Best of the Weekend – May 29-31, 2015

Star in a staging of a ’90s cult surf-action movie at Point Break Live!, see 27 bands at Awesome Day Fest, and traipse through famous yards at Historic Open House Day.

Welcome to Best of the Day, our recommendations for what to check out around town this weekend. If you’re wondering what to do in Boston this weekend, consider these events.

Friday, May 29

Point Break Live

Point Break Live! / Courtesy photo

Point Break Live!

Before Keanu Reeves gave Death a Melvin in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, before his brain was rented out as a data mule in Johnny Mnemonic, and way before he dodged bullets in The Matrix, he was surfin’ rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah in 1991’s Point Break. And this Friday, you can be Johnny Utah, too, at “reality theater” sensation Point Break Live! Kathryn Bigelow didn’t flinch when she was asked to make a film about bank heists, Buddhism, and gnarly waves; and the equally plucky cast of Point Break Live! manages to recreate those skydiving, surfing, and shootout scenes with almost no staging—don’t expect anything high-tech. Best of all, they pull a random volunteer to star in the Keanu role—the only acting talent required is the ability to read cue cards and perhaps the ability to maintain a certain zen blankness.

With a questionable Point Break remake looming on the horizon, do yourself a favor and check this one out first. Vaya con Dios.

$25 advance/$30 day of show, May 29, 9:30 p.m., The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge, 617-547-5200,

Saturday, May 30


Freezepop play Awesome Day Fest 2015 / Courtesy photo by Carla Richmond

Awesome Day Fest

When you call something “Awesome Day Fest,” you’re setting yourself a pretty high bar. But Midriff Records is up to the challenge, as the lineup for this annual Allston music takeover is quite awe-inspiring indeed. This mini-fest features 27 bands—including creatively fecund weirdlings Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble winners Zip-Tie Handcuffs, geek-synth royalty Freezepop, and ’90s chimp-rock legends Kudgel—spread out over four stages.


May 30, all day, Allston,

Sunday, May 31

Great House at Castle Hill

Great House at Castle Hill / Courtesy photo by P. Dahm

Historic Open House Day

Feel like a Sunday ramble? This weekend, the Trustees of Reservations is hosting its annual open house day, which gives the public a chance to traipse through its vast collection of historic properties and landmarks, free of charge. For this year’s theme, “Massachusetts Mavericks”—or, as the Trustees put it, “the independent minded, the free-sprits, the non-conformists, and the eccentrics whose legacies and stories infuse Trustees’ properties and have helped to collectively shape our country’s history.” With 11 sites around the state taking part in the event, historical homes you can visit this weekend include:

  • The Great House at Castle Hill (Ipswich): A 59-room country house, where you can play lawn games and swoon over a gorgeous ocean view.
  • The Old Manse (Concord): A 245-year-old Georgian clapboard building that hosted such literary giants as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.
  • Naumkeag (Stockbridge): A Gilded Age Berkshire “cottage” built for the Choate family, boasting gardens designed by renowned landscape architect Fletcher Steele.

May 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,