On the Town: March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014

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Well, friends, it's a rather inhospitable first day of spring here in Boston, but that doesn't mean you should fret! There are plenty of ways to celebrate the kickoff of the season that will keep you warm and dry—in a theater, concert hall, or museum! This week, Opus founder and host Graham is joined by Opus regular and all-around fabulous gal Jill Fisher! An art history junkie, Jill can be found all over Boston soaking up as much art and performance she can; and when she's not, she's living for food as a web editor for America's Test Kitchen. Food, beverages, and culture—Jill's like the Opus Affair poster girl! Let's see what these two have in store for our weekends!


Jill: The 13th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival

Beginning March 20 and continuing through April 6, the Museum of Fine Arts is hosting their 13th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival. Screening 17 rare films from emerging and established Turkish directors, this is an opportunity for any film lover to explore new releases. Bonus—the opening night will feature a discussion and screening of Jîn (a modern-day twist on Little Red Riding Hood) with director Reha Erdem.

The 13th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival: At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston; mfa.org. Through April 6. @mfaboston

Graham: Third Thursdays at the Gardner Museum

Gardner Third Thursdays are one of my favorite regular happenings, but tonight's deserves a special shout-out: Opus Affair regular (and fabulous soprano) Katrina Holden will be living the dream and performing in the Courtyard of the Museum. So cool. I think a lot of us have dreamed of doing that. Of course there are many other happenings and delightful people involved in Third Thursday, so you can make your rounds all over Fenway Court...

Third Thursdays: At the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; 280 The Fenway, Boston; gardnermuseum.org. March 20 only. @gardnermusuem

Jill: @fter Midnite at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

I love the Coolidge Corner Theatre's @fter Midnite series, it's a great gathering of insomniacs looking for off-the-beaten-path or cult classic film screenings. This weekend's bill includes Quentin Tarantino's crime/romance film True Romance. Between Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction, who doesn't love the bizarre, intriguing world Tarantino creates? This one's no exception—filled with incredible performances and hilarious big-name cameos. Clarence, played by Christian Slater, is a kung-fu film fanboy who meets up with call-girl Alabama (Patricia Arquette) and they both plan to escape their small-town to go to Hollywood—but not without causing trouble along the way.

@fter Midnite: At the Coolidge Corner Theatre; 290 Harvard Street, Brookline; coolidge.org. Every weekend. @thecoolidge

Graham: Hello Again at Bridge Rep

(Pictured above) Bridge Repertory Theater's impressive first season now brings us their first musical: Michael John LaChiusa's Hello Again. The audience is right in the middle of the action for this sexy, fun tale of love of affairs throughout the 20th century. I highly recommend sitting at the big table.

Hello Again: At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; 527 Tremont Street, Boston. Through March 29. @bridgerep