5 things to do this weekend, including a tattoo-inspired exhibition at the MFA and a winter art market

While we know that climate change is more than likely the cause of our increasingly warm winters, I think we can all appreciate a break from the usual brutal New England winters. Slightly warmer winter weather means we’re more likely to consider leaving our homes masked and remote, of course. Whether you love to go to town or stay at home, there’s something for you to do on this list.

until February 6

The world premiere of this production The Lyric Stage Company of Boston tells the story of a struggling actor. To make ends meet, he starts teaching at Boston Public Schools. He thinks it will be an easy task to put some extra cash in his pocket. But he learns that teaching is far from easy. “Mr. Parent” is based on the life of Maurice Emmanuel Parent, who stars as himself in this production. It’s a heartwarming story of the unexpected kindness and fulfillment we can find in places we never thought we’d see. [Theater critic Jacquinn Sinclair recommends this play and nine others in this winter arts guide.]

(Courtesy of Lyric Stage Company)
(Courtesy of Lyric Stage Company)

Until February 20th

Have you ever wondered what the art of tattooing is and where the inspiration for some artworks comes from? This exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, links popular tattoo motifs with 19th-century woodcuts from the Edo period. “Tattoos in Japanese Prints”, from the museum’s collection of Japanese art, features many of two rival artists, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Kunisada, and their contemporaries. Whether you are a tattoo enthusiast or an art lover (or both, like me), this exhibition is perfect for you and your friends or family. Please note that the MFA requires all visitors 12 years and older to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter.

Toyohara Kunichika,
Toyohara Kunichika, “Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Asahina Tōbee” (right) and “Nakamura Shikan IV as Washi no Chōkichi” (left), 1868. (Courtesy of William Sturgis Bigelow Collection/Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Until Saturday January 15th

This marks the fifth year of the Allston-Brighton Winter Market. However, due to COVID-19, this year’s market has been transformed into a virtual event. So how exactly does a virtual seller’s market work? All you need to do is head over to the market page to see some of the beautiful locally made items. Once you’ve decided what you want, simply click on the shopping cart icon below the photo. All suppliers offer shipping and some even offer local pickup. Some gifts and items can also be personalized and many suppliers offer gift certificates, gift wrapping or custom commissions. The holiday season may be over, but with Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day fast approaching, this is the perfect place to score some unique gifts while supporting local artisans.


Saturday January 15 – Sunday February 20

Lebanese artist Raafat Majzoub brings his work exploring the nature of connection and love to Boston Center for the Art’s Mills Gallery. Majzoub’s novel, ‘The Perfumed Garden’, is an ‘autobiography of the Arab world’ which he has been developing since 2012 through his research and art. In this latest exhibition, the community is invited to interact not only with excerpts from ‘The Perfumed Garden’. but also to add their own stories to the oeuvre. In a world that can seem so broken, “GROUNDS” challenges us to rethink how we define “truth”.

Raafat Majzoub,
Raafat Majzoub, “Manuscript Brussels” (Courtesy of the artist)

Stay in and binge HBO’s ‘Euphoria’

sunday 16 january

For some reason I didn’t give this show a chance when the first season aired. But once I did, I’ve never looked back. Zendaya stars as Rue, a kind-hearted teenager who struggles with substance abuse (she uses pretty much every substance you can think of). The show is glitzy, heartbreakingly relatable and yes, there is so much nudity – and probably more – than you might think. But this show is a good one (just don’t watch it with your young kids). Get caught up in season one and the first episode of season two before the new episode airs this Sunday.

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