5 Things To Do This Weekend, Including An Animal Crossing Opera And A Queer Film Fest

Summer days are long and a lot of us are still sticking to staying home for the time being. Good thing there’s no shortage of virtual events to get us through the weekend. How exciting is it that we get to chill on the couch and watch all of the cool things the folks of Boston come up with to keep us entertained?

Coleslaw's Corner: Science in Drag

Thursday, July 23

Science and drag absolutely sound like a combination that will lead to a memorable night. Boston’s very own drag queen Coleslaw is sitting down with different experts and researchers to explore and learn about the science and technology that shape our world. This is a must-see virtual series, and this week, Coleslaw invites Museum of Science education associate Sarah Weiner for a conversation on untold stories of the history of science.

Due Donne Productions - 'Hansel and Gretel'

Friday, July 24

We seem far removed from the "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" craze that swept through at the beginning of quarantine, but this family-friendly virtual event will make you want to sing and maybe check in on your animal villagers. Boston-based Due Donne Productions is an opera company turning the classic fairytale "Hansel and Gretel" into something a little more child-approved and colorful, just like the Animal Crossing video game we all love.

The Rocky Horror Zoom Show

Saturday, July 25

Boston’s shadow cast of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Full Body Cast, is putting their spin on the cult film this weekend. The best part is it’ll be virtual so you can enjoy their version of the 1975 wonky musical from your couch. It’s free to watch on Twitch, but supporters can donate to the Transgender Emergency Fund that night during the show.

Wicked Queer Film Festival 

Friday, July 24 through Sunday, August 2

Wicked Queer, The Boston LGBT Film Festival, has yet another great lineup of films in store, and this year the fest is virtual. From feature-length films like "Lingua Franca" about an undocumented Filipino trans woman working as a caregiver to collections of shorts about the Latinx and queer Muslim experiences and more — there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Tales From Camp Strangewood

Sunday, July 26

This livestreamed anthology series covers chilling tales following inhabitants of Camp Strangwood. The campers and camp counselors are always in for a surprise, along with the virtual audience that’s watching. This week, the story follows campers who sneak out after dark to watch banned scary movies.

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