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The Must List

Seven can’t-miss things to do, see, and read this month. By ALENE BOURANOVA

Rodgers +
December 18–30
This glittery take on the
Film Charles Perrault tale
Elf continues to delight audi-
ences, 61 years after its
December 13 silver-screen debut. And
No need to hike the seven after finally making its
levels of the Candy Cane way to Broadway in 2013,
Forest to enjoy this holi- the show starts a run at
day classic—just head to the Emerson Colonial
Brookline for a “Rewind!” this month. Watch as
screening at the Coolidge dreams come true and
Music host, Celebrity Series of Boston. Corner Theatre. Then stepsisters get their just
The concerts, which pair profes- after the show, the fun deserts—it’ll be a “Lovely
Dorchester sional musicians with local student continues at the Sea of Night,” indeed. Emerson
and Roxbury ensembles, go beyond your basic cham- Swirly-Twirly Gumdrops Colonial Theatre, 888-
Stringfests ber music. In Dorchester, the Castle of Osaka Sushi & Steak- 616-0272, emerson
Our Skins string quartet will perform house at an afterparty .
December 1–2
Latin-American folk songs with the Con- with local brewers. And
hoping to hear classical tunes servatory Lab Charter School. In Rox- after the party is the…
outside of Symphony Hall this month? bury, classical-folk trio Voci Angelica will Lincoln Tunnel? Coolidge
Head to the Dorchester and Roxbury play world music alongside youth group Corner Theatre, 617-734-
Stringfests (at the Kroc Center and City Strings United and the all-ages Bos- 2501,
Hibernian Hall, respectively), two free ton City-Wide String Orchestra. Who

events that offer up high culture with a knows—you might be watching future Fine Arts
side of community. “Stringfest is about BSO members in the making. Salvation “Ansel Adams in
making friends in the neighborhood,” Army Kroc Corps Community Center; Our Time” Comedy
says Robin Baker, associate director of Hibernian Hall; 617-482-2595, celebrity Michelle Wolf
community engagement for the events’ —Adriana Diaz December 13–February
24, 2019 December 30–31
This winter, experience Fresh off the heels of suc-
Books Wes must rely on himself live and create at the the great outdoors from cessful Netflix and HBO
Winter Loon to unpack his family’s historical Piano Craft the comfort of the MFA’s ventures, Daily Show
demons and build a Gallery in the South End Gund Gallery. Explore alum Michelle Wolf is up
Out December 1 future over the scars of have exhibited their iconic American scenes, and at ’em with a national
This debut from local the past. $16, Little A, work in an annual group such as Wyoming's Grand standup tour. Join Wolf as
author Susan Bernhard amazonpublishing show. But this year, for Tetons, thanks to a retro- she lampoons everything
carries readers to the their 42nd anniversary, spective of 20th-century from patriarchal dou-
unforgivingly frigid land- they’ve decided to turn landscape photographer ble standards to global
scapes of Minnesota, Gallery Arts the show into an end-of- Ansel Adams. Also on warming to instruc-
where 15-year-old Wes “Forty-Two” year event and send 2018 display will be works from tional tattoos (“Shine,”
is abandoned by his out with a bang. Come for present-day photogs who “Remember the Alamo”).
father after his mother December 7–23 the cocktails, stay for the riff on themes in his work. “Laugh” won’t be neces-
drowns in a frozen lake. For more than four neon. Piano Craft Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, 617- sary. The Wilbur, 617-248-
Faced with these losses, decades, the artists who 267-9300, 9700,