Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

A Young the Giant performance, Jamaica Plain Open Studios, and more.

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Young the Giant at House of Blues

California-based indie rock quintet Young the Giant is visiting with their third and most recent LP, “Home of the Strange.” Wrap up your weekend with chart-topping tracks “Cough Syrup,” “My Body,” and frontman Sameer Gadhia who, according to the New York Times, has “one of the great contemporary-rock voices.”

$30-40, Sunday, September 18, 7 p.m., House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., 888-693-2583,

Samara Vise / Courtesy of MIT Museum

Samara Vise / Courtesy of MIT Museum

MIT Museum Presents “Living in the Future: Where Science Fiction Meets Science Reality”

Ever wondered how accurate films like Interstellar and The Martian are? MIT’s event this weekend invites sci-fi fans to discover how close Hollywood’s depictions of science and technology are to reality. With presentations by researchers, inventors, and professors on topics like “boots made for moonwalking” and tropical swamp forests, the event will explore–and perhaps reconcile–the rift between film and science.

$10–15, Saturday, September 17, 6­–8 p.m., MIT Museum Building, 275 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge,


Photo by Danielle Shamlian

Jamaica Plain Open Studios

Jamaica Plain Open Studios is back for their 23rd annual event, connecting almost 200 local artists with art lovers in a massive studio exhibition stretching from Jackson Square to Forest Hills. Works range from jewelry and ceramics to prints, furniture, and woodwork­­, many of which can be bought directly from the artists. JPOS coordinator Susan Duprey notes that this weekend’s showcase is an opportunity to “visit individual artists in their private studios that give JPOS a unique energy.” Check out their website for a map and list of exhibitions.

Free, September 17-18, Jamaica Plain, 617-855-5767,

Courtesy of American Field

American Field Pop-up Market

Multi-city marketplace pop-up American Field is making its way to the Seaport District this weekend. Created in Boston in 2011, American Field celebrates American craftsmanship and all things Made in America with dozens of lifestyle, food and fashion vendors including Rancourt Shoes, Randolph USA, and New Balance. Founder Mark Bollman tells us, “With the ability to speak directly with the founder, innovator, or craftsman there is a rare opportunity to pull back the curtain and really learn the stories behind all of the brands at the show. Overall there’s a curated selection of unique products combined an amazing community vibe that sets us apart.”

Free, September 17-18, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Innovation and Design Building, 23 Drydock Ave.,

Photo by Margaret Burdge

Photo by Margaret Burdge

Boston Local Food Fest

If you frequent farmers markets and enjoy eating clean, drop by the Greenway this weekend. The Boston Local Food Festival brings to the table with sustainable, locally grown foods from all over New England, along with chef and DIY events and a “seafood throwdown competition.” It’s the perfect chance to revisit any long-forgotten health-related New Year resolutions.

Free, September 18, 11 a.m.­–5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, 146 Oliver St.,