Five things to do this weekend: March 8-9
Discover how artists make and use books by looking up-close at artist Sonia Almeida’s sketchbooks in the exhibition “Forward/Play/Pause,” then handmake your own book to take home. Art making in the Atrium runs from noon to 4 p.m., with a family tour at 2 p.m.
Kiniwe Children’s Concert at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, 20 Talbot Ave, Medford. Free.
This performance by Kiniwe, the Tufts African drumming and dance ensemble, shows adzobo, kpanlogo and bobobo styles and lets families take part in a workshop directed by Nani Agbeli, a Ghanaian traditional music and dance expert on the Tufts faculty.
Experience Pakistani culture and civic events for a day at 2 p.m. and from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday (tickets are $15) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
What do you know about Pakistan today? If it’s not much, these two events will change that. First, check out “Wounds of Waziristan,” an hourlong film by Pakistani-American journalist Madiha Tahir about people in the tribal areas of Pakistan who live under the constant presence of U.S. drones and in the wake of their destruction. It screens at 2 p.m. at MIT’s Building 4-231, part of the Maclaurin Buildings best reached via the entrance at 182 Memorial Drive. Tahir will be on hand for discussion.
After that comes Rawaj, a Pakistani Cultural Night, from 6 to 10 p.m. at MIT’s Building 50-140, known as Walker Memorial at 142 Memorial Drive. PaksMIT, the institute’s Pakistani student group, is welcoming the public to a night of dinner, dance performances and designer wear from Pakistan Fashion Week. There will also be classical and pop Pakistani music and singing.
“Brundibar & But the Giraffe!” family opera at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.
There are a few tickets left for the three shows in this opening weekend of Tony Kushner’s packaged adaptation of the Krasa & Hoffmeister opera “Brundibar” and his companion piece, “But the Giraffe!” Tickets range from $20 to $61.
In “Brundibar,” two penniless children must buy milk to care for their ailing mother and sing in the marketplace to raise money – then thwart the evil organ grinder, Brundibar, when he has other plans for them. The show celebrates the triumph of the helpless over tyranny as well as the transformative power of art, two powerful themes for a show first performed by children at the Terezin concentration camp. Directed by Scott Edmiston and produced by the Underground Railway Theater, the shows sometimes come with directed discussions.
This weekend, the 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday shows are followed by a talk with Ela Weissberger, who was 11 when she and her family boarded the train for Terezin, where she played the Cat in “Brundibar.” She will sing with the children in the cast, speak about her experiences and answer questions. Before the 8 p.m. show is an hourlong conversation with Gregory Maguire (author of “Wicked”) and Kathryn Lasky (author of “Guardians of Ga’hoole”) on “Talking to Children About Social Injustice.”
The Rough Cut Social lets artists and journalists get feedback on their video work in progress, and lets others be a sounding board for others’ work, at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Uniun, 3 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville.
Somerville Community Access TV’s Rough Cut Social is an event for media makers who have a TV show, documentary, experimental video or music video in progress and want creative feedback from community members before they’re done. You don’t have to make media to attend – just have constructive feedback and the wish to mingle and meet others in the creative community. (People with projects should arrive with them cued up or exported to a quicktime .mov file and on a DVD or thumb drive. Sign up here.) Call Erica Jones at (617) 628-8826 or send email to email@example.com.