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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
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The Museum of Fine Arts will host Latinx Heritage Night on Thursday, Sept. 21. | Photo by Caitlin Cunningham Photography, courtesy of the MFA
This weekend we welcome Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Friday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Oct. 15. From dance lessons and live music, to themed gallery talks and bilingual storytelling for kids, Boston’s cultural institutions have planned a rich variety of ways to celebrate throughout the city.

Here are four ways you can get involved over the next month:

🎉 Fiesta en La Plaza | Saturday, Sept. 16-Friday, Oct. 14. | City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Sq. | Free | Learn from a dazzling array of Hispanic art forms, including a performance Puerto Rican theater group Agua, poetry readings, mariachi music, and salsa classes.

🎉 Boston Public Library Programming | Monday, Sept.18-Thursday, Oct. 12 | Boston Public Library, locations vary | Free | Kids can stop by local library branches for bilingual storytelling, craft time, and Latin + Meso-American/Aztec music, while adults can take advantage of free film screenings and Latin dance lessons.

🎉 Latinx Heritage Night at the MFA | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 5-10 p.m. | The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. | $5 and up | Emulate influential Latinx artists in your own watercolor creation, attend gallery talks about artists + landscapes of the Caribbean, and chow down on a Latinx-inspired prefix menu. Pro tip: Guests who arrive after 5 p.m. can partake for a pay-what-you-want fee ($5 minimum).

🎉 CineFest Latino Boston | Wednesday, Sept. 27-Thursday, Oct. 5 | Locations vary | Prices vary | See the work of filmmakers from Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and Brazil at theaters across the city, including the Coolidge Corner Theatre and Emerson’s Paramount Theatre. Bonus: Don’t miss a Q+A with actor Isel Rodriguez after a screening of “La Pecera” on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

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Events
 
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • “Bravo, Burkina!” with filmmaker Walé Oyéjidé | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 7-9 p.m. | ArtLab, 140 N. Harvard St., Allston | Free | Following an appearance at Sundance, catch this drama alongside its writer and director.
  • dis-plant | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 7-10 p.m. | New Alliance Art Gallery, 438 Somerville Ave, Somerville | Free | Boston bands Paper Tigers and Invisible Rays bring their riffs to this free gallery celebrating local artists.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Thiccy’s Taco Club Pop Up | Friday, Sept. 15 | 5-9 p.m. | Lamplighter Broadway, 284 Broadway, Cambridge | Price of purchase | Savor locally-made “table-tacos” influenced by Latin street vendors in the taproom.
  • Come On Feel The Lemonheads | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7 p.m. | House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston | $38-$60 | Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this album from local alt-rock royalty.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • The Biggest Candle Making Party, Ever | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10:15 a.m.-1 p.m. | Carson Place, 180 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester | $34.99 | Expert candle artisans will guide you in handcrafting your unique, custom-scented candle masterpieces.
  • L7: In Your Space Tour Fall | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 7 p.m. | Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston | $35 | The fall tour from the California band promises “smaller clubs, louder music.”
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • 13th Annual Boston Local Food Festival | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Rose Kennedy Greenway, 191 Atlantic Ave, Boston | Free | Tantalize all of your senses with fresh produce, regional treats, cooking demos from local chefs, and a seafood throw down.
  • Janelle Monáe - The Age of Pleasure Tour | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 8 p.m. | MGM Music Hall at Fenway, 2 Lansdowne St., Boston | $38.50-$88.50 | The futuristic R&B trailblazer brings her new album to Fenway.
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News Notes
 
Coming Soon
  • We’re holding out for another gyro. A new restaurant called The Greek Gyro will move into a Fenway space once occupied by Gyro City, which closed earlier this year. The new eatery will open at 88 Peterborough St. in mid-October. (Boston Restaurant Talk)
State
  • The Massachusetts RMV is expanding its customer service with Saturday hours, allowing residents to schedule appointments for in-person weekend transactions. The RMV has also established additional locations for road tests in cities such as Cambridge and North Andover. (WCVB)
Concert
  • Do you have the guts to register for Olivia Rodrigo tickets? The pop singer brings her sophomore album to TD Garden on Monday, April 1, 2024. Register for ticket access through Sunday, Sept. 17.
Sports
  • The New England Revolution has replaced interim head coach Richie Williams with Clint Peay. Peay previously served as the head coach of the Revolution II, who compete in the MLS Next Pro league. (Boston.com)
Closing
  • FoMu’s Jamaica Plain location will serve its final scoops on Monday, Sept. 18. The Centre Street shop may be shuttering, but vegan ice cream fans can still get their FoMu fix at the other storefronts in the South End, Fenway, Quincy Market, and the Seaport.
Feel Good
  • New England Lab Rescue will host a Doggie Adoption Day this Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Black Dog’s Faneuil Hall store. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to see if any furry friends give you puppy eyes.
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Food
 
🍽️ Eat this news up
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Rubato in Quincy embodies a Hong Kong cafe with a bounty of bao and congee offerings. | Photo by @unsungrestaurants
Moëca and Rubato may be new in town, but they already know how to satisfy Bon Appétit’s cravings. Both local restaurants landed on the publication’s 2023 list of Best New Restaurants, which compiles a mouthwatering selection of 20+ culinary newcomers across the country.

Located in between Cambridge’s Harvard and Porter Squares, Moëca caught Bon Appétit’s attention with its supersized Cape Cod scallops, semolina gnocchi, and chickpea pancakes. The sister restaurant to Giulia opened last year, serving a colorful array of dishes that are almost too artful to eat —looking at you, unicorn oysters.

South of Boston, Rubato embodies a Hong Kong cafe in Quincy, serving a bounty of bao and congee (aka a rice porridge dish). The eatery took over the Contempo Bakery space on Hancock Street last year. Bon Appétit suggests sampling treats like the house soy milk + HK french toast with lava egg yolk.
 
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The Wrap
 
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From the editor
In honor of a new partnership with rapper Ice Spice, Dunkin’ just started serving the “Ice Spice Munchkins Drink,” a concoction that adds actual Munchkins to frozen coffee.

Yes, it’s a clever nod to Ice Spice’s fanbase, named “munchkins,” but has science gone too far? How long until we all have bits of Munchkins coursing through our veins? These are the questions that keep me up at night.
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