5 things to do in Boston this weekend

Jessie Reyez is slated to perform at the Sinclair on Friday, Nov. 23.
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Jessie Reyez is slated to perform at the Sinclair on Friday, Nov. 23.

Jessie Reyez

There are few greater joys than discovering an up-and-coming artist before their career launches into the stratosphere. This Friday, the Sinclair will welcome Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez, who, despite earning 31 million YouTube views for her single “Figures,” is still a somewhat unknown quantity, and has yet to release a full-length album. Catch her now, so you can say you knew her way back when. (Friday, Nov. 23 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $25; 18+)

Greater Ashmont Holiday Pop-Up Market

Ditch the big box stores and embrace Small Business Saturday at the Greater Ashmont Holiday Pop-Up Market, now celebrating its fourth year in Peabody Square. Browse themed gifts from the Dorchester Historical Society, Spring Brook Farm fresh produce, and a variety of handmade gifts like jewelry and textiles from Dorchester businesses. As the afternoon fades into evening, stick around to hear the Boston City Singers and watch the square’s annual tree lighting. (Saturday, Nov. 24 from 4 p.m to 7 p.m.; 1900 Dorchester Ave., Boston; free; all ages)

Mike Epps

Mike Epps has been a steadily hilarious presence since making a name on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” in the mid-’90s, always finding time to keep his stand-up set on point in between roles in movies like “Next Friday,” “The Hangover,” and “Girls Trip.” He’ll be bringing the laughs to Boston for a pair of shows at the Wilbur this Saturday. (Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $45; 18+)

Thom Yorke


Thom Yorke is best known as the frontman for Radiohead, but he’s spent plenty of time with side projects, solo efforts, and even film soundtracks in the last few years. His eclectic output should lead to a fun, unpredictable solo show this Saturday at the Wang Theatre. (Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre; $59; all ages)

A Legendary Christmas with John Legend

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Though many radio stations, shopping malls, and annoying cubicle neighbors start blaring holiday music by Nov. 1, most agree that the yuletide jingles should be saved until after Thanksgiving. Soulful crooner John Legend will arrive in Boston just in time to ignite your holiday spirit, performing tunes from his forthcoming album, “A Legendary Christmas.” (Sunday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $83-$154; all ages)

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