This week, I offer you a choice between the past and the future; history and memory; nostalgia and catharsis. Or maybe it’s just a choice between dancing and sitting down. At any rate, here are five suggestions for artsy-type things to do this weekend. Also: Spring is here!
Together | Through May 20 | Various locations in Cambridge
Boston’s eclectic, tech-obsessed festival wraps up its eighth iteration with — you guessed it — a whole bunch of DJs, including the legendary house producer Kerri Chandler. (Read our feature on the festival.)
"How to Be a Rock Critic" | May 19 - 21 | Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre
This weekend is your last chance to watch Erik Jensen channel the sharp, maniacal intellect of the influential rock critic Lester Bangs in a play written by Jensen and director Jessica Blank and based on the groundbreaking writer’s own work. (Read Jeremy Goodwin’s review.)
L.A. Dance Project | May 19 - 21 | Boch Center Shubert Theatre
L.A. Dance Project may be rooted in the time-honored orthodoxies of ballet — the company's founder, Benjamin Millepied, was a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet -- but everything from its understated title to its sleek internet presence communicates an aura of forward-thinking cool. (It helps that Millepied is married to the actress Natalie Portman.) That image is supported by a genuine interest in exploding the divisions between modern dance and ballet through a rigorous presentation of works both old and new. (Here's our preview.)
Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross | Through July 30 | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
From 1940 to 1944, the Polish photojournalist Henryk Ross surreptitiously documented life in the Lodz Ghetto, where he and some 160,000 other Jews were imprisoned. His photos are marked by impressionistic decay from their time concealed in a box underground and depict horror both shocking and mundane: men eating from pails by the side of a building; a mother cradling her baby close to her cheek; a man collapsed from hunger in the street. The archive is on view in an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts that ARTery critic Greg Cook calls “heartbreaking and horrifying.” (Read his feature on Ross’ work and life in the Lodz Ghetto.)
'Twin Peaks' Season 3 Premiere | May 21 | Showtime
Filmmaker David Lynch may have answered the animating question of his groundbreaking '90s television series “Twin Peaks” — “Who killed Laura Palmer?” — but the surreal and captivating cult classic ultimately opened up more mysteries than it closed, culminating in a freaky final sequence that the internet still hasn’t gotten over. No doubt the reboot, which features many of the original cast members, will satisfy fans’ nostalgia; knowing Lynch, it will likely be weird in a whole new way as well.