Your Boston Weekend: March 5--7

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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 do some of the sleuthing for you.

It's Oscar week! While the biggest event of awards season takes place across the country, Bostonians are celebrating cinema and glamor in style for the weekend of March 5 to 7.


Academy Award-Nominated Shorts

Shorts International gives the five Oscar-nominated live-action short films a theatrical run for the film-loving public's viewing pleasure.

"The Hurt Locker's" Jeremy Renner arrives at the Oscars Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 15. (AP)
"The Hurt Locker's" Jeremy Renner arrives at the Oscars Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 15. (AP)

The Ellie Fund Oscar Party

Join the Ellie Fund at the only Oscars party in Boston sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for an evening of food and drink, a silent auction, and of course, the Academy Awards telecast to benefit breast cancer research.

Oscar TweetUp

  • Sunday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Prohibited at Symphony 8
  • $5

The Oscar party for social media geeks! The evening at Boston's "speakeasy" includes contests and prizes. Creative formal dress is encouraged. Check the Facebook page for the night's password.

Becky Shaw opens Friday. (T. Charles Erickson)
Becky Shaw opens Friday. (T. Charles Erickson)

Opening: "Becky Shaw"

The Huntington Theatre Company puts on a production of Gina Gionfriddo's dark 2008 comedy about a blind date that goes awry.

Mozart's "Marriage of Fiagro"

The Teatro Lirico d'Europa brings its production of one of Mozart's most popular operas to Boston. Disguise and deception, laughs and love brought to life on stage by one of Europe's most widely-touring opera companies.

Charles River Dance Festival

Presented by the Broadway Bound Dance Center, the dance festival features 15 dance companies specializing in a variety of dance styles.

Jamie Cullum performs during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 2006. (AP)
Jamie Cullum performs during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 2006. (AP)

Jamie Cullum

Singer-songwriter and pianist Jamie Cullum performs with Irish rockabilly and blues singer Imelda May as part of his The Pursuit World Tour.

The Idan Raichel Project Unplugged

  • Sunday 7:30 p.m.
  • Berklee Performance Center
  • $30 to $50

The Israeli performer brings his collaborative project of Middle Eastern, African, Latin and Caribbean fusion music to Boston.

Classical Music

Artemis String Quartet

  • Friday 8 p.m.
  • $40 to $58

Hailing from Berlin, the Artemis Quartet is halfway through two seasons devoted entirely to Beethoven's chamber music opus. On Friday, they perform from String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, String Quartet “Serioso” and String Quartet No. 15 in A minor.

Robert Schumann Festival

In celebration of Robert Schumann's 200th birthday, faculty and students of the Boston Conservatory perform an evening of his music.

Itzhak Perlman in 2009. (AP)
Itzhak Perlman in 2009. (AP)

Itzhak Perlman

The legendary violin master performs with pianist Rohan de Silva in a program that will feature Mozart, Debussy and more.

Food and Drink

Harpoon St. Patrick's Day Festival

  • Friday 5:30 to 11 p.m., Saturday 2 to 9 p.m.
  • The Harpoon Boston Brewery
  • $20 cover (includes souvenir cup and one drink ticket)
  • 21+

Kick off the St. Patrick's Day season with a weekend of food, freshly brewed beer from Harpoon and local Irish and rock bands. Free shuttle from the South Station area.

8th Annual Taste of South Boston

Award-winning South Boston eateries put their best culinary foot forward at this annual event sponsored by the South Boston Neighborhood Development Coorporation.

Jeff Garlin at the "Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget" in 2008. (AP)
Jeff Garlin at the "Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget" in 2008. (AP)

Jeff Garlin

Comedian Jeff Garlin performs standup. He will also be signing copies of his book, "My Footprint," at 2 p.m. at Borders Back Bay and will be honored as the Immediate Gratification Player of the Year at 11:30 p.m. in Science Center C at Harvard.


240th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre

The Bostonian Society celebrates the anniversary of a critical event in American Revolutionary history. Kids will reenact the event with styrofoam snowballs outside the museum, and visitors can participate as witnesses in the "Trial of the Century," where John Adams and Josiah Quincy will defend the accused British soldiers. At 7 p.m., there will be a reenactment of the famous Massacre itself.

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