Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Ballet HispanicoBallet Hispanico (Photo by Eduardo Patino)


Ballet Hispanico
Premiering Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Mad’moiselle — a work that delves into gender roles and identity in Latin American cultures — Ballet Hispanico explores the facets of Latino culture through dance. Additionally, Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro has created Asuka, a tribute to Cuban singer Celia Cruz, while Ronald K. Brown looks at the ways diaspora in West African, Indian, and Spanish cultures has both separated and brought people together in Espiritu Vivo.
$43-68, Friday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 10, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 11, 3 p.m.; Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston, 617-482-6661,

Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy
Calling all gamers: consider pressing pause and coming out to watch more than 100 musicians perform music from the epic video game series Final Fantasy. Conducted by Arnie Roth and accompanied by Boston’s Video Game Orchestra, (we have a video game orchestra? Sweet!) the show will feature music by the game’s original, self-taught composer, Nobuo Uematsu as well as new music from both Uematsu and composer Masashi Hamauzu. The stage will also host a huge video screen that will play scenes from the game.
$43.50-$126, Saturday, March 10, 8 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 888-266-1200,

Lounge Lit: Literary Trivia
Finally, there’s a trivia night for word nerds who don’t want to bother with pesky geography and math questions. WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti will be hosting the showdown, while local writers Chris Castellani, Jennifer Haigh, Andrew McAfee, and Christina Thompson (and you, if you decide to sign up at the door) will duke it out to see whose big brain reigns supreme. Ticket price includes complimentary beer, wine, and apps, and all proceeds benefit The Boston Book Festival.
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, Thursday, March 8, 6-8 p.m., Think Tank, One Kendall Square, Ste. 301, Cambridge, 617-500-3031,

In keeping with the sudden slew of circus-inspired entertainment over the past few weeks, check out California–based Bow & Sparrow’s premier performance at Somerville’s Arts at the Armory. Locals include individuals from Off the Ground Circus, Aerialicious Entertainment, and the Boston Hoop Troupe, while electro-funk band Wobblesauce will be playing live music during several acts. Expect to see acts using double bar trapeze, silks, hula hoops, lyra, and more.
Friday, March 9, Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, 617-718-2191,

Night Shift Brewing
We’ve been waiting patiently for the Everett–based nanobrewery Night Shift Brewing to launch, and the wait is finally over. If you missed Wednesday’s launch party at Tommy Doyle’s, head to Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston next Tuesday for a first taste of the brewery’s three tipples on tap: Trifecta Belgian Pale Ale, Bee Tea wheat ale, and Taza Stout.
7-10 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, Sunset Grill & Tap, 130 Brighton Ave., Allston, 617-254-1331,