Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

Chinese food and comedy, Harpo and Zeppo, First Night Boston, and more.


  • Tuesday > December 24

  • If Chinese food and comedy are just your speed on Christmas Eve, hoof it to Boston’s China Pearl at 6 p.m. for the third annual Moo Shu Jew, sponsored by the New Center for Arts & Culture. Comics from the late-night talk-show circuit, including host Steve Calechman, will perform Jewish-themed stand-up as the four-course (kosher, of course) meal is served. Tickets cost $75. 617-531-4610;


  • Friday-Sunday > January 3-5

  • That’s the number of hours it takes to read Melville’s legendary novel “Moby-Dick” aloud, as a rotating roster of volunteers will demonstrate starting at noon on January 4 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Lectures and chats with Melville scholars on Friday and Sunday bracket the readathon. 508-997-0046;


  • Tuesday > December 31

  • It was touch and go for a while, but First Night Boston is back this year, thanks to a band of local donors. The packed schedule includes everything from a puppet festival and ice sculptures to improv and shows by rocker Patti Smith and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Gain access to it all (space permitting) with a $10 First Night Button. 857-600-1590;


  • Wednesday > January 1

  • Twenty bucks gets you hours of laughs at the Brattle Theatre’s Marx Brothers Marathon on New Year’s Day, featuring four classics. The 1935 hit “A Night at the Opera” kicks off the comedy at 12:30 p.m. Tickets start at $8 for one movie.


  • Wednesday > January 1

  • Breathe 2013 out and 2014 in on a trip to serene Spectacle Island, 4 miles off Boston, the first day of the year. Bring a picnic, explore, or take a tour. The boat boards at 11:30 a.m. at Rowes Wharf. Find the link to buy tickets ($25) at

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  • NOTE This edition of Your Week Ahead covers two weeks. Look for the next Globe Magazine on January 5.

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