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5 things to do in Boston this weekend

We're guessing you have some pretty bad cabin fever from all that cold weather at this point, so it's time to get out! Here's what you can do.



Friday, 9:30 p.m.


2 Arrow St., Cambridge

$25-$55, 617-547-8300


Art forms collide and produce awesomeness at AcousticaElectronica, a radical multimedia performance experience with live classical musicians accompanying trance and techno DJs, ballet/jazz/modern dancers putting a high art spin on go-go dancing, circus aerialists treating gravity like a toy and even more sensory surprises. If you can’t go this week, despair not: It runs the second Friday of every month.


Allison Cekala: Salt Mountain

Friday through Jan. 23

The Howard Art Project

1486 Dorchester Ave.

Free, 617-369-3605


Everyone knows where the rock salt poured over Boston roads ends up: all over your shoes. But where did it come from? That’s the question Allison Cekalaanswers with this video/photography installation, her MFA thesis at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, which traces that ice-melting, shoe-ruining stuff all the way back to Chile’s Atacama Desert, a major source.



Saturday, 11:30 p.m.

Brattle Theater

40 Brattle St., Cambridge

$8-$10, 617-876-6837


No, this isn’t the 2004 Paul Haggis film “Crash,” the ensemble cast study of race relations in Los Angeles. This is David Cronenberg’s 1996 “Crash”, a much, much weirder film starring James Spader as a car crash survivor who discovers, through the widow of the man he unintentionally killed, an erotic underworld of car accident fetishists.


Bill Bellamy

Saturday, 9:45 p.m.

The Wilbur Theater

246 Tremont St., Boston

$23-$32, 800-745-3000


Here’s a couple of fun facts about stand-up comic Bill Bellamy. First, he’s said to have coined the phrase “booty call” back in the '90s. Second, he voiced the skirt-chasing puppet Skeeter on the semi-forgotten Nickelodeon sitcom “Cousin Skeeter.”In 2015, sexting has replaced the booty call, and Skeeter’s a bit of trivia, but Bellamy’s still funny, and stocked with spot-on characters.


Boston’s Celtic Music Fest

Friday through Sunday

Various Locations

Harvard Square, Cambridge

Prices vary, 617-492-7679


Boston’s Celtic Music Fest features some of Boston’s best Celtic musicians, singers and dancers from a wide range of traditions. Friday’s got a showcase of up-and-coming talent at the Roots and Branches Concert. On Saturday you can learn a dance at the Boston Urban Ceilidh dance party, and Sunday’s DayFest is full of family entertainment. Check the website for more details.