5 things to do this weekend, including Fenway Opening Day organ performance and Dine Out Boston
I got a fever. And no, the only prescription is not more cowbell. I'm talking about spring fever, baby — the incurable kind. We've hit 50 degrees. People are in flip-flops, flowers are blooming and I'm drinking iced coffee because I never stop drinking iced coffee. This weekend, check out live music, a film fest, yoga, comedy and more.
Celebrate Nowruz at the MFA
Thursday, March 23
Kick off this weekend by celebrating the new season with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The museum is hosting a celebration for Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and gathering in solidarity with the Woman, Life, Freedom movement in Iran. Attendees will have opportunities to learn about ancient traditions, explore Persian works of art, create mosaics, watch dance performances and more. Later in the evening, a panel of artists, educators and community organizers will host a discussion on how art can be used as a tool of resistance. The celebration has pay-what-you-wish general admission starting at $5.
90-Second Newbery Film Fest
Saturday, March 25
I love everything about this festival. As a lifelong book lover and former kid, this would've been a dream day for eight-year-old me. On March 25, the Boston Public Library in Copley Square will host the 2023 90-Second Newbery Film Fest, an annual video contest where kids create movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery Award-winning books in 90 seconds. The festival organizers say viewers can expect creative takes on the classics.
Hosted by author and festival founder James Kennedy ("The Order of Odd-Fish") and author Rebecca Mahoney ("The Valley and the Flood" and "The Memory Eater"), the fest will screen shorts made by Boston kids, as well as highlights from around the country. Definitely give "Abrahamilton" and the "Charlotte's Web" and "Spider-Man" mash-up a watch. There is hope for the next generation of readers — these are brilliant. Books will also be available for sale.
Yoga in the Sky
Saturday, March 25
Mountain pose in the sky — or close to it. While it's still too cold for outdoor yoga, anyone who needs to stretch it out is welcome to the fourth floor of Bower Boston, an apartment building in the heart of Fenway, for an hour-long class with a view. The session will be flexible to meet the needs of every practitioner, with modifications available for beginners and challenges for more seasoned yogis. Plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. if you want to join. After the class, students can relax, cool off and mingle in the lounge.
Expand your pallet with Dine Out Boston
Through Saturday, March 25
Foodies, it's go time. Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston) is up and running through the end of the month, and there are plenty of spots to score delicious deals. For this culinary expedition, participating restaurants design prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Each restaurant will select one of three price options (see their website for specific prices). Dozens of restaurants from Boston — and suburbs north, west and south of the city — offer a wide range of flavors, from sushi to Argentinean fare to French and Italian.
For example, at Sumiao Hunan Kitchen, you can try a $41 four-course dinner of "Melted Gold" soup — pumpkin with millet — before digging into the house pork gyoza and "Beef on Fire" with banana and Fresno peppers. You can't go wrong with snow fungus and pear soup or an osmanthus-honey ice-cold soft crystal for dessert.
Fenway Opening Day at City Winery
Monday, March 27
Let me do you a favor and extend your weekend into Monday. (You're welcome.) Red Sox opening day is upon us, so all of next week is basically a Boston High Holiday. Fenway organist Josh Kantor will host an in-person version of "Josh Kantor's 7th Inning Stretch: Fenway Opening Day Edition," a live stream of songs and stories that he and his wife started during the pandemic. All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of tickets to the Red Sox vs. Orioles game on April 1.
The hilarious Josh Gondelman, a writer and comedian "who incubated in Boston," is scheduled to open. You might know him as a writer for John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" or from his appearances on NPR's "Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me." This crossover between the "nicest man in comedy" and the Red Sox Organist is the collab Boston didn't know it needed.