5 Things To Do This Weekend, From 'Black Nativity' To Illuminus

This week's three-day-long winter storm really took a lot out of me. I'm not a fan of being stuck in the house, little human interaction — or the cold! After a snowy preface to winter, I'm ready to get out and have some fun this weekend. Here are some things I'm thinking of checking out.

'Black Nativity'
Emerson Paramount Center, Boston

Dec. 6 through Dec. 22

Boston’s production of "Black Nativity," the longest running performance of renowned poet Langston Hughes’ song-play, is back for its 49th year. The show retells the Nativity story through gospel-style songs, dance and scripture and is produced by the National Center for Afro-American Artists. (For suggestions of more holiday shows to see this season, check out my guide here.)

(Hadley Green for WBUR)
(Hadley Green for WBUR)

Downtown Boston

Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6

Illuminus is back this year, showcasing work at the intersection of art and technology. This could be a great way to support local artists and performers this weekend and meet some of Boston’s makers and shakers. There’s not much that’ll get me outside of the house once it drops below a certain temperature, but a free arts-tech festival makes a tempting argument.

Cultural Survival Bazaar
Prudential Center, Boston

Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8

If you’re looking for something the whole family might enjoy, the Cultural Survival Bazaar features crafts, music and food demonstrations from indigenous artists from dozens of countries. The event presents an opportunity to not only learn about different cultures, but to connect with people from around the globe and shop for ethically-made goods. Best part is it’s free admission.


Luminarium in Concert
Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge

Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7

This dance showcase focuses on “For you, to mentor me,” a screendance by co-founder and artistic director of the Boston-based Luminarium Dance Company. It follows a mother-daughter relationship and the cast is made up of a multi-generational cast of women.

Holiday Pops
Symphony Hall, Boston

Through Dec. 24 (sensory-friendly concert on Saturday, Dec. 7)

For the first time, Boston Pops is offering a sensory-friendly version of the Holiday Pops concert. The music-filled show is shortened to an hour, has reduced sound and lighting effects and is designed with people diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities. A designated quiet room and support spaces are also available. The traditional version of the show runs through Dec. 24. (For suggestions of more holiday shows to see this season, check out my guide here.)


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Christian Burno is a former arts reporting fellow for WBUR’s arts and culture team.



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