Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 3-9

Hanukkah at the MFA, the Harvard Square Holiday Fair, and more.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze brings an international cast of circus performers to the Shubert Theatre starting Tuesday.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze brings an international cast of circus performers to the Shubert Theatre starting Tuesday.(CAROL ROSEGG)


Blues in the Night

High-profile performers pay tribute to a musical icon in Honoring Bessie Smith, The Empress of the Blues. Nona Hendryx, Terri Lyne Carrington, artistic director Paula Cole, and six other acts each perform one song by Smith (1894-1937) and one original piece. Globe columnist Renee Graham and Phillip Martin of WGBH co-host the gala concert, a fund-raiser for The Cabot theater in Beverly, starting at 8 p.m. $59.50-$84.50. thecabot.org


Seasonal Spectacular

Imagination comes to life at Cirque Dreams Holidaze, with an international cast of circus performers celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s all in one show. Acrobats, aerialists, singers, and dancers bring their considerable talents to the Shubert Theatre stage and put on 20 different acts wearing more than 300 costumes. $35-$103. bochcenter.org



Create and Celebrate

Artists, musicians, and the Jewish community unite for Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights at the Museum of Fine Arts. Watch the lighting of a menorah made by local artists; enjoy crafts, face painting, and gallery talks on the Judaica collection; and hear live klezmer music and Yiddish singing, plus tales from a storytelling rabbi. 4:30 to 10 p.m. The event is free, and admission to the museum is free after 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. mfa.org

Starting Saturday

Meet the Makers

Shop for gifts and meet artists at the 33d annual Harvard Square Holiday Fair. Featuring a different lineup each week, the juried event showcases more than two dozen New England and international vendors and their creations, including screen-printed clothing, handcrafted chocolates, pottery, jewelry, and more. Check days and hours on the website and head to the fair’s new location, St. Paul’s Church Hall. Free. harvardsquareholidayfair.com

Starting Sunday

Make the Yuletide Gay

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus fills Jordan Hall with holiday melodies and a few unexpected selections at Brass & Bows & Boys. The 200-voice ensemble, the first LGBT chorus to perform in Poland, the Middle East, and South Africa, performs time-tested classics, contemporary favorites, and even a number from The Will Rogers Follies accompanied by an eight-piece orchestra (the “brass” of the concert’s name). $25-$125. bgmc.org


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