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Things to do in Greater Boston this winter and spring

Your calendar of events, concerts, and more.

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Dennis Kleiman

Neko Case comes to the Orpheum March 2.

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EVENTS 

7th Annual Chili Cup / February 18

More than a dozen Boston restaurants bring their rib-sticking best to Ned Devine’s Irish Pub in Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a chili cook-off. Participants include Brownstone, Pier 6, MIJA Cantina & Tequila Bar, and defending champ Causeway Restaurant & Bar. Proceeds benefit Community Work Services. 21+. $20. 617-248-8800; neddevinesboston.com

The Boston Globe Travel Show / February 19-21

The Seaport World Trade Center plays host to the Globe’s 11th annual showcase of domestic and international destinations, featuring presentations about culture and cuisine, information on the latest trends, and more. $15, $10 online, 16 and under free with adult. 888-210-8895; bostonglobetravelshow.com

Cupid’s Undie Run / February 20

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Be part of a national effort to do good while baring (almost) all. A mile-long jog, Cupid’s Undie Run starts at the House of Blues. Proceeds support the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which received more than $3.5 million in 2015 from disrobed donors across the country. Dressing down is not required to participate. 21+. $55. cupidsundierun.com/boston

The Ellie Fund’s 20th Annual Red Carpet Gala / February 28

The Ellie Fund and WCVB play host to a broadcast of the 88th Academy Awards at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Come dressed for an elegant night featuring samples of local dishes and cocktails, a performance by Louie Bello and the Northern Lights Band, and a celebration of the past year’s exemplary filmmaking. $250, $300 after February 15. 781-449-0100; elliefund.org/redcarpetgala

Taste of the  South End / March 1

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More than 40 of Boston’s culinary leaders come to the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts for a night of food, wine, and beer sampling, cooking demonstrations, and more. Proceeds benefit the AIDS Action Committee. From $125. 617-450-1512; aac.org/taste

National Golf Expo / March 4-6

Whatever their skill level, golf enthusiasts of all stripes will enjoy this event at the Seaport World Trade Center, featuring tips from professionals, sales by equipment retailers, and the chance to test your skill on the largest indoor driving range in New England. $12, $10 seniors, 12 and under free. 781-237-5533; golfexpoboston.com

The Merrimack River Eagle Festival / March 5

Presented by Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, this year’s Newburyport festival celebrates the return of the bald eagle to the area. Eagle-spotting locations will be marked along the lower Merrimack River, and live demonstrations and children’s activities will take place all over town. Free; $5 donation for van tours. 978-462-9998; massaudubon.org

Boston Flower and Garden Show / March 16-20

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The Boston Flower and Garden Show returns to the Seaport World Trade Center to remind us all that winter never lasts. This year’s theme is “Nurtured by Nature,” and the exhibits feature blooms, houseplants, and creative landscape designs. $20, $17 seniors, $10 children 6-17, under 6 free. $15 for Flower Show After Dark. 800-258-8912; bostonflowershow.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade / March 20

Dress in your green best and grab a spot along the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route in South Boston. Organized by the Allied War Veterans Council, the procession begins at 1 p.m. outside the Broadway MBTA station. Consider using public transportation; streets close shortly after 11 a.m. Free. southbostonparade.org

Binge-Worthy Journalism / March 30

The investigative podcast Serial launched in 2014 and garnered 5 million iTunes downloads in record time. Join creators Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder at Symphony Hall to explore the making of this journalistic phenomenon. $45-$55. 617-482-6661; celebrityseries.org

Boston Design Week / March 30-April 10

Boston Design Week focuses on the pervasive influence of design in our everyday lives. Designers of all types will discuss and demonstrate landscape architecture, jewelry and home design, architecture, and more of their trades at locations all around the city. Prices vary. 617-363-0405; bostondesignweek.com

World of Wheels / April 1-3

Gearheads young and old will head to the Seaport World Trade Center for the 42d annual Town Fair Tire show, featuring hundreds of classic and custom automobiles, motorcycles, and more. $18, $6 children 6-12, 5 and under free. 248-373-1700; worldofwheels.com

Boston Tattoo Convention / April 8-10

Ink(ed) enthusiasts of all stripes are the target audience for the 2016 Boston Tattoo Convention at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. The 15th installment of the annual event will  feature artwork exhibits, daily tattoo competitions, technique seminars, and circus acts. $25-$60. 978-744-9393; bostontattooconvention.com

