What To Do in Boston This Weekend

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Written by Landry Harlan

By Landry Harlan
BU News Service

My first New England winter is looming. I await it in terror and anticipation. Should I build a shelter and stock it with canned food? We got a little snow back in Oklahoma every now and then but nothing that warranted a wardrobe stocked with wool socks and galoshes. Feel free to submit tips for this oblivious newcomer. Winter is coming. Until then, here’s a few highlights of what Boston has to offer this weekend:

Boston Lyric Opera’s Greek

The ancient tragedy of Oedipus the King, set against the backdrop of 1980s U.K. politics, brings new dimension to the story of a man who unwittingly fulfills his patricidal and incestuous fate in Greek, Boston Lyric Opera’s (BLO) new production of the 1988 cult classic opera composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage (Anna-Nicole), with libretto by Turnage and Jonathan Moore, and based on the startling play by Steven Berkoff. Boston’s production is the first major U.S. production of this compelling work.

Where: Emerson/Paramount Center

When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Cost: Student rush tickets $20, limit two with valid student ID.

Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt

Celebrate the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and revel in a holiday season bursting with the magic of J. K. Rowling’s world by embarking on your very own search for magical creatures! Climb a 150-year-old staircase, explore a maze of hallways and hidden rooms, peek around corners and into shadows to discover the real creatures and stories behind unicorns, yetis, nundus and other fantastic beasts.

Where: Harvard Museum of Natural History

When: Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: Five galleons, nine sickles and 13 nuts (or $10 for non-Harvard students)

Tree Lighting Spectacular

Faneuil Hall Marketplace and WBZ-TV kick off the holiday season in the city on Saturday night with their annual Tree Lighting Spectacular! Head down to Faneuil Hall for a full day of entertainment and live broadcast of the tree lighting from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Faneuil Hall Marketplace

When: Saturday 8 – 9 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Settlers of Catan Meetup

The Settlers of Catan 8-week meet-up begins this Sunday at the American Fresh Brewhouse Beer Garden, a fun place to play while you grab few pints! Get a few friends together or come and hook onto a group that needs a 4th person.

There will be raffles happening as the games are going on, and the winner of each game receives a prize. You’re more than welcome to bring your own board, but there will also be some boards on site (first come, first serve).

Where: American Fresh Brewhouse Beer Garden in Somerville

When: Sunday 5 – 8 p.m.

Cost: FREE

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