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5 Things To Do This Weekend, From Ballet In The Fog To A 'Gentrification Game'

This weekend’s arts offerings have it all: politics, whimsy and a whole day of music.

'The Roommate' | Through Nov. 18 | Lyric Stage Company 

In Jen Silverman’s “The Roommate,” a divorced housewife and a countercultural lesbian/grifter attempt to co-habitate. The result is a subversive, quick-witted tale of self-reinvention in the face of loss.

Paula Plum and Adrianne Krstansky in "The Roommate." (Courtesy Mark S. Howard/Lyric Stage Company)
Paula Plum and Adrianne Krstansky in "The Roommate." (Courtesy Mark S. Howard/Lyric Stage Company)

'Clairvoyance Installation #2: White People Read' | Saturday, Oct. 27 | Boston Public Library

Performance artist Diana Oh continues her year-long residency at the American Repertory Theater with “White People Read,” the second in a series of installations. The participatory happening invites white audience members to peruse a collection of books curated by queer and trans people of color and women of color, and to “recognize and challenge their place within structures of white dominance.” (Read more about Diana Oh's work in this piece by my colleague Jacquinn Sinclair.)

Diana Oh during the first installation stemming from her residency at the A.R.T. (Courtesy A.R.T.)
Diana Oh during the first installation stemming from her residency at the A.R.T. (Courtesy A.R.T.)

'The Gentrification Game' | Thursday, Oct. 25 - Nov. 2 | 572 Colombia Rd., Dorchester

“Gentrification Game” is the latest brainchild of artist, activist and professional instigator Tory Bullock. The outdoor art installation, which will appear Thursday and Friday evenings this week and next, invites participants to consider the effects of gentrification on the city by competing for survival in a giant board game.

Here's his video explaining the game, sorta (if the video doesn't load immediately, refresh your page):


Local Behavior Music Festival | Sunday, Oct. 28 | City Winery, Boston

The Local Behavior Music Festival is a day-long event celebrating (mostly) Boston-area women and non-binary artists. Beloved singer-songwriter Catie Curtis headlines a killer lineup that includes Boston rapper Dutch Rebelle and poet Olivia Gatwood.

Here's the poster:


'Rhythm x FLO' | Sunday, Oct. 28 | Olmsted Park’s Allerton Overlook, Boston

This weekend is your last chance to catch the ethereal fog sculptures installed throughout the Emerald Necklace — and what better way to experience these dreamlike pieces than with a performance by the Boston Ballet? (This was originally scheduled for Saturday, but postponed to Sunday due to the nor'easter.)

A visitor walks through the fog of Fujiko Nakaya's installation at the Arnold Arboretum. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A visitor walks through the fog of Fujiko Nakaya's installation at the Arnold Arboretum. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

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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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