Nov 27-29, 2015

A Well-Strung Christmas

8 pm (Nov. 27-28); 7 pm (Nov. 29). Café Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., 504.975.0286,

Dec 16, 2015 - Mar 27, 2016

Diane Simpson

The first solo museum exhibition for the artist debuts at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, featuring a survey of her sculptural work in 15 pieces made since 1980. 100 Northern Ave., Boston, MA, 617.478.3100

Dec 11-18, 2015

Kitchen's Brown Bag Lunch with Let's Talk About Food

Stop by Boston Public Market and grab a sandwich or something for lunch, then gather in the market's adjacent Kitchen demonstration kitchen and event space. Let's Talk About Food and program host Louis Kasdon tackles a seasonal, pertinent and informational topic—like Winter Farming, on Dec. 11; or, Food & Technology, on Dec. 18—while the audience listens and eats. Noon-2 pm. 100 Hanover St., Boston, MA, 617.542.7696,

Nov 03, 2015 - Feb 28, 2016

Collecting for the Boston Athenaeum in the 21st Century: Maps, Charts and Plans

Vivid cartography that dates back to the 16th century, from the Boston Athenaeum's permanent collections—in particular, 50 objects and items that have been added since the year 2000—forms the basis of this stunning exhibition. 10 1/2 Beacon St., Boston, MA, 

Sep 16 - Dec 16, 2015

MIT Museum's Wüst Wednesdays

To coordinate with the Kurtz Gallery exhibition "Public and Private: East Germany in Photographs by Ulrich Wüst," the artist's first solo U.S. endeavor, MIT Museum hosts this series of lunchtime gallery talks about the former communist country and its transformation after the Berlin wall came down 25 years ago. Noon-1 pm. 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cammbridge, MA, 617.253.5927

Dec 17, 2015

Third Thursdays at the Gardner

Monthly gatherings at this incredible Boston museum are as informative as they are fun. Theme changes monthly, but always features activities, drinks and live music. $15. 5:30-9 pm. 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA, 617.278.5156

Dec 06, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

This season, American Repertory Theater and Obie Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin present a new musical, and rather operatic, adaptation of a scandalous excerpt of Tolstoy's "War and Peace," written by Dave Malloy. Loeb Drama Center, 54 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617.547.8300

Nov 11 - Dec 20, 2015

A Confederacy of Dunces

After winning us over with his endearing machismo as Ron Swanson on NBC's hilarious comedy "Parks and Rec," Nick Offerman moves beyond deadpan humor and into the disaster zone of Ignatius J. Reilly, the fat and lazy lead character of Jeffrey Hatcher's world-premiere stage adaptation of John Kennedy O'Toole's 1980 cult book "A Confederacy of Dunces." Set in New Orleans in the 1960s, the play follows Reilly through the French Quarter as he attempts to find a job and move out of his mother's house. Boston University Theater, 264 Huntington Ave., 617.266.0800

Dec 05-30, 2015

Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida

Weekends at LEGOLAND Florida this December are stacked high with a 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree made of 270,000 bricks, life-size LEGO Santa, reindeer and sleigh, festive decorations, holiday entertainment and appearances by LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier.

Dec 04, 2015 - Jan 02, 2016

Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios

The world's most-famous parade is also a holiday tradition for park guests at Universal Studios where floats and balloons direct from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City mix with marching bands, clowns and an appearance from Santa.