Weekend Picks: 'Melaza,' 'Don't Call Me Son,' and David Harbour '97

by Evan Morgan | 5/11/18 2:12am


Friday, 6 p.m. at Collis Common Ground

Boston-based dance theater company Danza Orgánica brings its newest work to Dartmouth today. “Melaza” (Molasses) is a piece that examines the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States. The piece is danced not only to music, but also to poetry and other media, including a news broadcast of a 1954 shooting by Puerto Rican activists in Washington, D.C. Danza Orgánica first performed Melaza in October 2017, just a few weeks after Hurricane Maria brought devastating flooding and power outages to the island, and the group dedicated the first performance to the storm’s survivors. Since then, the group has added new scenes exploring Puerto Ricans’ emotional response to Maria. -Evan Morgan

“Don't Call Me Son”

Sunday, 4 p.m. at Moore Hall

Brazilian indie film “Don’t Call Me Son” (Mãe só há uma) showed at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival but didn’t generate much buzz stateside. Don’t let the lack of fanfare stop you from seeing it this weekend. Main character Pierre is an androgynous teenager who drifts between male and female appearances. His life gets more complicated when he learns that the woman he thought was his mother actually stole him at birth. Pierre’s upper-class birth parents are eager to take him back until they learn about his androgyny. The film boldly crosses two big ideas, gender and parentage, and lets their interplay carry it forward. The Portuguese dialogue is subtitled in English. -Evan Morgan

An Evening with David Harbour ’97

Sunday, 7 p.m. at the Hopkins Center for the Arts

Chief Jim Hopper  — er, David Harbour ’97 — is stepping out of sleepy Hawkins, Indiana to make an appearance at his alma mater. Square-jawed, broad-shouldered Harbour made his Broadway debut two years after he graduated from Dartmouth and was nominated for a Tony in the 2005 revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” He moved to television with appearances on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” but was not a household name until the Netflix original “Stranger Things” became a smash hit. His portrayal of the stoic but big-hearted Hopper earned him Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. At the Hopkins Center for the Arts on Sunday, Harbour will discuss his twenty-year career in film, television and theatre and his upcoming role as the star of 2019’s “Hellboy.” -Evan Morgan