The Must List: Monthly Events
SHOW: THE BLUE FLOWER
For this American Repertory Theater premiere, Beverly’s Jim and Ruth Bauer blend their talents in music, fine art, and filmmaking to chronicle the struggles of four friends in World War I-era Europe. Sound like a downer? Well, the songs are soaring anthems styled for Broadway, and with backing from Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz, that might be exactly where this show is headed next. $25–$65, 12/1–1/8/2011.
CONCERT: HOLIDAY POPS
Yes, you probably went last year, so you know you can count on Santa and “Sleigh Ride” and local celebs reading “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” This time around, expect a performance by gospel star Renese King and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus’s take on the Messiah. You’re going again — if only for the kids’ sing-alongs and a glass of bubbly for yourself — so you might as well get tickets now. $27–$125, 12/8–12/26.
CHARITY: AIDS BENEFIT
The Barbara Krakow Gallery raises as much as $40,000 per year at this benefit. And for their good deeds, donors walk away with some good works: Just give $350 to either the Boston Pediatric AIDS Initiative or the African AIDS Initiative, and leave with an original masterpiece of your choice. 12/11–12/17.
EVENT: FIRST NIGHT
This year’s First Night button has a fitting image by Somerville painter Scott Listfield: an astronaut from the past staring off into the future. In the present, the button is your pass to a full slate of performances (Dean & Britta, Bettye LaVette, Opera Boston) that would be hot tickets any time of year. $18, 12/31.