As Valentine’s Day has come and gone, it seems that we have entered the final stretch of winter. We’ll be back enjoying the outdoors soon enough. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until then, we have found a few activities to stay warm and keep busy. This weekend, you can catch a classic cartoon festival, check out an experimental jazz performance, and immerse yourself in the work of one of the 20th century's most important artists.
Friday, Feb. 18
On Friday evening, the ICA will host a special one-night-only performance by Mary Halverson and her band, Code Girl. The band features artists who are known for blending flamenco, rock, and psychedelia to create a kind of avant-jazz. Halverson is one of New York City’s most in demand guitarists and has been called “one of the most exciting and original guitarists in jazz—or otherwise.” It’s sure to be a sonic venture not to be missed.
Friday, Feb. 18-Sunday, Feb. 27
For a bit of nostalgia this weekend, you can see the beloved characters from the Looney Tunes at The Brattle. After sitting out last year, the theater is welcoming viewers to the 26th Bugs Bunny Film Festival. Come watch your favorite classic cartoons in an all-35 mm film program. Audiences can expect about 10 shorts with about a 70- or 80- minute total run time.
Through May 8
The team responsible for “Immersive Van Gogh” — a different experience from the two that came to Boston -- is bringing a new show highlighting the work of Frida Kahlo. Digital reproductions of the artist’s indelible portraits are projected across 500,000 cubic feet and are accompanied by a score composed by Luca Longobardi. Kahlo’s own photographs, drawings, and inspirations are featured alongside famous works such as “The Two Fridas” (1939), “The Wounded Deer” (1946), and “Diego and I” (1949). While the artist needs no introduction, perhaps this immersive medium will allow for deeper introspection, and in turn, a deeper understanding of Kahlo the artist, and the person.
Thursday, Feb. 17-Sunday, March 20
Playwright Melinda Lopez highlights the lives of underrepresented scientists with art this weekend. Produced by Underground Railway, the play “Young Nerds of Color” has been years in the making and will be on at the Central Square Theater from today until March 20. The production team wove together interviews with over 60 scientists of color to create a show that both celebrates their triumphs and strengths while addressing the struggles of being a minority in STEM. If you’re not ready to attend the play in person, you can purchase a digital version, available to stream March 7-April 3.
Thursday, Feb. 17-Sunday, July 24
This weekend, multidisciplinary artist Raida Adon’s work will show in the United States for the first time. Ever tender, the exhibition investigates the meaning of home. The exhibition will feature her 2018 film, “Strangeness,” projections of Adon’s animated drawings, and two in-person performances. Adon says that her art addresses her personal experiences and “the harsh and oppressive political situation in which I exist,” as well as “timeless spiritual concerns and the immense mystery of human existence.” Her solo exhibition will be on view through July 24 at the Rose Art Museum.