Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Bruce Davidson photography, a film on Manet, The Book of Mormon, and more.

Bruce Davidson Photography

Photo by Bruce Davidson via MFA

Gallery Talk
Discussion on Photographer Bruce Davidson at the MFA

Since the 1960s, New York photographer Bruce Davidson has been producing some of the most well-known and widely exhibited photographs of New York. His “East 100th Street” series, a two-year documentation of a single block in East Harlem, is an intimate depiction of tenement life. Davidson manages to capture the haunting nuances of city life, whether it’s a young girl at the foot of a gritty fire escape or a white lace curtain across the living room, rustled by the wind. The MFA has recently acquired 43 of Davidson’s original prints, and curator Karen Haas will lead a gallery talk on the talented photographer and the MFA’s compelling exhibit.

Free with admission, Thursday, April 11, 1 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300, mfa.org

Film
Exhibition: Manet: Portraying Life at Regal Cinemas Fenway

The movies released post-Oscar season have been kind of a bust these past few months, haven’t they? On one hand it’s almost nice, since at $12 a pop (not even including snacks), a night at the movies can get pricey nowadays. Fortunately, the premiere of Exhibition: Manet: Portraying Life at Regal Cinemas Fenway may actually be worth the ticket. Edouard Manet was a 19th-century French painter who was best known for his modern techniques in portraits and social scenes. The first-ever major solo exhibition of his work at Royal Academy of Arts in London will be shared in theaters around the world Thursday night. Tim Marlow hosts the cinema experience, which not only delves into the life and work of Manet, but also reveals how a powerhouse like the Royal Academy prepares for an exhibition. If you can’t get to London, this movie stub might be the next best thing.

$12.50, Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Regal Cinemas Fenway Stadium 13, 201 Brookline Ave., 617-424-6111, regmovies.com

Music
Donal Fox and Maya Beiser at the ICA

It’s of little surprise that when a prized pianist and an equally talented cellist join forces, the result is a pleasing evening of outstanding music. Performing at the ICA on Thursday night are Donal Fox, an internationally known pianist, and Maya Beiser, a musician who holds the honor of being christened a “Cello Goddess” by the New York Times. Together, their repertoire will include a mixture of jazz and classic themes with avant-garde improvisation.

$15 (members and students), $30 (regular admission), Thursday, April 11, 8 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., 617-478-3100, icaboston.org

Theater
The Book of Mormon opens at the Boston Opera House

Two young Mormon missionaries, Elder Cunningham and Elder Price, are sent on a mission to Uganda in order to battle an evil warlord and try to convert an entire village to Mormonism.Thought you knew Broadway? Think again. Today’s world of theater is one in which a musical satire about religion written by the creators of South Park is a must-see show that’s shelved nine Tony awards. Who would have thought? The Book of Mormon premieres at the Boston Opera House this weekend, and it’s a can’t-miss.

$35+, Thursday, April 11 through May 2, Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., 617-259-3400, bostonoperahouse.com

Dance
Bellybeat Dance Company presents “Reflect” at the Boston University Dance Theatre

Celebrating its fourth season, the Bellybeat Dance Company is proud to be putting on their most unique show yet at B.U.’s dance theater Saturday night. Though they’re primarily a belly dancing company, this show will incorporate pieces influenced by modern and ballet dance styles, as well as showcase choreographers from across the country.

$25, Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m., Boston University Dance Theatre, 915 Commonwealth Ave., bu.edu

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