On the Town: Person of the Year

December 12, 2013

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Time named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, and I must admit—he's a pretty dope Pope. This low-key dude sold his crazy car and wears pretty understated outfits (I do not support the absence of the Prada loafers, but...). He's making waves through the world and that's pretty dope. What better way to honor this former bouncer than with a weekend of artsgoing #OnTheTown?!

And remember, keep checking out events on our #FavoriteThings list for the chance to win a free 2014 #OpusAList membership!

Handel Messiah @ Boston Baroque

What could be a more fitting celebration of Pope Francis' recent win than a good old Messiah performance? Boston Baroque's annual performances of Handel's timeless oratorio features a cast of talented, young soloists making their debuts with the company in NEC's lovely and intimate Jordan Hall. A holiday tradition not to be missed!

Handel Messiah: Conducted by Martin Pearlman; Kiera Duffy, soprano; Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Jesse Blumberg, baritone. At NEC's Jordan Hall; 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston; bostonbaroque.org. Through December 14. @bostonbaroque

Pacific Overtures @ Boston University

Sondheim's woefully underproduced 1976 musical about the Westernization of Japan in the mid-19th century is revived this weekend by the Boston University College of Fine Arts. Part of the college's KEYWORD: Transformation initiative, it will "explore profound shift and change in individuals and society through performances that tap into diverse perspectives, and create dialogue that inspires humanity and breeds critical thinking that leads to solutions."

Keep your eyes peeled at the December 13 performance for an Opus Affair emissary to win an #OpusAList membership!

Pacific Overtures: Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by John Weidman; Additional material by Hugh Wheeler. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; 527 Tremont Street, Boston; bu.edu/cfa. Through December 19. @buarts

Holiday Open House @ Sloane Merrill Gallery

Kickass gallery and very good friend to local artists and musicians Sloane Merrill is having an open house this weekend, and you should go. Normally the walls of the gallery are filled with works that are quite large, however this open house is focused on what the gallery is dubbing "local littles," smaller works by New England artists that might otherwise go unseen.

Holiday Open House: At the Sloane Merrill Gallery; 75 Charles Street, Boston; sloanemerrillgallery.com. December 14 only. @sloanemerrill75