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5 Things To Do This Weekend, From Oscar-Nominated Shorts To Harlem Renaissance Chamber Music

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From a global music festival to a dystopian circus piece, we've got you covered this weekend:

Watch The Oscar Nominated Shorts
ICA, Kendall Square Cinema, Somerville Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre

Through March 10, Depending On Theater

An animal support group, a neo-Nazi family, a sentient dumpling: These are just a few of the characters that populate this season’s Oscar-nominated short films. You'll have ample opportunity to catch all of them at Boston area theaters before the Oscars Sunday night — with the ICA's screenings continuing for the next two weeks. (Check out critic Erin Trahan's picks of the shorts nominees and critic Sean Burns' preview of the Oscars.)

House of Blues, Boston

Saturday, Feb. 23

The multicultural music festival returns with a characteristically globally-minded lineup — and with more locals than ever before, like the Balkan Sarma Brass Band and Veronica Robles and her female mariachi band. The Beninese star Angelique Kidjo headlines with her interpretation of the beloved Talking Heads album “Remain in Light.”

'Enigma: Reactions to Racism'
Urbano Project, Jamaica Plain

Through May 3

For her newest exhibition at Urbano Project, Boston artist Chanel Thervil interviewed other artists and organizers of color about their experiences with racism, and then painted their portraits. Paired with audio clips from these interviews, the images Thervil produced wear the tight smiles of people confronted with racist microaggressions, and invite the viewer to inhabit these awkward and painful moments. (Read Arielle Gray's feature on the exhibit.)

Chanel Thervil's "Enigma: Reactions to Racism" is on view at Urbano Project until May 3. (Courtesy Faizal Westcott/Urbano Project)
Chanel Thervil's "Enigma: Reactions to Racism" is on view at Urbano Project until May 3. (Courtesy Faizal Westcott/Urbano Project)

'When Angels Fall'
ArtsEmerson, Boston

Through Sunday, Feb. 24

French aerialist and director Raphaëlle Boitel presents a dance-circus hybrid that tells an architypal man-versus-machine tale set in a dystopian future. The audience is implored to detach from its devices and get lost in Boitel’s enchanting choreography. (Read Jacquinn Sinclair's feature.)

'Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance'
Roxbury Community College

Friday, Feb. 22

Florida’s Core Ensemble performs “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance,” a chamber music theater piece that combines the poetry of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay with the music of jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus.


Amelia Mason Arts And Culture Reporter
Amelia Mason is an arts and culture reporter and critic for WBUR.



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