Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend
Tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance brings her award-winning company to Boston to perform “The Blues Project” at the ICA this weekend. The performances blend the quick and inventive choreography that Dorrance Dance is known for with music from Toshi Reagon and her band, BIGLovely. After the performance, check out a post-show Q&A session with the company.
$36+, various performances through Sunday, March 13, Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, icaboston.org.
This Into That: Found Object Art, Assemblage, and Other Transformed Work
Artist Caleb Cole curates this found work exhibit in Somerville. “This Into That” is all about the transformative power of the artist, where seemingly everyday objects and sidewalk trash can be reconstructed into something engaging and inspiring. The exhibit includes work from more than 20 artists, including up-and-coming locals like Jacob Ginga, Lenny Schnier, Nick Shietromo, and Clara Hyun-Young Lee.
Free, on view through March 28, Nave Annex, 53 Chester St., Somerville, navegallery.org.
Signing for Master Thieves by Stephen Kurkjian
Listen to investigative reporter Stephen Kurkjian discuss one of Boston’s most infamous crimes, the 1990 Gardner Museum theft, and dip your toes into the city’s gangster underworld. Kurkjian’s book Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist takes readers inside the infamous robbery, for which the investigation is still ongoing. Kurkjian’s not only has the most complete account of the details of the crime, but also reveals who this veteran reporter thinks planned the hit as well.
Free, Friday, March 13, 7 p.m., Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, harvard.com.
Icelandic Film Festival
Iceland’s weather might not be much warmer than Boston’s, but you can heat things up anyway this weekend at “A Taste of Iceland,” which includes a film festival at Kendall Square Cinema. Watch seven shorts and two half-hour documentaries, a collection specially curated by the Reykjavik Shorts & Docs Festival.
Free, Saturday, March 14, 1-4 p.m., Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney St., Cambridge, icelandnaturally.com.
An Afternoon in Words and Music with Lee Konitz
This Sunday, spend some time with Lee Konitz at the MFA. Konitz is a legendary jazz composer and saxophonist who has worked with greats like Miles Davis. First, sit in on an hour-long conversation between Konitz and trumpet player Tim Hagans. Then Konitz will perform afterward with pianist Dan Tepfer.
$28+, Sunday, March 15, 2-4:15 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, mfa.org.