Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, March 11-17

A jazz concert, a comic book extravaganza, Southie’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and more.

Stilt walkers at the 2018 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
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Stilt walkers at the 2018 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


Cultural Harmony

Musicians unite in their passion for jazz when the Joe Morris and Do Yeon Kim Duo kicks off the spring season of the Boiler House Jazz concert series at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham. With Morris on guitar and Kim playing the Korean national instrument, the zither-like gayageum, the show will feature pieces from their latest album, Macrocosm. 8 p.m. $20, $15 in advance.


Nerd Alert

Break out the costumes for the NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza, featuring vendors and exhibitors, celebrity photo ops (free and paid), stand-up comedy, panel discussions, concerts, and more. Comic actor Gilbert Gottfried and Buffy the Vampire Slayer costar Nicholas Brendon are the biggest names scheduled to appear at the event, at the Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center. $20/day, weekend pass $30, under 11 with an adult free; packages available.

Opening Friday

Mothers & Daughters

Based on Amy Tan’s best-selling 1989 novel, The Joy Luck Club tells the stories of four Chinese-American women and their bittersweet relationships with their immigrant mothers. Also the source material for the 1993 film — the Crazy Rich Asians of its day — Tan’s exploration of the ties that bind eight complicated women has become a classic. At the Umbrella Community Arts Center’s Umbrella Annex in Concord through March 31. $32.50.


Green in the Rainbow


Expect the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade to flood the streets of the neighborhood with the traditional floats, marching bands, kilts, and Irish flags — plus an infusion of pride. Organizers and the LGBTQ veterans group Outvets have made peace so completely that Air Force vet Bryan Bishop, who is gay, led this year’s planning. The parade starts at the MBTA’s Broadway Station at 1 p.m. Free.


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Opera for Kids

Take a Mozart opera, translate it into English, cut it down to 75 minutes, add puppets, and voilà — the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ new family-friendly production of The Magic Flute. Appropriate for children 6 and older, the mythical tale of trickery and romance, featuring Norwood’s Erica Petrocelli as Pamina, plays Symphony Hall at noon and 3 p.m. $20, under 18 $5.

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