5 things to do this weekend, including an art exhibit at BCA and a block party at EXIT Galleries

If you feel like dancing, you’re in luck this weekend. EXIT Galleries in Allston will host a party with live music from The Overhead Bins & Godcaster throughout the evening. If you’d rather watch than cut a rug, Grant Jacoby & Dancers will perform experimental choreography on Saturday in Cambridge. There is also the world premiere of “Mommy, Are We Poor?” at the Center Moïseien des Arts. All this and more below.

‘OUTCHEA!’ at the EXIT galleries

Friday August 5

Head to Allston this weekend for a music and performing arts festival at EXIT Galleries. There will be live performances by The Overhead Bins & Godcaster, an immersive visual art installation by Sam Fish, and free drinks. The event is a celebration of DIY music – part boutique and part block party. There will be local artisan products for sale and a creative crowd. OUCHEA! is not to be missed.

From Friday 5 August to Saturday 20 August

Catch the opening weekend of playwright Richard Ravosa’s “Mommy, Are We Poor,” which follows a single mother of two as Christmas approaches. When her boss offers to help out, the family gets another chance for a happy holiday. Northeastern University drama professor Greg Allen directs the play at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown. Prior to the August 6 performance, there will be a fundraising reception for the Massachusetts Debt Relief Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation to low-income residents of the state. There will also be a paid performance on August 17.

From Saturday 6 August to Saturday 10 September

New works by artist M’Kenzy Cannon will be on display starting this weekend at the Boston Center for the Arts. This multimedia exhibition uses videos, photos and objects to create an intimate space, the home of a stranger. The objects are fantastic and emotive. Cannon’s “PLEASE LET ME IN” is a kind of spatial theater where visitors will have the opportunity to explore the play’s disorienting details and place themselves in the art. There will be a public reception and curator’s tour on August 12.

Home of the exhibition “PLEASE LET ME IN” at the BCA. (Courtesy of the artists and BCA)

Saturday August 6

This unique dance performance, part of the Dance Complex’s DIY Performance Platform series, encourages visitors to really see this. The choreography is immersive and meant to be seen up close and at 360 degrees to see every move at its most vulnerable. The dance explores melancholy, pain and grief as it transforms into armor and due to celebrate. The show is presented by Grant Jacoby & Dancers, a dance company based in New York, New Jersey and Boston. After the performances, the dance company will host a talk-back.

Sunday August 7

This Sunday, join some friends and build a miniature car at GrandTen Distilling. The distillery will provide kits with pine wood, plastic wheels, and metal axles for $5, or attendees can bring their own gear. There will be a 35-foot two-lane aluminum track and people can turn up anytime between 2-5 p.m. to join the race. Winners will be awarded in three categories: best time, top of the ladder and best looking car.

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