Best of the Week: Our Picks for January 4-8, 2016

Start the new year off with Pop Diva Zumba, 'Beauty & the Beast,' and more.

Welcome to Best of the Week, our recommendations for what to check out around town this week. If you’re wondering what to do in Boston this week, check out these events.



Monday, January 4
Special Classes at Healthworks

To help you get the new year off to a great start, fan-favorite women’s gym Healthworks is offering a roster of exciting new classes. From January 4-10, sweat off holiday excess at Resolution Bootcamp, Pop Diva Zumba, and more. Want company? Anyone who refers a friend who joins between now and January 10 will receive February dues for free—and to sweeten the deal, your friend gets January free, too.

See all special classes at

Boston Playwrights Theatre

Boston Playwrights Theatre / Courtesy photo via Boston Playwrights Theatre/Facebook

Tuesday, January 5
Boston One-Minute Play Festival

Got a minute? How about 100? In the amount of time you’d spend watching one single play, you can see dozens, at the fifth annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival. This year’s installment is being presented in two parts: “Where Have We Been? and “Where Are We Going?” This festival of short attention span theater wraps this Tuesday.

Runs through January 5, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-353-5443,

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast / Courtesy photo

Wednesday, January 6
Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

The classic Disney hit comes to the Boston Opera House, featuring the original songs made famous in the 1991 film, plus additional numbers composed by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. Be their guest!

January 6-10, Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston, 617-259-3400,

Matt Braunger

Matt Braunger / Still from Comedy Central video

Thursday, January 7
Matt Braunger

This week, a stand-up comic who presided over the last season of MADtv takes the stage as part of the last wave of talent to grace Johnny D’s, the beloved (soon-to-be-closing) Davis Square haunt.

$12, January 7, 7:30 p.m., Johnny D’s Uptown, 17 Holland St., Somerville, 617-776-2004,

Freda Love Smith

Freda Love Smith / Courtesy photo by Rebecca Dudley

Friday, January 8
Red Velvet Underground: A Rock Memoir, with Recipes

This week, it’s a Blake Babies reunion in Harvard Square—only it’s not at a rock club, but in a bookstore. This Friday, musician Freda Love Smith presents a new culinary-influenced memoir that’s chock-full of homages to ‘90s rock (like touring in Evan Dando’s broken-down station wagon and couch-surfing at Henry Rollins’s place) and vegetarian recipes. Her Harvard Book Store co-headliner for the evening: fellow Blake Babies bandmate Juliana Hatfield.

Free, January 8, 7 p.m., Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-661-1515,


Looking for more winter arts coverage? Check out:

Winter Concerts and Comedy

Winter Theater Openings

Winter Author Events

Winter Museum Openings