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Martin Espada
Pulitzer Prize finalist Martin Espada covers a lot of ground in his latest poetry collection, “Vivas to Those Who Have Failed.” The Paterson Silk Strike, the death of his father Frank, the massacre at Sandy Hook and the recent rash of police murders of black Americans sit beside such less intense recollections as Espada’s failed attempt at acting and the energy of Fenway Park.
July 26, 7 p.m.
Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge
"The Fits"
This debut film from director Anna Rose Holmer tells the coming-of-age story of Toni, a teenage tomboy who spends her free time learning boxing with her brother at the local gym. In the course of time, she finds herself attracted to a dance team and the feminine solidarity they offer. But as their dark side emerges, she may find the cost too high.
July 22 through 28
Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge
Clean Comedy Showcase
Comics David McLaughlin and Joe Medoff host an evening of stand-up free of vulgar language and crude subject matter—a crazy, fringe idea, we know, but we think it’s just crazy enough to work. There’s actually plenty of stuff that’s funny and not obscene, and these days it’s almost edgier not to swear. Lenny Bruce would probably find that very funny.
July 22, 6:30 p.m.
Dante Club, 5 Dante Terrace, Somerville
Boston Annual Improv Tournament
Each Sunday from now through August 14, six improv teams will compete for your laughter. The winners of each round will battle it out on August 21st for the championship. This week’s teams are Classic Sly, Elderberry Jam, First Impact, Improv Jones Boston, Moon Bounce Command and The Feeling is Mutual.
July 24 through August 21
Regent Theater, 7 Medford St., Arlington
Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival
Revere Beach becomes a pop-up museum of sand sculpture this weekend. These works will be created and destroyed within three days, only to live on only in social media. It’s a rare chance to see so many examples from so many artists from across the world. Saturday is the awards ceremony, with a fireworks display in the evening.
July 22 through 24
Revere Beach, Revere Beach Blvd., Revere
African Festival of Boston
This 6th annual celebration of African identity features live performances, food, vendors and all that other good old festival fare. The lineup includes Batswana singer Kearoma Rantao, the dance troupe Kalabante Productions from Burkino Faso, Malian singer Awa Sangho, Nigerian musical comedy duo Wowo Boys, Congolese spoken word artist Leonard Tshitenge and Liberian R&B singer 2Kee.
July 24, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St., Boston
Love, Italian Style
Boston Midsummer Opera presents a pair of one-act operas from the 19th century: Donizetti’s farce “Il Campanello”, about an apothecary whose wife’s lover tries to frustrate their marriage by becoming an obnoxiously demanding customer, and the romance “L’amico Fritz” by Pietro Mascagni, about wealthy landowner who generously supports the marriages of others while stalling his own.
Through July 24
Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown
DZ Deathrays
Australian party rockers DZ Deathrays were recognized as the real deal with their 2012 breakthrough “Bloodstreams”. “Blood on My Leather”, their latest single, echoes the rap-singing and monster riffs of their countrymen AC/DC, but chooses a wise-ass teenager attitude over the legendary band’s silly bro-vado. The follow-up to their 2014 album “Black Rat” is still in the works.
July 22, 10 p.m.
Great Scott 1222 Comm. Ave., Allston
$10-$12, 21+,
Anderson Paak
As pop music splits eternally into ever finer distinctions of genre, artists like Anderson Paak remind us that it’s best to just do whatever you want. His latest album, “Malibu”, straddles funk, hip-hop, R&B, straight pop and what can be described only as “yacht rock”. The beautifully arranged tracks are all tied together by their laid-back tempo and Paak’s scratchy-voiced, guerrilla charisma.
July 21, 7 p.m.
The Paradise, 967 Comm. Ave., Boston
$20, 18+,
Happy Medium Theater presents this play by Ronan Noone about a recent Irish immigrant to Boston, doing decently well until the ghost of his suddenly deceased mother begins to haunt him, naturally in the most frightening way possible: nagging. Part of Noone’s “American Trilogy,” the play first premiered at the Boston Center for the Arts in 2007.
Through July 30
Plaza Theater, 539 Tremont St., Boston
Boston Poké-walk
Your obsession with Pokemon Go would be a problem if so many other people weren’t also obsessed with Pokemon Go. You should probably just all meet up on Boston Common this Saturday because nobody else understands you anymore. Note: this isn’t meant to be a giant gathering, just a chance to meet up with other gamers and split off into smaller groups.
July 23, noon to 10 p.m.
Boston Common