SCOUT PICKS: 11/22/13 – 11/27/13

photo by Carolyn Bick/flickr

There’s nothing like the week before Thanksgiving. We may still have work, but things nonetheless start to slow down as folks leave town and minds turn to turkey and pie. And Cambridge, true to form, has all you need to fill these spacious days. All our Scout Picks this weekend, from the heart-pounding to the tear-jerking, from the mind-expanding to the belly-filling – our lovely city has it all.

Friday
Speakeasy Circus
7:30 & 10 p.m. $25 – $45.
Oberon Theater, 2 Arrow St.
The 1920’s-style vaudeville circus revue, which debuted at the Outside the Box Fest to wide acclaim, inaugurates its winter-long residency at Oberon, taking audiences on a wild trip to the lost world of the Jazz Age on select Friday nights.

Saturday
Yamato
8 p.m. $48, $42, $37, $28.
Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St.
Gird your loins for a demonstration of taiko, a Japanese style of drumming that joins music with athleticism in an exhilarating display of strength and stamina. Yamato, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year, has brought the art of taiko to 51 countries.

Sunday
Sinclair Tailgate
7 p.m. Food prices vary.
The Sinclair, 52 Church St.
Even here in bookish and bespectacled Cambridge, fall still means football, so swing by Harvard Square for a night of food and fun sponsored by PBR. Play bean bag toss, enjoy tailgate snacks like chili and hot dogs or just sit back and watch as the Pats take on the Denver Broncos.

Monday
Letters to Jackie
6 p.m. Free.
Knafel Center, 10 Garden St.
Historian Ellen Fitzpatrick introduces the documentary film adaptation of her book, published in 2011, of 250 selections from the millions of condolence letters mailed to Jackie Kennedy by people all across America in the wake of her husband’s assassination.

Tuesday
The Unknown Known
7 p.m. Free.
Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St.
Special screening of Errol Morris’s new documentary about Donald Rumsfeld, featuring in-depth interviews with the former Secretary of Defense about the genesis and legacy of the Iraq War. Following the screening will be a conversation between the filmmaker and Harvard cultural theorist Homi K. Bhabha.

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