Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Honoring the Festival of Lights

The Museum of Fine Arts is celebrating Diwali with an evening of free events to help attendees learn about how the magical Festival of Lights is celebrated by cultures and religious groups in Southeast Asia and all over the world. Activities include dance performances, presentations, and spotlight talks focusing on Jainism, a religion that emerged alongside Buddhism in the sixth century BC. 4 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.; mfa.org

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SIP. SAVOR. SPARKLE. Again!

Support Boston Children’s Hospital League at an event hosted by Impulse by Adamas Fine Jewelry. Sip on Champagne, buy raffle tickets for the chance to win fabulous prizes, and enjoy a night of fantastic fun. Space is limited. 6-9 p.m. 180 Linden St., Wellesley; childrenshospitalleague.org/sip-savor-sparkle.asp

Arden Theatre Company Presents Great Expectations

Don’t miss the Arden Theatre Company’s showing of Great Expectations, based on the book by Charles Dickens and adapted by Gale Childs Daly. See this coming-of-age novel come to life in a unique adaptation featuring only six cast members and one set. Watch the actors quick-change their way through the show to play over 40 colorful characters and see the single set transform into over 30 locations. $36-$50. 40 N. 2nd St., Old City; ardentheatre.org

Friday, October 24, 2014

Relais & Chateaux 60th Anniversary Dinner

Prepare for an evening of fine wine and unparalleled cuisine from chef Pablo Montero from Spain and chef Karsten of Castle Hill Inn. Enjoy a six-course meal that combines the best of Spain with New England’s seasonal bounty. Fine wine will be served throughout the evening. $165 plus gratuity. Castle Hill Inn, Newport, Rhode Island; castlehillinn.com

First Annual Castle Hill Inn Cooking School

Delve into all things culinary with a two-night stay in luxury accommodations and the best food there is to offer. Refine your culinary skills with Executive Chef Karsten Hart, partake in a wine tasting seminar with beverage director Anthony Boi, and enjoy other great amenities. Through October 25. Castle Hill Inn, Newport, Rhode Island; castlehillinn.com

Michael Aram Jewelry Event

Visit Bloomingdale’s at the Mall at Chestnut Hill and enter a mesmerizing world of elegant jewelry that explodes with brilliance. Meet creator Michael Aram and browse the enchanting bracelets, earrings, and rings. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Bloomingdale’s, Mall at Chestnut Hill, 617-630-6726

Samir Sammoun at Galerie d’Orsay

Impressionist painter Samir Sammoun’s work will be coming to the Back Bay’s Galerie d’Orsay this fall. Known for their atmosphere and richness, Sammoun’s paintings have been featured in well-known museums throughout the U.S. and Canada. Through this partnership, the gallery will help raise funds for the Medical Missions for Children, an organization Sammoun has shown long-term support for. 33 Newbury St.; galerie-dorsay.com

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bloomingdales at The Chestnut Hill Mall hosts Simon Pearce
Vermont-based glass blower Simon Pearce will host a complimentary glass signing event at Bloomingdales at The Chestnut Hill Mall. Meet and be inspired by the revered artisan as he personalizes your favorite glass piece. 1-4 p.m. Bloomingdales at The Chestnut Hill Mall, 175 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill;
bloomingdales.com Harvard Square Tasting Tour
Hungry for more information about Harvard Square? The first ever Harvard Square Tasting Tour will include facts and trivia about the square and a tasting of the food and drink pairings at the most popular restaurants. $79. 3-5 p.m. harvardsquaretastingtour.com

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Vine Masters

Do you love books? Do you love wine? Attend Vine Masters, a new event series at Island Creek Oyster Bar, and sit down with authors in the beverage community as they talk about their books. The series starts off with Talia Baiocchi as she discusses her new book, Sherry. Dinner is $125 and includes a signed book. 6:30 p.m. Island Creek Oyster Bar, 500 Commonwealth Ave., 617-532-5300

'Mamma Mia!' Returns for a Week

If you’ve never seen Mamma Mia!, now is your chance. For one week only, go to a performance of the smash-hit musical. Dance and sing to ABBA’s greatest songs and relive the magic that is Mamma Mia!. Tickets start at $34. Through November 2. Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre; BroadwayInBoston.com

