Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend
Including a Pentatonix Christmas concert, the Run AMOC! Festival, and more.
A Pentatonix Christmas Tour
With three Grammy awards and 6.4 million albums sold in just six years. Pentatonix definitely knows what they’re doing, and now they’re applying their a capella harmonies to Christmas tunes. They’re currently touring with music from their four holiday albums, which include classics such as “White Christmas” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” You’ve got room in your schedule for a little more holiday cheer, right?
$40+, through Saturday, Boch Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston, bochcenter.org.
Run AMOC! Festival
The American Modern Opera Company wants to give opera a new meaning. This festival celebrates the debut of AMOC, a collective of singers, dancers, instrumentalists, a director, and a composer that aims to change the way opera is produced to expand its reach. The festival will include an exploration of the connections between sound and body, a music-theater meditation on the victims of police brutality, and more. But don’t miss the duets staged as duels.
$25+, through Monday, various locations, Cambridge, americanrepertorytheater.org.
Boston Rock Opera’s Happening Holiday Special
What are the holidays without holiday specials? See a “semi-scripted” parody that pokes fun at memorable holiday specials from the la ’70s and ’80s with a touch of some good ol’ rock and roll. Mick Mondo and Streaker, Mark Cherone, Pete Sutton, Joel Simches, Nancy Delaney and Tamora Gooding & the Mondettes will perform in the show. Per their bio, Boston Rock Opera aims to combine “the power and risk of rock and roll with the challenge of great storytelling.”
$12+, Saturday, 8 p.m., ONCE Ballroom, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville, oncesomerville.com.
Cooking Demo with Karen Akunowicz
Big fan of Myers + Chang? Executive chef Karen Akunowicz will teach you how to make dishes from her new book, Myers and Chang at Home. She’ll demonstrate a dumpling recipe from the book, which has an entire chapter dedicated to dumplings. Guests will learn how to make the dumpling filling, how to do four different folds, and then how to cook them pot sticker style, just in time for the holidays. A ticket purchase includes a copy of the book, a tasting of one of the book recipes, and a spot in the book signature line.
$35, Sunday, 6-8 p.m., Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St., Boston, eventbrite.com.
Up and Vanished Live
Become a detective for a night as you hear the podcast that explores an 11-year old mystery that has the largest case file in Georgia’s history. Former beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead disappeared after leaving a neighbor’s barbecue in 2005 and was never heard from again. Until February 2017, no official suspects were named. In Up and Vanished, host Payne Lindsey investigates the case by re-interviewing persons of interest and examining evidence, all while taking listeners along for the journey. If you decide to join the investigation, you’re in for an evening of stories, questions, and who knows, maybe even some answers.
$30, Sunday, 8 p.m., The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston, thewilbur.com.