Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Laugh with Lewis Black or treat yourself at a Somerville crafts market.

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Lewis Black

Known for his acerbic wit and generally outraged disposition, comedian and actor Lewis Black will take the stage at the Shubert Theatre on his “Rant, White & Blue Tour.” Considering current events, there is sure to be plenty of political fodder incorporated into his routine this weekend. Black is an expert ranter; why not let him express some of your frustration at the current political situation?

Tickets start at $59.75, Friday, 8 p.m., Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont St.,

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Somerville Local First Valentine’s Day Market

Find over 40 local vendors and their crafts, jewelry, home decorations, art, clothing, and more at this Valentine’s flea. You can support local artists and also walk away with some one-of-a-kind goodies—the perfect cure for all the cabin fever you’re about to develop from the snow!

Free, Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville,

Min Jin Lee

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Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food for Millionaires, will lead a discussion of her latest novel, Pachinko, which tells the story of a Korean family’s tribulations and triumphs in Japan at the turn of the century. Jeannie Suk Gersen, the John. H Watson Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School will also participate in the talk.

Free, Friday, 7 p.m., Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge,

Lore Podcast Live

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Lore Podcast Live

Do you get a thrill from a good scare? Look no further than this live performance of award-winning podcast Lore, written and hosted by novelist Aaron Mahnke. Join Mahnke for an evening of true (and very spooky) stories—think Halloween, but with a historical twist. Past episodes have covered topics such as cursed places, prisons, uncharted explorations, and more.

Sunday, $26-$35, 7 p.m., the Wilbur, 256 Tremont St.,


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As part of its “Great Romances” series, the Brattle Theatre is playing Amélie this weekend. The film follows the adventures and good deeds of an eccentric young Parisian. Amelie finds unique ways to anonymously improve the lives of her friends and neighbors, whether it’s setting up two lonely colleagues, or taking petty revenge on a cruel grocer by swapping out his slippers for another pair several sizes too small. But what happens when someone tries to improve hers?

$9, Saturday, 4:30 or 9:30 p.m., Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge,