5 things to do this weekend, including BLO’s “Blythely Ever After” and Duckling Day

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In case you forgot, this Sunday is Mother’s Day! Give her a call, or better yet, invite her to do something fun with you this weekend. And for those who have lost their mother or who have complicated feelings on the day, these events are also for your pleasure! You can catch a one-of-a-kind musical performance at the Mirror Cabaret, a cutting-edge multi-sensory exhibit at the Goethe-Institut, or witness the opening of the Downtown Boston Arts Market.

Until Monday, May 9

This weekend, you can visit a multimedia exhibition by artists in residence Liu Wa and Yang Bao. With video, music and painting, this sensory experience is inspired by field research in Washington, USA, and Gansu, China. Their works address the tension between Cold War nuclear power plants and the natural world by examining plant life. On Sunday, May 8, at 5 p.m., the two artists will participate in a panel discussion on the 11,000-mile journey they undertook to create this project.

Friday, May 6

MassOpera presents a special new show which is a mix between opera and theatre. Some of the world’s most popular musicals and operas will be presented back-to-back, allowing audiences to compare and contrast the different mediums. You’ll get to see 16 of New England’s finest performers sing show tunes like ‘La Bohème’, ‘Rent’, ‘La Cenerentola’ and ‘Cinderella’. This is a one-night-only performance of Mirror Cabaret at City Winery Boston that you don’t want to miss.

From Thursday 5 May to Friday 6 May

Today marks the 13th season of the Downtown Boston Arts Market. New vendors like handcrafted pet accessories brand Proud Dog Apparel, printmaker Leanne Tamar and homeware maker My Arte BB are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Throughout the weekend, up to 20 different vendors will be selling handicrafts. There will also be live music and performances to enjoy as you cruise. Can’t come this week? The market returns every Thursday and Friday until October.

Friday, May 6

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe will star as her alter ego, Blythely Oratonio, in the original musical “Blythely Ever After” hosted by the Boston Lyric Opera at Royale Boston. The musical is a mix of disco, rock and opera and follows the life of the opera singer with humor and heart. Led by John Jarboe with music and arrangements by Daniel Kazemi, the evening will be a celebration of life that honors the queer, drag and cabaret communities through song.

Stephanie Blythe as Blythely Oratonio in a 2018 performance of “Dito & Aeneas.” (Courtesy Steven Pisano)

Sunday May 8

For the first time since 2019, Duckling Day is back in person for Mother’s Day. Dress up as characters from the classic children’s story “Make Way for Ducklings” and stroll through Boston’s parks. Prior to the parade, a creative playground will be set up and a magician, juggler and other entertainers will entertain Boston Common. The parade will begin on the Common and be led by the Harvard Marching Band to the Public Garden. This is a perfect family event to celebrate moms and their little ones.