Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Well, it’s going to get cold this weekend, but there’s plenty going on to tempt us out of the house!  First and foremost for me will be the chance to watch my eldest make his Masquers debut in Kickemuit Middle School’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, opening Friday night.  I hope you will join me in support of our young thespians as they take a crack at this much-loved holiday classic; tickets are a mere $5 at the door and there will be three shows, this weekend only (Friday December 3rd at 7pm; Saturday December 4th at 7pm; and Sunday December 5th at 2pm). 

Also at the theater, there’s still time to catch Roger Williams University’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Good Woman of Setzuan”.  Set in China, this classic satirical tale confronts the age-old dilemma of good versus evil.  The last three shows are tonight, tomorrow and Saturday, at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens.  The university’s Performing Arts Center will also host the Chinese Music Ensemble of Boston, an orchestra of traditional Chinese instruments, on Saturday December 4th at 2pm for a concert of classical and traditional folk music. Under the direction of Tai-Chun Pan, members of the Ensemble will play instruments that include bowed strings, plucked strings, bamboo winds and percussion. The event is free of charge; more information can be found here.

If you hoped to catch 2nd Story‘s “School For Wives” this weekend, I’ll expect you’ve already reserved your tickets.  All four shows this weekend are SOLD OUT, an indication that this sensational production is the show to see this month.  Looking ahead, you’re in luck – there are seven more shows over the next two weekends, but I’d act fast (call 247-4200 for ticket information).

The 30th annual “Many Moods of Christmas” concert will welcome the holiday season this weekend with two shows, Saturday December 4th at 7pm and Sunday December 5th at 3pm, at St. Mary’s Church in Bristol.  The Bristol County Chorus, with guest singers from Roger Williams University’s Chorus and several soloists, will perform all four of the Shaw/Bennett “Many Moods” suites, along with additional selections.  Advance tickets are $15; tickets are $20 at the door.  For more information call 253-9664. 

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol is an enchanting place to visit any time of the year, but it’s especially magical in December when they host their annual Christmas at Blithewold festivities.  Holiday musical performances are held on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month as part of the celebration.  This Saturday, December 4th at 6:30pm Blithewold welcomes We Make Music, a vocal ensemble with recorder and piano.  On Sunday December 5th at 3pm Enigmatica, a mandolin octet, will perform.  The concerts are free with admission to Blithewold.

On Sunday December 5th from noon to 5pm, Mudstone Studios in Warren will be holding a Studio Sale and glass-blowing demonstration.  Glass-blowing is cool, and if you’ve never seen it done then this is a great chance to visit an art studio and see for yourself!  Bring your wallet along and pick up a gift or two while you’re at it. 

Downtown Warren is already beautifully lit up with colored lights, and Bristol’s Grand Illumination will round out the weekend on Sunday evening, December 5th in front of the Burnside Building on Hope Street.  Holiday festivities are ongoing throughout the day, but shortly after 4pm the entertainment begins on Hope Street with caroling, music, and dancing with Extensions School of Dance, choirs from our local schools, and the St. Michael’s Bell Choir, with the big moment taking place at around 6pm.  Come dance and sing along with your neighbors, and remember to bundle up, ‘cuz baby it’s cold outside!

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