Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

Mayor Menino’s Hometown Authors Reception, ‘Mythbusters’ comes to Lowell, ‘Black Nativity’ onstage, and more.

lisa cohen


  • Monday > December 9

  • Rub elbows with some of the region’s biggest writers, buy their books, and get them signed at the Hometown Authors Reception hosted by Mayor Tom Menino. The guest list includes Paul Harding, Joseph Finder, Eve LaPlante, and several current and former Globies (Brian McGrory, Jackie MacMullan, Kevin Cullen, Shelley Murphy, and Meredith Goldstein). The event starts at 6 p.m. at Kenmore Square’s Hotel Commonwealth. Tickets are $35 and include beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Pictured, Claire Messud joins two dozen other authors at the event.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment


  • Starting Monday > December 9

  • Harvard Square’s Brattle Theatre celebrates quirky filmmakers the Coen Brothers with a three-decade retrospective. It begins Monday with 1984’s “Blood Simple” and concludes on December 19 with 1998 cult hit “The Big Lebowski.” 617-876-6837;


  • Starting Friday > December 13

  • The movie “Black Nativity” with Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson is now in theaters. Catch the stage version of the Langston Hughes classic at Northeastern University’s Blackman Auditorium. Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, it runs through December 22; tickets start at $18. 800-514-3849;

Robert Fujioka


  • Saturday > December 14

  • Fans of the TV show “Mythbusters” should head to Lowell’s Memorial Auditorium on Saturday night. Onstage will be co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage preaching their science-is-cool message, with plenty of audience participation. Tickets for “Mythbusters: Behind the Myths” start at $40. 978-454-2299;

Rachel Strutt


  • Saturday > December 14

  • Somervillians typically use little restraint when decorating their homes for the holidays. See their most over-the-top examples on a 45-minute trolley Illuminations Tour on Saturday beginning at 4:30 p.m. (last tour, 9:15). Tickets ($10), available in advance, often sell out. Other options: an Illuminations Bike Tour at 6 p.m. or buying a map for a self-guided tour. 617-625-6600 ext. 2985;

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