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5 Things To Do This Weekend, From A Breakdancing Competition To A Drug Lord

Tatiana Isabel Gil,  Lisa Joyce, Khloe Alice Lin and Gina Fonseca in "Our Dear Dead Drug Lord" (Courtesy Nile Hawver)MoreCloseclosemore
Tatiana Isabel Gil, Lisa Joyce, Khloe Alice Lin and Gina Fonseca in "Our Dear Dead Drug Lord" (Courtesy Nile Hawver)

This is it! Ready, set, go. Enjoy summer for one last, languid weekend:

'HD BPM' By Masary Studios | Thursday, Aug. 30 and Friday, Aug. 31 | East Boston

This public installation by artist Ryan Edwards allows the public to take a drum stick and play electronic drums pads. According to the description on the website: "Each stroke of a drum pad triggers a musical sound sample, and it also slowly reveals, stroke by stroke, video projected images of artworks on the side of a building in the East Boston Shipyard." This is free and open to all ages.

A poster for the "HD•BPM" art installation at the East Boston shipyard. (Courtesy)
A poster for the "HD•BPM" art installation at the East Boston shipyard. (Courtesy)

The Museum of Capitalism | Through Oct. 25 | Grossman Gallery at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

The brainchild of the artist collaborative Fictilis consisting of Andrea Steves and Timothy Furstnau, the Museum of Capitalism aims to explore the cultural artifacts of capitalism through the lens of the future. Abigail Satinsky, a curator at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, says the museum is set up to analyze capitalism from several vantage points “so that you can historicize it, you can study it, you can think about it, and then you can think about alternative futures.” (Read our feature about it here.)

A still from Jesse Sugarmann's "We Build Excitement." (Courtesy of the artist)
A still from Jesse Sugarmann's "We Build Excitement." (Courtesy of the artist)

'Our Dear Dead Drug Lord' | Through Sept. 1 | Calderwood Pavilion, Boston

This new, cheeky play by Alexis Scheer revolves around four girls who dabble in quintessential teenager things: dating, falling in love, maybe experimenting with drugs and summoning the spirit of their favorite drug lord. Our critic called it "Mean Girls" sprinkled with Manson dust. (Read his review here.)

Gina Fonseca, Lisa Joyce, Khloe Alice Lin, and Tatiana Isabel Gil in "Our Dear Dead Drug Lord." (Courtesy Nile Hawver)
Gina Fonseca, Lisa Joyce, Khloe Alice Lin, and Tatiana Isabel Gil in "Our Dear Dead Drug Lord." (Courtesy Nile Hawver)

Family Fun At Lawn on D | Friday, Saturday and Sunday | 420 D Street, Boston

The Lawn on D will be filled with activities all of Labor Day weekend, from a cornhole tournament on Friday to live music Saturday and Sunday. The events are all free for all ages.

Lawn on the D celebrations will take place this weekend. (Courtesy)
Lawn on the D celebrations will take place this weekend. (Courtesy)

Breakdancing Competition | Saturday, Sept. 1 | Royale, Boston

This is your chance to see a professional breakdancing competition. The Boston cypher is the last qualifying U.S. cypher before the World Finals in Zürich. You'll see dancers compete for the top spot, alongside DJ performances. We're hearing of people traveling to Boston to check out the event.

Here's a look at last year's Final for a taste of what to expect:


Correction: An earlier version of this post included an event at Lawn on D from two years ago. We've removed the item and updated with this year's events.

Maria Garcia Twitter Senior Editor, The ARTery
Maria Garcia is the senior editor of The ARTery, WBUR's Arts and Culture Team.

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