The Boston Globe - 31.08.2019

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AUGUST 31, 2019


in a receipt for school supplies can bowl
for only $2. Joe’s American Bar & Grill
on Newbury Street and Commercial
Wharf is hosting a Back to School Book
Swap starting this weekend. Just bring
in a children’s book from home to add to
Joe’s pop-up library, and your child can
swap for a new-to-them book, and
they’ll get a free kids meal. The Boston
Children’s Museum and the New Eng-
land Aquarium are both open regular
hours.

Eat and drink your way
through the city

Kids of all ages and parents can usu-
ally agree on one thing – playing with
food is fun. And so is making your own.
The Trustees, along with the Boston
Public Market, offers family friendly
pasta making classes led by Chef Avery
of Law of Pasta. Tickets are available at
TheTrustees.org, and classes take place
at the Market. Or take the gang on an
educational eating tour of the North
End, Back Bay, and Beacon Hill with a
local tour guide like Boston Foodie Tours
(buy tickets at BostonFoodieTours.com).
Trillium’s locations in Fort Point and
Canton will be open regular hours all
weekend, with Fort Point planning to
open the roof all day for Labor Day. Kiss
summer goodbye with a frozen beer
(called a Foamy Freeze) and the latest re-
lease of Party Pump (a corn lager). Fort
Point’s Lawn on D is open and hosting a
Labor Day weekend party on Saturday
and Sunday with food, drinks, and lawn
games.

Head to the islands
Just because you missed the last Cape
Air flight doesn’t mean you can’t hit an
island this weekend. Boston Harbor Is-
lands are open all weekend, take a ferry
out for a beach day, or tour a historic
fort. You’ll find the ferry schedule at
BostonHarborIslands.org. One can’t
miss — on Sunday, find your chill at Jazz
on the Porch on Spectacle Island, which
features up and coming musicians from
Berklee College of Music from 2 to 5
p.m.

Free parking in Boston!
Free parking in Boston!

A reminder that parking on Monday,
Sept. 2, follows Sunday parking rules,
which means free parking in every
neighborhood in Boston, which makes
jaunting around town a little easier and
cheaper.

Tanya Edwards can be reached at
edwardstanyalynn@gmail.com.

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1986, where “rebellious artistic/sexu-
al ferment is boiling over in the night-
clubs and in the streets” and box
trucks move without clearance re-
strictions of any kind. Globe critic
Mark Feeney gives this coming-of-age
story starring Xabiani Ponce de León
2½ stars, saying it “feels very much
like the youth of its creator, director/
co-writer [Hari] Sama, rearranged for
film: The music, the highs, the lows.”
Not, 9 feet, 10 inches low, but still
pretty low.Now screening.
SCREENING FROM THE GALLERY:If
you’re having trouble choosing be-
tween the movies and the museums,
por que no los dos?with a double-fea-
ture of art documentaries at the MFA
onSunday. Feeney gives three stars to
“Leaving Home, Coming Home: A
Portrait of Robert Frank” (1 p.m.),
which finds a luminous costar in
Frank’s wife, the sculptor June Leaf;
and 2½ stars to “A Bigger Splash” (
p.m.) Jack Hazan’s “distinctly inter-
esting” 1974 film about painter David
Hockney — a documentar-esque “hy-
brid of fact and, if not fiction, then ar-
rangement.” (BYO Milk Duds, weirdos
who eat Milk Duds.)
OFF THE WALL:It’s a worthwhile
weekend to make your way to the Wa-
terfront: For one, it’s your last week-
end to visit the ICA’s seasonal Water-
shed outpost — where artist and film-
maker John Akomfrah’s large-scale
work “Purple” is on viewuntil Sept. 3.
For another, the newly opened Vivian
Suter exhibition has Globe art critic
Murray Whyte fully dazzled by its
“loose, unfussy display” of Suter’s
frame-free paintings, which “feels less
like a museum exhibition than a self-
directed wander through the artist’s
own mind.” That’s upthrough Dec.
31. More info on both here.
HOUSE OF PORTER:It’s a good
thing that Tony-winning, Emmy-
nominated actor Billy Porter is in
town directing a hip-hop play called
“The Purists” for Huntington Theatre
Company, because I would very much
like to speak with him about making
me cry all over myself while binge-