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vadym Kholodenko at Celebrity Series of Boston

Sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Vadym Kholodenko will make his Boston debut performance with Celebrity Series of Boston. Kholodenko is an extremely established pianist, having won the Cliburn’s gold medal and arrange music. Be prepared to hear a beautifully prepared program. 8 p.m. Pickman Hall, 27 Garden St.; celebrityseries.org

Thursday, October 30, 2014

UnMask Cancer Gala

Presented by Mandarian Oriental Boston, enjoy a party to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Prepare for a night of food, entertainment, surprises, and a stunning venue. Buy a ticket, become a sponsor, or donate and help doctors and researchers UnMask cancer. 7:30 p.m.-MIDNIGHT. District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.; unmaskcancer.org

The Dali Lama Comes to Boston

The Dali Lama will be leading a day of teaching at the Citi Performing Arts Center, bringing his knowledge and wisdom to the people of the city. The event is hosted by the Prajna Upadesa Foundation. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 270 Tremont St.; citicenter.org

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Bash at Battery Park

Battery Park invites you to wear your favorite costume, participate in classic Halloween games, and enjoy complimentary treats, sweets, and pub eats at the Financial District's favorite after-work destination.  Enjoy the party all night long, and don’t leave without a goodie bag! Tickets start at $20. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Battery Park, 33 Batterymarch St.; batteryparkboston.com

Wilson Farm Celebrates Halloween

Wilson Farm in Lexington gets into the Halloween spirit with its newest addition to their storefront, a “Haunted Gingerbread Mobile Home.” The giant structure is 6.5 feet by 6.5 feet and is made entirely out of gingerbread and candy. Wilson Farm will also feature hay rides, pumpkin decorating events, and their famous caramel apples and apple cider donuts. Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington; wilsonfarm.com

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Richard Goode Performs in the Celebrity Series of Boston

Richard Goode, the award-winning and highly acclaimed pianist, will fill Jordan Hall with music as a part of the Celebrity Series of Boston. As a world-renowned pianist, Mr. Goode has played in famous concert halls around the world, delivering stunning performances of iconic pieces. 8 p.m. 30 Gainsborough St.; celebrityseries.org

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra will be coming to Boston for the 9th time as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston. As the oldest civic concert orchestra in the world, they will be performing a program of works from Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Conductor Riccardo Chaily and violin soloist Nikolaj Znaider are dedicating this performance to the 25th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution in Leipzig that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Tickets start at $45. 8 p.m. 301 Massachusetts Ave.; celebrityseries.org

The Thing: Opening Night Gala

Calling all cocktail aficionados! The 3rd annual “The Thing” gala is bringing together the city’s most venerable bartenders for a night of creative cocktails, featuring Ezra Star of Drink, Kate Emmerson from The Hawthorne, and Max Toste from Deep Ellum. Don your best black tie and indulge in all things grande old Boston at this can’t-miss event! Tickets starting at $95. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Fairmont Copley Plaza

thirstboston.com

Saturday, November 8, 2014

In the Kitchen: Braising

Prepare for the holiday season at the Ocean House with this hands-on experience that will show you the ins and outs of braising. Led by the on-staff food forager, you’ll learn about different dishes and flavors to take your slow-cooked meal to the next level. $95. 9 a.m.-NOON. 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, Rhode Island; oceanhouseevents.com

Italy’s Finest: Wine Connextion

Get ready to indulge in complimentary samples of Italy’s finest wines. Discover wine from various regions of Italy and stumble upon your new favorite taste. Must be 21 or older. 1-5 p.m. The Win ConneXtion, 117 Main Street, North Andover; wineconnextion.com

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Lovin’ Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate Party

Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a non-profit organization that facilitates the distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded, celebrates its 5th anniversary by hosting the 4th annual Ultimate Tailgate Party. Attendees can enjoy their favorite tailgate treats while also sipping on complimentary cocktails from Peak Organic Brewery. Tickets starting at $100. 7 p.m. The Lawn at Sam’s, 60 Northern Ave., 617-295-0191; lovingspoonfulsinc.org

