Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Local Natives, Turkish films, and some good ol’ musical brunch.

By | Arts & Entertainment |
"Last Stop: Salvation" a Turkish film showing at the MFA this weekend. Photo via MFA.

Last Stop: Salvation, a Turkish film showing at the MFA this weekend. (Photo via MFA)

Film
12th Annual Turkish Film Festival at the MFA

For the second part of their March film series, the MFA has invited a number of established Turkish film directors to feature their films in the museum’s 12th annual Turkish Film Festival. Among these is director Yusuf Pirhasan, whose film Last Stop: Salvation embraces the contemporary culture of Turkey. The story follows six women from the same neighborhood who look to transform their lives after one of them has been dumped, and features six of Turkey’s top female actresses.

$11, Sunday, March 31, 3-4:45 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300, mfa.org

Food
Musical Brunch at the Beacon Grille

Brunch, we all know, is magical. But musical brunch? That is simply another level of oh my heavenly goodness. At the Beacon Grille, not only can you stock up on Chef Damian Zedower’s peanut butter-fluff pancakes or caprese egg white frittatas, but every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the lovely sounds of the Joe Brogan Jazz Duo will be accompanying your breakfast. Which is great, because that way, you don’t have to invite anyone and can order more for yourself. Well, you can, but…

Sunday, March 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Beacon Grille, 400 TradeCenter 128, Woburn, 781-933-3333, beacongrille.com

Literature 
Caroline Kennedy Reading at Coolidge Corner Theatre

If you’re a fan of poetry but have perhaps never encountered any of Caroline Kennedy’s work, head on over to Coolidge Corner Theatre for her reading anyway. Kennedy’s second anthology, Poems to Learn by Heart, is a collection of work meant for us all: readers and writers of all ages. If you pre-order the book, you’ll receive one ticket free with the option of purchasing three more for only $5 each. The reading is co-sponsored by the Brookline Booksmith Writers & Readers Series and the John F. Kennedy National History Site.

$19.99 (book plus one ticket), Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m., Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-734-2500, brooklinebooksmith.com

Music
Local Natives at House of Blues

If your ideal weekend includes heavily bearded musicians jamming on their guitars and singing their hearts out, you should probably make it a priority to come dance along to the infectious, dreamy melodies of the Local Natives at their show this Saturday night. The four-member band, which hails from Silver Lake, Los Angeles, and specializes in some impressive male harmonies, will be making a pit-stop at HOB and playing songs off of their 2010 album Gorilla Manor and the well-reviewed Hummingbird, which came out just this year. Seriously though, you’re saying that you can watch this video and not want to see these talented guys live?

$22, Saturday, March 30, doors at 6 p.m., House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., 888-693-2583, houseofblues.com

Performance
Oneohtrix Point Never Multimedia Performance at the ICA

For one night only, Reliquary House, a multimedia collaboration between Boston-born musician Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and visual artist Nate Boyce, comes to the ICA. If you consider yourself something of an art aficionado but are looking to experience something other than black-and-white 8-by-10s and oil paintings, you’ve landed upon the perfect opportunity. Reliquary House is a visual experience combining Boyce’s mind-boggling computer-generated films with Lopatin’s free-flowing electronic compositions. It’ll probably leave you feeling a little unsettled and definitely inspired.

$18, Friday, March 29, 7:30 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., 617-478-3100, icaboston.com