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5 things to do this weekend, including 'The Bluest Eye' and celebrating the Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year – the year of the tiger has begun. And we made it through our first blizzard of the season! We’ve potentially got some deep freezes on the way. So we’re here to help you keep warm and keep busy this weekend. There is a plethora of activity to partake in all across the region. So strap in and socialize, or don’t. Stay home with your cat and a cup of tea. Whatever you need.

Lunar New Year at the MFA

Saturday, Feb. 5

The Museum of Fine Arts is celebrating the Lunar New Year on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will explore a variety of cultures in their collection including works from China, Korea and Vietnam. On view is the “Weng Family Collection of Chinese Paintings: Travel and Home.” Families can pick up art kits to make their own dragon puppets. There will also be a Chinese Lion Dance parade throughout the MFA at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. by Wah Lum Kung Fu and the Tai Chi Academy.


'The Bluest Eye'

Through March 26

Come to the Huntington and experience Toni Morrisson’s debut novel, a book adapted for the stage and one so powerful in its message that it stirs conversation even today. “The Bluest Eye” tells the story of a young Black girl who believes her life would be better if she had blue eyes. Director Awoye Timpo is “inspired by the storytelling traditions of Black rituals,” so audiences will be seated around the actors in a circle. The play is approximately one hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. Due to the demand, the Huntington has extended the run of the production to March 26 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

The cast of the Huntington's "The Bluest Eye." (Courtesy T Charles Erickson)
The cast of the Huntington's "The Bluest Eye." (Courtesy T Charles Erickson)

Lights in the Necklace

Nightly through March 20

If you’re well bundled and feel like a walk in the woods, go to the Emerald Necklace, Boston and Brookline’s beautiful chain of parks that span 1,100 acres. Until mid-March, you’ll find ten trees and eight bridges lit emerald green each day from dusk to 9 p.m. It’s a unique time and season to be outside, breathe in some fresh air and delight in the glow.


BSO performs Janáček, Rachmaninoff and Dvořák

Thursday, Feb. 3-Saturday, Feb. 5

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced that due to the risk of respiratory transmission through unmasked choral performances, they cannot perform Janáček's Glagolitic Mass previously scheduled for on Feb. 3-5. Instead, conductor Jakub Hruša will lead the following program, featuring the BSO debut of the young Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The BSO will also present Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony and Janáček “Jealousy,” which he composed to impart the “contours of sung Czech and reflecting his interest in capturing the ‘musical’ essence of living speech.”


'Amy Genser: Shifting' at Fuller Craft

Feb. 5-Dec. 4, 2023

Artist Amy Genser’s exhibition “Shifting” opens at Fuller Craft Museum on Saturday. She explores “paper as pigment,” layering, cutting, rolling and combining the materials into the shape of beehives, flowing water or plants. She’s inspired and moved by the natural world. On Thursday, Feb. 3, Amy and her studio assistant Jenni Freidman will be at the museum working on the installation. Attendees can watch their process and ask questions.

Cristela Guerra Twitter Reporter
Cristela Guerra is an arts and culture reporter for WBUR.

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