5 things to do in Boston this weekend

Matthew Broderick (left) and Geza Rohrig in “To Dust,” which will screen at the Boston Jewish Film Festival.
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Matthew Broderick (left) and Geza Rohrig in “To Dust,” which will screen at the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th anniversary of the Boston Jewish Film Festival brings a bounty of films both new and old that examine a broad spectrum of the Jewish experience. Highlights include “Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema,”a documentary about early Jewish Bollywood stars, and “To Dust,” a dark comedy starring Geza Rohrig (“Son of Saul”) as Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor in New York suddenly obsessed with the science of decomposition after the death of his wife. Matthew Broderick (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) plays a community college biology professor who indulges Shmuel’s morbid curiosity. For a full schedule and range of prices, check the festival’s website. (Through Monday, Nov. 19, at various times; various locations; prices vary per film; all ages)

Kamasi Washington

If you don't recognize the name of sax player, bandleader, and composer Kamasi Washington, chances are you’ve heard of some of the artists with whom he has collaborated: Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Flying Lotus, and members of the Grateful Dead. Washington will bring his wide array of talents to Royale Thursday, along with opener Butcher Brown, a five-part instrumental group that hails from Virginia. (Thursday, Nov. 8, at 9 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $38.75-$43; 18+)

Hassle Fest 10

The local music scene’s DIY spirit is always in full effect at Hassle Fest, the annual festival thrown by local music blog and music booking organization Boston Hassle. Between regular music performances, pop-up art installations, and festival after-parties, Hassle Fest 10 will span a dozen venues in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and feature headlining sets from garage rock group The Gories, electronic dance duo Lily and Horn Horse, and experimental musician Aaron Dilloway. (Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10, at various times; various locations; prices vary per show, $45-$100 for festival pass; all ages)

Donut Throwdown


This Saturday will mark the fifth edition of Back Bay restaurant Post 390’s Rise and Rumble Donut Throwdown — eight local pastry chefs will face off for their chance to hoist the Throwdown championship belt. With competitors hailing from restaurants like Bar Mezzana, Deuxave, and Harvest, your taste buds will be the ultimate winner, regardless of which chef reigns supreme. (Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Post 390, Boston; $35; all ages)

‘The Thing’ in 35mm

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Still craving films that give you thrills and chills a week after Halloween? The Coolidge Corner Theatre has a pair of ’80s classics playing at midnight this weekend. On Saturday, you can check out a 35mm print of “The Thing,” which stars Springfield native Kurt Russell in one of his many collaborations with “Halloween” director John Carpenter. Russell plays a helicopter pilot trapped on an Antarctic research base with a shape-shifting monster. For another creepy film starring a Massachusetts native, you can see Coolidge’s Friday midnight screening of “The Fly,” starring Jeff Goldblum and Wareham native Geena Davis. (Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11:59 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $12.75; rated R)


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