Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend
Barnum and Bailey may be shutting down, but that doesn’t mean the circus is over, or that you have to feel guilty about watching elephants perform. At this circus, you’ll behold skilled acrobats, contortionists, daring wire walkers, massive elephant puppets, and much more.
$35+, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Boch Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., bochcenter.org.
“If you’re seeking happy-go-lucky modernism, search no further,” raves the Los Angeles Times of Bodytraffic’s innovative contemporary choreography, which combines modern and balletic motions. See, for the first time in Boston, Bodytraffic pieces choreographed by Richard Siegal, Anton Lachky, Victor Quijada, and Joshua L. Peugh. The show also boasts a free pre-performance discussion with Boston Dance Alliance Executive Director Debra Cash.
$40, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., icaboston.org.
Top off your weekend calendar with some jaunty folk music from Devendra Banhart. He’s certain to play some hits from his latest album, Ape in Pink Marble, as well as older favorites. Frustrated about the returning cold snap when your mind is on spring? The whimsy and poetry in Banhart’s music will warm you right up.
$35, Sunday, 7 p.m., Royale, 279 Tremont St., royaleboston.com.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Adapted from the popular novel, this Tony-award winning play tells the story of Christopher, a brilliant 15-year-old with a spectrum condition, who was wrongly accused of murdering a neighbor’s dog. Christopher must face his fears and anxieties regarding the chaotic outside world, and, in doing so, embarks on a journey of growth and discovery.
$20+, through March 19, Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., boston.broadway.com.
New York Times-bestselling author Jami Attenberg will discuss her new novel, All Grown Up, along with Boston College journalism professor, writer, and editor Maura Johnston. All Grown Up deals with a woman’s feelings of aimlessness amongst her apparently more fortunate and successful family and friends. The novel also tackles the ways in which disease and heartbreak can put a family’s bonds to the test. Attenberg is best-known for her 2013 hit, The Middlesteins.
Free, Friday, 7 p.m., Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, harvard.com.