Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Laugh with Chelsea Handler, rock out with The Avett Brothers, be wow-ed by flamenco dancers from Spain, and more.

Flamenco Dancer

Flamenco Dancer Photo via Shutterstock

Comedy
Uganda Be Kidding Me

Hands down, Chelsea Handler wins for the most ridiculous comedians of the 21st century. Best known as the outspoken host of E!’s late night talk show, Chelsea Lately, Handler shocks audiences with her tongue-in-cheek commentary every weeknight. Handler’s comedy tour, which hits Boston this Friday, promotes her fifth book, Uganda Be Kidding Me. Expect a combination of hilarious, absurd, and probably offensive stories about her trip to Africa as well as her answers to some of the most-asked travel questions.

$55+, Friday, March 7, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Citi Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston, 800-982-2787, citicenter.org.

Child’s Play
Family Design Day

Legos aren’t the only way to bring out your kid’s inner architect. This weekend, design your dream room together with your family to suit your needs, personality, and activities. Challenge yourself to create the perfect personal space in a defined square footage. Don’t fret about designing in a small space; we’ve got you covered. Check out the Living Small series in Boston Home for inspiration on making the most of it.

$8, Saturday, March 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress St., Boston, 617-391-4039, bsaspace.org.

Concert
The Avett Brothers

These dudes have facial hair that rival the bushy beards on the Red Sox players last season. The New York Post describes this North Carolina act like Mumford & Sons with actual mountain credibility. The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop, folk, rock and roll, indie rock, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a unique and authentic sound. Old Crow Medicine Show will also join their Boston show—you’re guaranteed to have “Wagon Wheel” stuck in your head for the rest of March.

$27.50+, Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, 617-624-1050, tdgarden.com.

Dance
Flamenco Festival

Direct from Spain come the country’s foremost dancers and musicians, in town to as part of their Flamenco Festival tour. Directed by Angel Rojas, the show stars a total of six dancers and seven musicians. See stars of flamenco such as international dance celebrity Antonio Canales and Karime Amaya, and daughter to bailadora Mercedes Amaya. So pretend to be in Spain for a couple days and enjoy the world-famous Flamenco Festival.

$30+, Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, various times,  Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston, 617-747-2261, worldmusic.org.

Reinventing Radio
Ira Glass

Go behind the scenes for an inside look of the popular public radio show This American Life. Ira Glass, creator and host of the show, will talk about how the show comes together each week. He’ll mix stories from the show live onstage at Symphony Hall, recreating the sound of the show for the audience. Glass’s storytelling skills have won the hearts and imagination of radio fans across the country, so don’t miss this special presentation.

$20+, Sunday, March 9, 3 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-266-1492, bso.org.

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