The shortest month of the year is undoubtedly the sweetest in Boston, boasting a lineup of unbeatable events from the ballet to galas and more.
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MATTHEW WONG: THE REALM OF APPEARANCES
Artist Matthew Wong’s vibrant and imaginative landscape paintings and more are only on display at the MFA for a few more weeks—don’t miss out. In The Realm of Appearances, the first museum retrospective and first U.S. museum exhibition devoted to the self-taught painter, 40 pieces in ink, oil, watercolor and gouache grace the walls, including the inspiring “Unknown Pleasures.” 465 Huntington Ave., mfa.org
FORECAST FORM: ART IN THE CARIBBEAN DIASPORA, 1990S - TODAY
Escape the blustery winter weather for a dose of the Caribbean at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Through the end of this month, visitors can peruse works by 28 Caribbean artists as they share what diaspora means to them. Explore unique sculptures, videos and other works, like Jeanette Ehlers’ “Black Bullets.” 25 Harbor Shore Drive, icaboston.org
BIG NIGHT: THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts has a big night planned with Billy Idol, Flo Rida and French Lick. The evening at MGM Music Hall will celebrate and raise funds for the agency’s 75 years of service, providing children with transformational, one-to-one mentoring. Guests can anticipate delectable bites, cocktails and electrifying live entertainment. 2 Lansdowne St., emassbigs.org
BOSTON WINTER BALL
Dance the night away at the city’s biggest night out: the Corey C. Griffin Foundation’s Boston Winter Ball at Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport. Through partnerships with Boston’s leading educational and healthcare institutions, the foundation backs the success of children in Boston regardless of economic or medical circumstances. The black-tie event—co-chaired by Patriot player David Andrews—will feature live music by the PartyCrashers and a flashy, metallic theme: Shiny Disco Balls. 450 Summer St., coreycgriffinfoundation.org
THE BOOK OF MORMON
This nine-time Tony award-winning show is landing at Citizens Bank Opera House for a musical comedy you won’t want to miss. The story follows two missionaries—Elder Price and Elder Cunningham—who attempt to preach their faith to a small Ugandan village. 539 Washington St., broadwayinboston.com
49TH BOSTON SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL & MARATHON
Calling all film buffs—Boston’s Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon is back for its 49th year. The festival will take over the historic Somerville Theatre for a five-day showing of submitted and judged masterpieces, classic films and more. Watch pieces like Doctor Who Am I before closing the week with a 24-hour movie marathon. 55 Davis Square, Somerville, bostonscifi.com
TUGAN SOKHIEV CONDUCTS RACHMANINOV AND CHAUSSON WITH YUNCHAN LIM
Boston’s Symphony Hall is entering 2024 with a superb list of concerts, including Tugan Sokhiev conducting two classical pieces with award-winning pianist Yunchan Lim. Lim and Sokhiev will perform one of the most popular and exceptional works in the orchestral world, Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3, followed by French composer Ernest Chausson’s only symphony. 301 Massachusetts Ave., bso.org
THE ANONYMOUS LOVER BY THE BOSTON LYRIC OPERA
Love is in the air at the Boston Lyric Opera’s performances of The Anonymous Lover. The 18th-century opera follows the story of a young widow who is once again inspired by love. Composed by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges and adapted by playwright Kirsten Greenidge, this heartwarming show is filled with breathtaking arias, duets and more, providing the perfect date night for you and yours. 264 Huntington Ave., blo.org
Watch talents like principal dancer Viktorina Kapitonova glide across the stage at Boston Ballet’s Winter Experience.
WINTER EXPERIENCE AT BOSTON BALLET
Find three magnificent ballets in one place at the Boston Ballet’s Winter Experience. Attendees can sit back and watch the world premieres of artistic director Mikko Nissinen’s restaging of Raymonda and Helen Pickett’s seventh work for the Boston Ballet: SISU. Attendees will also be treated to Pickett’s Petal, which presents a sensory experience of motion, light and music. 539 Washington St., bostonballet.org
BOSTON CELTICS v. PHILADELPHIA 76ers
When the winter months feel bleak, spend an evening at TD Garden for a mid-season pick-me-up. Fans can anticipate a heated match-up on Feb. 27 with the 76ers—the Philadelphia team has remained on top for the past five years with a record of 11-10, encouraging a much-needed redemption for the Celtics. Nothing raises Bostonians’ spirits like cheering on the C’s. ticketmaster.com
Photography by: ERIN BAIANO; KEITH SLINEY