I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I just don't get ballet. Sure, I appreciate the athleticism, precision, and skill involved as well as the spectacle of the performance. And it's not that I don't enjoy dance in general. It's just the tippy-toes part of it that has me baffled. In addition to looking just plain weird (and granted, beauty is in the eye of the beholder), it appears to be painful.

But hey, what do I know? I enjoy the occasional pro wrestling bout (which has its own strange conventions and appears to be very painful), love roller coasters, and get into heated arguments about the fine art of pizza. So to each his or her own, right?

Here is one thing I (and everyone else) do get: free. And if ballet is your thing, get thee to the Boston Common on September 21 for a complimentary performance. The Night of Stars, featuring Boston Ballet dancers and live music from the Boston Ballet orchestra, will perform under the stars in celebration of the company's 50th season. The program will include George Balanchine's Serenade and Symphony in Three Movements, Jorma Elo's Plan to B, and excerpts from Christopher Bruce's Rooster and Marius Petipa's Don Quixote, and Florence Clerc's La Bayadère.

Perhaps you could really live it up, and plan to have dinner by heading to a pizzeria before or after the ballet. You'll want to check with me first about where to get the pizza, and, of course, toe the line.

Boston Ballet's Night of Stars
Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:00pm (Rain date is Sunday, September 22 at 7:00pm)
Boston Common at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets