There’s A Lot of January Offerings to Keep You Connected and Fulfilled

OK…we get it…2022 was when we were supposed to be back to doing all the things we love to do indoors…in-person; but COVID (for the time being) has other ideas. 

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t find enlightening, entertaining, and enriching things to do (some in-person and a lot are virtual) this month! It also means if you have a stronger urge to connect through stories; discover joy; or to learn new things…you still can!


Here are just a few ideas to get you through this month!


VIRTUAL: January 14-23: WITNESS: Arlekin Players Theatre

Where do unwanted people go? WITNESS, the latest project from Arlekin’s Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab, is a new documentary theater piece about Jewish immigration in the face of antisemitism.  WITNESS brings actors and audiences together from around the world for a shared immersive experience set on a boat in digital space.  The piece is inspired by the journey of the MS St. Louis, which left Hamburg in 1939 with over 900 Jewish people on board and headed to Cuba only to be turned away, leaving the passengers stranded with nowhere to go and no escape. WITNESS shares stories of Jewish immigrants from around the globe through an interactive virtual theater experience at the nexus of film, theater and video games.


IN-PERSON: January 18-30: Pretty Woman: The Musical: Lexus Broadway In Boston at Citizen Bank Opera House

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, is now on tour! Starring Broadway superstar and Tony Award®-nominee Adam Pascal as Edward Lewis and rising star Olivia Valli as the charming and charismatic Vivian Ward, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).“If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News). More details here:

VIRTUAL: January 21-27: What Makes it Great? With Rob Kapilow “The Music of Lerner and Loewe”: Celebrity Series of Boston at GBH

Rob Kapilow gives his one-of-a-kind “What Makes it Great?” treatment to the music of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, a duo “virtually synonymous with the blockbuster Broadway musical.” (PBS). It’s a must-see event for anyone who enjoys Broadway or Hollywood musicals, but the truth is, with Rob Kapilow at the helm, you’ll end up becoming a fan of whatever subject he’s presenting. Come find out why shows like My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, and Gigi became such enduring smash hits—and have a good time doing it!  More details here:

VIRTUAL: January 22: Macbeth (all-woman ensemble): Newton Theatre Company

Newton Theatre Company’s Zoom Radio Hour is back with a riveting and intimate production. An all-woman ensemble takes on Shakespeare’s tragedy about the infamous Scottish king and queen and the dark consequences of their murderous ambition. More details here:

VIRTUAL: January 27: What’s Shaping Your Creativity?: Now + There

What started as a quilt-inspired collaged painting featuring snapshots of Black joy and aliveness on a snowy Boston day is now a 60-foot printed mural, on view until March 2022. Artists Johnetta Tinker and Susan Thompson dreamed up “Deeply Rooted in the NeighborHOOD” to share uplifting depictions of neighborhood life while also paying homage to their mentor, Boston-based artist Allan Rohan Crite.Join us on Thursday, January 27, 12-1:30 PM via Zoom to reinvigorate your own creativity and get a behind-the-scenes look at a unique collaboration. Art, memory, hope, and legacy continue to inspire these two art legends. What is inspiring YOU? What connects you to your neighborHOOD? More details here:


Photo courtesy of Pretty Woman: The Musical. Photo: Morris Mac Matzen

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