5 things to do in Boston this weekend

Mystic Inscho (left) and Merritt David Janes in “School of Rock.”
Mystic Inscho (left) and Merritt David Janes in “School of Rock.”(Evan Zimmerman-MurphyMade)

‘School of Rock’

Fans of the feel-good 2003 Jack Black film “School of Rock” will want to check out Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version at the Boston Opera House, where it is running through Feb. 24. Merritt David Janes, who grew up in Vermont, performs the lead role of Dewey, the slacker guitarist turned substitute teacher played by Black in the film. (Now through Sunday, Feb. 24, at various times; Boston Opera House, Boston; $40-$175; all ages)

An American Parody’

If you didn't manage to get tickets to “Hamilton” when it was in Boston last year, you can see the next best thing — a parody of the Colonial-era musical from Needham native Gerard Alessandrini. Reviews of the satirical show have been largely positive, including one from “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Spamilton,” which also lampoons other musicals like “Chicago” and “The Book of Mormon,” arrived in Boston on Tuesday. (Now through Sunday, April 7; Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; $25-$109; all ages)

The Boston Festival
of Films from Japan


For the entire month of February, the Museum of Fine Arts will be showing some of the best films that contemporary Japanese cinema has to offer. Highlights from this weekend will include the Oscar-nominated “Shoplifters,” which ended up on more than a few critics’ best-of lists for 2018, as well as “Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda,” an acclaimed 2017 documentary about the multitalented Japanese composer. (Now through Thursday, Feb. 28; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $13 per film, $10 for MFA members; all ages)

Railroad Earth

Bluegrass-influenced band Railroad Earth will come to Boston on a melancholy note, as Andy Goessling, a founding member of the heavily improvisational group, passed away in October 2018. The band has a lengthy and jam-worthy discography, which may keep Friday’s show at the Wilbur somewhat upbeat despite the recent loss. (Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $27-$35; all ages)


A Tribute to
Aretha Franklin

Six months after Aretha Franklin passed away, a group of five Berklee College of Music professors will play a tribute concert in Cambridge for the Queen of Soul. Vocalists Donna McElroy, Dennis Montgomery, and Nedelka Prescod, and instrumentalists Sean Skeete and Winston Maccow will perform at Abundant Life Church on Sunday. (Feb. 17, at 6 p.m.; Abundant Life Church, Cambridge; $30; all ages)


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