Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
For belly laughs and then some, check out the Huntington Theatre’s reproduction of this hilarious Tony Award–winning Broadway play. Christopher Durang’s comedic tale tells the story of Vanya and Sonia, whose peaceful lives are turned upside down at the arrival of their movie star sister Masha and her boy toy Spike. “If you are a Chekhov admirer, scholar, aficionado, there are things in the show…that will tickle you,” artistic director Peter DuBois says, though previous knowledge of Chekhov is certainly not necessary.
$15+, through February 1, Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-266-0800, huntingtontheatre.org.
The Urban Grape’s TJ Talk on Whiskey
For an evening of all things whiskey, head to The Urban Grape this Sunday to chat with owner TJ Douglas and three industry experts, Dave Willis of Bully Boy Distillers, Troy Clarke of United Liquors, and Manny Gonzales of Saloon. In addition to lively discussion about all things whiskey, look forward to samples of the brown stuff, cocktail demos, and snacks from Saloon.
$20, Sunday, January 11, 7-9 p.m., 303 Columbus Ave., Boston, eventbrite.com.
Boston’s Celtic Music Festival
The BCMF, now in its 12th year, will run three days this weekend hosted by Club Passim. The annual event showcases more than 100 of the area’s top musicians and dancers of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic traditions. Performances will be on Friday and Saturday, with the BCMF Academy on Sunday with various classes and workshops.
Prices vary by event, Friday-Sunday, January 9-11, Harvard Square, Cambridge, clubpassim.org.
Brahms, Haydn, and Strauss Featuring Cellist Gautier Capuçon
For those who resolved to become more cultured in 2015, consider a trip to Symphony Hall. This weekend, Andris Nelsons conducts the BSO in some Brahms, Haydn, and Strauss with guest French cellist Gautier Capuçon. The orchestra classics are part of the first of two programs from Nelsons this month. The second will focus on Mozart and Bruckner.
$36+, Thursday-Saturday, January 8-10, 8 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-266-1492, bso.org.
The Art of the Brick
This weekend is the final weekend of The Art of the Brick at Faneuil Hall. The world-renowned exhibit of unique Lego sculptures by Nathan Sawaya are unlike anything you’ll find at Legoland, having been adored by everyone from Bill Clinton to Lady Gaga. “These works are very personal to me,” Sawaya says. “They reflect my growth as an artist as I strove to discover my creative identity.”
$24, through Sunday, January 11, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, 866-276-9458, bostonbricks.com.