5 things to do in Boston this weekend
St. Patrick's Day is still weeks away, but you can get an early dose of Celtic punk when Flogging Molly rolls into town for a Friday night set at the House of Blues. The seven-piece band has put out only two albums this decade, most recently 2017's “Life Is Good,” but you can count on more than enough classics like "Drunken Lullabies" to fill a party-hearty evening. (Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $35-55; all ages)
Just in time for the end of school vacation week, the Boch Center Shubert Theatre is bringing the family-friendly musical "American Girl Live" to town. The 90-minute show based on the line of dolls follows six young girls at summer camp, where they overcome their fears and learn something about themselves thanks to their trusty dolls. (Friday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 24, at various times; Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston; $35-75; all ages)
For a really artsy weekend at the theater, check out "When Angels Fall," a wordless blend of circus arts, dance, and film from aerialist and contortionist Raphaëlle Boitel that debuted Wednesday at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. The show follows a story about the final seven inhabitants of a post-apocalyptic world run by machines that have outlawed speech, and was called "stark and stunning" in a recent New York Times review. (Through Sunday, Feb. 24, at various times; Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston; $10-110; ages 8 and up)
The Brattle Oscar Party isn't just a gathering of film aficionados watching the ceremony on the big screen; it's also a pre-party with complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and gift bags, as well as trivia, a silent auction, and the theater's Oscar prediction pool. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Brattle Film Foundation. (Sunday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m.; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; minimum $50 donation; all ages)
Over the last 20 years, many a dorm room blasted the tongue-twisting "Alphabet Aerobics" from Bay Area hip-hop duo Blackalicious, cementing rapper Gift of Gab's reputation as one of the most technically impressive emcees in the game. Blackalicious has flown under the radar a bit recently, which means you'll have a chance to see them in a smaller venue when they hit Sonia in Cambridge this Sunday, along with openers MC Kabir and Jarv. (Sunday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.; Sonia, Cambridge; $20; all ages)
KEVIN SLANE, Boston.com
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