It looks like Thanksgiving is almost here, and as many radio stations will tell you, that means that the holiday season is here! Ready or not, the Christmas music is upon us. If you’d like to escape it a little longer, turn off the radio and spend the weekend out and about in Cambridge and Boston.
Cambridge and Boston Events Running All Weekend
Cultural Survival Bazaar
1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
If the holidays are already giving you anxiety, this is the perfect weekend to get ahead of the game at the Cultural Survival Bazaar. This festival has artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary native arts from around the world. And if you’re trying to be socially conscious in your shopping this holiday season, this is the perfect way to support sustainable and fair trade products.
The hundreds of artists attending will be selling their beautiful works of art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, pottery, carpets, and more. In addition, the weekend will be filled with performances and presentations, including live music, Native American storytelling, and craft-making lessons. (There will be food, too!) This is the perfect opportunity to learn, admire, support indigenous artists, and even get some holiday shopping done!
Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave., Cambridge
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Folk and fairy tales are close to my heart, so that’s why I’m recommending this second event: the Arabian Nights theater production. We all remember the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Charles Perrault. But just as important as those names is One Thousand and One Nights, which is a collection of tales from the Middle East and Asia. (Hint: Any Aladdin fans out there? That story comes from this book!) But why are we talking about this book? Because it’s made its way to the stage!
The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater created this production two years ago, and it was a hit! It won multiple awards and appealed to people of all ages. Well, now it’s back on stage, with its story of suspense, romance, and comedy told with vibrant costumes and enchanting puppetry. Just see if you can resist the spell cast by these tales of imagination.