Boston events

This weekend might be a good one to catch a movie, with some of Hollywood’s most esteemed directors dropping new films. If you need a distraction from your holiday shopping, you might even check out a bar crawl, a cell phone art show, or one of the other many events happening in town this weekend.

Christian Bale is swept into a violent crime ring as he seeks justice for his captured brother in “Out of the Furnace.” The film was directed by Scott Cooper of “Crazy Heart” fame, but he’s not the only acclaimed director releasing a film this weekend. The legendary Coen brothers return with “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which follows a young rambling folk singer in Greenwich Village in 1961.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for, “The Sound of Music Live!” starring Carrie Underwood will air on NBC this Thursday at 8 p.m. If that’s not your cup o’ tea, there’s plenty of sports happening. The Patriots take on the Browns in Foxborough on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Celtics host the Nuggets at TD Garden on Friday and then head to New York to play the Knicks for a day game on Sunday. The Bruins travel to Montreal to take on the Canadiens on Thursday, return home to play the Penguins on Saturday, and go back up to Canada to play the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Sunday. If you’d rather get a dose of holiday spirit, Christmas specials are already airing like crazy, including “The Muppet Christmas Carol” this Thursday on ABC Family and “Frosty the Snowman” this Friday on CBS.


Dec. 5 – 50 on Fire

Find out which innovators and entrepreneurs are setting Boston’s industries on fire at Bostinno’s third annual 50 on Fire awards show (at Moakley Courthouse; 7 p.m., $95, 21+).

Dec. 5 – Boston Common Tree Lighting

Yet another tree lighting to warm your holiday spirit in case you missed the other ones (or just really love trees). This ceremony will feature an “American Idol” finalist, Blue Man Group, Boston Ballet, and an extremely large Canadian white spruce (6 p.m., free, all ages).

Dec. 6 – Legally Blonde the Musical

Arlington Friends of the Drama presents the stage version of everyone’s favorite Reese Witherspoon flick. The production run through Dec. 22, but be stylish and catch its opening on Friday (8 p.m., $25, all ages).

Dec. 7 – South End Cookie Festival

On Saturday, the South End Business Alliance teams up with six of the area’s bakeries to cook up some limited edition cookies as part of a series of walking tours. Get your taste of these festive treats as you do a little holiday shopping (11 a.m., $20, all ages).

Dec. 7 – 12 Bars of X-mas

Get your yuletide drink on. Bounce around to 12 of Faneuil Hall’s bars to benefit Coins for Cures by Boston’s Children’s Hospital (12 a.m., $26, 21+).

Dec. 7 – Oh Snap opening

Head to Fourth Wall Project to check out the opening of “Oh Snap,” a new cell phone photography show curated by Courtney Moy that features snaps from over 30 local artists (7 p.m., free, all ages).