Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Check out five fun events happening in Boston this weekend, including An Evening with Champions, Heartbeat: A Modern Dance Rock Concert, and more.

EyeSee (detail) by Shari Weschler Rubeck. / Via Nave Gallery

EyeSee (detail) by Shari Weschler Rubeck. / Via Nave Gallery

Heartbeat: A Modern Dance Rock Concert

The celebration of life, love, music, and dance returns to the Oberon for its third Cambridge run. Produced by the George Woods Band and Jennifer Crowell-Kuhnberg, the live show fills the Oberon’s 360-degree nightclub theater with a dramatic love story. There are four shows scheduled in total, the first starting this weekend, and each one is followed by a funk-filled dance party.

$20 regular admission, Sunday, September 21, 8 p.m., Sunday, September 28, 8 p.m., and Friday, September 26, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Oberon A.R.T., 2 Arrow St., Cambridge,

Ice Skating
An Evening with Champions

Founded in 1970, this star-studded event has raised more than $2.6 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. This year, the lineup of internationally known skaters includes Johnny Weir, Kimmie Meissner, Jeremy Abbott, and more. Local favorite Marissa Castelli will perform with her new pairs partner Mervin Tran.

$25 regular admission, Friday, September 19, 8 p.m., and Saturday, September 20, 7 p.m., Harvard University Bright Hockey Center, 65 N. Harvard St., Boston,

Magic Without Tricks

As part of Nave Gallery’s current exhibit, “Magic Without Tricks,” the gallery will host a special event on Saturday called “Readings About Magic.” The reading will be inspired by the literary works that inspired artworks in the exhibit, including Japanese fairy tales, Jorge Luis Borges, Sylvia Plath, and Houdini.

Saturday, September 20, 6-8 p.m., Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St., Somerville,

New England Pet Expo

Cuuuuute!!!” Yeah, you’ll hear a lot of that this weekend at the 2014 pet expo, where pet owners can bring their furry friends to check out and participate in agility demos, talent contests, costume contests, and much more. The 120 exhibitors will also keep you busy at this event.

Free, Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Aleppo Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington,

Newton Jazz and Wine Festival

This weekend, celebrate Ella Fitzgerald with the Newton Jazz and Wine Festival. On Friday, award-winning vocalist Patrice Williamson will perform her tribute with guests Cassandra Pearl, Lydia Harrell, Dale LePage, and Dominique Eade. Then on Saturday, grab your picnic baskets and head over to Jackson Homestead for Jazz-in-the-Yard, an afternoon of free outdoor jazz performances.

Celebrating Ella Gala: $25 general admission, Friday, September 19, 8 p.m., War Memorial Auditorium at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton.

Jazz-in-the-Yard: Free, Saturday, Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington St., Newton.