5 things to do in Boston this weekend
Celebrating its 10th year, the Women in Comedy Festival will once again bring together funny women and their allies with the aim of celebrating women in comedy while helping to close the gender gap in the profession. The festival will be headlined by Phoebe Robinson (“2 Dope Queens”), Nikki Glaser (“Nikki & Sara Live”), and the Wild Horses improv team (Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, and Lauren Lapkus), and will feature more than 100 comedians at venues in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. (Thursday, May 2, through Sunday, May 5, at various times; various locations; various prices; all ages)
Philly songwriter-producer Santigold is toasting the anniversary of her self-titled debut record, stopping by the House of Blues on Thursday as part of her 10 Years Golder Tour. She’ll perform every track of the 2008 album, plus a number of other songs from her subsequent albums and mixtapes. (Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $40; all ages)
Somerville will honor its vibrant art scene this weekend, as hundreds of artists at more than 80 of the city’s studios showcase their work during Somerville Open Studios. Wander down a street you’ve never traveled to find art you’ve never dreamed of, or, for a more structured approach, take the free trolley provided by the city to some of the major studios. (Friday, May 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, from noon to 6 p.m.; various locations, Somerville; free; all ages)
What price would you pay to see some of Boston’s bigwigs perform in a comedy and music revue? Banned in Boston, an annual fund-raiser, will bring together local luminaries like Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy, KISS 108 host Matt Siegel, and “Car Talk” host Ray Magliozzi. Hosted by WGBH’s Margery Eagan and Jim Braude, the evening will raise money for Rehearsal for Life, a nonprofit that helps young people develop social and emotional skills that will empower them in life. (Friday, May 3, 6 to 9 p.m.; Lansdowne Pub and House of Blues, Boston; $250; all ages)
With the opening of the Boston Pops 2019 season next Wednesday, it’s fitting that another classical music-inspired series will finish its run. Aeronaut Brewery’s Pindrop Sessions will host its final installment of the season this Sunday with “The Senses of Summer,” a co-presentation with neighboring restaurant Tasting Counter that will pair a tasting menu with the music of synesthetic Boston-based composer Mary Bichner, in what the brewery promises will be a “multi-sensory smorgasbord of music, color and taste.” The event will also feature what Aeronaut and presenting partner WGBH claim is the first-ever classical work commissioned by a brewery. (Sunday, May 5, 7 to 10 p.m.; Aeronaut Brewery, Somerville; $20-$55; all ages, but those under 21 must be accompanied by a guardian)
KEVIN SLANE, Boston.com
Want more ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city this weekend? Check out five additional things to do from now through Sunday at boston.com/BosTen.