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watching this last season of “Pose.”
“The Purists,” which is getting its
world premiere at the Calderwood Pa-
vilion,until Oct. 6, centers on “an un-
likely clutch of characters, including a
rapper, a DJ, and a show tunes-loving
gay man who hang out and debate
music and life on a stoop in Queens.”
“It’s taken a long time,” 49-year-old
Porter told Globe contributor Christo-
pher Wallenberg of his recent break-
through. “Should it have happened
earlier? Was it long overdue? Yeah,
yeah, yeah. But it’s here now.” So am I,
Billy. And you owe me a thing of eye
cream.
BLACK TO THE FUTURE:Those
making the trip out to North Adams
will be rewarded with Afrofuturist
artist Cauleen Smith’s stunning exhi-
bition, “We Already Have What We
Need,” at Mass MoCA, a sprawling,
immersive show of videos and draw-
ings that “flips the script on privilege.”
“Yes, the cosseted, wealthy white folks
hold too much power and wealth in
their tight little fists — this show does
not ignore those dynamics,” writes
Globe arts contributor Cate McQuaid.
“But the hopes, the dreams, the dar-
ing creativity, and the ties of commu-
nity and family shared by people who
have been oppressed forge an ulterior
strength. Smith’s work sanctifies
that.”Through April 2020.
FEST & RELAXATION:If the hulla-
baloo of summer festivals has you
worn out, check out a pair of low-key
music fests on either side of the river
this weekend. The free ninth annual
Boston Jazz Festival runs noon to
9:30 p.m.Saturdayat South Boston
Maritime Park on D Street, and will
feature performances by Albino Mo-
bie, Zeke Martin, Sivan Arbel, Pat
Braxton, Amanda Meme and more.
And at Passim in Harvard Square on
Saturday,Sunday,andMonday, you
can hear more than 100 artists at the
club’s now-legendary Campfire Festi-
val, including performances from
Siobhan O’Brien, Grace Givertz, Dave
Richardson, His Hem, Moscow Apart-
ment, and dozens more.
RISING SON:For something with
slightly higher octane, there’s a dou-

ble-headerSaturdayandSundaywith
Zac Brown Band, who will break a re-
cord with their 10th consecutive sell-
out at Fenway Park. If you can score
tickets, slide into your row nice and
early for a set from Lukas Nelson, a
“young, long-haired guitar virtuoso”
who has opened for the likes of the
Who (who come to Fenway on Sept.
13) and the Rolling Stones, and
whose Promise of the Real is now one
of Neil Young’s regular touring bands.
He’s probably also played a gig or two
with his dad, Willie. You’ve already
struck out on tickets, but resales may
be worth a swing.
LES GO!And lastly from the out-
side world, while the forthcoming
season of “Saturday Night Live”
(starting Sept. 28) will feature famil-
iar favorites like Kristen Stewart,
Woody Harrelson, and (whoa) Eddie
Murphy, it will not include the one
and only Leslie Jones (there are prob-
ably other Leslie Joneses but I think
you know what I mean), who is leav-

ing “SNL” after five seasons (reported-
ly, and in part, to work on a sequel to
“Coming to America”). OnSaturday
night you should go catch her onstage
with a new hour of self-identified fire
(that she’s been taping for a special) at
the Wilbur Theatre.
OR STAY IN:Because, honestly,
someone is going to try the underpass
with a truck. They just will. A great
way to stay out of it entirely is to enter
the relatively traffic-free fantasy
world of “The Dark Crystal: Age of Re-
sistance,” which comes to Netflix. It’s
a prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson/
Frank Oz film that warped my child-
hood and cemented my fear of pup-
pets, only this time with the voices of
Andy Samberg, Awkwafina, Harvey
Fierstein, Helena Bonham Carter,
Keegan-Michael Key, Lena Headey,
Mark Hamill, and Sigourney Weaver.
A possibly less great way to stay
out of it entirely? “Carnival Row,” also
available on Netflix. Says Globe TV
critic Matthew Gilbert, “[Orlando]

Bloom is a human detective, and
[Cara] Delevingne is a fairy, and I am
so totally going to watch the first epi-
sode out of obligation but I don’t feel
optimistic.”
Oh, and there’s the new Tool al-
bum, which I probably should have
mentioned up there with the pot trips
thing. That should be fun!
And that, September-ready Week-
enders, is all I’ve got in the stash this
week. Be careful out there (again, 9
feet, 10 inches) and whatever you do
this weekend, make it one you’ll miss
come Monday.
See you next time!

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Orlando Bloom in “Carnival Row.”

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