November Staff Picks

For all those of you who aren’t ready to get in the holiday spirit just yet…

Heimo Zoberning: Chess Painting: MIT List Visual Arts Center
Now – December 31 | Free
Zobernig uses the museum and its architecture as a stage; he allows a viewer to confront the constructed, at times theatrical, experience of visiting an art exhibition. He playfully acknowledges and amplifies methods of display and design—balancing form and function—in questioning the hierarchies and mechanisms at work in the presentation and understanding of an artwork. In doing so, he blurs the line between what constitutes a painting, a sculpture, the architecture, and the interior furniture of a gallery, such as pedestals, benches, and other furnishings. Where does the exhibition start and stop?

In the Heights: Wheelock Family Theater
Now – November 19 | BosTix Deal Available
Want to celebrate the season with your family, but you miss the summer weather? Check out In the Heights, winner of the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, written by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant, multi-generational community in New York’s Washington Heights – a place where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you and which ones you leave behind.

3/Fifths Trapped in a Traveling Minstrel Show: Sleeping Weazel
Now – November 11 | BosTix Deal Available
3/Fifths’ Trapped in a Traveling Minstrel Show turns minstrelsy inside out and upside down in a blend of song, dance, video, and storytelling, at turns hilarious and terrifying, and sometimes both at the same time. A new piece inspired by creator and writer James Scruggs’ original 3/Fifths, this lean, mean theatrical machine features three high-voltage actors slyly performing this country’s racist history and ongoing need for dialogue and change. This show is dangerously fun!

The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare: Boston Lyric Opera
November 8 – 12 | BosTix Deal Available
Edinburgh, 1828. The city’s world-renowned anatomy schools suffer from a cadaver shortage. Two industrious men – William Burke and William Hare – find lucrative work by murdering disenfranchised citizens and selling their corpses to Dr. Knox’s academy. Brutally funny and highly theatrical, irreverent and fast-paced, this chamber opera is based on real events.

Boston Jewish Film Festival
November 8 – 20 | Full Schedule
The Boston Jewish Film Festival returns for its 28th annual fall convening. Enjoy over 60 screenings, as well as talkbacks, community events, and performances in theaters across the greater Boston area. Highlights include the Boston premieres of Bye, Bye Germany and Bombshell: The Hedy Lamar Story, as well as the New England premiere of Keep the Change.

Boston Bhangra Competition 2017: South Asian Nation
November 11
South Asian Nation hosts the 14th annual Boston Bhangra Competition. Originating from Punjab, India, bhangra is widely regarded as one of the most lively, invigorating, and quickly growing forms of dance in the world. The most respected bhangra teams from the United States and Canada will fight it out to be crowned the Boston Bhangra Champions!

Black in Europe and Beyond: Castle of Our Skins & Brandeis University
November 15-18 | Full Residency Schedule
Castle of our Skins joins the Music Unites Us Intercultural Residency Series at Brandeis University, offering lectures, a panel discussion and workshops culminating with an 8:00 pm concert on November 18th. With a focus on Black composers and musicians with connections to the European Classical music world, COOS will be joined by Chi Chi Nwanoku, Dr. Kira Thurman, Dr. Julius P. Williams and Reneé Baker as invited lecturers, panel members, and artists for this residency.

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