Not feeling a visit to the Cape this weekend? Try checking out a documentary about a punk band instead.
'Revenge of the Mekons'
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Friday through Sunday
40 Brattle St., Cambridge
Punk has always allowed for a range of politics, from apathy to hyper-engagement, and the Mekons, formed in England in 1977 by a few socialist art students, are definitely on the latter pole. Politics — specifically the 1984 Miners’ Strike — actually brought them back from an early 80’s hiatus. This documentary tells their whole story.
Friday and Saturday
Somerville’s ArtBeat festival returns again with a new theme: loops of all kinds, whether it’s repeating phrases in music, circular dance patterns, elliptical film plots, the orbits of the planets, or your roommate’s endless stories that never go anywhere—okay, maybe not that last one. As always, there will be live music, dance, interactive performances and dozens of vendors.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
The Wilbur Theater
246 Tremont St., Boston
Ohio native Tom Segura hosts the podcast “Your Mom’s House” with wife Christina Pazsitzky, and landed his own Comedy Central special in 2014, entitled “Completely Normal”. His style is subdued and observational, calmly taking down everyone from apathetic baristas to people who don’t say “you’re welcome.” He says he often asks himself the question, “Is anybody else seeing this s— right now?”
Through September 3
37 Newbury St., Boston
What does summer mean to you? Some people want to get out in the sun, some want to hide in a cool basement till the Fall. For its summer show, Alpha Gallery has selected works from its diverse stable of artists. Bright light and bright colors predominate; carefree fun in the sun mingles with more meditative reflections.
Thursday through Aug.1
209 Columbus Ave., Boston
Hub Theater Company presents this 1987 two-person comedy by Christopher Durang, composed of two monologues. The first is from a woman complaining about a man who wouldn’t get out of the way of the tuna fish she wanted to buy at the supermarket; the second is from that man, who’s a rather negative proponent of positive thinking.