Five things to do this weekend: Dec. 13-14
Holiday shopping: Hit the free Cultural Survival Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Levels 2 and 3 at the CambridgeSide Galleria mall, 100 CambridgeSide Place, East Cambridge; or the free Union Square Pop Up Holiday Market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Uniun, 3 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville; or the free Local is for Lovers Small Business Sunday Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville.
The Cultural Survival Bazaar program travels around in December, but each stop aims ti strengthen indigenous cultures by providing them a venue to sell traditional handmade art and crafts, including clothing, jewelry, tribal area rugs and accessories. Proceeds help sustain artisans in Africa, Asia and the Americas, along with community projects worldwide.
Holiday shoppers at the Artisan’s Asylum Union Square Pop Up Holiday Market will find handmade and original designs from nearly two dozen local artists and crafts people, including jewelry, clothing and accessories, bags, handmade books and cards, pottery soap, wooden goods, housewares and more.
There are also some three dozen shopping options (shoptions?) at the sprawling Local is for Lovers Small Business Sunday Market, as well as live music and food.
The Christmas Revels: A Victorian Celebration of the Winter Solstice at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Tickets are between $9.50 and $65.50 based on which show, age and whether a seat has an obstructed view of the stage.
The Christmas Revels has been a holiday tradition for more than four decades, and everything about is big: the cast (a half-dozen individual stars, the Pinewoods Morris Men, Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble and Revels Chorus of adults and children), the time (about two hours and 45 minutes) and what you’ll see (anthems, carols, music hall songs, dances, costumes and a comic Cinderella “Panto,” including plenty of audience involvement and other annual Christmas Revels touchstones such as Susan Cooper’s classic winter poem, “The Shortest Day” and the peace round “Dona Nobis Pacem” as well as the signature joyous and participatory Lord of the Dance).
This year even the set is a thing: It returns to Victorian England’s “Crystal Palace,” the glass building erected to hold the Great Exhibition of 1851. Information is here.
Bands, bands, bands at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square (admission is $6, all ages) or The Middle East Downstairs, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square (tickets are $12 at the door or $8 presold for this 21-plus show).
You can go for the New Band Showcase at The Democracy Center with V-Sect, Meatbag, Headless Rats, Bad Boys and Regium and get an even cheaper price of admission by bringing a nonperishable food item to donate to Food Not Bombs; or you can go to the two-stage WEMF Presents show with Blood Knife (playing from 7:15 to 8 p.m.); Psychic Dog (from 8 to 8:40 p.m.); Froggy & the Friendship (from 8:55 to 9:30 p.m.); Parachuter (from 9:30 to 10:10 p.m.); ZipTie Handcuffs (from 10:10 to 10:50 p.m.); Dave Crespo’s After Party (from 10:50 to 11:20 p.m.); the revived Robbie Roadsteamer (from 11:20 p.m. to midnight); and Bianca Oblivion (from midnight to 1 a.m.).
First attendees feast on small plates inspired by the favorite musical band or genre of a stunning set of guest chefs. Then comes the music. The entire night benefits the local charities Girls Rock Camp and Future Chefs, but the talent on display makes the night a worthy one for even the most selfish bastard. Check out this culinary lineup: Jamie Bissonnette (Toro and Coppa), Tiffani Faison (Sweet Cheeks Q), Island Creek Oysters, Matt Jennings (Townsman), Keenan Langlois (The Sinclair), Suzi Maitland (Audobon and Trina’s Starlite Lounge), Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow), Jeremy Sewall (Island Creek Oyster Bar), Will Gilson (Puritan & Co.), Barry Maiden (Hungry Mother and State Park), Chris Douglass (Future Chefs, Ashmont Grill and Tavolo), Jason Albus (Fairsted Kitchen), Mei Mei Boston and Louis DiBicarri (Tavern Road). Music is by soulful Boston singer/songwriter Jesse Dee and folk rock band The Novel Ideas. Information is here.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” live radio play from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $10 (or $11.34 with the online service fee).
Moonstruck Theater’s production, conceived and drawn directly from Frank Capra’s classic film, does “It’s a Wonderful Life” as it would have been done in the golden age of radio – as a live broadcast in front of a studio audience, using an ensemble of actors and one clever sound technician.