Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Events include the Boston International Film Festival and a show by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Two dancers dance.

Hubbard Street Dancers Jacqueline Burnett, left, and Jeffery Duffy in “N.N.N.N.” by William Forsythe. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

This contemporary dance group, known for their unique choreography, is characterized by dramatic and evocative pieces. In a review, The Boston Globe praised the group, writing that “this regionally named group deserves its world-class reputation.” As part of the Celebrity Series of Boston, the group will be at the Shubert Theatre. After Friday’s show, there will be a talk with Glenn Edgerton, the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s artistic director, and Penny Saunders, a dancer and choreographer with the group.

$35 – $75, Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 17 3:00 p.m., Citi Shubert Theatre, Boston, 265 Tremont Street, Boston,


Protester in a scene from the film.

A scene from “Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket,” Image courtesy of The Boston International Film Festival

The Boston International Film Festival

In this annual five-day festival, over 100 international films from 35 countries will be screened. There are feature films, short films, documentaries, experimental films, and animated films.  Executive director Patrick Jerome says the festival exists “to share international cultures through cinema…to see what the world has to offer.” Jerome says he’s particularly excited about The Family Whistle, an Italian documentary about the famous Coppola family, and Across the Line, a Canadian piece about racial tensions in the life of an aspiring NHL player.

$12/individual session, Thursday, April 14 – Monday, April 18, time and locations vary,


SHE, a series of vignettes, monologues, and songs, is an original production celebrating women. Put on by Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, a theatre organization at Harvard College, SHE is cast entirely of women. There are stories of female friendship, pregnancy scares, and when to take inspiration from your mother. Director Karen Chee says SHE “acknowledges some of the stories that are not given a platform in the public sphere.” Chee hopes that viewers will “recognize parts of their own stories and lives in parts of the show.”

$10 – $30, Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m., Oberon, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA,

Asaf Avidan's headshot.

Image courtesy of artist

Asaf Avidan: Into the Labyrinth

Avidan is an Israeli folk musician who sings with a unique and intense voice that he complements with minimalistic guitar. He is widely known abroad, in Israel and Europe, and but sings mostly in English. Bob Boilen, host of NPR’s All Songs Considered, recalls hearing Avidan on the radio and thinking he was “part Janis Joplin, part Nina Simone.” Biolen also raved that Avidan’s music is “some of the best tunes I’ve heard in a long time.”

$25 – $28, Sunday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston,

Boston Marathon Days

The Boston Marathon might be all about running, but it turns out, there’s a whole lot of science involved. In honor of “Marathon Monday,” learn some fun facts at the Museum of Science. Donna Phillips, one of the program’s organizers, says the exhibit takes a deep dive into the details of the race, including how the Boston Athletic Association uses technology in bibs. Wonder why runners get heat blankets after the race? An infrared camera will show you. And speaking of those bibs, you can catch the museum’s famed tyrannosaurus tex sporting a marathon bib.

Free with exhibit halls admission, Saturday April 9, Sunday April 10, Saturday April 16, Sunday April 17 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park Boston,