Revolution tours will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in November.

Visit www.bostonbyfoot.org/tours/Beacon_Hill for more information and reservations (Adults: $15 | Child: $8 | Child under 6: Free).

Embodied Identities exhibit at POA Arts Gallery

Embodied Identities – part of the New Narratives – will be on view at the Pao Arts Gallery, 99 Albany St. through Dec. 17. 

Curator: Leslie Anne Condon – Artists: Maria Fong, Eugene La Rochelle, Brenda Lau, Mel Taing and Jennifer Okumura

Go to www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/embodied-identities-opening for more information.

Singing Tree Concerts at The Rocks

The Seaport Singing Trees will sing in concert from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays at The Rocks at Harbor Way.

A new audio installation – powered by PlantWave and sponsored by Delta Air Lines – will transform ordinary trees into master musicians. Listen as the biorhythms of several Sugar Maples – and a few Sassafras backup singers – are translated into music

Learn more at www.bostonseaport.xyz/venue/rocks-harbor-way.

Arts and Culture Open Exchange

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Arts & Culture Department is holding a monthly Arts & Culture Open Exchange from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through Dec. 15.

This is a new opportunity to virtually connect with others in Greater Boston interested in art, culture, placemaking and art-centered engagement.

Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIufuuorjopGNbR3La3l_tzPCIxDgK3aFiO.

MA: Climate Action Call

Make a difference for the climate by taking action at the statewide Climate Action Call – at noon on the third Thursday of each month. Join Mothers Out Front for this 45-minute online “actionar” to learn about a specific climate issue and take focused and impactful action together.

People don’t have to be experts to advocate for just solutions to the climate crisis. At these events, seasoned volunteers will provide the background information and clear instructions for actions you can take with others during the call.

Visit www.mothersoutfront.org/events/ma-action-call-2021071 for more information and registration.

DivorceCare

If you are separated or divorced and need healing, the Park Street Church invites you to attend DivorceCare, a 13-week support group, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 9 through Dec. 16 via Zoom.

You’ll find a warm, caring environment and will come to see the group as an oasis in this difficult season of life. There are three key elements to this experience: video seminar, group discussion and a personal workbook.

Each Biblically-based session is self-contained. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to understand the hurt that comes from separation and divorce. That’s why many of friends and family might not fully understand what you are going through and may not know how to best help you.

If you are interested in attending, please register by emailing divorcecare@parkstreet.org to receive the link for the meeting.  

Critical Shortage - Donate blood to ARC                                                 

Help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.

The Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. is open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. – time slots vary by day.

Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767).

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth. 

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.

Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, 

recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

MassHire Career Center

The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center, 75 Federal St. is currently offering all services, including webinars, coaching and employment services, by appointment only, both virtually and in person.

Visit https://masshiredowntownboston.org for more information.

Boston Children’s Museum onsite/online                          

Boston Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through Sundays and timed ticketing (purchased online) will be required for the two time slots: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Virtual tours and a host of resources are also available online.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information and reservations.

ICA onsite/online perks                                                                   

– The Institute of Contemporary Art is open - advanced timed tickets and face masks required.

– When accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under, up to two adults per family are admitted free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month (except December). 

– ICA is free for all visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays – Tickets available at 10 a.m.

– ICA is free for all visitors on select holidays

– Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us

– ICA provides virtual programs and at-home art activities for kids and families, including Virtual First Fridays

– ICA online Store is open

Go to www.icaboston.org for more information.

Old State House and Old South Meeting House open                 

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House are open for general admission. One ticket grants entry to both sites.

Go to www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/online

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum has opened for the season. It will also continue to hold virtual events year-round.

Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.

The Boston Cyclists Union                                                                          

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

– Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

– The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed                   

There are times when we could all use a helping hand and other times when we could lend one, and that’s the underlying sentiment behind Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed (NIN NID) – a program that connects St. Joseph’s parishioners with neighbors who could use a little assistance or just some cheering up.

If you are in need of anything – or are willing to assist them in outreach – please email office@stjosephboston.org or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email and a list of items needed or availability to serve.

Help Support MANNA Community Program      

Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.

In addition to the Monday Lunch Program, they are now serving

Serving these individually-packaged meals at the to a larger number of people in need comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit www.stpaulboston.org/manna-donations for more information.

Help Support MANNA Community Program      

Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.

In addition to serving individually-packaged meals at the Monday Lunch Program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., they are also serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays to a larger number of people in need which comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this 30-year program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit www.stpaulboston.org/manna-donations for more information.

Support Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)    

From 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday nights and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, the Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.) at Park Street Church prepares hot meals and packages of socks, underwear and toiletries for men and women and then distributes them outside their church to their vulnerable neighbors who live on the streets of Boston.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, toiletries, gift cards, or clothing or would like additional information on ways to make a difference, visit www.parkstreet.org/events/home.

St. Francis House

St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. – the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – continues to welcome more than 500 poor and homeless men and women a day for emergency refuge services.

Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:

– Make a monetary donation

–  Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist

–  Volunteer and/or attend events

Your gift has the power to rebuild lives; St. Francis House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.

Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.