FAMILY

 Comics: Frame by Frame / February 16-18

Local artist Dave Ortega comes to the Institute of Contemporary Art to create a life-size comic book and help young comic enthusiasts explore how to tell a story through pictures. Free with museum admission. $15, $13 seniors, $10 students, 17 and under free. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org

Fancy Nancy: The Musical / February 18-28

Based on the popular children’s books by Jane O’Connor, the Boston Children’s Theatre presentation brings to life the story of Nancy and her friend Bree as they audition for their first stage show. When Nancy lands an unexpected part, she has to learn to use her creativity to make the show a success. At the Regent Theatre in Arlington. $15-$25. 781-646-4849; bostonchildrenstheatre.org

The Wong Kids in The Secret of the Space Chupacabra / February 19-March 6

Violet and Bruce Wong, children with so-so superpowers, feel different than the rest of their peers on Earth. Pitted against the Space Chupacabra, an evil foe determined to destroy the universe, they learn that being different might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them. At the Paramount Theatre at Emerson College. $10-$75. 617-824-8000; artsemerson.org

Disney in Concert / February 27

The Disney Festival Orchestra will play select hits from children’s classics, accompanied by four vocalists and a series of projected video clips, at the Hanover Theatre. $19-$65. 877-571-7469; thehanovertheatre.org

Caps for Sale / March 5-13

Experience the story of a cap salesman who encounters a group of monkeys dedicated to stealing his wares. Based on the children’s book by Esphyr Slobodkina, the Boston Children’s Theatre production plays the Wimberly Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion. $20-$35. 617-933-8600; bostonchildrenstheatre.org

Annie / March 11-13

Tony Award-winning original lyricist and director Martin Charnin returns to helm this popular classic, which tells the story of a young orphan looking for a family. Sing along with “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” and “Tomorrow” at the Hanover Theatre. $40-$70. 877-571-7469; thehanovertheatre.org

Harlem Globetrotters / March 11-13, 19

On their 90th anniversary tour, the Harlem Globetrotters visit DCU Center in Worcester, TD Garden in Boston, and the Tsongas Center in Lowell to demonstrate expert ball-handling skills combined with physical comedy. Prices vary; pre-show passes available. harlemglobetrotters.com

A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn / March 17-20

WGBH and Celtic Sojourn creator Brian O’Donovan present the 11th season of this theatrical escapade, featuring music and dance in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The show plays the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, and Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. $20-$45. 617-300-5400; wgbh.org/support/stpatrickssojourn.cfm

Sesame Street Live Let’s Dance / March 18-20

Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, and the rest of the gang are at the Hanover Theatre for a dance party unlike any other. Audience members will learn some new moves and show off their own. Tickets are available for pre-show meet-and-greets with Sesame Street stars. From $15. 877-571-7469; thehanovertheatre.org

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt / March 19

If you like scavenger hunts, hopping like a bunny, and tasty treats, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is an eggcellent place to be around Easter. Register your child online in advance to receive a list of clues and a basket for goodies. Free. faneuilhallmarketplace.com

Classical Cartoon Festival / March 19

The 17th annual Classical Cartoon Festival at Symphony Hall features timeless Warner Bros. favorites played on a giant screen accompanied by classical music, as well as live performances and visits from well-known characters. Presented by WCRB. $12 members, $17 nonmembers, $43 family of four. 617-300-2000; wgbh.org

Bunny Bonanzoo / March 26

Follow a certain basket-toting rabbit to the Stone Zoo in Stoneham for an Easter celebration, complete with games, music, and more. Ticket prices include regular zoo admission. $15.95, $13.95 seniors, $11.95 ages 2-12, under 2 free. 617-541-5466; zoonewengland.org

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater / April 9

This family-friendly show at the Hanover Theatre includes incredible displays of physical comedy, juggling, and the talents of performers both furry and feathered. $22-$26. 877-571-7469; thehanovertheatre.org

Cambridge Science Festival / April 15-24

The Cambridge Science Festival showcases New England’s leading discoveries in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Through exhibits, concerts, and hands-on workshops, attendees are encouraged to interact with science in a whole new way. Various locations. Prices vary. cambridgesciencefestival.org

 

MUSIC

Neko Case / March 2

The alternative star comes to the Orpheum after a years-long collaboration with the New Pornographers and a shared tour with artist Nick Cave, as well as the release of a flood of solo material. $26-$36. 800-745-3000; crossroadspresents.com

