Corita Kent and the Language of Pop
If all you know about former activist-nun-artist Corita Kent is her work on the iconic Dorchester National Grid gas tank off I-93, you’re going to want to check out the new exhibit at Harvard Art Museums. The kickoff is Thursday, with lectures on Kent’s screenprinting, interactions with pop art, and the influence of Vatican II on her work. You’ll also get to see the exhibit firsthand, which runs from kickoff night Thursday all the way through January.
Harvard Art Museums. 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. 5-9pm/all ages/FREE. harvardartmuseums.org
First Fridays Art Celebration at PhillipoStyle
The South End outpost of PhillipoStyle is not just a super hip hair salon led by a proprietor with some truly rad facial hair. It’s also a day spa, as well as a budding art gallery. And while you can’t stroll in there for free neck rubs, you can hit up the gallery opening on Friday (replete with live music, dancers, DJs, and visual and folk artists) and every other art event they’ll be throwing henceforth.
PhillipoStyle Hair and Art Collab. 485 Harrison Ave., Boston. 5-10pm/all ages/FREE. phillipostyle.com
Mass Brewers Beer Festival
Kicking off Labor Day can be done in numerous ways. Some will BBQ. Others will go to the beach. But you can stick around in town to get face-to-face with over 30 Mass Brewers Guild producers and over 100 local beers—including special styles brewed just for this event—from the likes of Clown Shoes, Jack’s Abby, Nightshift Brewing, Notch, Lord Hobo, Trillium, Wormtown, and more. And by getting face-to-face, we mean drinking all the beer.
World Trade Center Head House Concourse. 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston. 6-9:30pm/21+/$40. weekendpick.com/drink-local-festival-sept-4
Kickoff of Matt & Ben Friday performances at Riot Theatre
You may have caught wind of Matt & Ben by now, the play written by Mindy Kaling (The Office, The Mindy Project) and writing partner Brenda Withers, which basically spoofs Damon and Affleck writing the screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Well, now you can see it played in the flesh by Lauren Robinson and Libby Schap on Fridays in September in Jamaica Plain. Yes, it involves a fictitious long Saturday with Affleck and Damon in Somerville.
The Riot Theatre. 146A South St., Jamaica Plain. 10pm/all ages/$10. theriottheater.com/matt–ben
Burning Vermin Festival in New Hampshire
Perennial presidential candidate, performance artist, and head-boot wearer Vermin Supreme is throwing his version of a Burning Man festival in New Hampshire from Sunday to Monday. Over three days there will be tons of live music, a screening of the Who Is Vermin Supreme documentary and other films, a Free American Pony Party (FAPP) convention, morning yoga, and Vermin reading from his unpublished novella about love in the time of ponies. One word: Madness. Another word: Zipcar.
Bardo Farms. 92 Forehand Rd., Croydon, NH. Sat 9.5-Mon 9.7/18+/$25-$250. facebook.com/vermin.supreme.1
Final Summer Brew Ha-Ha Rock and Comedy Showcase
It’s been a good summer. There has been beer, music, and laughs all around. So a good way to see summer out the door is to hit up Great Scott on Sunday, as there’s a blowout BBQ and comedy (Ken Reid, Dan Boulger, Tom Dustin) and music show (Doom Lover, Cask Mouse, Banana Phonetic) all happening with the Narragansett people. Ticket gets you free food and entry. Your shimmering personality will get you new friends and wondrous times.
Great Scott. 1222 Comm Ave., Allston. 8pm/18+/$10. greatscottboston.com