All the fun/cheap/life changing events happening this week around Beantown just a hop, skip, and a jump from campus!
Wednesday, Oct 14: Film Screening– Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Ai Weiwei is known the world over for his defiant art that often goes head to head with the government of China, his home nation. He creates a deep and complicated narrative of resistance against armed forces and authoritarian power as well as the defense of human rights through beautiful and puzzling art. This riveting documentary by Alison Klayman is already picking up awards including the prestigious honor of Opening Night Selection at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Hostelling International Boston, 16 Stuart Street. 7 – 10 pm. Free. http://www.thebostoncalendar.com/events/film-screening-ai-weiwei-never-sorry
Thursday, Oct 15: Video Performance – Cocoon
Two sisters perform as a duplicated sprite, not only in the film and on the stage but also on different parts of the stage at once. Sounds coming from around the stage are improvised by musicians who are watching what happens during the performance, adding to the theme of replication and mystery that surrounds the piece. This ethereal experience is hosted by the Boston Center for the Arts on Tremont Street just a few blocks off campus.
Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Black Box. 539 Tremont Street. 7:30 pm. $12 for Students. https://calendar.northeastern.edu/event/video_performance_cocoon#.Vh0sVflVhBc
Friday, Oct 16: Boston Palestine Film Festival – Eyes of a Thief by Najwa Najjar
The 9th annual Boston Palestine Film Festival opens on Friday, starting ten days of incredible films that examine an array of Palestinian narratives. The opening screening is of Najwa Najjar’s Eyes of a Thief, which follows the story of Tareq, on the run during the 2002 Intifada and then imprisoned by Israeli forces for a decade. Upon his release, he meets Nur, the daughter he never knew. Director Najjar will be at the screening for comments and to answer questions.
Museum of Fine Arts. 7 pm. $12. http://www.bostonpalestinefilmfest.org/festival/schedule/
Saturday, Oct 17: The 51st Head of the Charles Regatta
The highlight of the Boston social calendar is here! It’s the kind of day you’ll complain about when you have a car to navigate through all that traffic. Until then, it’s a short T ride into town for a crowded day of food, street vendors, and, of course, lots of skinny boats speeding down the Charles. Grab some friends and a picnic blanket and set up camp between the Anderson and Weeks bridges for an awesome view of the midpoint of the race. If your folks are in town for parents weekend, what better way to show them the city than with a good old fashioned regatta?
Between Anderson and Weeks bridges (directly behind Harvard Business School). All day Saturday and Sunday until about 4:30 pm. Free. http://www.hocr.org/
Sunday, Oct 18: Northeastern Shakespeare Society presents: Much Ado About Nothing
Love, hate, deception, and a bumbling drunk named Dogberry. What fire is in mine ears?! It’s Shakespeare’s finest comedy to be put on by the Northeastern Shakespeare Society from October 15 through October 18th, with two shows, one at 1:30 pm and one at 7:30 pm, on Sunday the 18th. Tickets are free!
Ryder Theater Lab (334 Ryder Hall). Oct 15-18 // 7:30pm Oct 18//1:30pm. Free. tinyurl.com/MuchAdoNU
Monday, Oct 19: T’ai Chi Ch’uan
Join Wu Xing Chinese Martial Arts instructor Hannah Weisman for weekly Yang-style T’ai Chi Ch’uan practice in the Community Room at the Tobin Community Center in Mission Hill. It’s the perfect opportunity to force yourself out of your room and into some mid-semester relaxation and focus…just what your midterm study schedule needs! This class is free and open to the public and all skill levels are welcomed.
Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St. Roxbury Crossing. 6:30 – 7:15 pm. Free. http://www.thebostoncalendar.com/events/t-ai-chi-ch-uan-taijiquan–58
Tuesday, Oct 20: 14th Annual Neponset River Pumpkin Float
Who wouldn’t want to set hundreds of large orange vegetables floating down a river? Crazy people, that’s who. Bring your carved pumpkins to be set alight and then floated down the Neponset River at this ridiculous and much-loved event. At the end of the night, all the pumpkins will be collected to be used as compost in Boston public gardens. Halloween costumes are highly encouraged! Pumpkins can be found at the Whole Foods on Westland Ave right by the Boston Symphony.
Pope John Paul II Park, Hallet Street Entrance. 170 Hallet Street, Dorchester. 5:30 to 7pm. Free. http://www.thebostoncalendar.com/events/14th-annual-neponset-river-pumpkin-float