Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

A comedic dance troupe, the London Philharmonic, Critter Day, and more.

By | Arts & Entertainment |

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Dance
All Kylian Opening at The Boston Ballet

Slip into the sophisticated this weekend with the opening of All Kylian at The Boston Ballet. The program opens with Wings of Wax, a spellbinding tale told beneath the branches of an inverted tree. In Tar and Feathers, an elevated pianist plays above the daring dance. And in the last piece, Symphony of Psalms, a Boston Symphony Orchestra Stravinsky score elevates the dance to a religious experience. So skip the movie theater this weekend and experience this taste of higher culture with the Boston Ballet.

$29+, Thursday, March 7, through Sunday, March 17, 539 Washington St., 617-259-3400, bostonballet.org

Performance Art
Lucky Plush Productions Boston Debuts “The Better Half”

It’s not just installations and static art at the ICA this weekend. Dancers and comedy troupe Lucky Plush Productions will be performing The Better Half, a daring piece based off of Gaslight. Expect a heartwarming and evocative look at the humor and emotion that inevitably makes up every romantic relationship. Attend the free talks with dance critic Debra Crash in the ICA lobby 30 minutes before each performance, and stick around afterward on Friday to pick the brains of the company after their performance.

$40, Friday-Saturday, March 8-9, Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., 617-478-3100, worldmusic.org

Comedy
Sinbad at The Wilbur

At most comedy shows, you have to put your morals aside for a night and prepare for some crude, jaw-dropping antics that fall dangerously close to crossing the line. Not this weekend. Sinbad, a frequenter of Boston, is familiar with the local audiences and is known for his generally family-friendly acts. So don’t worry about earmuffs for the kids this weekend—Sinbad’s stand-up, television, and film wit have proved to be fun for all ages since the ’80s.

$31+, Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., 617-248-9700, thewilburtheatre.com

Music
London Philharmonic at Boston Symphony Hall

An astonishingly powerful orchestra, the London Philharmonic is worthy of its place in the Celebrity Series in Boston this weekend. Vladimir Jurowski joining the orchestra in 2007 marked a transformation in the company, elevating it to a new standard. On Friday, listen to the captivating performances of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 from this impressive group.

$125, Friday, March 8, 8 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., 617-266-1492, celebrityseries.org

Science
Critter Day at the Boston Children’s Museum

Have the kids been getting a little antsy lately? With spring break coming up for most Boston schools, children need some down time, and the Boston Children’s Museum has the perfect activity to entertain them this weekend. In the hopes of giving children a connection to all the living things we share the planet with, your children can see the live-animal programming at the museum this Saturday. You can even teach them that bats don’t really turn into vampires (no matter how much your children may like Dracula or Twilight) through presentations from the Organization for Bat Conservation.

Saturday, March 9, multiple presentations starting at 11:15 a.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., 617-426-6500, bostonchildrensmuseum.org