The Boston Ballet is partnering with NBC10 Boston to bring Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker to your home with a one-hour special excerpted from the 2019 production, with featured narration by Hoda Kotb (Today) and Colton Bradford (NBC10 Boston’s The Hub) as Drosselmeier.
The Nutcracker will air on NBC10 Boston on Saturday, November 28 at 7 pm with encore airings and on-demand viewing opportunities on NBC10 Boston, NECN and Spanish-language Telemundo. It will also be available free of charge on bostonballet.org for a limited time.
When to watch:
Saturday, November 28 at 7 pm on NBC10 Boston Sunday, November 29 at 7 pm on NECN Saturday, December 5 at 11 am on Telemundo Friday, December 25 at 5 pm on Telemundo Friday, December 25 at 7 pm on NBC10 Boston
Mass Bears and Cubs are continuing their annual tradition to collect toys for those in need and have partnered again with Solutions At Work, a nonprofit organization for homeless families.
The toy drive is starting earlier this year due to COVID-19 precautions. Mass Bears and Cubs would welcome unwrapped toys in their original packaging and will be offering a Touch-Free COVID-Safe option for donations.
Toy Drive runs through Tuesday, December 15th
Drop off unwrapped new toys at The Alley Bar’s collection box and while there stop in and support this local gay business which is now serving apps, burgers and sandwiches in Downtown Crossing.
Mark Kanemura was on So You Think You Can Dance a few years back. He regularly posts short, entertaining videos like this one from last year. As you can see, Mark has enough Christmas spirit for all of us.
It is hard to believe this Speedo run started by friends back in 2000 would grow to be so popular in so many cities around the country but the idea is just the right mix of foolishness and fun. Sergio and I will miss this year’s run up Boylston Street and down Newbury Street but if you’re in town you may want to head over to the Prudential Mall and Hynes Auditorium where hundreds of runners will line-up for the quick (and very brisk) run.
Santa Speedo Run
Saturday, December 14th @1PM
Corner of Boylston & Gloucester Streets
Toys for Joys is this Saturday. Get your tickets ASAP.
Although Sergio and I are traveling and not able to attend this year’s event, I wanted to give a shout out for this year’s Toys for Joys celebration, that will take place this Saturday, December 14th at the Artists for Humanity Epicenter in Southie. Unlike most fundraisers, this event is devoid of rubber chicken dinners and long speeches, but organizers do ask that anyone who buys a ticket also purchase 3 gifts (minimum value $20-$25 per gift) to be donated:
tots (3-mos to 5 yrs)
tweens (6-11 yrs)
If your last name begins with A-M you purchase toys for a girl and if your last name begins with N-Z purchase gifts for boys. Gifts should be unwrapped and will be placed under the tree.
Spread some holiday cheer and help the Mass Bears & Cubs by participating in their annual holiday toy drive. You can drop off unwrapped children’s toys at Club Cafe and The Alley through December 13th.
Although the holiday season has not officially started, I wanted to make sure you make time to attend this year’s Toys for Joys; scheduled to take place Saturday, December 14th at the Artist for Humanity building in South Boston.
Toys for Joys 2019
Saturday, December 14th || 7:00 PM to Midnight
Artists for Humanity Epicenter 100 W. Second St., South Boston
For those unfamiliar with this holiday tradition, Toys for Joys has become a significant force for good, collecting toy donations for children in our community most in need. The team behind this annual toy drive host the best fundraiser of the season – devoid of rubber chicken dinners and long speeches. The evening is filled with great music, delicious cocktails from Tito’s Vodka and a casual and welcoming atmosphere to meet and mingle with friends and new acquaintances.
If you’d like to learn more about corporate sponsorships or how you can get more involved, visit the website, toys4joys.org.
Since today is Christmas Eve, and tomorrow is Christmas Day and many places are closed of the holiday, I”m going to refrain from posting my usual “What’s Happening This Week” and leave you with this photo taken by my friend Izzy Berdan from a few years back to help put you in the holiday spirit.
Merry Christmas from me to you and I’ll share an update on what’s happening this weekend on Thursday afternoon.
Detention center in McAllen, Texas. Photo: Center for Border Protection
The organizers of Toys for Joys, Inc. (T4J), recently hosted their 10th Anniversary Gala this month and I’m pleased to share that it was an amazing success; toys and gifts from the event are being sent to children and teens throughout Massachusetts. This week T4J has taken on a new challenge and they need your help to spread the word. Please read and share this post or the link included below with as many people as you know, because time is of the essence.T4J is working to collect additional donations for 5,000 migrant children (many of whom) have been separated from their families and are in the equivalent of detention centers. T4J has a lofty goal of raising $50,000 in the next week to help brighten what must be a terribly frightening time for these children.
If you would like to help, please visit the T4J website and make a donation today. DONATE HERE:Toys for Joys