Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Circus 1903, the dance group Bodytraffic, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time are all in Boston this weekend.

Photo by Mark Turner

Photo by Mark Turner

Circus 1903

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.,

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Photo by Bill Hebert


“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.,

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Photo by Moses Berkson

Devendra Banhart

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.,

Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

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.,

Photo by Zack Smith Photography

Photo by Zack Smith Photography

Jami Attenberg

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,