Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Hear wisdom from the Dalai Lama, meet a master Lego builder, and more.

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Legoland Discovery Center’s master model builder Ian Coffey won the job at a competition in the BPL earlier this year. / Photo by Margaret Burdge

Roméo et Juliette: Opera at the Cinema

The Coolidge Corner Theatre is switching things up with a showing of Roméo et Juliette as a part of their Opera at the Cinema series. A high-def presentation of the Salzburg Festival production will attempt to recreate the experience of the opera, which comes in handy for those of us who won’t be flying to Europe anytime soon. “It’s a chance to experience the world’s great opera productions, and I think it’s the second most dazzling way to see it other than seeing it live,” says Beth Gilligan, Coolidge Corner Theatre’s director of development and marketing and the curator of Opera at the Cinema. “And your seat is often better than what you’d get at the opera itself.”

$20, Sunday, November 2, 10 a.m., Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline,

Wot? No Fish! at the ICA

Wot? No Fish! premieres in the U.S. at the ICA this weekend, offering a unique look into the lives of a Jewish family living in London in the 20th century. When writer and performer Danny Braverman came across a collection of doodles on the wage packets of his great uncle, he decided to bring them to life. The drawings illustrated their day-to-day lives for 50 years, as does the play that chronicles them. “Our director of performing and media arts, David Henry, went to the Edinburgh Festival where the show premiered and was so moved by it that he said he had to bring it to Boston,” said Kate Shamon, public relations manager at the ICA.

$20, Friday, October 31, through Sunday, November 2, Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., see showtimes at

Rockapella at Sculler’s Jazz Club

The famous rock ’n’ roll and a cappella fusion group Rockapella will descend upon Boston for a Halloween show this weekend. Since finding fame on PBS’s Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego? in the early ’90s, Rockapella has performed instrument-free for audiences all around the world. “Spend Halloween with us in a cool jazz club!” the group’s Facebook page advises. As do we.

$40 reserved seating, Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1, 8 p.m., Sculler’s Jazz Club, 400 Soliders Field Road,

Dalai Lama at TD Garden

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is gracing the TD Garden with his presence on Friday to give a public talk called Educating the Heart and Mind. The Dalai Lama will speak about science and its relationship to spirituality as well as the development of compassion and its contribution to the common good. Organized by the Tibetan Association of Boston, the event is the last of four talks during the Dalai Lama’s three-day stay in Boston.

$20, Saturday, November 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way,

Meet a Master Lego Builder at Natick Mall

Who makes all of those impressive structures in Legoland and and in “The Art of Brick” display at Faneuil Hall? Master Lego builders, of course! This weekend, meet Legoland Discovery Center Boston’s master model builder Ian Coffey at the Natick Mall as a part of The Lego Americana Roadshow. “In addition to seeing a master builder in action, people can also see amazing replicas of landmarks from all over the country, including a 24-foot-long Capitol Building that took 1,700 man hours to build,” says Lynn Josephson, marketing director at the Natick Mall.

Saturday, November 1, 10 a.m., Natick Mall, 1245 Worcester St., Natick,