This past weekend I attended the Boston Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House theater.
Attending The Nutcracker Thanksgiving weekend is quickly becoming one of my favorite holiday traditions, because the Opera House is richly decorated, the music is beautiful and the ballet is a feast for the eyes – just look at the handsome Nutcracker Prince to see what I mean. Even Ebenezer Scrooge would leave the Boston Ballet production with a smile on his face.
Paulo Arrais of Boston Ballet in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker photo by Rosalie O’Connor
The Nutcracker is a great date night suggestion or fun night out with friends. Even if you don’t always appreciate or understand ballet, I’m willing to bet more than a few of you will leave with a bit of a crush on the Boston Ballet’s principal dancer, Paulo Arrais, who plays the Nutcracker Prince.
Performances run through the end of the year. Tickets for The Nutcracker start at $35.00 and can be purchased online here, bostonballet.org/nutcracker.
Friday, November 27th – the day after Thanksgiving – Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker opens at Boston’s Opera House. A few years ago Mikko Nissinen and the Boston Ballet updated their production of the classic tale set to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky. This is a classic holiday tradition that I highly recommend. Tickets are very affordable, starting at $35 and performances run through December 31st. Check out the video below of the Boston Ballet’s Snow Scene – like you’ve never seen it before – from The Nutcracker.
Purchase Tickets to Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker
The third Friday of every month DJ Brent Covington (a.k.a. @crowdedspaces on Twittah) hosts his gay dance party at the Milkyway Lounge in JP, BOYFRIENDS. The party starts at 10PM and there is a $5 cover to get in the door. The Milkyway Lounge is located at 284 Armory Street (The Brewery Complex).
More details about this months, party can be found on their Facebook page.
Looking for something different to do tonight? Check out Boston’s handsome DJ Begbick and the hostess for the evening, The Legendary Teashaboo, for Controversy, Boston’s weekly LGBT hip-hop & reggae party.
All the fun will start upstairs at Machine at 10PM at 1254 Boylston Street in the Fenway. For more information check out their Facebook page, Controversy.
Tonight is opening night for the Boston Ballet’s Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler: A Ballet by John Neumeier. Hailed as “a work of genius” by Clive Barnes of New York Post, this epic masterpiece, choreographed to Mahler’s longest symphony, expresses a dynamic array of images and emotion; from creation and passion to death and heavenly life.
Boston Ballet tickets and show information here
I’ve said this in previous posts because I think there is a prejudice about ballet by those who have either never attended or only think of the Nutcracker when the ballet is referenced. The Boston Ballet has done an amazing job and you owe it to yourself to come and see a performance. #YouGottaHaveArts
Photo Credit: Liza Voll
One week from today The Boston Ballet 2015-2016 season will open with the epic Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler: A Ballet by John Neumeier. In anticipation of the new season and to celebrate the beautiful aerial sculpture suspended over The Rose Kennedy Greenway by Janet Echelman last week twelve male Boston Ballet dancers created a moving pyramid from the ballet’s first movement.
You can purchase tickets to The Boston Ballet’s season opener, here.
My friend, Christopher, will be teaching his 5-week Intro to Ballet Workshop, starting September 19th. This is an excellent way for you to build strength and coordination. Alone or with friends, the workshop which runs each Saturday from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm is a wonderful alternative to the gym. The workshop could not be taught by a nicer, more knowledgeable teacher.
The cost for the 5 week class is a steal at $90, making this also a great gift idea. After you complete Intro to Ballet 1 there is an Intro to Ballet 2 you can continue with if you find yourself looking to learn more.
More information and to register click here