10 Best Things to Do in Boston This Weekend: April 28-May 1, 2022



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This week’s BosTen features a mix of in-person and virtual things to do in Boston this weekend. Do you have an idea of ​​what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or write to us at [email protected].

Set your sights on four Independent Film Festival venues

The 19th annual Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFB) is really spreading its wings this time around, with screenings of more than 60 films at four venues in four different cities and towns. Until May 4, adventurous moviegoers can see narrative films and documentaries, in features and shorts, at the Somerville Theater (Somerville), Brattle Theater (Cambridge), Coolidge Corner Theater (Brookline), and CitySpace (Boston). ). As always, the fare will range from those with commercial inclinations to those who are definitely borderline. One of many highlights is the evening’s closing film “Marcel, the shell with shoes”, an animated mockumentary about a small shell (yes, who wears shoes), voiced by Jenny Slate , a native of Milton, who is trying to find her parents after they go missing. The rumor on this one is that it’s lovely but might make you cry a little. For a complete list of titles and events, visit the IFF Boston website. —Ed Symkus

Get a free banned book and celebrate diverse voices in literature

This Thursday, BookTalk, Inc., a local nonprofit, is joining Boston Honors College at the University of Massachusetts to host a Forbidden Book Fair, with the goal of highlighting diverse voices in literature. The event will feature books by marginalized authors who have been the target of book bans across the country, such as “Hood Feminism” by Mikki Kendall, “Grown” by Tiffany Jackson and “Cemetery” by Aiden Thomas. Students attending the event, which will take place in the backyard of University Hall and Campus Center at UMass Boston from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be able to browse the books on display and choose one to take home. , free. costs. —Dialyn Dwyer

Witness the return of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to Boston

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater began with a performance of modern dance by a group of young black dancers led by Alvin Ailey in New York City in 1958. Since then the company has performed for approximately 25 million people at shows across the world. This spring’s performance at the Wang Theater starting this Thursday marks the company’s first return to Boston since the pandemic began. Attendees can expect a host of new and classic works during their shows, alongside the company’s signature Revelationscreated by Ailey from his memories of the Deep South, with blues and gospel influences. — Natalie Gale

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Relax with piano folk from The Weather Station

It was a year after completing the “Ignorance” album that Tamara Linderman, the mastermind behind The Weather Station, decided to record another album, this one switching almost completely to solo piano. Released this year, “How Should I Look at the Stars” was recorded between March 10 and 12, 2020, according to Pitchfork, a time when the world began to shut down as COVID-19 became a global pandemic. . In March of last year, the band livestreamed a performance from Revolution Recording Studios in Toronto. The band performed all 10 tracks from “Ignorance” during the show. For those fascinated by the latest album, they can watch Linderman perform as The Weather Station at the Crystal Ballroom this Thursday. —Arianna MacNeill

Admire the blooming art of the MFA

For the first time since 2019, the National Gallery’s annual Flower Festival will return in person this Thursday. the Blooming art The weekend-long event showcases all things flower to celebrate the return of spring with guest speakers, events, shopping and loads of fresh flower arrangements. Fifty New England floral designers will create stunning floral arrangements and interpretations in the museum’s galleries. The Art in Bloom market in the courtyard will feature goods from 10 vendors for sale, as well as the garden cart, with home and garden items like teacups filled with fresh flowers. Free guided tours of the flower arrangements will be available with admission to the museum all weekend. — Natalie Gale

Visit the SoWa Open Market

Starting Sunday, SoWa Open Market is back every weekend until October. More than a hundred vendors head to Harrison Avenue in the South End, along with a dozen of Boston’s favorite food trucks. The market even sets up a beer garden and live musical entertainment. SoWa Open Market is part farmer’s market, part arts market, part food festival. Local farmers and food vendors line up to sell fresh produce, animal products, baked goods and other goodies, while performers sell jewelry, clothing, home decor home and handmade ceramics. The SoWa Art + Design District also includes a plethora of artist galleries and the SoWa Vintage Market, an indoor flea market filled with second-hand goods. You’ll also find boutiques, design showrooms, tons of surrounding restaurants, and rotating exhibits at the Power Station. This summer, you can experience Beyond King Tut from July 8 to September 18. — Natalie Gale

Watch zombies come to life at Cabot

Those who thoughtlessly reject the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame do so for one or a combination of three reasons: 1) it ignored their personal favorite artists, 2) it recognized artists who got their start after rock ‘n’ ‘roll has ceased to meet Homer Simpson’s definition of perfection, or 3) he has inducted artists whose sound is not exclusively composed of electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and keyboards/synths employed in a manner acceptable. The longtime members of 1960s psychedelic pop band The Zombies, however, were thrilled when they won selection in 2019. Despite their late induction, the band has had a plethora of high-profile admirers over the years. years, from Tom Petty to Dave Grohl and Eminem. Fans can expect to hear hits like “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and more at Cabot this Friday at 8 p.m. —Blake Maddux

See art on the go at Somerville Open Studios

Somerville will honor its vibrant art scene this weekend, as hundreds of artists from more than 80 of the city’s studios showcase their work at the annual Somerville Open Studios from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Walk down a street you’ve never walked to find artwork you never dreamed of or, for a more structured approach, take the free city-provided tram to some of the major studios . —Kevin Slane

Chinatown celebrates World Tai Chi Day

Just down the iconic Chinatown Gate, students and instructors from the Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Association come together to perform the sweeping flow of gentle Tai chi in a free, public celebration of World Tai Chi Day. Tai Chi this Saturday at 10 a.m. Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts and the Rose Kennedy Greenway team up for a 90-minute performance of not only tai chi, but a variety of other Chinese martial arts including qigong, xing yi, bagua , weapon forms and much more. While the annual event has promoted the disciplines in 80 countries and several hundred cities since 1999, this local gathering also celebrates the legacy of Grandmaster Mark, who Black belt magazine once named one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century. —Cheryl Fenton

Watch baseball meet rock ‘n’ roll at Hot Stove Cool Music

For the first time since going live due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual “Hot Stove Cool Music” concert benefiting the To Be Named Later Foundation finally returns to the stage this Saturday at Paradise Rock Club. This year’s show features Good Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik, as well as a lineup that includes appearances from FTBNL co-founder and former Red Sox vice-president and general manager Theo Epstein and Baseball Hall of Fame reporter Peter Gammons with the Boston All-Stars. Also on the shortlist are Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck’s band French Lick, Letters to Cleo singer Kay Hanley with all-star Band of Their Own, former Yankees outfielder and jazz guitarist Bernie Williams and former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo. —Chris Gavin

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