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The Weekender: An ‘SNL’ anchor, emo heroes, and ’80s immersion

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“Saturday Night Live” writer and “Weekend Update” coanchor Colin Jost is at the Wilbur Saturday night.

By Michael Andor Brodeur  Globe Correspondent 

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BOSTON COLIN: Ask Leslie Jones, and you’ll learn that “Weekend Update” coanchor and “Saturday Night Live” writer Colin Jost is, among other things, a “tall glass of egg whites,” a “delicious marshmallow,” a “tingly Crest Whitestrip,” a “refreshing “peppermint patty,” and a “frothy glass of eggnog,” but he’s more than that. The sit-down comedian (and Harvard Lampoon alum) is just as talented while standing up, as he’ll demonstrate with a set at the Wilbur this Saturday night. (And tell that sweet slice of coconut meringue pie I said what up.) Tickets here.

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KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT: “If you’re the right impressionable age — 9 or 10 or 11 —” writes the Globe’s Ty Burr, “ ‘Wonderstruck’ may possibly strike you as the best movie ever made.” He gives this latest outing from director Todd Haynes (“Carol,” “Far From Heaven,” “Velvet Goldmine”) three stars, which either means Burr is somewhere in his mid-to-late teens or “Wonderstruck” is actually pretty good! (I’m thinking the latter.) The film leaps across decades (as well as the Hudson River) to tell a twofold tale of kids in the big city that Burr praises as “a hermetically sealed confabulation of longing and connection given weight and artistry by the man behind the camera.” Opens Friday.

EMO FILL-UP: Speaking of confabulations of longing and connection, you (or your kid who ostensibly finished grad school but sure doesn’t act like it) may be interested in this Fall Out Boy show, coming Friday night to TD Garden. Post-emo grown-ups who’ve lost their bangs but not their edge will swoon to hear “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” once again, and anyone who has ever tasted the battery-like kiss of a Monster energy drink will surely hoist one to “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ’Em Up).” But you might as well go and get familiar with the band’s new single “Champion” before NBC slaps it on top of literally every single medalist montage coming out of PyeongChang next year. Just you wait. Tickets here.

ZUDDEN ZZTOP: Aw maaan, I was all set to tell you that ZZ Top is playing a much better show (where’s the lie?) over at the Orpheum Theatre that same night, but it appears that Dusty Hill has a “tummy ailment” and they postponed (new date TBA). (Ditto the Kristen Hersh and Tanya Donelly shows originally scheduled for this weekend at City Winery.) So instead, I’m just going to link to the “Velcro Fly” video because I think it’s what we should send into space to convince the aliens not to give up on us. 

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Pilobolus in “The Inconsistent Pedaler.” The troupe is at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre through Sunday.

LEAPS AND BOUNDS: Since we’re being flexible, it’s as good a time as any to reroute plans to Pilobolus, the genre- and body-bending dance troupe that has moved the form into something more like kinetic anatomical sculpture. For its three-show run of “Pilobolus Maximus” Friday through Sunday at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, they’ll perform pieces including “On the Nature of Things,” “Echo in the Valley,” “Branches,” and “The Inconsistent Pedaler,” a collaboration with writer Etgar Keret and filmmaker Shira Geffen. It’s presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, and you can still grab tickets here.

A NIGHT OFF: You may be familiar with Florence Foster Jenkins through Meryl Streep’s Oscar-nominated 2016 performance as the warbling socialite, but Don Aucoin recommends recalibrating your ear for the off-key character with the Lyric Stage’s “utterly delightful” production of Steven Temperley’s “Souvenir.” “Barrett delivers a sublime performance in which a kind of double virtuosity is on display,” raves Aucoin of actress Leigh Barrett, who resumes her portrayal of Jenkins at the Lyric after 10 years (audibly) off. “As Barrett misses and mangles note after note, it’s akin to watching LeBron James soar in for an easy dunk, only to clang the ball off the rim. In Barrett’s case, of course, it’s deliberate.” Barrett is joined by Will McGarrahan as Jenkins’s “long-suffering” pianist Cosme McMoon. It’s up through Nov. 19; get tickets here — and earplugs at any CVS.

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UNCOMMON MIRANDA: The Wheelock Family Theatre opens its season this weekend with a production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pre-“Hamilton” musical “In the Heights,” which he wrote in collaboration with Quiara Alegria Hudes and which took home four Tonys (including best musical) in 2008. Charting three days in the lives of Latino residents of Washington Heights, it’s a show as suited to seasoned Miranda fans as to relative newbies (say, ages 10 and up). It’s up at Wheelock through Nov. 19. Find tickets and showtimes here.

NIXED MEDIA All over Tufts University’s Tisch Library is “Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947-2017,” described by Mark Feeney as “an elaborate pop-up” and “likely this year’s freshest, loosest, and most exciting art exhibition.” It’s also completely recyclable. An old-school newspaper catalog evokes “a 64-page special edition of Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung,” and Frank’s unframed prints stretch across long sheets of newsprint, his books hanging from the ceiling. “Each exhibition is to be disposed of after display,” according to the exhibition release, “thus circumventing the normal cycle of speculation and consumption in the art market.” So I think that means you’re helping the earth too! That’s up through Nov. 5. More information here

POP/CULTURE: Reviewer Cate McQuaid thinks “Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentric” is “deeply goofy” and “an exuberant collaboration with Japanese art historian Nobuo Tsuji that digs with relish into the Museum of Fine Arts’ magnificent collection.” Combining playfulness with sharp social acumen, the ubiquitous-yet-sublime Murakami “channels pathos and fury through the fantastic and the cornball,” writes McQuaid. The exhibition is on view through April 2018. More info here.

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Netflix releases the second season of "Stranger Things" on Friday.

OR STAY IN! I tried hard here but I’m not fooling anybody. This pre-Halloween weekend belongs to “Stranger Things.” Season 1 has been playing like a fishtank in our living room all week, and the much-anticipated second season of the ’80s-infused sci-fi favorite pushes through a bunch of gooey, veiny stuff into our reality on Friday. Are you ready to scream like Winona? I SURE AM. The Globe’s Matthew Gilbert finds the first five episodes a promising return, with the show picking up a year later, taking a slower pace through the woods, a deeper look into the characters, and (if the trailers are any indication) a bigger slingshot for the monster. 

And finally, if it’s one of those jeans and headphones weekends (this is me not judging you, I think you’re great), there’s a gawl-durned new Kenny Chesney album out, and I know you like him because he’s headlined Gillette like 17 times. “Live in No Shoes Nation” pulls together 30 carefully-selected performances, with 11 tracks from Foxborough, including “Boston.” (See? He likes us, too!) Not to mention Kelly Clarkson has her new “Meaning of Life” album also dropping on Friday, which reviewer Isaac Feldberg calls “an album-long emancipation for one of our best female vocalists.” As my people say: “Yassss.” 

And that, good folks, is all I’ve got for you this week. Best of luck with the jack-o’-lanterns, don’t hurt yourself sewing that Demogorgon costume, and for the safety and comfort of your trick-or-treaters, please do not attempt the KitKat Quesadilla at home. And however you spend this weekend, make it one you’ll miss come Monday.

We’ll see you next week!


Michael Andor Brodeur can be reached at mbrodeur@globe.com
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