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5 Things To Do This Weekend, From Underground Music To Art Exploring Black Womanhood

The midterms are over and it’s time to relax — aka, check out some art 'n culture:

'WET: A DACAmented Journey' | Thursday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 25 | ArtsEmerson, Boston

“WET: A DACAmented Journey” is Alex Alpharaoh’s searing one-man show about his experience growing up undocumented in America — and the precarious position he finds himself in as a DACA recipient in the Trump era.


Hassle Fest | Friday, Nov. 9 - Saturday, Nov. 10 | Various Locations

Hassle Fest is the annual live music blowout from BRAIN Arts/Boston Hassle, the city’s most prolific platform for underground and experimental music. Now in its 10th year, Hassle Fest is bigger than ever, spanning 10 venues across Boston, Cambridge and Somerville and featuring too many artists to name, including Lily and Horn Horse, featured below.


'Alexandria Smith: A Litany For Survival' | Thursday, Nov. 8 - Jan. 27 | Stone Gallery, Boston University

Artist Alexandria Smith explores black womanhood and the duality of consciousness in surreal, cleverly composed paintings. “A Litany For Survival” marks her first solo show in Boston. (Read more about the artist and exhibit from The ARTery's Pamela Reynolds.)

Alexandria Smith's "Untitled 1." (Courtesy of the artist)
Alexandria Smith's "Untitled 1." (Courtesy of the artist)

Billy Wylder | Friday, Nov. 9 | Oberon, Cambridge

Billy Wylder is helmed by Cambridge-based musician Avi Salloway, who writes propulsive, politically conscious songs around hypnotic guitar riffs. The group celebrates the release of its sophomore album, “Light the Match.” (Check out our feature on Billy Wylder, part of our Up Next series on rising local musicians.)


'Buy Me, Boston' Book Launch | Sunday, Nov. 11 | Brattle Theatre, Cambridge

Revere-based author Brian Coleman’s “Buy Me, Boston” appreciates the quirky minutiae of local history: hand-drawn concert posters, old playbills, ad copy written with a personal flair. To celebrate the release of this exhaustive collection of Boston-area advertisements of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, the Brattle Theatre presents a night of archival footage and lively discussion.

Sample pages from "Buy Me, Boston." (Courtesy Brian Coleman)
Sample pages from "Buy Me, Boston." (Courtesy Brian Coleman)

Amelia Mason Twitter Arts And Culture Reporter
Amelia Mason is an arts and culture reporter and critic for The ARTery, WBUR's arts and culture team. She covers everything from fine art to television to the inner workings of the Boston music scene.

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