Vocalosity / February 16

Created by Deke Sharon, the artistic producer behind film sensation Pitch Perfect, Vocalosity is a brand-new live a cappella act, featuring 12 performers in arrangements extending from Gregorian chant to doo-wop to today’s chart-toppers. At the Shubert Theatre. $29.50-$49.50. 866-348-9738; citicenter.org

The Music of Hal Crook: Set Me Free / February 18

The legendary jazz trombonist has taught at the Berklee College of Music for 30 years; former students performing at his retirement party at the Berklee Performance Center include Esperanza Spalding and Lionel Loueke. $12-$24. 617-747-2261; berklee.edu/bpc

Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band / February 19

Featuring swinging guitar solos and biting lyrics, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band come to the House of Blues to promote their new album, Sermon on the Rocks. $28.50-$38.50. 888-693-2583; houseofblues.com

2CELLOS / February 20

Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser hit the Wang Theatre to promote their new album, Celloverse, showcasing their ability to perform the work of both classical composers and rock idols. From $37.75. 800-982-2787; citicenter.org

Milos Karadaglic / February 21

Classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic visits the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall with a program featuring Bach, Mozart, and Manuel de Falla. $35-$75. 617-482-6661; celebrityseries.org

Adam Lambert / February 24

Former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert plays the House of Blues to showcase new material for his adoring fans, following collaborations with stars such as Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, and Queen. $39.50-$49.50. 888-693-2583; houseofblues.com

Ezekiel’s Wheels / March 2

Originally from Boston, internationally known klezmer ensemble Ezekiel’s Wheels heads to the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport to demonstrate how its style, honed in subway stations and outdoor markets, has captured a worldwide audience. Free. 978-546-7391; rockportmusic.org

Ra Ra Riot / March 3

Indie sweetheart band Ra Ra Riot stops at the Paradise Rock Club as part of the national tour in support of its new album, Need Your Light. $22; $20 in advance. 617-779-0140; crossroadspresents.com

Flamenco Festival / March 5-6, 19-20

Returning to Boston for its 15th year, the 2016 Flamenco Festival features performances, both traditional and modern, by artists such as Grammy-winning guitarist Vicente Amigo and legendary dancer Farruquito. At the Berklee Performance Center. Prices vary. 617-876-4275; worldmusic.org

In the Fiddler’s House / March 6

Twenty years ago, violinist Itzhak Perlman released the klezmer recording In the Fiddler’s House. Today he revisits that project onstage at Symphony Hall. $85-$135. 617-482-6661; celebrityseries.org

Slayer / March 6

Since the 1980s, Slayer has distinguished itself as a pioneering force in the world of thrash metal. Here’s hoping the House of Blues can contain the band’s breakneck guitar solos and savage lyrics. $49.50-$60. 888-693-2583; houseofblues.com

Jorma Kaukonen / March 8

Jefferson Airplane cofounder and musical virtuoso Jorma Kaukonen comes to the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport to demonstrate his skill as a finger-picking folk blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. $30-$42. 978-546-7391; rockportmusic.org

Rudresh Mahanthappa / March 9

Named Best Jazz Artist of 2015 by The Village Voice, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa visits the Institute of Contemporary Art to showcase his newest project, “Bird Calls,” a tribute to Charlie Parker that showcases a distinct blend of South Indian musicality and an adventurous contemporary range. $28, $27 students, $24 for ICA and World Music/CRASHarts members. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org

Dropkick Murphys / March 16-18

The prodigal band returns. Celtic folk/punk sensation Dropkick Murphys is “shipping up to Boston” for three nights at the House of Blues. $32.50-$60. 888-693-2583; houseofblues.com

Metric / March 17

Canadian synth-pop sensation Metric brings its infectious energy to the Orpheum Theatre. Prepare your feet for a night of nonstop dancing. $31-$40.50. 800-745-3000; crossroadspresents.com

Lake Street Dive / March 23

Lake Street Dive comes home to Boston and puts a unique twist on jazz and classic rock synthesis at the House of Blues. $37-$49.50. 888-693-2583; houseofblues.com

International Folk Music Festival / March 24

To celebrate the Berklee community’s diversity, the Berklee Performance Center schedules a showcase of traditional folk music performed by students from around the world, featuring a wide variety of instruments and choreography. $12, $8 advance. 617-747-2261; berklee.edu/bpc

