November Culture Calendar: Seven Must-See Arts Events in Boston
Brookline-bred comedian John Hodgman has appeared to us in many guises, from Daily Show correspondent to Areas of My Expertise author to â€śPCâ€ť in those Apple ads. Now heâ€™s performing as â€śFamous American Humorist John Hodgmanâ€ť in â€śJohn Hodgman Lives!â€ť at the Wilbur, where heâ€™s promising to deliver new material featuring his trademark arcane, surreal take on current events and faux intelligentsia. Showing 11/2.
Fans of The Simpsons love to pick apart each episodeâ€™s many pop-culture references. But a new book, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, argues that the showâ€™s writers have also deliberately folded in enough number theory to fill a college course. Harvardâ€™s math department cohosts author Simon Singh at the Science Center, where heâ€™ll lecture on Mersenne primes and Eulerâ€™s equations revealed through Bart and Homer. Out 11/4.
Queen has had a worldwide, decade-long Mamma Mia! moment with We Will Rock You, the hit musical set to 24 of the bandâ€™s biggest songs, but the show hasnâ€™t toured North America until now. At the Boston Opera House, tunes like â€śAnother One Bites the Dustâ€ť and â€śBohemian Rhapsodyâ€ť will frame the story of rockers battling a futuristic corporate state where all music is banned. Itâ€™s gaudy, itâ€™s operatic, and itâ€™s totally Freddie Mercury. Showing 11/5â€“11/10.
Glovebox is a local nonprofit that stages art exhibits around town, and puts on a marathon Short-Film-And-Animation Festival each year. Featuring artists from the Boston area and around the world, some 50 films will be screened at Arlingtonâ€™s Regent Theatre. The eventâ€”which kicks off at 2 p.m. with five family-friendly movies and closes just before midnight with a quintet of zombie apocalypsesâ€”offers everything from documentaries to narrative dramas. The merely curious can pay $6 to view films in a specific category, while the hard-core can go whole hog on a $30 day pass. Showing 11/9.
Itâ€™s the most famous ax murder in American history: In 1892 in Fall River, Lizzie Borden was arrested for hacking her father and stepmother to death. Though acquitted, Borden has been infamous ever since, even inspiring a 1965 opera by Jack Beeson. In an effort to make its art form more accessible to the general public, the Boston Lyric Opera is staging Lizzie Borden not at its usual Schubert Theatre home, but in the intimate Castle at Park Plaza. Showing 11/20, 11/22â€“24.
Abstract stainless steel forms that spin at the touch of a hand; a machine that eerily moves the limbs of a baby doll; an electric-powered loom of wood and steel, rippling like a wheat field in the wind. MIT Museumâ€™s â€ś5000 Moving Partsâ€ť exhibit pays tribute to some of the leaders in kinetic sculpture, including North Chelmsfordâ€™s Arthur Ganson and Somervilleâ€™s Anne Lilly. Opens 11/21.
The Russian Boston Rock Club has been importing rock bands and singers from former Soviet Union republics for years now, and this month brings the Muscovite metal band Aria to the Middle East. Formed in 1985, Ariaâ€™s leaders are mostly the same ones who headbanged under Gorbachev. Cultural exchange doesnâ€™t get any louder. Showing 11/30.
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