It's cold and snowy in Boston but don't let the January doldrums keep you cooped up! The Hub comes alive this weekend with activities for all ages and inclinations, from comedy shows and experiential attractions, to beer summits, film festivals, and A Taste of Chocolate across the river.
For some, the allure of festive libations can't be suppressed when it's chilly outside. If that's the case then you're in luck this weekend, lots of luck. The only question is whether you want to learn while you imbibe. If so, attend "Drinkable Science" Friday night at the MIT Museum; from 6pm-8pm you can learn all about the science of cocktails and distilling while sampling some spirits and creating your own concoctions. If you'd rather just relax and drink some beer, then the Winter Jubilee Beer Summit at the Park Plaza Castle is calling: over 60 breweries on hand featuring the most delicious winter brews. The Jubilee includes one session Friday night and two sessions on Saturday. If you prefer dinner alongside your beers, for $55 you can enjoy a five-course meal and sample 10 beers Friday night at the 4th Annual Beer Wars at McCormick and Schmick's in Faneuil Hall.
If the cold puts you in a laughing mood, the Wilbur Theatre has some great shows this weekend with Rosie O'Donnell on Friday night and Sebastian Maniscalco on Saturday. Maniscalco's humor hits on the hilarious incongruities between the Italian-American Old World he was raised in and the pace and mayhem of modern America. You'll probably get a good dose of irreverent humor from both comics. If you enjoy such laughs, and also want to be beguiled, the Citi Shubert hosts Penn & Teller for three shows this Friday and Saturday; it's been over a decade since the magically comedic tandem last delighted Boston crowds.
Is a family-friendly attraction more to your liking? Bring the kids to the Institute of Contemporary Art on Saturday for the International Children's Film Festival, a hands-on experience that teaches children about the film-making process including pixelation. If the kids need further incentive to brave the cold, the delectable treats offered at the 4th Annual Chocolate Festival in Harvard Square should do the trick. Or perhaps the promise of New England's first Legoland Discovery Center (opening May 23) will inspire them to attend Brick Factor at the Boston Public Library this weekend, a competition to determine who will be the Master Model Builder at the new Discovery Center. Be a part of the fun and come cheer on your favorite contestant!
And as always, if you prefer the arts then Boston is the place to be. Immerse in the symmetry of music and dance at the World Premiere of PERFORMANCE at the ICA. Celebrity Series of Boston features Rob Kapilow and the Gryphon Trio's interpretation of Mendelssohn at Jordan Hall on Friday and the Luciana Souza Quintet at Sanders Hall on Saturday. The Boston Center for the Arts brings back The Bread and Puppet Theater with a walkabout puppet performance called "The Shatterer of Worlds," and their production of "The Color Purple" is here through February 8. Don't forget this is last weekend to vote on Impressionist works at the MFA that will be included in the "Boston Loves Impressionism" exhibition opening in February. And if you want some romance, it's the first weekend of a dance series called "Dancing with the Cars" at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum.
That's lots of options for lots of different tastes. What's your fancy? A Boston experience beckons!