Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Jan. 8-14

Kick off MLK weekend with Harlem Gospel Choir, experience Shakespearean heartbreak, and more.

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The annual Harlem Gospel Choir Joyful Noise Concert will be held at Sanders Theatre January 13.


Thursday, January 11

If you last thought about the bassoon during Peter and the Wolf (it’s the grandfather), check out Bassoonery, a showcase of the low-pitched woodwind. At Community Music Center of Boston in the South End, the program includes original work composed by former students, and the performers include the center’s executive director, Lecolion Washington. 7 p.m. Free.


Friday-Monday, January 12-15

Arisia, which bills itself as “New England’s largest, most diverse sci-fi and fantasy convention,” returns to the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel. The schedule includes hundreds of workshops, panels, screenings, classes, and other events, including tracks appropriate for kids and teens. On Sunday night, a masquerade that incorporates performances fills the grand ballroom. Single-day admission from $15; $70 for the weekend.


Opening Friday, January 12

Adapted from the Academy Award-winning film, Shakespeare in Love is a fictional behind-the-scenes romance about a young playwright plagued by writer’s block. The SpeakEasy Stage Company production stars Newton native George Olesky as Will and features local legend Nancy E. Carroll in a scene-stealing bit part: Queen Elizabeth I. Through February 10 at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Calderwood Pavilion. Tickets start at $25.


Saturday, January 13


Kick off Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with the annual Harlem Gospel Choir Joyful Noise Concert at Sanders Theatre. Over its two decades of bringing gospel music to the country and the world, the group has performed with artists like Bono, Sia, and Pharrell Williams; it’s fresh off a tour of Italy. 7:30 p.m. $30.


Sunday, January 14

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Ten films make up Shine On!: Animated Shorts From Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017. The Coolidge Corner Theatre screens the touring show, which features the work of artists from around the globe, including award winners from France (Lilou), Russia (The Sled), and Taiwan (Little Stone Lion). Appropriate for kids of all ages. 10:30 a.m. $9 adult, $7 child.

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