Boston Events This Month

Your can’t-miss guide for what to do, see, and hear this month.


Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity comes to Emerson Paramount Center this month. / Photo by Idly Galette

GREAT WHITE WHALE
Moby-Dick

If you’ve ever read Moby-Dick and thought, “This needs show tunes,” then this is the event for you. ART’s world-premiere musical gives Herman Melville’s ode to whale facts the stage treatment it’s always deserved. Loeb

December 3–January 12, 2020, Drama Center, americanrepertorytheater.org.

FILM
WBCN and the American Revolution

It’s been killing on the festival circuit, and now it’s back where it all began: This documentary chronicles the radical early days of Boston’s late but great (and highly influential) rock radio station, WBCN-FM. Post-screening, a star-studded after-party at Fenway Johnnie’s awaits.

December 4, Regal Fenway & RPX, theamericanrevolution.fm.

FESTIVAL
SoWa Winter Festival

It’s December, and you know what that means: SoWa is ready to get festive. For the fifth year in a row, the area is going all out with winter cocktails, ice-sculpting demos, and scores of giftable artisanal goods.

December 6–8, SoWa Power Station, sowaboston.com.

GOSPEL TRUTH
Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity

Poet Langston Hughes’s gospel retelling of the nativity story captures the joy of Christmas and then some. One highlight, an epic pas de deux performed to African drums, puts the little drummer boy’s “rum-pum-pum-pums” to shame.

December 6–22, Emerson Paramount Center, emersontheatres.org.

MEMOIR
Calvin Hennick in Conversation with Adrian Walker

In his acclaimed debut memoir, Once More to the Rodeo, journalist Calvin Hennick asks questions about fatherhood that are at once personal and pressing. On December 10, join Hennick and Globe columnist Adrian Walker for a discussion of the book and more.

December 10, Brookline Booksmith, brooklinebooksmith.com.

Kristin Hersh. / Photo by Peter Mellekas/Concerted Efforts

LOCAL LEGENDS
Kristin Hersh and the Pixies

Looking for an excuse to party like it’s 1989? Then swing by the newly opened Big Night Live for a hometown-hero doubleheader: Throwing Muses’ Kristin Hersh and the Pixies.

December 11, Big Night Live, bignightlive.com.

POET
Rupi Kaur

The poet behind Milk and Honey and its equally resonant follow-up, The Sun and Her Flowers, Rupi Kaur comes to Boston this month to share her blend of resilience and reflection with a live audience.

December 12, Shubert Theatre, bochcenter.org.

JAZZ
Berklee Global Jazz Institute Celebrates Charlie Parker

Take flight to the Back Bay to mark the centennial of “the Bird” himself, legendary sax man Charlie Parker. Expect top-notch tributes from Berklee faculty, students, and guests.

December 13, Berklee Performance Center, Berklee.edu/bpc.

ICON
Celine Dion: Courage World Tour

“A New Day Has Come,” because vocal powerhouse Celine Dion is embarking on her first U.S. tour in more than a decade. Don’t miss the Boston stop, which supports the indefatigable diva’s latest album, Courage.

December 13–14, TD Garden, tdgarden.com.

DANCE
Boston Dance Theater

Modern dance always gets a spotlight at Boston Dance Theater, which for years has dedicated itself to performing of-the-moment works. This month, the troupe touches down at the ICA to debut a selection of new pieces.

December 13–15, Institute of Contemporary Art, globalartslive.org.

FINE ART
“Art Dash”

Move fast at this fleeting, extremely economical opportunity to invest in original art: For one night, visitors to the Beacon Gallery can buy works straight off the walls for $100 a pop. You have three hours on the clock—may you use them well.

December 14, Beacon Gallery, beacongallery.com.

VARIETY SHOW
Lea DeLaria

You loved her as Big Boo on Orange Is the New Black, but the talented Lea DeLaria has many more tricks up the sleeves of her jumpsuit. Join her at the Wilbur for a select few, including standup comedy and jazz singing.

December 15, The Wilbur, thewilbur.com.

HANUKkAHPALOOZA
Hanukkah at the MFA

It may not last eight crazy nights, but JArts’s annual MFA Hanukkah party does guarantee one fun evening of live music, storytelling, a blacklight art “experience,” and a community menorah lighting.

December 18, Museum of Fine Arts, jartsboston.org.

COMEDY
New Year’s Eve Party

There’s no better way to enter a new year than with high spirits and belly laughs. And that’s what’s on the docket at Laugh Boston’s New Year’s Eve party, hosted by and featuring local comics.

December 31, Laugh Boston, laughboston.com.