Boston-area to do list

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry


If you build it . . .

Just in time for school vacation and winter boredom, “Design Zone” will show you how to design a roller coaster, skate park, and video game. Apply your math skills at this interactive exhibit, and don’t even think of uttering “I’m bored.” Feb. 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (through April 7). $22, $20 seniors, $19 children ages 3-11. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500.


Mining their music To pass the time and buoy their spirits, black South African miners in the 1930s who were far from home engaged in Saturday night singing competitions. This traditional music called isicathamiya is performed a cappella by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. 8 p.m. $28-$40. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-876-4275.

A concert for the seasons Getting a jump on Valentine’s Day, one of the tunes at the Calliope benefit concert is “My Funny Valentine.” Getting a jump on summer, other selections are “Good Ole Summertime” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” The choral and orchestral ensemble has plenty more up its sleeves. 7:30 p.m. $35, $45; $25 students and seniors (benefit for ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s). First Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. 617-759-2057.


Teacher in action If you want to sing like Rebecca Parris, you can hire Boston’s jazz chanteuse, who has been teaching and coaching for 25 years. Check out her reference (herself) at “In Love With Parris” featuring the Rebecca Parris Trio. The set list includes love songs from the Great American Songbook. 8 p.m. $18-$28. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849.


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On the line Michael Bennett’s iconic “A Chorus Line” held the title of longest-running American musical in Broadway history (1983-2011) until it was replaced by “Chicago.” A restaged production of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning show is in Springfield under the direction of Baayork Lee, who was Bennett’s assistant choreographer and created the role of Connie on Broadway. Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. $27.50-$58. Symphony Hall, 34 Court St., Springfield. 413-788-7033.

The iceman cometh The next time you open your refrigerator, think about the old days when the iceman delivered a block of ice to the house. And think about the old old days before the 19th century, when ice was only for the rich and those who could harvest it. At the Wayside Inn Ice Harvest, try ice harvesting from Josephine Pond or watch the process next to a warm fire. Feb. 10 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., weather permitting. Free. Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury. 978-440-9630.

One-acts times three Three alums of the Boston Arts Academy who are professional writers and actors will read their one-act plays at TC Squared: “The Next Stage.” The Thomas-Clark Theatre Company presents “Voices in Her Head” by Raiza Cheng, “Samson” by Yolandi Cruz, and “Living in the Moment” by Jahcobie Cosom. Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Plaza Theatre at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston.