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Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 6-13

Join Charlie in exploring a chocolate factory filled with special effects, watch a dramatic comedy set around a soccer field, and more.

Henry Boshart (Charlie Bucket) and Noah Weisberg (Willy Wonka) in “Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Henry Boshart (Charlie Bucket) and Noah Weisberg (Willy Wonka) in “Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Joan Marcus

Opening Tuesday

The Candy Man

Find your golden ticket to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and join Charlie, Augustus, Violet, Veruca, and Mike as they journey through Willy Wonka’s never-before-seen headquarters. The Broadway production combines songs from the 1971 movie, a new score, digital backgrounds, and special effects to make the “world of pure imagination” reality at the Boston Opera House. Through January 20. $45-$200. boston.broadway.com


Questions Answered

Award-winning fiction writer Ha Jin explores a legendary Chinese poet’s life and mysterious death in a new biography, The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai (Li Po). Li (701-762) was exiled for his involvement in the military expedition of a rebellious emperor’s son. Jin, himself a poet as well as a Boston University professor, discusses his first nonfiction book at Brookline Booksmith at 7 p.m. Free. brooklinebooksmith.com



Music With a Message

Musicians on a mission spread positivity as 47SOUL, a “shamstep” band formed in Amman, Jordan, that combines Arab dance music with electronic, funk, reggae, and hip-hop influences. Four vocalists sing in Arabic and English as they perform with synthesizers and strings to bring attention to the need for celebration and freedom in the worldwide fight for equality. 8 p.m. at The Sinclair. $25, $20 in advance. worldmusic.org

Opening Friday

The Growing Game

What happens on the soccer field helps teenage girls discover who they are in The Wolves, a dramatic comedy by playwright Sarah DeLappe. High school athletes grapple with the challenges they face as young women, students, and daughters as they go through the motions of their warm-ups. The 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist unfolds at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through February 3. $25-$77. lyricstage.com


Flurry of Fun

Stay warm while celebrating the winter season with creativity at the Snowflake Festival, an open house at the Brookline Arts Center. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and try your hand at making jewelry, drawing comics, or creating 3-D sculptures, and enjoy music by children’s entertainer Hugh Hanley. Also check out the artists’ studios or sit in on a pottery demo. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. brooklineartscenter.com


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