Top picks of the week

FILM 11.26-11.27

‘‘BOMBSHELL’’ It’s loud, abrasive, and as soothing as a slug of battery acid. This crackling 1933 satire directed by Victor Fleming skewers the Hollywood star system with saber-sharp precision. In a breathless, self-reflexive turn, Jean Harlow stars as Lola Burns, the screen’s most overexposed sexpot who is hounded by mooching family members, obsessed fans, and an unrelenting publicist played by forgotten star Lee Tracy. The blistering dialogue includes one of the most memorable lines in movie history when Franchot Tone turns to Harlow and proclaims, ‘‘I’d like to run barefoot through your hair.’’ Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837. 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. $9, $7.50 for students and Brattle members.


FILM 11.24-11.30

BOSTON TURKISH FESTIVAL: DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM COMPETITION For the first time, this annual program will be a contest, complete with ballots and awards, including an audience award. Ballots are distributed prior to each screening and handed in as viewers exit. Jurors from the Harvard Film Archive, Boston Phoenix, and the Museum of Fine Arts will be judging films such as Umut Aral’s ‘‘Carpisma’’ (‘‘Crash’’), about three men in the crime world who meet by a twist of fate, and ‘‘Gonlumun Isi’’ (‘‘Well Sooted’’), a bittersweet comedy about a journalist who stumbles upon a sourpuss chimney sweep. Various dates and times at the Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge, and the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.


DINING 11.23

Bar Bites and Power Hour That guy who used to show up every night at Morton’s, the subterranean steakhouse on Boylston Street, to order a soda water and then pack down the free ‘‘cocktail hour’’ steak sandwiches must be mighty disappointed that the freebie is gone. Instead, when the revamped bar and restaurant reopened this month — with its own dedicated, marbled entrance (instead of sharing an entrance with the offices above) — it introduced a new Bar Bites menu and a ‘‘Power Hour’’ (5 to 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday) that offers platters — including a quartet of filet mignon sandwiches — at a ridiculously wonderful $4 each. Morton’s, 699 Boylston St., Boston. 617-266-5858.



HOLIDAY POPS Cape Ann Symphony kicks off seasonal celebrations with its version of Holiday Pops, led by conductor Yoichi Udagawa. The annual concert features a wide range of holiday fare, from excerpts from Handel’s stirring ‘‘Messiah’’ to Waldteufel’s ‘‘Skaters Waltz’’ and Holcomb’s ‘‘Festive Sounds of Hanukkah.’’ The concert also boasts the return of the 58-member Cape Ann Symphony Singers, under the direction of Wendy Betts. The finale is the audience sing-along of holiday favorites. Cape Ann Symphony, Fuller Auditorium, Blackburn Circle/Route 128, Gloucester. 978-281-0543. 8 p.m. $20-$25, free under 18. Repeats Sun at 2 p.m.Continued...



‘‘WINGS OF DESIRE’’ The theatrical adaptation of Wim Wenders’s film ‘‘Wings of Desire’’ is one of the most highly anticipated productions this season. It tells the story of a guardian angel who trades his wings for a chance at earthly love with a lonely trapeze artist, and this world premiere production is a major international collaborative effort between A.R.T. and the Netherlands’ premiere theater company, Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Directed by Ola Mafaalani, it features a half-Dutch, half-American cast, including Bernard White as Damiel and Mam Smith as Miriam, as well as virtuosic trapeze work high above the stage and live rock music specially composed by Andy Moor of the cult band the Ex. On Monday, Coolidge Corner Theatre will screen the film version of ‘‘Wings of Desire’’ at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A session with Mafaalani and A.R.T. associate director Gideon Lester. American Repertory Theatre’s Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300. 2 p.m. $15-$76. Through Dec. 17.



JONATHON WELLS, ‘‘SUB/SURFACE CONSTRUCTIONS’’ Not many people think of landscape as what lies beneath the earth’s surface. But to photographer and geologist Jonathon Wells, the bedrock is just as intriguing as the buildings, roads, and bridges we build over it. His fascinating photo collages at Milton Academy’s Nesto Gallery are exquisitely detailed: ‘‘Boston Basin’’ maps out a 16-mile stretch from Quincy to Stoneham. The familiar landmarks of the Boston skyline are there, dwarfed by the patterns of Dedham granite and Cambridge argillite dipping 41/2 miles below sea level. ‘‘New York — City Block’’ juxtaposes a quiet street with the rocks and manmade tunnels below. Wells examines how humanity’s footprint sinks deeper than we know. It’s an intriguing and sobering show. Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy, 170 Centre St., Milton. 617-898-2335. Through Nov. 30.


POP 11.25

CAKE ON CAKE Without ever hearing a note, sometimes a band’s website will clue you in on the music’s aesthetic. For instance, Cake on Cake’s site,, opens to a cartoonish drawing of a sad little blue cloud figure whose tears flow and then loop into a heart. Sounds pretty precious, doesn’t it? This twinkling solo project of Helena Sundin is tailor-made for fans of sunny indie-pop for rainy days, a charming mix of electronic lullabies for adults. Sundin is touring behind Cake on Cake’s new album, ‘‘I Guess I Was Daydreaming,’’ yet another great pop record in a year of fantastic music from kindred Swedish artists such as Frida Hyvonen and El Perro del Mar. Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278. 2 p.m. $7.


FOLK 11.24-11.25

BOB FRANKE AND BUSKIN & BATTEAU Club Passim welcomes old friends back for the holiday weekend: Bob Franke tomorrow and then Buskin & Batteau on Saturday. Franke is among the most widely covered songwriters in New England, and for folkies his ‘‘Thanksgiving Eve’’ is as much a part of the holiday as stuffing and gravy (‘‘What can you do with each moment of your life/ But love till you’ve loved it away?’’). David Buskin and Robin Batteau were among the most popular local folk stars during the genre’s worst years, the 1970s. Their sound is buoyantly folk-poppy and their lyrics lilting, droll, and romantic. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679. 8 p.m. Fri ($15) and Sat ($50).


DANCE 11.24

BOSTON BALLET’S ‘‘THE NUTCRACKER’’ No sooner is the Thanksgiving turkey cleared than the ‘‘holidays’’ get into full swing, and nobody brings it home like ‘‘The Nutcracker.’’ Boston Ballet’s acclaimed production lights up the Opera House for five full weeks, featuring nearly the entire company and more than 200 children. This is the company’s 39th consecutive year of performing this beloved ballet, but every production sports a few new tweaks. This year, look for Drosselmeier to sport some flashy new tricks, courtesy of Marco the Magi (magician Cesareo Pelaez, whose popular ‘‘Le Grand David’’ show in Beverly is the longest-running magic show in the world.). Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-931-2787. 7:30 p.m. $25-$150. Through Dec. 30.


FAMILY 11.23-11.26

SING-ALONG ‘‘MARY POPPINS’’ If you love to laugh, step in time to this participatory theatrical event where you don’t have to keep quiet when Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke start belting out your favorite songs. Whether it’s ‘‘Spoonful of Sugar,’’ ‘‘Jolly Holiday,’’ ‘‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite,’’ or ‘‘Chim-Chim-Cher-ee,’’ you’re invited to lend your voice to the soundtrack. Don’t worry about forgetting the words. They’ll be up there on the screen, along with the dancing chimney sweeps, flying nannies, and enthralled children. To really get into the spirit of the thing, come dressed as your favorite ‘‘Mary Poppins’’ character and join a costume parade. It’s sure to be nothing less than supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849. Thurs 7 p.m., Fri 2 & 7 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15, ages 12 and under $12.