Always wanted to see Bob Marley? Now's your chance! He's in town this weekend. We're both talking about the comedian Bob Marley, right?
Peregrinations: The Photographic Wanderings of Justin Tuerk
Friday through October 30
Piano Craft Gallery
793 Tremont St., Boston
Justin Tuerk’s black and white photo series for this exhibition is the fruit of a road trip he took in imitation of Jack Kerouac. In his artist statement he notes a decline in this American tradition, citing modern technology as the culprit. Here, then, is the real world that can’t be found on Google Maps, but only by true exploration.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
The Wilbur Theater
246 Tremont St., Boston
Maine native Bob Marley had the performer’s misfortune of being born with the same name as another (extremely) famous person, but it’s a testament to his irreverent nature that he didn’t bother to change it. Fans of Louis C.K. will appreciate his brusque New Englander cynicism. Never at a loss for words, he actually holds the Guinness world record for the longest stand-up set ever—a cool 40 hours.
Egyptomania: A Love Affair with the East
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Cambridge Family YMCA Theater
820 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Snake Dance Theater Company presents an homage to the American Egypt fever of the early 20th century, prompted by the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. It translated to a general fascination with the contemporary Middle East, which is where the belly dancers at this show come in. The show is a benefit for the Bantwana Initative, which fights AIDS and HIV in Africa.
Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer
Sunday, 7 p.m.
45 Quincy St., Cambridge
Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, known for his transpositions of composers such as Bach onto his tiny instrument, teams up with contrabass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, who produced some of Thile’s Bach recordings. It’s two geniuses for the price of one. The comprehensive and genre-hopping diversity of sound they can get out of eight strings is incredible—and damn, these guys can play fast!
Harvard Square Oktoberfest
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
One of the biggest festivals in “The Square” each year is Oktoberfest, which has evolved from a German-themed event to a uniquely Cambridge celebration. Its organizers claim an attendance of over 200,000—so we don’t suggest trying to drive through Harvard Square on Sunday. There’s tons of food, live music on six stages, five different beer gardens, dancing in the streets and other delights.