Boston events

Enjoy this last weekend before the holiday season comes to kick you in the ass. While you can still afford it before dropping a grand on gifts, check out a local craft beer festival, an ESPN sports geek’s book reading, or even a thing called the Speakeasy Circus. Don’t go too hard, though: the night before Thanksgiving is one of the most prime party nights to reconnect with hometown friends. You wouldn’t want to look like a hot mess for that hottie you crushed on in high school.


Bloodthirsty fans are eagerly awaiting “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the second of the three-film series. Vince Vaughn stars in the dramedy “Delivery Man,” in which he inadvertently fathers 533 children and somehow still can’t stop talking a mile a minute. Likeable British comedian Steve Coogan co-wrote and co-stars in “Philomena,” in which he teams up with the Dame Judi Dench, whose character is on a search for her long-lost son. For a dose of intellect, catch “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky,” which was directed by weirdo Michel Gondry of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”


For small screen bloodthirst, Season 4 of “Boardwalk Empire” caps off this Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO for those who have kept up with Nucky and the boys. If you’re looking for sports, the Patriots take on Payton Manning and the Broncos at Foxboro Sunday night, the Celtics take on the Pacers at home on Friday before traveling to Atlanta to play the Hawks on Saturday, and the Bruins stay home, taking on the Blues Thursday and the Hurricanes Saturday.


Nov. 21-22 – “Footloose: The Musical”

It’s only appropriate in a city that actually requires a dancing license that we host a musical rendition of the 1984 film “Footloose.” Running for two nights at the Berklee Performance Center, the show is completely directed, soundtracked, and casted by students (Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 10:30 p.m., $18, all ages).

Nov. 22-24 – Boston International Fine Art Show

All weekend, head to the South End Cyclorama for an enormous display and sale of fine art from the US, Canada, and Europe. The event also includes food, wine, and music, and a ticket gets you re-admission throughout the entire weekend (Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. and Nov 23-24 at 11 a.m., $15, all ages).

Nov. 22 – Local Craft Brewfest

Tired of beer festivals? Don’t be. The Moakley Courthouse at Fort Point hosts the fourth annual Local Craft Brewfest as a fundraiser for the Boston Local Food Festival. Sample, explore, and chat it up with local brewers and distillers, and soak in some local music while you’re at it (6 p.m., $45, 21+).

Nov. 22 – Speakeasy Circus

Come to Oberon dressed to the nines on Friday to experience this Vaudevillian-themed performance and acrobatics show. Stick around after this unique circus revue for a dance party that will continue until 1 a.m. (10 p.m., $25, 18+).

Nov. 22 – Matthew Berry Book Talk

ESPN fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry will be at Brattle Theatre courtesy of Harvard Bookstore to speak about his new book “Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who’s Lived It” (6 p.m., $5, all ages).

Nov. 23 – Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting

The annual celebratory tree lighting will feature Mayor Menino, the Tanglewood chorus conducted by Keith Lockhart and featuring Paula Cole, the Boston Pops, recording artist LOU, Santa Claus, and more (noon, free, all ages).

Nov. 24 – Outdoor Parkour Training Sessions

MoRev, a collective of athletes, coaches, and event coordinators, presents a weekly clinic on parkour, that sport where people jump across buildings and do ridiculous flips and stuff. This week, they meet at The Pit in Harvard Square, and it is open and welcome to all skill levels (2 p.m., free, all ages).