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5 things to do this weekend, including a genre-bending film fest and a dance performance

I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of the month — and the end of the week! There are a ton of cultural events to keep you busy this weekend. If you’re into experimental cinema, the Boston Underground Film Festival is back after a two-year hiatus. If you’ve got little ones, Minni is hosting an art workshop for the whole family. If you’re looking for something else, there are options for you too.

Boston Underground Film Festival

Through Sunday, March 27

The Boston Underground Film Festival is back. The festival will play a selection of genre-bending cinema all weekend long. You can catch the New England premiers of Nordic films, including Eskil Vogt’s “The Innocents,” a dark fairytale, and Hanna Bergholm’s “Hatching,” a thriller. The films featured in the festival will explore themes of paranoia, freedom, violence and love. As BUFF notes, “Lovers of weird world cinema take note,” because this lineup is sure to delight.


All About Shapes workshop

Sunday, March 27

This workshop, hosted by Minni, a community creative space for kids, provides an opportunity to explore multisensory 2D and 3D art processes with the entire family this weekend. There will be a group painting project, collage making and a special book reading. This event is for younger children, ages 1-5, and their caretakers.


BoSoma Dance Company Spring Show

Saturday, March 26-Sunday, March 27

You can catch the opening of the BoSoma Dance Company's Spring Show this weekend at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly. The company will perform works new and old. Company members Stephanie Boisvert and Courtney Costa will tell a story about emerging from dark days through dance, and former BDC dancer Tony Tucker will present original choreography that explores the plight of racism and police violence. The BoSoma Youth Company will open the show.


'One Pint at a Time'

Sunday, March 27

“One Pint at a Time,” a new documentary that explores diversity in brewing, premieres in Massachusetts this Sunday at The Cabot theater as part of the Salem Film Festival. It is a feature film that pulls back the curtain on the Black experience in craft brewing. A Q&A with the producers and a beer tasting featuring Black-owned breweries will follow the screening. If you’re not able to make it in person, the film will be available to stream March 28-April 3. [Check out our full guide of spring film festivals here.]


'On This Ground: Being and Belonging in America'

Through January 2027

For the first time in the history of the Peabody Essex Museum, Native American and American art will be shown together in this new exhibition. The works span over 10,000 years ago to the present day. A mix of over 250 paintings, costumes, furniture and decorative arts among other items represent the range of cultures that have come through the United States. The exhibition will also include an installation room where visitors are invited to investigate the country’s complex history.

Lauren Williams Arts Reporting Fellow
Lauren Williams is the arts reporting fellow at WBUR.

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