10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Cast members of "American Girl Live." –Amy Boyle

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.

Best Picture Oscar Nominees in Theaters

With the Oscars coming up on Sunday, many are scrambling to see at least a few of the Best Picture nominees before the ceremony. Thanks to a pair of special Best Picture promotions from Regal and AMC, almost all of the films are back in theaters. For Regal’s Best Picture Film Festival, viewers can pay $35 to see every Best Picture nominee except for Netflix’s “Roma” through Sunday at the chain’s three area theater locations: Regal Cinemas Fenway 13, Regal Cinemas Solomon Pond 15, and Regal Cinemas Bellingham 14. For an even shorter catch-up window, AMC is offering the second half of its Best Picture Showcase on Saturday; starting at 11 a.m., visitors to AMC Boston Common 19, AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20, AMC Methuen 20, or AMC Framingham 16 can pay $40 to see a marathon of “Vice,” “Black Panther,” “A Star is Born,” and “Green Book.” (Through Sunday, Feb. 24 at various times; various locations; $35-40; rated PG-13 or R)

Harry Potter Trivia


The mischief definitely will not be managed at Bone Up Brewing Co. this Thursday, when the brewery will host an evening of Harry Potter trivia. Sip on Potter-themed cocktails and enjoy sandwiches with clever names like the The Sandwich That Must Not Be Named (made with Voldemortadella from Deep Cuts Deli). (Thursday, Feb. 21 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Bone Up Brewing Co., Everett; free; 21+)  

Flogging Molly

St. Patrick’s Day is still weeks away, but you can get an early dose of Celtic punk when Flogging Molly rolls into town for a Friday night set at the House of Blues. The seven-piece band has put out only two albums this decade, most recently 2017’s “Life Is Good,” but you can count on more than enough classics like “Drunken Lullabies” to fill a party-hearty evening. (Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $35-55; all ages)

“American Girl Live”

Just in time for the end of school vacation week, the Boch Center Shubert Theatre is bringing the family-friendly musical “American Girl Live” to town. The 90-minute show based on the line of dolls follows six young girls at summer camp, where they overcome their fears and learn something about themselves thanks to their trusty dolls. (Friday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 24 at various times; Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston; $35-75; all ages)



CRASHfest, an annual global music festival in Boston, will return for another edition this weekend with 14 artists spanning various genres. Highlights will include Beninese songwriter Angelique Kidjo performing the Talking Heads’ album “Remain in Light” from start to finish and Bhangra party band Red Baraat. (Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $48; all ages)

South Asian Showdown

If you’re looking for a new cultural experience this weekend, the 10th annual South Asian Showdown at John Hancock Hall is a good choice. Dance teams from the United States and Canada will compete against each other in Fusion (“a combination of any dance style set to a majority of Indian music”) and Bollywood/Hindi-Film (“the Bollywood film style of dance featuring expression, theme, and storyline”) for prizes up to $5,000. (Saturday, Feb. 23 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; John Hancock Hall, Boston; $25-100; all ages)

Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals

Fresh off a Grammy win for best rap performance (he tied with Kendrick Lamar, but that still counts), Anderson .Paak will be at the Orpheum Theatre with his band, The Free Nationals, this Saturday. If you missed the rapper-producer’s performance on the Claire Foy-hosted episode of “Saturday Night Live” in December or want a preview of what he will bring to Boston when he performs at Boston Calling 2019, this is your chance. (Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $114-$783; all ages)

“When Angels Fall”

For a really artsy weekend at the theater, check out “When Angels Fall,” a wordless blend of circus arts, dance, and film from aerialist and contortionist Raphaëlle Boitel that debuted Wednesday at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. The show follows a story about the final seven inhabitants of a post-apocalyptic world run by machines that have outlawed speech, and was called “stark and stunning” in a recent New York Times review. (Through Sunday, Feb. 24 at various times; Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston; $10-110; ages 8 and up)

The Brattle Oscar Party


The Brattle Oscar Party isn’t just a gathering of film aficionados watching the ceremony on the big screen; it’s also a pre-party with complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and gift bags, as well as trivia, a silent auction, and the theater’s Oscar prediction pool. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Brattle Film Foundation. (Sunday, Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m.; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; minimum $50 donation; all ages)


Over the last 20 years, many a dorm room blasted the tongue-twisting “Alphabet Aerobics” from Bay Area hip-hop duo Blackalicious, cementing rapper Gift of Gab’s reputation as one of the most technically impressive emcees in the game. Blackalicious has flown under the radar a bit recently, which means you’ll have a chance to see them in a smaller venue when they hit Sonia in Cambridge this Sunday, along with openers MC Kabir and Jarv.(Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.; Sonia, Cambridge; $20; all ages)