Joe Satriani / March 26

The man who mentored Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Primus’s Larry LaLonde, and Counting Crows’ David Bryson comes to the Orpheum Theatre to demonstrate what a guitar can do in the hands of a master. $35-$75. 800-745-3000; crossroadspresents.com

Melanie Martinez / March 29

A former contestant on The Voice, Melanie Martinez visits the House of Blues to showcase her blend of pop and electronica on her debut album, Cry Baby. $27.50-$37.50. 888-693-2583; houseofblues.com

Vance Joy / April 1

It’s no April Fools’ joke — Australian folk singer Vance Joy appears at the House of Blues as part of his Fire and the Flood tour. $35-$45. 888-693-2583; houseofblues.com

St. Germain / April 4

Fresh off a self-titled 2015 album, St. Germain arrives at the House of Blues on a wave of house music and jazz fusion. $42.50-$48. 888-693-2583; houseofblues.com

The Cult / April 5

The Cult showcases its 10th studio album, Alive in the Hidden City, at the Shubert Theatre. The release is the final part of a musical trilogy that began with Born Into This and Choice of Weapon. $47-$57. 866-348-9738; citicenter.org

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals / April 9

After a triumphant reunion in 2015, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals hit the House of Blues to celebrate the release of their first album in more than eight years, Call It What It Is. $52-$77.50. 888-693-2583; houseofblues.com

Andrew Bird / April 9

Singer, songwriter, and musician Andrew Bird stops at the Wang Theatre as part of his 2016 world tour. $36-$46. 800-982-2787; citicenter.org

Hot Club of San Francisco / April 9

Gypsy jazz revival band Hot Club of San Francisco brings velvety vocals, swinging rhythms, and its own interpretation of the French jazz manouche style to the stage of the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. $28-$46. 978-546-7391; rockportmusic.org

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down / April 12

Featuring a powerhouse voice and blistering guitar backing, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down comes to the Sinclair in Cambridge. $19, $17 advance. 617-547-5200; sinclaircambridge.com

Brad Mehldau Trio / April 15

Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau brings his inventive trio, featuring Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums, to the Berklee Performance Center. $30-$48. 617-747-2261; berklee.edu/bpc

 

FILM

 Salem Film Fest / March 3-10

The ninth annual Salem Film Fest presents immersive documentaries from across the globe, featuring work by filmmakers both acclaimed and novice. Screenings will take place at CinemaSalem, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the National Park Service visitor center. $11, $9 seniors and students. Passes available. salemfilmfest.com

Irish Film Festival / March 10-13

The Boston Irish Film Festival, the largest celebration of its kind outside of Ireland, takes place at the Somerville Theatre, honoring filmmakers who contribute to the tradition of Irish cinema. $12, $15 opening night, $85 all-access pass. 617-625-5700; irishfilmfestival.com

Moving Images Film Festival / March 12

Health and human services provider Vinfen presents its ninth annual Moving Images Film Festival at Harvard Medical School. Featured films will touch on love and relationships, followed by panel discussions with performers, industry experts, people with disabilities, and their caregivers. Free; suggested $5 donation. 617-441-1813; vinfen.org/moving-images

Boston Underground Film Festival / March 23-27

They like their humor dark and their minds boggled. The Boston Underground Film Festival returns to the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge for its 18th season, celebrating films from all over the world that push the envelope with unorthodox sounds, visuals, and ideas. $11, passes available. 857-600-2833; bostonunderground.org

Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival / March 31-April 10

In its 32d year, the Boston LGBT Film Festival showcases work by local, domestic, and international filmmakers to encourage the growth of awareness and acknowledgment of diversity among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Films will screen at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Brattle Theatre, and the Paramount Theatre at Emerson College. Prices vary. wickedqueer.org

 

THEATER

 42nd Street / February 19-21

The Hanover Theatre presents an old musical favorite, the story of Peggy Sawyer, a dancer dreaming of Broadway stardom. Listen for classics such as "We’re in the Money," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," and "I Only Have Eyes for You." From $40. 877-571-7469; thehanovertheatre.org

Three Sisters / March 2-6

The Cutler Majestic Theatre plays host to a reinterpretation of Chekhov’s classic story of siblings forced to relocate to a country town after leaving Moscow. This performance is presented by the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg in Russian with English supertitles. From $10. 617-824-8000; artsemerson.org

