On the Town: My Favorite Things

December 5, 2013

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Okay, Carrie. You're trying to co-opt one of my most beloved childhood everythings. I'm not going down without a fight. I don't care that you've tricked Audra and Laura to be part of your Heathers gang (#gaysForElsa), you're not fooling me. Do So La Fa Mi Do Re to you, too. Friends, I implore you, instead of contributing to the ratings of tonight's sham of a Sound of Music, go out #OnTheTown and support the #BostonArts instead! There's plenty of time to drunk watch (#dratch) this blather on Saturday (and less of a consequence on Sunday morning!).

There's also plenty going on with Opus Affair's own #FavoriteThings that you'll quickly forget those of Carrie Von Whatshername.

THE NUTCRACKER @ BOSTON BALLET

Last year was the big unveiling of Boston Ballet's brand spanking new production of its annual Nutcracker, but this is the year you should see it. The company seems to have really grown into its brand new, beautiful, shiny sets and costumes and really taken ownership of them; and it absolutely shows in their performances. The classic tale of Clara and her journey with the Nutcracker is as fresh this year as any, thanks to the incredible care taken by the immensely talented members of the Boston Ballet. If you haven't been in a few years, now is the time to go!

The Nutcracker: Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Choreography by Mikko Nissinen; Production design by Robert Perdziola. At the Boston Opera House; 539 Washinton Street, Boston; bostonballet.org. Through December 29. @bostonballet

NOT JENNY @ BRIDGE REP

Our friends (and recent #pbfund winners) Bridge Rep take care to give us the spoiler alert that this is not a holiday show. The world premiere engagement of a play by local playwright MJ Halberstadt, the story of not Jenny surrounds identical sisters Jenny and not Not Jenny and their relationship after Jenny sustains serious injuries in a car crash that kills their mother. A dark comedy that is sure to be the cure for holiday show overload, not Jenny is a welcome addition to the Boston holiday arts season.

not Jenny: By MJ Halberstadt; Directed by Rebecca Bradshaw. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; 527 Tremont Street, Boston; bridgerepofboston.com. Through December 15. @bridgerep

DEFINITELY NOT RETIRING: JOHN HARBISON'S 75TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT

A staple of the Boston music scene for quite some time (not to mention a Pulitzer Prize winner), John Harbison celebrates his diamond birthday this weekend in a manner befitting his rather impressive stature—a fabulous concert of his own works alongside Bach's at MIT. The Internet promises "surprise guests and performances," so one can only assume that Carrie Underwood will appear and sing a medley from The Sound of Music (Oh dear God, let's not mire Maestro Harbison's birthday so).

Definitely Not Retiring: At the Kresge Auditorium; 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge; arts.mit.edu. December 8 only. @artsatmit

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