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5 Things To Do This Weekend, From A Holiday Classic To A Holiday Horror Story

While Christmas carols are playing in the stores, here are four things for the Grinches in Boston and one for the Whos in Whoville.

Handel and Haydn’s 'Messiah' | Friday, Nov. 30 - Sunday, Dec. 2 | Symphony Hall, Boston

With the winter holidays practically around the corner, why not enjoy a classic? Handel's "Messiah" will be performed by Boston’s Handel and Hayden Society for the 165th year in a row. The orchestra and chorus deliver a powerful rendition of the holiday classic for all ages to enjoy.

Handel and Haydn Society rehearse. (Courtesy Chris Lee)
Handel and Haydn Society rehearse. (Courtesy Chris Lee)

'Nine Moments For Now' | Through Jan. 21 | Cooper Gallery, Cambridge

Guest curator Dell Marie Hamilton brought in art created by Carrie Mae Weems, Nelson Mandela and emerging and local artists, activists and documentarians for “Nine Moments for Now.” The show brings to light the voices of those who have been kept out of the conversation in a way that softly highlights the #BlackLivesMatter movement. (Read The ARTery's feature by Ariana Lee on this exhibition.)

Karmimadeebora McMillan's "Doll and Ms. Merrimack" in "Nine Moments For Now" exhibition. (Courtesy of the artist)
Karmimadeebora McMillan's "Doll and Ms. Merrimack" in "Nine Moments For Now" exhibition. (Courtesy of the artist)

Asian Glow III | Saturday, Dec. 1 | Makeshift, Boston

Asian Glow brings Asian-American and Pacific Islander artists in Boston to center stage with its third show, which features performances from a comedian Srilatha Rajamani, magician Felice Ling, drag artist collective Lotux and rapper Rex Mac.


'A Nightmare on Elf Street' | Through Dec. 23 | Machine Nightclub, Boston

While holiday classics are on the screen, Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans bring Freddy Krueger to the North Pole for "A Nightmare on Elf Street." With 14 songs ranging from old rock ‘n’ roll to Broadway and jazz, jokes and slasher horror, this is not an average Christmas tale. (Read Patti Hartigan’s feature on this musical.)

Clockwise from top: Samuel Thornhill as Blitz Blitzen, Taryn Lane as Dani Dancer, Jeff Blanchette as Chris Comet, and Kiki Samko as Clair Cupid in "A Nightmare on Elf Street". (Courtesy Michael von Redlich)
Clockwise from top: Samuel Thornhill as Blitz Blitzen, Taryn Lane as Dani Dancer, Jeff Blanchette as Chris Comet, and Kiki Samko as Clair Cupid in "A Nightmare on Elf Street". (Courtesy Michael von Redlich)

Tony Conrad Retrospective | Through Jan. 6 | MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge

The MIT List Center is paying homage to a man whose name you might not know, but whose multimedia work probably influences a lot of the culture you love. A pioneer of minimalist music and structural film, his work also helped define rock music and public television.

Part of the "Introducing Tony Conrad" exhibition installed at MIT. (Courtesy Peter Harris Studio)
Part of the "Introducing Tony Conrad" exhibition installed at MIT. (Courtesy Peter Harris Studio)

Cintia Lopez Arts Fellow
Cintia Lopez is a fellow for The ARTery, WBUR's arts and culture team.

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