Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Suzanne Vega comes to town, An American in Paris premieres, and the Coolidge Corner Theatre wants to terrify you.

Scream (1996) Directed by Wes Craven Shown: Drew Barrymore (as Casey) Photo courtesy of Photofest

Scream (1996) Directed by Wes Craven Shown: Drew Barrymore (as Casey) Photo courtesy of Photofest

Coolidge Corner Theatre’s 16th Annual Halloween Horror Marathon

Horror fans are in luck. Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Halloween Horror Marathon is back for the sixteenth time with 12 hours of thrills and chills. The marathon will kick off with a double feature of the late Wes Craven’s Scream and Scream 2, in honor of Scream’s 20th anniversary. “I think it’s a very important film in the horror genre,” says Mark Anatasio, program manager at the theater. “Scream has done just as much to change people’s perceptions of horror films as Psycho or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre have.” Horror junkies are encouraged to stick around for another four films after the rare double feature. Titles of these movies won’t be revealed until they hit the screen, but you can assume they’ll be plenty spooky.

$25-$30, October 29, Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, 

Photo by George Holz.

Photo by George Holz

Suzanne Vega at the Sinclair

If you’re like Homer Simpson, you often sing a bit of Suzanne Vega’s “Luka” while driving. Even Prince had all the feels when listening to her. She’s now touring in support of an album she collaborated on with Duncan Sheik, the pop singer best known for his work on the Broadway hit Spring Awakening. The album, based on their off-Broadway show Lover, Beloved: An Evening with Carson McCullers, is out now.

$33.50, October 28, 8 p.m., The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge,

American in Paris

Garen Scribner and Sara Esty. Photo by Matthew Murphy

An American in Paris

Escape to Paris this weekend with An American in Paris, as the latest revival of the Gershwin brothers musical launches its tour in Boston. The show, which was adapted into a movie starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, follows the love story of an American artist trying to make a life for himself in Paris and a woman who’s involved with another man. The revival was a huge hit on Broadway, and won four Tony awards.

$49+, October 25-November 6, Wang Theater, Citi Performing Arts Center, 270 Tremont St., Boston,

Dante Alighieri (Italian, 1265-1321, author) and Cristoforo Landino (Italian, 1424-1498, editor), The Divine Comedy, 31 May 1487. Incunable: ink on paper, 37.2 x 26 x 5.2 cm (14 5/8 x 10 1/4 x 2 1/16 in.) Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Photo courtesy Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Dante Festival

Anxiously awaiting Tom Hanks’ new film Inferno? Freshen up on your Dante knowledge before hitting the movie theater, and join the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as they celebrate Italian poet Dante Alighieri. Isabella Gardner’s interest in Italy comes from Dante, and her collection includes rare editions of his work. You can learn about Dante and his work through pop up performances and captivating conversations, and see Gardner’s collection of rare printed books in the newly-opened exhibition, “Beyond Words: Italian Renaissance Books.”

$15, October 29, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston,


Photo by David Kender

Massachusetts Independent Comic Expo

If you’re a comic creator, this expo is the place to be. Unlike traditional comic expos, MICE focuses on the art of making comics and connecting local creators to local readers. The expo features more than 150 comic creators from the Boston area. Many workshops are family-friendly and hands-on, so you can experience comic creating firsthand. Be on the look out for your new favorite read. The exhibition area will also display a wide range of art and books.

Free, October 29-30, University Hall at Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave.,