Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

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Anthony Bourdain: Guts & Glory

Anthony Bourdain—chef, author, and connoisseur of exotic delicacies—has traveled the world on his hit TV shows Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. On Friday, Bourdain will make a stop in Boston on his first North American Tour and share stories of his daring appetite, his passion for food, and tales of his multifaceted career. The night includes an open Q&A session when Bourdain will literally share all the guts and glory of his travels and just about anything else you've wondered about while watching him consume the out-of-the-ordinary. Bourdain has proven to be opinionated, far from predictable, and anything but boring, so prepare yourself, Boston.

$35-$75; Friday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m.; Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.; 617-266-1492;


Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra

Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra are taking over the weekend at The Paradise Rock Club with three nights of shows. Palmer and her band will experiment with their instruments in a glam-rock-meets-cabaret-style show involving strings, a brass section, and Palmer's famously controversial lyrics. Palmer has become somewhat of a staple in the local music scene; winning Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards in 2010 and being nominated for the title again this year. Palmer has definitely come a long way from her days working for tips as a living statue in Harvard Square—she was called “The Eight Foot Bride.”

$25; Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15-Nov. 17, 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-562-8800;


Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion: The Radio Show

Choreographer Kyle Abraham and his dance company are on a mission to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work. This weekend, Abraham and his seven dancers will be taking their audience at the ICA on a journey through the urban sounds of the Pittsburgh radio station that inspired Abraham throughout his life. Hip-hop and soul music meet ballet and contemporary dance in Abraham's performance. You don't have to be a dance aficionado to get into the groove with Abraham and his dancers and subconsciously start dancing in your seat; with songs from Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé being played throughout the show, it would be hard not to.

$36 members, $40 non-members; Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.; The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.; 617-478-3100;


Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza

Faneuil Hall is declaring it the beginning of the holiday season. Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza launches on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with shows every half hour. The music of the Holiday Pops and more than 350,000 LED lights will brighten the marketplace and get Boston into the spirit of the season. Go as early as you want on Saturday; the marketplace will be abuzz with a full day of special events. Blink! is a daily ongoing event for the next six weeks, so even if you can't make it on Saturday, grab a cup of hot cocoa any day, and join this new Boston holiday tradition.

Free; Saturday, Nov. 17; Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market St.; 617-523-1300;

Seinfeld Live!

Jerry Seinfeld is 58 years old and has three children, but he's still the same beloved comedian recognized for nine seasons as the star of the show about nothing, his hit sitcom, Seinfeld. It has been 14 years since Kramer, George, and Elaine sat by Seinfeld's side at Monk's, and watching rerun marathons just isn't cutting it anymore. Thankfully, Seinfeld is making Boston the third stop on his 20-date tour. Reminisce and have a few good laughs while taking in his signature voice and familiar sense of humor.

$65-$81; Saturday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.; Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St.; 617-482-9393;