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5 things to do in Boston this weekend

Expect costumes of all kinds as Anime Boston returns to the Hynes Convention Center.
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Expect costumes of all kinds as Anime Boston returns to the Hynes Convention Center.

Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren may best be known to sports fans for his upbeat stadium jam “Bang the Drum All Day.” But to prog-rock fans, the multi-instrumentalist offers much more, as he continues to push his music in wildly experimental directions more than 50 years after he started performing. Rundgren will visit Boston as part of his appropriately named The Individualist Tour, playing the Berklee Performance Center on Friday. (Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m.; Berklee Performance Center, Boston; $45-$110; all ages)

Anime Boston

Boston’s geek community will be out in force this weekend as Anime Boston returns to the Hynes Convention Center. The event schedule is a dizzying mix of hundreds of talks, demonstrations, and activities centered around video games, anime, cosplay, and other traditionally nerdy pursuits. Even if you don’t attend, expect to see some stunningly elaborate costumes on the Green Line. (Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 at various times; Hynes Convention Center, Boston; $25-$75 GA, free for children ages 5 and under; all ages)

“Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic”

Boston kids surely will be tickled by “Sesame Street Live!” this weekend, as the show's giggly red monster Elmo will be the star of the show. From Friday through Sunday, the furry monsters of public television will be at the Agganis Arena, and Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and more of your favorite characters will teach audiences about the magic of practice and perseverance. You can also purchase tickets for a preshow experience that will include an onstage tour of the “Sesame Street” neighborhood, a scavenger hunt, and a meet-and-greet with Elmo and two other “Sesame Street” friends. (Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 at various times; Agganis Arena, Boston; $15 and up; all ages)

Happy Birthday, Jack Nicholson


Actor Jack Nicholson will turn 82 on Monday, and the Somerville Theatre is celebrating his birthday with a double feature and a birthday cake. This weekend’s double billing, part of a larger, yearlong Nicholson retrospective, will feature 1972’s “King of Marvin Gardens,” in which Nicholson plays a depressed talk radio host, and 1971’s “A Safe Place,” in which the actor plays one of two suitors of a free-spirited woman. Ticketholders can also grab a slice of cake from Lyndell’s Bakery, while supplies last. (Sunday, April 21 with double features at 1:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $8; both rated R)

Laura Jane Grace

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As the founder, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of punk band Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace has been an integral contributor to the punk rock landscape for a large part of the 2000s. Now she’s touring her new project, Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers, on the heels of its debut full-length album, “Bought to Rot.” Grace will play the Sinclair on Sunday, along with New Jersey quartet Mercy Union and Philly noise rock trio Control Top. (Sunday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.; the Sinclair, Cambridge; $20-$25; all ages)


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