5 things to do in Boston this weekend - Metro US

5 things to do in Boston this weekend

Try lounging around with "Orlando" this weekend.
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It’s not all marathon madness this weekend. You can still go see a play based on a Virginia Woolf novel! We promise, it’s more exciting than it sounds.


‘Virginia Woolf’s Orlando’

Through Sunday

Calderwood Pavilion

527 Tremont St.

$18-$25, 617-933-8600


Bad Habit Productions presents Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of the Virginia Woolf novel about Orlando, a courtier of Queen Elizabeth I — beloved by all the ladies — who finds himself transformed into a woman after a wild night in Constantinople. Happens to the best of us, of course, but what’s he (she?) going to do about it? And why is time passing faster and faster?


Wagner, Saint-Saens, Berlioz

Through Sunday

Sanders Theater

45 Quincy St., Cambridge

$15-$102, 617-236-0999


There will be no shortage of drama in the air as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra performs the overture to Wagner’s “Tannhauser”, which the BPO describes as encompassing both “the devout and the torrid”, Berlioz’s radical early work “Symphonie fantastique”, which Leonard Bernstein once described as “psychedelic”, and Saint-Saens’ first cello concerto, featuring 19-year-old cello prodigy Jonah Ellsworth.


True Lies and False Facts: A Questionable Walking Tour of Boston

Sunday, 2 p.m.

Meets at 60 Long Wharf

$20, 617-367-2345


Any city builds up its share of apocryphal legends, and Boston, being among America’s oldest cities, has more than its fair share. As you explore downtown on this walking tour, your guide will share several stories, some true, some false — it’s up to your intuition and knowledge to guess which are which. It ends at Carrie Nation, where the truth will be revealed.


Hollywood Scriptures

Through Sunday

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

465 Huntington Ave., Boston

$11, 617-267-9300


Now in its fifth year, this annual series of film screenings aims to use cinema as a means of exploring human nature. The first film, “The Jewish Cardinal,”played Wednesday, but there’s still “Punch Drunk Love,”“Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag” and “Wounded Places.”Each screening is followed by an hour-long discussion.


Salam: A Compilation of Iranian Classical and Folk Dances

Saturday and Sunday

Villa Victoria

85 W. Newton St., Boston



Sayeh Ensemble provides live music for this concert of traditional Iranian dance, presented by local group Iranian Dance Arts — the group’s first production on the East Coast — and featuring special guest Miriam Peretz, an Israeli dancer. Iranian Dance Arts is a non-profit dedicated to preservation of Iranian dance through instruction, performance and the spreading of cultural awareness.

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