5 things to do this weekend, including a book fair and a climate change-focused art exhibit

I have been thinking about climate change a lot lately, perhaps because of the unpredictable pre-spring weather. Sometimes, I’m not sure how to cope with the reality that in the not-so-distant future, seasons might be unrecognizable from those we grew up with. The best way I know how to process these feelings is through art. If you feel the same way, you can pay a visit to the Peabody Essex Museum’s opening weekend of “Down to the Bone,” a climate change-focused exhibition. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, you can attend a book fair or take part in a Jamaican-themed take-home dinner experience.

'Down to the Bone'

Saturday, March 12-Feb. 26, 2023

The Peabody Essex Museum's year-long exhibition on climate change opens this weekend. Award-winning nature photographer Stephen Gorman joins New Yorker cartoonist Edward Koren to highlight the urgent consequences of the climate crisis. The exhibition highlights wildlife and landscape photos, drawings, lithographs and sketches capturing the cost of changing temperatures on the planet. On Saturday, the day of the exhibition’s official opening, curators Trevor Smith and Jane Winchell will host a talk with the featured artists.

3rd Annual Bow Market Book Fair

Sunday, March 13

This weekend, you can find a new read at the 3rd Annual Bow Market Book Fair. Hosted by book bar Wild Child and Tiny Turns Paperie, the event will have more than rows of books to browse. There will also be special programs like an arts market, bookmark making, children’s storytime and an open mic.

'Everyday Life and Other Odds and Ends'

Saturday, March 12-Sunday, March 27

The experimental theater troupe Sleeping Weazel will put on the world premiere of the play “Everyday Life and Other Odds and Ends” this weekend. Award-winning playwright Charlotte Meehan wrote the multimedia play. It’s an introspection of life through the experiences of three different couples who are all affected by Parkinson’s disease. The show will only be available for a few weeks at the Emerson Paramount Center.

Boston JerkFest

Saturday, March 12

This Saturday, you can learn about Caribbean cuisine at home with Boston JerkFest’s Winter Warm-Up. Chef Tamika R. Francis of Food & Folklore and Elle Simone Scott of SheChef will prepare a Jamaican-inspired three-course meal for two with mocktails. A music list to set the mood will be shared with patrons, and meals are available for pickup and delivery from the New England Culinary Arts Training Center. By purchasing a Jerk Dine-In Dinner Box, you’ll be entered into a raffle for a two-night stay at Takuma Boutique Hotel, Montego Bay, Jamaica. There are only 100 meals available, so order soon.


Friday, March 11-Sunday, March 13

“THE DAY” is a new sensory work of performance art. Avant-garde cellist Maya Beiser and world-renowned dancer Wendy Whelan take to the stage this weekend at the ICA to perform an exploration of life and what happens after through both dance and music. Saturday’s performance is followed by a Q&A with Beiser, Whelan and the performance's musical composer, David Lang.

 Maya Beiser and Wendy Whelan take the stage. (Courtesy of ICA/ Nils Schlebusch)
Maya Beiser and Wendy Whelan take the stage. (Courtesy of ICA/ Nils Schlebusch)

Lauren Williams Arts Editor
Lauren Williams is an editor at WBUR.



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