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With so much going on in Boston every weekend, how does the culture lover choose, or even find, the best of what Beantown has to offer? Let wbur.org do some of the sleuthing for you.
The weekend of Feb. 12--14, unsurprisingly, is about love and lovers, with plenty of Valentine's Day parties and performances for all ages and interests.
- Friday, Saturday, 8 p.m. (10:30 a.m. open rehearsal Thursday)
- Boston Symphony Hall
American soprano Renée Fleming sings and James Levine conducts Strauss's "Four Last Songs" and Mahler's "Symphony No. 4" with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- Friday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.
- Riverside Theatre Works
A comic opera about love, deception and reconciliation.
Shaun Wolf's 17th Annual Mardi Gras Ball (charity)
- Saturday 8:30 p.m.
- T.T. The Bear's
Featuring the Vudu Krewe All-Star Mardi Gras band with a bunch of special guest singers, this live music party benefits the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic providing medical care to musicians.
- Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.
- BCA Plaza Theatre
A comedy about four shipwrecked survivors that explores human nature and tosses social order on its head. Closes March 6.
- Saturday 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Speakeasy Stage Company
This musical about creating a musical was a surprise hit when it debuted Off-Broadway in 2009. Speakeasy has a reputation for high-quality small theater, and "[title of show]" will treat theater-goers to an evening of silly laughs and lighthearted tunes.
Art & Museums
- Friday 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1:30PM
- Museum of Fine Arts
- $37.50 (includes museum admission)
- Adults only
Explore nudity in art at the MFA in this Valentine's weekend event.
- Saturday 12 to 4 p.m.
- The Burren
- $5 lunch specials
Jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture and food, all created by artists from Somerville and nearby.
- Sunday 1 & 3 p.m.
- Gore Place
- $12, $8 for children (reservations recommended)
The Gore Place, considered the best example of Regency Era architecture in New England, features themed tours all year. This Valentine's Day, the regular Jane Austen tours are appropriately romantic.
Nightlife & Parties
Valentine's Day Pub Crawl (charity)
- Saturday 2 p.m.
- The Point, Red Sky, Ned Devine's, JA Stats and more
- RSVP on Facebook
A "Crawl In Boston" event for singles looking for a casual pre-Valentine's atmosphere. A $5 donation goes to Julie's Family Learning Program.
Tech & Science
- All weekend, all day
- Salem State College
The last day of this "Ode to Evolution" features videos and lectures on human origin, earth's history and other evolutionary topics, in celebration of Charles Darwin's birthday.
Hearts for Haiti Fundraiser (charity)
- Sunday, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- River Gods
- $10 donation suggested
Haitian food and drinks, raffles and prizes, with proceeds going to Partners in Health in Haiti.
- Weekly, opens at 10 a.m.
- The Boston Common Frog Pond
- $70 members/$75 non-members/$25 kids under 6
BSP promotes winter sporting to Boston's African American community by organizing ski trips. Contact Juliet Blanco (email@example.com) for more information.
This program aired on February 12, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.
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