Sticking around town over Christmas? Don't worry, there's still plenty to do out and about in the city. Here are a few options.
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Through Jan. 4
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St., Cambridge
This children’s play, a popular draw last year, returns to the Loeb for another run. Based on a story by 19th century Scottish fantasy master George MacDonald, it tells of a princess who’s lost her tie to gravity—both the physical and emotional types—due to a witch’s curse. If the curse isn’t lifted by her 16th birthday, she’ll lose her kingdom forever.
Friday and Saturday
425 Summer St., Boston
If you’re looking for a family values comedian, Jen Kirkman’s not it—she published a book in 2013 entitled “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself:Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids”. In her set she says sometimes people ask her why she’s never had kids. Her withering reply: “I’ve just never had that instinct to ruin my life.”
102 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge
This exhibition, the first at Harvard’s brand new Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African-American Art, brings together 98 examples of contemporary African art selected from the Jean Pigozzi Contemporary Art Collection in Geneva, Switzerland, including photography, modeling, sculpture, painting and videography. These disparate, highly individual voices combine to reflect the polyphony of African urban experience.
The Christmas Revels
45 Quincy St., Cambridge
Revels holds many sing-along events throughout the year, but its annual show at the winter solstice remains the most iconic. Each year is has a different thematic setting, and this year they’ve chosen Victorian England, specifically the Great Exhibition of 1851. Drawing inspiration from the music hall shows of the era, it includes dances, carols, storytelling and comedy.
Not Just a Nut: The Essential Bill Murray
Thursday through Dec. 31
40 Brattle St. Cambridge
Few actors get to have as long as varied a career as Bill Murray, from his screwball early role in films like “Caddyshack” to the wild comic fantasies of “Ghostbusters” and Scrooged” to later, dramatic material like “Lost in Translation” and his tragicomic Wes Anderson roles in “Rushmore” and “The Life Aquatic”. All those films and more show up in this series.