Thursday, April 18, 2024


Aggregation No. 1

Q Division/Concerted Efforts/Moontower Holiday Party at 7 p.m. Friday to 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the Q Division studios, 363 Highland Ave., near Davis Square, Somerville.

Q Division has been around since 1986, serving as a record label for performers including Anne Heaton, Will Dailey and Ruby Rose Fox and recording studio for artists including the Pixies, Aimee Mann, Mission of Burma and James Taylor. So in addition to the Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co. food truck and Notch Brewing beer, its holiday party has an insane parade of artists taking the stage for short sets starting at 8 p.m.: John Powhida; Airport (not International); Peter Buzzelle; Merrie Amsterburg; Love Love; Field Day; Abbie Barrett; Reverse; Jen Trynin; Magen Tracy; Nate Leavitt; Old Jack; Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents; Eric Salt & The Electric City; Stars Like Ours; Wolfsmith; and the Somerville Symphony Orkestar. Kids are welcome. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 2The Christmas Revels: A Welsh Celebration of the Winter Solstice with 17 performances starting with those at 7:30 p.m. Friday (a preview performance with prices from $9.50 to $39.50); 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, a holiday tradition for 45 years, is this time set in a village not too different than the one described in Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and delves into Celtic legend and song with tales of shape-changers, dragons and ghostly white horses. There will be Welsh anthems, wild border Morris, a traditional mummers play, and lots of audience participation with a 100-member cast that includes musician and song leader David Coffin, soprano Cristi Catt, actors Emma Jaster, Noni Lewis and Billy Meleady, The Castell Emlyn Band, The Cardigan Chorus, The Towyn Teens, a children’s chorus, Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble and the Pinewoods Morris Men. Information is here.




Aggregation No. 3Holiday Pops with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $15 to $20.

Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” Peter Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” the classic “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and more are featured at this celebration of the season, along with an audience sing-along to “Silver Bells” and appearances from St. Nicholas (to narrate a holiday story) and soprano Jennifer Sgroe (to perform standards including “All the Things You Are” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”) For the first time at Holiday Pops, the orchestra is joined by student musicians from the Perkins School for the Blind, who will perform with Cambridge Symphony players in a collaboration supported by the James W. Rollins Charitable Trust and Boston Bruins Foundation. Attendees are asked to bring a canned good donation for the Helping Hand Food Pantry at St. James Episcopal Church to help those in need during the holidays. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 4Comics Winter Solstice Extravaganza from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Boston Comics Workspace, 561 Windsor St., between Inman and Union squares, Somerville. Free.

The Boston Comics Roundtable will have light refreshments and goodies for sampling as well as games and stimulating conversation on offer as holiday shoppers browse its locally made member books, including special anthologies for sale at a discount. Also coincidentally in the 561 Windsor building? Taza Chocolate and EHChocolatier. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 5Sailor Moon Shoujo Spectacular at 8 p.m. Sunday at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 to $15.

Hentai voice actress Amy Macabre and queer geek author Jade Sylvan host this third evening of music, burlesque, circus and art dedicated to the beloved ’90s Japanese cartoon “Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon.” This year’s show is touted as the most electrifying yet, with burlesque and circus tributes by New York City’s Crimson Kitty and Boston’s own Fonda Feeling; music by queer “Sailor Moon”-themed synth pop band The Outer Lips; dance by Wisterious Pearl; drag by Complete Destruction and Fem Bones; fanfic; live drawing and “Sailor” portraits by Zombie Romance; a costume contest with prizes; and more. Doors for this 18-plus show are at 7:30. Information is here.