Spend August At a Sand Art Exhibit, the Classical Movies, A Tech Book Club, And More

I’m sure you, like me, are in disbelief that only one month of summer is left before the fall greets us. So make the most of it and go play at these local events I’ve curated for you.

Rangoli: The Ancient Sand Art of India – August 5

Have you heard of sand painting? It’s a beautiful art form that we are seldom exposed to. But in the beginning of August you will have a chance to immerse yourself in it thanks to Suhas Kavthekar, a Mumbai-based Rangoli portraiture artist. On Friday, August 5 you can attend an exhibit of the artist’s work and watch some live demos. The fascinating part about this art form is its dynamic and transformative nature – you can wipe out an image so quickly and create another, completely different one, in its place. The creation and destruction of worlds is literally at your fingertips.

Classical movie series Rescued/Restored – August 7 – 14

Ready for some film masterpieces? As part of its Rescued/Restoredongoing series, the MFA is showing a few more digital releases of classical movies that you can’t miss. I’m particularly excited about Akira Kurosawa’s Ran (1985), a samurai war movie that reimagines Shakespeare’s King Lear. The series will also show Jules Dassin’s Rififi (1955) and Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan (1989). This is certainly a treat for film lovers and I look forward to checking them out.

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Tech Book Club: “What is Code?” – August 10

Women Who Code Boston is hosting their first tech book club event and you are invited. The discussion will revolve around a very pertinent topic, Paul Ford’s 2015 article “What is Code.” I’ve always been a fan of the idea of a tech book club that allows people to both read and have a thoughtful conversion about a tech piece together, so this meetup piqued my interest. If you are planning to attend the event, read the article, prepare some questions, and feel free to tweet at @wwcboston to get the discussion started.

Beirut DJ Set – August 19

There is nothing better to do in the summertime than sway to chill world music tunes, have a glass of wine, and look out at the ocean. If you agree, you may want to check out the ICA’s harbor-side DJ nights, featuring Beirut’s bassist Paul Collins on August 19th. Just writing this up, I’ve been listening to Beirut to get me in the mood, and it’s pretty delightful. Here is some inspiration for you too.

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She Geeks Out Event at Spotify – August 23

To wrap up the month with a bang, check out the fun evening the She Geeks Out crew has put together with the help of Spotify’s local team. I visited Spotify’s office at Davis Square, Somerville, for a prior SGO event and had a blast listening to the talks, meeting some wonderful ladies, and enjoying delicious noms. This time around the event will feature a panel of women who have had a leading role in the music and tech space and are excited to share their stories. Even though the event has already been sold out, I encourage you to put your name on the waitlist because it will be worth it.

Hope you make your way out to some of these events in August and have a good time. For updates on what cool things await you in the fall, make sure you subscribe to this blog.