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5 Things to do in Boston this weekend - Metro US

5 Things to do in Boston this weekend

The dancers of Ronald K. Brown's "Evidence"
Ayodele Casel

It’s a good weekend to catch some Shakespeare, right?

DANCE

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence

Friday and Saturday

Institute of Contemporary Art

100 Northern Ave., Boston

$40, 617-876-4275

www.worldmusic.org

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.

SHOPPING

Cultural Survival Bazaar

Friday through Sunday

Cambridge College

1000 Mass. Ave., Cambridge

Free, culturalsurvival@cs.org

bazaar.cs.org

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.

ART

Craft and Modernity: Professional Women Artists in Boston (1890-1920)

Through December 21

Boston University Art Gallery

855 Comm. Ave., Boston

Free, 617-353-3329

www.bu.edu/art/

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.

THEATER

‘Phedre’

Through Dec. 7

First Church in Boston

66 Marlborough St., Boston

$15-$50, 866-811-4111

www.actorsshakespeareproject.org

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.

COMEDY

Finesse Mitchell

Through Saturday

Laugh Boston

425 Summer St., Boston

$20-$35, 617-725-2844

www.laughboston.com

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.

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