Saturday, 7 and 9 :45 p.m.
246 Tremont St., Boston
MBTA: Green Line to Boylston
First known for his work with Human Giant, Ansari now stars in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” but his greatest creation is probably his “Randy” persona, a sex-obsessed, overly physical, would-be arena comedian with a massive ego and a wonky sound effects board. It’s somehow brutally sarcastic and charming at once.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Dr., Cambridge
MBTA: Green Line B to BUCentral
$25-$289, 818-409-0960, ext. 225
Yes girls, the Twilight convention is coming to a major metropolitan area near you! None of the heavy hitters will be there, but some of the supporting actors will. Other weirdness includes a Karaoke contest and a Vampire Ball, and the sad, lonely women of TwlightMOMs. Warning: Sunday’s tickets are sold out, and many of the events have separate ticketing.
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Friday and Saturday,
7 to 10 p.m.
Mobius Alternative Arts Space
775 Harrison Ave., Boston
MBTA: Bus 8 or 10 to Harrison Avenue, $10, 617-459-8525
This two-day performance art spectacle examines the narcissistic “look at me!” element of performance art from an ironic standpoint. The artists, Lubb Webb, Sarah Rado, Joseph Ravens, Basil El Halwegy, and EL Putnam, gleefully toe the line between art and body-centric exhibitionism in an attempt to see where one begins and the other ends.
Manuel De Oliveira Screenings
Sunday and Monday, 7 p.m.
Carpenter Center, Harvard University
24 Quincy St., Cambridge
MBTA: Red Line to Harvard
Oliveira, at 101, is the world’s oldest working film director. Harvard Film Archive will be showing the two films that bookend his unprecedented career up to now this week: 2009’s frustrated love story “Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl” and Oliveira’s first work, 1931’s 18-minute silent fisherman documentary “Douro, Faina Fluvial.” Here’s to another 100, man!
‘Free Floating: Drawings, embroidery and encaustic by Lauren Leone’
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Washington Street Art Center
321 Washington St., Somerville
The most common thread in Leone’s work, which spans across media from pen to paintbrush to wax to thread itself, is its combination of whimsy and a longing to connect. There’s a rendering of an octopus with eight hearts in its tentacles called “Whole Lotta Love” and it sums up what we were trying to say way better than we could. The reception is tonight, and the exhibit runs through July.
African Festival of Boston
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
1 City Hall Plaza, Boston
MBTA: Blue or Green Line to Government Center
This festival, presented by the Shalupe Foundation, is a pan-African diversity celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the ’60s, when many African nations gained independence from European powers. Music, dance, a drum call parade and more are in store. Teeyah, Lamine Toure, Bouro Mpela, and others perform.
Friday, 5:45 to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Davis Square, Somerville
MBTA: Red Line Davis
$3 suggested donation
There is so much happening at this thing, we can’t hope to list it all: bands ranging from Afrobeat to punk, crafts vendors, circus performance, dance troupes, interactive water music sculpture and even a Pirate Parade. Davis Square is the place to be this weekend.