Weekend Roundup 5/17-5/19
I don’t know about you, but I work for the weekends. Here are some highlights of events you can check out this weekend in Boston. As an added bonus, many of them are free!:
Music: Iron & Wine
If you were lucky enough to score a pair of tickets to Iron and Wine’s show at the Berklee Performance Center, hats off to you. If not, StubHub still has a few cheapie balcony seats.
Music: EarthFest & Somerville’s PorchFest
This year’s EarthFest has a rockin’ lineup: Vertical Horizon, Cracker, Gentlemen Hall, Fastball, and Camper Van Beethoven. The show is all day, with the last band performing at 4:!5 PM and located at the Hatch Shell on the esplanade.
If big crowds aren’t your thing, PorchFest is Somerville is a cool grassroots project, where various Somerville musicians will give free performances all day on their front porches. Check the website for a map of locations.
Art: Free Admission to the Harvard Art Museum
Saturday is Art Museum Day, and in honor of this glorious occasion the Harvard Art Musuem, 32 Quincy St. in Harvard Square is offering free admission, check it out!
Food & Drink: Hot Dog Safari & HarpoonFest
Hot Dog Safari
It’s that time of the year again to partake in the Phantom Gourmet’s 23’rd Annual Hot Dog Safari, Boston’s all-you-can-eat hotdog event. The event is noon to 4PM on Landsdowne St. Saturday 5/18 and I can assure you that you will not be leaving hungry. Tickets are $15 in advance here, or $20 at the door.
Bottoms up! If you are a lover of craft beer, check out HarpoonFest Friday 5/17 5:30-11 PM and 5/18 2-9 PM. Tickets are $20 and include 1 beer and a souvenir pint glass, and a guaranteed good time! Get ready to celebrate local beer, local music and summer!
Learning and Service, part 1
Today, the group split into two. Fifteen of us went to the Pluralism Project and the Harvard Art Museum. I was one of them, and I had a great day.
First, we went to the Arthur Sackler fine arts museum at Harvard. Erin Loeb was one of the two women who work at the museum and led us around. We talked first about a Jacob Lawrence piece, “Ventriloquist.” He was an artist during the Harlem Renaissance who painted what he saw in American culture.
Then we split into pairs and each looked at a different work of art to respond to a prompt. My friend and I chose a Gustave Moreau because our prompt was about “Finding a work of art that spoke to us about love.” I responded about the composition of the piece, how its gentle lines and lack of harsh edges made it feel welcoming to me.
Lastly, at the museum, we split into two group again. This time, my group looked at a sculpture. It was made of steel, meant to look like a chair. But it was bent a bit, missing the backing, and the seat had gaping dents. The artist - who grew up during the Colombian civil war - takes everyday objects and makes them look unfamiliar. Everyone in the group wrote a line to go into a poem about the piece and then we put it together into a serendipitously beautiful poem.
That’s all for now! Pluralism Project entry comes tomorrow!