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5 Things To Do This Weekend, From An Independent Film Fest To Immersive Choreography

It’s supposed to rain this weekend, but who cares? There are so many artsy indoor things to do in Boston. Read on:

IFF Boston
Somerville Theatre, Brattle Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre

Through May 1

The Independent Film Festival of Boston is back for its 17th go-around, and it’s as eclectic and community-oriented as ever. Standouts this year include Elizabeth Moss’s star turn as a self-destructive rock star in “Her Smell” and the smart, Awkwafina-anchored family drama “The Farewell.” (Check out film critic Sean Burns’ IFF Boston recommendations.)



'Pried'
Society of Arts & Crafts

April 25 - June 30

“Pried” puts the focus on LGBTQ craft artists working in various mediums, including ceramics, furniture making and jewelry. In this exhibit, artists ask probing questions about identity and work "that may not be made based around the image of a queer person."

Larry Buller's "Nancy Boi" (Courtesy Society of Arts and Crafts)
Larry Buller's "Nancy Boi" (Courtesy Society of Arts and Crafts)


‘Caroline, or Change’
Calderwood Pavilion

Through May 11

“Caroline, or Change” takes place in the 1960s and debuted off-Broadway in 2003, but its themes and tensions could not be more relevant today. The Moonbox production of this musical, which centers around an African-American maid working for an upper-class Jewish family, is at once empathetic and unsentimental. (Read critic Ed Siegel’s review.)

Yewande Odetoyinbo (right) as Caroline in Moonbox Productions' "Caroline, or Change" at the Calderwood Pavilion. Pier Lamia Porter and Davron S. Monroe give life to the washer and dryer. (Courtesy Sharman Altshuler)
Yewande Odetoyinbo (right) as Caroline in Moonbox Productions' "Caroline, or Change" at the Calderwood Pavilion. Pier Lamia Porter and Davron S. Monroe give life to the washer and dryer. (Courtesy Sharman Altshuler)


‘The Return’
Calderwood Pavilion

April 26 - May 19

Boston’s Israeli Stage presents its first play by a Palestinian-Israeli playwright. “The Return” tells the story of an encounter between a Palestinian mechanic and a Jewish Israeli woman, and the cultural and political chasm that divides them.

Actors Nael Nacer and Philana Mia in "The Return" (Courtesy Anna Olivella)
Actors Nael Nacer and Philana Mia in "The Return" (Courtesy Anna Olivella)


'Points of Intersection'
Urbanity Central

April 27

Urbanity Dance, one of Boston’s more innovative dance companies, presents the second half of its bi-annual creative residency, “Points of Intersection," an immersive, intimate performance featuring brand new choreography.

Urbanity Dance (Courtesy Urbanity Dance)
Urbanity Dance (Courtesy Urbanity Dance)

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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