Trying to figure out something to do this weekend? We’ve got everything from graphic novel icons to ice skating.
WORDLESS! Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston
Sunday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave.
If you got assigned a graphic novel in college, chances are it was Art Spiegelman’s “Maus”. But at this hybrid informal lecture/musical performance, he wants to show you some proto-graphic novels—the “wordless stories” of the early 20th century, which basically count as comics in the medium’s more technical definition, sequential art. He’ll be accompanied by the vaudevillian jazz band of Phillip Johnston.
Ice Theater of New York
The Skating Club of Boston 1240 Soldiers Field Rd.,
The Ice Theater of New York combines dance, theater and figure skating to create a unique performance that highlights skating not only as a sport but an art form. The company includes renowned skaters like US Men’s champion Ryan Bradley and world competitors Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, working with top choreographers Jacqulyn Buglisi, Chucky Klapow and Edward Villella.
Friday, 5:30 p.m
Askwith Lecture Hall
13 Appian Way, Cambridge
Beatboxing — using only your mouth to reproduce the sound of a full drum kit — is a neat modern parlor trick, but for its masters it is nothing less than an art form. This film takes you inside the American Beatbox Championship, first held in 2010. The film’s creators will appearance at this screening, and there’ll also be some live beatboxing.
‘Spellbound: A Fractured Fairy Tale’
Friday, 8 p.m.
Lowell Lecture Hall
17 Kirkland St., Cambridge
The Harvard Pops present an evening of fantasy music, including classical works by Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky and Ravel, as well as not-so-classical works like the “Go the Distance” — the theme from Disney’s “Hercules — and Leonard Cohen’s immortal “Hallelujah”. Plus, because this is a pop orchestra after all, there’s a little music from “Star Wars”, and as a bonus, “Game of Thrones”.
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St., Cambridge
Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Society presents this 1967 dark comedy by Jules Feiffer, which centers on a family living in a deteriorating New York City neighborhood. Despite the murders, random power outages, garbage strikes, etc. plaguing the area, this husband and wife are more disturbed when their daughter brings home a new boyfriend who professes to be a nihilist. There goes the neighborhood!