10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Boston Ballet The Nutcracker
A scene from the Boston Ballet's 2019 performance of "The Nutcracker." (Liza Voll/Boston Ballet)

While Massachusetts has reopened museums and other cultural institutions during Phase 3, COVID-19 case numbers are well above summer levels, and many residents are continuing to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic amid new orders and advisories from Gov. Charlie Baker. With that in mind, this week’s BosTen offers a mix of in-person and virtual things to do this weekend. Have an idea about what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or email us at

Share some laughs with the Boston Comedy Festival

We could all use a laugh right now, and the Boston Comedy Festival is here to help. Even as the long-running comedy showcase faces the scary financial prospect of an all-virtual festival, founder Jim McCue and director Helen DiMarzio have booked an enviable lineup of local and national talent, including household names like Lewis Black and Judah Friedlander. The festival is also still holding its annual local talent contest, and offering a $2,000 cash prize for the top up-and-coming comic. For more info on showtimes, which run through Saturday, check out the Boston Comedy Festival website.

Switch up your pizza routine with Saltie Girl Seafood Pizza

In search of a new pizza spot? Back Bay’s Saltie Girl has transformed its space into Saltie Girl Seafood Pizza, a concept dedicated to serving artisanal pies topped with lobster, clam, smoked salmon, and other oceanic delights. On Wednesdays through Sundays, guests can order pies like the Jonah Crab with pistachio pesto, or the Octopus with fennel sausage and piquillo pepper tomato sauce. Saltie Girl Seafood Pizza will take orders starting at 5 p.m. until all pizzas are sold out. 

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cabot with James Taylor and more

Beverly’s historic Cabot theatre will commemorate 100 years of theater, music, and movies with a free live-streamed celebration this Thursday starting at 7 p.m. The show begins with an unveiling of the venue’s newly renovated lobby (a throwback to its 1920s roots), and is followed by performances from the likes of James Taylor, Grace Potter, and Paula Cole. Tune in to watch the festivities on the Cabot website.

Get into the holiday spirit with Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

If you’ve never managed to score sought-after tickets to a Boston Ballet performance of “The Nutcracker,” the beloved holiday classic will be available for free this year. A one-hour version of the show, put together using footage from various dress rehearsals, is available now in partnership with NBC10 Boston on the Boston Ballet website.

And while you’re at it, stream “The Slutcracker”

If “The Nutcracker” is too traditional for your tastes, its raunchier sibling “The Slutcracker” is offering a digital version of its bawdy show to rent on demand for the rest of 2020. The burlesque parody created by Vanessa White in 2008 is not a family-friendly affair, but for those who enjoy a feminist, body-positive ballet with a heavy dose of the risqué, “The Slutcracker” is just the ticket. To access the show, which is a taping of the in-person version from 2019 at Somerville Theatre, visit the show’s website.

Make slow-cooked salmon with a local chef at the Food & Wine Classic At Home: Holiday Edition

Food & Wine is celebrating the holidays virtually this year with a two-hour event on Saturday, and you’ll be able to spot at least one familiar face among the lineup of celebrity chefs: Douglass Williams, chef-owner at South End hot spot MIDA. Catch him making slow-cooked salmon with banana-parsnip purée, then tune in for other holiday-centric demos: toffee two ways by Brooke Williamson, lamb shepherd’s pie with Kwame Onwuachi, a sparkling wine tasting with Food & Wine’s executive wine editor Ray Isle, and more. Tickets are $25-$30 and can be purchased here.

Keep an eye out for Boston in Disney+’s new holiday movie

If you’re looking for a holiday film with a distinctly Boston flavor to it, Disney+ is here to grant your wish. On Friday, the streaming company will release “Godmothered,” a holiday movie starring Isla Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”) and Jillian Bell (“22 Jump Street”) that was filmed in Massachusetts earlier this year. Set during the Christmas season, “Godmothered” follows a “young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training” (Bell), who is determined to prove that the world still needs her magic even though the fairy godmother profession is facing extinction. After finding a misplaced letter from a 10-year-old girl named Mackenzie, Eleanor heads to Earth to assist her, only to find that Mackenzie (Fisher) is now a 40-year-old single mom working at a TV news station in Boston. Mackenzie has given up hope of finding a “happily ever after” after losing her husband several years earlier, but Eleanor is determined to turn around her fortunes.

Sip and shop at Trina’s Starlite Lounge

Cocktails, tree trimming, shopping — Trina’s has the holiday spirit covered in spades this Saturday with a “sip and shop” event from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by the Somerville hangout to peruse artwork by Tanja Hollander, order hot drinks to go, and hang an ornament on the restaurant’s holiday tree (stick around for the tree lighting at 5 p.m.). Fifty percent of sales will go to Trina’s furloughed staff.

Stream a critically acclaimed, locally filmed movie with Amazon’s “Sound of Metal”

It’s been a little while since we last heard about “Sound of Metal,” which was primarily filmed in Ipswich back in 2018, along with other surrounding areas. The drama about a metal drummer (Riz Ahmed, “Venom”) whose world begins to unravel as he starts to lose his hearing was a hit at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, but had its release delayed by the pandemic. The movie arrives on Amazon Prime this Friday and is a must-watch both for its incredible sound design, which accurately portrays the process of going deaf, and for Ahmed’s performance as a man whose response to his hearing loss is to seek short-sighted relief in substances and ear-shattering music.

Stock up on gifts at Field & Vine’s winter market

Need to get started on your holiday shopping? Somerville’s Field & Vine has assembled an all-star lineup of makers and women-owned businesses for their upcoming winter market, held on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. In addition to hot cocktails from Back Bar and grilled food and natural wine from their own kitchen, the Union Square restaurant will showcase work from Myrth Ceramics, Brienne Cosman Fine Art, and Elimaem Textiles & Crafts. Reservations are required and can be booked on Resy.


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