It’s a good weekend to catch some Shakespeare, right?
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
Friday and Saturday
Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave., Boston
Choreographer Ronald K. Brown draws on many strands of the African diaspora to create highly kinetic works communicating dance as a ritual and a journey, and highlighting the importance of community in African-American culture. His group Evidence will perform three works, “The Subtle Touch”, “Torch” and excerpts from “One Shot”, all for the first time in Boston.
Cultural Survival Bazaar
Friday through Sunday
1000 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
This arts and crafts expo features handmade goods by a wide variety of indigenous artists and craftspeople, giving you the chance to buy direct from the creators. Aside from vendors, the Bazaar also features music and dance performances. Several more Bazaars will take place through the next month around Boston — check the website for full details.
Craft and Modernity: Professional Women Artists in Boston (1890-1920)
Through December 21
Boston University Art Gallery
855 Comm. Ave., Boston
This exhibition singles out six professional artists living and working in Boston, all women, at a time when such an occupation for a woman was rare, but also more possible than ever. There are photographs, commercial art, crafts pieces and more, with attention paid not only to the work itself but the historical background that facilitated these women’s pioneering careers.
Through Dec. 7
First Church in Boston
66 Marlborough St., Boston
Actors’ Shakespeare Project presents a non-Bard play by 17th century French playwright Jean Racine, telling the story of Phaedra, a mythical Greek princess whose descent from a the Son god Helios may sound grand, but doesn’t help her avoid a destiny that includes incest and murder. Racine’s genius was to portray her as both monstrous and sympathetic.
425 Summer St., Boston
Finesse Mitchell did a three-year stint on “Saturday Night Live” in the 00’s, but like many perfectly talented cast members, he seemed to slip through the cracks. Fortunately, his energetic theatricality works just as well in stand-up. In one memorable older bit, he bought an awkward experience at a Prince concert to life, playing every character—several of them himself.