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Boston Winter Arts Guide 2016

'Urban Nutcracker' brings healing, heart and soul to the holiday season

The tragic events of Sept. 11 loomed over the first season of Tony Williams’ “The Urban Nutcracker,” and the artistic director debated if he should even move forward with his holiday production at all.“Opening night was two months after 9/11, and a friend said to me, ‘Is this really a good time for...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 1:32am

How Brian O’Donovan’s 'Christmas Celtic Sojourn' keeps up with tradition

It’s not every day that you get invited to an intimate Christmas celebration of Irish song, dance and poetry. That’s the vision of “Christmas Celtic Sojourn,” the live performanceof Brian O’Donovan’s longtime WGBH radio show.This year, the program focuses in on the Acadian Christmas tradition —...

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 8:27pm

Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart is playing favorites

With our Thanksgiving turkeys barely in the oven, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart thinks that it’s far too early to talk about Christmas. Given he will end the year leading the three-week Holiday Pops concert series, he is obliged to prepare, and think about certain aspects of it quite early.“...

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 3:30pm

Boston Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' by the numbers

Even the grandiose display of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” can’t totally communicate the massive amount of artists, time and materials it took. It’s even more impressive considering that artistic director Mikko Nissinen’s reimagined production of the holiday classic was built entirely from...

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 3:30pm

A new generation of holiday traditions

Your holiday season doesn’t have to be traditional this year. Sure, you may still bust out that wacky holiday sweater, decorate ye ol’ Christmas tree and attend the annual company holiday party. But with the help of a few quirky and unique holiday events, find some exciting new ways to celebrate...

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 3:30pm

'Club Drosselmeyer': The interactive, immersive holiday theater show you've been waiting for

Welcome to “Club Drosselmeyer,” a holiday pop up combining Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcracker," swing dancing, military technology and World War II into a theatrical event set in 1939.This interactive, immersive, game-based experience unfolds this December at American Repertory Theatre’s Oberon. It’s...

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 3:30pm

How to catch hundreds of shows this holiday season — on the cheap

The holiday season means pretty much everything ranks a premium price. However, the 13th annual Mayor’s Holiday Special, which is produced by ArtsBoston and headed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, offers discounted tickets to some 500 theatrical events this season.ArtsBoston, a nonprofit supporting the...

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 3:30pm

Your guide to this winter's museum must-sees

When the snow is coming down and the temperature is dropping, seek a little refuge inside the cozy confines of some of Boston’s best art museums. Here’s a roundup of exhibits and shows that will swing open their doors this winter.Peabody Essex MuseumFashion fanatics will flock to this stunning...

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 3:30pm

Sound Society showcases rising and established musicians with big productions

For Sound Society’s music series this winter, theatrical production value is key. Set at the American Repertory Theater’s Oberon, the one-night-only shows give musicians the chance to closely work with the theater’s extensive stage and lighting team. Sam Kassirer, a producer who has worked with...

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 3:59am