10 things to go see around Boston this November

A performance of Gardens Speak.
A performance of Gardens Speak. –Courtesy photo: ArtsEmerson

Strangers in Boston Photography Exhibit and Open Mic

This solo exhibition by local photographer Jourdan Christopher will also feature live music, poetry, and spoken word. Christopher’s photos seek to “capture moments that everyone can relate to” around Boston. (Thursday, November 2, at 7 p.m.; Craft & Caro, Boston; $5 online, $10 day of/door; all ages)

BSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s piece at Symphony Hall in the first family concert of the season. These programs are designed to be educational and engaging for young children, ages 3-8, and their families. (Saturday, November 4, at noon; Boston Symphony Hall, Boston; $20; all ages)

Singers Night

More than 100 Berklee students auditioned for Singers Night, one of the voice department’s flagship shows. The high energy performance will feature pop, R&B, soul, and more. (Tuesday, November 7, at 8 p.m.; Berklee Performance Center, Boston; $8 in advance, $12 day of; all ages)

Ex Machina


Technology magazine The Technoskeptic will host a special screening of Alex Garland’s exploration of artificial intelligence, followed by a discussion on the reality of machine learning. A computational neuroscientist and a tech critic will lead the discussion. (Thursday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m.; The Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $12; 17+)

Gardens Speak

This interactive theater experience admits 10 people each hour to discover the stories of 10 ordinary Syrians killed during the early uprisings in 2011. The experience sold out in New York City, with The New York Times calling it “stark” and “moving.” (Opens November 8, at 6 p.m.; Emerson Paramount Center, Boston; $55; 16+)

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous

With seven shows already sold out, there are still a few tickets to see the Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian in Boston. After six years with Saturday Night Live, Mulaney’s comedy specials have been highly praised by critics, with Entertainment Weekly calling him, “one of the best stand-up comics alive.” (Opens Tuesday, November 14, at 7 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston and Symphony Hall, Boston; $31+; 16+)

 Julius Caesar

This Actors’ Shakespeare Project production features an all female-cast in a futuristic setting, hoping to explore power and politics from a new perspective. (Opens Thursday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m.; Studio 210 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre, Boston; $50; all ages)

The Room

You may have heard that James Franco is making a movie about how The Room, also known as the “worst film ever made” came to be. It arrives in theaters on December 1, but first see the original on the big screen. (Friday, November 17, at 11:59 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $12.25; 17+)

The Color Purple


This Tony Award-winning musical follows a young woman’s journey to self-determination in the American South. The Hollywood Reporter praises “the production’s direct hit to the heart, mind, and gut.” (Opens Tuesday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m.; The Shubert Theatre, Boston; $48+; 16+)

World of Dance Tour

The tour, sponsored by international urban dance competition World of Dance, will present some of the region’s best dance teams in a festival setting. Attendees can watch staged performances, participate in dance battles, and visit a variety of fashion and accessory vendors. (Saturday, November 25, at 4 p.m.; Back Bay Events Center, Boston; $40+; all ages)