The Must List

By Matthew Reed Baker | Boston Magazine |

EVENT  Cranberry Festival
Forget the Ocean Spray guys on TV and go see the real thing at the Cranberry Harvest Celebration in Wareham. Hosted by ’berry titan A. D. Makepeace and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association, the annual event features pony rides, cooking demonstrations, live music, and, um, bog tours. $5, 10/8–10/9.

FINE ART  “Degas and the Nude”
Best known for his paintings and bronzes of ballerinas, Edgar Degas was also a master of the nude. Now the MFA has assembled 160 of his works from 50 lenders around the world, many of which are making their U.S. debut. If this doesn’t get high school boys into art, nothing will. $22, 10/9–2/5/2012.

MUSIC  The Lemonheads
Evan Dando and the latest version of the Lemonheads take the stage at the Paradise to perform the legendary band’s breakthrough album, 1992’s It’s a Shame About Ray. Can you blame a guy for revisiting the era when he was on People’s “50 Most Beautiful” list? $20, 10/12.  

THEATER  The Phantom Tollbooth
The Wheelock Family Theatre honors the 50th anniversary of Norton Juster’s children’s classic by producing this musical adaptation of the story of Milo and his watchdog, Tock. Juster — an Amherst resident — will be there on opening night, and after the first Saturday matinee to sign books. $20–$30, 10/21–11/20.  

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