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Your Boston Weekend, April 2--4

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.

Baskets in hand, children run to collect plastic eggs during the annual Easter egg hunt in 2009. (AP)
Baskets in hand, children run to collect plastic eggs during the annual Easter egg hunt in 2009. (AP)

Between the Easter holiday and Opening Day at Fenway Park, the weekend of April 2 — 4 is packed full of events ranging from family-friendly to downright raunchy, and they are all sure to be colorful.

Easter

Bunny Bonanzoo

  • Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Stone Zoo
  • Free for members, up to $11

The Easter Bunny and the Spring Fairy make appearances at the Stone Zoo. It's a celebration for all ages, including games, crafts and activities.

Decoupaged Eggs

The Easter egg tradition with a twist! Decorate keepsake wooden eggs with festively-patterned French tissue paper. Admission covers the cost of materials; instruction is free.


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

  • Saturday 9:30 a.m.
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • $13.95, $9.95 for children and kids under 2 are free

A family-friendly Easter event, the Hard Rock Cafe hosts a breakfast with holiday-themed activities, giveaways and the big bunny himself.

Pitcher Josh Beckett will pitch on Opening Night.
Pitcher Josh Beckett will pitch on Opening Night.

Opening Night: Red Sox vs. Yankees

Josh Beckett gets the baseball as the Red Sox kick off their season at home with a three-game series against perennial rivals the New York Yankees. The game is officially sold out, but fans always know how to find tickets...

Theatre

Opening: "Working"

A musical based on the best-selling book of the same name that profiles the working American through songs and monologues. With music, book and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.


Closing: "Entertaining Mr. Sloan"

The Publick Theatre presents Joe Orton's play about an ingratiating but charming con man who wreaks havoc in the lives of his delusional land lady and her declining father.


Othello, Iago, and Desdemona (Stratton McCrady)
Othello, Iago, and Desdemona (Stratton McCrady)

Closing: "Othello"

The Actors' Shakespeare Project performs in the closing weekend of one of Shakespeare's most famous dramas.


Closing: "The Altruists"

For the final weekend, the Boston Actors Theatre of will perform a satire about the adventures, trials and troubles of the American protester.

Dance

"Le Serpent Rouge"

A cross between old-time music and cabaret, The Indigo plays with the Crow Quill Night Owls and the Gallus Brothers. With special guests the Vadalna Tribal Dance Company.


Xavier LeRoy in "Self-Unfinished" (Katrin Schoof)
Xavier LeRoy in "Self-Unfinished" (Katrin Schoof)

Xavier LeRoy: "Self-Unfinished"

  • Friday 7:30 p.m.
  • The Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theatre at the ICA Boston
  • $20, $16 for members, seniors and students

French choreographer Xavier LeRoy performs a solo dance show in which he blurs the boundaries between the human and the machine. The hour-long performance will be followed by a discussion.


Dancer's Viewpointe 10

The tenth anniversary of the Viewpointe concert series, presented by the Dance Program at Harvard, celebrates a decade of extraordinary choreography.

Alex the Jester (David Fox)
Alex the Jester (David Fox)

Alexander, King of Jesters

Boston-based Alex the Jester has traveled the world with his unique brand of silent and spoken comedy.


Big Apple Circus: Bello is Back!

  • Starts Saturday 12:30 and 4:30 p.m.
  • Under the Big Top at City Hall Plaza
  • $15 to $65

"America's Best Clown" Bello rejoins the Big Apple Circus for a Boston engagement through May 16. Expect daredevil feats and belly-bursting humor.

Wine Tasting

Boston Wine Festival Closing Reception

The Boston Wine Festival showcases the year's favorite wines and presents a preview of the 2011 Festival wineries. Chef Daniel Bruce proffers an elegant buffet inspired by the evening's featured vintages.


Wine Riot Pre-Tasting

Second Glass is so excited about its upcoming Wine Riot that it's offering a preview tasting. Pre-tasting attendees can purchase Riot tickets for a discounted price.

Book Signings

Christopher Moore's "Bite Me"

The man who The Onion calls "the thinking man's Dave Barry" reads from and signs his book "Bite Me", the third installment in his vampire love story series.


Michael Madsen in 2009. (AP)
Michael Madsen in 2009. (AP)

Michael Madsen's "American Badass"

Most famous for his roles in Quentin Tarantino's films "Kill Bill" and "Reservoir Dogs", Michael Madsen reads and signs copies of his book, "American Badass".

Anime

Anime Boston

New England's largest convention celebrating the Japanese art form returns to Boston for its eighth year.


Anime Afterparty

  • Friday 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Rise Club
  • $20, $10 for members
  • 18+

A party following the Anime convention's opening day, featuring Red Foxx, DJ Die Young and Smak'er.


Did you attend one of our recommended events last week? Have a suggestion for next week’s calendar? Leave us a comment or send your suggestion to glevy@wbur.org.

This program aired on April 2, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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