Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Now get out and go to it!
SCIENCE SOCIAL: A night at the museum? Well, maybe an evening. There will be live music from Jay Leonard as well as cocktails and an Italian-style buffet as part of the Science Social at the Museum of Science, an after-hours party within the exhibit “A Day in Pompeii.”Jan. 19, 6 p.m. Tickets: $25. Museum of Science. 617-723-2500, www.mos.org.
SKEESON II KICK-OFF PARTY: Flex those arcade muscles at The Greatest Bar, where the Boston Skeeball League will celebrate the start of their skeeball season. The tunes will be blasting as teams of two compete against each other for a pair of Celtics tickets in this single elimination bracket-style tournament. Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. Free. 21+ The Greatest Bar. www.thegreatestbar.com.
H2 SUMMER IN WINTER: After catching violinist Aisslinn Nosky make her solo debut in the Handel and Haydn Society’s performance of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” at Symphony Hall, head to Lucca Back Bay to meet other classical music enthusiasts. It’s part of H&H’s ongoing H2 Young Professionals nights, held a few times a year as a way to engage a younger audience in classical music. Jan. 20, show at 8 p.m., after party at 10 p.m. Free admission to party with $25 concert ticket. Lucca Back Bay. www.handelandhaydn.org.
DANCE YOUR CARES AWAY: The American film musical was a great escape during the Great Depression. So, if you need help surviving our economic mess, take in “Gotta Dance’’ presented by ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage. “The Broadway Melody’’ from 1929 is followed at 8:30 p.m. by “Singin’ in the Rain.’’ Jan. 20 at 6 and 8:30 p.m. (through May). $10, $7.50 seniors, $5 students and under 18. Special pricing Jan. 20 of $15 for both films. Emerson College’s Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400. www.artsemerson.org
BARNES AND NOBLE: Call her an optimist with titles like “Suddenly Summer Somewhere,” “Mostly Fanfare,” and “Everything Is Getting Better All the Time.” New York City-based choreographer and performer, Monica Bill Barnes, combines imagination, intellect, and humor when Monica Bill Barnes & Company invades the ICA. 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.; free Q&A with the company Jan. 20; free talks 30 minutes before each performance). $40. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org
A VALHALLA OF A TIME: The Vikings believed that when they died in battle they would be carried up the rainbow bridge to Valhalla where they would fight all day and party at night. You can do some of this at “Once in Valhalla,’’ a night of locavore Viking feasting and mythological high jinks. Jan. 21 from 7-11 p.m. $75 (includes a 10-course Nordic feast). The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191. www.brownpapertickets.com
LET'S HARP ON IT: Students from the Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and other area colleges run their talented hands back and forth at the biennial Boston Harp Gala. Solos, chamber music, and harp ensembles include works by Bach and Scott Joplin -- ever hear ragtime music played on a harp? 8 p.m. Free. Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall, 8 the Fenway, Boston. 617-912-9222. www.bostonconservatory.edu
DECORDOVA BIENNIAL: The 23 artists and collaboratives involved with the unthemed deCordova Biennial exhibition spread their artistic wings beyond the Lincoln venue. In addition to almost filling the museum, works are in Boston and nearby communities. Jan. 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Through April 22). Museum admission is $14, $12 seniors, $10 students, free under 13. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355. www.decordova.org
SIBLINGS AND FRIENDS: A rhythm section with a tap dancer, eccentric attire, and unconventional cello playing are just a taste of He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. Described as “psych-acoustic” and “vaudeville-y,” you’re in for an interesting evening of modern and not-so-modern music. Jan. 22 at 9:45 p.m. $10. T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St., Central Sq., Cambridge. 866-468-7619. www.ttthebears.com
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Swati G. Sharma is a Somerville resident and is a fan of city living, exploring Bostons nightlife, and dancing.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.