Friday, Dec. 29
9 p.m. “Lemmyfest 3.” Metal performed in honor of the life and music of Ian Fraser Kilmister, better known as Lemmy from Motörhead. Featuring Ironfisted, The Damnedsels, The Scrooges, Keith Bennett at Once, Somerville.
10 p.m. “Ghost Town and School of Honk Mentors.” New Orleans street band vibe to dance to. At the Milky Way Lounge, Boston.
Saturday, Dec. 30
7 p.m. Witching Hour: 2018 Planning. Aims “to help our community stay accountable for their activism.” At HausWitch, Salem.
Sunday, Dec. 31
10 a.m. Second Annual Hot Cocoa Bicycle Ride. “We will visit 3 hot chocolate joints and celebrate the end of 2017 in style.” Begins at Swissbakers in Boston’s Allston neighborhood.
10 a.m. New Year’s Eve ice sculptures at Faneuil Hall, Boston.
11:50 a.m. First Night / First Day Boston New Year’s Eve Celebration. Around Copley Square and Back Bay.
Noon. “12th Annual First Night against the Wars” protest in front of Copley Square library, Boston.
6 p.m. “Frog Pond Skating Spectacular At First Night Boston” at Boston Common.
6 p.m. “New Year’s Eve Peace Vigil” at Market Square, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
7 p.m. “Practice: An assertion of sympathetic magic” opening reception. Art exhibition that “aims to reanimate the customs behind sympathetic magic by asking artists to inject a meaning, memory, or purpose into a physical object to reflect the ritualist power of correspondence, imitation, and heredity.” At Distillery Gallery, Boston. Exhibit continues through Jan. 27.
8 p.m. “Low-Key New Year’s Eve: Dessert + Bubbly With Singer-Songwriter Ruby Rose Fox.” At Cambridge’s Multicultural Arts Center.
9 p.m. Speedy Ortiz and friends play at Great Scott, Boston.
Monday, Jan. 1
9 a.m. L Street Brownies New Year’s Day Swim. Plunge into a frigid Bowton Harbor with hundreds of other brave nuts. At BCYF Curley Community Center in Boston.
8 p.m. New Year’s Day Super Moon!
Wednesday, Jan. 3
Angelica Maria will be the featured poet at the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge, Cambridge. The Los Angeles-based author was a finalist at the 2017 National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado, with Boston’s House Slam team.
Thursday, Jan. 4
5:30 p.m. Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, Boston.
6 p.m. “Displaced” exhibition reception at Aviary Gallery, Boston. Features works by Boston area artists “who have experienced and responded to displacement, dysphoria, dysmorphia, or erasure in various ways.” Exhibition continues through Jan. 27.
Friday, Jan. 5
5 p.m. “Strategic Planning: Chantal Zakari” opening reception. Flags and banners referencing “business nomenclature which is widely being used by academic administrations.” Exhibit continues through Jan. 28 at Kingston Gallery, Boston.
6 p.m. “City of Salem’s 15th Annual Christmas Tree Bonfire.” They burn up just about all the trees they can get their hands on in the city. At Dead Horse Beach at Salem Willows.
8 p.m. Talib Kweli raps at City Winery Boston.
8 p.m. The Suitcase Junket plays with Lula Wiles, Kate Lorenz, Julie Rhodes and Tim Gearan at Sinclair, Cambridge.
8 p.m. “Happy Little Clouds Pool Party: a video release show for trans rights” at Once, Somerville.
8 p.m. “Do the Right Thing.” Screening of Spike Lee’s classic 1989 film at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.