Wednesday, November 5
- Benjamin Zander and the NEC Philharmonia @ Jordan Hall: Don't let the economic downturn rob you of all culture! Turn to the New England Conservatory for all your free, classical music needs. On Wednesday, inspirational speaker and conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Benjamin Zander will lead college-level orchestral students through Brahms's 'Symphony No. 1,' Strauss's 'Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks,' and more. You have no excuse for watching TV, OK? (Need more inspiration? Here are more ways to save money for the arts from the Globe's Geoff Edgers.)
Thursday, November 6
- Shake 'em Down @ the Milky Way: This monthly dance and disco night is bringing up-and-coming DJ team Philadelphyinz to Jamaica Plain. The duo — Skinny Friedman and Apt One — recently put out a synth-heavy remix of Ready for the World's "Oh Sheila" and was featured in the August issue of "Spin." According to the guys' website, Philadelphyinz combines the Pennsylvania city name and the Pittsburgh-area slang contraction for "you ones": "yinz." (Sort of a like a steel town version of "y'all.") And yes, the poster for the event features a cracked Liberty Bell. 10 p.m.
Saturday, November 8
- FAO Schwarz opens @ Macy's: Ever since the bronze FAO Schwarz bear statue said sayonara to its Boylston Street corner, there has been a serious lack of toy store options in the city. Now, the toy giant is opening a new local branch in Macy's Downtown Crossing location — just in time for the holidays, obviously. Bring the family for arts & crafts, storytelling, and entertainment. We hear that the Needham High School band will be playing outside on Summer Street — may we suggest mittens? 2 p.m.
[A recent Shake 'em Down night at the Milky Way. C'mon, hipsters! Let's put another crack in that Liberty Bell! Credit: Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe]
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.
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