Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Including the Boston Book Festival and an evening with Jimmy Kimmel and Bill Simmons.

Photo by Elias Williams

Photo by Elias Williams

“Forced From Home” 

If you’ve been hoping to gain a greater understanding of the refugee crisis, this free exhibit is a good place to do so. “Forced From Home” is an interactive educational exhibition that aims to raise awareness about refugees and displaced persons. Organized by Doctors Without Borders, it strives to bring into focus the stark reality shared by over 60 million people in the world through an immersive experience, including 360-degree videos, guided tours by doctors and volunteers, installations of gathered materials from camps and rescue missions, virtual reality documentaries, and more.

Free, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 15-23, Long Wharf,


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Jimmy Kimmel and Bill Simmons 

Do you ever miss the Boston Sports Guy? If so, you’re in luck. Bill Simmons is returning to Boston with late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel for a benefit show, “An Evening of Conversation, Laughter and Romance.” The money raised will go towards Harvard University’s Scholars at Risk Program, which aids scholars, artists and writers who are persecuted because of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or political stance secure housing and work.

$45+, Saturday, October 15, 8 p.m., Citi Shubert Theater, 270 Tremont St.,

Photo by Greg Mooney

Photo by Greg Mooney

Tiger Style! 

Race, parenting, and adulthood are all themes at the forefront of Mike Lew’s comedy, Tiger Style! The play follows two Asian American siblings, Albert and Jennifer Chen, who have succeeded professionally as, respectively, a software programmer and an oncologist, but are “epic failures” as adults. “This is a deeply personal play about my Chinese American upbringing that wrestles with ‘Asian tiger parenting,’ Ivy League burnout, and the line between the cultural baggage we carry within us versus the cultural preconceptions heaped upon us,” says Lew.

$20+, October 14–November 13, Tuesday through Sunday, various times, Calderwood Pavilion, 547 Tremont St.,

Photo by Paula Court

Photo by Paula Court

Big Dance Theater 

If you’re a fan of dance, theater, or the two combined, you won’t want to miss Big Dance Theater’s production at the ICA. The critically acclaimed New York-based company will celebrate its 25th anniversary with Short Form, which includes five performances of different lengths inspired by various (short) forms of storytelling. Cofounder and co-artistic director Annie-B Parson tells us that there will be a party involved.

$15+, October 14-15, 8 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.,

Photo by Mike Ritter

Photo by Mike Ritter

Boston Book Festival 

Bookmark this, bookworms. The annual two-day festival returns with its kickoff event, a discussion of film adaptations with Emma Donoghue, Maria Semple and Tom Perrotta, on Friday night at Old South Sanctuary. The following day begins at 10 a.m., and will include presentations by such luminaries as Frank Gehry, Susan Faludi, and Colson Whitehead. Check out our guide to events that we think you shouldn’t miss.

Free, October 14-15, Copley Square,