By Megan O’Brien, deputy inside editor
Event of the Week: Thursday, Oct. 8
From Tony Award-nominated director Leigh Silverman and Emmy-nominated choreographer Sonya Tayeh comes “An Audience with Meow Meow.” The musical stars Meow Meow, the stage persona of real-life cabaret star Melissa Madden Gray who calls audience members to the stage as she stumbles through planned wrong entrances, wardrobe malfunctions and other technical difficulties. Gray boasts show credits from around the globe and has collaborated with the likes of David Bowie. Meow Meow will premiere her talents at Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic Theatre and will be playing until Oct. 24. 219 Tremont St.; 8 p.m.; $10 – $65.
Friday, Oct. 9
This week ushers in the first GlobeDocs Film Festival, a five-day documentary celebration presented by The Boston Globe. The festival will include 12 full-length documentary screenings, a program of shorts, post-film discussions and the announcement of the winner of the newly-launched Boston Globe Filmmakers Fund Award. Screenings will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square Cinema and Paramount Theater. Friday’s schedule consists of three screenings at the Paramount Theater: “The Diplomat,” “Requiem for the American Dream” and “The Armor of Light.” For a complete schedule visit www.bostonglobe.com/globedocs. 559 Washington St.; times vary; $15 per film.
Saturday, Oct. 10
The time has come to figure out who does brunch the best in Boston. At the First Annual Brunch Battle at District Hall, guests can sample brunch specialties from participating local restaurants and then vote for their favorite meals. Attendees can enjoy music and fresh coffee, with Bloody Marys and mimosas available for sale at the bar. Proceeds from the event will benefit Community Servings, a local nonprofit that provides meals to individuals and families with life-threatening illnesses. Participating restaurants include Gather, Trina’s Starlite Lounge and Tavern in the Square. 75 Northern Ave.; noon – 3 p.m.; $15 – 20; 21+.
Sunday, Oct. 11
In accordance with a 78-year-old tradition, Boston will celebrate Columbus’ expedition to the Americas, Boston’s Italian heritage and Massachusetts military units at the city’s Columbus Day Parade. A mix of marching brass bands, military units and Colonial militias; Italian-American organizations; saints’ societies; drum and bugle corps; Duck Boat floats; politicians; entertainers; vintage cars; and bagpipes will wind through the North End to celebrate the European’s discover of North America. The parade will commence at City Hall Plaza and end at Hanover Street. 1 City Hall Square; 1 p.m.; free.
Monday, Oct. 12
Opening our Doors, an annual Fenway Cultural District event focusing of the mingling of local arts institutions with the community, welcomes members of the public to experience everything the neighborhood has to offer. Activities available throughout the day include theater workshops, indoor kite flying and walking tours of the Back Bay Fens. Additionally, free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Mary Baker Eddy Library Mapparium and many more will be available to all. A kick-off celebration complete with musical performances, a children’s parade and refreshments will begin the day-long festival. 210 Massachusetts Ave.; 10 a.m.; free.
Tuesday, Oct. 13
Combining the forces of film, live performance and music, the Safarani Sisters have created Cocoon, a multi-media performance about the individual fighting to survive in the modern world. A young woman navigates the journey of living in the present day, struggling to survive the societal forces affecting her psyche. Students from the New England Conservatory will improvise music to the visual presentation. Farzaneh and Bahareh Safarani are identical twins currently pursuing master’s degrees in Fine Arts through a dual program at Northeastern and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Performances will run at the Boston Center for the Art’s Black Box Theatre until Oct. 17. 539 Tremont St.; 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.; $12.
Wednesday, Oct. 14
Le Laboratoire, a Cambridge art and design center exploring the intersections of art and science, will display its 20th experiment for public viewing until Jan. 2. Contemporary artist Mark Dion has collaborated with marine biologist Lisa-Ann Gershwin and Harvard University students to create Trouble with Jellyfish, an immersive glimpse into the world of the gelatinous sea creatures. The exhibit studies how jellyfish have been viewed historically and tackles issues such as the dangers they pose toward marine environments and deteriorating ocean biodiversity. Ultimately. the exhibit hopes to open dialogue about creating a safer environment and a more rational respect for the seas. 650 East Kendall St., Cambridge; noon – 9 p.m.; free.
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