Fenway neighborhood notes
The Cambridge Youth Dance Program Dance Company will present “What the Dickens!” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17 at the Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave.
This urban contemporary dance twist on the classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol” interweaves classical ballet with tap, hip hop and contemporary dance. It is directed by Leslie Woodies and choreographed by artistic director Deborah Mason Dudley, Woodies, David Drummond, Khalid Hill, Rocky Mendes, Jeryl Palana, Ian Berg and Shaina Schwartz.
Tickets are $35 general admission and $30 for seniors, students and BDA members and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3103869.
The New England Conservatory Millennium Gospel Choir will perform in concert from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.
The 200 members, drawn from church choirs throughout the greater Boston area, were individually selected for their superior dedication, vocal technique, range and commitment to gospel music.
Tickets are $20 for members, seniors and students and $25 for non-members.
Visit www.mfa.org/music or call 617-267-9300 to purchase tickets and for more information.
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present the annual holiday concert “Believe” at 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec.16 and 17 at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.
The BGMC will celebrate the tradition, magic and fun of holiday nights with carols including “Ave Maria,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Oh Holy Night” as well as modern classics such as “Spirit of the Season,” “Believe” and “North Pole Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
Further information can be found at www.bgmc.org.
Music for Food will host a benefit concert for the Women’s Lunch Place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 at Northeastern University, Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen St.
Musicians including Sophie Scolnik-Brower and Dina Vainshtein, piano; Brannon Cho, cello; Gabriela Diaz and Robyn Bollinger, violin; Daniel Kim, viola; Sasha Scolnik-Brower, cello; Edward Kass, double bass; and Julie Scolnik, flute, performing works by Franz Schubert, Elena Ruehr and Kathryn Salfelder.
The suggested donation is $25 or $10 for students.
Further information can be found at www.musicforfoodboston.org.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will host a Third Thursday program, “Winter Solstice” from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21.
On the longest night of the year, the museum will partner with the Transformation Culture Project for an evening of warmth and connection. Attendees can enjoy a drink by the courtyard, hands-on-art making with local artists, live music and conversations.
Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $5 for students and free for members. Students in the University Membership Program are admitted free.
Call 617-566-1401 or visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information.
MFA vacation fun
The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will host weeklong family activities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 31. The museum will be closed Monday, Jan. 1.
The museum will offer free hands-on art activities for families to do together on the theme of New Year’s celebrations around the world, including making Japanese Daruma dolls and kites, pastel paintings, tours of the ancient Egypt collections, art-making and more.
For a complete schedule, call 617-369-9300 or visit www.mfa.org.
The American Guild of Organists and the First Church of Christ Scientist will present an organ recital as part of the First Night/First Day festivities at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 at the church at 250 Massachusetts Ave.
David Carrier, music director of the Wellesley Congregational Church, Temple Shalom of Newton and the Commonwealth Chorale; Natsumi Malloy, organist at St. Thomas Aquinas, Boston and First Church of Christ, Scientist, Winchester; and Peter Krasinski, international concert organist and organist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Providence, will be the featured musicians.
Admission is free. Visit www.firstnightboston.org/schedule or call 617-450-2366 for further information.
Art and music
A “First Friday” event will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.
The evening will feature fine art, a cash bar with signature cocktails, a tapas menu and live musical entertainment.
Visitors must be 21 and older. Entry is free for members, $25 general admission and $23 for seniors and students.
For more details, visit www.mfa.org or call 617-267-9300.