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12 things to do in Boston this weekend

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FOOD

Bark Boulud

Admit it, all your Instagram posts are either of the food you’re about to eat, or of your dog. Well, Bar Boulud understands both passions—they’re inviting dog owners to bring their pups for patio dining with a special canine menu, including gourmet dog biscuits, doggie popsicles and a surprisingly tasty-looking oatmeal bowl. Do it for the ‘Gram!

Ongoing, Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St., Boston, barboulud.com

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ART

In Triplicate

Three is a mysterious, portentous number. Cinematic shots are often composed in three equal segments. Three people makes company a crowd. A third option breaks binary thought, opening potentially limitless possibilities, and yet three is also a number of completeness: beginning, middle, end. This art show about three features the work of three minds, or simply a triptych.

Through July 2, Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St., Somerville, free, navegallery.org

THEATER

Fat Pig

Flat Earth Theater presents this 2004 play by Neil LaBute, about a full-figured gal named Helen whose new boyfriend, Tom, himself svelte, almost immediately gets grief from his friends for choosing to date a “fat chick.” While he’s quite in love, he wonders if maybe they’re right. Will love win out, or superficiality? We’re not telling!

June 16 through 24, Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, $25, flatearth.ticketleap.com

Dhalgren Sunrise

If you’re looking for something a bit different, head up to Chelsea for this experimental sci-fi play, based on the novel “Dhalgren” by Samuel R. Delany. While there’s a general form, based around seven excerpts from the book (“Prelude,” “Orchid,” “Moons,” “Fire,” Scorpions,” “Sex” and “Sunrise”), most of the play is improvised, even the music is[tab]constantly shifting set.

June 16 through 24, Chelsea Theater Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea, $14-$20, fortpointtheatrechannel.org

FESTIVALS

Fete de la Musique

Celebrate the Solstice at this family friendly South End festival, featuring live musical performances in several local parks, centered on the block party at Warren Ave., with food and activities. Performers include the AB Latin Jazz Ensemble in Frieda Garcia Park, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble in Union Park, All Hands Drumming, Bertrand Laurence at the Mills Gallery and Wayne Potash at Ringgold Park.

June 17, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., various locations, South End, Boston, free, cmcb.org

MUSIC

Markus Schulz

In the EDM world, German-born producer and DJ Markus Schulz needs very little introduction—it’s not strange to find him on a list of the world’s greatest DJs. A key figure in trance, he’s celebrated by his fans his avoidance of what are considered weak, creampuff sounds—“unicorns”—which has earned him the nickname “Unicorn Slayer. Hang that, Morrissey!

June 16, 10 p.m., Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston, $15, 21+, royalefridays.com

Dayme Arocena

This young Afro-Cuban singer, performing here for the first time in Boston, combines her country’s traditions together with a fondness for jazz, funk, soul and pop, plus the hymns and chants of her religious practice, Santeria. Her voice can let loose an earth-shaking power (witness her NPR Tiny Desk Concert) as effortlessly as it paints the subtleties of a smoky jazz ballad.

June 16, 8 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston, $28, worldmusic.org

DRINK

Sam Adams Summer GrooveFest

This is only the second Summer GrooveFest Sam Adams has thrown, but it might just become a new tradition. Come down to the Boston Brewery and mellow out to the sounds of the Duppy Conquerers, a Bob Marley tribute band, while pigging out on Jamaican food and of course enjoying some summer brews—your ticket covers six!

June 16, 6 p.m to 9 p.m., Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, 30 Germania St., Boston, $30-$55, 21+, samueladams.com

MOVIES

Ninotchka

In the current political climate, this 1939 Soviets vs. Americans comedy might feel almost nostalgic. Greta Garbo, better remembered for her silent roles, plays the tough-as-nails Soviet woman Ninotchka, sent to Paris to carry out a jewelry sale. There she finds the romantic interest Count Leon, a smooth hedonist, and a country as decadent as it is free.

June 17 and August 18, Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge, $9-$11, hcl.harvard/edu/hfa

Monterey Pop

The Coolidge screens D.A. Pennebaker’s famous document of the 1967 Monterey Pop festival, containing some of the most legendary ‘60s rock performances this side of Woodstock. The key moment is Jimi Hendrix’s introduction to American audiences, but there’s also Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, Simon and Garfunkel and the Mamas and the Papas—not too shabby!

June 19, 7 p.m., Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, $13, coolidge.org

BOOKS

Arundhati Roy

Despite the intense acclaim for her 1996 debut novel “The God of Small Things,” it wasn’t until this year that Arundhati Roy revealed a second novel, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.” She’s remained quite busy, though, spending the intervening years as an activist and non-fiction writer, and early reviews of the new novel affirm that she hasn’t gotten rusty at all.

June 20, 7 p.m., Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston, $5-$30, harvard.com

COMEDY

Kevin James

Kevin James is best known for “The King of Queens” and comedies like “Hitch” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” but for our money, his best work is his standup, in which he plays a loquacious everyman, pacing the stage, alternately incredulous and baffled by everyday life. His 2001 special “Sweat the Small Stuff” is masterful—go look it up.[tab]

June 16 through 18, Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, $45-$75, thewilbur.com

 
 
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