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10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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With more and more Massachusetts businesses and cultural institutions reinstating COVID-19 restrictions in the face of a resurgent coronavirus pandemic, residents may be torn on whether to venture out of their homes this weekend. With that in mind, this week’s BosTen offers a mix of in-person and virtual things to do in Boston this weekend. Have an idea about what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or email us at [email protected].

Watch ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ at the Opera House

Heading out on its first national tour, “Pretty Woman: The Musical” stops by the Opera House for two weeks, from Jan. 18-30. The stage adaptation of the Hollywood hit stars Tony Award nominee Adam Pascal as Edward Lewis and Olivia Valli as Vivian Ward, who bring to life the 1990 hit romcom that starred Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. The musical’s original score was written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69”) and features Roy Orbison’s 1964 hit “Oh, Pretty Woman,” which inspired the original film’s title. Besides the obvious — new, lively song and dance numbers — the stage production’s gender dynamics have been updated to suit a modern audience. — Natalie Gale

Savor a five-course meal with whiskey pairings at Pazza on Porter

Given the frigid temperatures this winter, you’re probably enjoying some whiskey in the comfort of your own home. But if that plastic stemless wine glass you’ve been drinking out of the past three years isn’t cutting it anymore, you may want to consider having some whiskey at Pazza on Porter instead. They’ll have better glassware, and they’re also hosting a five-course dinner on Thursday with menu items like watermelon crudo, crab croquettes, and coffee-spiced New York strip. Each course will be paired with a bourbon or rye from Woodford Reserve, and a representative from the brand will talk through the tasting notes. — Joel Ang

Catch Bogie Fever at Somerville Theatre

When the American Film Institute released its “100 Years, 100 Stars” list, one actor stood tall over every other thespian to grace the silver screen: Humphrey Bogart. “Bogie” has played the lead in countless classic movies, and this weekend the Somerville Theatre will honor the late legend 65 years after his death with Bogart double features on both Friday and Saturday. Both double features begin with a Bogart film co-starring frequent on-screen partner Lauren Bacall and finish with an award-winning drama: Friday’s double feature is “Key Largo” and “The Maltese Falcon,” while Saturday brings “Dark Passage” and “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” — Kevin Slane

Add more horror to your weekend with ‘The Shining’

Feeling a little cooped up by the cold weather and creeping pandemic dread? Jack Nicholson completely understands. As struggling writer Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie “The Shining,” Nicholson gave a deeply disturbing performance showcasing one man’s psychotic break as he sat snowed in at the isolated Overlook Hotel. This Friday, the Coolidge Corner Theatre will screen “The Shining” at midnight, 45 years after author Stephen King’s novel — which the film is based on — was released in bookstores. (King famously disliked Kubrick’s adaptation of his work, but even the master of horror doesn’t get it right every time.) — Kevin Slane

Have a roaring good time at Dinosaur World Live

Grab your compass and join fellow explorers across uncharted territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing dinosaurs at Dinosaur World Live! This roarsome, interactive show delights the whole family on stage at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston on Saturday. During a mind-expanding Jurassic adventure that uses stunning puppetry to bring remarkably life-like dinosaurs to the stage, you’ll meet a host of impressive creatures, including everyone’s favorite flesh-eating giant (looking at you, Tyrannosaurus Rex), a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor, and Segnosaurus. Feeling brave? There’s a special meet-and-greet after the show offering all explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend. — Cheryl Fenton

Explore winter delights at Gloucester’s So Salty Festival

Inspired by Salem’s So Sweet chocolate and ice sculpture festival, Cape Ann Museum will partner with cultural institutions and businesses, including  Dogtown BooksArt HavenMaritime GloucesterMovement Arts Gloucester MA (MAGMA)Discover Gloucester, the Gloucester Cultural Council, and the Cape Ann Makers Market to host Gloucester’s So Salty Festival. The two-day event runs from Saturday through Sunday and will bring out Gloucester’s salty persona with salty sweets for sale, free arts activities for kids, and ice sculpture displays. The museum will offer salt-crystal watercolors in its studio on Jan. 22 and sea-worthy content will be on display. Visitors can stop by the museum to pick up a schedule of events. — Camille Bruni

Something wicked this way comes — to your couch

If omicron has you seeking more at-home entertainment options right now, the Newton Theatre Company will let you Shakespeare from home this Saturday. If you’ve already caught The Coen Brothers’ “The Tragedy of Macbeth” in theaters or on Apple TV+, the ensemble’s Zoom production of “Macbeth” is your best option to get your virtual fill of The Bard. Adding to the novelty factor of Shakespeare online, the theatre company’s production features an all-women ensemble. Tickets for the show are now available on the Newton Theatre Company’s website. — Kevin Slane

Sip your way through the Boston Wine & Food Festival

Starting this Friday, the country’s longest-running wine festival returns to the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf — but it looks, smells, and tastes a little different this time around. For one thing, the annual festival adds “food” to its moniker for the first time, though the long-running lineup of unique events — which run through March 25 this year — always entices the senses. Most importantly, a new chef is at the helm: David Daniels is now executive chef of the Boston Harbor Hotel, after taking the reins from celebrated chef and festival founder Daniel Bruce, who retired after more than 30 years. Friday’s opening night wine tasting is already sold out, but tickets for Sunday’s Cocktail Jazz Brunch are still available. You can also beat the rush for the next two months’ worth of events by checking out the full Boston Wine and Food Festival lineup and reserving your tickets today. — Jacqueline Cain

Step into the dance from your seat as the Bolshoi goes to the movies

The Bolshoi Ballet isn’t out on the road these days, but the company’s current productions are being performed live, in all their glory, via streaming technology, on cinema screens throughout America. Emanating from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and presented by Fathom Events, the first show of the new year in the Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Series is George Balanchine’s “Jewels,” a three-part modern ballet that the Bolshoi has been performing since 2012. The separate components — three unrelated “acts” — are “Emeralds,” danced to the music of Gabriel Fauré, “Rubies,” with a score by Igor Stravinsky, and “Diamonds,” featuring the sounds of Peter Tchaikovsky. “Jewels” will be showing in about 10 theaters in and immediately around Boston, and in others further out into suburbia; check out the “Buy Tickets” link in the box at top right to find the one closest to you. — Ed Symkus

Hear Sheila E. and the E-Train drum up some tunes at City Winery

With a musical career that started at the age of 5, at 62 Sheila Escovedo (known professionally as Shiela E.) is a legend herself. But she also got to collaborate with one of the most iconic musicians of all time — Prince. A drummer from an early age, Sheila E. was a professional by age 15, and became Prince’s drummer in the 1970s. She’ll bring her talents to City Winery on Sunday as Sheila E. and the E-Train, with two shows, at 5 and 8 p.m. — Arianna MacNeill

PNC Bank presents a New Year Fitness Challenge

Your challenge is to move at least 10 minutes or 1 mile each day in January while raising funds for charity.

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