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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.
Two weeks into the Year of the Tiger, Lunar New Year festivals and events are easy to find for the weekend of Feb. 26 to 28.
- Sunday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- JFK Street to Hong Kong Restaurant
Celebrate the New Year and the 55th anniversary of Hong Kong Restaurant with a traditional Lion Dance parade, crafts and performances. The event is part of the Harvard Square Winter Carnival.
- Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- North Quincy High School
This annual event features live music, dance and martial arts performances, food from local restaurants, games, and a family activity area.
- Friday 7:30 p.m.
- TD Garden
- $47 to $89.50
In their first North American tour since 2006, the Black Eyed Peas bring their The E.N.D. World Tour to the TD Garden. The pop and hip-hop group will put on what they describe as "the ultimate Black Eyed Peas party experience."
- Everywhere you are
Celebrate the Man in Black's birthday by wearing his signature color. His final album, "American IV: Ain't No Grave," was released by Lost Highway Records on Feb. 23.
- Friday 8 p.m.
- Somerville Theatre
The acclaimed U.S.-based Celtic band performs at the Somerville Theatre, playing their renowned form of Irish folk music.
Theater and Dance
- Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Puppet Showplace Theatre
An original take on the classic Cinderella tale — with puppets! Puppeteer Deborah Costine wrote and directs this story of a fairy prince looking for a real fairy princess to be his true love.
- Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m.
- Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts
arsenalArts presents the Sayat Nova Dance Company performing traditional Armenian dances and music in a visual and cultural display for all ages to enjoy. Sayat Nova is a nonprofit, volunteer group of performers committed to sharing Armenian culture through dance.
- Begins Saturday 8 p.m.
- American Repertory Theater
- $25 to $75
A Great Depression-era play by Clifford Odets, "Paradise Lost" is a story of a family trying to find hope and regain their dreams in the midst of the worst financial crisis in U.S. history. Particularly relevant today, "Paradise Lost" is the latest play in Creative Director Diane Paulus' critically acclaimed inaugural season.
- Friday, through March 4
- $10, $8 for seniors, children and students, all access passes available
In its third year, the Salem Film Festival screens a diverse collection of documentary films over a week-long schedule.
- Saturday 8 p.m.
- Somerville Theatre
The three-man Alloy Orchestra writes and performs live accompaniment to classic silent films. This weekend, they play to Dziga Vertov's 1929 documentary on urban life in Odessa and other Soviet cities.
- Saturday 8 p.m.
- Institute of Contemporary Art
- $28, $25 for members
Known for his innovative interpretations of contemporary and classical music, pianist Christopher O'Riley, is on tour to promote his most recent release "Out of My Hands," which features reinvented versions of songs by Radiohead, Tori Amos, Pink Floyd, among others.
- Saturday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Veronica Smith Senior Center (2nd Floor) of the Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum
- Contributions accepted at the door
Celebrating three years since the museum's dedication, the benefit dinner will feature food and drinks, live music provided by violinists Rebecca Katsenes and Gerald Mordis, and art and historical exhibitions. Donations will be split between the Allston-Brighton Food Pantry and Partners In Health Haiti Earthquake Relief.
- All weekend, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday
- Museum of Science
- $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, $23 for kids, $5 for members of all ages
Sunday is the final day to see costumes and props from the "Harry Potter" films and learn about the artistry and craftsmanship involved in their creation.
Part of the Cooking with Jody series, Chef Jody Adams presents Christy Timon of Clear Flour Baking Company in Brookline. The tuition includes a demonstration on bread, pizza, cinnamon buns, and more, as well as a light lunch with expertly paired wines.
- Friday 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Cantina La Mexicana
Blue Kitabu, a sustainable education advocacy group, is holding a benefit dinner that will feature Atlas Soul and the ZMP band and will raffle off restaurant gift certificates and craft art.
- Sunday 4 p.m.
- The Middle East
Sample the goods at the latest edition of The Takedown at a lamb-centric amateur cook-off, where 20 chefs compete for prizes from Le Creuset and The American Lamb Board. Ticketed attendees judge the recipes and take home plenty of meat-related swag.
Literature and Historical
- Saturday 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Story Chapel at Mt. Auburn Cemetery
In celebration of the poem's 150th anniversary and it's author's birthday, the National Park Service and friends of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy — who loved the poem — will give a multimedia presentation reading, followed by a wreath-laying at Longfellow's grave on Indian Ridge Path. Coffee and tea will be served be served at 9:30, with birthday cake after.
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This program aired on February 26, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.
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