5 things to do this weekend, including a reverse staging of 'La bohème' and a screening of 'Nosferatu'

It’s hard to believe it’s almost October. We on the arts and culture team are still recovering from the beautiful celebration of The Makers last Thursday. Now that the series is wrapped, I feel like I’m finally pulling my head out from the sand and looking around at all of the amazing events happening in and around Boston. Whether you’re already in the Halloween spirit — there’s a screening of “Nosferatu” at the Brattle — or you’re in the mood to peruse some art — head to Roxbury for the annual open studios — there’s a plethora of ways to enjoy the weekend. And here's one bonus event for you: Lady Pills at WBUR's CitySpace on Thursday! Join us for this special performance by one of our Sound On featured artists.

Latinx Heritage Night at the MFA

Thursday, Sept. 29

In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15-Oct. 15, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is hosting a special evening celebrating Latinx culture. Catch live music from Sociedad Latina’s Alumni Band and a special performance by dance and music company Bomba de AquÍ. There will also be gallery talks, including one from artist, linguist and educator Gabriel Sosa, about the MFA’s exhibition “Stories Artists Tell: Art of the Americas, the 20th Century.” Before you head home, be sure to pick up a take-home art kit which comes with everything you need to create an embossed pendant.


'Nosferatu' at The Brattle

Friday, Sept. 30

Now that the weather officially has that underlying cool crisp, Halloween is on my mind. The Brattle is catering to us spooky-minded folks with a series called “Vampires in the Arthouse,” which technically runs Oct. 1-Oct. 6, but no vampire celebration would be complete without the earliest surviving supernatural vampire film: “Nosferatu.” This year marks the 100th anniversary of this horror gem, so kick off your weekend with this silent film and then come back on Saturday for director Park Chan-wook’s neo-noir vampire movie “Thirst.” On Sunday, you can catch a screening of Jim Jarmusch’s romantic “Only Lovers Left Alive” starring the late Anton Yelchin.

BLO’s 'La bohème'

Friday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 2

This weekend, Puccini’s operatic masterpiece gets a unique staging at the Boston Lyric Opera. A co-production with the Detroit Opera and Spoleto Festival, USA, the BLO presents the opera in reverse order, from finish to start. This version of “La bohème” opens with a death in Paris in 1850 and goes back in time to when a romance is sparked between Rodolfo and Mimì. Arrive at the theater an hour early for a lecture from composer and music educator James Myers about the history of the opera and this new production.


Saturday, Oct. 1

This free event in Salem offers live art, food and beer on the lawn of the Salem Maritime Historic Site. Enjoy music from rhythm and blues band HDRnB, rock group Acoustic Murder, soul and blues from the Erinn Brown Band and vocalist Christine Baze. Hoop dancers Siren of the Circle, the Gatto Belly Dance Troupe and the Salem Shimmy Mob will perform, and there will also be live painting to observe throughout the day. Be sure to bring a picnic blanket, grab a drink from the Notch Mobile Biergarten, a snack from the food court and enjoy. Not able to make it this weekend? The Artoberfest Exhibition is on display through Nov. 6.


23rd Annual Roxbury Open Studios

Saturday, Oct. 1-Sunday, Oct. 2

Artist-run Roxbury Open Studios Collaborative is hosting its annual open studios on Saturday and Sunday, featuring original work by local artists and artisans. The Roxbury Open Studios, which began in 1999, is free and open to the public. Stop by the Dewitt Center between 11 a.m.-6 p.m. for comics, jewelry, handbags, books, cards, prints, paintings and more.

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