Just because it's a holiday weekend doesn't mean there's nothing to do around town. And the fact that half the city's residents will depart for greener pastures for the long weekend means shorter lines for you! Go see some theater, check out some art and see Magic Magic take the stage tonight.
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Friday through Sept. 19
Charlestown Working Theater
442 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown
Flat Earth Theater’s first show of the season is D.W. Gregory’s “Radium Girls”, recounting the story of factory workers in the early 20th century who painted watch dials with radioactive paint to make them glow in the dark. When they inevitably developed horrible health problems, they demanded compensation; the company, despite obvious evidence, fought them every step of the way.
Corita Kent and the Language of Pop
Thursday through September 3
Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy St., Cambridge
This exhibition examines the bold, colorful exhortations of pop artist Corita Kent, a Catholic nun who came to artistic prominence in the '60s and continued working until her death. One of her most famous works is the iconic “Rainbow Swash” that still adorns a local natural gas tank along I-93. The show features 60 of her prints alongside pieces from her contemporaries.
24-Hour ChoreoFest Concerts
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The Dance Complex
536 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Luminarium Dance’s annual 24 Hour ChoreoFest begins Friday, when seven local dance companies will pull an all nighter, competing to create the best original dance work based on random themes pulled from a hat—and then perform them Saturday afternoon, all while attempting to not go mad on no sleep. For the curious, Luminarium will stream the creative process live on their website.
Mass Brewers’ Fest
Friday, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
World Trade Center, Head House Concourse
200 Seaport Blvd., Boston
The Massachusetts Brewer’s Guild hosts their 6th annual beer festival this weekend, with over 100 different beers to sample from more than 30 different local makers. Anyone in doubt about our state’s status in the craft beer world ought to be set straight. Whether you’ll be able to walk straight is a different question… we suggest drinking wicked smaht, kid.
Thursday, 9:30 p.m.
1222 Comm. Ave., Boston
$9, 18+, 800-745-3000
The relentlessly creative indie pop outfit Magic Magic has a quirky, sophisticated sound that refuses to sit still, with non-repetitive structures, male-female vocal tradeoffs, rhythmic fake-outs and delightfully unexpected changes in dynamics and tone. There really is something magical about them, as if they have access to some bottomless well of musical ideas. We’re just glad they’re sharing.