Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Restructured” opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the The Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St., Davis Square, Somerville. Free.

More than 50 artists – a work by Megan Potoma is above – explore what “feminist art” means today, especially when looked at in the context of a history filled with controversy, turbulence, progress (the movement of the 1970s is often viewed as utopian, sometimes naïve and even exclusionary) and backlashes (the 1980s brought a backlash against feminism and feminist art that curators Boriana Kantcheva and Micah Eglinton-Woods say can be felt even today). After this opening reception, the exhibit can be viewed during gallery hours through Dec. 16. Information is here. (This is also the weekend of open studios at Brickbottom and a Pop Up Gallery/Silent Auction of Lesley University artists on Friday, as well as a good time to see Le Laboratoire’s “The Long Now,” which looks at stretching out time, including via The Clock of the Long Now. All are free.)

International Pop Overthrow music fest from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday and from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday at P.A.’s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave., Union Square, Somerville. Tickets are $10 each night.

Seven bands perform nightly at IPO, a four-day music festival (it began Wednesday) devoted to power pop and related genres. It’s not a Boston thing – it began 18 years ago in Los Angeles and has spread to more than a dozen cities internationally – but we do it pretty damn well. (The band Powderhouse is seen above.) Information and a complete schedule is here.

You Gotta Be KidNME! family and children’s concert from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday Granoff Music Center at Tufts University, 20 Talbot Ave., Somerville. Free.

Improv games, strange sounds and scrambled stories are performed in the Distler Performance Hall by Donald Berman’s Tufts New Music Ensemble, featuring guest artists Jon Bernhardt (on theremin), Will Lang (on trombone) and Anthony Leva (on bass). Information is here. (There’s also a small jazz concert from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday under the direction of Nando Michelin and Paul Ahlstrand that’s at the same location, and also free.)

An Afternoon with Henry David Thoreau from  4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St., West Cambridge. Tickets are $12.

Return to 1860 as Henry Thoreau (portrayed by historian Richard Smith), obsessive observer of nature, big thinker and author of “Walden” reads from his essay, “Autumnal Tints” and takes questions in an all-ages living history program. Information is here.

Dance Complex Teaching Artists & Student Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $21 (or $22.73 with an service fee).

See new and recent works by 10 local teaching artists (Sharon Montella’s work is above), performed by professional and dedicated student dancers in this eclectic program. Information is here.