Five things to do this weekend: June 23-25
Festival of Us, You, We & Them all weekend at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Most events are free.
A weekend-long celebration of the arts and movement (and the Complex’s 25th anniversary) starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a street party with free dance lessons, a thrift-shop fashion show by Boomerangs, a “flash mob” performance of nearly 100 dancers ranging in age from 3 to 94 and a light show projected on the Complex’s five-story building. Saturday and Sunday includes pop-up performances and classes and spontaneous acts of creation. (Dancer Danielle Guilmette from the Kinetic Synergy Dance Co. is above in a photo by Michelle Montinieri.) Information is here.
Handmade Puppet Dreams: Short Films for Families from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Chuckie Harris Park, 15 Cross St., East Somerville. Free.
Part of the Somerville Arts Council’s PuppetPalooza 2017, this little film festival (recommended for ages 4 and up) is all about independent filmmakers whose actors just happen to be puppets – the better to achieve their signature visions. Information is here.
A new 18-plus dance night inspired by the era of euphoric nightlife, with host Anastasia Taslis and master of ceremonies Johnny Evil promising glitter and glamour, a bit of debauchery, classic disco anthems and new remixes, divas old and new and of course the music: deep cuts, early house, “any and all dance music to give you life.” Dress to dance in era-appropriate sequins and whatnot or just in “whatever makes you feel good, the more extravagant the better” to stand out alongside go-go dancers grooving to DJs Brian Halligan and Howie Disco Rivet, with a performance by Edward Everette. Information is here.
“Portrait for a Story” by Meagan O’Brien from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free.
The idea is simple: Share a story, any story, while having a portrait drawn by artist Meagan O’Brien – a continuation of a project began in 2008. Seems like a nice way to spend a sunny Saturday. Information is here.
Emerging local artists come together for a compilation of visual art, dance and theatrical performances with the welcoming theme of “Love, Unity and Empowerment,” then welcome all for an after-show reception with food, drinks and music. Information is here.