Five things to do this weekend: March 31-April 2
The nightclub built by the Middle East where T.T. the Bear’s Place used to be gets its first show, and its first chance to show off a new space, stage, light and sound system – even a new box office. (See more about Sonia here.) Along with the four opening bands, the bill includes DJs Gucci Vuitton and Johnny Stevens playing between sets. Information is here.
Christal Brown’s “The Opulence of Integrity” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $21 (or $22.73 with the online service fee).
Inspired by the life of Muhammad Ali, the four-movement “Opulence of Integrity” incorporates elements of boxing, hip-hop, martial arts and modern dance to an original sound score by Farai Malianga, and includes students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Peter DiMuro, executive director of the Dance Complex, will hold a post-show dialogue Friday and a pre-show dialogue Saturday. Information is here.
Family Opera’s “Springtime for Haman” at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the auditorium of the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. There is a suggested admission donation of $12 for adults or $6 for kids, slightly more with online service fees to guarantee getting in.
Queen Esther risks her life to save her cousin Mordechai and the Jewish people from Haman, the vengeful grand vizier of Persia, in this light opera by Cambridge composer David Bass – an all-sung version by the reliably great North Cambridge Family Opera. Even with its inclusive, rotating casts, the Family Opera can be counted on for stunning sets, colorful costumes, and accomplished music and dance by a relentlessly bright, happy, intergenerational cast. The show is entirely sung in two 50-minute acts. Information is here.
Black Market sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Massasoit Elks Lodge, 55 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Black Market asks $1 at the door.
This one-day event features handmade artwork, prints, patches, records, tees, pins, ceramics, jewelry, zines, body care, tea, macrame, vintage clothing, accessories and books, as well as tarot readings, haircuts, live drawings and more. Information is here.
Month in Review: Topical Comedy from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday (doors at 7:30 p.m.) at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Admission is free, with an option to donate.
Matt Kona hosts a night of topical comedy based on events from the past 30 days (or so), with state, national and world news, sports and pop culture all ready for skewering. Information is here. (Let’s see, what else is going on? The Armory is also hosting “Laugh While You Can,” at 8 p.m. Friday, a comedy benefit for the immigrant-empowering Welcome Project, with headliner Bethany Van Delft and comedians Stine An, Zach Armentrout, Xazmin Garza, Tawanda Gona, John Paul Rivera and Darik Santos, hosted by Nick Ortolani. Also, a new stand-up comedy showcase from Tooky Kavanagh and Gloria Rose called “Token” puts the spotlight on comics who defy definition, including more Stine An, Wes Hazard, Sam Ike, Terence Pennington, Srilatha Rajamani and and David Thomas, from 11 p.m. to midnight Friday at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Central Square, for $12.)