35 must-see open and summer humanities events in New England

March 27, 2015 - garden totes




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Emily Cogan, 3, of Norwell, during a annual Make Way for Ducklings Parade.

BOOKS

By Kate Tuttle

MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS!

Visit a city’s many dear tiny waterfowl in a annual Mother’s Day tradition celebrating Robert McCloskey’s design book. Children are invited to dress adult as a duckling (or a accessible military officer) and accumulate on Boston Common during 10 a.m. Paid registration is compulsory and can be finished online or during a event. May 10. friendsofthepublicgarden.org

CURTIS MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOOK SALE

The largest in New England, this used-book excavation in Brunswick, Maine, moves some-more than 70,000 volumes from other readers’ “done” piles into a summer receptacle bags. Titles embody all from bestsellers to literary classics to hard-boiled investigator fare. You’ll need a friends’ membership (starts during $10) to attend a preview day (June 25). Jun 25-28. 207-725-5242; curtislibrary.com

SUNKEN GARDEN READING SERIES

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Like a Tanglewood for poetry, this entertainment during a Hill-Stead Museum in bucolic Farmington, Connecticut, encourages picnics, wine, and wandering. Come early and try a museum’s land in Impressionist art, and afterwards settle down for communication amid summer blooms surrounded by 8-foot mill walls. This summer’s series includes readings by critical American poets, among them Ted Kooser, Marie Howe, Vijay Seshradi, and Li-Young Lee. Jun 24, Jul 12, Jul 22, Aug 9, Aug 19. sunkengardenpoetry.org

MARTHA’S VINEYARD BOOK FESTIVAL

The two-day book festival splits a venues: Aug 1 facilities readings and other events in bustling Edgartown, while a whole shebang moves up-island to pacific Chilmark a following day. This year’s line-up of authors will embody MacArthur associate and sea scientist Carl Safina (Song for a Blue Ocean, A Sea in Flames) and best-selling account publisher Erik Larson (Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of a Lusitania). Aug 1-2. mvbookfestival.com

NECRONOMICON PROVIDENCE

One of Providence’s many important and surprising internal sons, H.P. Lovecraft was famous for his literary innovations in scholarship novella and fear writing. His change lives on in today’s sepulchral universe of suppositional fiction, as good as a movies, television, and video games that play with ideas of a supernatural. To symbol a 125th anniversary of Lovecraft’s birth, a four-day NecronomiCon will underline authors, artists, and scholars to honour a author and his “weird fiction.” Aug 20-23. necronomicon-providence.com

VISUAL ARTS

By Sebastian Smee

LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE IDEA OF BEAUTY










This guy’s flattering good. He certain could draw. Twenty-five of a strange Renaissance man’s drawings have been borrowed from Italian collections for this insinuate Museum of Fine Arts uncover featuring Codex on Flight, a frequency displayed instance of Leonardo’s fascinating explorations into scholarship (it includes a recently discovered, half-hidden self-portrait). Apr 15-June 14. 617-267-9300; mfa.org

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“An Old Man and a Youth Facing One Another,” Leonardo da Vinci.

HOKUSAI

The Museum of Fine Arts offers a retrospective of a biggest Japanese artist of a 19th century, and a initial one to grasp general fame. The muster will be drawn from a museum ‘s possess collection, one of a many sundry in a world. The uncover includes Hokusai’s many famous image, Under a Wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave) from his array of prints Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, and many depictions of Kabuki museum and a Yoshiwara pleasure district of Tokyo (then Edo), a supposed “Floating World.” Apr 5-9. 617-267-9300; mfa.org

JOAN JONAS: SELECTED FILMS AND VIDEOS 1972-2005

A pioneering video and opening artist, Joan Jonas has been comparison to paint a United States during this year’s Venice Biennale. The Jonas muster is being orderly by MIT’s List Visual Arts Center (Jonas is a highbrow emerita during MIT). Meantime, a List will benefaction an muster in Cambridge that facilities 7 of a artist’s seminal film and video works, contemplating a extent of her career. Definitely value catching. Apr 7-July 5. 617-253-4680; listart.mit.edu

A ceramic sculpture by Arlene Shechet.

