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Weekend event picks, Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  November 28, 2012 01:30 PM

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L to R: the cast of "Chinglish" (credit: Nerys Powell); Pawel Przewlocki's "Art on Art" at the Museum School Art Sale; Anais Mitchell (credit: Jay Sansone)

Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.


ART FOR SALE The annual Museum School Art Sale is a good opportunity to start or expand your personal art collection, or choose art for holiday giving. Paintings, photographs, prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, and more created by hundreds of artists from the museum school community are available. Sales are split evenly between artists and the school's scholarship fund. Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 The Fenway, Boston. 617-369-3204,

LOST IN TRANSLATION Life can get a little wild and crazy when you don't speak the language. American entrepreneur Daniel Cavanaugh learns this the funny way when he travels to China looking to close a lucrative business deal. His fictional adventures are the subject of Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang's "Chinglish." Despite the English consultant Cavanaugh hires to navigate unfamliar terrain, linguistic and cultural misunderstandings abound in the comedy, which Time Magazine named one of the ten best plays of 2011. Larry Coen directs the Lyric Stage production. Nov. 30-Dec. 23. Wed-Thurs 7:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 8 p.m., Sat-Sun 3 p.m. Matinees 2 p.m. Dec. 5, 19. $25-$58, $10 student rush. Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678,

'TIS THE SEASON George Frideric Handel wrote his "Messiah" for Easter, but its claim to fame is during the Christmas season. Artistic director Harry Christophers conducts the Handel and Haydn Society's Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus in the 159th annual performance of Handel and Haydn Society's "Messiah." Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. (through Dec. 2; caroling throughout the hall one hour before). $20-$78. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-3605,

STACHE IT The Movember movement invites men to spend November growing a moustache to help raise awareness and funds for men's health issues. A Music and Movember celebration features music by indie rockers Paranoid Social Club and country jam band Comanchero, and a best stache contest for all genders. Nov. 30, 9:30 p.m. $10. 21+. Johnny D's, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004,


FLEA FORTUNE For you "Mad Men" fanatics and vintage-obsessed shoppers, The Davis Flea Holiday Vintage Market caters to your every shopping need. Maybe you'll find the perfect martini glass or skinny tie to give your honey for the holidays. Dec. 1 from 1-8 p.m. (through Dec. 9). Free admission. Uniun Warehouse, 3 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville.

OFF-KILTER OFFSPRING When "Mommy" finds out she has a "degraded uterus," she and "Daddy" hatch an idea. They decide to take home their embryos and raise them like children. In Ginger Lazarus's comedy, "The Embryos," Leggo and Eggo eat them out of house and home and are off the developmental charts. Dec. 1, 8 p.m. (through Dec. 15). $20. The Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. 866-811-4111,

SUCH A DEAL This Vermont-born Ani DiFranco-phile started penning her own songs at 17, and after releasing her second album, "Hymns for the Exiled," Anais Mitchell's record reached DiFranco. The latter caught a few of the alt folk's performances and made her an offer she couldn't refuse with Righteous Babe Records. Rachel Ries opens. Dec. 1, 9 p.m. $17. 18+. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000.


A VIENNA VISIT Since 1498, the Vienna Boys Choir has worked with some musical heavyweights like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. And choir alum include Franz Schubert. The lads, ages 10-14, sing at "Christmas at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with The Vienna Boys Choir" hosted by Ron Della Chiesa. Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. $34. Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St., Boston. 617-542-5682.

ANCHOR AWAY Here's our "Weekend Update" for you. Seth Meyers, "Saturday Night Live" head writer and host of the show's Weekend Update, shares his gift for comedic gab at this benefit for the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. $300, $200 under 35. InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave. 617-558-6519.

COUNTING DOWN So far, the Discovery Ensemble has performed Beethoven's 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 symphonies, and Sunday the chamber orchestra will add the Second Symphony to its accomplishments. Other pieces on the program conducted by Courtney Lewis are by Bartok and Salonen. Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. talk). $20-$40, $10 student and senior discount. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222.

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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.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.


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