On the Town: August 2, 2012

August 2, 2012

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Your Majesty. Mr. Bond. Kyle Thomas.

James Bond jumping out of a helicopter with the Queen Mum! Mr. Bean playing Chariots of Fire! AN ARMY OF MARY POPPINSES FIGHTING OFF A GARGANTUAN LORD VOLDEMORT. No, I'm not recounting your worst nightmares to you. I'm summing up the more memorable events of this past week's Olympic Opening Ceremony! Yes, lieblings, there are apparently sports happening and the entire world is watching (although I'm perfectly content to continue playing "Olympics or Gay Porn?"). Now that the Men's Gymnastics events are over, you can't very well still be watching. To that end, here are a couple of cultcha things to do this weekend.

As always, tweet me @khemingway and let me know what you're up to #OnTheTown!

CORIOLANUS AT COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Not to be upstaged by Harry Potter, Billy Shakes was also featured in the Olympic opening ceremony, with a passage from The Tempest read on a mossy knoll by Kenneth Branagh. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is back for their 17th season with the political tragedy Coriolanus, which concerns the tug-of-war that exists between the governors and the governed. Much like Les Misérables, but Roman, Coriolanus is a timely choice for this election year. There are no witches in this play, but I promise you'll enjoy it thanks to powerhouse performances from fiercey fierces Karen MacDonald, Jacqui Parker, and Robert Walsh.

Coriolanus: By William Shakespeare; Directed by Steven Maler. At the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common; commshakes.org. Through August 12. @commshakes

FIRST FRIDAYS: BRAZILIAN STREET PARTY AT THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Hot off the success of their inaugural First Fridays event last month, the ICA is serving up fierce Brazilian Street Party realness. The party coincides with the opening of the ICA's exhibition by Os Gêmeos, marking the first solo exhibition in North America by this duo of Brazilian brothers specializing in graffiti and urban art. The ICA promises dancing, caipirinhas, and Brazilian street food. Brazil will be hosting the 2016 Olympic games, make sure you get in on this sneak preview of what to expect!

First Fridays Brazilian Street Party: At the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston; 617-478-3100; icaboston.org. August 3 only. @icainboston

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