Want the Globe’s top picks for what to see and do each weekend e-mailed straight to you? Sign up for the Weekender newsletter here.
It’s that proud time of year in Massachusetts, a state where gay marriage is 12 years old and the state House, Senate, and governor all recently agreed to support a transgender-rights public accommodations bill. Boston’s pride celebration peaks this weekend, with the main parade and a host of other events on Saturday, plus the Dyke March on Friday and neighborhood block parties Sunday. Kids, meanwhile, can assert another kind of pride — superhero pride — at the Franklin Park Zoo, which is observing Super Hero Day on Saturday. Costumes are encouraged, and we are told that Iron Man and Captain America will both be there, hopefully getting along. Here are some other possible adventures.
AN EXPLOSIVE NIGHT: Stand-up comedian and actress Maria Bamford’s new Netflix series “Lady Dynamite” has entranced critics, bringing a demented comic energy to subjects like Bamford’s own bipolar disorder. “She’s a bit like a comedic Cindy Sherman, using her unthreatening Hollywood-blonde blankness as a screen to project something that’s far stranger and more out of control,” Emily Nussbaum wrote recently on The New Yorker website. On Friday night, Bamford hits the Wilbur Theatre; a precious few tickets were still available at press time.
Dragons take the Charles: The largest Asian-American cultural festival in New England is the Boston Dragon Boat Festival, in which teams on 39-foot boats race from the Western Avenue Bridge to the Weeks Footbridge near Harvard Square. “The boat, drum, paddles, and standard-size flotation devices will be provided,” the website offers helpfully. Heats take place on Saturday, and on Sunday races go all day, with a free festival involving drumming, dancing, music, martial arts, and food vendors kicking off at noon.
1970s punk-rockers, solo edition: What a weekend for those for whom the punk spirit still throbs. Cherie Currie, former lead singer for pop-punkers the Runaways, headlines a benefit for stalwart queer-youth organization BAGLY at Brighton Music Hall on Saturday. Tickets are here. Then there’s John Doe, cofounder of the seminal band X, who has a new book — “Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk,” packed with contributions from underground luminaries — and a new solo album, “The Westerner,” which James Sullivan calls “an intimate set of songs with a crackle so dry it could go up in flames with one wayward spark.” He plays Atwood’s Tavern on Sunday (and Monday). Advance sales are over, but you may still get tickets at the door.
GRAND ILLUSIONS, AGAIN: Is “Now You See Me 2” this week’s best magician/heist-artist movie sequel? Probably. In this splashy film about magicians doing larceny for a cause, you get Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Radcliffe (as a bearded-twerp bad guy), Woody Harrelson (as twins), and scene-stealer Lizzy Caplan. The good news is that, according to reviewer Mark Feeney, the sequel’s actually better than the 2013 original: “This one is more fun.” He gives it 2½ stars. Opens here Friday.
The Prado’s Berkshires nudist camp: All summer long, you can see 28 paintings of naked women and men, on loan from the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. “Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado” is “fascinating,” says art critic Sebastian Smee — a judiciously selected set of paintings by Italian, Spanish, French, and Flemish Old Masters that show where the sensual meets the spiritual. Opens Saturday, through Oct. 10.
Percussion under the pines: In the conifer and oak sections of the Arnold Arboretum, which inhabit particularly hilly, lovely parts of the 281-acre spread, percussionists will spread out on Sunday afternoon for the Boston premiere of John Luther Adams’s “Inuksuit.” In this free performance by Kadence Arts, 92 musicians will use more than 650 drums, cymbals, glockenspiels, and the like to blend with natural sounds: “We’re thinking about breathing, and timbre, and how each of our sounds is making an impact on the environment around us,” Kadence’s Maria Finkelmeier tells the Globe. You can roam or pick a spot — each listener’s experience will be different.
From Sri Lanka to France: Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan,” which won the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, has a spooky, all-too-timely premise: A solitary Sri Lankan man, woman, and child come together in a refugee camp to impersonate a family killed in the conflict, and thus win the right to move to the slums outside Paris. Film critic Ty Burr gives three stars to this “tightly coiled” film: “The movie isn’t out to make a statement about the current refugee crisis so much as show the disorientation of strangers in a strange land; the leads . . . make specific people of their characters rather than metaphors.” At Kendall Square starting Friday.
A lobster family drama: Take one local writer-director with a brother who’s a former lobsterman, and one musician writing his first-ever songs for musical theater, and what do you get? “Lobster Girl,” a musical about a soon-to-be stepfather and stepdaughter bonding on a lobster boat, from Stoneham Theatre director Weylin Symes and playwright, actor, musician, and composer Steven Barkhimer. “This is really a play about forming a new family,” says Symes. It’s having its world premiere, now through June 26.
Yet another Cambridge dance party: Presented by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre and centered in and around the Sanctuary Theatre in Harvard Square, the Dance for World Community Festival offers a whole Saturday afternoon of free performances by more than 80 local troupes, from ballet to hip-hop to square dance to flamenco, plus kids’ classes, street food, and more. And yes, it culminates with a two-hour dance party in the parking lot. Details here.
Or stay in! Do you like to see Lin-Manuel Miranda win stuff? You can be in the room where it happens — or watch a broadcast of that room from your house, anyway — on Sunday night, when we find out what becomes of the unprecedented 16 Tony nominations for “Hamilton.” It’s actually been a remarkable year for variety and diversity on Broadway, with “Shuffle Along,” “Eclipsed,” and “The Color Purple” all up for awards. Theater critic Don Aucoin looks at the struggles and victories of vivid female characters — prominently women of color — in Tony-nominated shows, and you can check out our full Tony handicapping guide here.
On the music front, Brandy Clark’s new album, “Big Day in a Small Town,” offers a couple of singles that seem destined for commercial radio in a larger album of fresh alternatives to the mainstream, according to reviewer Stuart Munro. And yes, it’s summer reading time. First up for many: Annie Proulx’s “Barkskins,” her huge (or “hugeous,” as she says on page 4) new historical novel about the leveling of the world’s forests, which our reviewer Anthony Domestico calls “morally serious and magnificent.” Proulx, now 80, reads in Harvard Square next Thursday.
See you next week!