Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Party on the Harbor, Tom Cotter, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more.

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Solange Knowles will DJ the ICA’s Party on the Harbor. (Photo via Solange Knowles/Facebook)

Dance Party
Party on the Harbor

The ICA’s biggest night of the year comprises three parts. At 6:30 p.m., a cocktail party with performances kicks off the evening. At 8 p.m., the ICA will host a benefit dinner. It’s the after-party at 9:30 though, that you should be excited about. This year’s Party on the Harbor boasts DJ Solange Knowles. Tickets to the dance party are pricey, but think of it this way: you’ll see high fashion, be served delicious food and drinks, and feel that much closer to Beyonce as you dance the night away to her sister’s beats.

$200 members, $250 nonmembers, Friday, May 10, 9:30 p.m.-midnight, 100 Northern Ave., 617-478-3100,

Paint! Jazz! with sparc! the ArtMobile

Picture it: free music, free paint, free canvas. All that’s missing is your creativity. If shelling out $250 for tickets to Party on the Harbor just can’t happen, well then, consider sparc! the ArtMobile’s free art and music party on Saturday. Get your creative juices flowing with the Makanda Project, a Boston-based jazz group. It won’t be rager like Party on the Harbor (the event is held at the Dudley Branch Library), but hey, this is a nice option for the whole family.

Free, Saturday, May 11, 7-9:30 p.m., Dudley Branch Library, 65 Warren St., Roxbury, 617-879-7330,

Boston Pops Perform Disney’s Fantasia

Speaking of family-friendly events, the Boston Pops are bringing a little Disney to the weekend with live performances of music from the original Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. Experience again the magical Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Mickey Mouse, Pines of Rome (flying whales and all), and Pastoral Symphony starring those flirty centaurs. What could be better than teaching your kids about classical music via Fantasia? Why, Fantasia live, of course.

22+, Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11, various times, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., 617-266-1492,

Tom Cotter

The runner-up of season 7 of America’s Got Talent will be at the Wilbur on Friday to share his unique brand of humor. Cotter has previously performed in Boston, winning the Boston Comedy Festival, and he also won the Seattle International Comedy Competition. On America’s Got Talent, he crushed the competition, losing only the Olate Dogs. Too bad for Cotter, but Sharon Osbourne was screeching “AHHH, I want those dogs!!!” since they auditioned. What’s a human to do?

$25+, Friday, May 10, 7:30 p.m., Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., 617-248-9700,

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

In 2004, a catchy song called “Maps” led to a debatably annoying number of people thinking they could sing the lyrics “Wait—they don’t love you like I love you. Maaaaaaaaaaps…” as well as lead singer Karen O could. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs haven’t had a hit single of that capacity (numbers-wise, at least) ever since, though “Heads Will Roll” did quite well on dance charts. Their 2013 album, Mosquito, debuted at no. 5 on the Billboard 200.

$32, Sunday, May 12, doors at 7 p.m., House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., 888-693-2583,