5 things to do in Boston this weekend


‘Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

Want a sweet way to spend the weekend? Look no further than the stage production of Roald Dahl’s classic, chocolaty tale playing at the Boston Opera House through Jan. 20. You can grab your golden ticket on the Broadway in Boston website or in person at the Boston Opera House box office. (Through Sunday, Jan. 20, at various times; Boston Opera House, Boston; $45-$200; all ages)

Eataly Après Ski Festival

Starting this Thursday, and running every Thursday through the end of February, Eataly will be transformed into an Italian ski lodge, complete with hearty food, winter beverages, and live music. Entering the lodge will be free, and to save time, customers will be able to buy food and drink tickets that will net them treats like vin brulé (a warm mulled wine from Piemonte) and comfort foods like polenta, house-made sausage, and cannoli for dessert. The Italian food emporium will also donate $1 from each vin brulé sold to benefit No Kid Hungry. (Beginning Thursday, Jan. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Eataly, Boston; free entry; all ages)

Beers. Bites. Battlestar
Galactica: ‘The Office’ Night at NSB


Night Shift Brewing will host a full evening of activities based around beloved NBC sitcom “The Office,” including trivia with prizes, a screening of four episodes, a flight of beers called Flight Schrute, and doughnuts from Speakeasy Donuts with names like Dundie Award and Foreman Grill. (Thursday, Jan. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m.; Night Shift Brewing, Everett; free; 21+)

‘Game of Thrones’
Pop-Up Bar

The final season of “Game of Thrones” is still a few months away, but why not start celebrating (or mourning) right now? Beginning Friday and going through Feb. 2, the Precinct Kitchen and Bar at the Loews Boston Hotel will be decorated in the style of the HBO show, with its sunken patio draped in wearable furs and other decor reminiscent of Westeros. You’ll also be able to sip “GOT” cocktails like Cersei’s Poison (gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, and lemon juice) and the Dracarys (rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and muddled dragon fruit). (Friday, Jan. 11 through Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 4 to 11 p.m.; Precinct Kitchen and Bar, Boston; free entry; 21+)



These days, “funky Lettuce” conjures visions of romaine gone wrong. The Boston-founded funk group Lettuce will purge those images from your mind when it returns to House of Blues this Friday, bringing an irresistible mix of R&B and soul that is impossible not to dance to. (Friday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $28.50-$41; all ages)


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