Matthew Dinaro

Things to do in Boston this weekend

MUSIC The Marriage of Figaro This weekend is your last chance to see Boston Lyric Opera’s latest production of this beloved Mozart opera, in which the titular everyman hero must stop his own boss, Almaviva, from snatching away his wife-to-be, Susanna. Can a guy get a break? The music is...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 12:19 PM

Free Lightsaber Combat classes to be offered at the BCAE

CLASSESLightsaber CombatIf the once-notorious “Star Wars Kid” had taken this class, maybe he wouldn’t have embarrassed himself as much. But then again, he’d never have amused us so much. The group Boston Jedi will instruct you in “Star Wars”-style stage combat at this class. They won’t teach you...

Friday, March 24, 2017, 3:10 AM

Feel marimba mania, listen to the 'Art of Sound' and more things to do in Boston this weekend

MUSICBrian Calhoon's Marimba CabaretMost popular music is made on guitars and/or keyboard instruments, which can get quite boring. Brian Calhoon, on the other hand, performs a very eclectic array of pop covers, ranging from Leonard Bernstein to Outkast, on marimba and vibraphones. He even does...

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 3:28 PM

Our must-see Boston theater picks for spring 2017

MARCH“Golda’s Balcony”Bobbie Steinbach stars in this one-woman show as Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974. While the play covers her whole remarkable story, it focuses on the 1973 Yom Kippur War, controversially suggesting that Meir threatened to use nuclear weapons if the...

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 1:57 PM

A Notorious B.I.G.-themed yoga class will pay tribute to the late icon

THEATER“Side Show”This 1997 Broadway musical tells a story too weird to be fiction: that of the British-born conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who went from the circus sideshow to Hollywood over the course of their singular career. Its original Broadway run garnered four Tony nominations but...

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:20 PM

Eat Pancakes at the Disco, laugh with Laurel and Hardy and more things to do in Boston this weekend

MOVIES“The Battle of the Century”: Classic Comedies of Laurel and Hardy and Buster KeatonThe Coolidge presents four classic silent comedy shorts with live musical accompaniment from Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. Then there will be a pie-throwing contest in re-enactment of the classic pie fight...

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 2:41 PM

Booze with Harry Potter, binge-watch Bugs Bunny and more things to do this weekend

Wizard Fest“Harry Potter” has been over for quite a while, but its fandom lives on. In fact, this H.P. costume party is an overflow event, because the first one was so popular! There’s a cash prize for best costume and cutouts for silly picture taking. “Strictly no admittance of any owls OR cats OR...

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 4:44 PM

Mykki Blanco, 'Mortified' and more ways to get through the snowy weekend

TALKSDemystifying BitcoinUpon Bitcoin’s debut in 2009, many analysts predicted that the entirely online currency would crash and burn. But eight years later, despite ups and downs, Bitcoin is starting to seem like more than novelty. So what is it, and what does it mean for the future of money?...

Friday, February 10, 2017, 11:22 PM

Things to do in Boston this weekend: 'Really,' A Fish Called Wanda' and CRASHfest come to town

THEATERReallyCompany One presents the New England premiere of this play by Jackie Sibblies Drury, about two women sifting through the work of a deceased photographer they both knew, searching for insight into his life and mind. But is there any insight to be found there? What does art really tell...

Friday, January 27, 2017, 5:40 PM

Catch the beat with ODC/Dance, get lost in 'Sunset Boulevard' and attend a Poetry Brothel this weekend

MUSICBlack Box SoundsArtsEmerson’s Black Box Sounds series brings well-established local rock/pop bands to the Paramount Center’s Black Box, normally reserved for theater. This is the first of three weekend showcases, with the Lights Out, Gene Dante and the Future Starlets, Zip Tie Handcuffs and...

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 11:28 AM

Scottsboro, Salcedo and the Surprising Psychology of Everyday Life

MUSICDow, Sobrino and FujiwaraThis new jazz trio, comprised of bassist Andrew Dow, drummer Yuriano Sobrino and cellist Junko Fujiwara, will perform a mix of original pieces and improvised portions. They’re so new that they don’t have any recordings for us to check out, but it’s cool enough already...

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 4:31 PM

Staying home for the holidays? Here's your weekend

MUSICThe Christmas RevelsThis long-running, very Cambridge-y Christmas tradition is a unique holiday offering combining theater, music, dance, storytelling and sing-along. Each year there’s a different theme; this time, Revels travels to Acadian, or, more properly, Cajun Louisiana, featuring the...

Friday, December 23, 2016, 12:06 PM

Matt Pond PA, gingerbread battles, 'Return of the Winemaker,' and more weekend happenings

MUSICKenny G“All publicity is good publicity,” goes the cynical proverb, and it’s definitely true for Kenny G, the soprano sax-wielding king of easy listening jazz, who’s been the butt of endless jokes without it hindering his long career in the slightest. At this show he’ll be doing a mix of hits...

Friday, December 9, 2016, 3:37 AM

Puddles’ Pity Party is not your typical clown show

COMEDYPuddles’ Pity PartyMost live comedy performance falls into three big categories: stand-up, sketch and improv. Then there are characters like Puddles, the “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice,” who’s found an unlikely niche performing absurdly overwrought renditions of already absurdly overwrought...

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:06 AM

Staying in town this weekend? There's still plenty to going on

ART10 DegreesLe Laboratoire Cambridge presents this set of four interactive kinetic sculptures by Chuck Hoberman. Gallery visitors can alter the ways the pieces move and fold into new shapes. Holberman worked with university researchers to create this technology, the practical applications of which...

Thursday, November 24, 2016, 3:30 PM

The hottest tickets in town

‘Amadeus’Moonbox Productions presents Peter Shaffer’s exploration of Mozart—notoriously presented here as a fart-joke-loving, skirt-chasing bro who just so happens to be one of history’s greatest musical geniuses — through the eyes of the inferior Italian composer Salieri, whose increasingly...

Friday, November 18, 2016, 3:30 PM

'Gimme Danger,' 'Wit' and more things to see and do this weekend

THEATER“Wit”For most of us, it’s just a morbid but fascinating conversation starter: What would you do if you knew when you were going to die? But for Vivian, the heroine of this play by Margaret Edson, it’s hardly a hypothetical consideration — she’s got vicious ovarian cancer. We join her at her...

Friday, November 11, 2016, 3:34 AM

Boston Hassle Fest, 'Tiger Style!' and more cool things to do this weekend

MUSICBeethoven: “Missa Solemnis”Beethoven remains the composer who best represents classical music itself in the popular imagination, not least due to his pure emotional force, which is well in display in this, his most ambitious work, which took five years to complete. It’s performed here by...

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 11:45 PM

Jack O’Lantern overload, black light spin class, horror film fests and more things to do this weekend

HALLOWEEN FUNRise of the Jack O’LanternsThis family friendly event takes you along a path lined with dozens of fantastic carved pumpkins, including multipumpkin works and some 100-pound beast pumpkins that, we’re told, the artists can spend up to 15 hours carving. The carving themes run the gamut,...

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 9:48 PM

Head of the Charles, 'Beetlejuice,' Halloween burlesque and more weekend events

MOVIESBeetlejuiceTim Burton’s gothic ’80s comedy is just as fun to watch as ever, with some truly fantastic pre-CGI special effects, the debut of Winona Ryder as American’s favorite cute/angsty teen, and a bonkers comedy performance from Michael Keaton, proving he could just as easily have played...

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 8:07 PM