Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

A Ronald Reagan film festival, a Cheers revival, and more.

Of Montreal

Of Montreal by Ben Rouse

Of Montreal at the House of Blues

Hailing from Athens, Georgia, the extraordinarily prolific indie rock band Of Montreal will take the stage at the Paradise this weekend. With more than a dozen studio albums to their name (most recently­, Innocence Reaches, released last month­) and almost 22 years of performing, you’re in for a night of heavy dancing and eccentric costume changes (think: Abraham Lincoln and Spiderman getups).

$20, Saturday, September 10, 8 p.m., Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., 617-562-8800,

Ronald Reagan Desperate Journey

Image from Desperate Journey courtesy of Swank Motion Pictures

Ronald Reagan Film Series at the MFA

If you have a penchant for old films, you’re likely to enjoy this throwback­­­—politics aside. The Museum of Fine Arts is reviving Ronald Reagan’s acting endeavors with their series, “Reagan in Hollywood: The Origins of a Conservative Icon.” The event opens Thursday with a double feature in which the 40th president plays a Secret Service Lieutenant in two installments of a four-part series by Noel Smith, Secret Service of the Air (1939) and Code of the Secret Service (1939).

$9­­-$11, September 8-30, Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300,

Jonathan Safran Foer

Photo by Jeff Mermelstein

Jonathan Safran Foer at Coolidge Corner Theatre

An event bookworms can’t miss: acclaimed author Jonathan Safran Foer­­­, perhaps best known for his 9/11 novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, will read at Coolidge Corner Theatre this weekend. His first novel in more than a decade, Here I Am weaves together themes of family, identity, and home. The reading will be followed by a signing at Brookline Booksmith­­.

$28, Thursday, September 8, 6 p.m., Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-566-6660,

Cheers Live

Photo by Matt Pacific

Cheers Live at the Shubert Theatre

If you’re not familiar with the basement bar in NBC’s Cheers, here’s a chance to get acquainted. With 117 Emmy nominations and 28 wins, the legendary Boston-based sitcom has been adapted for a live production for the first time since its original taping. Trade the swarm of tourists at the Beacon Hill location for a night at the Shubert—the show opens this Friday. For devoted fans, a VIP package will grant access to the set during intermission, one beer, and a seat in the Orchestra Pit Center. Iconic sitcom love story of your own not included.

$30­-$90, September 9­-18, Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., 617-532-1116,

Sunday at the Park with Georges

Photo by Nile Hawver

“Sunday in the Park with George” at the Huntington

Plunge into the world of famed Pointillist master Georges Seurat, whose precise dot painting style was immortalized in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim has received tremendous praise, with the New York Times calling it “an audacious and touching work with a lovely, wildly inventive score.”

$25-$135, September 9-October 16, Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., 617-266-7900,