New England Craft Showcase

Don't miss your chance to see the faces behind your favorite brands and come meet the men and women behind some of your favorite locally made spirits, beer, and cider. Featuring Cisco Brewers, Mad River Distillers, Sons of Liberty, and Vermont Spirits. Tickets starting at $20. 1-4 p.m. Fairmont Copley Plaza, Suite A & B;

thirstboston.com

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bartenders Brunch

Enjoy one last drink with fresh flavors and good vibes reminiscent of warm weather with Thirst Boston at the third annual Bartender’s Brunch. The Hawthorne will host this Jamaican–themed event, which features Jamaican-themed cocktails and cuisine, courtesy of Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum. Tickets at $35. 12-3 p.m. The Hawthorne, 500a Commonwealth Ave.;

thirstboston.com

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Youth Designs 2nd Annual Carnival Event

Youth Design has been helping creative urban teenagers pursue a path to higher education for twelve years. This year, Youth Design is hosting the 2nd annual Carnival Event. Guests will enjoy carnival games, cocktails, and the chance to play and create alongside Youth Design students. $150. 6-8:30 p.m. The W Hotel, 100 Stuart St.; youthdesign.org

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Poetry and Music from Aja Monet

World-renowned for her ability to connect to her audience on an intimate level, Aja Monet will perform at Club B-10 at MASS MoCA. After winning highly acclaimed titles for her slam poetry in the mid 2000’s, Aja has since performed for countless large audiences, and has been labeled, “the true definition of an artist.” Refreshments will be available before and during the show, along with a cash bar. Tickets start at $10. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams; massmoca.org

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Celebrity Series of Boston Presents the San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony will return to Boston to perform for the Celebrity Series of Boston for the seventh time at Symphony hall. The Celebrity Series has been bringing the globe’s most talented musicians to Boston for over 70 years. This show will feature conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and solo violinist Gil Shaham. $45. 7 pm. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., 617-482-6661celebrityseries.org

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Simón Bolívar String Quartet

The Celebrity Series of Boston brings the Simón Bolívar String Quartet to Boston for the first time. The Quartet is composed of principle musicians from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. They will be performing at the Longy School of Music at Bard College on Tuesday and Wednesday night. This is sure to be a night of beautiful music, with a program featuring Mendelssohn and Brahams. Tickets are $20. 8 p.m. Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music at Bard College, 37 Garden St., Cambridge, 617-482-6661; celebrityseries.org

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Institute of Contemporary Art presents Adriana Varejao

Come experience the first solo US museum exhibition of Adriana Varejao. The show features 23 works of mixed media, exploring the history of colonization and the construction of race in Brazil. Varejao drew her inspiration from the 17th and 18th century casta paintings. Through April 5, 2015. 100 Northern Ave.; icaboston.org

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SMFA Annual Art Sale

Explore the work of the best up-and-coming artists around. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts will host the annual art sale, showing the diverse styles of the students, faculty, and alumni. While the sale will run for four days, don’t miss out on the opening celebration, where guests will marvel at the art around them while dancing to music and visiting the cash bar. 5-8 p.m. 230 The Fenway; smfa.edu

Friday, November 21, 2014

Craft Brews for All

Enjoy the waterfront view, live music, and see what local artisan brewers have to offer at The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts’ 5th annual Local Craft Brewfest. Enjoy unlimited tastings of unique beers, spirits, cider, and mead, with seasonal food to complement your entire experience. $47-$90. 6-9:30 p.m. Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way; LocalCraftBrew.eventbrite.com

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner

With Castle Hill Inn’s 40 plush acres of land in view, this post Thanksgiving celebration will be special. Chef Karsten Hart will present a gourmet dinner that will give you something else to be thankful for around the holiday season. With a variety of appetizers, main courses, and a wide selection of desserts, Thanksgiving will last all weekend long. Through November 29. Castle Hill Inn, Newport, Rhode Island; castlehillinn.com

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mistletoe Ball

The Hellenic Women’s Club, EOK, presents The Mistletoe Ball at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. Guests can expect an elegant dinner; music by Legit Band, Music for the Ages; Greek music by The Makredes Ensemble; and Mistletoe Mingle, an after-party for young adults in the Ballroom Foyer from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. with DJs and dancing. All proceeds support the Club’s many New England charities. Black tie. For reservations: Call 617-964-7227 or visit hellenicwomensclub.org 

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