10 things to do in Boston this weekend

BosTen is your weekly guide to events and cool happenings in and around Boston.

A detail of "Brain, 1985," a collage of wood boxes and a bootblack stand, part of the MFA exhibit "Writing the Future: Jean Michel Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation." Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

While Massachusetts businesses and cultural institutions remain partially open amid reopening rollbacks, many residents are continuing to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic amid new orders and advisories from Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. With that in mind, this week’s BosTen offers a mix of in-person and virtual things to do this weekend. Have an idea about what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or email us at [email protected].

Learn about an overlooked moment in Boston history with the Bright Lights Film Series
Like almost every other film festival or series held in the last year, Emerson College’s annual Bright Lights Film Series will be held virtually. The annual spotlight of films focusing on social justice kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday with “9to5: Story of a Movement,” the story of a group of secretaries in Boston who sparked a nationwide conversation on women in the workplace that led to tangible changes. Following the screening, protagonists Ellen Cassedy and Mary Jung will join Emerson for a discussion about their role in history. Registration and additional info on future screenings in the series can be found on the Bright Lights website.


Whip up an old school Old Fashioned with the Cocktail Club
Call us old fashioned, but are there any better cocktail building blocks than rye, bitters, and a bit of sweetness? If you’re a fan Old Fashioneds and Manhattans, join at 7 p.m. Thursday for a rye whiskey edition of its Cocktail Club. Host Jackson Cannon (The Hawthorne, Eastern Standard) and guest bartender Sabrina Kershaw (Lone Star Taco Bar) will teach you their versions of two classic rye cocktails, the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan. Attending the Zoom is free, and you can purchase a kit with all the ingredients you’ll need here. Proceeds from the event benefit Off Their Plate.

Learn about the history of racist housing policies with GBH, the NAACP, and The Boston Globe
This Thursday at 7:30 p.m., GBH and The Boston Globe will present the fourth installment of its virtual event series “The State of Race,” focusing on the history of systemic racism in the American housing system and its impact on communities of color. Presented in partnership with GBH World and the NAACP, the panel will feature GBH’s Dan Lothian, the Globe‘s Tim Logan, President and Chief Executive Officer at National Fair Housing Alliance and CEO Lisa Rice, and City Life/Vida Urbana housing advocate Alex Ponte-Capellan. You can register for the talk on GBH’s website.


Learn more about the new Greenway artwork honoring the Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year doesn’t begin until Feb. 12, but the Rose Kennedy Greenway will soon welcome a new artwork inspired by the Year of the Ox. At 7 p.m. Thursday, join artists Furen Dai and Andy Li as they discuss artwork related to the Chinese New Year. Dai will talk about her work “A Mouse with Ears and Tail,” which will be leaving the Greenway in the coming weeks, while Li will discuss his upcoming installation, “The Herd,” which will be placed in Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park. Register for the free chat on the Greenway website.

Taste of Israel Restaurant Week
Pita, falafel, Jerusalem lentil soup, and shawarma abound this week with the annual Taste of Israel Restaurant Week, a celebration of Israeli food that can be found at 26 local restaurants across the Greater Boston area through Feb. 2. Among the list of participants are Bonapita in West Roxbury, serving Israeli breakfast items; Craigie on Main in Cambridge, offering an extensive prix-fixe menu; and Michael’s Deli in Brookline, with Israeli salad, sufganiyot knishes, and more. Find the full list of participating restaurants here, and be sure to tune in on social media for cooking demos and discussions throughout the event. 


Order Sichuan & Sours for a weekend feast
Led by former B&G Oysters coworkers Ted Woo and Jon Awerman, local pop-up Mimi’s Chūka Diner centers around Chinese cuisine executed with Japanese techniques. On Saturday, Mimi’s will partner with Aeronaut Brewing for Sichuan & Sours, a takeout kit featuring mapo tofu, Sichuan chili wontons, and braised beef shank (vegetarian option are available), plus a four-pack of “First Steps on a Sour Planet,” Aeronaut’s Berliner Weisse. Each $60 ticket feeds two people; ticket sales end Thursday at 11:30 p.m.

Go on a family-friendly scavenger hunt at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Friday’s weather forecast is looking a little dicey for outdoor activities, but for the hearty and the stir-crazy, the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston is offering a family-friendly way to enjoy its grounds. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., families can roam the grounds on a scavenger hunt for 15 colorful yetis hidden around the property during its “Yeti, Set, Go!” event. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are available on the Botanic Garden website.

Join an après ski party at Noir
Even if you haven’t been skiing this year, you can still revel in a post-ski party. Layer on your best retro winter gear for an après ski event at Noir, the Charles Hotel’s bar with a cozy interior and a heat lamp-filled patio. The Saturday evening fête takes place from 5 to 9 p.m., offering hot cocktails, piping hot raclette shaved to order, chocolate-almond ski slope cake, hot cocoa, and more. Make a reservation either for either inside the bar or out on the patio at 617-661-8010. 


Score free hot chocolate at the Godfrey Hotel
Sunday is National Hot Chocolate Day (hey, now you know!), and the Godfrey Hotel Boston is celebrating the beverage with a complimentary hot chocolate bar. Pop in for a mug of Belgian dark chocolate, milk chocolate and marshmallows, or Belgian dark chocolate and peppermint hot chocolate spoons, plus add-ons like mini candy canes and toffee bits. The hot chocolate bar can be found in the downtown hotel’s lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m on Sunday.

Get a virtual tour of the MFA’s ‘Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation’
Though Boston museums will be allowed to reopen at the beginning of next month as the city moves forward with its coronavirus reopening plan, some people may still be more comfortable observing from afar. If that’s the case, starting Jan. 28 the Museum of Fine Arts will offer a curator-led, in-depth tour of its exhibition “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation,” which will be available for purchase. Featuring recorded interviews with artists like Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Lady Pink, and Lee Quiñones as part of the exhibit, the 45-minute tour moves from gallery to gallery as the artists share their personal experiences being part of a moment in American art history.

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