Opening reception for SATURATE
Adam J O’Day—our very own impressionistic Monet here in Boston, with paintings showcasing expression, emotion, geometry, and saturated colors depicting everyday urban scenes from the Hub (some as viewed by aliens)—is a good reason to head to the Hynes on Thursday. The Lesley grad and Medford resident, who won last summer’s Portrait of a City contest, is back with this opening reception for his own show, which runs through January. Art, man.
Hynes Convention Center. 900 Boylston St., Boston. 6-8pm/all ages/FREE. facebook.com/adamodayfineart
With all the great arts events that have been taking place in City Hall Plaza, it’s almost easy to forget some form of governing goes on there. Nevertheless, there are several visual art showcases, art vendors, several installations from celebrated local artists (see: Kenji Nakayama), live world music, dance, theatrical displays, and MassMouth storytelling performances with the one-day Emerge Boston party on Thursday. Just tell your boss you have to leave early for a thing at City Hall.
Emerge Boston. Boston City Hall Plaza. 5-10:30pm/all ages/FREE. publicartboston.com/content/emerge-bostons-arts-festival-910
Vintage Arcade Party at Night Shift Brewing
Everyone’s favorite rabble-rousing, nostalgic gaming nerd extravaganza —Boston Bit Fest—has returned. This time, it’s bringing over 35 classic stand up arcade games, vintage console competitions, indie game developers, brand new joints, and plenty of vintage threads, vinyl, food trucks, and even 8-bit chiptune tunes, with Night Shift beer on hand and some spillover fun at nearby Short Path Distillery to boot. Kind of makes those “Netflix and chill” plans for Friday seem utterly lame, what?
Night Shift Brewing. 87 Santilli Hwy., Everett. 4-11pm/21+/$5. bostonbitfest.com
Laughing Liberally at the Riot Theater
Donald Trump. GOP control of the House and Senate. Sarah Palin giving progressive-bashing speeches to sycophants while high on a Skittles cornucopia of prescription pills. If any of the above causes extreme stress and discomfort, you may want to head to JP on Saturday for Laughing Liberally, featuring a crew of Boston’s top liberal and progressive stand-ups who will be taking conservative gibberish and the Republican Muppet Show for the 2016 presidential race to task. File under: therapy.
Rare silent film screening with live soundtrack
Silent films. Like slap bracelets, Pepsi Clear, and dry humping, they long ago went the way of the Dodo. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are masterpieces of the form, and this Sunday at the Somerville Theatre you can catch a rare screening of 1916’s The Matrimaniac with Douglas Fairbanks, a swashbuckling hero of yesteryear (he was one of the original Robin Hoods), set to a live soundtrack by silent film sound-adder Jeff Rapsis.
Somerville Theatre. 55 Davis Sq., Somerville 2pm/all ages/$15. feitheatres.com/somerville-theatre/silents-please
Rock and Roll Yard Sale
For anyone that may have just gotten to town for college, or just has a thing for hanging out at massive yard sales, things are looking up. The Rock and Roll Yard Sale is going down on Sunday, with live local bands (Hot Molasses, Benjamin Cartel), DJ-spun tunes, and tons of local independent vintage, vinyl, and DIY goods vendors hawking their wares to anyone willing to spend an afternoon re-upping their vinyl and vintage collections. And you are willing.
Union Square Somerville. 11am-5pm/all ages/FREE. facebook.com/SomervilleRockAndRollYardSale