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5 things to do this weekend, including the return of the Gardner's hanging nasturtiums and a Salem arts pop-up

After a cold front this week, there’s a warm weekend coming up in Boston. If you’re looking to get some sun, we have a few outdoor activities for you. Food truck season is back at the Greenway Conservancy and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will display their hanging nasturtiums. You can also catch special programs at the historic Old Town Hall in Salem as it converts into a creative space for the next few months.

CultureHouse Salem Community Pop-Up

Friday, April 1-Thursday, June 30

CultureHouse is an organization that works with communities to locate unused spaces, then transforms them into vibrant pop-ups. Thanks to a partnership between CultureHouse and the City of Salem, the historic Old Town Hall will become a local creative haven for the next few months. The goal is to create a space for local artists to connect with the wider community through exhibitions and events. In April, you can catch events like Ellery Sanchez’s nature and landscape photography, an exhibition honoring the Black women of the Suffrage Movement, and ballet classes for children.


'Salute to Astor Piazzolla'

Sunday, April 3

Astor Piazzolla is one of the most important figures in music history. Marrying jazz and classical music, the composer and bandoneón master created a new kind of tango. This weekend, the New England Conservatory will pay tribute to him under the direction of Tatyana Dudochkin. You can expect nuevo tango, dance and song. This event will be in person for one night only.


'A Place for Me: Figurative Painting Now'

Thursday, March 31-Monday, Sept. 5

This week, the ICA presents contemporary artists practicing an old art form. “A Place for Me: Figurative Painting Now” is a celebration of a new generation of contemporary painting. The works depict scenes like lovers embracing one another at the end of the world and piercing neon pink self-portraits. Still life paintings become modern with pops of color and multimedia materials. The show features artists such as David Antonio Cruz, Louis Fratino and Gisela McDaniel. The ICA says that the exhibit is “a testament to the vitality of contemporary figurative art.”


Hanging nasturtiums at the Gardner

Thursday, March 31-Sunday, April 17

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum rings in each new season with an exhibition of nature. As we welcome spring, the museum is unveiling cascades of hanging nasturtiums in the courtyard. The annual display was started by Isabella Gardner to celebrate the return of color to Fenway. The process of displaying the flowers is involved — the growing starts in June, they are trained throughout the winter in the museum’s greenhouse, and they require up to 10 workers to install. The vines can reach a spectacular 20 feet long, but their stay in the courtyard is brief so be sure to see them before they’re gone.

Nasturtiums hang in the courtyard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Nasturtiums hang in the courtyard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Food Truck Season on The Greenway

Starting Friday, April 1

Food truck season returns to The Rose Kennedy Greenway this Friday. The conservancy has teamed up with 25 partners that highlight global cuisines, from Korean to Greek to Vietnamese, and will include local favorites like The Chicken & Rice Guys and Bon Me. The trucks will be open for breakfast and lunch. They will also participate in the Greenway Food Truck Festival on Saturday, May 7.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the dates that the hanging nasturtiums will be on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. We regret the error.

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

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