Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Savory Jewish food, a classic film screening, Audra McDonald performs at Symphony Hall, and more.


Audra McDonald. / Photo by Autumn de Wilde via Celebrity Series

Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen

Munch on the most savory Jewish food Boston has to offer in this annual food showcase. The event boasts a menu featuring a diverse array of the city’s most notable chefs and kitchens, from Inna’s Kitchen to Craigie on Main to Vicuña Chocolate. New this year? “Kitchen Conversations,” an oral history project to record your juiciest food insights.

$36, Sunday, March 1, 5-7 p.m., Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St., Boston,

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project) penned this searing indictment of the trials of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, who was prosecuted for “gross indecency” in the 19th century. Listen closely to Kaufman’s play, produced this weekend by BU’s School of Theatre and directed by Daniel Takacs. According to the LA Times, the show’s impassioned script uses lines from transcriptions from Wilde’s real trial.

Free, Saturday, February 28, 2 p.m., BU College of Fine Arts TheatreLab, 855855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston,

The African Queen

Revisit this 1951 Katharine Hepburn/Humphrey Bogart classic for one night only at the Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque. The famed saga, directed by John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Chinatown) and shot in vivid technicolor, finds the two screen legends stranded in Africa in the early days of World War I. Hepburn plays the fiery missionary, Bogart the rude drinker, and the African Queen is the supply boat that unites them in love amidst German resistance.

$9, Saturday, February 28, 9 p.m., Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge,

Celebrity Series Presents: An Evening with Audra McDonald

Join six-time Tony-award winning talent Audra McDonald as she returns to the Symphony Hall stage. McDonald—known for a range of roles including on TV’s Private Practice, Broadway’s Lady Day, and even for singing Yahoo! Answers on Fallon—is visiting Boston as a part of her 32-city concert tour. McDonald’s voice is so smooth and emotional—this performance is a can’t-miss.

$30+, Sunday, March 1, 5 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,

Emerson Stage: Mother Hicks

American Sign Language takes center stage in this Emerson Stage production. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Mother Hicks is the first part of the Ware Trilogy, a series of plays that follow a young deaf man in search of family and community during the Depression. Simultaneously, the show is performed in ASL, a component Sandberg-Zakian described as a rarity in other productions that cater to young audiences. “For kids, it will be something they’ll always remember in terms of introducing them to the idea of deaf culture and this second language,” she says.

$20, Thursday-Sunday, February 26-March 1, various times, Paramount Main Stage, 559 Washington St., Boston,