5 Things To Do This Weekend Including A Blues Festival And A Frida Kahlo Exhibit

If I’m ever wandering through a city, it always feels a bit magical when I hear music — and I typically walk towards it. A soundtrack to that day in my life, if you will. This week, I’ve chosen a few musical events, a gallery exhibit that I’m keen to visit and a feast celebration.

Frida Kahlo: POSE

Until December 2021

The exhibit, “Frida Kahlo: POSE” at Brandeis University's Rose Art Museum will include never before seen photographs of Kahlo, along with paintings, drawings and prints. The exhibit is organized in five categories: posing, composing, exposing, queering and self-fashioning. “POSE” highlights Kahlo’s queerness through gender-fluid self-representations and in response, the museum places other contemporary works exploring similar themes besides Kahlo’s work to inspire dialogue.

Frida Kahlo in 1939, photographed by Nickolas Muray. (Courtesy Rose Art Museum)
Frida Kahlo in 1939, photographed by Nickolas Muray. (Courtesy Rose Art Museum)

Fisherman’s Feast 

Thursday, Aug. 12 - Sunday, Aug. 15

The 111th anniversary of the Fisherman’s Feast of Boston will be celebrated throughout the weekend in the historic North End. The festival will have plenty of fun activities for you to partake in, including cooking demonstrations, games, live music, food vendors and beer gardens. And of course, you can’t miss the Italian sausages, cannolis and candy apples!

Flowers and Opera in Brookline

Thursday, Aug. 12

There will be free concerts on the walkway between Paris Creperie and Simon’s Shoes in Coolidge Corner each last Thursday through September. Grab a crêpe and enjoy as Opera on Tap Boston artists David Rivera Bozon, Kelly Hollis and pianist Leah Kosch perform. Local businesses are supporting the event, which will also feature flowers and a food drive.

Gloucester Blues Festival

Saturday, Aug. 14

The Gloucester Blues Festival will be playing all through the day, beginning at 11 a.m. at Stage Fort Park along Crescent Beach. The lineup includes John Primer and The Real Deal, Kat Riggins Band, King Solomon Hicks and Jane Lee Hooker Band. Chairs and blankets are encouraged. This event will happen rain or shine, and advance tickets are recommended.

Apollo Winds Concert

Sunday, Aug. 15

Wind players from The Apollo Ensemble of Boston will have a free hour-long performance at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, under the state park gazebo. Breakheart reservation is a great place for a peaceful walk through nature, and has picnic areas. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on as you are serenaded by flutes, oboes, clarinets, french horns and more. The performance will be conducted by Elias Miller.

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