Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

A chili cook-off, lecture on Matisse, family trivia, and more.

harvard square chili cook-off

The Harvard Square Chili Cook-Off. / Photo by MassTravel on Flickr

Some Like It Hot Chili Cook-Off

Heat, spice, and everything nice. This weekend, Harvard Square hosts the 7th annual “Some Like It Hot Chili Cook-Off.” Russell House Tavern, the Sinclair, and Tasty Burger are just a few of the participants in this year’s event, which offers free samples to all attendees. Try as much as you can, then vote for your favorite.

Free, Saturday, January 31, 1-2:30 p.m., Brattle Square in front of Brattle Florist, 31 Brattle St., Cambridge,

Matisse Lecture at Harvard Art Museums

Stop by H.A.M. Thursday night for a free lesson in art curation. Senior curator Jodi Hauptman and senior conservator Karl Buchberg of the Museum of Modern Art in New York will discuss the acclaimed exhibition, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, currently on view at MoMA. The two will talk about the new model of curation they used for the Matisse exhibit, paying special attention to the 1952 work The Swimming Pool.

Free, Thursday, January 29, 6-7:30 p.m., Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge,

Family Trivia
The Big Family Quiz Thing

“The Big Quiz Thing” is nothing new, but this Saturday afternoon, gather the kids and head to Oberon for “The Big Family Quiz Thing.” The prizes are also family-friendly, provided by BQT partners the ICA, Wheelock Family Theatre, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, Sabine’s Cuisine, Huntington Theatre, Parkour Generations, and more.

$10 for children, $15 for adults, $40 for family of four, Saturday, January 31, 1 p.m., Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge,

Taste of Eastie

More than 20 participating restaurants will make the 19th annual Taste of Eastie the largest one yet. Hosted by East Boston Main Streets, the event offers visitors samples from a variety of neighborhood restaurants like D’Parma Ristorante, Black Strap BBQ, Lolly’s Bakery, and more.

$35, Thursday, January 29, 6-9 p.m., Hilton Boston Logan Airport, 1 Hotel Drive, 617-561-1044,

Demetri Martin at the Wilbur

Martin will be back in Boston for his Persistence of Jokes tour. The comedian was once a writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and has been featured on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Stewart also produced his show, Important Things with Demetri Martin, on Comedy Central in 2009. Martin is known for incorporating music and drawings into his comedy, and his book, This Is a Book, was a New York Times bestseller.

$37, Saturday, January 31, 7 and 9:45 p.m., Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, 617-248-9700,