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Celebrate the Holidays with Cheese Pancakes and a Performance by Taylor Mac

This week, learn to fold paper airplanes, watch a new ballet or bake Emily Dickinson a birthday cake.

Credit...Melanie Lambrick

By Katherine Cusumano and

Here is a sampling of the week’s events and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Note that events are subject to change after publication.


Fold a series of three different paper airplanes (and receive a lesson in aerodynamics while you’re at it) with the California Science Center’s “Planes With Elaine” video tutorial, part of its “Science Beyond the Center” series. Under the guidance of one of the museum’s educators, Elaine Krebs, you’ll learn how the plane’s body and wings impact its flight, and transform humble sheets of printer paper into aircrafts inspired by those on display at the museum. Sure, this tutorial is geared toward kids, but these crafts will stimulate parent minds, too.

When Anytime

Where californiasciencecenter.org/planes-with-elaine

Join Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew,the editors of “Black Futures,” as they discuss their new book with the writer and activist Raquel Willis and the photographer Naima Green. “Black Futures” is a collection of visual art and writing by Black artists and creators; it presents a “prismatic and private view of Black life,” the critic Scaachi Koul wrote in a recent review for the Times. Access is $15; the event is presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Greenlight Bookstore.

When 7 p.m.

Where bam.org/blackfutures


Watch dancers from the San Diego Ballet perform an ensemble piece from “Panama 66,” a new ballet, in the San Diego Museum of Art’s outdoor sculpture garden. The dancers will be accompanied by original music from Gilbert Castellanos, and to see past performances, you can head over to the San Diego Museum of Art’s YouTube channel.

When 9 p.m.

Wheresdmart.org/virtual-sdma-plus/


Explore your emotions with the artist Mindy Stricke in an online abstract photography workshop. The workshop, sponsored by StoryBridge, is part of Ms. Stricke’s “National Park of Emotions,” a participatory art project that encourages people to explore how the pandemic has made them feel through writing and photography. The workshop is open to all participants and camera types, but attendance is capped at 200.

When 1 p.m.

Where mindystricke.com/nationalparkofemotions


Bake Emily Dickinson’s famous 20-pound black cake, stick a candle in it and join the Houghton Library at Harvard University to celebrate the birthday of this acclaimed poet (and baker), who was born on this day in 1830. Experts and writers like Rachel Syme and A.N. Devers, along with Alena Smith, who created “Dickinson,” will discuss the poet, read her favorite poetry and share several original works.

When 3 p.m.

Where library.harvard.edu/events/happy-birthday-emily-dickinson

Venture off to a salt lick popular with elephants in the Central African Republic, an Arctic iceberg and 1950s-era New York City with “Transposition,” a live, travel-inspired audio show. Part of the World According to Sound’s “Outside In” listening series, this immersive presentation will be followed by a Q. and A. with the composer Hildegard Westerkamp. Your holiday trips may have been curtailed this year, but that shouldn’t prevent you from embarking on an adventure. Entry is $25.

When 9 p.m.; organizers will email listening instructions and a program on the day of the event

Where theworldaccordingtosound.org/outsidein

Credit...Melanie Lambrick

Celebrate female filmmakers with a week of short-film releases from The Future of Film is Female, an organization dedicated to amplifying and supporting the work of women in film. A new film will be posted every morning at 10 a.m., from Dec. 7 to 11, and all five films will be available to stream online permanently after they are released.

When Anytime after posting

Where futureoffilmisfemale.com/december-shorts-2020


Ring in the holidays with the MacArthur fellow Taylor Mac’s performance of “Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce … Pandemic! The show, which is a benefit concert for the Center for the Art of Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, combines music, film, burlesque and “random acts of fabulousness” to celebrate the dysfunction of holidays and the power of chosen families. Tickets cost $25.

When 10 p.m.

Where cap.ucla.edu/calendar/details/taylormacpandemic


Join dozens of musicians from around the world for “Con Alma,” a live performance adapted from the recent album of the same title created by the composers Paola Prestini and Magos Herrera. Throughout the event, the director Ashley Tata will weave together music videos, live drawings, audience submissions and conversations with several artists, helping bring to life music inspired by figures as varied as Rachel Carson and Mary Magdalene.

When 7 p.m.

Where conalmaproject.com/event

Cook up a delicious Hanukkah treat with Amelia Saltsman. In two live workshops hosted by the Skirball Cultural Center, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Ms. Saltsman will demonstrate her recipe for sweet and savory cheese pancakes, inspired by her Romanian and Iraqi roots. The classes are each capped at 40 households, and tickets cost $15 per household. Registration closes on Dec. 9 at 9 p.m.

When 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Where skirball.org/programs/holiday-programs/wide-world-hanukkah-treats

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