10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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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 You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

Unconditional Love: The Letters of John and Abigail Adams 

Shortened attention spans and advances in communication technology have all but killed the art of writing a great love letter (Meredith Goldstein’s column notwithstanding). And while getting a text of “Luv U Babe” from your significant other may still send your heart aflutter, the loving correspondences between John Adams and his wife of 54 years, Abigail, put your partner’s emoji-filled messages to shame. The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is celebrating the Founding Couple’s everlasting bond with a series of performances. A glass of Champagne, sparkling cider, wine, or beer is included with the ticket. (Thursday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.; Abigail’s Tea Room at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Boston; $39 per person, $69 per couple; all ages)

Tim & Eric

Since the turn of the century, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have been some of the most influential figures in the alternative comedy world thanks to nearly 20 years of shows on late-night network Adult Swim, including their surrealist anti-humor opus “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” The duo will bring more of their trademark lo-fi cringe comedy to the Oprheum this Thursday, promising “spoofs, goofs, and insanity.” (Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $35 and up; all ages)

Jesse Dee

Local soul singer Jesse Dee, who has shared the stages with legends of the genre like Al Green and Etta James, has been a mainstay at Boston nightclubs for more than 10 years. Dee will bring his distinct take on throwback R&B jams for an intimate show at Lizard Lounge in Cambridge for Valentine’s Day. (Friday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m.; Lizard Lounge, Cambridge; $15; 21+)


For a Valentine’s Day activity that’s a bit off-kilter, head to Oberon in Cambridge for “Mortified,” a recurring show where authors read some of their most embarrassing teenage prose — be it journals, diaries, love letters, or Facebook posts — so audiences can revel in their shame. The 7 p.m. show is already sold out, but tickets remain for the 10 p.m. set. (Friday, Feb. 14  at 10 p.m.; Oberon at the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge; $15; all ages)

Miami brunch at Zuma

Contemporary Japanese restaurant Zuma will bring the Floridian heat this weekend with a brunch inspired by its sister restaurant in Miami. Pile your plate with robata skewers, maki, sushi, and sashimi from two — two! — buffets, then order an entrée and share a towering dessert platter with your crew. DJ Tao will be spinning on both days, turning the Back Bay into a South Beach party. (Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Zuma, Boston; $65; all ages)

Bugs Bunny Film Festival 

For the last 25 years, the Brattle Theare has been showcasing the best of Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, and the rest of the Looney Tunes at the annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival. The animated fest returns this Saturday with every cartoon shown uncut on 35mm film. (Saturday, Feb. 15 through Thursday, Feb. 20 at various times; The Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $9-10; all ages)

Let’s Par-TEA at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille

School vacation week is about to hit, and if you aren’t heading out of town, some sort of staycation is in order. Grab your mini-me and treat them to afternoon tea at the Boston Harbor Hotel, where children can decorate cookies and sip on hot cocoa, and everyone can wind down with tea, small sandwiches, and kid-friendly pastries. Have another rainbow Krispy treat — you’re on vacation. (Saturday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 23 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, Boston; $25 per child, $50 per adult, all ages)

A NADA Tasting + Social

Empanada newcomer The Nada Cart hosts its first event on Saturday as it introduces its empanadas to the world (er, Boston). Fork over $5 in cash or Venmo at the door, and you’ll score one of NADA’s beef, chicken, or vegetarian empanadas, plus a beverage. (Saturday, Feb. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; One Back Bay, Boston; $5; all ages)

Raphael Saadiq

After launching his career as the bassist and vocalist of ’80s R&B trio Tony! Toni! Toné!, Raphael Saadiq has made a name for himself as a solo artist, including 2008’s Grammy-nominated album “The Way I see It.” The neo-soul singer will be at Big Night Live in support of “Jimmy,” his first album since 2011, along with Chicago singer-songwriter Jamila Woods. (Saturday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston; $37.50; 21+)

Treadbetter at Field & Vine

Sam Treadway (Backbar) and Emmett Ledbetter (formerly at Sonsie and the Tip Tap Room) know how to throw a party. The two industry vets teamed up to form Treadbetter, a monthly pop-up dinner series with paired cocktails at Field & Vine; this weekend’s “land and sea” iteration aims to be another perfect match-up. (Sunday, Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Field & Vine, Somerville; $150; 21+)


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