10 things to do in Boston, including running around in your underwear, tasting some chilli, and learning burlesque

#BosTen is your weekly guide to not-lame events in the city.

BosTen is your weekly guide to events and cool happenings in and around Boston. Skip Netflix this weekend—here are 10 ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city.

Scream, Gilgamesh, Scream Roger Clark Miller, guitarist for legendary Boston punk band Mission of Burma, wrote what he describes as a “Punk Rock Piano Concerto’’ called “Scream, Gilgamesh, Scream,’’ which will be premiered by a 19-piece orchestra at The New England Conservatory of Music. (Thursday, February 17 at 8 p.m.; Jordan Hall; free; all ages)

Seventh Annual Chili Cup at Ned Devine’s Any dad with a Crock–Pot thinks he makes the best chili in town, but it’s a whole different ballgame when some of Boston’s best restaurants enter the ring. That’s exactly what will happen this weekend when more than 17 different visiting chefs from restaurants around the city gather to put their chili batches up to the ultimate taste test. (Thursday, February 18 at 5:30 p.m.; Ned Devine’s; $10-20; 21+)


Free Skating at Frog Pond Enjoy the last few days of free skating at the Frog Pond as we continue to suffer through what will probably be like two more months of wintry weather. (Thursday, February 17 to Saturday, February 19; The Frogpond; free; all ages)

Cupid Undie Run Help raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation by stripping down to your skivvies and feeling the brisk Boston air wash over you as you run a mile and a half down Boston streets. (Saturday, February 20 at noon; House of Blues; $50; all ages)

Tracy Morgan at The Wilbur The 30 Rock funnyman hasn’t had it easy the past couple of years, but it hasn’t kept him from cracking jokes, which he’ll do in Boston for three shows this weekend – his first local shows since before his 2014 car accident. (Saturday, February 20 at 7 p.m. to Sunday, February 21 at 7 p.m.; The Wilbur Theatre; $50-$69.50; all ages)

Winter Warrior Bar Crawl After last winter, it’s easy to call any Bostonian a “Winter Warrior.’’ If your way of battling the cold is to indulge in a beer or two, grab your viking helmet and join this bar crawl down Boylston Street. (Saturday, February 20 at 1 p.m.; Boylston Street; $10-$15; 21+)


Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall You may have seen Kid Koala scratching the ones and twos or as a guest on Yo Gabba Gabba! Now you can see the renowned DJ present an adaptation of his graphic novel, Nufonia Must Fall. (Friday, February 19 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 20 at 10 p.m.; Institute of Contemporary Art; $25-$35; all ages)

Boston Hassle Black Market This half-flea market, half-craft market has handmade knickknacks, artwork, zines, records, cool T-shirts, secondhand pieces, and more. (Sunday, February 21; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Cambridge Community Center; $1 entry; all ages)

Burlesque for Beginners Want to show off that bod in an artfully saucy way? If you’ve got the razzle, but need to learn how to dazzle (or vice versa), head the the Somerville Arts at the Armory to pick up the basics of burlesque. (Sunday, February 21 at 6 p.m.; Arts at the Armory; $35; 21+)

Stupid Cupid Rather leave the burlesquing to those who show skin for a living? Turn up the heat and get a special post-Valentine’s Day performance from Boston’s only all-male burlesque troupe. (Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m.; Oberon; $20; all ages)

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