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September 23, 2022

It's Friday, and it's National Dogs in Politics Day, aka #NationalCheckersDay.

🌀 Today's weather: Sunny, but under 60 degrees. High tide: 10:47am.

Today's newsletter is 698 words β€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: 🎞 Boston's Film Festival brings local talent home

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Asif Ali stars in two films playing at the Boston Film Festival, "Bromates" and "Don't Worry Darling." Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Boston is the site of three feature film premieres the next few days as the city hosts the 38th annual Boston Film Festival.

The big picture: The theme of this year's nonfiction films is environmental and wildlife challenges. The festival started yesterday and runs through Sept. 26.

  • Movies are playing at the Regal Fenway and the Boston Public Library. Check the schedule for times and tickets.

What they're saying: "For the first time, the BFF also will feature a night of comedy films on Sept. 23 at the Wilbur Theater with 'Bromates,'" a release from the festival organizers said.

The intrigue: The festival launched last night at the Regal Fenway with a screening of "Don't Worry Darling," Olivia Wilde's film with Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and Harry Styles that's caused so much commotion.

  • "Darling" opens nationwide today.

Three movies are set to debut:

  1. Dude-roommate comedy "Bromates" from executive producer Snoop Dogg and writer/director/New Englander Court Crandall plays at the Wilbur Theater, Boston's stand-up headquarters.
  2. "The Wind & the Reckoning," a true story about 19th century Hawaiians' resistance to colonialism amid a leprosy outbreak.
  3. "Always, Lola," a drama starring Roxy Striar, who grew up in Newton, about a group of young women discovering secrets about their dead best friend.

And there are two films making their American debuts in Boston:

  1. "American Murderer" starring Ryan Philippe and Idina Menzel.
  2. An environmental documentary, "The Temptation of Trees."

2. πŸ”™ Back that Mass. Up - News from around the commonwealth

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🎭 The long-vacant Harvard Square Theatre could get a new lease on life as its American billionaire owner decides how to redevelop his $17.5 million investment. (GBH News)

🚊 A Green Line train derailed Monday just as the Orange Line reopened after a 30-day shutdown. It took the T until yesterday to disclose the derailment. (WCVB)

πŸ€ Celtics head coach Ime Udoka has been suspended for the entire NBA season for violating team policies by reportedly having a consensual relationship with a team employee. (ESPN)

Federal prosecutors have reached a deal with Shelly Joseph, a Newton judge who was indicted three years ago for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant evade immigration agents. (Globe)

3. 🎼 Hear, here! Boston-area concerts this weekend

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Post "Mayday" Malone comes to Boston. Photo: Wagner Meier/Getty Images

It's a busy weekend for Boston music, with some superstars and local greats taking the stage. Check out this playlist Deehan made featuring nothing but acts playing in Boston this weekend.

  • Throwback rockers Palaye Royale play the House of Blues β€” 7pm
  • Laid-back and dancey Ginger Root takes to The Sinclair β€” 7pm
  • Dance dude DaΓ°i Freyr at the Paradise β€” 7pm
  • At the top of his game, Post Malone plays the first of two nights at the Garden β€” 8pm
  • Indie rockers Speedy Ortiz play with Haasan Barclay at ONCE at Boynton Yards β€” noon
  • The Get Up Kids celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album "Four Minute Mile" at Brighton Music Hall β€” 7:30pm
  • Cool is dead! The Shrek Rave comes to the Royale β€” 9pm
  • Banjo boys Caamp and their folksy AF vibes come to the Leader Bank Pavilion β€” 7:30pm
  • Yet another sick punk band from Australia, Spotify's entry on Amyl and the Sniffers describes their live show as "ball-tearing." They're at Big Night Live β€” 7pm

4. πŸ—― Tell us what you think!

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Now that we've been around for a few months, Axios Boston wants to know what you think of our newsletter.

  • If you have a moment, please fill out this reader survey that asks for some details about yourself, your dining habits, social network use β€”that kind of stuff.
  • Most importantly, we'll get a better sense of what part of Mass. you're in and what interests you.

Why it matters: Your feedback will help Mike and Steph know what topics to focus on and how to pick stories relevant to you.

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5. 🐢 Pet pick: Lil Draco

Codename: The sweetest boy in the whole wide world. Photo: MSPCA

Lil Draco isn't only a great name for a rapper, it's a great name for this German shepherd mix pup.

  • Draco's under six months old, but has spent much of his life so far recovering from hip surgery.

Yes, but: He's "a little bit behind on learning his puppy manners," according to the MSPCA, so he's looking for a home with plenty of play time and puppy patience.

  • He would benefit from a grownup dog or dog-savvy cat in the household to show him how to behave.

🎬 Deehan has completed the ultimate movie lover's collection.

πŸ… Steph wants to congratulate Jamaica Plain for winning the Hub tournament. Don't let it get to your head.