From Pokemon tournaments to Jack Nicholson’s forgotten roles, Boston's got it all this weekend:
Hynes Convention Center
Friday, April 19 - Saturday, April 21
Boston’s annual anime convention returns with three packed days of programming dedicated to Japanese animation and popular culture. Visitors can compete in an “Epic Cosplay Showdown,” attend a lecture on Pokemon and watch drunk panelists recount the plotlines to their favorite anime — to name but a very few events.
'Jack Attack' Retrospective
Through Oct. 11
Explore the many faces of Jack Nicholson in the Somerville Theatre’s “Jack Attack” film series, which kicked off in March and runs into October. This weekend you can watch Nicholson play a piano-prodigy-turned-oil-worker in “Five Easy Pieces,” a sexy ex-boyfriend in “A Safe Place” and a depressed radio personality in “The King of Marvin Gardens.” (Read more about Nicholson's early career from film critic Sean Burns.)
Joiri Minaya: 'Gazing Back'
Through May 4
The Dominican-American artist Joiri Minaya complicates popular depictions of Caribbean culture in her exhibit “Gazing Back.” The show, Minaya’s first in Boston, is a “bold attempt to wrest tropical identity from a North American and European narrative,” writes The ARTery's Pamela Reynolds.
Through Sunday, April 21
"American Moor" unfolds as a fictional audition for the title role of Shakespeare's "Othello." Keith Hamilton's original one-man play challenges popular depictions of Blackness in the very setting where African-American performers so often find themselves hampered the theater's long history of stereotyping and erasure.
Rock & Roll Rumble Semifinals
Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20
The semifinals of Boston’s long-running Rock & Roll Rumble go down at Once Somerville this weekend. It’s a great chance to celebrate some fun local acts, like glam-electro-punk outfit Corner Soul.