5 things to do in Boston this weekend - Metro US

5 things to do in Boston this weekend

Courtesy of World Music/CRASHarts

It will probably stop raining, eventually, so what better way to celebrate than by watching your new governor try to perform sketch comedy?


Banned in Boston

Friday, 6 p.m.

House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St., Boston

$250, 617-524-7049


You’ve seen them in debates, now see their comedy skills at work. Governor Charlie Baker joins a cast of others, including Attorney General Maura Healy and Rep. Tom Moulton for the 20th year of “Banned in Boston,” a fundraiser for Urban Improv, which helps create theater and improv programs for the city’s youth. This year’s show is called “The Boston Survival Guide,” so we expect many tips on how to claim that coveted parking spot in the snow.


‘City of Angels’

Through May 2

Lyric Stage

140 Clarendon St., Boston

$36-$60, 617-585-5678


No, this is not a stage adaptation of the Nicolas Cage/Meg Ryan ’90s blockbuster (but someone should write that). It’s a musical telling the story of a screenwriter in 1940s Hollywood, whose career and marriage are both in trouble. He takes refuge in imagining the adventures of his detective alter ego, whose life is just a bit more exciting than his own.



Friday, 7 p.m.

Somerville Theater

55 Davis Sq., Somerville

$10, 617-625-5700


Boston Lyric Opera presents a 35mm screening of this 1984 biopic on Mozart. It portrayals, both of Mozart as a bawdy fratboy genius, and of his rival Salieri as a petty man consumed by jealousy, are mostly likely exaggerated, but no one particularly cared about this artistic license—the film swept the Oscars, winning eight, including Best Picture.


Tal National

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Johnny D’s

17 Holland St., Somerville

$25, 21+, 617-876-4275


Tal National, making their Boston debut at this show, is said to be the most popular live band in the African nation of Niger, and it’s not too hard to believe. They’ve got a tight, bouncy sound marked by hairpin rhythmic turns and sharp, crystalline guitar tones, with a rotating cast of vocalists and performers that always keeps things moving.


Winfred Rembert: Another View

Through April 26

Adelson Galleries

520 Harrison Ave., Boston

Free, 617-832-0633


Winfred Rembert creates images on tooled and carved leather, coloring them with dyes. This unusual method produces an especially bright, eye-popping coloring. Their apparently naive/folk art style belies Rembert’s strikingly patterned compositions. Their content reflects his upbringing in the rural black South of the 1950s. Despite the hardship of that life, his work conveys a vibrant, melodic energy.

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