Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.
RED HOT TICKET Thomas is a director who really needs to find the right actress for the lead in his adaptation of an erotic novel, "Venus in Furs" by Leopold von Sacher-Mosoch. Enter Vanda and her seductive audition, and you have the setting for "Venus in Fur." Huntington Theatre Company welcomes the new year with David Ives's Broadway hit starring Chris Kipiniak and Andrea Syglowski. Jan. 3-4, 8 p.m. Jan. 5, 7 p.m. Through Feb. From $25. Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org
MUSICAL RIDE During his career, singer-songwriter Willie Nile has picked up notable fans including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, and Lucinda Williams, who said "Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I'd be opening up for him instead of him for me." Nile is touring in support of his new fan-funded release, "American Ride." Jan. 3, 7 and 10 p.m. $23-$27. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org
'WORKING' FOR YOU In an interview with Esquire, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Studs Terkel said, "Ordinary people? I hate the word ordinary. It's patronizing." Terkel's 1970's oral history "Working" introduced us to 25 extraordinary working Americans. It's the basis for "Working, a Musical," which introduces audiences to professionals including the cleaning lady, community organizer, fast food worker, fireman, housewife, prostitute, and UPS delivery man. Lyric Stage Company presents Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso's 2012 adaptation of the musical, featuring songs by Schwartz, James Taylor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and others. Jan. 3-4, 8 p.m. Jan. 4-5, 3 p.m. Through Feb. 1. $25-$65. Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com
IMAGINED ENCOUNTER After threats of a lawsuit, playwright Deborah Margolin changed the identity of a key character in "Imagining Madoff" to Holocaust survivor and poet Solomon Galkin. The play presents Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff and Galkin in fictional encounters discussing women, baseball, the Talmud, and other topics. New Repertory Theatre presents the New England premiere. Jan. 4, 8 p.m. Jan. 5, 2 p.m. Through Jan. 26. $36. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org
HOW ABOUT HUEY Boston-area cover band The Power of Love plays the music of Huey Lewis and the News by eschewing star treatment and sharing vocal duties equally. Hence, the motto "No Huey; Just the News." They rock the original songs and arrangements with an instrumental line-up that includes a full horn section. A night of cover bands also features music of the Pretenders (Pretendica), The B-52's, (Bikini Whale), and Thin Lizzy (Slim Lizzy). Jan. 4, 9 p.m. $14. Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com
SOUL FOOD Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are putting out a new album, "Give the People What They Want." You can listen to it, pre-order it, and eat some tapas at the Sharon Jones Soul Brunch. Special menu items for the listening party include biscuits and gravy, and the Daptonic cocktail. Jan. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations recommended. Tres Gatos, 470 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. 617-477-4851, www.tresgatosjp.com
ICE MASTERS The 2014 Winter Olympics will be in Russia. So what? We've got the 2014 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships, and the outcome will help determine who joins Team USA at the Olympics. Among the skaters are five-time US ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, 2013 US pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, US ladies champion Ashley Wagner, and US men’s champion Max Aaron. Local challengers include Christina Gao, Ross Miner, Stephen Carriere, and Yasmin Siraj. Winners from the week-long contests are presented in a judge-free zone at the final event, the 2014 Smucker’s Skating Spectacular Show. The event is hosted by the Skating Club of Boston. Jan. 5-12. From $25. TD Garden and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston. See website for full schedule and locations. 800-745-3000, www.boston2014.com
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
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Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
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