Comedian Chelsea Handler is bringing out special guests to a number of her “sit-down” comedy shows across the country. For her show at the Orpheum on Thursday, the comedian and talk-show host will be joined Frankie Shaw, the creator and star of "SMILF," which recently was canceled after two seasons. (Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $35-85; all ages)
Not to be confused with the upcoming Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFB), the Boston International Film Festival (BIFF) kicks off a six-day slate of programming Thursday evening. Filmmakers from around the world will be on hand to discuss their films. One that may particularly interest locals is a documentary about “father of modern linguistics” Noam Chomsky, who spent years living in Lexington and working at MIT. (Thursday, April 11 through Tuesday, April 16, at various times and locations; $12 per session, $75 for all screenings; all ages)
Rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is riding high after the December 2018 release of his second album "Sweater SZN," which topped the Billboard 200 album chart. As such, the Bronx native is popping up twice in Boston on Thursday, first at the House of Blues and then later on in the evening at Bijou Nightclub and Lounge. (Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston, and Bijou, Boston; $40 and up at House of Blues, $30 at Bijou)
If you watched the 2017 season of cult classic "Twin Peaks," you may have spotted Minneapolis-based sibling duo The Cactus Blossoms as they sang the harmonic throwback "Mississippi." The band is touring behind the release of March’s “Easy Way” and will stop by the Sinclair on Friday with fellow Minnesotan Jack Klatt. (Friday, April 12 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $15; 18+)
Back in 2015, Primus bassist Les Claypool invited Sean Lennon, son of former Beatles frontman John Lennon, over to his house to drink some wine and play some music. Four years later, the Claypool Lennon Delirium just released a second album, February's "South of Reality." The psychedelic rock duo will hit the House of Blues in support of their new album on Sunday. (Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $25-45; all ages)
Want more ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city this weekend? Check out five additional things to do from now through Sunday at boston.com/BosTen.Kevin Slane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.