Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend
Indie rockers Big Thief may only have one album out so far (May’s Masterpiece), but they’re already making a big splash, with a Tiny Desk concert on NPR and generally positive reviews of the album. Pitchfork had particular praise for lead singer Adrianne Lenker’s songwriting chops, and of the band’s sound, said, “the band shifts nimbly between lo-fi acoustic and throwback rock hooks, keeping everything noisy and tuneful.” They may not be inventing new forms of music, but they’re also proving you don’t really need to.
$13, Friday, January 6, 8 p.m., Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston, ticketmaster.com.
A Doll’s House
The Huntington Theatre Company’s latest show is a new take on Henrik Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, which explores the way a lie comes between a married couple. While the show may be familiar, there’s a reason it’s a perennial favorite with theater companies, given its complex portrait of a woman torn by trying to protect her husband’s reputation.
$20+, January 6-February 6, BU Theater, 264 Huntington Ave., huntingtontheatre.org.
One Minute Play Festival
If you prefer your theater a little more experimental, you can check out the One Minute Play Festival, which is what it sounds like. This year, the theme is “Nasty Women Strike Back!” and the show features women and women-identified writers and directors. Don’t worry: If you get bored with the play you’re watching, it’ll be over soon, with a fresh new one to try out.
$20, January 7-10, 7 p.m., Boston Playwright’s Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., thebostoncalendar.com.
It’s your last chance to see Le Lab’s latest, an exhibition by Chuck Hoberman, who designed the Hoberman’s Sphere, which you may remember from every children’s store in the ’90s as a plastic framework that could be extended outward. The exhibit is interactive, and guests can manipulate the sculptures when they visit. “The motivation is really to take something that would normally be considered a cold and dry mechanism and turn it into something that’s much more living and organic,” explains Hoberman.
Free, Friday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall St., Cambridge, lelaboratoirecambridge.com.
Yes, Chris Kattan knows you mainly know him from his years on Saturday Night Live in the ’90s. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a sense of humor about the whole thing. You have quite a few chances to catch up with him this weekend at Laugh Boston: He’s doing four shows for them across Friday and Saturday.
$29+, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., laughboston.com.