What with all the Pride shenanigans coming this weekend, Boston is bound to be even more entertaining than usual. Here are just five suggestions for arts-related happenings to check out in between all the parading, dancing and out-and-proud proclaiming.
'World of WearableArt' | Through Sunday, June 11 | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
This weekend is your last chance to check out the “World of WearableArt” exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. The annual fashion competition originated in New Zealand in 1987 and has grown to include a three-week-long theatrical production and an internationally-touring exhibition. You probably wouldn’t want to wear anything in the exhibit, which includes a dress in the shape of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and a cactus-shaped bra, but technically, you could. (Check out photos via our own Greg Cook.)
Mary Timony Brings Back Helium | Saturday, June 10 | The Sinclair, Cambridge
Helium made its mark on Boston in the '90s with an inventive take on the scowling indie rock of that era. The band released only two albums before breaking up, but a new collection of rare and previously unreleased tracks has given frontwoman Mary Timony occasion to resurrect Helium’s catalog live, with backup from Brooklyn indie-pop band Hospitality. (Read up before you go with my feature.)
Queer Ascension Featuring Tygapaw | Saturday, June 10 | The Sinclair, Cambridge
Amid a seemingly endless barrage — dare I say parade — of Pride after-parties and after-after-parties, Queer Ascension might be the hippest. Jamaican-born, New York-based DJ and producer Tygapaw headlines with support from three of Boston’s most inclusive DJ collectives: queer dance night Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, genderqueer dance series Houseboi and the feminist-minded EVLV TECH. Plus a whole bunch of drag performances! The party starts right after Helium — so you can spend the whole night in one place.
Boston Early Music Festival | Starts Sunday, June 11 | various venues in Boston
I have one word for you: sackbut. That's a Baroque ancestor of the trombone, just one of many period instruments — hurdy-gurdy, recorder, viola da gamba — you're likely to hear at the Boston Early Music Festival, a heavy hitter in the world of music from the pre-classical era. The centerpiece of this year's fest is the American premiere of "La Carnaval de Venise," a rare opera by the lesser-known Baroque composer André Campra, whose self-described "ballet operas" were as invested in the expressive possibilities of dance as the transportive power of music. (Check out Lloyd Schwartz's feature on the festival.)
Black Market Grand Opening | Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 | 2136 Washington St., Roxbury
A new, bi-monthly pop-up art market featuring exclusively black artists and black-owned businesses comes to Dudley Square this summer. (Not to be confused with Boston Hassle’s semi-monthly flea market, also called Black Market.) Founders Chris and Kai Grant hope to continue the legacy of the neighborhood’s beloved A Nubian Notion, an Afrocentric convenience store that departed Dudley Square in February after nearly 50 years of business there. In honor of Juneteenth (a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States), Black Market’s grand opening is free and open to the public.