Five Reasons to Leave the House this Weekend

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Esperanza Spalding: the baddest one-chick hit squad that ever hit town. (Photo by Sandrine Lee.)

Music
Esperanza Spalding
27-year-old jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding was only four years old when she saw Cambridge-resident Yo-Yo Ma perform on Mister Rogers and decided to be a musician. The Berklee grad — originally from Oregon — was the school’s youngest faculty member at the age of 20, and the first jazz musician to win a Grammy. We’re talking about the definition of badass here, but if you can’t make it to her show on Sunday, consider picking up her latest album, Radio Music Society, on Record Store Day this Saturday.
$28–$45, Sunday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theater, One Hamilton Pl., Boston, worldmusic.org.

Geekery
Boston Comic Con
If Anime Boston and PAX East weren’t enough to sate your thirst for wacky costumes, hand-drawn art, and vendors galore, then we have something in common. I’m especially intrigued that Al Feldstein, Al Jaffee, and Paul Coker will all be present — now I’m no comic book expert, but I did start reading Mad Magazine when I was eight years old, and getting an autographed copy should make anyone’s geekend (geeky weekend) complete.
$20 (single day pass)–$35 (weekend pass), Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston. St., Boston, bostoncomiccon.com.

Tipple
Wine Riot
This tasting event is wine’s answer to the beer fest: expect to be able to taste more than 250 wines from around the world while nibbling on cheese from Cabot Creamery Cooperative and chocolate from Taza — but unlike any beer fest I’ve ever been to, this event will also feature interactive booths, a live DJ, temporary tats, and a photo booth. Worried about remembering what you tried after all that sipping? There’s an app for that! It lets you tag, rate, and keep track of all your tipples.
$50–$60, 7 p.m.–11 p.m., Friday, April 20 and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. and 7 p.m.–11 p.m., Saturday, April 21, Boston Park Plaza Castle, 50 Arlington St., Boston, secondglass.com/wineriot, buy tickets here.

Film
Apple Pushers Screening
Local filmmaker Mary Mazzio’s documentary, The Apple Pushers, deals with immigration and health issues in America. The film follows five immigrants who take part in the NYC Green Cart Initiative, which aims to bring fresh produce to urban areas where it isn’t readily available. Ultimately, the effort reveals yet another facet to the country’s compounding problems with obesity and diabetes while simultaneously exploring the lives of immigrants in the United States.
$10, Sunday, April 22, 6 p.m., Regal Fenway Stadium, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston, applepushers.com, buy tickets here.

Beer
Harpoon Beer Dinner
Cambridge Common’s managers collaborated with the folks over at Harpoon to create a new brew: Harpoon Salamander, a Belgian India Brown ale. The brew will be served before a seated tasting menu that includes Bohemian Pilsner, UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen, Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA, Leviathan Imperial IPA, and cider paired with courses like prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and crispy queso fresco on roasted tomato crostini, spring Arugula salad, pan-seared Tilapia, pork carnitas, asparagus ravioli, and homemade apple strudel.
$49, Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., Cambridge Common, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-1228, cambridgecommonrestaurant.com. Buy tickets here.