5 Things To Do This Weekend, From A Bubble Festival To Megan Mullally's Band

If I had to pick a favorite, it might be the bubble festival. But if that’s not your style (You hate whimsy? The outdoors?), we’ve got you covered with theater, music and more:

Nancy And Beth
City Winery, Boston

Sunday, May 12

In the compendium of vanity celebrity musical projects, Nancy And Beth stands out. Frontwomen Megan Mullally (Karen from "Will & Grace") and Stephanie Hunt (Devin Boland in "Friday Night Lights") lead the band in a charming, slightly surreal survey of American music, from Irving Berlin’s “Walking Stick” to Gucci Mane’s “I Don’t Love Her.” (Read Jim Sullivan’s feature on Nancy And Beth.)

'School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play'
Boston Center for the Arts

Through May 25

“School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play” does not simply transfer the conceit of Tina Fey’s iconic comedy to a Ghanaian boarding school. Jocelyn Bioh’s play, on stage in Boston via the SpeakEasy Stage Company, delivers an incisive exploration of how race and class inform its teenage characters’ social jockeying.

The cast of "School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play." (Courtesy Maggie Hall Photography)
The cast of "School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play." (Courtesy Maggie Hall Photography)

MFA Late Nites
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Friday, May 10 - Saturday, May 11

Thrice a year, the MFA stays open until 2 a.m., its marble halls reverberating with the sounds of music and dance and lots and lots of people. Programming this time includes a black music and fashion show and a courtyard dance club curated by Brooklyn DJ Riobamba.

Boston Bubble Festival
Boston Common's Parkman Bandstand

Saturday, May 11

Boston Bubble Festival, you had me at “giant floating bubble demonstrations.” And “free.” This year, the Boston Bubble Festival also features a DJ, a stilt walker and a World Water Day demonstration from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission.

Somerville Porchfest
All Over Somerville

Saturday, May 11

It’s porchfest season! The Boston area is home to a number of these neighborhood festivals, in which residents perform music on their lawns and front porches, but Somerville’s is the area’s oldest, and probably the largest. The Somerville Arts Council helpfully provides a map, and the schedule is organized geographically, so you can walk from one end of the city to the other and catch dozens of local acts along the way. (And if you can't make it to Somerville's Porchfest, here's a list of the other ones happening in the area this summer.)

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