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12 fun things to do in Boston this weekend

Metallica's Kirk Hammett is bringing a sci-fi and horror art show to town.
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Metal meets art at PEM. Photo by Allison White

MOVIES

Cool Hand Luke

The next installment of the MFA’s Sunset Cinema series is the 1967 Paul Newman classic “Cool Hand Luke”, which coincides nicely with the Museum’s current exhibition “The Summer of Love: Photography and Graphic Design." A DJ will be playing soul, funk and R&B hits of the era, and you’ll also have the chance to tie-die something. Groovy.

Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, free, mfa.org

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ART

It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection

What do you do once you’ve cemented your legacy as an iconic heavy metal lead guitarist? If you’re Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, you start collecting sci-fi and horror memorabilia. For this exhibition, he’s sharing 90 objects from his personal collection—mostly movie posters, but also collectible guitars, monster masks and sculptures representing the whole history of the genres in film.

Through Nov. 26, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem, $18-$20, pem.org

THEATER

Justice or Mercy

The newly formed Promenade Opera Company presents their first production, an immersive take on Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito." Audiences first choose whether to go with the “blue cast” or the “red cast." The performance takes place in a private residence which will be divulged upon ticket purchase; the cast will lead you through the rooms and hallways where the drama unfolds.

Aug.17-20, Cambridge, $25, promenadeoperaproject.com

MUSIC

The Revivalists

For the first of three end-of-summer concerts in Copley Square, ALT Rocks Boston presents this rootsy New Orleans band—actually, with seven members, it’s more of a posse. Their not-so-secret weapon is an excellently-deployed horn section, reflecting their home city’s traditions. Their latest single, the disco-flavored “Wish I Knew You," released in 2016, has proven their biggest hit yet.

Aug. 17, 5 p.m., Copley Square Park, 560 Boylston St., Boston, free, alt929boston.com/infoaltrocksboston

High Key People

Local drums-bass-vibraphones trio High Key People release their latest record, “Decolonial Love," at this show. Snippets online reveal a challenging but groovy hybrid sound, the band themselves citing world music, jazz, hip-hop, Afro-Latin and Caribbean influences. They’ve got an uncanny knack for balancing the mellow and the tense in their performances, like some all-embracing yin-yang of contemporary, globally-minded jazz.

Aug. 18, 8 p.m., Urbano Project, 29 Germania St., Jamaica Plain, $10, urbanoproject.org

Waxahatchee

Although Waxahatchee has always been a solo project, Katie Crutchfield chose to work behind a band name, conveying a sense of distance between artist and art. Waxahatchee’s latest record, “Out in the Storm," however, is being touted as Crutchfield’s most directly autobiographical. Be sure not to miss openers Palehound, one of Boston’s most recent gifts to the indie rock big leagues. 

Aug. 19, 6 p.m., Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston, $16-$18, 18+, boweryboston.com

COMEDY

Stand-Up to Hunger

Four of Boston’s most prominent hometown comics—Robert Kelly, Dom Irrera, Gary Gulman and Christine Hurley—will perform at this benefit for the Great Boston Food Bank. It’s MC’d by KISS108 morning host Matt Seigel, himself as much a Boston institution as any of the comics he’s chosen, despite being born and raised in New York—but hey, nobody’s perfect.

Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m., Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, $37-$67, thewilbur.com

Last Fan Standing with Bruce Campbell

B-movie king Bruce Campbell has written another memoir, “Hail to the Chin," and he’s upping the book tour ante this time by hosting an entire game show, pitting geek against geek for—what else?—geek glory. Bonus: in case you miss this one, Campbell will also be appearing on Saturday at “The Walking Dead” fan convention Walker Stalker Con.

Aug. 18, 6 p.m., Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, $40-$75, brooklinebooksmith.com

Boston Annual Improv Tournament Championship Show

Competition within an improv group is a no-no—it’s way better when everyone’s working as a hive mind. But competition between improv groups is totally fine. This show is the final round for 2017’s Boston Annual Improv Tournament. One up-and-coming, local, independent troupe will be crowned. Yes, it’s a veritable game of thrones, but with less nudity and bloodshed—sorry, but this isn’t HBO.

Aug. 20, 7 p.m., Regent Theater, 7 Medford St., Arlington, $5, facebook.com/BAITboston

DRINK

Brew at the Zoo

Nearly 50 different breweries are represented in this annual beer tasting at the Franklin Park Zoo.Attendees will be able to traverse the whole campus and chill with such exotic creatures as gorillas, lemurs, hippos, giraffes and more. There’s a shuttle bus service from Forest Hills station, so you won’t have to worry about being unable to drive.

Aug. 19, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston, $60-$100, 21+, zoonewengland.org

DOG OWNERS

Fido Fest

You family and friends have seen more than their fair share of videos of your dog, but what about the wider world? Here’s your chance: Fido Fest is an outdoor, crowd-sourced dog video festival. Click the link below for more info on submissions. Actual (leashed) dogs are also welcome. One thing you’re guaranteed to not see: cat videos.

Aug. 19, 7 p.m., Spy Pond Field, Pond Ln., Arlington, free, acmi.tv/fidofest

FESTIVALS

Ignite: Global Street Food and Fire Festival

Somerville continues to crush it with the festival season, this time hosting fire tossers from the Boston Circus Guild, a smorgasbord of international culinary offerings, a bhangra dance party, roving performers, bachata dancers, magicians, a contingent known as the Fine Arts Superheroes, a fortune teller, a mime and even more diversions.

Aug. 19, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Sq., Somerville

 
 
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