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Friday, Dec. 22

Cambridge Art Association Holiday Small Works Sale from noon to 4 p.m. at the CAA@Canal Gallery, 650 E. Kendall St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free. Support the association’s mission by browsing the more than 250 artworks for sale, priced for $500 and under, all by local artists. Information is here.

Goods from Wicks Forge Custom Metalwork are at the Harvard Square Holiday Fairs. (Photo: Wicks Forge)

Harvard Square Holiday Fairs from noon to 7 p.m. at 1 Brattle Place (at Brattle and Mount Auburn streets), Harvard Square, Cambridge (also Saturday). Free. This juried fair is one of the oldest and most popular in the Boston area, with a mix of craftspeople from the region and world traveling importers. Information is here.

The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square (and continuing through Dec. 28). $20 to $105. The 53rd annual celebration of this moment in the calendar, this year focusing on the colorful medieval Feast of Fools with vibrant processionals, lively carols, delicate harmonies, vigorous dances and a full ritual of the wild and the holy. Information is here.

Brass Band Holiday Party from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $10. Two bands perform: the “15-or-something-person” Magnificent Danger, New England’s premier video game music brass band, plays nerdy tunes wrapped in wacky covers; the Boston-based Conical Cacophony brass band plays Balkan-inspired rabble-rousing dance jams with heavy influence from the music of Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria. Information is here.

“Real Women Have Curves: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (and continuing through Jan. 21). $60 to $150. An award-winning team of Latine artists created this American Repertory Theater stage production of the 2002 film that still resonates with its empowering story of the immigrant experience, friendship and big dreams. Information is here.

Union Comedy Weekend Show at 7:30 p.m. at Union Comedy, 593 Somerville Ave., Somerville (repeating Fridays and Saturdays). $15. This character-driven, narrative-style of improv features rotating teams of local performers. Tonight’s teams: Milkshake and $h!tty Fu€k!ng Neighbors. Information is here.

Vida Mia Milonga Holiday Dance Party from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Dance Union, 16 Bow St., Somerville. $15 to $30. This night of milonga dancing by Tango Affair includes a lesson in the first hour. Guest DJ: Boris Hayete. Information is here.

Night Visions, Colin Silver Band, Subpunch and Awnthay perform at 8 p.m. at The Jungle, 6 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. $10 and 21-plus. Take a break from caroling and enjoy some “horror-gaze shoe-punk metal nightmare” music. Information is here.

DJ Jam from 8 to 11:45 p.m. at Q Ballroom, 26 New St., Suite 3, Fresh Pond, Cambridge. $8 to $13. This social partner dance includes a lesson for beginners in the first hour. No partner required; no street shoes. Information is here.

Tusk House Musik spins at 9 p.m. at ZuZu, 474 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $10 and 21-plus. Dance to “deep afro techno excursions.” Information is here.


Saturday, Dec. 23

Somerville Winter Farmers Market from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville (and continuing every Saturday except Dec. 30). Free. One-stop shopping for the food and gifts you still need for the holidays, all local. Information is here.

Small Mart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. Free. Vintage vendors, artisans and makers sell. Information is here.

Harvard Square Holiday Fairs (continued) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1 Brattle Place (at Brattle and Mount Auburn streets), Harvard Square. Free. Information is here.

“Real Women Have Curves: The Musical” (continued) at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $60 to $150. Information is here.

The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration (continued) at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. $20 to $105. Information is here.

Áine Minogue (via the artist‘s website)

“To Warm the Winter’s Night” with Áine Minogue at 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $23 to $25. The gifted Irish harpist and singer performs classic holiday music inspired by her childhood in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, combining song, poetry and dance music. Information is here.

Union Comedy Weekend Show (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Union Comedy, 593 Somerville Ave., Somerville. $15. Tonight’s teams: Big Allowance and Medusa. Information is here.

Peter Kontrimas Quartet performs from 8 to 11 p.m. at The Mad Monkfish, 524 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Free. The acoustic bass jazz and classical musician and owner-engineer of PBS Studios in Westwood performs with Arnie Krakowski (tenor sax), Russ Hoffman (piano) and Les Harris Jr. (drums). Information is here.


Sunday, Dec. 24

Bah-Humbug! game day at the New England Science Fiction Association from noon to midnight at the group’s clubhouse at 504 Medford St., Magoun Square, Somerville (repeats Monday). Free, but you must request a seat by email to attend. A variety of games for all tastes and abilities are available for nonmembers; games will be taught too, or participants can bring their own and teach others how to play. Masks optional. Information is here.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Celebration at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Swedenborg Chapel, 50 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. All are invited to join in singing carols in this historic chapel. Information is here.

