5 Things To Do This Weekend, From A Book Fest To Open Studios

Plays, books, operas, art — this weekend has everything! Read on to learn more:

Between Riverside and Crazy’ | Through Saturday, Oct. 13 | SpeakEasy Stage Company

This weekend is your last chance to catch SpeakEasy’s sharp production of “Between Riverside and Crazy,” the Pulizer Prize-winning play by Stephen Adly Guirgis. It’s a parable about hardship and redemption, set in a rent-stabilized apartment in a gentrifying New York, where a retired cop holds court among family and friends. (Read more from Ed Siegel's review.)

HUBweek | Through Sunday, Oct. 14 | Boston

HUBweek calls itself an “ideas festival,” and it certainly casts a wide net: tech, science, social justice, art and performance all fall under its purview. Many of its events are free and open to the public, including art installations, performances, talks and dance parties inside the temporary dome city on City Hall Plaza. (In the spirit of transparency, note that WBUR is a sponsor of HUBweek.)

Boston Book Festival | Saturday, Oct. 13 | Copley Square

The Boston Book Festival is just a day long, but it’s absolutely packed. The free event in Copley Square includes readings, panels and children’s programming with some of the nation’s leading authors and thinkers. (Full disclosure: WBUR is a presenting partner of the fest, so you'll find a lot of our reporters and editors there!)

Authors sign books at 2017's Boston Book Festival. (Courtesy)
Authors sign books at 2017's Boston Book Festival. (Courtesy)

Boston Lyric Opera's ‘The Barber of Seville’ | Friday, Oct. 12 - Oct. 21 | Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater

If you’re curious about the non-Bugs Bunny version of “The Barber of Seville” (aka the opera by Gioachino Rossini), now’s your chance to see it. Two centuries later, this iconic opera is as compelling — and humorous — as ever.

Open Studios in Allston and Fort Point | Friday, Oct. 12 - Sunday, Oct. 14 | Boston

Every fall, hundreds of local artists showcase their work in the neighborhoods they call home. These “open studios” vary in structure — some involve artists opening their homes and studios to visitors, while others take place at galleries — but they are by far the best way to learn about the artists living and working in your community. There will be two open studio events this weekend, in the Allston and Fort Point neighborhoods of Boston.

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Amelia Mason is an arts and culture reporter and critic for WBUR.



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