Five things to do this weekend: Feb. 5-7
The 10th annual Great Burlesque Exposition from Friday to Sunday, with shows each night, at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, in the MIT/Area II neighborhood. Prices vary.
Stop in at the expo ($15 per person) and shop for Valentines Day among the vendors, take a drop-in dance class and check out the art show, costume exhibit, and lingerie display and fashion show – but that doesn’t get you the real burlesque experience. For that, you’ll need tickets to the the Rhinestone Revue of last year’s Howard Award winners (8 to 10 p.m. Friday, $35 to $55 plus online service fees); the intimate Bordello show with 15 top dancers (from 10:30 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday, $35 plus online service fees); The Main Event, in which more than two dozen performers or teams compete for this year’s Howard Awards (from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, $35 to $45 plus online service fees); or the Sunday Showcase of rising stars and Sideshow Ball performers such as singers, jugglers, comedians and tap dancers (from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday, $20 to $35 plus online service fees). Information is here. (If this all seems a little pricey and a lot too much, head instead to the Satanic Birthday Bacchanalia show from 8 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday at Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville, for spooky burlesque; drag; music by People Live Here and You Bred Raptors?; poetry by Jade Sylvan; circus arts performances; tarot readings by Madame Minoúx; and food and drink by Cuisine en Locale, all for $15. Not to mention the vegan goat sacrifice by an ordained satanic priest. Information is here.)
Superhero storytelling from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market, 5 Callender St., Riverside. Free.
Long before The Avengers dominated the multiplex, or even the comic book rack, there were people all over the world creating folk tales about creatures and people with extraordinary powers, and storyteller Diane Edgecomb knows them all. She’ll be enthralling kids (and probably others) with tales of Anansi, a spider god from Africa; Jabuti, the flute-playing tortoise from the Amazon rainforest; Princess See-it-all, with her X-ray vision, from Hungary; the Lord of the Cranes from China; and more. A free art project with the Kids Art Express follows from noon to 2 p.m., and the farmers market has local food, fresh produce and hot coffee for sale. Information is here.
The 8th annual “Some Like it Hot” Chili Cook-off from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Brattle Plaza, Harvard Square. Free.
This Super Bowl precursor offers “Hot, Spicy, Vegan, Traditional and Exotic” free samples of chili from Harvard Square restaurants including Beat Brasserie, El Jefe’s Taqueria, Fire + Ice, Grendel’s Den, J.P. Licks and The Sinclair, with the winner of the most samplers’ votes getting the Harvard Square Chili Pot for the year. There will be live music from Grooversity, which combines the Brazilian sounds of samba and axe with funk, rock, jazz and even hip-hop, and plenty of prizes in a raffle benefiting the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (including a $250 gift certificate at Rialto) and at a prize-wheel spin tent hosted by LuckyDiem, an app that tries to connect local businesses with customers through Vegas-style smartphone games. Information is here.
JuggleMIT Circus Show from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. Tickets are $10, or $5 with a Massachusetts Institute of Technology ID card or for kids 12 or under. Admission to the JuggleMIT conference is free, and its schedule (including late-night juggling starting at 10:30 p.m. Saturday) is here.
Some great performers are coming to JuggleMIT’s family-friendly public show, including alum Jacob Sharpe, Pasha Muravyev and Anna Morese from the Ringling Bros. circus, Alex the Jester, Chloe Walier, Secret Circus, Smyly the Late night juggler and more. “Comedy, acrobatics, unicycling, jestering, and juggling seamlessly meld into an mesmerizing event that you won’t want to miss,” the MIT Student Juggling Club promises. Information is here.
National Choreography Month Boston final performances at 6 or 8 p.m. Sunday at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $10 (or $11.34 with online service fee) or at the “supporter” level, $15 (or $16.52 with an online service fee).
A month of peeks into the creative process of choreography culminate with these performances. See all new works from Mai Telesford, Alive Dance, Jenny Oliver, Jennifer Lin, MaryRose Blandino, Deidre Lewis, Jordan Jamil Ahmed, Claire Johannes, Liana C. Percoco and Peachy Productions, and Wisty Andres at the 6 p.m. show, and from Intimations Dance, Grant Jacoby, Adriane Brayton, Nikki Sao Pedro Welch, Kristin Wagner, Stephen Ursprung, Molly Hess and Leslie Armstrong and Ryan P. Casey at the 8 p.m. show. Information is here.