All the fun/cheap/life-changing events happening this week around Beantown, just a hop, skip, and a jump from campus!
Friday, Feb 26th: Tarot + Tea at the ICA
Get your weekend off to a mystical start at the Institute of Contemporary Art’s ICA After 5 (PS, the museum is now FREE for Northeastern students!). Sample delicious teas and learn the art of tarot, the storied practice of using cards of various suits to divine a subject’s future. You’ll have your fortune read by a tarot expert, after which you can wander about the museum and check out all their awesome exhibits and installations.
Institute of Contemporary Art. 5 – 8 pm. Free (with NUID!). https://www.icaboston.org/events/ica-after-5-tarot-tea#top
Saturday, Feb 27th: Matt & Ben (a play by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers)
We couldn’t help but include a play about our favorite homegrown stars, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and written by our favorite comedian and The Office vet, Mindy Kaling. It’s the hilarious tale of how the script for Good Will Hunting came to the two stars; it was apparently discovered during a day spent arguing and hallucinating in Somerville. Oh, and Boston’s favorite sons are played by girls.
The Riot Theater, 146A South Street, Jamaica Plain (right by Forest Hills T stop). 8 – 9:30 pm. $15. http://www.theriottheater.com/matt–ben.html
Sunday, Feb 28th: Oscar-Nominated Shorts @ ICA
Yep, we’ve got two ICA events on here because it’s just about the most awesome place in town. Come Oscar night, it’s always fun to see for the movies you’ve fallen in love with over the past year. But, whenever the short films categories roll around, most people draw a blank. Thankfully, the ICA has you covered with a special screening of all the shorts, from fun animations to quirky live action films to impactful documentaries. Watch them all, pick your favorite, then root for it during the awards ceremony later that evening!
Institute for Contemporary Art. 3-5 pm (Animation), 5-7 pm (Documentaries). Free (with NUID!). https://www.icaboston.org/events/oscar-nominated-shorts#all-dates
Monday, Feb 29th: Disney’s Zootopia artist Nick Orsi @ NU
Disney’s big-ticket animated film of the year, Zootopia, is coming to Northeastern with Nick Orsi, one of the movie’s awesome animation artists! He’s going to take the audience on a behind-the-scenes tour, showing off his skills and offering a glimpse into the process of creating an incredibly detailed and pretty cute animated film.
Snell Engineering Rm 108. 7 – 8 pm. Free. RSVP here: bit.ly/NU229
Tuesday, Mar 1st: Women Take the Reel Film Festival
Each year, the Northeastern Women’s and Gender Studies Department hosts a film festival featuring pieces that discuss gender, sexuality, race, class, and feminism. This year, the feature film will be She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a documentary telling the story of the “Second Wave”of feminism from 1966 to 1971. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, including such voices as Joan Ditzion, Judy Norsigian, and Wendy Sanford, all members of Our Bodies, Ourselves and influential contributors to the “Our Bodies, Ourselves” books. Refreshments will be served.
135 Shillman. 6 pm. Free. http://www.northeastern.edu/cssh/wgss/event/shes-beautiful-when-shes-angry-2/#_ga=1.27459263.261944532.1454795377
Wednesday, Mar 2nd: Doers and Dreamers
The Doers and Dreamers Tour celebrates the spirit of modern, independent creativity through shared experiences in song, storytelling, and improvised collaborations. Dreamers Alex Wong, Megan Slankard, and Korby Lenkard bring their audience into their performance, hoping to inspire other artists to find success with a grassroots, fan-forward process that makes art more personal and enjoyable.
Club Passim, 47 Palmer St. 8 – 10 pm. $13-15. http://passim.org/club/doers-and-dreamers-alex-wong-korby-lenker-and-megan-slankard
Thursday, Mar 3rd: Ten Canoes
Head over to Harvard to catch this free screening of Ten Canoes, an award-winning documentary following the story of Indigenous Australians through time and exploring the role of men as both huntsmen and statesmen. It’s an important account of an indigenous population often underrepresented in all aspects of Australian society, and is notable for being the very first feature film to include dialogue in an Indigenous language.
Peabody Museum of Archeology, 24 Oxford St. 6 – 8 pm. Free. https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/ten-canoes
Friday, Mar 4th: Happy Spring Break!