Five Reasons to Leave the House this Weekend

New-York-based Phantom Limb Company brings ’69?S. (The Shackleton Project)’ the Paramount Center. (Photo courtesy of Phantom Limb Company.)

69?S. (The Shackleton Project)
An “installation-in-motion” is how New York-based Phantom Limb Company describes the amalgamation of puppetry, photography, film, dance, and music that they’ve put together to create a series of tableaux vivants that recreate the harrowing, true story of Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 trans-Antarctic expedition. With original music by the Kronos Quartet, this tale of survival in a frozen wasteland will remind you that there’s no real reason to miss the snow this year.
$25-$79, February 7-12, Paramount Center Mainstage, 559 Washington St., Boston,617-824-8400,

Left Hand’s Bottled Milk Stout Nitro
What’s that, you say? Bottled, nitrogenated beer? The folks over at Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Colorado are rolling out the industry’s first bottled nitrogen beer ever in seven cities across the country, including Boston. Nitrogen, rather than CO2, is used to carbonate the brew, which gives beer a smooth, creamy texture. If anything, it’ll be worth seeing if the bottled version is as good as a fresh nitro tap.

Thursday, 5-7 p.m.: Craft Beer Cellar, Gordon Liquors, Downtown Wine & Spirits, Blanchard’s Liquors, Ball Square Fine Wines, Julio’s Liquors.
Friday, 5 -7 p.m.: Kappy’s Fine Wines & Spirits, Wine Emporium, Supreme Liquor Parkingway, Marty’s Liquors, Martignetti Liquors, Brookline Liquor Mart, Whole Foods Market on 340 River St., Cambridge, and Upper Falls Beverage Store.

Launch parties:
Thursday, 8 p.m.: Meadhall, Cornwall’s, The Armsby Abbey.
Friday, 8 p.m.: Sunset Grill, Green Street.

Tall Heights, with Chamberlin, The Milkman’s Union
If spending a Friday evening watching two handsome-faced local guys playing super chill folk tunes doesn’t sound appealing to you, chances are we probably don’t have much in common. But if you still remember how happy your ears were when you first listened to Bon Iver or Arcade Fire and realized you’d stumbled into singer/songwriter oblivion, then it turns out we’re not so different after all — which means you can trust me when I say this show is worth seeing.
$10, Friday, February 10, 8 p.m., Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston, 617-747-6038,

All the Single Ladies
While Improv Asylum’s newest show caters to Girls’ Night Out and bachelorette party shenanigans, I say any day is a fine day to be single. But whether or not you’re betrothed, watching this tale of four women (ahem, men dressed as women) imitate life is surely worth a few laughs … and plenty of fodder for the inevitable arrival of “Sh*t Bachelorettes Say.”
$25-$35, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Ned Devines, Faneuil Hall, Boston, 617-263-6887,

Unexpected mashups are always fun, which is why this classical music-meets-techno party is a solid bet if you’re looking to get out and shake what it took your momma nine months to make. Musicians will play live alongside New York-based DJ and producer The WIG, while dancers and aerialists perform to Beethoven and Chopin blended with house and trance beats.
$20-$50, Friday, February 10, 9 p.m., Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge, 617-496-8004,