Five things to do, Nov. 27-Dec. 3

“Black Nativity,’’ The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show at the Museum of Science, and more.

Eric Workman/ Museum of Science

The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show, featuring comics Dan Foley (left) and Joel Harris (right), comes back to the Boston Museum of Science. In this scene, the rings and clubs represent the 0's and 1's of computer code scientists use to gather data.

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Tuesday, November 28

Former Atlantic Monthly editor Cullen Murphy is also a son of the late John Cullen Murphy, who drew the popular comic strip Prince Valiant for three decades. He discusses his new book, Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe, with Globe columnist Alex Beam at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge. 7 p.m. Free.


Opening Friday, December 1

The world’s longest-running production of Langston Hughes’s Black Nativity (since 1970) continues its tradition of combining Scripture, Harlem Renaissance poetry, gospel music, and dance to retell the original Christmas story. Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, the beloved show plays Emerson College’s Paramount Theatre through December 17. Tickets start at $


Friday-Sunday, December 1-3


The fledgling community-theater troupe Phoenix Playmakers presents Green Day’s American Idiot at the Cambridge YMCA. The Tony- and Grammy-winning musical based on the punk band’s 2004 hit album tells the story of three friends chafing under the restrictions of life in suburbia. Friday-Saturday 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets start at $18.


Starting Saturday, December 2

The hunger-relief organization Heifer International throws a Holiday Open House at its 270-acre farm in Rutland. Visitors can meet the resident animals, decorate cookies, roast chestnuts, enjoy a hay ride, and meet Santa. All activities are weather permitting. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 2, 3, 9, and 10. Free with a canned-good donation for the Worcester Food Bank.


Starting Saturday, December 2

Massachusetts natives Dan Foley and Joel Harris bring The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show back to the Museum of Science. Using unicycles, comedy, and of course juggling, the duo explores the science behind atoms, molecules, and similar small stuff. 1 and 3 p.m. most Saturdays through April 28. Free with museum admission ($25 adults, $20 children).

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