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5 things to do this weekend, including a dance festival and a virtual screening of 'Within These Walls'

This weekend is going to be stunning, with temperatures reaching 80 degrees on Saturday. It seems we will have the perfect conditions to catch some sun… Or learn how to dance the mambo. “Let’s Dance Boston!,” a weekend-long dance fest, is happening at the Rose Kennedy Greenway until Sunday. The FABRIC Arts Festival is also set to commence this weekend with multimedia art installations located around Fall River. Beyond that, you can check out a new film that’s a part of a special series highlighting Chinese American experiences, a coming of age musical performance, or learn about one of the most influential civilizations of ancient America.

FABRIC Arts Festival

Thursday, May 12-Saturday, May 14

If you’re looking to get away from Boston this weekend, look no further. Fall River’s annual celebration of art, music and community will kick off this week. Programming includes a multimedia exhibition at Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art, a pop-up restaurant with live performances and art installations along the Quequechan River Rail Trail. The festival is a celebration of creativity and diversity in Fall River.


'Let's Dance Boston!'

Through Sunday, May 15

This weekend, dance and listen to music from all over the world at “Let’s Dance Boston!,” a five-day-long dance party at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Learn the mambo, West Coast swing, salsa or garba from renowned dance instructors. The dances will be taught to live music from bands like Motor City Revue and Kashyap Jani & Friends, followed by 90 minutes of free dance. There will also be food trucks serving a variety of cuisines, from Mediterranean dishes to New Orleans soul food. This event is open to everyone—no prior dance experience is needed.


'My Journey to America'

Saturday, May 14-Sunday, May 15

Afghan composer Milad Yousufi will present the autobiographical “My Journey to America” on Saturday at ​​St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookline. In it, Yousufi tells the story of his childhood as a young musical prodigy in Afghanistan under Taliban rule and his experience living in the U.S. as an artist and refugee. His work has been performed by renowned musicians like The New York Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Kronos Quartet at Lincoln Center. He will be joined by Grammy-nominated pianist Simone Dinnerstein, viola player Stephanie Fong, and more.


Colossal Heads of Mexico: Family Workshop

Sunday, May 15

Head to Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology on Sunday for an interactive tour of artifacts from the Olmec civilization of ancient Mexico. The Olmec civilization was one of the most influential ancient civilizations of the Americas, known for their giant sculptures depicting human heads. Educators will lead tours of artifacts; visitors can touch reproductions of the original objects and even paint a mini-plaster head to take home.


'Within These Walls' presented by ArtsEmerson

Friday, May 13-Sunday, May 22

Starting Friday, catch a special presentation of “Within These Walls” from home. The virtual showing is a part of Projecting Connections: Chinese American Experiences, a project centering films that highlight the experiences of Chinese Americans from the past and present in Boston. “Within These Walls” uses expressive dance and poetry to commemorate those who were interrogated and detained at U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island State Park in San Francisco Bay.

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

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