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5 Things To Do This Weekend, From A Fashion Show To A Broadway Musical

January has felt like the longest month ever, but it's finally coming to an end. Consider this weekend’s events a farewell to the first month of 2020 and one step closer to the spring season we’re yearning for. What better way to celebrate the impending seasonal switch than a show full of beautiful orchids or with a lively fashion show celebrating Boston's trans community?

Haley House’s Grand Re-Opening
Haley House Bakery Cafe, Roxbury

Saturday, Feb. 1

After closing for a year to "review and renew" its business concept, Haley House is reopening. The creative hub is ready to serve the Roxbury and Boston community again, opening its doors with a welcome celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Haley House Bakery Cafe (Flickr)
Haley House Bakery Cafe (Flickr)

‘Playing in the Dark’: A Roundtable In-Conversation with Zanele Muholi
The Cooper Gallery, Cambridge

Friday, Jan. 31

Artist Zanele Muholi, curator Renée Mussai and historian Hlonipha Mokoena discuss Muholi’s series “Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness” -- Muholi’s series of self-portraits addressing race, beauty and pride. Music and image projections weave in and out as the discussions carry on, with appearances from special guests.

Zanele Muholi, "Ntozakhe II, Parktown," 2016. (Courtesy Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York)
Zanele Muholi, "Ntozakhe II, Parktown," 2016. (Courtesy Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York)

Orchid Show
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Worcester

Saturday, Feb. 1 through March 31

A unique and immersive experience, Orchid Show combines lush floral displays with custom-made graffiti. Patrons can create their own works of art, participate in an orchid scavenger hunt and contribute to a poetry board.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden's Orchid Show takes place Feb. 1-March 31. (Courtesy)
Tower Hill Botanic Garden's Orchid Show takes place Feb. 1-March 31. (Courtesy)

transFORMED: A Celebration of Trans Identity and Expression
Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Friday, Jan. 31

This event showcases transgender and nonbinary models and performers in celebration of the trans community. There will be music, drag performances, a fashion show and spoken word after a meet-and-greet cocktail hour with the performers.


‘Mean Girls’
Boston Opera House

Through Sunday, Feb. 9

This show is sure to be fetch (is fetch still not happening?). Tina Fey's “Mean Girls” moved from the screen to the stage and now it’s coming to Boston in musical form. The number of times you’ll want to see this show? The limit does not exist.

Christian Burno Arts Fellow
Christian Burno is the arts reporting fellow for The ARTery, WBUR’s arts and culture team.

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