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Weekend picks, Dec. 14-16

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  December 12, 2012 01:30 PM

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L to R: "Black Nativity" (Jeff Mayes), Boston Tea Party re-enactment (Michael Blanchard), James Massone (Lewis Jacobs/NBC)


Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.

FRIDAY

A STORY TO TELL Since 1970, Langston Hughes' Black Nativity has told the story of the nativity through scripture, verse, music, and dance. A cast of children and adults recounts the song-play based on the Gospel of St. Luke and the poetry of Langston Hughes. Dec. 14-15, 8 p.m. Dec. 15-16, 3:30 p.m. Through Dec. 22. $18-$45. Northeastern University's Blackman Auditorium, 342 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-514-3849, www.blacknativity.org

HERE'S THE POINT Fort Point takes care of you and your shopping list at "Sip, Shop, & Stroll." Restaurants, shops, museum, and galleries entice you with complimentary clam chowder and gingerbread cookies, discounts, wine tastings, gift certificates, and shopping opportunities. Dec. 14 from 4-8 p.m. Free. Fort Point Neighborhood (A, Congress, Farnsworth, and Channel Center streets; Fan Pier). www.friendsoffortpointchannel.org

HALLELUJAH All we'll say is: go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5v24Q7i0EE. If the Freres de St. Francis de la Sissies clip is not enough of a pitch for the Boston Gay Men's Chorus "Hallelujah!" concert, the men will celebrate the season with tunes from Chanukah, the Native American solstice, and Christmas. Dec. 14, 15, 17 at 8 p.m. $16-$46. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-542-7464, www.bgmc.org

TRADITION When these four friends get together every winter, audiences are treated to a multi-cultural holiday extravaganza that includes tunes sung in Hebrew, Tibetan, and German. Singer/songwriters Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson, and Natalia Zukerman are Winterbloom. Dec. 14, 7 and 10 p.m. $25-$35. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.cluboberon.com

BUON NATALE This Christmas concert travels back to old Naples to tell the story of Christmas through folk music of Southern Italy. You can expect traditional folk prayers, songs from the Renaissance, tarantellas, historical instruments, and musical influences from Africa, the Middle East, and ancient Greece. Newpoli celebrates the release of its new CD "Musica di Natale: A Traditional Italian Christmas." Dec. 14, 8 p.m. $20. YMCA Theatre, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. www.newpolimusic.com

SATURDAY

FESTIVE SINGING At Alastair Moock's Family Holiday Extravaganza, be ready to get into the act with the Boston roots musician, his band, and the Fayerweather Street School Chorus. The party features Christmas and Hannukah tunes plus standards from Moock's family catalogue. Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. $9.75, $7.75 kids. The Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. $9.75, $7.75 kids. 617-734-2501, www.coolidge.org

WITCH PATH? You will be "Members of Hansel and Gretel's Ultra Adventure Club" which means you'll help "Hansel & Gretel" select the path that gets them home. This adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale features masks, puppets, and songs. Dec. 15-16, 11 a.m. Through Jan. 6. $15. The Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

WHAT A VOICE From high school talent shows to "The Voice" is quite a journey for Wakefield native James Massone who made it to "Team Cee Lo." The R&B singer/songwriter regularly performs covers of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, and John Legend hits. Dec. 15, 8 p.m. $10. The Red Room @ Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston. 617-747-2261, www.cafe939.com

SWEATER SOIREE Everybody has gotten at least one cheesy holiday sweater from a well meaning relative. If you haven’t given yours to good will, put it to good use at b Positive’s Ugly Sweater Party. The event features holiday libations, food, DJ, and prizes for the ugliest sweater. Proceeds to Yoga Reaches Out. Dec. 15, 8-11 p.m. $20. Sweet Caroline’s, 1260 Boylston St., Boston. www.bpositiveproject.com

SOMERVILLE SHINES Get inspired at the annual Illuminations Tour when Somerville residents make their houses twinkle. Trolley guides fill you in with local trivia and stories about some of the participating families. Dec. 15 (snow date Dec. 16). Trolleys depart at 4:30, 5, 5:45, 6:15, 7, 7:30, 8:15, 8:45, and 9:15 p.m. $10, $5 seniors and ages 12 and under (self-guided tour maps are $3). Tours begin and end at Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-625-6600, www.somervilleartscouncil.org

SUNDAY

A PERFECT 10 It's the 10th anniversary of "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan" and WGBH celebrates by broadcasting live on Dec. 16 from 6-8 p.m. (89.7FM). Radio listeners and live audiences will be treated to traditional Celtic music, dance, and storytelling including Seamus Egan and Solas, harpist Catriona McKay, fiddler Chris Stout, Scottish singer Alyth McCormack, Navan, and dancers Jon and Nathan Pilatzke. Dec. 16 at 1 and 6 p.m. (limited 1 p.m. tickets; through Dec. 22 at several venues). $25-$75. Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 800-233-3123, www.wgbh.org/celtic

HUZZAH There are three parts to Sunday's Boston Tea Party Reenactment. First is the Meeting of the Body of the People where you'll protest the colonial tax on tea (4-5 p.m.). Next is the march to Boston Harbor along the route taken by the Sons of Liberty (5-5:45 p.m.). And finally, you get to yell "Huzzah" (hooray) while chests of East India tea are dumped into Boston Harbor (5:45-6:45 p.m.). Dec. 16 from 4-6:45 p.m. $15 includes meeting and reserved viewing area, free from 5:15-6:45 p.m. Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston. 800-838-3006, www.btpreenactment.bpt.me

ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE What's your view of the cosmos? We're not talking about the ornamental plant, we mean the well-ordered universe. At "Muse On Fire: Bill Barclay on Shakespeare’s Cosmos," Barclay reveals through music, stories, and Shakespeare scenes how the Elizabethan view of the cosmos applies today. Dec. 16 from 7-9 p.m. $20, $10 students. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 800-350-8850, http://musicofthespheres.eventbrite.com/#

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