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Visit the Belladonna of Sadness

Visit the Belladonna of Sadness


Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra

Thursday, 8 pm.

MIT List Visual Arts Center

20 Ames St., Bldg. E15, Cambridge

$5, 617-253-4680


Comprised of Alloy Orchestra’s Ken Winokur, Cul de Sac’s Jonathan LaMaster and Either/Orchestra’s Russ Gershon, this avant-garde musical ensemble will accompany a series of psychedelic Super 8 visuals created by Ken Brown for the Boston Tea Party, a famous local rock club in the 1960’s. You’ll also get to see a live liquid live show and live video DJ scratching. Feed your head!

The Robin Nolan Trio

Friday, 8:30 p.m.

Magnolia Loft

128 Brookside St., Jamaica Plain

$13-$18, 617-276-4536


Gypsy jazz has an upbeat flavor all its own, played entirely on string instruments and marked indelibly by the genius of guitarist Django Reinhardt, widely regarded as one of the greatest-ever guitarists in any genre. The celebrated, Amsterdam-based Robin Nolan trio, a popular act Reinhardt tribute festivals, ought to give you a more-than-ample taste of the style.

Hallelujah the Hills

Thursday, 9 p.m.

Great Scott

1222 Comm. Ave., Allston

$10, 18+, 800-745-3000


This is the album release show for long-running local act Hallelujah the Hills’ latest record, “A Band is Something to Figure Out,” a must-listen for fans of classic, cathartic American indie rock. These 11 songs, loaded with gritty determination, dramatic dynamic swells and gang vocal shouts, might just make you believe again in whatever it was you stopped believing in.

Grass Stains

Saturday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Davis Square


Free, all ages, [email protected]


Why see a show indoors when you could see a show outdoors, and get to bed at a decent hour — or just go to another, indoor show that night? Questions to ponder. Presented by Boston Hassle and Somerville Community Access Television, this mini-fest includes performances from Transpiler, Ten Dollar Mistake, Kirk Windsor, Neil Patrick Bryant, Nomad Stones, Blew, Walter Wright and more.

The Kills

Sunday, 7 p.m.

The Paradise

967 Comm. Ave., Boston

$30, 18+, 800-745-3000


Minimal punk duo the Kills never quite attained the visibility of their early 00’s “return to rock” peers like the Strokes, the White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This was partially due to their distrust of the hype machine: early in their career, the band rarely allowed interviews. But they continued to thrive anyway. Their latest album, “Ash and Ice,” drops June 3rd.


Eyes Shut. Door Open.

Thursday through May 26

Warehouse XI

11 Sanborn Ct., Somerville

$15-$25, 800-838-3006


Wax Wings Productions and playwright Cassie M. Seinuk co-presents this drama, which they describe as “a modern Cain and Able story set in the SoHo art scene of New York City.” Artist Turner Street’s paintings of eyes have become the next big thing on the scene, but it’s not long before the inspiration behind them comes back to haunt him.

Mud Blue Sky

Sunday through June 5

Calderwood Pavilion

527 Tremont St., Boston

$12-$32, 617-933-8600


This comedy, Bridge Repertory’s final offering of the season, zooms in on three veteran flight attendants at a hotel during a layover. Presumably for the sake of randomness, at some point, they encounter a local pot-dealing high school kid who just bounced on his prom date. What mysterious providence has brought them together? More importantly, is the kid’s bud dank?


Bieber Brunch

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Back Bay Harry’s

142 Berkeley St., Boston

$48, 21+, 617-424-6711


Justin Bieber superfans can enjoy a full-on Bieber-themed three-course brunch this Sunday at Back Bay Harry’s, with such offerings as “Belieber’s Breakfast Poutine” — in celebration of Bieber’s French-Canadian ethnicity — and “Selena Gomez’s Warm Oatmeal Cookies.” We’ll let that sink in. TV’s will be blasting Bieber music and vids. Hell for many, no doubt, but heaven for true Beliebers.


She’s All That

Thursday, 7 p.m.

Coolidge Corner Theater

290 Harvard St., Brookline

$9-$12, 617-734-2500


Coolidge Corner Theater screens this 90’s teen comedy, a classic “take the eyeglasses off a nerdy girl and suddenly she’s a hot girl” tale starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh CooK. Theatergoers are encouraged to wear prom attire—the best will be crowned king and queen, which may just be more embarrassing than your actual prom — just kidding, probably not.

Belladonna of Sadness

Friday through Monday

Brattle Theater

40 Brattle St., Cambridge

$9-$11, 617-876-6837


This 1973 Japanese masterpiece, shown here in a new restoration, is a psychedelic whirlwind fantasy with a spiritual kinship to trippy Western 70’s peers like “Fantastic Planet” and “Wizards.” Our minds were thoroughly boggled just watching the trailer. If your idea of Japanese animation is limited to Miyazakian whimsy or giant robot dramas, you especially need to check this out.


Owen Benjamin

Friday and Saturday

Laugh Boston

425 Summer St. Boston

$29-$39, 617-725-2844


“Women vs. men” is one of the timeless categories of stand-up material. It’s difficult to break new ground there, but to Owen Benjamin’s credit, we’ve never heard someone use economic metaphors: women are socialists, and men are capitalists, he asserts. Benjamin’s also a classically-trained pianist, and integrates that into his act—in one bit, he imagines Beethoven taking a cue from Timbaland.


Revere Beach Kite Festival

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Revere Beach

410 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere

Free, 781-902-9742


The 60’s folk-pop vocal group the Free Design titled one of their albums “Kites are Fun”— a random observation, perhaps, but a true one. At the Revere Beach Kite Festival, kids can make their own kites — free for the first 300 — and die-hard adult kite enthusiasts will be flying their own impressive rigs, which can get quite elaborate.


Nathaniel Philbrick

Sunday, 7 p.m.

First Parish Church

1446 Mass. Ave., Cambridge

$5, 617-661-1515


Historian Nathaniel Philbrick will discuss his latest book, “Valiant Ambition,” which tells the well-known story of Revolutionary turncoat Benedict Arnold through an examination of his relationship with George Washington. It’s as much a story of what made Washington our most iconic hero as of what made Arnold our most iconic villain, one whose very name is still synonymous with “traitor.”


Crime and Punishment in Early Boston

Saturday, 10 a.m.

Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon St., Boston

Free/donation, 781-540-8147


While it may be one of America’s most irreligious, politically progressive cities today, Boston has never quite shed its zipped-up, puritanical character. Still, you won’t find anyone in the stocks today, or suffering any of the other forms of public punishment you’ll learn about on this historical tour. If you find it sold out, worry not — they’ll be running it again on August 13.


Eating Olympics

Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Chinatown Gate

Beach Street, Boston

Free, 617-903-8538


All animals eat, but humans, as far as we know, are the only animals who have eating contests. Local restaurant/food cart Chicken and Rice Guys hosts their 4th annual Eating Olympics this weekend. Those who wish to compete have to pay to sign up, but it’s free for those who wish only to witness the deliciously grotesque spectacle.