Local holiday shopping all weekend long.
It’s the (ugh) Black Friday and Cyber Monday time of year, made a bit better by focusing on the Small Business Saturday that falls between those consumerist dates. Somerville has the Makers & Shakers Holiday Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville, with some two dozen vendors specializing in handmade goods, fair trade imports and made-inMassachusetts items; the Somerville Local First Holiday Market is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, where more than 40 vendors will sell everything from jewelry to food. (Cambridge Local First has gathered up shopping possibilities for Central Square; Fresh Pond and Huron Village; Kendall and Inman squares; and Porter Square.)
Puppetry, live music, dancing and intimate storytelling in the tradition of this Central Square institution’s award-winning “Arabian Nights” is included in a new Underground Railway Theater incarnation of Dickens’ classic tale, set in a city suspended between Victorian London and the vibrantly diverse London of today. Information is here.
One of the area’s unique holiday traditions – sort of the Harvard Square November complement to Davis Square’s December “Slutcracker” – is the Bowie-flavored striptease that comes just after Thanksgiving every year. Niki Stardust and her Total Blam Blam David Boobie Band (aka Niki Luparelli and The Gold Diggers) offer two versions: a Friday show for the biggest Bowie fans, with around three hours and 30 songs with burlesque and aerial performances; and a Saturday show that’s “Just the Hits! Wham! Bam! Thank You, Ma’am.” Information is here.
Annual tree lighting from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square. Free.
This family event – complete with a visit from Santa – includes free Shake Shack hot chocolate, Henrietta’s Table cookies and brownies and live jazz to enjoy as children help decorate trees with ornaments. As a benefit to Cradles to Crayons, participants are asked to bring children’s clothing and shoes; diapers; chapter books; and other items. Even information is here.
Zili Misik Presents: For All Souls from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. There’s a suggested donation of $15.
The new world soul band out of Jamaica Plain offers its third annual night of music, poetry, food and dancing for its own version of All Souls Day, honoring the souls of the dead. Proceeds support the band’s long-running Project Misik, which donates musical instruments to schoolchildren in Haiti, as well as hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Information is here.