10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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The 2017 Cupid's Undie Run.
The 2017 Cupid's Undie Run. –John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Skip Netflix this weekend—here are 10 ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city. If you’d like BosTen delivered to your inbox every Thursday, click here. Want more things to do? Check out our events calendar at boston.com/events. You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

“School of Rock”

Fans of the feel-good 2003 Jack Black film “School of Rock” will want to check out Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version at the Boston Opera House, where it currently is running through Feb. 24. Merritt David Janes, who grew up in Vermont, performs the lead role of Dewey, the slacker guitarist turned substitute teacher played by Black in the film. (Now through Sunday, Feb. 24 at various times; Boston Opera House, Boston; $40-175; all ages)

The Boston Festival of Films from Japan


For the entire month of February, the Museum of Fine Arts will be showing some of the best films that contemporary Japanese cinema has to offer. Highlights from this weekend will include the Oscar-nominated “Shoplifters,” which ended up on more than a few critics’ best-of lists for 2018, as well as “Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda,” an acclaimed 2017 documentary about the multitalented Japanese composer. (Now through Thursday, Feb. 28; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $13 per film, $10 for MFA members; all ages)

“Spamilton: An American Parody”

If you didn’t manage to get tickets to “Hamilton” when it was in Boston last year, you can see the next best thing — a parody of the colonial-era musical from Needham native Gerard Alessandrini. Reviews of the satirical show have been largely positive, including one from “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Spamilton,” which also lampoons other musicals like “Chicago” and “The Book of Mormon,” arrived in Boston on Tuesday. (Now through Sunday, April 7; Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; $25-109; all ages)

I’m With Her

Blues rock trio I’m With Her formed in 2014 when a trio of multi-instrumentalists started workshopping songs together at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Five years later, the group will be in Boston just before the one-year anniversary of their first album, “See You Around,” along with bluegrass guitarist Billy Strings. (Friday, Feb. 15 at at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $29.50-45; all ages)

Railroad Earth


Bluegrass-influenced band Railroad Earth will arrive in Boston on a melancholy note, as Andy Goessling, a founding member of the heavily improvisational group, passed away in October 2018. The band has a lengthy and jam-worthy discography, which may keep Friday’s show at the Wilbur somewhat upbeat despite the recent loss. (Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $27-$35; all ages)

Disney on Ice: “Mickey’s Search Party”

For family-friendly fare this weekend, Disney on Ice has a new show arriving in town at TD Garden. “Mickey’s Search Party” sends a skating cast of Disney characters in search of Tinker Bell, through set pieces inspired by recent hits like “Coco” and “Moana,” and featuring characters from “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and more. (Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 24; TD Garden, Boston; $15-63; all ages)

Cupid’s Undie Run

Ever wanted to run through the streets of Boston in your underwear without worrying about getting arrested? Cupid’s Undie Run is a “brief” run (around a mile) that starts and ends with a party on Landsdowne Street, all in PG-13-appropriate undies. For the 10th straight year, runners will raise awareness for neurofibromatosis, a rare genetic condition that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. All of the net proceeds will go toward funding research for the disorder through the Children’s Tumor Foundation(Saturday, Feb. 16 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Lansdowne Pub, Boston; $45 in advance, $50 at the door; all ages)

Chinatown Lion Dance Parade

Ring in the Year of the Pig at Chinatown’s 2019 Lion Dance Parade this Sunday. The parade will feature a number of lion dance troupes, each starting with a performance in Phillips Square (by the corner of Harrison Avenue and Essex Street). You also can take in martial arts demonstrations and warm up over at the culture village at 90 Tyler St. with hands-on Chinese calligraphy lessons, arts and crafts, and music. (Sunday, Feb. 17  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Phillips Square, Boston; free; all ages)

Vegan Market


Although we’re in the throes of another New England winter, you still can get your hands on fresh, plant-based food at the Vegan Market in Somerville this weekend. The market won’t just be focused on food, with more than 30 local vendors selling vegan candles, dog treats, soap, and more. (Sunday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; The Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville; free; all ages)

A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Six months after Aretha Franklin passed away, a group of five Berklee College of Music professors will play a tribute concert in Cambridge for the Queen of Soul. Vocalists Donna McElroy, Dennis Montgomery, and Nedelka Prescod, and instrumentalists Sean Skeete and Winston Maccow all will perform at Abundant Life Church this Sunday. (Sunday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.; Abundant Life Church, Cambridge; $30; all ages)