American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.): The A.R.T.'s Broadway revival of Pippin scooped up four Tony Awards this summer, but the Harvard Square-based group's fall season kicks off on September 13 with All the Way a meditation on politics and power set against the backdrop of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency. (And starring Breaking Bad-slash-Malcolm in the Middle actor Bryan Cranston. Sweet.)
Dine: The elevated gastropub offerings at Russell House Tavern are perfect for a pre-show dinner. It's smart and refined but unpretentious, as good art often is. (Oh, and it's a good excuse to see what new chef Tom Borgia is doing in the kitchen since taking the reins last month.)
Drink: The cocktail program at Russell House Tavern is pretty stellar, but you might find yourself wanting somewhere dim, cozy and tucked away for tossing back nightcaps and talking over the show. Nubar (pictured), Harvard Square's under-the-radar hotel restaurant and lounge, will be happy to oblige.