Aug. 28, 2019: Now showing: a Video Underground expansion

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Historical context

This month marks 400 years since the beginning of slavery in America. Over the weekend, the National Parks of Boston took part in the “National Day of Healing,” including a presentation at Faneuil Hall reminding visitors that the man the building is named for enslaved people. Local artist Steve Locke planned to create a year-round reminder in the form of a public memorial but withdrew his proposed memorial on the site after it was mischaracterized as being a product of the Mayor’s office. (Locke developed the idea through the city’s artist-in-residence program.) Faneuil Hall isn’t the only stop on the Freedom Trail rethinking who that freedom was for. Through the end of this month, Old State House is performing “The Petition,” which tells the story of abolitionist and free black man Prince Hall who petitioned the white colonists to end the slave trade in Massachusetts. today, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and ongoing through Sept. 19//$12  

Now showing: a Video Underground expansion

Leave your Blockbuster jokes at the door. The Video Underground opened in 2002 and outlived all the chain stores to become the last video store standing in Boston. And the VU isn’t just surviving — it’s thriving. The shop in JP, which does indeed rent physical movies, also screens films every Friday and has a take out coffee counter. Now, they want to turn the space next door into a dedicated screening room and create a proper sit down cafe. Since it’s already an established business, their fundraising campaign is selling gift cards that will activate when renovations are complete. Catch a screening of “Sullivan’s Travels” in the current space. tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.//$5

Do This

Today

Every Wednesday night is slam poetry night at the Cantab, but this week, Arianna Monet — who made the Boston Poetry Slam Team in her first year on the scene — performs after the open mic. 8 p.m. start, 10 p.m. Arianna Monet feature, open poetry slam to follow//$3 

Fjallraven Cambridge and Marathon sports have joined forces for a Charles River plog, the Swedish export of picking up litter while you run. 6:30 p.m.//free

The Possible Project worked with eight students over the course of the summer to create lasercut chandeliers. Come check out their open studios today and tomorrow to learn more about their process and even an opportunity to purchase one of their creations.  4-7 p.m.//free

Reminders: Zoning at Zone 3, back to school with Mayor Walsh 

Tomorrow

Service industry mag The Paper Napkin hosts office hours in pop up art community org Spaceus’s new DTX location. 7-9 p.m.//free

How has technology modernized the way we listen and create music? The Works Of Art hosts a panel at The Record Co. to discuss. 7 p.m.//$10

Reminders: Mr. Market Basket, Coleslaw’s Corner Queens