State of the art, with imaginative programming by Joe Verange. 13 Lansdowne St., Boston, MA .
This bright, modern gathering spot is as much an oasis for parents as it is for kids, with group sessions that focus on building skills and exploring creativity and motion through music, sign language, and “messy” art. 778 Tremont St., Boston, MA littlelovageclub.com.
Who says no pain tomorrow means no fun tonight? Dante's artfully made sodas, in rotating flavors like lime and ginger, ensure teetotalers get a taste of the party. 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge, MA 2141, restaurantdante.com.
Like hat-blocking, microweaving is a dying art. But moth holes and cigarette burns are forever, and this is the place to repair them. Columbo's is open only from noon to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 11 Foster Street (in the North End), Boston, MA invisiblereweaving.com.
Small's territory is a little alcove set off from the street by modern art and a huge mirror. If you need a cheering up, ask him about the good old days in Provincetown. 500 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
Her criticism of the visual arts has proved telling and informative.
Returning this holiday season, this event is the ideal winter one-stop shop: Get all of your gifts from local arts and craft vendors while enjoying food and cocktails, all graced by the glow of ice sculptures. 500 Harrison Ave., South End, MA 02118, sowaboston.com/sowa-winter-festival.
Why? Because no one else can hook you up with an original art-nouveau Mucha on silk, or a first-edition movie poster from Stanley Kubrick's Lolita. Lolita, 205 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Art dealer Nina Nielsen's attempt to place a major collection of Jackson Pollock drawings in Boston permanently by offering a 25 percent discount to collectors who agreed to donate their purchases to the MFA.
Breathing new life into the grand old former Ferdinand building, this welcoming space is Roxbury's new go-to spot for not only Fazenda coffee and Chef Daryl's bean pies, but also poetry slams, workshops, and art openings. 15 Warren St., Roxbury, MA 02119, dudleycafe.com.
Only in the People's Republic will you find a venue where a donkey show—or rather, The Donkey Show—is a weekly staple. But this is no one-trick donkey, er, pony, tapping the local arts scene to pack its calendar with events. 2 Arrow St., Cambridge, MA 02138, americanrepertorytheater.org/oberon.
Dedicated to “sharing flowers as art,” Caroline O’Donnell, Wildfork Studio, crafts her lush bridal bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, and installations with a freeform style all her own. 6 Vernon Street, Sommerville, MAssachusetts 02145, wildfolkstudio.com.
A powerful show of prints and drawings by legendary sculptor John Wilson and emerging talent Joseph Norman, jointly organized by the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Always graceful, always strong. Young was the tantrum-proof center of the Boston Ballet. She will remain as director of the Boston Ballet II and the Summer Dance Program.