With protests against police brutality and vigils honoring George Floyd continuing this week, Massachusetts restaurants partially reopening with the start of Phase 2, and many residents continuing to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic, this week’s BosTen offers a mix of 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].
With nationwide protests condemning police brutality and systemic racism continuing, many wonder what the long-term effects of the demonstrations will be, especially in regards to tangible policy changes. A group of experts brought together by the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice (part of the Harvard Kennedy School) will discuss that topic as part of the Avant Guardian Podcast, which can be watched live on Friday at 6 p.m. (Note: In order to participate in the webinar, you must register in advance.)
With patios reopening and temps hovering around the mid-70s, it’s beginning to look a lot like summer. To kick off the season, Boston.com has partnered with Chris Kiertz, founder of the Home Bar Awards, for a cocktail class (on Zoom, naturally) using Arctic Summer hard seltzer. Sign up here for a complete list of ingredients to make Kiertz’s summer-soaked drinks — we’ll see you in class!
“When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we also mean ‘Black storytelling matters.’” That’s how Netflix introduced its new Black Lives Matter collection on Twitter Wednesday morning, a curated list 45 titles about racial injustice and the experience of Black Americans. Along with critically acclaimed titles like Ava DuVernay’s “13th” and Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning “Moonlight,” Netflix will include its newest original film, Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” when the film debuts on Friday.
After months of takeout, delivery, and home cooking, we’re finally able to dine at a restaurant again as Phase 2 launched Monday with scores of restaurants debuting their modified outdoor patios. If you’re not ready for a restaurant outing this weekend — that’s ok. If you are, maybe you’ll find something that sticks out to you on our growing list of outdoor patios. Make a reservation if you can, bring a mask, and enjoy your lunch or dinner alfresco.
Harpoon’s three-week charity series launches Thursday with a virtual concert on its Facebook page at 5:30 p.m. benefiting The Vermont Community Foundation, the concert features artists Dwight & Nicole and Ryan Montbleau, and celebrates the release of For the Frontline Ale, a re-release of Harpoon’s original ale from 1986. Pick up a pack to crack into while you’re watching the concert: A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Boston Resiliency Fund, The VT COVID-19 Response Fund, and Off Their Plate.
The Urban Grape, a Black-owned wine shop in the South End, has long been vocal about the lack of diversity in the wine industry, and even more so at a time when wineries have been encouraged to take a stance against racism and inequality. Owner TJ Douglas will be featured on TheMomSomm’s Instagram Live on Thursday at 7 p.m. to dive into specifics, like what kind of change is needed in the wine industry and where both wine professionals and consumers can start. Pour yourself a glass and listen in.
As untold thousands of people protest a legacy of racism and police brutality across America, some have begun to consider how these protests fit in a larger historical perspective of this country. On Friday at 12 p.m., faculty from Brandeis University, including University Professor Anita Hill and Harry Truman Associate Professor of History Leah Wright Rigueur, will gather for a discussion “from multiple scholarly perspectives of this moment, its historical precedents, and possible outcomes.”
Criterion Collection, a company that releases in-depth and high-def versions of culturally significant films, is making a collection of movies by Black filmmakers and documentaries that have captured the Black experience available to stream for free on its website. Some of the films now available that could typically only be watched with a subscription include Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust,” Maya Angelou’s “Down in the Delta,” and Kathleen Collins’ “Losing Ground.” The full list of titles can be found on the Criterion Channel’s homepage.
Boston Pride’s typical month-long celebration was already going to look markedly different due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the organization is planning to cancel or refocus most of its planned virtual events in order to “support the Black and Brown community,” according to a press release. The only remaining event is the organization’s virtual festival, on Saturday, June 13 from noon to 7 p.m. What would usually be marked by a parade through Boston and celebration at Government Center will instead be an interactive portal where LGBTQ+ community organizations, that would normally have booths at the festival, can interact with the public.