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5 Things To Do This Weekend, From Kinetic Sculptures To Twyla Tharp

Nancy Sinatra and Twyla Tharp appear at the curtain call for the opening night performance of the Broadway musical 'Come Fly Away' in New York, Thursday, March 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)MoreCloseclosemore
Nancy Sinatra and Twyla Tharp appear at the curtain call for the opening night performance of the Broadway musical 'Come Fly Away' in New York, Thursday, March 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Kinetic sculptures, boundary-pushing opera, the great choreographer Twyla Tharp — that's just a sampling of what's on tap for things to do this weekend:

Twyla Tharp: 'Minimalism and Me' | Thursday, Dec. 13 - Sunday, Dec. 16 | ICA, Boston

It’s hard to overstate the impact the choreographer Twyla Tharp has had on the world of dance. Now she reflects back on her pivotal, minimalism-informed work of the ‘60s and ‘70s in a lecture interspersed with performances by members of her dance company.


David A. Lang: 'Flights of Fancy| Through Jan. 27 | Boston Sculptors Gallery

When Wayland artist David A. Lang died unexpectedly last year, he left a hole in the Boston art scene, where he was admired for his work and his kindness. The Boston Sculptors Gallery, of which he was a member, presents a retrospective of his delicate, whimsical, occasionally mobile sculptures. (Read Pamela Reynolds' feature on the artist.)

David Lang's "First Strike." (Courtesy David Lee Black)
David Lang's "First Strike." (Courtesy David Lee Black)

Run AMOC! Festival | Friday, Dec. 14 - Sunday, Dec. 16 | American Repertory Theater, Cambridge

The second annual Run AMOC! Festival, presented by the American Modern Opera Company, features four new pieces, including a dance/music/spoken word riff on caregiving called “Take Care,” and the entirety of John Cage’s seminal “Sonatas and Interludes” for prepared piano.

A performance during last year's Run AMOC! Festival. (Courtesy Liza Voll Photography)
A performance during last year's Run AMOC! Festival. (Courtesy Liza Voll Photography)

'NutCracked/Gumdrops & The Funny Uncle' | Friday, Dec. 14 - Sunday, Dec. 16 | The Dance Complex, Cambridge

For two subversive takes on Christmastime, check out the Dance Complex’s double feature. First, Peter DiMuro’s Public Displays of Motion presents stories of chosen and LGBTQ families with selections from “Gumdrops & the Funny Uncle.” Then David Parker and The Bang Group brings its irreverent sensibility to excerpts from its re-imagined “Nutcracker,” “Nut/Cracked.”

(Courtesy The Dance Complex)
(Courtesy The Dance Complex)

'A Christmas Carol' | Through Dec. 30 | Central Square Theater, Cambridge

The Central Square Theater advertises music, merriment and puppets in its production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which as far as I’m concerned is a guaranteed fun time for all. Kids and families welcome. (Here's our guide to other holiday performances we'd recommend this season.)

Amelia Mason Twitter Arts And Culture Reporter
Amelia Mason is an arts and culture reporter and critic for The ARTery, WBUR's arts and culture team. She covers everything from fine art to television to the inner workings of the Boston music scene.

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