Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend
Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally
The dynamic comedic couple comes to town to talk marriage—specifically, their marriage. Their joint act features countless jokes that investigate their marriage, sharing with the audience some intimate details about their relationship. Offerman, who earned accolades as the stoic but lovable grump Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, was recently in Boston for a stint at the Huntington Theater as the lead role in an adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces, while Mullally is perhaps best known for her years as Karen on Will and Grace. But the duo often appears on screen together, as they did when Mullally guest starred multiple times on P&R as one of Ron’s awful ex-wives named Tammy.
$50+, Friday, August 26, 7 and 9:45 p.m., The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston, thewilbur.com.
Harborwalk Sounds: Niya Norwood
As part of the Harborwalk Sounds program, a summer-long series that gives Berklee students the chance to perform every Thursday night, the talented Niya Norwood takes the stage at the ICA. A talented R&B and soul singer, she has previously collaborated with vocal greats like Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind & Fire. With not too many hot summer days left, this is the perfect chance to take advantage of the ICA’s scenic harborside location while enjoying local talent.
Free, Thursday, August 25, 6-8:30 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, icaboston.org.
Massachusetts Independent Film Festival
A variety of independently made films, some never seen before in the United States, are queued up for the annual film festival. Ranging in genre and style, the films of this year will be shown throughout the day over the course of the weekend. The festival concludes with the showing of Neptune, which tells the tale of a girl raised and living on a Maine island, and her attempt to break out of its isolating environment. Check the site for information on appearances made by special guests and the directors of the films.
$10, Friday, August 26-Sunday, August 28, Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, brattlefilm.org.
Off the Wall: Gardner and Her Masterpieces
This marks the final weekend of the museum’s special exhibit, which features precious works of art from both the museum’s collection and the institutional archives. It makes for a diverse show that should be admired before it goes away. As the Gardner generally keeps their works in pretty static positions according to Isabella’s wishes, it’s a rare chance to see them in a different light.
$15, through Sunday, August 28, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, gardnermuseum.org.
The Dresden Dolls
Before her famous Kickstarter campaign, a TED talk, and a book, Amanda Palmer was one half of the Dresden Dolls, Boston’s premiere punk cabaret band. For the first time in five years, she’s reuniting with drummer Brian Viglione for a two-stop tour. Catch them now for all the finest piano rock you’ve been missing, and don’t worry: As has always been their tradition, the band will have plenty of special guests accompanying them.
$18+, Friday, August 26, 7:30 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston, bostonpavilion.net.