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By : Caitlin Kenney

5 min read


The Chinese Lady is the subversive and poetic story of Afong Moy and her life as a side show act in a changing America from 1834-1879. Tix here: Central Theater $20+


The Slutcracker returns to Davis Square with its annual burlesque version of the Nutcracker filled with lots of humor and bodies of every kind. It’s a Boston holiday tradition! Tickets! $35


Head to Harvard Sq for the Boston premiere of Life of Pi, a harrowing and inspiring epic new play based on the beloved book. Tix at American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) $25+


Lindsay Blemish’s new work, Are You Someone to Somebody?, uses text, movement, abstract design and multimedia to create a language expressing the range of the human experience. Tickets! $12


The Brattle is screening all 5 films of French New Wave pioneer François Truffaut’s Adventures of Antoine Dionel, the auteur’s alter ego played over the course of 20 years by actor Jean-Pierre Léaud. If you see one, make it both actor/directors first film ever, The 400 Blows. Tickets!


It’s GRRL HAUS CINEMA’s annual Best of 2022 Short Films, featuring a feast of 28 works by women, non-binary, trans and genderqueer artists. Don’t miss! Tickets link!

GRRL Haus Cinema Teaser video


Head to Kendall to watch the Penguin play Gotham like a harp from Hell in Tim Burton’s 1992 classic Batman Returns, featuring the only cat woman that matters. Screening at Kendall Square Cinema. Tickets!


Celebrate the solstice with the music, stories and dances of various cultures as they collide at Ellis Island in the 1920s at the (52nd annual!) Midwinter Revels at Harvard’s legendary Sanders Theatre. Tickets! $24+

12/21 + 12/22

Wim Wender’s 1987 poetic masterpiece Wings of Desire will make you feel all the feels when an angel falls in love with a mortal. Required viewing! Tickets!

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #153 December 2022


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