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    5 things to do in Boston this weekend

    Boston, MA., 04/02/2019, Danae Pieroni, cq, gets a photo of herself jumping into a ball pit at The Happy Place---- a roving installation of quasi-art for the Instagram set which took over a former Marshall's on Boylston Street, and influencers and others toured the exhibit and had their photos taken to post with the Happy Place hashtag. Globe staff/Suzanne Kreiter
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    Danae Pieroni is photographed jumping into a ball pit at “Happy Place.”

    Casino Night
    at West End Johnnie’s

    It’s been more than 18 months since NBC10 Boston anchor Natasha Verma was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Now in remission, Verma will host a casino night at West End Johnnie’s to raise money for her foundation, which donates “cap wigs” to women and children who have lost their hair while battling cancer. Bid on silent auction items like an autographed football from newly retired New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski, and mingle with celebrity dealers like Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and former Patriots Duron Harmon and Troy Brown. (Friday, April 5, from 6 to 10 p.m.; West End Johnnie’s, Boston; $75-$125; 21+)

    Batsheva Dance
    Company’s ‘Venezuela’

    The critically acclaimed, contemporary Batsheva Dance Company will be in Boston at the Shubert Theatre this weekend to showcase choreographer Ohad Naharin’s distinctive “Gaga” style. The 18-person company will perform Naharin’s newest work, “Venezuela,” which mixes the familiar and unfamiliar by examining the “relationship between movement and the content it represents.” At the request of the artists, there will be no late seating, so make sure you’ve got some pep in your step and head to your seats before the curtain goes up. (Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m.; Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston; $35-$85; all ages)

    Woodstock 50:
    Then and Now

    To mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival, Berklee College of Music will hold a series of programs looking back at the iconic cultural event. The school will bring together several people involved in the festival’s planning, including cofounder Michael Lang, who is also helping to organize this year’s Woodstock 50. Woodstock photographer Henry Diltz will present an essay with more than 100 images from the original festival, and there will be a preview of the forthcoming documentary “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation.” (Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7, at various times; Berklee College of Music, Boston; free with registration; all ages)

    Happy Place


    Starting Friday, this immersive and eminently Instagrammable art exhibit will welcome guests at 500 Boylston St. You can sit among 40,000 gold flowers in the “Super Bloom” room, snap gravity-defying shots in the “Upside Down” room, and get your party on in the indoor confetti dome, among other flashy attractions. Just don't forget to charge your phone before you go. (Friday, April 5, through Sunday, June 2, at various times; 500 Boylston St., Boston; $30 GA, $20 for kids ages 4 to 12; free for kids ages 3 and under; all ages)

    Jeff Tweedy

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    Indie rock icon Jeff Tweedy has managed to build a successful career outside of his main gig as the frontman for Wilco. He has written a memoir and started a band with his son, and he released a solo album at the end of 2018. On the heels of that album, “Warm,” Tweedy will play a small show at the Berklee Performance Center on Saturday. (Saturday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m.; Berklee Performance Center, Boston; $37-$57; all ages)


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