What To Do in Boston This Weekend

Beers for Books at Harpoon Brewery

Join the Boston Chapter of Room to Read and Harpoon Brewery to help raise money for literacy and gender-equality in education in the developing world. ​Stop by before your regular Friday evening plans and enjoy a Harpoon beer tasting for a great cause. A $20 donation is suggested at the door. There will be a silent auction​. 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to Room to Read.

Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

Where: Harpoon Brewery

When: Friday 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 suggested donation

 

Boston Ballet presents: Kylián/Wings of Wax

Boston Ballet’s spring season continues with Kylián/Wings of Wax, a trio of ballets by three choreographic masters. The program opens with George Balanchine’s charming and spirited Donizetti Variations set to excerpts from the composer’s final opera Don Sebastian, followed by Jiří Kylián’s hauntingly beautiful Wings of Wax with a score of musical selections by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, John Cage, Philip Glass, and J.S. Bach. Alexander Ekman’s delightful and witty Cacti closes the program accompanied by a collage of orchestral music performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra and a string quartet. Shameless plug: you can read my full review here

Where: Boston Opera House

When: Friday and Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.

Cost: Students with a full-time ID can purchase rush tickets day of the show for $25, cash only.

 

33rd Annual Boston Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival

Now in its third decade of presenting the nation’s top a cappella groups the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival is set to once again have a stellar line up of talented singing groups at the Boston Regional event. The Harmony Sweepstakes was the inspiration behind the hit NBC prime time show “The Sing Off” and Saturday’s show there will be special guests North Shore Acappella who not only were a contestant on that show but are also Harmony 1991 National Champions.

Groups competing are Birdland Avenue, Bostonality, Carpe Singem, Drive, Fermata Town, Fireside Quartet and Harmonious Soul.

Where: Somerville Theater

When: Saturday from 8 – 10 p.m.

Cost: $25-$35, but half-off tickets are available HERE.

 

Anime Boston

Anime Boston is a three-day convention held annually to celebrate and promote Japanese animation, comics and pop-culture. While the main focus on Anime Boston has always been Japanese animation and comics, this year it’s expanded to include other aspects of Japanese pop-culture: J-Pop, J-Rock, and live-action Japanese media. They’ve also delved into Japanese history and traditional culture, encouraging people to develop a more well-rounded perspective of Japan.

Where: Hynes Convention Center

When: Friday at 12 p.m. through Sunday at 5 p.m.

Cost: $65 for the whole weekend, $25 for one day ($5 discount for paying in cash)

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