Event Calendar: Nov. 20–26

11/20/2014 – The Huntington News

By Rowena Lindsay, deputy inside editor

Entry of the Week: Sunday, Nov. 23

Although the Ebola scare in the US has mostly calmed down, you can still help raise money to aid countries that are not so lucky. Northeastern’s Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice will host Dodge Ebola, a fundraising dodgeball tournament with proceeds benefitting Doctors without Borders. Teams consisting of three to five Northeastern students, faculty or staff can sign up with a minimum donation of $5. Both the team that wins the tournament and the team with the most spirit will win a prize. If you don’t want to play, you can still come watch and support the cause, with a suggested donation of $5. All participants and spectators must wear athletic attire. Marino Center, Court 2; 2:30–4:30 p.m.; suggested donation of $5.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Stand-up comedian John Mulaney is coming to the Wilbur Theatre this Thursday night. His comedy style is relatable and self-deprecating, but not uncomfortably so. In addition to stand-up comedy, Mulaney is the creator, producer and writer of his own semi-autobiographical show, “Mulaney,” on Fox. Formerly, he was a writer on “Saturday Night Live,” where he co-created the returning character of Stefon with Bill Hader. He has performed his stand-up on several shows including “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “Comedy Central Presents.” His previous work also includes a comedy special called “New in Town” released in 2012. 246 Tremont St.; 9:45 p.m.; $36.

Friday, Nov. 21

“The Theory of Everything,” a biopic about the life of Stephen Hawking, opens this Friday. The film tells the story of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking’s battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) while attempting to determine what happened at the beginning of time. Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables”), and his wife, Jane is played by Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”). The story is based on a memoir called “Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen” by Jane Hawking. It is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (“Man on Wire”). Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St.;  11 a.m., 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:45 p.m.; $10.25.

Saturday, Nov. 22

Start getting in the holiday spirit early this season at the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event, which includes a full day of holiday entertainment and an appearance by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, is being hosted and televised by CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV. The tree lighting will also serve as the launch for Blink!, Faneuil Hall’s holiday-themed, six-week sound and light show. This year, the light show will incorporate over 350,000 lights that blink in a seven-minute cycle to music by the Holiday Pops. The event is free, so stop by and start the holidays. 1 Faneuil Hall Square; 2–9 p.m.; free.

Monday, Nov. 24

Monday is your last chance to come see Northeastern’s improv team, NU & Improv’d, this semester. With a variety of skits, improv games, comedy sketches and opportunities for audience participation – both on stage and off – its shows are always different and a blast. The group does short-form improv, which means the comedy is driven by shorter scenes and jokes rather than longer skits with character development. The team consists of 10 comedians and comic actors from the Northeastern community, plus three new members this semester. Stop by and check out the new team dynamic. afterHOURS, 9–10 p.m.; free.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

If you missed Bleachers at Boston Calling in September, now you have another chance to see the band. Performing at the Paradise Rock Club, Bleachers is known for putting on a fun, danceable show that anyone who was at Boston Calling is familiar with. The New York City-based indie pop band was formed by Jack Antonoff of Steel Train and Fun. and is known for its single “I Wanna Get Better” from its first album “Strange Desires” (2014). In such a small venue, its high-energy show will be a blast. Alternative rock band Wild Cub, whose first album “Youth” was released in 2013, will open the show. 967 Commonwealth Ave.; 7 p.m.; $20.

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Join fellow Bostonians in a Thanksgiving Eve bar crawl around the city’s bars and pubs this Wednesday. Bars along the route include Stadium Sports Bar, Mija Cantina, Harborside Lounge and Howl at the Moon. Enjoy spiked cider and autumn-inspired beers and cocktails at each of these locations along the way. Participants can register and pick up their wristband, cup and bar crawl map at The Wild Rover from 5–10 p.m. The price of tickets covers admission to all bars, but capacity level will determine the final number of participants allowed inside. 61 Chatham St.; 5 p.m.–2 a.m.; $10.