Five things to do this weekend: Feb. 9-11
Boston Bike Party’s Winter Games from 7 to 11 p.m. at North Point Park, 1 North Point Blvd., NorthPoint/Cambridge Crossing. Free.
Instead of watching the opening ceremonies of the traditional Winter Olympics, watch or compete in a half-dozen clever/silly games of skill and endurance, including the One-Meter Lap (around a single cone), Slow Ride (no feet, no zig-zags, last one to cross the finish line wins), Bikesled (measured in Smoots) and Bicycle Dancing (the bike is your dance partner). The games are designed for fun, but will be scored and judged, which will make the afterparty at Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Square a sweeter celebration or better place to start thinking about training for the summer games. Information is here.
We love our funny Shakespeare. “Something Wicked,” in which actors improvise a complete Shakespearean play, joins the ongoing “Shit-faced Shakespeare” (showing elsewhere) for another two weeks only, and last week’s show sold out. Information is here.
“La Zombiata: A Zombie Opera Love Story” at 10 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (there’s also an 8 p.m. Wednesday showing for Valentines Day) at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $18 for students (or $21 with the online service fee), $28 general admission (or $31.61 with the fee), $36 for the V.I.P. Splash Zone front row and a poncho (or $40.06) and $52 for dinner at Saloon and the show (or $56.95).
Prepare for ballroom-dancing zombies, the brainchild of the local WholeTone Opera Co. and Jillian Flexner that looks to become as much a local staple as the holiday-season “Slutcracker.” In the second year of this timely “La Traviata” takeoff, the romantically inclined Christolpho meets the ravenous-yet-rapturous Philonia in a Parisian penthouse infested by an undead horde. All-too-human emotions come into play, leading to chaos, comedy and, as directed by J. Deschene, a splash-zone-worthy soiree. Information is here.
School of Honk Annual Fat Sunday Dance Party from 3 to 5 p.m. at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free.
In the spirit of Mardi Gras season, the raucous street band training ground School of Honk throws a “Fat Sunday” party – the closest to Fat Tuesday it can get – with music, indoor dancing, an outdoor parade and gumbo. Bring nut-free snacks and dress for the occasion in polka dots, Mardi Gras-themed purples, golds and greens, masks and beaded necklaces. (The photo above from last year’s parade is by Marc Pagani at marcpagani.com.) Information is here.
Odds Bodkin’s “The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.) at Grendel’s Den Restaurant & Bar, 89 Winthrop St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 (or $12.61 with an online service fee) for chairs, or $15 (or $17.89) for table seats or mezzanine tables. Seats are going fast.
Professional storyteller and musician Odds Bodkin accompanies himself on a 12-string guitar and Celtic harp while telling the story of Odysseus inside the Trojan Horse and subsequent adventures and horrors – on the beach at Ismaros, encountering the Lotus Eaters and in the Cave of the Cyclops, where he must use his wits to escape the beast Polyphemus without killing him. A dinner menu themed around the performance will be available for purchase, as well as regular offerings. The show itself is around 90 minutes. Information is here.