While Massachusetts has reopened museums and other cultural institutions during Phase 3, many residents are continuing to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind, 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].
Missing the annual Shakespeare on the Common? Moo…. steakhouse has teamed up with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company to design a three-course menu that accompanies a live virtual performance of “The Tempest” and “Prospero’s Last Meal.” For $67 per person, diners will receive lobster mac and cheese, a burger with Vermont cheddar and sautéed onions, and chocolate chip cookies — plus a cocktail to sip on while tuning in to the virtual reading. While the performance takes place on Thursday at 7 p.m., the prix-fixe menu from Mooo…. will be available through August 10.
Dorchester native Sam Jay has carved an impressive path in her relatively short standup career. Beyond being recognized at Just for Laughs in Montreal and landing her own Netflix special (out Aug. 4), Jay is the first black lesbian writer in the history of “Saturday Night Live.” From iconic sketches like “Black Jeopardy” to adding her local knowledge to the colonial-era Boston vs. Philadelphia sketch, Jay is seriously funny.
Eataly’s third-floor restaurant, Terra, continues its wine dinner series on Thursday at 7 p.m. with a multi-course meal from executive chef Dan Bazzinotti focusing on local producers. Each $85 ticket includes dinner, Italian wine pairings, and gratuity; a note from Eataly reaffirms that the dinner will follow all CDC and state-recommended guidelines. Purchase your ticket here.
Other than drive-ins, most movie theaters in Massachusetts have remained closed during the coronavirus pandemic, for a number of reasons. West Newton Cinema, however, has been open since July 17, offering classic movies at prices that would have been generous 25 years ago. (Old Time Family Movie shows at the theater offer guests a ticket, popcorn, and soda for $5.) Starting this Friday, the theater even has a new movie — Giuseppe Capotondi’s art drama “The Burnt Orange Heresy” — that is only available to watch in theaters. A pretentious art critic (Claes Bang, “The Square”) heads to the Italian villa of a wealthy art collector (Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, in his first feature role in decades) with a weekend fling (Elizabeth Debicki, “The Great Gatsby”) in tow. There, he is tasked with interviewing reclusive artist Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland, “MASH”) and obtaining one of his paintings at any cost. The film explores interesting questions about the authenticity of art and the ease with which charlatans can pass off soulless, pedestrian work by telling a good story. As such, the protagonists rarely break from pretentious, surface-level banter, pushing one another to say something genuine while never letting their own masks fall. Ultimately the film, much like its central conceit, is more style than substance. But if you’re a cinephile who craves a return to normalcy and wants to help support an independent local theater, “The Burnt Orange Heresy” is an entertaining 90-minute diversion.
Say it ain’t so! Jamaica Plain’s Southern-inspired restaurant The Frogmore announced it would be closing up shop this weekend after five years. Stop by through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. each day, making sure to order some of the restaurant’s signature fried chicken, along with cornbread, collard greens, and mac and cheese — and maybe a frosé, too.
With no new releases on the horizon, drive-in movie theaters will continue to program crowd-pleasing hits this weekend with some of the most memorable blockbusters of the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s. If we were to pick a show each night, here’s how we would do it: On Thursday, the Mendon Twin has a dance-happy double feature with “Dirty Dancing” and “Footloose”; Friday, Trustees pop-up drive-in in Plymouth will show “Finding Nemo”; Saturday, the Leicester Triple is bringing back last week’s double feature by popular demand with “Stand By Me” and “The Goonies”; and Sunday, both the Marshfield pop-up drive-in and Topsfield pop-up drive-in have screenings of “Back to the Future,” if you have enough time.
Tanglewood has been all-virtual this summer, offering music fans a combination of live and retrospective recordings to watch on the BSO website. Of particular interest is “BSO Musicians in Recital” (Friday at 8 p.m.) featuring a pair of live performances that run the gamut from traditional to folk to contemporary, with a few solo cello selections thrown in for good measure.
They’re back! Night Shift Brewing will reopen its two Owl’s Nest beer gardens this weekend, debuting on Saturday at the Esplanade near Fiedler Field and at Herter Park in Allston. The process looks a little different this year: Reservations are highly encouraged, and both beer and food will be ordered from tables spaced at least six feet apart. But the views are the same, the beer is just as refreshing, and it’s a nice reminder that there are still some summer traditions we can all enjoy.
Every month, healing collective You Good Sis? puts on a virtual community meditation session centering Black folks and welcoming non-Black people of color. The workshop, which begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, begins with a check-in, continues with a meditation, and features conversations with a licensed therapist.
Usually, politicians behaving like a bunch of kids isn’t a good thing. But if our elected officials acted like (some of) the subjects of “Boys State,” maybe we wouldn’t be so bad off. The winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for documentary, “Boys State” is an entertaining look at an annual weeklong event in which 1,000 Texas high school seniors work together to build their own mock state government. Regardless of your personal political leanings, you’ll find captivating subjects to root for, whether it be arch-conservative student named Ben, or Steven, a metaphorical progressive salmon swimming upstream in a rushing river of red-state politics. RSVP at the GlobeDocs website in order to begin watching the film on Sunday at 6 p.m., which will be followed by a filmmaker discussion hosted by Globe contributor Loren King.