Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.
21-GUN SALUTE In his New York Times review, Charles Isherwood said that "American Idiot" "jolts you right back to the dizzying roller coaster of young adulthood, that turbulent time when ecstasy and misery almost seem interchangeable states, flip sides of the coin of exaltation." The Tony-winning musical is based on Green Day's 2004 pop-punk, Grammy-winning album of the same name. Feb. 7, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 9, 1 and 6:30 p.m. $33 and up. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 800-982-2787, www.broadwayinboston.com
PLAN YOUR GETAWAY Chomping at the bit to get the heck out of Dodge? At the Boston Globe Travel Show, let more than 300 exhibitors help you decide where to go, and get tips from travel writer Arthur Frommer and Patricia Schultz, author of "1,000 Places To See Before You Die." Feb. 7, 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10, $15 at the show, free under 13. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 888-210-8895, www.bostonglobetravelshow.com
HOT DATES Eligible singles are invited to bid on other eligible singles at a Charity Date Auction to benefit pediatric leukemia research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The fifth annual event presented by Project Cupid also features live auctions and drawings. Feb. 7, 6-10:30 p.m. $20. The Estate, 1 Boylston Pl., Boston. 617-351-7000, www.project-cupid.org
RUNNING WATER An interest in the martial arts and circus skills at age 7 led to a love of hip-hop and dance at 15 for choreographer Mourad Merzouki, founder of the French hip-hop company Compagnie Käfig. The all-male troupe from Brazil performs "Correria" ("Running") and "Agwa" ("Water"). The latter features hundreds of plastic cups filled with water. Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Feb. 9, 3 p.m. $60 and up. Citi Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738, www.celebrityseries.org
HORSING AROUND It's the start of a new calendar year for Asians all over the world, and you're invited to join the festivities at the Lunar New Year Celebration. The Year of the Horse is marked with art and family activities, tours, music, dance, and film including lantern making, a Lion Dance Parade, and music by the Korean Fusion Project Band. Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
SOUP'S ON Tired of downing canned soup to stay warm? Belly up to the Haley House Souper Bowl, a fundraiser for the Haley House Soup Kitchen where 12 chefs will create soups using local ingredients. Station-to-station samples from prior years have included seafood chowder, butternut squash and apple, and French onion. Feb. 9, 4-7 p.m. (slots at 4, 5, and 6 p.m.). $30. Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade St., Roxbury. 617-445-0900, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/536332
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR Fifty years ago we vividly remember watching the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and being heartbroken when words about John on the bottom of our tiny TV said: "Sorry girls, he's married." That was no myth, but what you'll get at "All You Need Is Myth" is the link between the Beatles' story and mythology. All will be revealed through 200 visual images, audio recordings, and film clips. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. $20. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-625-5700, www.somervilletheatreonline.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.
Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.