Sept. 16: Meet Porsha Olayiwola

MEET PORSHA OLAYIWOLA.

Greetings! My name is Porsha Olayiwola and I am from the future, but I live here, in Boston. I’m a poet, playwright, educator, afro-futurist, and poet laureate for the city of Boston. 

PORSHA’S BOSTON.

Favorite T station: Jackson Square (Orange Line). It shares both Roxbury and Jamaica Plain as neighborhoods. And isn’t that the point of the T’, to bring folks together. 

You’ve got one hour in Boston. You go to: The Charles River or the ocean because water is calming. 

Best cheap eats: Oriental de Cuba. Please, get hip 

Thing that makes you think, dang Boston is cool: Artists and organizers. The city is so talented and the people so dedicated. Boston is an exciting place to be. 

Thing that makes you think, dang Boston really needs to change: Affordability of housing. People cannot afford to live here, people who have lived here for years, artists, who shape cities…. What is to become of the place if it is not a home to all. 

You can see Porsha Olayiwola's work at www.porshaolayiwola.com and follow them on instagram and twitter @porshaolayiwola. 

DO THIS.

Today

Learn about one of French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda’s most famous movies, “Cléo from 5 to 7,” which moves through one woman’s evening in real-time. Ticket includes a post-seminar screening. 6:15 p.m.//$25 

Catch Cambridge-based author Celeste Ng at the First Parish Church in conversation with fellow writer Amor Towles. 7 p.m.//$10

Tomorrow

Celebrate the launch of Company One's 21st season with the artists who make their theater productions happen. 7 p.m.//free but RSVP

Criminal is a podcast about crime, its own category beyond the true crime genre. Host Phoebe Judge tells new stories live on stage at The Wilbur. 7:30 p.m.//$32

Plan ahead!

Wednesday

Good Vibrations hosts a sleepover themed evening with all the best elements of any overnight party: snacks, nail painting, and quality conversations about sex. 7-8 p.m.//free

Thursday

Arts Connect International celebrates five years of building equity and inclusion in the arts with performances and discussions by and with local artists. 6 p.m.//donation

Get a little bit country with WGBH, who is hosting local country artists to talk about local history with the genre at their monthly BostonTalks happy hour. 7 p.m.//$10

Friday

Thirteen artists from Boston and Strasbourg were paired with scientists to explore a theme, and the French Cultural Center has an opening party for the finished products on display.  6:30-8:30 p.m.//free

Saturday

What’s better than birding? BIRDING ON A BOAT! Start your weekend right with morning bird watching and canoeing on the Mystic River8 a.m.//donation

It’s Oktoberfest-palooza this weekend! Drink your way through these brewery’s highlights:

Sunday

City Council President Andrea Campbell teams up with Berklee to host the Mattapan Jazz & Unity Festival. There will be music! There will be dance! There will be spoken word! 1-5 p.m.//free