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5 Things To Do This Weekend, From A Rock 'N' Roll Rumble To An Anime Convention

From Pokemon tournaments to Jack Nicholson’s forgotten roles, Boston's got it all this weekend:

Anime Boston
Hynes Convention Center

Friday, April 19 - Saturday, April 21

Boston’s annual anime convention returns with three packed days of programming dedicated to Japanese animation and popular culture. Visitors can compete in an “Epic Cosplay Showdown,” attend a lecture on Pokemon and watch drunk panelists recount the plotlines to their favorite anime — to name but a very few events.

Threa Srey, of Lowell, dressed as Bulma from the Japanese animated series "Dragon Ball Z," stands with Linda Thach, also of Lowell, in character as Vegeta from "Dragon Ball Z" at the annual three-day Anime Boston in 2015. (Steven Senne/AP)
Threa Srey, of Lowell, dressed as Bulma from the Japanese animated series "Dragon Ball Z," stands with Linda Thach, also of Lowell, in character as Vegeta from "Dragon Ball Z" at the annual three-day Anime Boston in 2015. (Steven Senne/AP)

'Jack Attack' Retrospective
Somerville Theatre

Through Oct. 11

Explore the many faces of Jack Nicholson in the Somerville Theatre’s “Jack Attack” film series, which kicked off in March and runs into October. This weekend you can watch Nicholson play a piano-prodigy-turned-oil-worker in “Five Easy Pieces,” a sexy ex-boyfriend in “A Safe Place” and a depressed radio personality in “The King of Marvin Gardens.” (Read more about Nicholson's early career from film critic Sean Burns.)


Joiri Minaya: 'Gazing Back'
UMass Boston

Through May 4

The Dominican-American artist Joiri Minaya complicates popular depictions of Caribbean culture in her exhibit “Gazing Back.” The show, Minaya’s first in Boston, is a “bold attempt to wrest tropical identity from a North American and European narrative,” writes The ARTery's Pamela Reynolds.

Joiri Minaya's #dominicanwomengooglesearch, pictured in 2016 at the Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill in the Bronx, NY. (Courtesy Stefan Hagen)
Joiri Minaya's #dominicanwomengooglesearch, pictured in 2016 at the Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill in the Bronx, NY. (Courtesy Stefan Hagen)

'American Moor'
ArtsEmerson

Through Sunday, April 21

"American Moor" unfolds as a fictional audition for the title role of Shakespeare's "Othello." Keith Hamilton's original one-man play challenges popular depictions of Blackness in the very setting where African-American performers so often find themselves hampered the theater's long history of stereotyping and erasure.

Keith Hamilton Cobb, performing in "American Moor," in Boston. (Courtesy Chris Lang)
Keith Hamilton Cobb, performing in "American Moor," in Boston. (Courtesy Chris Lang)

Rock & Roll Rumble Semifinals
Once Somerville

Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20

The semifinals of Boston’s long-running Rock & Roll Rumble go down at Once Somerville this weekend. It’s a great chance to celebrate some fun local acts, like glam-electro-punk outfit Corner Soul.

Amelia Mason Twitter Arts And Culture Reporter
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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