10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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British corporal Daud Alyzer participates in a Boston Massacre reenactment in 2013. 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 You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.


This weekend is your last chance to see Boston Ballet’s “rEVOLUTION,” its take on the works of three legendary choreographers. The troupe will take on George Balanchine’s “Agon,” a controversial work created in tandem with composer Igor Stravinsky; Jerome Robbins’ “Glass Pieces,” which is set to the music of Philip Glass; and William Forsythe’s “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated,” a modern work that was quickly declared a masterpiece upon its 1987 debut. (Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8 at various times; Citizens Bank Opera House, Boston; $37 – $189; all ages)

NYC Comedy Invades Night Shift Brewing

No need to make the 200-mile drive to New York City to catch some Big Apple-flavored comedy. This weekend, you’ll only have to travel as far as Everett to see a slate of NYC comics, with brothers Jordan and Bret Raybould headlining the evening at Night Shift Brewing. (Thursday, March 5 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Night Shift Brewing, Everett; $15 online, $20 at the door; 21+) 

St. Patrick’s Festival at Harpoon

It’s never too early to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Just look at Harpoon Brewery, which will kick off its two-day St. Patrick’s Festival this weekend with a spirited lineup of live music and kegs of beer. Sip on UFO and Clown Shoes (and who knows, maybe Harpoon’s new cannoli stout will be available) while listening to tunes from Dicey Riley and the Celtic Rock Band. Want to keep the festivities going? Plunge into frigid waters during Harpoon’s annual Shamrock Splash on March 8. (Friday, March 6 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, March 7 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Harpoon Brewery, Boston; $25–$47; 21+)

‘Double Indemnity’

One of the most influential movies of its era and considered one of the best American movies of all time, Billy Wilder’s “Double Indemnity” is playing at the Brattle on Friday as part of the theater’s repertory series about murder mystery films. After insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) becomes entangled in a plot to murder the husband of unhappy housewife Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), the pair face scrutiny from all sides including Neff’s coworker and Dietrichson’s stepdaughter. Prior to the screening, local author Peter Swanson will discuss each of the eight films in the Brattle’s series, all of which influenced or are featured in his newest book, “Eight Perfect Murders.” (Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m.; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $9-15; all ages)

The Great Boston Chili Bowl

At the Great Boston Chili Bowl, local restaurants — including Puritan & Co., Lolita, Mariel, Taqueria el Barrio — will put their best bowl of chili forward as guests tuck into samples while sipping on beer from Aeronaut, Mighty Squirrel, Notch, and others. All funds raised at the fiery event will go towards the ALS Therapy Development Institute. (Saturday, March 7 from noon to 3 p.m.; Alexandria Atrium, 100 Technology Square, Cambridge; $37.50; 21+)

Boston Massacre Reenactment

With the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre on Thursday, non-profit organization Revolutionary Spaces will oversee a days’ worth of reenactments on Saturday at a handful of historic sites. The day’s reenactments will be presented in two parts: From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., reenactors will resurrect the tensions between colonists and British soldiers both inside and outside the Old State House, Old South Meeting House, and the Printing Office of Edes & Gill at Faneuil Hall. From 7 to 7:30 p.m., a reenactment of the Boston Massacre will take outside the Old State House near the Boston Massacre site marker on the Freedom Trail. Reenactments inside the Old State House will be included with admission to the museum, while those outside the buildings will be free. A more detailed look at the day’s schedule is available on the Old State House website(Saturday, March 7 from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; various locations, Boston; $10-12 admission to Old State House Museum, free admission for kids ages 6-18; all ages)

2020 PMC Fundraiser Dinner

Now in its 10th year of riding for the Pan-Mass Challenge, the team at Trade, Porto, and Saloniki is throwing a celebratory dinner to raise money for cancer research. The three-course Italian feast prepared by chef Jody Adams and the Porto staff will include dishes like chopped Greek salad, seafood risotto, vegetarian lasagna, and tiramisu, plus beer and wine. (Sunday, March 8 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Porto, Boston; $125; 21+)

International Women’s Day Market

Night Shift Brewing is giving the floor to women on Sunday when the brewery hosts a market featuring 15 local women entrepreneurs, makers, and artists. Shop their wares in between bites of food from the Night Shift Eats food truck and sips of the brewery’s newest beer, Strong Female Lead. Entry is free, but if you’d like to sign up for a tour led by Night Shift’s women brewers and educators, you can purchase a $5 ticket here(Sunday, March 8 from noon to 5 p.m.; Night Shift Brewing, Everett; free–$5; all ages) 

Squirrel Flower

Before she took on the alias Squirrel Flower, indie folk artist Ella O’Connor Williams was singing in the Boston Children’s Chorus and performing under her own name in Boston’s DIY music scene. On the heels of her new album “I Was Born Swimming,” the singer-songwriter will headline Great Scott on Saturday, with Montreal’s Cedric Noel and fellow local musicians Lady Pills and Houndsteeth serving as opening acts. (Saturday, March 7 at 9 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $12-$14; 21+


Hey Ma, you want to see a show this weekend? Harlem hip-hop figurehead Cam’Ron will make a return visit to the Middle East this Saturday, in support of his newest album, 2019’s “Purple Haze 2.” If you haven’t kept up with the Dipset founder since his commercial peak in the early 2000s, never fear: Killa Cam is bound to have a couple of classic hits on the setlist as well. (Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge; $20; 18+

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