10 Best Things to Do in Boston This Weekend: May 12-15, 2022



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Somerville PorchFest will feature over 200 performers spread across the city this Saturday. Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe

Dig some Deftones at the Agganis Arena

The year was 1988, the city was Sacramento, California. Three high school buddies – vocalist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter and drummer Abe Cunningham – started jamming together. Over time they settled on the name Deftones, became a quartet, became a quintet, changed line-ups, played show after show, developed what would eventually be called the nu-metal sound, and recorded their debut album, “Adrenaline,” in 1995. What separated them from other hard-hitting bands, especially on later albums, was their penchant for switching things up. A song could be a real head banger, with screaming vocals and shrill guitar feedback. Another – on the same album – would be softer, laid back, almost sweet, relying more on melody than explosiveness. All of the band’s styles will be on display this Friday at 8pm when Deftones visit Agganis Arena. To purchase tickets, go to the venue’s website. —Ed Symkus

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Tree House and other Massachusetts breweries come to Boston for the Power Beer Fest

Five years ago, the Power Beer Fest featured Massachusetts’ largest gathering of breweries under one roof — and it returns to Boston this Saturday at the Cyclorama events venue in the heart of the South End. There will be two sessions, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ticket holders will have access to unlimited samples of 40 local brews during each session, including Tree House, Vitamin Sea, Channel Marker, the Brewery at Four Star Farms, and more. From juicy IPAs to tart sours and luscious stouts, there will be beers for everyone. Food will include options from Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen, Eastern Standard Provisions and Wild Fox Pierogi. Bring an empty canteen to stock up on cold, filtered still and sparkling water at the Bluedrop Water Station. The Power Beer Fest is the largest annual fundraiser for the Mass. Brewers Guild, a not-for-profit organization that works to protect and promote the interests of craft brewers across the Commonwealth. Tickets are $55 and $10 for designated drivers. — Jacqueline Cain

Enjoy a great block party at Somerville Porchfest

Once a year, during PorchFest, Somerville turns into one huge concert, with hundreds of musicians performing on porches across town. This Saturday, West Somerville porch artists will play throughout a window from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., while those from Central Somerville will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and those from East Somerville will play their instruments from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. More than 250 artists are already expected to perform, with even more likely to be added before Thursday’s entry deadline. —Kevin Slane

Enjoy opening day at the Greenway Market

During Boston’s warmer months, the Greenway Artisan Market brings together dozens of local artists, artisans, makers, designers, and small entrepreneurs at the Rose Kennedy Greenway every weekend. Powered by Somerville Flea, the market will reopen for the season this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is opposite Quincy Market every weekend through October. —Kevin Slane

Watch “2001: A Space Odyssey” at the Somerville Theater

With more and more consumers watching movies on laptops or even cell phones, the Somerville Theater has remained dedicated to bringing movies to the big screen on the scale their creators intended with their annual 70mm Festival and big screen. This Saturday and Sunday (at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.), the theater will present Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic “2001: A Space Odyssey” in glorious 70mm, allowing audiences to appreciate every inch of the director’s magnum opus. —Kevin Slane

Check out the latest looks from MassArt’s first live fashion show since 2019

On Saturday, the Massachusetts College for Art and Design is hosting its first in-person fashion show since 2019. The show — titled “404 Not Found” — features the work of 21 senior MassArt graduates and deals with themes including gender identity and mourning. . MassArt hosts two of the shows—at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.—at the Design and Media Center on campus. Tickets are $40 and are available on the MassArt website. MassArt will also be live streaming the event for those unable to attend. —Mia McCarthy

Celebrate Spring with Harvard Square MayFair 2022

After a two-year hiatus, the Harvard Square Business Association will host its own outdoor party this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with its 37th annual MayFair. In addition to local businesses selling food in outdoor tents, there will be 40 craft stalls with local vendors, several outdoor beer gardens and four music stages scattered around the plaza with a host of genres. The musical highlight comes at 4 p.m. on the main stage, with reggae-rock band Roots of Creation. For a full list of performers and additional details, see the HSBA website. —Kevin Slane

Join Joan Osborne for a free show on the Newburyport waterfront

In late 1995, a Kentucky native named Joan Osborne released her soon-to-be-ubiquitous debut single. “One of Us” – which was written by Eric Bazilian of 80s pop duo The Hooters – peaked at No. 4 in the US and was relatively, if not more successful in several other countries around the world. Although he never replicated the commercial success of this song, Osborne has continued to consistently release well-received albums over the past 20 years. Osborne’s current tour includes a 6 p.m. Sunday headliner that caps off two full days of events and performances at the Newburyport Arts & Cultural Spring Festival – right on the water and for free. —Blake Maddux

Enjoy Polish Fest Boston

Boston’s thriving Polish-American community will gather in Dorchester this Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. for Polish Fest, a celebration of all things Polish, hosted by the Polish American Citizens Club of South Boston. You can enjoy delicious food, live music and an immersion in Polish-American culture and traditions. The festival will be held at 82 Boston St., a short walk from Andrew Square station on the red line in Dorchester. —Kevin Slane

Enjoy a mix of heart, humor and anti-fascist anthems with Carsie Blanton in Boston

Included on “Love & Rage,” Carsie Blanton’s 2021 album of what the New Orleans singer-songwriter calls “anti-fascist anthems,” is a provocatively titled track called “S*** List which caters to a certain brand of complainer that lately seems to be an inordinate segment of the general population. What’s funny about “Sh*t List,” like many tracks on “Love & Rage” and the rest of Blanton’s repertoire, is that it comes across as anything but angry screed – Rage Against the Machine she is not. Instead, she’s imbued her music with catchy hooks, power pop chords, and harmonies so delightful her lyrical messages are very fluid. Blanton’s play attracted attention – it opened shows for none other than Paul Simon, and drew praise from another famous half-duo, John Oates, who said “the sly wit and l Blanton’s ‘urban imagery’ reminded him of Cole Porter. So if you hate fascists and like thoughtful, catchy songs (not necessarily in that order), you’ll want to check out Blanton when she plays City Winery this Sunday at 8 p.m. —Peter Chianca

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