Boston Dance Company's Nutcracker @ the Strand, Dec. 7

2011 marks the 19th Anniversary Season of the Boston Dance Company's annual production of "Nutcracker". The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" written by E.T.A. Hoffman; the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King. The performance will be held on December 7th at 10:00 a.m. The Strand Theatre is located at 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester. For more information, check out their website or call the Theatre at 617.635.1403.

A Christmas Carol (The Passion of Scrooge) Dec. 5

The Strand Theatre will be hosting a dramatic presentation of A Christmas Carol, an entertaining musical setting of Charles Dickens’ classic story.  This vibrant and amusing performance brings Dickens’ characters to life in a suspenseful and exciting journey from past to future. A Christmas Carol captures the spirit of the season while introducing classical music and a classic novel to audiences of all ages. Admission to the event is free. The event will be December 5th at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact the theatre at 617.480.5112, or visit the Theatre's website. has FREE tickets available for thos interested.  We have both individual tickets and family packages. Short supply, act fast! Email, or call 617.822.8297.

"Through Our Eyes" @ Strand Theatre

On Saturday, November 12, the Strand Theatre will be hosting "Through Our Eyes," a night of contemporary dance performed by young people. The performance tells a story of life, struggle, pain, joy, and laughter through dance. One Luv Dance Company bridges the classical Art of contemporary dance to a new generation of dancers. The company will perform original works by Joe Gonzales, Aura-Jakiz Ortiz, May-Lisa Chandler, and Linda Thompson. Adult admission is $20.00, youth and senior admission is $10.00, children under age 5 are free! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit One Luv Dance Company's website, or call 617.756.7751.

Dorchester Open Studios Invites Performers, Application Deadline Sep. 2

Interested in performing or showing unique art forms during the annual Dorchester Open Studios event? This year's Open Studios 2011 (October 22 and 23) will include not only the largest collection of visual artists in Open Studios history, but also two days of performance art. Dancers, singers, poets, actors, writers, filmmakers, and musicians are all invited to participate. Write the Dorchester Arts Collaborative at by September 2 with a brief description of your presentation; include video, website links, etc., to give us an idea of your art. Venues include the Great Hall at Codman Square and the chapel at Pilgrim Church in Uphams Corner, from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Call 617-839-6734 or 617-922-1396 for more information.

Urban Fresh Presents "For Colored Girls..." June 17

Urban Fresh presents a one time production of Ntozake Shange's epoch-making play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf." One Night Only! Directed by Leona Pierre and featuring Amie D Wells, Martine Russell, Chantale Sterling, Rosa Mendoza, Nicky Bundle, Ashley Rose, Camille Lafond, Musu-kulla Massaquoi, and Themba Mkhatshwa. For more info write Tickets are $20 general admission in advance at or $25 at the door. Student tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. June 17, 2011, 7 to 10 p.m. at Hibernian Hall 184 Dudley Street Boston, MA 02119 Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets include a special art installation with works whose themes correlate to those in the play. Art on display will include portraits of the actresses and paintings. Photographs of women throughout the city will be taken and displayed as a celebratory measure.

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