Boston Events This Month

Your can’t-miss guide for what to do, see, and hear this month.


This month through April, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill takes over the stage at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. / Photo by David Costa Photography

FINE ARTS
“Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits”

In this new retrospective, the MFA displays more than 40 self-portraits by Lucian Freud (Sigmund’s painter grandson), showing how his technique—and his body—changed over time.

March 1–May 25, Museum of Fine Arts, mfa.org.

BOOKS
Writers & Lovers

Author Lily King takes us back to late-’90s Cambridge, where Casey Peabody’s life has fallen apart. Misery loves company, and Casey soon finds herself with more company than she expected: two polar-opposite, but equally alluring, men.

Out March 3, $27, Grove Press.

BOOKS
Spirit Run

Boston writer Noé Álvarez guides readers through the epic 6,000-mile marathon he ran from Canada to Guatemala as part of an effort to foster connections to the land and indigenous communities. Álvarez appears at Brookline Booksmith on the release date.

Out March 3, $26, Catapult.

BALLET
Carmen

Boston Ballet’s latest program is a pastiche of classic and contemporary female-centric works: Jorma Elo’s reimagined Carmen, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and Helen Pickett’s Tsukiyo and Petal.

March 12–22, Citizens Bank Opera House, bostonballet.org.

OPERA
Norma

This Bellini tragedy checks every opera box, from forbidden-love triangles to, naturally, death by sacrificial pyre. And in the hands of the Boston Lyric Opera, this version of Norma will surely do the composer proud.

March 13–22, Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, blo.org.

TV IRL
Letterkenny Live

If Schitt’s Creek and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia had a baby, it’d look like Letterkenny, the cult-fave Canadian series about the quirky residents of an eponymous small town. Check out this live staging of audience-favorite scenes.

March 14, Orpheum Theatre, crossroadspresents.com.

MUSIC
Mondo Cozmo

Josh Ostrander, a.k.a. Mondo Cozmo, is known for two things: breaking rules and making extremely listenable indie folk-rock. New Medicine, his first album since saying adios to a major record label, accomplishes both. He’ll perform his latest live in Cambridge this month.

March 14, The Sinclair, sinclaircambridge.com.

Photo courtesy of Grove Atlantic

BOOKS
The Degenerates

In J. Albert Mann’s historical Y.A. novel, four young women find themselves confined at the disconsolate Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded. Determined to defy society’s unfair labels, all four will do whatever it takes to get out.

Out March 17, $19, Simon & Schuster.

BROADWAY
Jersey Boys

The beloved jukebox musical about the rise and fall of the Four Seasons swings through Boston with all of your Frankie Valli–led favorites, from “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” to “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

March 18–22, Emerson Colonial Theatre, emersoncolonialtheatre.com.

MUSIC
Third Eye Blind

They’re responsible for some of your favorite ’90s-summer-radio hits, but Third Eye Blind is still going strong with their latest album, Screamer. The accompanying tour brings emo-pop-punk group Saves the Day along for the ride.

March 25, House of Blues, houseofblues.com/boston.

MUSIC
Leslie Odom Jr.

The Tony-winning Hamilton actor trades Broadway for Boston to support Mr, his first solo album of original jazz-pop. Dubbed the “Stronger Magic Tour,” it’s bound to be a spellbinding night with a bright star.

March 27, Brighton Music Hall, crossroadspresents.com.

THEATER
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Set at a performance just before Billie Holiday’s death, this two-person play examines the fascinating life of the jazz icon—and features renditions of her signature songs, such as “Strange Fruit.”

March 28–April 19, Mosesian Center for the Arts, newrep.org.

FINE ARTS
Eva LeWitt

Using industrial materials, LeWitt crafts colorful, geometric wall hangings of fantastic proportions. Discover her creations for yourself with this ICA installation.

March 28–March 21, 2021, Institute of Contemporary Art, icaboston.org.