By now you’ve probably heard about this weekend’s pop-centric Boston Calling Music Festival, which features the likes of Chance the Rapper and Mumford and Sons. Luckily, the big box music fest hasn’t driven the rest of the arts out of town for the long Memorial Day weekend — far from it, in fact, as these events demonstrate.
All Together Now | Saturday, May 27 | Lilypad, Cambridge
When Boston musician Anna Rae (of the band Hemway) first cooked up All Together Now, her aims were at once modest and grand: to unite artists and musicians from Boston and New York across subculture and city, making an effort to center demographics — minorities, women, LGBT folk — often sidelined in the mainstream art world. Last year’s performance series was so successful that The Boston Foundation awarded Rae a grant to continue her work with five shows in 2017 — two in the spring and three in the fall.
At the kickoff event in April, a cheerful audience packed the cozy Lilypad in Cambridge, turning appreciative ears and eyes to the nimble rhymes of rapper Tashawn Taylor, the musical gymnastics of beatboxer Gene Shinozaki, the political poetry of Didi Delgado and First Frost’s cerebral pop-rock. A second installment will feature zany video and performance art from Zayde Buti, down-tempo folk rock from Poor Eliza, inventive magic from Felice Ling and a music/storytelling mashup from Jenee Halstead and Mark Lipman.
A.R.T.'s 'Arrabal' | Through June 18 | Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge
You’d think that the story of Argentina’s brutal military dictatorship of the 1970s and ‘80s would not be the kind of thing that would get audiences up and dancing. But the tango comes to represent the life force in this thrilling dance theater piece presented by the American Repertory Theater with pulsating music by Gustavo Santaolalla and Bajofondo and sexy choreography by Julio Zurita and director Sergio Trujillo. Go early and get a tango lesson. (Suggestion from critic Ed Siegel; read our feature on the show.)
#Resist | Through Saturday, May 27 | Nave Gallery, Somerville
This weekend is your last chance to check out #Resist, an art exhibition in Somerville that responds to — and critiques — the political goings-on in America and abroad. Co-curated by Susan Berstler and The ARTery’s own Greg Cook, #Resist features work by more than 20 artists — many local, but some from as far afield as San Francisco — that includes everything from actual protest signs to a portrait of Trump fashioned out of tampons.
‘Jaws’ in Concert with the Boston Pops | Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26 | Symphony Hall, Boston
John Williams’ soundtrack to the 1975 thriller "Jaws" was an instant classic, its growling theme now synonymous with impending doom. There is really no better tribute to Williams’ Academy Award-winning score than a rendition by one of the greatest orchestras in the world — synced up, of course, with the film itself.
The Huntington's 'Ripcord' | Previews begin Friday, May 26 | Calderwood Pavilion, South End
“Ripcord,” by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, is an epic tale of wit and will that unfolds in, of all places, the fictitious Bristol Place assisted living facility. Annie Golden, whom television fans might know as Norma Romano in “Orange is the New Black,” and storied Boston theater actress Nancy E. Carroll star as adversarial elder roommates whose comedic hijinks verge on the sinister.