Free Fun Shit: May 17-24: Porchfest, "Algorythyms" @ Fourth Wall, scavenger photo hunt, 'Zine party, "Freak Flag" benefit show, Third Eye Blind at EarthFest + more


Buzz Bissinger | The Friday Night Lights author discusses his new book Father's Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son at the Brookline Booksmith on Thursday, May 17 @ 7 pm |

MWM and JURNE: Algorhythms | New exhibit featuring a series of canvas paintings juxtaposing abstract compositions with calligraphy, representative of conversations between Bay Area graffiti artist Jurne and Portland designer/illustrator Matt W. Moore. Reception at the Fourth Wall Project on Friday, May 18 from 8-10 pm |

Neighboring Sounds screening | Screening of Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho's crime drama about a well-to-do neighborhood in Recife that experiences a crime surge, thus causing the residents hire a private security company, revealing the city's social divisions at the Paramount Center on Friday, May 18 @ 8:15 pm |

Pretty Ugly: Deviant Materialism | Exhibit using painting, sculpture, photography, and video to create art both beautiful and hideous, to elicit visceral reactions of attraction and repulsion. The reception tonight is followed by a live art performance from Charmaine Wheatley, who'll serve chocolate casts of her ass to visitors at Mills Gallery on Friday, May 18 @ 6 pm |

Porchfest | More than 95 acts in countless genres performing on porches around Somerville on Saturday, May 19 from noon-6 pm |

"Banditos Misteriofotos" | Scavenger hunt in which teams (or individuals) race across the city to snap pics of events, stunts, or objects from a Banditos Misteriosos approved list.  Players post the day's shots online, to be judged the next day by the Banditos, who will deem one team a winner. Judging based upon most artistic, funniest, and largest amount of photos collected. Meet to get your scavenger list on the Boston Common on Saturday, May 19 @ 11 am |

Papercut Zine Library 7 Year Anniversary Party | With live music from The Low Tide, snacks, and brand new 'zines! Guests can expect to check out new editions of High 5!, Bay State Badass, Today Belongs to You, and Nothing Mattress, plus more TBA at Lorem Ipsum Books on Saturday, May 19 @ 8 pm |

Earthfest 2012 | This year's performers include Third Eye Blind, the Spin Doctors, Eve 6, and Switchfoot at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell along the Charles River on Saturday, May 19 @ 11:30 am |

The DMC Swag Poetry Slam | Student poetry slam, presented by Citizen Schools and Dever McCormack Middle School at the Middle East upstairs on Saturday, May 19 @ 1 pm |

Freak Flag Benefit Show | Party to fund (donations gladly accepted) the new up-start alt paper with music by Fat History Month and Hyena (and DJ sets by Freak Flag staff) at Zuzu on Monday, May 21 @ 10 pm |

Rory O'Connor | The Huffington Post contributor discusses his new book Friends, Followers, And The Future: How Social Media Are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, And Killing Traditional Media about the effect of social media in our world at the Brookline Booksmith on Tuesday, May 22 @ 7 pm |

Jasper JohnS/In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print | Opening of exhibit exploring Johns's lesser known experiments in printmaking and use of newsprint collage, with lecture from exhibition curator Jennifer L. Roberts at the Harvard Art Museums, 485 Broadway, Cambridge on Wednesday, May 23 from 5-8 pm |

"Shakespeare and Leadership" | Reading of Shakespeare's Coriolanus followed by a discussion on corporate leadership skills in the 21st century with local business leaders at the Cutler Majestic Theater on Thursday, May 24 @ 6 pm |


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