10 things to do in Boston this weekend

Virtual events, reopened museums, and things to do to support Black lives in the Greater Boston area this weekend.

Orion Lee, left, and John Magaro in a scene from "First Cow." Allyson Riggs/A24 Films

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With protests against police brutality and vigils honoring George Floyd continuing this week, Massachusetts museums starting to reopen during Phase 3, 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].

Black Folx in Food Panel Discussion

Boston-based organization Off Their Plate, which has been feeding front line healthcare workers since the pandemic hit, has assembled a stellar lineup of Black industry leaders in the food space for a thoughtful virtual discussion on Thursday at 5 p.m. Ebony Dowtin Harris (general manager of Doi Moi in Washington, D.C.), Keith Corbin (executive chef of Alta Adams in Los Angeles), Elijah Bah (founder and operator of Nurish in New York City), and others will discuss the reality of what it’s like being Black while working in the food service industry, touching on the unique challenges and barriers that Black entrepreneurs face. Registration is free, but donations are encouraged. RSVP here for dial-in instructions.

Take an outdoor fitness class on the Greenway

With Phase 3 in effect, outdoor fitness classes are making a resurgence, including daily sweat sessions on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Choose from options like a weekday lunchtime flow from Body Lingua, a cornhole league from Social Boston Sports, or weekend cardio from TRILLFIT on Saturday at 11 a.m. The full schedule is available on the Greenway’s website.

From Fridge to Glass: 3 takes on 1 spirit

In preparation for National Piña Colada Day on Friday (it’s a thing), beverage professional Justin Noel will be teaching a rum-centric class on Thursday at 8 p.m. as part of Pop-Up at Home’s virtual cocktail lessons. For $10, Noel will walk guests through three standout rum drinks: an Air Mail, a Morse Code, and a Piña Colada. Sign up here to reserve your spot and obtain the full shopping list of ingredients.

Visit the newly reopened American Heritage Museum

Under Phase 3, museums in Boston must wait until July 13 at the earliest before reopening to the public, which gives suburban spots like the American Heritage Museum an extra week to welcome visitors. If your Fourth of July lacked its usual dose of American history, the Heritage Museum has exhibits about every U.S. war, as well as one of the nation’s largest collections of tanks and armored vehicles. If you’re looking for an additional museum option in the southern part of the state, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center opens on Thursday.

Drink limited-edition wine at Forage’s weekly wine dinner

If you’re looking to splurge a little on dinner this week, Forage’s weekly Thursday night wine dinner is shaping up to be a great one. Each $120 dinner includes a bottle of wine and a five-course dinner for two, with this week’s selection featuring French winemaker Laura Aillaud’s 2019 Libre Comme l’Air (only 10 cases made it to the U.S.!). Guests can choose from either the omnivore or vegetarian menu, with the option to add on additional cheese and dessert courses. Order it to go, or reserve a table at the Cambridge restaurant’s recently reopened “secret garden” patio.

Stream “First Cow”

Kelly Reichardt’s latest film never got a proper theatrical run before the pandemic hit. When she visited the Harvard Film Archive for a screening and Q&A in March, seating was limited, and days later the entire campus was shut down. Thankfully, starting July 10 you can watch the film through on-demand services, including Amazon. “First Cow” tells the story of a cook who teams up with a Chinese immigrant to make a fortune in the Oregon Territory thanks to the only milking cow in their makeshift frontier town. It’s a small, intimate western that conveys big ideas, and definitely worth the price of at-home admission.

Silent Vigil for Black Lives Matter

For those still hoping to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, there are a number of vigils and demonstrations happening this weekend. One event you can join in Boston proper is a 10-minute silent vigil on Friday at 4:40 p.m. outside Brookside Community Health Center.

8th Annual Boston JerkFest

Back for its eighth year, the Boston JerkFest returns — virtually, this time — with three days of online cooking classes and demos celebrating the flavors of the Caribbean. On July 10, the festival kicks off with a rum, wine, and brew tasting as bartenders share cocktail recipes alongside chef demos and live performances. On July 11 and 12, participants can sign up for cooking classes with chef Tamika Frances of Food & Folklore, chef Nadine Nelson (“the Green Queen of Cuisine”), and others. Ticket prices range from free to $72 and can be purchased here.

Zen out at an outdoor yoga class

If the Greenway is too far of a hike, you can still find a serene outdoor fitness experience with this Saturday morning yoga class by the Charles River on Memorial Drive. The all-levels vinyasa flow will be capped at 10 participants to allow for proper distancing, and costs $12.

Enjoy the sounds of Tanglewood from home

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has been hard at work bringing a mix of new and retro programming to at-home audiences with its online Tanglewood Summer Music Festival. This weekend’s marquee performance is a Beethoven recital from internationally acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax, which will be broadcast on Saturday at 8 p.m.

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