Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend
Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott
World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been performing since he was five. Since then, Ma has recorded a whopping 75 albums and received 15 Grammy Awards. Fun fact: Ma’s primary performance instrument is probably worth more than your home. His Montagnana cello built in 1733 is valued at $2.5 million. Performing with him this Friday is British classical pianist Kathryn Stott. The pair met in 1978 when she “discovered a Chinese man in his underpants playing the cello,” in her flat after returning from a vacation. Ma had rented the flat without realizing it was shared, but luckily they got along and have been collaborating since then.
$190+, Friday, March 21, 8 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-266-1492, celebrityseries.org.
Nothing will stop Alex Owens from becoming a professional performer, but when she falls in love with her steel mill boss, her ambitions are threatened by romance. Does this Pittsburgh gal have what it takes to get into ballet school? Watch the pop culture phenomenon about the little steel mill welder/bar dancer that could come alive on stage. She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor! And she’s dancin’ like she’s never danced before!
$34+, Friday-Sunday, March 21-23, multiple show times, Citi Performing Arts Center, 270 Tremont St., Boston, 617-482-9393, citicenter.org.
Extreme Beer Fest
“Extreme Beer” – [noun] – a beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing. This festival is the ultimate celebration of craft beer creativity and the brewers who push the boundaries of brewing. The epic two-day event features more than 250 beers for your testing and enjoyment. Warning: minds will be blown and palates will be inspired. Beer-friendly eats will also be available for purchase from local food vendors like Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Waffle Cabin, and more.
The three-time Grammy award winner for Best Contemporary Blues brings soul to Boston this weekend. You might recognize Keb’ Mo’ from the critically acclaimed 2003 PBS series Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues. His post-modern blues is influenced by many eras and genres including folk, rock, jazz, and pop. His newest album, The Reflection, is hardly a conventional blues album. Instead, it recalls the work of African-American “folk soul” like singer/songwriters Bill Withers, Bobby Womack, and Terry Callier.
$40+, Saturday, March 22, 8 p.m., The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston, 617-248,9700, thewilbur.com.
We’re all super excited for spring, but with warmer weather comes the dreadful realization that we spent the entire winter stocking up on carbs instead of getting ready to fit into those shorts. Get back on that workout grind and shed that winter weight with a fun-filled workout with Ultimate Bootcamp. You’ll also receive great deals on fitness apparel and health products from Arsenal Project retailers.
Free, Sunday, March 23, 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m., The Arsenal Project, 485 Arsenal St., Watertown, 617-787-1224, ultimatebootcamp.com.