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


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Somerville Porch Fest

More than 200 artists from across the city are performing at Somerville PorchFest this Saturday. Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe

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Dig Deftones in Agganis Arena

The year was 1988, the city was Sacramento, California. Three high school friends—singer Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, and drummer Abe Cunningham—started jamming together. Over time they chose the name Deftones, became a quartet, became a quintet, had a few line-up changes, played show after show, developed what they called the nu-metal sound and recorded their first album “Adrenaline” in 1995. What made them different What differentiated them from hard-hitting bands, especially on later albums, was their penchant for turning things on their head. One song could be a real headbanger, with screeching vocals and screeching guitar backing. Another – on the same album – would be softer, more relaxed, almost mellow, and would rely more on melody than explosiveness. All styles of the group will be featured this Friday at 20:00 when the Deftones visit Agganis Arena. To snag tickets, visit the venue’s website. – Ed Symkus

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

Five years ago, Power Beer Fest introduced the largest gathering of Massachusetts breweries under one roof – and it returns this Saturday to Boston’s Cyclorama venue in the heart of the South End. There will be two sessions from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ticket holders have access to unlimited samples from 40 local breweries including Tree House, Vitamin Sea, Channel Marker and the Brewery at Four Star Farms and more during each session. From succulent IPAs to tart sours to succulent stouts, there’s something for every taste. Dining options include Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen, Eastern Standard Provisions, and Wild Fox Pierogi. Bring an empty canteen to refill 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 dedicated to protecting and promoting the interests of craft brewers across the Commonwealth. Tickets are $55 and $10 for designated drivers. – Jacqueline Cain

Enjoy a massive block party at Somerville Porchfest

Once a year, Somerville transforms into a massive concert during PorchFest, with hundreds of musicians performing on porches across town. This Saturday, the artists on The Porches in West Somerville will play from 12pm to 2pm, while those in Central Somerville will perform from 2pm to 4pm and those in East Somerville will pick up their instruments from 4pm to 6pm, with more than 250 artists said to already be performing occur, and more are likely to be added before the registration deadline on Thursday. – Kevin Slane

Enjoy opening day at Greenway Market

Each weekend during Boston’s warmer months, the Greenway Artisan Market brings together dozens of local artists, artisans, manufacturers, designers and small business owners on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Operated by Somerville Flea, the market reopens for the season this Saturday from 11am-5pm and can be found opposite Quincy Market every weekend through October. – Kevin Slane

Watch 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Somerville Theatre

With more consumers watching films on laptops or even mobile phones, Somerville Theater has remained focused on showing films on the big screens in the aspect ratios their creators intended with their annual 70mm and widescreen festival. This Saturday and Sunday (at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) the theater is showing Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey in glorious 70mm format, allowing audiences to enjoy every inch of the Magnum director’s opus can enjoy. – Kevin Slane

Check out the latest looks at 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 MassArt graduates and explores issues such as gender identity and grief. MassArt is hosting two of the shows—at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.—at the campus Design and Media Center. Tickets cost $40 and are available on MassArt’s website. MassArt will also be livestreaming 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 is hosting its own outdoor party this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with its 37th annual MayFair. As well as local businesses selling food from outdoor tents, there will be 40 craft stalls featuring local vendors, several outdoor beer gardens and four music stages scattered across the square featuring a variety of genres. The musical highlight takes place at 4pm on the main stage, where reggae rock group Roots of Creation will play. A full list of performers and more details can be found on the HSBA website. – Kevin Slane

Join Joan Osborne for a free show on the Newburyport waterfront

In late 1995, a Kentucky native, Joan Osborne released her soon-to-be ubiquitous debut single. “One of Us” – written by Eric Bazilian of ’80s pop duo The Hooters – peaked at #4 in the US and was comparable or even better in several other countries around the world. Although Osborne never repeated the song’s commercial success, he has continued to release well-received albums regularly for the past 20+ years. Osborne’s current tour includes a headlining spot on Sunday at 6pm that wraps up two full days of events and performances at the Newburyport Arts & Cultural Spring Festival – right on the waterfront and free. – Blake Maddux

Chow down at 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 Poland, hosted by the Polish American Citizens Club of South Boston. Guests can enjoy delicious food, live music and an immersion in Polish-American culture and traditions. The festival takes place at 82 Boston St., a short walk from the Red Line’s Andrew Square station 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 specific brand whiner who seems to make up an outsized segment of the general population lately. The funny thing about “Sh*t List,” like many of the tracks on “Love & Rage” and the rest of Blanton’s repertoire, is that it’s anything but an angry screed—Rage Against the Machine isn’t it. Rather, she’s infused her music with catchy hooks, power pop chords, and harmonies so downright delightful that her lyrical messages come off super smooth. Blanton’s playing has garnered attention – she’s opened shows for none other than Paul Simon and has been praised by another famous half-duo, John Oates, who said Blanton’s “sly wit and urban imagery” reminded him of Cole Porter. So if you hate fascists and love thoughtful, catchy songs (not necessarily in that order) you should catch Blanton when she plays at City Winery this Sunday at 8pm – Peter Chianca

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