A Weekend in Boston: Events Throughout The City January 11 – 13

Welcome to A Weekend in Boston, a new weekly post about events occurring over the upcoming weekend throughout all of Boston. For events coming up in the North End, see the event calendar. For more information on each event, click on the event title.

We’re in week two of 2019 and so far, it’s been relatively tame weather-wise. It was around this time last year that the North End / Waterfront areas were hit with record-setting flooding due to a three-foot storm surge with a 12-foot-high tide on the harbor. Hopefully, we won’t see more of that this year, however, it’s only becoming more likely for these weather events to happen. We’re in luck for this weekend though, because there’s no storm in sight!

Friday, January 11

The David Bowie Experience at the Museum of Science Planetarium

The Museum of Science offers some amazing light and sound shows. A recurring show, The David Bowie Experience, is back at the MoS Planetarium. From the Museum of Science: “Developed as a part of SubSpace Project, the experimental playground for new work at the Museum of Science, this musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry, and imagination set to a pulsating soundtrack of one of music’s greatest icons.”

When: January 11 at 7:30 p.m. (Program available until the end of February)
Where: The Museum of Science – 1 Science Park, Boston
Price: $5 – $10
Age Restriction: Recommended for ages 18 and older

The Beyoncé Experience at the Museum of Science Planetarium

So David Bowie’s not your style, but you still want to see some crazy light show at the MoS Planetarium. You’ve moved on from Classic Rock and truly appreciate the modern legends making popular music now. Well, lucky for you, the MoS has a Beyoncé show this Friday as well!

When: January 11 at 8:30 p.m. (Program available until the end of February)
Where: The Museum of Science – 1 Science Park, Boston
Price: $5 – $10
Age Restriction: Recommended for ages 18 and older

Saturday, January 12

The Great Gatsby Ball

The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers are hosting their annual Great Gatsby Ball on January 12. The event will feature “an evening of dancing, drinking, and 1920s fun” according to their website. The Wolverine Jazz Band will be performing alongside the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers. For more information, see their website.

Some information about The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers: “The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers is a non-profit educational organization that reconstructs American social dance in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. We host the Great Gatsby Ball each January, but we also run events of earlier time periods and other themes throughout the Boston area. We are dedicated to historical accuracy, with the performing company rehearsing rigorously and performing in exceptional recreations of period clothing. We are also dedicated to fun and accessibility, so the balls that we host welcome a whole range of dancers and costumers from total beginners to seasoned experts.”

When: January 12 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Fairmont Copley Plaza – 138 St. James Avenue, Boston
Price: $75
Age Restriction: 18+

Lord of The Rings Trivia Night at Trident Booksellers and Cafe

Have you read The Silmarillion? Do you know more than the average Tolkien reader? Bring a group of up to six people for a chance to win a $35 dollar gift card to Trident by answering questions about the books, movies, and Tolkien as well. 2nd and 3rd place winners also receive prizes.

When: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Trident Booksellers and Cafe – 338 Newbury Street, Boston
Price: $10
Age Restriction: none listed

Jay Pharoah at The Wilbur Theater

Comedian Jay Pharoah will be performing standup comedy at The Wilbur Theater this Saturday night. Known for his work on Saturday Night Live, Pharoah also can do some great impressions. Seriously, that John Mulaney impression is spot on!

When: January 12 at 9:45 p.m.
Where: The Wilbur
Price: $27
Age Restriction: none listed

Sunday, January 13

Blue Man Group at The Charles Playhouse

The Blue Man Group have become a staple of modern Boston tourism. Using PVC pipes to make percussive music, the mysterious blue men always offer a fun alternative activity for the weekend.

When: January 13 at 4 p.m.
Where: The Charles Playhouse – 74 Warrenton Street, Boston
Price: $80+
Age Restriction: none listed