Let’s be real, Memorial Day Weekend probably kicked your ass too. From the two cheeseburgers, three hot dogs, four bags of chips, and permanent beer IV drip, your body is probably begging you to chill out right about now. “The soul, like the body, lives by what it feeds on.” Right? So feed your soul and your body this week by going back to basics with some volunteering, healthy Mediterranean food, a couple art exhibits, a farmer’s market and a folk-rock show. The city’s on your side, man. Cleanse, purify and be free.
FOOD: Roslindale Farmer’s Market
Did someone say farmer’s market? Hell yes. Saturday June 2 is the kickoff of the über-local Roslindale Village Main Street Farmer’s Market. With about 25 different vendors selling produce, fruit, meat, and let’s not forget the fresh-out-of-the-oven baked goods. So support our farmers and go local by stuffing your face with fancy cheese and downing freshly squeezed lemonade by the gallon.
Roslindale Farmer’s Market on Saturday June 2 – October 27, 2012 in Adams Park from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
ART: Large Format Night with Christopher Churchill @ PRC
Large format photography is usually reserved for expansive and ethereal landscapes, like something out of a Bon Iver music video.
This Wednesday Boston University’s Photographic Resource Center is hosting an exhibit of four presenters’ large format photographs. Boston-based photographer Christopher Churchill is the event’s guest host and lead presenter. Churchill’s most recent exhibit “American Faith,” now a book, focuses on the meaning of religion and present-day faith through a series of portraits of the common American. From school children, to young soldiers, to retired couples, every photograph captures a small glimpse into each individual’s faith. “Use the camera as a way to wander through whatever world you feel drawn to,” said Churchill in an interview. “Make it pure and the other things will happen.” Get ready to fall into the sublime…
Large Format Night on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 6 p.m.
SUPPORT: 4th Charles River One Mile Swim and 27th AIDS Walk
It’s your weekend to give back. On Sunday is the 27th Boston AIDS Walk & 5K Run. Raise AIDS awareness and support Boston walkers and runners this weekend along the Esplanade. But what better way to start your weekend off right than by watching Bostonians complete the annual 1-mile swim in the Charles River? This Saturday the Charles River Swimming Club is hosting the Fourth Charles River One Mile Swim to celebrate the fact that we no longer need to fear falling into the river and having our skin burned off. For the last four years, the Charles River Swimming Club has been promoting efforts to clean the river so that it’s swimmable on most days. It’s not just you who needs to cleanse, so does little Charlie.
Fourth Charles River One Mile Swim on Saturday June 2, 2012 at 8 a.m.
27th AIDS Walk Boston on Sunday June 3, 2012 at 9 a.m.
MUSIC: Great Lake Swimmers @ The Middle East
Speaking of swimmers, on Thursday night the Middle East will offer the stage up to Canadian band Great Lake Swimmers. After just releasing their fifth studio album, New Wild Everywhere in April, the calm folk-rock band jumpstarts its North American tour, squeezing a quick show in Boston between New York and Toronto. Banjos, violins, Tony Dekker’s wandering lyrics and Miranda Mulholland’s sweet back-up vocals… If Sufjan Stevens and the Weepies had a lovechild and then Bon Iver raised him, he would turn out to be Great Lake Swimmers. With wanderlusting songs like “Your Rocky Spine” and “The Great Exhale,” Dekker and the other members create a pure and harmonious sound that will cleanse the soul.
Great Lake Swimmers at The Middle East Downstairs on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
FOOD: The Chubby Chickpea Food Truck
After the 2,000+ calories of beer you probably ingested this weekend celebrating Memorial Day (yeah Americuh), your body could probably use a cleanse. Give your liver a rest and check out The Chubby Chickpea. The bright mustard yellow food truck travels to the Financial District on Mondays, City Hall Plaza on Wednesdays and Back Bay on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays offering a plethora of Mediterranean dishes. From hearty shawarma sandwiches to vegetarian options like falafel, babaganoush, and tabouleh, every item has zero-trans fat and is super cheap. Stuff your face with veggies instead of French fries. Your mom would be proud.
ART: Pretty Ugly Walk Through @ Mills Gallery
Ever see something really gross and kinda like it? The newest art exhibit at the Boston Center for the Arts, “Pretty Ugly: Deviant Materialism” questions our views of beauty by superimposing them with offensive and hideous images and creating a beautiful aesthetic through something grotesque. The exhibit plays up this dichotomy with paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures that explore an aesthetic ugliness. You’ll be wondering if what you’re looking at is attractive or revolting. Don’t let your confusion inhibit you though. On Thursday May 31 at 6 pm, the curator Nina Gara Bozicnik will give a walk-through of the exhibit, explaining the selection process and meaning behind the pieces of art, in hopes of breaking down the strict rules of beauty. The exhibit will be on display until June 24.
“Pretty Ugly: Deviant Materialism” at Mills Gallery at 6 p.m.