The Weekender: February 9-11

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Happy Friday! There are lots of interesting cultural events happening around town this weekend including celebrations for the Lunar New Year. Have a wonderful few days.

High School Jazz Festival. Berklee College of Music hosts so many wonderful concerts throughout the year, many of them free! This weekend Berklee will host their annual free event celebrating the musical talent of high school students. Big bands and vocal jazz ensembles will perform and compete, and top-ranked ensembles will earn a partial scholarship to Berklee’s summer program. The event will also include performances by Berklee faculty and open jam sessions. More information here.

Free Admission at the MFA. This Monday, the MFA will celebrate the Year of the Dog with free admission all day. Enjoy a variety of music and dance performances, as well as interactive demonstrations and a scavenger hunt, all while honoring Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions. Details here.

Casual Friday at the BSO. Boston is full of wonderful music programs, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra is always producing interesting programming. There are still tickets left for tonight’s Causal Friday performance with music by J.S. Bach, Shepherd, and Mendelssohn featuring pianists Thomas Adès, Kirill Gerstein, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Guests are invited to attend in “casual attire” like jeans to enjoy a laid-back night at Symphony Hall. More information and tickets available here. (If you aren’t able to join tonight, the series also has a performance in April.)

Sundance Film Festival Shorts. This Saturday afternoon, stop by the ICA for a 95-minute program featuring seven short films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The pieces include fiction, documentary, and animation. Details here. While you are at the museum, be sure to check out the recently-opened exhibit, Art in the Age of the Internet.

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