We know not all of you want to think about football all weekend, but even if you do want to watch the Super Bowl, you can probably fit in a few of these before it starts.
Timothy Bouldry: A Landfill Life
Through February 22
Marran Gallery, Lesley University
34 Mellen St., Cambridge
Photographer Timothy Bouldry, Lesley University class of ’02, has spent the better part of the last decade documenting communities across the world who live off and near landfills, recycling what the can find, but also suffering from unsurprisingly noxious living conditions. Bouldry’s pictures, which have been used as evidence before Congress, present both their suffering and their resourcefulness.
"Nanook of the North"
Friday, 7 p.m.
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy St., Cambridge
Directed by pioneering filmmaker Robert Flaherty and released in 1922, this silent semi-documentary captures the lives of the Inuit people of the Hudson Bay. Cast entirely with real Inuits and inspired by intimate observation of their everyday lives, it was the first film to be tagged with the term “documentary”, despite its pre-conceived “plot”, an element that now seems vestigial.
Shout it Out!
Friday, 10:30 p.m.
425 Summer St., Boston
Audience suggestion almost always plays a role in improv comedy, but this show, performed by a crack team from Improv Aslylum, takes that element and puts it front and center. Everything will flow from audience suggestions, from songs to skits to made-up memoirs. If you go, we suggest brainstorming funny suggestions beforehand—but don’t be too much of a troll!
The Midnight Mischief Cabaret Presents: A Raucous Revival
Saturday, 9:30 p.m.
Davis Square Theater
255 Elm St., Somerville
"Spend an evening in heaven before the devil even knows you're dead!" goes the teaser for this show, featuring comedy, burlesque, a contortionist, a “special guest preacher” who goes by the name Fruit on the Bottom (your guess is as good as ours) and other delights. If you want something different entertainment-wise, this looks like a good bet.
Saturday, 6 p.m.
Aeronaut Brewing Company
14 Tyler St., Somerville
Blurring the lines between a night out and a dance concert, this evening includes live video projections by VJ Alex Ezorsky dance performances by Imitations Dance and Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective, followed by a dance party. For the hungry and thirsty, there’s a food truck till 11 p.m. and of course, beer, because this is taking place at a brewery after all.