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The Weekender: Scrappy rappers, ragin’ Cajuns, and Broken Toys

Robert Pattinson stars in “Good Time,” a new film from Ben and Joshua Safdie.
Robert Pattinson stars in “Good Time,” a new film from Ben and Joshua Safdie.

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Prouda u, Boston.

You did so good last week, showing the rest of the country, once again, how it’s done. Coming together with class, civility, cheer, and optimism, and demonstrating for all to see that this great city of ours has some real heart.

So: As a reward for being such a beacon of chill, I’ve assembled an extra sweet nine-pack of things to keep you busy this weekend. The 10th thing? Well, that’s up to you. Can you feel the freedom? I can.


DEEP TROUBLE: In his 3½-star review, Ty Burr calls “Good Time,” “one of the most uncompromising movies I’ve seen all year: vibrant and desperate and alive. . . . If you lament the loss of that gutter ferocity with which filmmakers like Martin Scorsese once walked the Earth, brother, here’s your cinematic B-12 shot.” And while we’re at it, “it re-establishes Robert Pattinson as one of the most charismatic actors of his generation. Yes, the ‘Twilight’ dude.” Directed by (the BU edumacated) Ben and Joshua Safdie, this Burr-shaking thriller also stars the former Safdie, Buddy Duress, Taliah Webster, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Opens Friday.

Bill Burr plays the Cape Cod Melody Tent Sunday.
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Bill Burr plays the Cape Cod Melody Tent Sunday.
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FAMILY GUY: In other things Burr, Canton native and stand-up guy Bill Burr brings his act to the stage of the Cape Cod Melody Tent on Sunday. Most recently, you may have heard Burr growling through his cranky dad demons in the animated Netflix comedy “F Is for Family,” which he created along with “Simpsons” writer Matt Price, and has loosely based on his Cantonese (the other kind) childhood. (Bonus: Laura Dern alert!) Though you can depend on Burr taking you back to the Blue Hills of his past, you can also expect plenty of surprises. Like: Will he stab himself in the face again? I, for one, sure hope not. Find tickets here.

ARMY GUY: Jeremy D. Goodwin admirably attempts to describe the all-encompassing music of Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys for the Globe this week: “It incorporates at least two 19th-century aesthetics: Gothic and steampunk. There’s an element of Weimar-era cabaret in the band’s shows, which may include guest interpretive dancers or performance artists mimicking life-size marionettes. There’s some punk burlesque. Arty, circus rock. One might borrow Mary Shelley’s thesaurus and go on, indefinitely.” One might, but we can’t; so that works. On Saturday night, Sickert ladles out a serving of his “imagination soup” at the Sinclair along with the Devil’s Twins and the Julie Rhodes Band. Get tickets here.

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A picture of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from “Everybody, Everything: Photographs by Andy Warhol” at MassArt.

COPY CAT: If you haven’t had your 15 minutes of free time to make it out to Stockbridge for the Norman Rockwell Museum’s intriguing pairing of Rockwell and Andy Warhol (no, really!), you can still get some face time with Andy through a pair of local exhibitions. “Everybody, Everything: Photographs by Andy Warhol” at MassArt’s President’s Gallery through Oct. 21 gathers Polaroids and black-and-white photos that offer flashes into the life of the artist and habitual shutterbug. (More info on that show here.) And over at Simmons through Oct. 11 is “Andy Warhol: What’s the Difference?” It showcases the college’s collection of large-scale Warhol prints created between 1968 and 1987 (including one of those Shoes prints with the diamond dust). (More info on that one here.)

TICK TOCK: Was that you who didn’t listen to me last year when I said, “Go see the Lyric Stage production of Sondheim’s ‘Company’ ” or something to that effect? I thought you looked familiar. In any case, we have a chance to fix this, because there’s another (“vibrant!”) production of “Company” up at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield through Sept. 2. “Indeed, George Furth’s script for ‘Company’ is so flaccid and the show’s connective tissue is so attenuated that today it registers as essentially a song cycle,” writes the Globe’s Don Aucoin, “Ah, but what songs they are, and what pleasure they continue to give nearly five decades later,” especially via the “vigor and brio” of director Julianne Boyd. Get tickets here.


BATTLE RHYMES: “Geremy Jasper’s feature debut is an underdog saga that sticks so closely to the classic ‘Rocky’ template — small-time schmoe with big heart goes for his/her dream despite all odds — that the screenplay might be actionable if the movie itself weren’t so adorable,” writes Ty Burr in his three-star review of “Patti Cake$.” And where Balboa boxed, the heroine of this film, Patricia Dumbrowski/“Dumbo”/Killer P (depending on who’s asking) spits bars. Danielle Macdonald delivers “a performance of immense, tough-nosed charm” in this unlikely rap saga; and the powerhouse Bridget Everett plays her mom! At Kendall Square through the weekend.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: If you get clicking, you could potentially throw together a serious music weekend up in Rockport. On Friday, the legendary Cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet takes the stage, simmering its 40-year gumbo of zydeco, Caribbean, New Orleans jazz, rock, and Delta blues. (Tickets here.) And on Saturday night, the Joshua Redman Quartet (featuring Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, and Marcus Gilmore) sets its ferocious canon-hopping curiosity free. (Tickets here.) Both shows will sound a-mazing at Rockport Music’s beautiful Shalin Liu Performance Center. I will take some fried clams, extra tartar sauce. Thx!

WEST CASE SCENARIO: Or you could do your impromptu musical weekend out west: At Tanglewood on Friday, a fantastic opportunity to school your nearest millennial in the world of dirtbike sci-fi that “Stranger Things” so carefully mimics: In the Koussevitzky Music Shed, Keith Lockhart conducts the pops in John Williams’s epic eye-watery score to Spielberg’s last perfect movie, “E.T.” (Fight me.) And on Saturday, Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in a program of opera excerpts, including the complete second act of Puccini’s “Tosca,” and featuring Kristine Opolais (fun fact: Nelsons’s wife) in the title role and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. Information and tickets for both programs here.

Griffin Newman (left) and Peter Serafinowicz in “The Tick.”
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Griffin Newman (left) and Peter Serafinowicz in “The Tick.”

OR STAY IN! No shame in that game. Friday night will find the resurgence of “The Tick” — “a lighthearted superhero satire featuring a big dolt in a bright blue suit who talks like a bombastic host from the golden age of radio” — this time as a live-action adventure on Amazon. Peter Serafinowicz reprises Patrick Warburton’s suit-filling outing as the hero, and according to the Globe’s Matthew Gilbert, brings “just the right amounts of bravado, good cheer, and idiocy to be thoroughly endearing.”

Chuck Lorre’s new sitcom for Netflix also arrives on Friday. “Disjointed” stars Kathy Bates as the owner of a weed dispensary in LA. And while Gilbert feared more scraping of the same bowl for stoner jokes, he says “the issues underneath the humor — the threat of corporate takeover, the medicinal applications of pot, the cultural shift from defiance to compliance — pull the show in interesting directions.” (I’m guessing one of those is the fridge three times per episode.)


Oh, and speaking of psychological escapes, Matthew has also compiled a therapeutic list of safe spaces for the news-weary. Who knows? That might even apply to some of you!

All righty, friends. That’s all I’ve got. Well, I’ve also got a metric ton of laundry to do, but that’s not really what we’re here for — unless you’re really jonesing for a 10th thing, that is.

Until next time, folks, no matter how you spend your weekend, make it one you’ll miss come Monday. See you next week!

Michael Andor Brodeur can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MBrodeur.