Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend
Spend your Saturday doing good at the fourth annual HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation’s Climb4Life event, which benefits the foundation’s efforts to spread awareness about ovarian cancer. Hosted at Watertown’s Central Rock Gym, participants can take yoga, pilates, and fitness classes, as well as enjoy massage sessions and food. Both beginner and veteran climbers are welcome, with a basic skills class included with the price of admission. The post-climb party promises dinner, drinks, and door prizes.
$45, Saturday, March 7, 8:30-4:30 p.m., Central Rock Gym, 74 Acton St., Watertown, hera.kintera.org.
Great Boston Chili Bowl
Duck into Cambridge’s Tech Square Atrium to to find respite from this harsh winter weather at the Great Boston Chili Bowl. The annual event, which benefits medical research at the local ALS Therapy Development Institute, will have cold beer, hot chili, and give out commemorative tasting glasses. A selection of local favorites including The Gallows, La Brasa, and Shojo will provide the food, while cold samples from local breweries will be on tap.
21+, $47, Saturday, March 7, 12-4 p.m., Tech Square Atrium, 100 Technology Square, Cambridge, chili.als.net.
“His Room As He Left It”
For more than 10 years, Western Mass.-based creative Ariel Kotker has been working on “His Room As He Left It,” an evolving narrative about the room and belongings of a fictional 19-year-old Pennsylvania boy in the 1950s. Viewers are participants in this work and are allowed to touch and hold the room’s objects to better understand the character’s life.
Free, Friday, March 6, 6-9 p.m., Find & Form Space, 524 Harrison Ave., LL, Boston, space.findandform.com.
Short Films at the Haley House
Head to Roxbury’s Haley House for dinner and a movie this weekend, featuring three diverse and compelling short films. On the night’s agenda: Maestra, The No Name Painting Association, and Cowboys of Color: A Multicultural Legacy, each with a runtime of less than 30 minutes. Maestra reconnects with eight women who taught on the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961, while The No Name Painting Association tells the story of Kerouac-quoting subversive artists during Beijing’s Cultural Revolution. In Cowboys of Color, director Coy Poitier looks at the side of the American cowboy experience that Bonanza left out.
$25, Friday, March 6, 6:30 p.m., Haley House Bakery Cafe, 12 Dade St., Roxbury, brownpapertickets.com.
George C. Wolfe’s uproarious social satire is taken on by the Huntington Theater Company in the production’s opening weekend. The play presents 11 “exhibits” of African American culture, creating what Wolfe described as “an exorcism and a party” to the New York Times when the play first opened in the ’80s. Tony Award-winner Billy Porter directs the Huntington production, which stars Nathan Lee Graham (Hitch; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) and Capathia Jenkins (Newsies; The Look of Love).
$25+, starts Friday, March 6, 8 p.m., with various showings through April 5, Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston, huntingtontheatre.org.