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5 things to do this weekend, including a Great Scott pop-up and a Mission Hill Arts Festival jazz performance

This past weekend was heavy. Independence Day was met with mass shootings across the country and a white supremacist march in Boston. It’s a strange time to recommend weekend activities, but if you need a way to decompress, we have a few options for you. The Leo Blanco Trio will be performing world jazz at the Tobin Community Center in Roxbury and reggae-rock band Over The Bridge will perform at Time Out Market Boston. You could also stop by the cross-cultural exhibition, MassQ Ball, which offers lectures, performances and interactive art tutorials at the Arnold Arboretum. All of that and more, below.

Over The Bridge at Time Out Market

Thursday, July 7

Catch Gloucester-based rock band Over The Bridge at the Time Out Market Boston this evening. The band has a unique sound, mixing rock, hip-hop and reggae. A central part of the group's ethos is creating feel-good music. The concert is free, and if you’re feeling hungry afterward, you can check out the market’s 14 home-grown food concepts and two bars.

Great Scott Pop Up

Saturday, July 9

The beloved music venue Great Scott, which closed during the pandemic and is working to secure a new location, is back this weekend thanks to the Bellforge Arts Center in Medfield. There will be live music from artists like GYMSHORTS and The Benji’s, as well as comedy from The Gas. The event is completely free and will run from noon until the evening.

MassQ Ball 2022: Origin

Saturday, July 9

Become your own artwork at MassQ Ball, centered around the Arnold Arboretum’s Conifer Collection. This is a cross-cultural exhibition that combines lectures and interactive workshops to encourage reflection on creation. You’ll have the opportunity to make ceremonial vessels, learn how to create the titular MassQ through painting and learn about African folklore. There will also be a poetry performance by Dzidzor Azaglo, Indigenous Dance by Andre StrongBearHeart Gaines, and hip-hop performances by Ramiro Vaughan Purpose and Brian Washburn.

Leo Blanco Trio at the Mission Hill Arts Festival

Saturday, July 9

Head to The Yard at the Tobin Community Center on Saturday for the latest event in the Mission Hill Arts Festival. This weekend's iteration of the festival features the Leo Blanco Trio. The group will perform world jazz, influenced by South American and European musical traditions. Blanco was the first Latin American to win the Boston Jazz Society Award, and this weekend’s performance will be one to see.

Saturday Open Studio

Saturday, July 9

This Saturday at the Bertucci Education Studio in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, there will be a drop-in art-making tutorial. Visiting studio artist Julia Gualtieri will help visitors make dioramas inspired by the museum’s current exhibition, “Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet.” Prices vary, but tickets are free for members and children 17 years old and younger.

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



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