Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 20-26

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Union Improv Festival, Salsa in the Park, and more.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett.
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Mighty Mighty Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett. The band will be at the inaugural Cranking and Skanking Fest.


Feel the Rhythm

Unleash your inner dancer at the Multicultural Arts Center’s Salsa in the Park, an all-ages celebration. Local Latin dance company MetaMovements supplies both lessons (the first half-hour each night) and live Cuban-influenced music. Grab a partner and dance from 6 to 8 p.m. all three nights in Cambridge’s Centanni Park, next to the arts center. Free.


Good Impressions

Shut out of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Hometown Throwdown year after year? Go west and catch the inaugural Cranking and Skanking Fest at Outdoors at the Palladium in Worcester. The Bosstones, Toots and the Maytals, Fishbone, and other ska, punk, and reggae acts share the spotlight with food trucks and a dozen craft beer vendors. 2 p.m. $49.

Opening Saturday

Commander in Thief

A power-hungry secretary of state and her depraved nephew scheme to seize the American presidency in Timbuktu, USA, written and directed by Kenneth Prestininzi. Produced by Boston-based avant-garde company Sleeping Weazel — which describes the play as “part farce, part horror story” — Timbuktu, USA, plays Boston Playwrights’ Theater at Boston University through September 2. $25.


Laugh It Up


Prepare for a lot of sitting and a lot of entertainment at the first Union Improv Festival, a long-form comedy marathon featuring 45 top teams from around New England. From 10 a.m. until after midnight, 10- to 30-minute performances run almost nonstop at Warehouse XI in Somerville’s Union Square. Admission passes cover the first nine hours, the evening shows, or the whole shebang. $10-$20.


Women’s Wares

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Shop vintage clothing, body-care products, home and garden accessories, art, jewelry, and more at the Boston Women’s Market: Jamaica Plain Edition. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can check out more than 60 women-owned businesses — the organization’s mission is to support and promote New England entrepreneurs and artists — and explore the gardens of the 1760 Loring-Greenough House. Free.

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