Things to Do This Weekend in Boston
Plan the perfect weekend in Boston with our list of weekend events and activities.
Keep your weekend full with our roundup of fun events around Boston. And don’t miss our list of iconic things to do around Boston.
SpeakEasy Stage Company presents this Tony-nominated drama (2020, Best Play) from Adam Rapp, about a reclusive novelist, Bella, who’s been holding out on the follow-up to her hit novel for 17 years. She’s hasn’t quite hit Salinger levels of reclusion, though—she still teaches a creative writing class at Yale, and an unexpected friendship with one of her new students, Christopher, might just be the thing to get her writing again.
$25-$60, Friday through October 16, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston
The American Repertory Theater presents this tap dance extravaganza, previously only a virtual offering, in person for the first time. Born in New York but raised in Puerto Rico, Ayodele Casel developed a style of tap immersed in the rhythms of salsa music. She remains the only woman ever to have been a member of Savion Glover’s troupe Not Your Ordinary Tappers. ART promises a “joyous” production celebrating “gratitude, friendship, trust, legacy, culture, ancestors, and collaboration.”
$25-$70, Saturday through October 9, Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge
Urbanity Dance is back with its annual dance crawl event, featuring contributions from Ars Poetica, Afrobeats Dance Boston, Akili Jamal Haynes, Nobyn, Tim Hall, The Lotus Sound, Tiniqua Patrick, Valerie Stephens, and Annabelle Lee and Annie Yuan of the Boston Strings Academy. It starts every five minutes, taking the audience from one location to the next across the South End. You can check it out alone or with a group of up to six people—check the link above for more details.
$25, Thursday through Saturday, various locations, South End, Boston
As if extrapolating the premise of the Dresden Dolls song “Coin-Operated Boy”, this sci-fi romance from director Maria Schrader tells the story of a scientist, Alma, who, in order to secure funds to her research, allows herself to be a test subject for an android husband, Tom, a walking algorithm who alternately seems superior to a regular person and uncannily strange. But in our era, his awkward attempts to be human might prove the most human thing about him.
$14, opens Friday, Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline
“I’ve been on TV three times and I’m more famous for bagging groceries,” says Los Angeles comic Craig Conant in a 2018 Laugh Factory clip, before explaining how he had recently been fired from a Trader Joe’s for playing a very juvenile prank on his boss and uploading it to Instagram. His laid-back style is reminiscent of Mitch Hedberg, but his act is much more driven by his own life and persona than Hedbergian one-liners.
$20, Friday and Saturday, White Bull Tavern, 1 Union St., Boston
This comedian, also an actor, a writer for Eric Andre and Jena Friedman, and the host of her own podcast/webseries, Let’s Go, Atsuko!, arrives in Somerville with her one-woman show hi, detailing the trials and tribulations of being a womanchild in the modern world. She’s known in particular for a 2019 set in Pasadena that was briefly interrupted by an earthquake. Unsure of what else to do, she continued cracking jokes: “I thought I was making that happen!”
$18, 7:30 p.m., Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville
Today, Toad the Wet Sprocket are probably remembered as much for their whimsical name (a Monty Python reference) as for their biggest hit, 1992’s “All I Want”, a zeitgeisty mix of REM-style jangle pop, grunge-friendly baritone brooding, and classic American pop balladry. They charted several other songs, called it quits temporarily in 1998, and reunited in 2006. Their latest album, Starting Now, dropped August 27.
$47-$152, 8 p.m., the Wilbur Theater, 246 Tremont St., Boston
Noga Erez’s heady, explosive mix of hip-hop, electronic music, and pop has made her an indie star in her native Israel. Her huge beats grab you and don’t let go, and her cool-but-insistent, politically-charged lyrics make it clear this is more than just party music. Her music, in the avant-club tradition of predecessors like MIA and Sophie, might not be melodic enough for many, but for others, it’ll just sound like the future we already live in.
$21-$23, 8 p.m., The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge
With his band the Flecktones, Béla Fleck famously took the banjo to musical places it doesn’t normally go, but for this tour, he’s sticking to traditional bluegrass. Then again, this is Fleck, so it’s hard to believe it’ll be absolutely straight and narrow. He’s joined by a real bluegrass dream team: fiddler Michael Cleveland, mandolinist Sierra Hull, dobro guitarist Justin Moses, bassist Mark Schatz, and guitarist Bryan Sutton.
$29-$80, 8 p.m., Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston
Mass Poetry presents this showcase of younger poetic talent once every two months from January through November. September’s diverse roster includes Elisa Rowe, JD Debris, Marie Ungar, and Mx. Talia Franks. The shift in vibe between each voice is strong, from Rowe’s pensive, nature-inspired meditations to Debris’ colloquial slices-of-life to Ungar’s sense of the art in the everyday to Franks’ candid exploration of identity.
Tuesday, 7 p.m., Trident Booksellers and Café, 338 Newbury St., Boston
Leonard Cohen fans will gather to pay homage to the master at this special event, just a couple days after what would have been his 87th birthday. It’s hard to imagine more perfect music for the approach of fall. The itinerary includes a screening of footage from a local tribute in 2017, as well as live music and poetry performances from some of the artists who participated in it.
Thursday, 6 p.m., Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Dr., Cambridge
Revels celebrates the fall equinox at this annual event, hosted by its music director George Emlen and featuring singer and educator Dr. Kathy Bullock, jazz musician Stan Strickland, frequent Revels collaborator David Coffin, jazz singer Claire Dickson, and Ken Field and the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. But as always with Revels, the audience is the key performer. It starts with a set of family-friendly activities and a puppet-festooned parade.
Free, Saturday, 5 p.m., Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd., Allston
Once again, Somerville goes all out to celebrate of the invention of Marshmallow Fluff, a highly significant historical event that took place in Union Square in the early 20th century. There will be heaps of live music, food, wacky games, crazy costumes, activities, and lots and lots of the white stuff at the locally-infamous festival, which, in the words of its organizers, “stares adulting down like only Somerville can.”
Free, Wednesday through Sunday, Union Square, Somerville