Heat is the theme for this juried show, featuring 17 New England artists. “Heat” here is not just high just temperature, mind you, but in the words of Bromfield Gallery, “Heat as it relates to climate, politics, and sex, as well as slang for a gun or police.” There’s a lot to unpack from that four-letter word.
Through August 21
Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston
The Sun Shines Also Today
This multimedia show, featuring the work of MassArt alumni, addresses the theme of humanity’s fascination with nature. It’s where we come from, and yet we feel separate, seeking ever-greater knowledge and communion. One drawing by Michael Zachary, of a neighbor’s house viewed through what appears to be a window screen, conveys this translucent barrier between our home and us beautifully.
Through September 16
President’s Gallery, MassArt, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston
Dine Out Boston
Dozens of local restaurants get in on this annual event, formerly known as Restaurant Week, offering killah deals on killah meals. With 158 signed on as of this writing, there’s almost certainly something to entice you, whether you’re a card-carrying foodie or just an average shmo who wants to eat out cheaper than usual. There are also several special events.
August 14 through 26
Various locations, Boston area
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Entertainment at the Old South Meeting House usually consists of Revolutionary era reenactments, which are all well and good, but we’re glad somebody realized the downtown landmark would be a cool place to show films. Clint Eastwood’s 2003 crime drama “Mystic River” is this week’s offering in a yearlong series of screenings of films set in the Boston area.
August 11, 6:45 p.m.
Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
This notorious 1962 melodrama is as famed for its psychologically screwed-up content as for its artistic mining of the animosity between co-stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. With the two aging actresses playing a pair of highly dysfunctional sisters/former movie stars, art and life became deliciously confused. Ironically, the film gave both stars’ careers a bit of a second wind.
August 13, 7 p.m.
Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge
Boston Comic Con
The one and only William Shatner is the star guest at this year’s Comic Con. Of course, beyond being a living cartoon character, Shatner’s got little to do with comics, but worry not—this con prides itself on maintaining a comics focus, and iconic contemporary comic artists Sam Kieth and John Cassady are included among the various other celebrity guests.
August 12 through 14
Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston
Boston Contemporary Dance Festival
The annual Boston Contemporary Dance Festival draws groundbreaking dance performances from across America. 2016 Performers include Jamie Ballou, Meg Anderson, Jaclyn Nowicki, Chantal Doucett, Artistic Dance Conservatory, Cayley Christoforou, JazzDanceBrunch, Paradise Lost: a Movement Collective, Tara Lynch, Ayako Takahashi, Breena Cocco, BoSoma Dance, Ilana Goldman, Inclined Dance Project, Michael James New York, RAD: Renay Aumiller Dances, Robert Mark Dance and Urbanity Dance.
August 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Comm. Ave., Boston
Jamaica Plain Improv Festival
This 12-hour marathon, featuring local and national teams doing the hard stuff—long form—is not for the faint-hearted. Not the whole things, anyway, but you can come and leave whenever you want. “Check out a few hours of comedy, or stay for the whole damn thing,” write your hosts, Naffy Improv and the Riot Theater. “Let's keep JP weird!”
August 13, 12 p.m. to midnight
Riot Theater, 146 South St., Jamaica Plain
Ignite! A Global Street Food and Fire Festival
This fest is loaded with delicious international food offerings from local establishments, plus an eclectic array of entertainment including fire throwers, ballet, belly dancing, taiko drumming, and magician and other randomness. Then there’s the chef demos, games including something called “The Nose Olympics”, kids’ activities, vendors and—so yeah, you’ll have plenty to check out and pig out on.
August 13, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Sq., Somerville
Jujartu Arts Fest
This charitable event, benefitting the Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England’s art program for disabled youth, features music from Forró Zabumbeca, a group dedicated to Brazilian styles like samba, forró, MBP and others, on a plethora of traditional Brazilian instruments like the rabeca, the cavaquinho and the zabumba. There will also be art demos and activities, and food.[tab]
August 13, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville
After her stints in Throwing Muses and the Breeders, Boston-based indie rock singer-songwriter Tanya Donelly helmed the band Belly from 1993 to 1996. She’d later blame inner tensions and the poor sales of their second album “King” for a seemingly premature breakup. This past Tuesday marked their first Boston show since the 90’s; after this second one they set off on a reunion tour.
August 12, 6 p.m.
Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston
One of a group of 70’s bands who named themselves after the places they came from, Boston made a monstrous and arguably game-changing impact with their well-polished brand of power pop. Lead singer Brad Delp is sadly no longer with us, but Tom Scholz, the sole remaining original member and the band’s primary songwriter, keeps the flag flying.
August 14 and 15
Citi Wang Theater,