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5 Things To Do This Weekend, From A Handmaid's Tale Opera To A Comedy Fest

There’s some exciting stuff coming up this weekend in Boston, including a "Handmaid’s Tale" opera and the 10th anniversary of the Women in Comedy Festival. Here’s what’s on tap:

'The Handmaid's Tale'
Harvard Stadium's Ray Lavietes Pavilion

Sunday, May 5 - May 12

Before “The Handmaid’s Tale” was a hit Hulu series starring Elisabeth Moss, it was an award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood. After that — but before the TV series — it became an opera. In this rendition, the Boston Lyric Opera rises to the challenge of bringing Poul Ruders’ music and Paul Bentley’s libretto to life in the #MeToo era.

Women in Comedy Festival
Boston and Cambridge

Through Sunday, May 5

Now in its 10th year, the Women in Comedy Festival brings in national acts and features lots of locals, with a packed schedule of stand-up, improv, podcasts, sketch shows and workshops. Headliners this year include stand-up comics Nikki Glaser and Phoebe Robinson and improv troupe Wild Horses.

Wake Up The Earth Festival
45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain

Saturday, May 4

The Wake Up the Earth Festival is a Jamaica Plain tradition commemorating activists’ successful prevention of the interstate expansion through the city in 1979. Now, it’s a free festival with local music, performances, crafts and food — plus a huge community parade.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Boch Center Wang Theatre

Through Sunday, May 5

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 in New York City, a small ensemble of black modern dancers determined to push the boundaries of the form. Now an institution, the troupe marks 60 years with a series of three programs, each anchored by Ailey’s groundbreaking work “Revelations.”


Through Sunday, May 5

Soccer is the vehicle through which Marc Bamuthi Joseph explores the struggle and beauty of his Haitian-American identity in this vibrant dance-theater piece. The poet-performer brings in his experiences at the World Cup in Brazil and South Africa, and what the socio-economic impacts of those tournaments are. (Read more about the performance here.)

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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