Take a break from your “True Detective” binge this weekend to crown Boston’s king of wings, sample some local maple syrup, and see a local institution’s milestone performance. Or don’t. It doesn’t really matter because time is a flat circle and everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again.

1. Thursday, March 6 – King of the Wing
Chefs and sports bars compete in the ultimate wing throwdown to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester, but really, when there are all-you-can-eat wings and Harpoon beers, we all benefit. Except the people who still serve wings with blue cheese instead of ranch. #TeamRanch (6 p.m., $25, all ages)

2. Friday, March 7 – “The Whale”
It’s opening night for the SpeakEasy Stage Company production that tells the story of 600-pound recluse Charlie, who with his health failing makes one last desperate attempt to connect with his estranged teenage daughter. Basically “The Wrestler” crossed with the Walter Hudson video you watched in health class. (8 p.m., $15-60, all ages)

3. Friday, March 7 – Free Film Fridays
Every Friday in March, catch any show at the Museum of Science’s Mugar Omni Theater for free. Swim with the world’s largest shark, learn about Jerusalem’s historical and artistic connections, or explore Canada’s vast wilderness aboard the Rocky Mountain Express. I’ll pretend that you didn’t stop reading after “world’s largest shark.” (Various times, FREE, all ages)

4. Friday, March 7 – First Friday: Beatz
The ICA gives the drummer some love at its First Friday party, featuring beat machine demonstrations and pop-up performances by Brooklyn quartet Sõ Percussion. The group plays traditional household objects including metal pipes, trash bins, and flower pots but also objects that would traditionally be found in the household of a Brooklyn percussion group, like drums. (5 p.m., $15, 21+)

5. Saturday, March 8 – Maple Syrup Festival
Join the Somerville Maple Syrup Project — an actual syrup project, not an indie band name — as sap from local trees is boiled down into pure maple syrup. Taste the finished product, argue the relative merits of Grade A vs. Grade B syrup or just wait for the perfect time to make an “I’d tap that” joke. (10 a.m., FREE, all ages)

6. Saturday, March 8 – The Donkey Show
American Repertory Theatre’s ‘70s-inspired interpretation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” celebrates its 500th performance at Oberon with a cast of disco divas, roller skaters, and hustle queens. Basically, “American Hustle” crossed with the Shakespeare play you didn’t read in English class. (7:30/10:30, $10-25, 21+)

7. Saturday, March 8 – The Kids Aren’t All Right
All Things Horror presents a night of indie horror films showcasing the genre’s creepiest kids, which is really a tie between all the kids who have ever appeared in a horror movie and every other kid alive, ever. (7 p.m., $10, 18+)

8. Sunday, March 9 – Ira Glass
The creator and host of the public radio show “This American Life” stops by Symphony Hall to share some funny and memorable moments from the program and talk about how they came together. For the unfamiliar, a “radio show” is like a podcast that you can only listen to in the car and sometimes features ads for stuff besides (3 p.m., $30-60, all ages)

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