Christmas Eve Service from 5 to 6 p.m. at Harvard Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. This interdenominational Protestant church offers a full service with classic Christmas songs for the hymns. Information is here.

The home at 25 Campbell Park near Davis Square in Somerville is on the city’s holiday Illuminations tour. (Photo: Somerville Arts Council)

Illuminations Somerville any day, anytime after dark in a range of neighborhoods found by using Somerville’s official online Illuminations Map (and continuing throughout the holiday season). Free. Whether to mark the holiday or to just have something to do on a very quiet night, this self-directed tour memorably showcases the artistry and creativity of residents and businesses who transform their spaces and yards with lights, ornaments and shrines of devotion and fantasy. Information is here.


Monday, Dec. 25

Christmas Breakfast Out from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at Bambara Restaurant, 25 Edwin H. Land Boulevard, East Cambridge. À la carte pricing. The restaurant at the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel serves its usual omelets, Benedicts and brioche French toast on a morning when few other restaurants are open. Information is here.

Bah-Humbug! game day (continued) from noon to midnight at the New England Science Fiction Association clubhouse at 504 Medford St., Magoun Square. Free, but you must request a seat by email to attend. Information is here.

Holiday Special Vegan Buffet at 2:30 and 4 p.m. at Ramen O’ Bowl, 1668 Massachusetts Ave., between Harvard and Porter squares, Cambridge. $23 plus tax and tip, registration by 3 p.m. Dec. 24 is required. Enjoy a 100 percent vegan buffet of spring rolls, sushi rolls and steamed buns, salad, soup, tofu mango curry, Thai fried rice, stir-fried vegetable ramen and various desserts at this Boston Vegetarian Society event open to everyone. Singles will be seated at friendly group tables. Information is here.

“Gremlins” and “Lethal Weapon” double feature at 2:15 and 7 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $12.50 to $18. The Brattle’s “Warner Brothers in the 80s: Enter the Blockbuster” series kicks off with these two comedies, whose plots involve the holidays, and continues with 16 additional films through Jan. 4. Information is here.

Maccabee Bar pop-up from 4 p.m. to midnight at Noir at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (and every day except Sundays through Dec. 31). À la carte pricing. Experience a different side of the holidays, whether you grew up celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza or anything else. Enjoy special decor, Hanukkah-themed cocktails, latkes, grilled scallion hummus, duck confit flatbread and more. We wrote about it here. Information is here.

A Very Bearly Christmas with Bearly Dead at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $30 to $35 and all ages. This high-energy tribute to The Grateful Dead plays all the band’s classics and a catalog of songs any Dead member performed, giving a fresh approach to each one in a giant catalog. Information is here.


Tuesday, Dec. 26

Sit ’n’ Knit from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (and continuing every Tuesday). Free. Bring your fiber project and enjoy the company of other crafters at this informal group. Refreshments provided. Information is here.

The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration (continued) at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. $20 to $105. Information is here.

Maccabee Bar pop-up (continued) from 4 p.m. to midnight at Noir at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. À la carte pricing. We wrote about it here. Information is here.

Knitting Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Ave., Observatory Hill in Neighborhood 9. Free. Bring your fiber project and enjoy the company of other crafters at this informal group. Information is here.

Life Drawing from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport. $15. This uninstructed event is for anyone who enjoys or is curious about drawing from a live model. Great tunes will be played, great models will be hired and all levels of experience and skill are invited. Information is here.

Melissa Ferrick. (Photo: Shervin Lainez)

Melissa Ferrick performs at 7 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (also Wednesday). $33 to $35. This Northeastern University professor of practice in the Music Industry Department at the College of Arts Media and Design has released 17 albums and won numerous awards for songwriting, production and performance. Information is here.

Bluesy Tuesy Holiday Fusion from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square. $5 to $20. This partner blues dance event held Tuesdays includes a lesson for beginners in the first hour. No partner required. Information is here.


Wednesday, Dec. 27

Fiber Crafts Drop-in at the Library from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cambridge library’s O’Connell Branch, 48 Sixth St., East Cambridge. Free. Bring your project and knit, embroider, crochet, spin, mend, cross stitch and more with other crafters in an informal, welcoming setting. Information is here.

