Get Out! Dance, Ride, Walk or Learn
Brookline events this weekend are a mixture of thought-provoking and body-moving.
When/Where: Coolidge Corner Theatre, opens Friday night, with showings all weekend. Director Greg Jacobs will do a Q&A after the 7:10 p.m. showings.
Why: The film chronicles four teams preparing for the annual "Louder than a Bomb" poetry slam. The poetry event forces Chicago teens to work collaboratively on their submissions, creating a unique form of poetry that isn't typical high school work.
Pricing: $9 for adults, $7 for kids.
When/Where: Brookline Academy of Dance, 4 p.m. Saturday
Why: The Swingtime series is a substance-free environment welcoming to members gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender communities and their friends. You can learn a number of different styles of dance in an open and inclusive environment.
When/Where: 80 Wells Ave, Newton, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday.
Why: The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is an annual bike ride fundraiser with the cure for cancer as its goal. If you have kids who strongly believe in serving their community and really love to bike, sign them up for the PMC Kids Ride. After the ride, a party starts up at 11 a.m. featuring music and raffles.
Pricing: $25 for registration, $25 for fundraising.
When/Where: Sunday, 99 Warren St, Brookline at 10 a.m.
Why: Frederick Law Olmsted was a landscape architect who helped design the string of parks known as Emerald Necklace. Come and take a tour through the Brookline he knew when he was younger, at his historic home in Brookline.
When/Where: Brookline Booksmith, 2 p.m. Sunday.
Why: The book's author writes about growing up in China during the period where the country was evolving, and Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalist Army defeated warlords, and Nanking became a larger city. Through her talk and her slides, watch the village in which she stayed transform from a medieval village to a modern city.
[Correction: Author's name is Nancy Thomson Waller, not Thomas]