Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.
IN THE BEGINNING Before "Spartacus," "Lolita," "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," "The Shining," "A Clockwork Orange," and other Kubrick gems, there was 1953's "Fear and Desire." The director's rarely seen existential war film is the first out of the gate at "The Films of Stanley Kubrick." Feb. 1, 7 p.m. (through Feb. 7; series through Feb. 24). $11, $9 students and seniors (matinee prices available). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975, www.mfa.org/film
MUSIC LAB Rob Kapilow is a dissector, but instead of a scalpel, the musicologist and pianist holds court to explain music themes and host performances. The subject of Friday’'s What Makes It Great? program with the JP Jofre New Tango Quintet takes a look at the four-piece set of tango pieces written by Astor Piazzolla. Feb. 1, 8 p.m. $30 and up. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
MARLO AND THAT MILTON GIRL Marlo Thomas is a fan, so if Kendra Cunningham amuses "That Girl," the Milton-born comedian should tickle your funny bone. Thomas posted the following Cunningham joke on her website: "I never sit around and wonder what my ex is up to, I'm always 10 feet behind him." Feb. 1, 9 p.m. Feb. 2, 8 and 10:15 p.m. $20. Dick's Beantown Comedy Vault, 124 Boylston St., Boston. 800-401-2221, www.dickdoherty.com
SPIN VETERAN The website for DJ Vadim describes the "vintage" artist like this: "Certain high-end consumables such as whisky, wine, cheese and hams are said to improve with age, undergoing many complex processes to enhance and improve the flavour, colour, and appearance. In the same vein, DJ Vadim has defiantly and soulfully been fermenting and malting his global musical elixir for coming on 20 years now..." Hear his genre-defying mix of electronic, hip hop, reggae, soul, funk, grime, dub, and more. The bill also features Elemental Zazen and others. Feb. 1, 8 p.m. $13. 18+. Middle East Upstairs, 472-480 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastclub.com
A SUNNY DAY North Indian bhangra rhythms, funk, go-go, Latin, and jazz keep company with Brooklyn-based party band Red Baraat touring in support of its new release, "Shruggy Ji." Led by Sunny Jain, the nine-piece ensemble recently performed at the White House. Feb. 2, 8 p.m. $18. 18+. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org
THE GENTLEMAN CALLER Amanda Wingfield wants what most mothers want for their daughters, a gentleman caller. In American Repertory Theater's production of the Tennessee Williams classic, "The Glass Menagerie," Amanda is played by Tony- and Emmy-winning actress Cherry Jones. Feb. 2-3, 7:30 p.m. (through March 17). $25-$50. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org
OSCAR SOUNDS Doll up red-carpet style for this celebration of the Oscars and film music. "A Night at the Oscars" is a concert featuring original arrangements of "The Way You Look Tonight," "Moon River," "The Way We Were," and other movie music. Composer and saxophonist Larry Monroe, vocalist Donna McElroy, and a 10-piece band will make beautiful music together. Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. $37, $32 students (stay for the after party). Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.arsenalarts.org
IT'S CHILI The absence of the Patriots from the Super Bowl hurts, but maybe 30 different chilis paired with craft beer will help ease the pain. Vote for your favorite at a Chili Cook-Off on Superbowl Sunday. Feb. 3, noon-3 p.m. Chili tasting free, cash bar. Olde Magoun's Saloon, 518 Medford St., Somerville. www.magounssaloon.com
HAPPY NEW YEAR Today's quiz: Who is Oliver and what does he have to do with Chinese New Year? We set you up to fail so we could tell you that Oliver is a snake at the Boston Children's Museum and the Year of the Snake is welcomed at the Chinese New Year Festival at Boston Children’s Museum. Activities and entertainment include Members of the Boston Beijing Opera Association, crafts, and, of course, an appearance by Oliver. Feb. 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission of $14, free under 12 months. Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500, www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org
A HISTORY LESSON These singers, dancers, and guitarists owe a lot to the flamenco past, and the Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company provides a tribute to the art form's legacy with "Flamenco Vivo." Dancers, musicians, and singers look back and also show off the latest variations. Feb. 3, 2 p.m. $30-$48. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.