“Real Women Have Curves: The Musical” (continued) at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $60 to $150. Information is here.

The Maccabee Bar pop-up at Noir in Cambridge’s Harvard Square includes drinks such as the Jewish Christmas. (Photo: Tom Meek)

Maccabee Bar pop-up (continued) from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Noir at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. À la carte pricing. We wrote about it here. Information is here.

Drum, Yoga, Sweat! from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and every Wednesday). $25. An energetic and playful Vinyasa-based movement flow with live drumming by award-winning musician Toussaint the Liberator and friends. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required. Bring your own yoga mat if you can – there will be some on site to share. Information is here.

Melissa Ferrick performs (continued) at 7 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $33 to $35. Information is here.

The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. $20 to $105. Information is here.

Gil Aharon Trio performs from 8:15 to 10 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge (and every Wednesday). $10. A mix of influences inspires composer and pianist Aharon, founder of the Lilypad performance and event space. The trio includes bassist Jef Charland, guitarist Andrew Stern and drummer Randy Wooten. Information is here.


Thursday, Dec. 28

The Midwinter Revels this year is a “Feast of Fools.” (Photo: Revels)

The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration (continued) at 1 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. $20 to $105. Information is here.

Maccabee Bar pop-up (continued) from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Noir at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. À la carte pricing. We wrote about it here. Information is here.

Sofar Sounds Concert from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Lamplighter CX, 110 N. First St., North Point, Cambridge. $26 and 21-plus. The deal with Sofar is that you buy the tickets but won’t know who’s playing until they take the mic. Promised are two to three short sets from “incredible performers from all musical genres and sometimes even spoken word, comedy or dance.” Information is here.

“Real Women Have Curves: The Musical” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $65 to $150. Information is here.

Dave Fox Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. This modern jazz trio plays original compositions and arrangements inspired by John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Steve Swallow, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter. The group includes bassist John Lockwood, guitarist Phil Sargent and saxophonists Nicholas Brust and Bill Jones. Information is here.

Bipoc/PGM Climbing Meet-up from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Central Rock Gym, 20 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (repeats every other Wednesday). $15 (includes gear) and free for the first 20 nonmembers through Arc’teryx Boston Sponsorship. A community of climbers who want to make friends while climbing. Information is here.

The Felice Brothers perform at 8 p.m. at The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $25. The folk-Americana-rock-country band perform songs from their eighth and latest album, “From Dreams to Dust,” which includes musically somber as well as upbeat songs, many of which depict the passage of time, nostalgia, transience and getting older. Information is here.


Friday, Dec. 29

Family Movie: “Abominable” from 2 to 3:45 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free. Snacks will be provided during the screening of this 2019 animated film. Information is here.

“A Taste of the Arts” New Year’s Fundraiser from 2 to 9:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Sunday). $10 to $15 per workshop, $55 for a three-day pass. A three-day 21st anniversary celebration benefiting the Brookline/Cambridge Community Center for the Arts. Friday’s workshops include African beaded jewelry making; flamenco for everybody; introduction to Latin dance; locking vocab and freestyle dance lab; and an open-level house dance. Information is here.

Maccabee Bar pop-up (continued) from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Noir at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. À la carte pricing. We wrote about it here. Information is here.

Bella’s Bartok (via the band’s website)

Bella’s Bartok performs at 7 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $18 and 21-plus. This theatrical band creates a rich discordance with influences ranging from punk to folk and pop to Americana and an outspoken political message of finding hope in our cruel world. Also performing: Your Friends in Hell. Information is here.

A Celtic Christmas with The Gobshites and Force Us To Stop at 7 p.m. at The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $15 to $20 and all ages. The seven-member Irish punk band The Gobshites have released six albums and played for 21 years. The four-member Force Us To Stop is heavily influenced by Celtic Rock and is made up of music teachers employed around Boston. Information is here.

Union Comedy Weekend Show (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Union Comedy, 593 Somerville Ave., Somerville. $15. Tonight’s teams: Babe and Milkshake. Information is here.

“Real Women Have Curves: The Musical” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $60 to $150. Information is here.

The Upstairs District, American Ink and Reservations at 8 perform at 8 p.m. at The Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $12 to $15 and 18-plus. All three bands are young 20-somethings from Massachusetts, but one is a five-piece guitar-based indie electronic band formed after meeting at a Green Day–based rock camp – and one toured the country with “Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney playing songs from his animated film about teens in a garage band. Information is here.