Well, the main thing to do in Boston this weekend is see Lorde headline Boston Calling. But if you're not interested in seeing the master teen songstress, here are a few other things to do around town.
'The Art of the Ring'
Through September 30
358 Huron Ave., Cambridge
From Aladdin’s ring to “The Lord of the Rings” to the Green Lantern, rings always seem like the go-to accessory for the wielding of magical powers in fiction. Why? It may be a mystery, but if you told us any of the dozens of wildly imaginative hand-crafted rings in this show were magical, we’d be tempted to believe you.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
The Wilbur Theater
246 Tremont St., Boston
Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani was one of the original participants in the Axis of Evil comedy tour. His act dissects the difficulties and confusions of being a Middle Easterner in post-9/11 America, but he goes about it with little bitterness, confident that the average person desires to see past race—“There’s good people everywhere” is one of his common refrains.
Seun Kuti and Egypt 80
Sunday, 8 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Ave., Allston
$25-$28, 18+, 617-876-4275
It’d be an understatement to say that, as the son of Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti has big shoes to fill. And yet the sax-toting Seun has the guts to do it—he took over Fela’s band, Egypt 80, at the age of 14, and he’s been pushing his father’s afro-pop flame burning bright ever since.
Cambridge Carnival International
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Along Main St., Kendall Sq.
This annual festival, now in its 22nd year, claims to be Cambridge’s biggest. It’s a bright and colorful celebration of cultural diversity drawing on Afro-Carribean traditions. The centerpiece is, as always, the costume parade, a multicultural kaleidescope of sights and sounds. There are also crafts vendors, a smorgasbord of ethnic foods, four music stages, and other delights.
Museum of Fine Arts Community Day
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
465 Huntington Ave.
MFA director Malcolm Rogers has been with the museum for 20 years, so to celebrate, the museum is having a free community day. Admission to the museum is free, and there will be tours highlighting changes Rogers has made. In addition, check out free art-making classes, such as a glass-blowing option and a silversmithing class, and a free concert from local youth orchestra Revolution of Hope.