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The Weekender: Batman, Superman, and a musical about the T

Saturday is the last day to catch the Boston Ballet’s “Kaleidoscope.”

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Saturday is the last day to catch the Boston Ballet’s “Kaleidoscope.”

It’s a weekend in which religious events also translate into candy and color. Kids can hunt down Easter eggs in Brighton, Somerville, and many other communities; there’s even an Eggstravangaza and egg hunt especially for special-needs kids in Chestnut Hill. Holi, the ancient two-day Hindu spring festival of color, started on Thursday, but Bostonians can attend a wildly hued Holi dance party downtown in either of two daytime sessions on Saturday. Wear old clothes, since you’ll be the canvas.

Superhero showdown: One is a slender, urbane newspaperman from space; the other an angsty billionaire living across the river with his butler and “bitchin’ Bat-Camaro.” And, spoiler alert: They got problems, chief among them that they’re supposed to propel Warner Bros.’ DC Comics movie franchise into the box-office stratosphere. Ty Burr says that guaranteed blockbuster “Batman v Superman” “sinks slowly into dank, noisy chaos,” but you probably want to see it anyway, if only to argue with your friends.

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Vote for him: Comedian David Cross (“Arrested Development”; “Mr. Show”; “Pitch Perfect 2”) has been caught up in a whirlwind of TV and film, but he’s back on the road as a stand-up comic with his show “Making America Great Again!” which comes to the Wilbur on Sunday. Yes, he gets political: “The first 20 minutes I think everybody will be happy with. It’s the next chunk where people get upset and leave.”

“Pieter Cnoll and Cornelia van Nijenrode with Their Daughters and Malay Slaves” is at the Peabody Essex Museum.

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“Pieter Cnoll and Cornelia van Nijenrode with Their Daughters and Malay Slaves” is at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Luxury goods: How do you succeed in business? Go see the Peabody Essex Museum’s spectacular exhibit “Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age.” Filled with such wonders as “porcelain, paintings, palampores, jewelry, furniture, fashion, books, and even a portable toilet on gilded mounts,” writes Sebastian Smee, it “will teach you all you need to know about new markets, takeovers, juggling inventory, logistics, security, ruthlessness, and sheer audacity.”

Plant Nite is where green thumbs meet bent elbows.

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Plant Nite is where green thumbs meet bent elbows.

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Play in the dirt: Plant Nite is the latest drink-while-you-create trend: Think cocktails, fried foods, and a hand-assembled terrarium of succulents and tiny dinosaurs to take home with you. Plus chit-chat: “The social element is key,” writes Cristela Guerra. There are multiple events this weekend on Friday and Saturday.

When the T fills your heart with song: T: An MBTA Musical” imagines a group of twentysomethings on a mission to straighten out the MBTA. Let us know how that goes, kids! For authenticity, the show includes both a number called “The Bro Song” and a character named Charlie. Fridays at 10 p.m. through May 20 at ImprovBoston.

Eat the city: New documentary “City of Gold” lures in foodies by following Pulitzer-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold on his rounds. He is “the anti-Anton Ego, and the anti-Donald Trump — a distiller who writes from a place of love and generosity,” writes our food editor (and moonlighting movie critic) Devra First, who gave it three stars. Really, though, the movie is about much more: “Los Angeles, culture and coexistence, the American dream.” It’s at Kendall Square.

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Color in motion: Saturday is the last day to catch the Boston Ballet’s “Kaleidoscope” — “a delightful evening,” writes reviewer Jeffrey Gantz, showcasing dances by Balanchine, Yakobson, Forsythe, and Massine.

Kansas carries on: With a new album, “The Prelude Implicit,” coming in September, the classic rock superstars hit Beverly’s Cabot Theatre on Friday night. The current lineup includes founders Rich Williams and Phil Ehart, who recently told music editor Steve Smith about the new album, “It’s very progressive — or, as our fans call it, prog. This is a very prog record.”

“Antigone Sr. / Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church” by Trajal Harrell.

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“Antigone Sr. / Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church” by Trajal Harrell.

Vogueing meets Greek tragedy: Bessie Award-winning choreographer Trajal Harrell comes to the Institute of Contemporary Art with “Antigone Sr./Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at The Judson Church (L)” — an all-male dance/theater version of Sophocles filtered through the drag balls of Harlem. Friday and Saturday nights, tickets at www.icaboston.org.

Symphonic sounds: Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons conducts “an intense and harrowing performance of Shostakovich’s massively scaled, and massively tragic, Eighth Symphony,” writes classical music critic Jeremy Eichler, hailing “many outstanding solo contributions” from individual musicians in the orchestra. Tickets at www.bso.org.

Zayn Malik’s first solo album dropped this week.

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Zayn Malik’s first solo album dropped this week.

Or stay in! Sarah Bakewell, author of the enormously creative Montaigne bio “How to Live,” reads at the Harvard Book Store on Wednesday from her new book “At the Existentialist Cafe,” so go ahead and curl up with it in advance. Teen-idolaters will want to spend the weekend with One Direction alum Zayn Malik’s brand-new solo oeuvre “Mind of Mine,” which Maura Johnston writes is a bit over-insistant on its maturity but contains “a couple of genuinely lovely sounding songs.” And the movie “Concussion,” in which Will Smith gives a Golden Globe-nominated perfomance as the pioneering doctor Bennet Omalu, who made the link between football concussions and the brain injury known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is newly out on DVD and streaming. With new evidence on the NFL’s handling of these injuries continuing to emerge and one of the major centers for CTE research right here at Boston University, the film offers a dramatic primer on an issue of grave interest in New England and far beyond.

See you next week!

Amanda Katz can be reached at amkatz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @katzish.
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