Boston Underground Film Festival
Seventeen years strong and back with a vengeance, the BUFF kicks off today with an assortment of the strangest, most mind-bending and downright surreal films local independent filmmakers have to offer. From feature films and shorts to music videos, from cartoons to visceral realism, this festival presents a wide range of genres and mediums. It’s a lot to take in, and luckily it’s all worth it.
Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. $11, $110 passes. For schedule and tickets, visit bostonunderground.org.
Inside the Box: Massachusetts State House Time Capsule Revealed
In case you’re not up to speed with the thrilling, fast-paced world of art news, this past January the Commonwealth of Massachusetts teamed up with the MFA to open up a time capsule that had been buried below the State House in 1795 by local Boston celebrities Sam Adams, Paul Revere, and Col. William Scollay. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to behold its cool old contents before it’s taken away at the end of April.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. For schedule and tickets, visit mfa.org
Born in Boston and raised in Amherst, Wolf’s come a long way since his first stand-up show at fifteen years old. Josh is a regular comedic Jack-of-all-trades—he starred in E!’s Chelsea Lately and After Lately, his television credits include recurring roles on NBC’s My Name Is Earl and Fox’s Raising Hope, and in 2013 he became a New York Times Bestselling Author with his novel It Takes Balls. Call it a comedic homecoming. Or just go laugh and forgo all labels.
Laugh Boston. 425 Summer St., Boston. all ages/$20-$30. For schedule and tickets, visit laughboston.com
BabsonARTS Presents: Basetrack Live
This fascinating one-night-only multimedia event is the culmination of a project that began in 2010 when a group of photojournalists set out to document the physical challenges and emotional tolls of war. Presenting videos and interviews of Marines and their families before, during, and after their deployments in Afghanistan, interspersed with live actors and an electro-acoustic score by Michelle DiBucci, Basetrack Live is sure to be a unique and unforgettable performance event.
Carling-Sorenson Theater. 231 Forest St., Babson Park. 8pm/all ages/$25. For tickets, visit babson.edu
Art of the Cocktail: Demystifying Scotch
Join Eastern Standard’s beverage manager and skilled mixologist Naomi Levy in an interactive workshop/lecture/tasting at the BCA on that illustrious, multifaceted brown spirit, Scotch. Levy is the real deal: She’s the first woman to win the US Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition, and is responsible for cultivating Eastern Standard’s reputation as a leader in the Boston bartending scene with her inventive seasonal menus. Cheers.
Mills Gallery. 551 Tremont St., Boston. 6pm/21+/$35. For more information, visit bcaonline.org
This year’s recipient of the Humanist Heroine of the Year Award from the Humanist Community at Harvard—presented annually to a woman who embodies their motto of “Connect. Act. Evolve.”—goes to Piper Kerman, that lady who wrote a book about how hard it was for an upper-class white girl to survive in prison, and subsequently inspired one of the best TV shows on the Internet. All joking aside, Kerman has used her fame to promote education and prison-system reformation initiatives, and will give a talk about her experiences and activism.
Harvard Science Center. 1 Oxford St., Hall B, Cambridge. 8pm/all ages/$14.50, $4.50 students. For more information, visit harvardhumanist.org