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12 fun things to do in Boston this weekend

Meet "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner, use the Force at Lego Star Wars Days and more fun ways to spend your time off.
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Check out Star Wars Days at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston. Photo Provided

MUSEUMS

Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st Century Naturalist

Mark Dion playfully wrestles with the tension between human and the rest of Earth in his installations. In this show, the first American survey of his work, we find such oddities as the libraries for birds, which employ real birds, and a museum-like diorama of a landfill. Pro tip: check it out on a Thursday, when admission’s free.

Through Dec. 31, Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston, $10-$15, icaboston.org

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The Real and Reel Casablanca; American Troops Enter World War II, Landing in North Africa

Fact and fiction collide in this exhibition on both the 1942 classic “Casablanca,” and the American invasion of North Africa in November 1942, after which the film was rushed to release, to benefit from the headlines. The artifacts on display are mostly from the invasion, but there’s a couple from the film, including a chair from Rick’s Café. 

Through Feb. 3, International Museum of World War II, 8 Mercer Rd., Natick,, $25, museumofworldwarii.org

MOVIES

Boston Jewish Film Festival

Through it’s actually a year-round thing, the Boston Jewish Film Festival is also synonymous with this two week bevy of screenings. Some highlights include “Bombshell,” a documentary on actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, “Keep the Change,” a rom-com about an autistic couple, and “The 90 Minute War,” a mockumentary imagining peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: one epic soccer game.

Through Nov. 20, various locations, prices vary, bjff.org

MUSIC

Tegan and Sara

Over almost two decades as musical duo, twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have incorporated elements of punk, pop and electronic music into an unique sound, achieving mainstream recognition while keeping their indie cool. They’re on tour supporting their most recent record, “The Con X: Covers,” featuring the sisters’ renditions of their favorite LGBT artists.

Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Pl., Boston, $63-$190, ticketmaster.com

Hassle Fest 9

Masterminded by the volunteer-run non-profit BRAIN Arts Organization, Hassle Fest is one of the biggest annual underground music festivals in Boston. 2017 Headliners include such notables as electronic wizard Dan Deacon, longtime eccentrics Xiu Xiu and proto-punk icons Pere Ubu, plus lesser-known acts with such choice monikers as Buck Gooter, Sunburned Hand of the Man and Pink Navel.

Nov. 10-11, ONCE Somerville, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville, $20-$25, all ages, oncesomerville.com

The Art of Rap Tour

A living companion piece to Ice T’s documentary “The Art of Rap,” this show includes a truly stacked lineup of old school hip hop legends, including Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Rakim, EPMD and Slick Rick. If you haven’t learned something about the art of rap from watching these guys in action, you are officially hopeless.

Nov. 10, 8 p.m., Boch Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston, $45-$75, ticketmaster.com

BOOKS

Matthew Weiner

Given his role in the renaissance of “prestige television,” it’s not surprising the “Mad Men” creator and writer Matthew Weiner might try a different medium altogether. Now he’s got a novel, “Heather, the Totality,” about the rather eventful collision of the lives of two young people: the privileged, smothered Heather and the poor, neglected Bobby. He’ll discuss it at the Brattle Friday night.

Nov. 10, 6 p.m., Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, $27, harvard.com

COMEDY

How Did This Get Made?

Every now and then a film comes along so charismatically inept, so unintentionally ridiculous, that one can only wonder, in between fits of laughter, “How did this get made?” Comedians Paul Scheer Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael host a podcast of the same name, asking just this question about dozens of films; they’ll be breaking down a couple here in Boston this weekend.

Nov. 10, 7:30 and 10 p.m., Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, thewilbur.com

DANCE

Boston Bhangra Competition

Every year, Bhangra teams from colleges across the country gather at the Orpheum for an epic throwdown full of colorful costumes, bangin’ beats and synchronized dance moves. Going strong for more than a decade, the Boston competition is renowned in the Bhangra community as one of the best going, and it’s only growing.

Nov. 11, 6 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Pl., Boston, $12-$100, bostonbhangra.com

FASHION

Runway for Puerto Rico

The situation in Puerto Rico may be receding from the headlines, but it’s hardly receded from Puerto Rico. All the proceeds from this runway show will benefit relief efforts. Designers featured include organizer Nathalia JMag, plus Hawwaa, Linda Marcus, Ruby Mac, Ali Bianchi, Yannery Burgos, Dana Jade, Hakim Waters, Kichella, Jacqueline Ortega and Vo Stewartbaxter.

Nov. 12, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., District Hall, 75 Northern Ave., Boston, $30, nathaliajmag.com

FOOD

Superfood Society with Jennifer Hanway

Okay, you’ve heard of “superfoods” before, and you may have even ordered a smoothie that had some alleged superfoods in it. But admit it: you have no idea what the heck a “superfood” even really is. Educate yourself in these classes with holistic nutritionist Jennifer Hanway, who’ll teach you how to make breakfast, lunch, snacks and smoothies with superfood power.

Nov. 11, Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston, $25, bostonpublicmarket.org/thekitchen

FAMILY FUN

Lego Star Wars Days

Another new “Star Wars” movie is coming, and that means another Lego Star Wars Days for your “Star Wars”-obsessed kid to freak out over—and you too, nerd. You can thanks us later. Everything will be “Star Wars”-themed, with building activities for all ages and a costume group called the 501st will come dressed as iconic characters for photo ops.

Nov. 11-12, Legoland Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville, $19-$30, boston.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

 
 
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