August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned / March 5-April 3

From the late August Wilson comes a memoir for the stage, exploring the legendary playwright’s first jobs, enduring friendships, and experiences with racism, music, and love as a young black artist in Pittsburgh. The Huntington Theatre Company production plays at the Boston University Theatre. $25-$99, $20 military and students. 617-266-0800; huntingtontheatre.org

Not I / Footfalls / Rockaby / March 16-20

Irish actor Lisa Dwan performs three one-woman plays by Samuel Beckett at the Paramount Theatre. Directed by Beckett’s longtime friend Walter Asmus, the series delves into the solace and despair of being alone. From $10. 617-824-8400; artsemerson.org

Can You Forgive Her? / March 25-April 24

The Huntington Theatre Company presents a dark comedy by Pulitzer finalist Gina Gionfriddo. On Halloween night, Miranda finds herself submerged in debt and romantic trouble. When a stranger offers her a drink, it could be the escape she needs. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. $25-$85, $20 military and students. 617-266-0800; huntingtontheatre.org

Realish Housewives of Boston: A Parody / March 29-April 3

Five hilarious ladies remark on public officials, current events, and more, butting heads every step of the way. Chicago-based comics Kate James and Tim Sniffen wrote the Boston-themed play. At the Shubert Theatre. $38. 866-348-9738; citicenter.org

The Sound of Music / March 29-April 10

The Broadway revival of the award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, directed by Jack O’Brien, sets up shop at the Boston Opera House. From $40. 617-259-3400; bostonoperahouse.com

Welcome to Night Vale / April 2

The popular podcast-turned-novel "Welcome to Night Vale" is hitting the road with a series of live performances across the country, tuning in fans to the local weather, news, and mysterious happenings in the small desert town of Night Vale. At the Orpheum Theatre. From $27.50. 800-745-3000; crossroadspresents.com

Banned in Boston / April 8

This year’s Banned in Boston comedy show features local politicians and celebrities, including US Representative Jim McGovern, Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton, and Red Sox president Sam Kennedy. The show benefits Urban Improv, an organization that seeks to protect and empower Boston youth. At the House of Blues. $250, $150 age 40 and under. 617-524-7065; bannedinboston.org

The Wizard of Oz / April 12-24

Click your ruby-slippered heels for a magical evening at the Wang Theatre, featuring a stage adaptation of MGM’s Oscar-winning film that follows the yellow brick road and throws in a few surprises. From $35. 800-982-2787; citicenter.org

 

DANCE

 Lord of the Dance / February 24

Michael Flatley visits the Wang Theatre as the headliner of the acclaimed Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games tour, a series marking the end of Flatley’s illustrious career in Irish dance. From $39. 800-982-2787; citicenter.org

Onegin / February 25-March 5

Based on Alexander Pushkin’s verse novel, with choreography by John Cranko, and music by Tchaikovsky, Boston Ballet presents Onegin. The story of the unrequited love between a cynical aristocrat and an elegant young woman plays the Boston Opera House. From $35. 617-695-6955; bostonballet.org

South Asian Showdown / February 27

In its seventh year, the South Asian Showdown pits fusion and Bollywood-style dance teams against one another for an evening of music and competition. At John Hancock Hall. $20-$100. 617-448-2508; southasianshowdown.com

Akram Khan and Israel Galvan: Torobaka / February 27-28

Two masters of dance, one of kathak and one of flamenco, go head-to-head at the Shubert Theatre in a collaborative, dueling showcase of artistry, technique, and talent. $35-$75. 617-482-9393; celebrityseries.org

Ce Que le Jour Doit a la Nuit (What the Day Owes the Night) / March 11-12

Twelve French-Algerian and African dancers combine martial arts, capoeira, and urban and contemporary dance in their Boston debut, at the Institute of Contemporary Art. $40, $36 for ICA and World Music/CRASHarts members. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org

Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston / March 13

MIT’s Kresge Auditorium features the 40th annual showcase of Jewish and Israeli dance, performed by troupes from all over North America. $20, $15 advance, $13 per ticket in group of 20 or more, $5 student rush. 617-658-3655; bostonfestival.org

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater / March 17-20

Extending a relationship that began in 1968, the Celebrity Series of Boston presents the latest in a series of memorable performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. At the Wang Theatre. $35-$85. 800-982-2787; celebrityseries.org

