Here’s what to do in Boston this weekend

COMEDY

Chelsea Handler

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Friday, 7 & 10 p.m.
Citi Wang Theater
270 Tremont St., Boston
$55-$75, 866-348-9738
www.citicenter.org

No really serious comic goes in for political correctness, but Chelsea Handler is completely over it, portraying herself, with varying levels of irony, as an indiscriminately promiscuous, functionally alcoholic, shamelessly materialistic modern woman. On this tour she’s promoting her latest book, “Uganda Be Kidding Me”, a demented travelogue that ought to serve as the antidote to “Eat, Pray, Love”.

THEATER

“The Flick”

Through March 15
Modern Theater
525 Washington St., Boston
$15-$38, 617-557-6537
www.companyone.org

Although this play by Annie Baker takes place in Worcester, MA, this marks the first New England performance. The drama follows the staffers of a past-its-prime movie theater as they bemoan the indifference of their customers, struggle and fail to truly communicate with themselves and contemplate the possibility that their lives may have hit a dead end.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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Thursday through March 15
Cutler Majestic Theater
219 Tremont St., Boston
$25-$89, 617-824-8400
www.artsemerson.org

U.K. theatre company Bristol Old Vic and South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company present this unusual puppet rendition of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy. The operators are visible, and they operate the whole environment, not just the characters, acting as enchanters. The stark, rough aesthetic of Handspring’s creations emphasizes the ever-present spookiness beneath the play’s whimsy.

“Merrily We Roll Along”

Through Saturday
Boston Conservatory
31 Hemenway St., Boston
$25-$30, 617-912-9222
www.bostonconservatory.edu

Boston Conservatory presents this musical by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, which moves backwards from 1976 to 1957, detailing the career of a successful songwriter and film producer. Our hero is something of a sellout, and his life mirrors, to some extent, the unprecedented cultural upheaval of these two decades as the mood transition from heady optimism to jaded cynicism.

DANCE

Flamenco Festival 2014: Stars of Flamenco

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Saturday and Sunday
Berklee Performance Center
136 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$30-$79, 617-876-4275
www.worldmusic.org

A supreme lineup of dancers awaits you. With a lineup including Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodriguez of Nuevo Ballet Español, rising star Jesus Carmona and Karime Amaya (veritable flamenco royalty and grand-niece of the legendary Carmen Amaya), expect an evening of stellar footwork and music.

MUSIC

The Spring Quartet

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Thursday, 8 p.m.
Sanders Theater
45 Quincy St., Cambridge
$40-$70, 617-496-2222
www.celebrityseries.org

Drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Esperanza Spalding and pianist Leo Genovese comprise this jazz ensemble, traversing race, gender and age and demonstrating the power of music to render those very categories irrelevant. Of course, they didn’t come together to make a social point—they just came together to make great music, and they will, no doubt.

The Mind’s Eye

Friday, 8 p.m.
Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough St., Boston
$10-$40, 978-697-4674
www.afarcry.org

Local self-conducted orchestra, A Far Cry, presents a program of works by Biber, Prokofiev, Schnittke and Bach. The Biber and Bach pieces feature original arrangements by the ensemble. For the Schnittke piece, they’re joined by Grammy-winning violist Kim Kashkashian—not to be confused with Kim Kardashian, who probably doesn’t even know what a viola is, let alone how to play one.

Carlos Nunez

Friday, 7 p.m.
Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave., Somerville
$15-$35, 617-972-8300 ext. 31
www.revels.org

Revels kicks off their new FRINGE series with this charismatic Spanish bagpiper from the Celtic Galicia region in the northwest of the country. Mixing a Celtic fusion sound with jazz, the ancient, mysterious, misty mountains vibe of the traditional Celtic modes gets enlivened with a dose of not-so-ancient swing, making for a unique experience.

Swearin’

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Saturday, 9 p.m.
Great Scott
1222 Comm. Ave., Allston
$9, 21+, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com

Swearin’ are an immediately accessible punk-pop band from Brooklyn, marked by boy/girl vocal tradeoffs, wiry, slightly untamed guitars, offbeat but catchy hooks, an endearingly shambling group dynamic, and an awesome mess of ’80s and ’90s influences both hip and defiantly unhip. Be sure to catch openers Potty Mouth, one of the Bay State’s best punk-pop acts going.

Hollywood Ending

Saturday, 1 p.m.
The Sinclair
52 Church St., Cambridge
$16-$18, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com

The four fresh young fellas in the boy band Hollywood Ending create perfect teen pop music, laser-focused on busting the charts and stealing away all the screaming fans of Justin Bieber, One Direction, and the like. But what’s remarkable is that they do it themselves– producing, writing, performing and releasing their own music with no help from the fatcats. Good luck, boys!

Slowdim

Saturday, 11 p.m.
Video Underground
385 Centre St., Jamaica Plain
$5, 617-522-4949
www.thevideounderground.com

With a name like Slowdim, we were expecting some heavy psychedelic shoegaze or maybe even an oppressive dubstep nightmare, but this local band is actually very bright, playing a kind of power pop that permits its mind to wander. There’s a good sonic variety here, with gentle, dreamy passages giving way to big riffs and direct sentiments.

Chris Brokaw

Monday, 6 p.m.
Anthony’s
156 Highland Ave., Somerville
Free, 617-285-0167
www.facebook.com/CuisineEnLocale

Anthony’s used to be the type of place where you’d drive by and see a bunch of awkward high school kids stepping out of limos, dressed to the nines. No, it wasn’t some sort of teenage gansta hangout, it was a function hall for proms and the like. But now a group called Cuisine en Locale, headed up by JJ Gonson is hosting a night of ala carte dinner service and live music. Cotton Candy, featuring Mark Robinson of Unrest begins the music portion at 9 and Chris Brokaw of Come/Codine fame goes on at 10.

MOVIES

“Juan of the Dead”

Monday, 7 p.m.
Coolidge Corner Theater
290 Harvard St., Brookline
$11, 617-734-2500
www.coolidge.org

Take “Shaun of the Dead” and swap out its London setting for Havana, Cuba, and you have a rough idea of this hit low-budget zombie satire from 2011. This screening will include a discussion with playwright Melinda Lopez, who will compare the film with her own play “Becoming Cuba”, to be staged next month by the Huntington Theater.

BOOKS

Kevin Young

Monday, 7 p.m.
Harvard Book Store
1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Free, 617-661-1515
www.harvard.com

Like Langston Hughes, one of his big influences, Kevin Young makes poetry of ordinary language, and the apparent simplicity and directness of his writing makes the emotional wallop of his work even bigger. At this appearance he’ll read from his latest collection, “Book of Hours”, which takes on the big guns—life and death—in a manner both deeply personal and universally resonant.

ART

“Reclamation”

Through April 25
The MALE Center
571 Columbus Ave., Boston
Free, 617-450-1987
www.blaa.us

In observance of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the Boston LGBTQIA Art Alliance presents this exhibition of works by six artists, all exploring female subjectivity. It’s hardly a small or simple theme, and these artists passionately approach it from such a myriad of angles as to render it even more mysterious and intangible—as it should be.

CONVENTIONS

Boston Flower and Garden Show

Wednesday through March 16
Seaport World Trade Center
1 Seaport Ln., Boston
$20, 800-258-8912
www.bostonflowershow.com

Whether you’re a gardener who wants some expert tips for the upcoming season, or if you’re just sick of winter and want to tide yourself over for spring by looking at gorgeous flowers, this expo should have just what you need, as the area’s best vendors, growers arrangers converge at the World Trade Center.



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