Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend
Idina Menzel recently released her third solo album, idina., to kick off her latest national tour, and she’ll bring her show and pipes to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion this weekend. Known for being a powerhouse Tony award-winning singer for her performances in Wicked, Frozen, and Rent, Menzel will sing a mix of classics, originals, and other greatest hits. You could take it or leave it, but we wouldn’t recommend letting this show go.
$39+, Saturday, July 8, 8 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., livenation.com.
The Little Hours
Based on the Medieval Italian classic The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, indie comedy The Little Hours tells the story of three Florentine nuns—played by Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, and Aubrey Plaza—who live anything but a quiet country life. When a new estate laborer (Dave Franco) begins working at the convent, the situation quickly deteriorates into a raunchy, sinfully wicked time. The Brattle Theatre will host the local area premiere of the movie all weekend long.
$8+, beginning Friday, July 7, multiple showings, Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, brattlefilm.org.
Boston Pizza Festival
Who wants some ’za? The city’s first-ever Boston Pizza Festival begins this weekend and features more than 30 vendors serving fresh by-the-slice pizza, including Regina Pizzeria, Blaze, and more. Beer and wine will also be available, but the festival is open to guests of all ages looking to find their new favorite slice.
$15 general admission tickets (see website for additional food and drink prices), Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, noon-10 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, bostonpizzafestival.com.
Botticelli at the MFA
This weekend is your last chance to see the largest collection of Sandro Botticelli’s work in the US at the Museum of Fine Arts. The Renaissance painter was inspired by a number of muses, from ancient gods and goddesses to religious themes, that reflected the feelings of Florence life at the time. The exhibit is a collaborative effort by the MFA, Harvard, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and features 24 classic works.
$25 admission, through July 9, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, mfa.org.
Ben Mezrich at Brookline Booksmith
Boston-based author Ben Mezrich will stop by Brookline Booksmith for a reading, discussion, and signing for his latest novel, Woolly. The book follows the true story of the work to genetically resurrect the woolly mammoth by Dr. George Church, a renowned geneticist, and his travels from Siberia to Harvard to bring back the extinct creature. Far from the first narrative nonfiction bestseller for Mezrich, Woolly is only the author’s most recent work in a string of books based on a true story.
Free, Friday, July 7, 7 p.m., Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline, brooklinebooksmith.com.