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5 Things To Do This Weekend, From A Mural Party To A 'Keanu-Thon'

School is out, the weather is getting hotter and pre-Fourth of July jubilation is in full swing. Whether you love films, a good outing to a museum or want to spend the day outside, there's lots of things to do this weekend in Boston and beyond.

Here are our picks:

Womanimation! Festival 2019
AS220, Providence

Saturday, June 29

The world of animation has come a long way in gender parity but international organization, Women In Animation, reports that women still only make up around 20% of creative animation roles. The Womanimation! Festival is an annual showcase of animated short films created by women from across the globe. Featuring 12 short films, Womanimation! offers an opportunity for local audiences to experience a wide swathe of works created by women from a myriad of disciplines, including traditional 2D hand drawing, stop motion and computer animation.

(Courtesy Womanimation)
(Courtesy Womanimation)

"Keanu-Thon"
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline

Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, June 30

If you didn't have an inexplicable crush on Keanu Reeves growing up, this marathon is still for you. "Keanu-Thon" at Coolidge Corner Theatre is a 12-hour marathon showcasing films starring Reeves over his three decade career. It kicks off on Saturday at midnight with "Point Break" and ends on Sunday morning with "Speed." The flicks screening in between the opener and closer haven't been announced yet, but if Keanu Reeves is the focus, do we really need to know what they are? (Read more about Keanu's cultural moment from critic Sean Burns.)

Keanu Reeves in "Point Break" (1991). (Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox/Photofest)
Keanu Reeves in "Point Break" (1991). (Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox/Photofest)

Underground GetDown Block Party
Ink Block, Boston's South End

Saturday, June 29

Underground at Ink Block turned eight acres of underpass between the South End and South Boston neighborhoods into a space for cultural exchange and community gathering. Over the past two weeks, eight artists created murals for Underground's 2019 Mural Project and on Saturday, the Underground GetDown Block Party celebrates these artists and their work. Local fitness sensation, Trill.Fit, kicks off the event with some dance cardio before DJ Braun Dapper and guest DJs presented by Red Bull take the stage. Food trucks, games and live art will also be on site.

Muro's new mural at Underground at Ink Block. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Muro's new mural at Underground at Ink Block. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

"Less is a Bore"
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Opens June 26

Minimalism is out, maximalism is in. Well, not really but this exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art highlights the colorful, visually stimulating work of artists like Howardena Pindell and Miriam Schapiro. The title of the exhibit comes from architect Robert Venturi’s retort to Mies van der Rohe’s modernist “less is more” ethos. "You might call the show transgressively pretty," says arts writer and critic Pamela Reynolds in a recent piece. Whether you're a hardcore minimalist, a devout maximalist or a melange of both, "Less is a Bore" is sure to be a feast for the eyes.

Joyce Kozloff, "If I Were an Astronomer: Boston," 2015. (Courtesy the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York)
Joyce Kozloff, "If I Were an Astronomer: Boston," 2015. (Courtesy the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York)

Queer Qarnival
Make Shift Boston, South End

Saturday, June 29

This gathering of local artists and musicians is a Pride month alternative to the (often 21+) parties and events that span June. Queer Qarnival is a substance-free, all ages event celebrating LGBTQ+ arts and education. The lineup is expansive, including acoustic driven singer Genie Santiago, theater group Red Sage Stories and poet and singer, Black Bear Extraordinaire. With food, music, workshops and an opportunity to buy locally made art, Queer Qarnival has a host of offerings for anyone wanting to spend the last weekend of Pride in a LGBTQ+ centered space.

Arielle Gray Twitter Arts Engagement Producer
Arielle Gray is the Arts Engagement Producer for The ARTery. She manages its social media, events and curated content.

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