Boston Tea Party / March 17-21

Unlike its tea-tossing predecessor, this Boston Tea Party brings together hundreds of swing dancers for several competitions over a number of days. Fifty top instructors from around the world will conduct workshops for beginners and experts alike. Prices vary; passes available. teapartyswings.com

Kaleidoscope / March 17-26

Boston Ballet presents Kaleidoscope, four pieces that are distinct in aesthetic and theme. The program, at the Boston Opera House, features works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Leonid Yakobson, and Leonide Massine. From $35. 617-695-6955; bostonballet.org

Antigone Sr. / March 25-26

Visionary choreographer Trajal Harrell brings vogue dancers to the Institute of Contemporary Art to tell the story of Antigone. Combining Greek tragedy with modern movement, Antigone Sr. explores notions of gender, sexuality, social class, and what it means to be a citizen. $30, $15 students and ICA members. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org

Court / Garden / April 8-9

Choreographer Yanira Castro and his dance company create an interactive experience that questions who the real audience of a spectacle is. At the Institute of Contemporary Art. $30, $15 students and ICA members. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org

Companhia Urbana de Danca / April 15-16

From Rio de Janeiro comes Companhia Urbana de Danca, a group that combines street-style dance with contemporary movement, showcasing astounding physical accomplishment and technical excellence. At the Institute of Contemporary Art. $40, $36 ICA and World Music/CRASHarts members. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago / April 15-17

Featuring bold choreography and showstopping exhibits of contemporary skill, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago works its magic at the Shubert Theatre. $35-$75. 617-482-9393; celebrityseries.org

 

MUSEUMS

 Walid Raad / Opening February 24

Through photography, video, and sculpture, Lebanese artist Walid Raad explores the difference between fact and fiction when trying to make sense of history. During the run at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Raad will periodically provide more information about his work in a 55-minute presentation, Walkthrough. $15, $13 seniors, $10 students, 17 and under free. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org

Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age / Opening February 27

The Peabody Essex Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam have banded to together to explore a merging of worlds. Featuring paintings by artists such as Rembrandt, Willem Kalf, and Jan Steen, this exhibit showcases the use of Asian luxury items, such as porcelain, jewelry, and textiles, in 17th-century Dutch art and culture. $18, $15 seniors, $10 students with ID, youth 16 and under and Salem residents free. 978-745-9500; pem.org

#techstyle / Opening March 6

High fashion combines with technology to produce digital and 3-D printed designs, garments that respond to their environment, and more. Among the designers featured in the Museum of Fine Arts show is Somerville-based Nervous System. $25, $23 seniors and students, youths 7-17 free. 617-267-9300; mfa.org

Off the Wall: Gardner and Her Masterpieces / Opening March 10

Twenty-five of the most significant pieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s collections will be featured in this unique exhibit. Works by visionaries like Botticelli, Raphael, and Rembrandt will appear alongside archival material and pieces that have come to define Gardner’s gifts for acquisition and appreciation. $15, $12 seniors, $5 college students with ID, under 18 and military free. 617-566-1401; gardnermuseum.org

The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris / Opening March 12

In the first US exhibit of its kind, the work of Canadian modernist Lawren Harris comes to the Museum of Fine Arts. Harris’s expansive landscapes are considered essential to Canadian artistry and representation. $25, $23 seniors and students, youths 7-17 free. 617-267-9300; mfa.org

Nano Days 2016 / April 2

Explore the microscopic world of nanotechnology in a single-day program at the Museum of Science. The event, part of a nationwide celebration, includes juggling by the Amazing Nano Brothers, presentations by leading researchers, lessons about nanoscale structures found in nature, and plenty of hands-on activities. Price includes exhibit hall admission. $23, $21 senior, $20 children 3-11, members free. 617-723-2500; mos.org

Megacities Asia / Opening April 3

The Museum of Fine Arts spotlights enormous sculptures and installations that pay tribute to some of the largest cities in the Eastern world. Each metropolis featured in the exhibit — Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Seoul — boasts a population of more than 10 million. $25, $23 seniors and students, youths 7-17 free. 617-267-9300; mfa.org

Geoffrey Farmer / Opening April 13

Using hundreds of small collaged paper sculptures, Geoffrey Farmer creates large-scale scenes that explore popular motifs and the cultural impact of images. The Institute of Contemporary Art exhibit will explore global history through sound, animation, puppetry, and more. $15, $13 seniors, $10 students, 17 and under free. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org

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