ROZ CHAST: CARTOON MEMOIR

Roz Chast’s waggish and scathingly honest cartoons from The New Yorker are famous; her new animation discourse Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is a bestseller. The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge will benefaction a uncover focused on work from a discourse (a finalist for a 2014 National Book Award for nonfiction) though also cover associated work travelling a extent of her career. Jun 6-October 26. 413-298-4100; nrm.org

ARLENE SHECHET: ALL AT ONCE

Arlene Shechet creates extraordinary ceramics — large-scale and small, extravagantly colored, crusty and sensuous, and full of connectors to a tellurian body. Born in 1951 in New York City, she is a star of American contemporary art, and Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art is giving her her initial full-scale retrospective – more than 150 works done over 20 years. Don’t skip it. Jun 10-September 7. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org

DANCE

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Martha Graham Dance Company.

By Karen Campbell

JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL

Once summer hits, this internationally eminent Berkshire festival is a place to be for dance lovers. Highlights include: Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th anniversary engagement; Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company with a Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble; Michelle Dorrance’s The Blues Project; and debuts by Germany’s Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO, and Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project. Jun 20-August 30. 413-243-0745; jacobspillow.org

RUBBERBANDANCE GROUP

Former B-boy Victor Quijada’s choreography for this quirky, jaunty association from Montreal blends classical, contemporary, and civic dance styles with a acrobatic strength and coherence of a playground arts. World Music/CRASHarts presents a Boston premiere, during a Institute of Contemporary Art, of a company’s many new production, Empirical Quotient, exploring self-identity and relationships. Apr 10-11. 617-876-4275; worldmusic.org

BOSTON BALLET

Both of a company’s arriving programs are “don’t miss” for ballet fans. Edge of Vision features a Jorma Elo universe premiere and a returning charmer, Lila York’s generous Celts. Thrill of Contact pairs Balanchine and Robbins classics with an irritable William Forsythe ballet and a universe premiere by principal dancer Jeffrey Cirio. Both during a Boston Opera House. Apr 30-May 10, May 14-24. 617-695-6955; bostonballet.org

CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET

Acclaimed as one of a country’s many innovative troupes, a 16-member association brings provocative repertoire to Boston’s Citi Shubert Theatre — Crystal Pite’s Grace Engine, Alexander Ekman’s Tuplet, and Jo Stromgren’s witty Necessity, Again, set to content by Jacques Derrida and available songs by mythological French vocalist Charles Aznavour. May 15-17. 617-482-6661; celebrityseries.org

ON TAP — BEANTOWN TAPFEST FACULTY SHOWCASE

The prominence of Julia Boynton’s annual dance festival is this star-studded opening during Watertown’s Arsenal Center for a Arts featuring Michelle Dorrance, Ryan Casey, Josh Hilberman, Sean Fielder, Khalid Hill, Rocky Mendes, Aaron Tolson, Ian Berg, and more. Rhythm’s a thing. Aug 7. beantowntapfest.com

FILM

By Peter Keough

BELMONT WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

Undaunted by a shutting of their prior venue, a Belmont Studio Cinema, a organizers of a open eventuality have relocated it to a West Newton Cinema, where t hey continue to shade glorious unfamiliar films. Next adult is Henri Henri (2014), a comedy about a male who changes light bulbs (it’s Canadian). Apr 6. 617-484-3980; belmontworldfilm.org

THIRD ANNUAL MONADNOCK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

This Keene, New Hampshire, festival presents new indie and Hollywood features, that this year embody Ned Rifle by Hal Hartley and Little Boy, starring Emily Watson and Kevin James. Special guest to be announced, though it’s tough to suppose a improved jubilee than one with Hartley and Watson. Apr 16-18. moniff.org

COLLINSVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

Back in a day, when someone wanted a good ax, they’d buy one in Collinsville, Connecticut, once voted one of a “Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America” by Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine. The city now hosts a festival screening 20 indie facilities and shorts, including a opening night film, Andrea B. Scott’s Florence, Arizona, a documentary about a tiny city with 9 prisons, that is not cold during all. May 14-17. collinsvillefilmfestival.com

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Will Ferrell.

NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL

One of a few places in a United States where screenwriters get a honour they merit is during a Nantucket Film Festival, now in a 20th year. It offers book readings and storytelling by such actors as Will Ferrell and Fred Willard, a Screenwriters Tribute (last year it was Aaron Sorkin), a screenwriting competition, and some-more than 100 brilliantly combined new films. Plus, it’s on Nantucket. Jun 24-29. nantucketfilmfestival.org

RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 2015 Oscars are history, though a 2015 Providence festival will be screening some of a brief films it has automatic over a years that have won or were nominated for Academy Awards. It will also benefaction an glorious lineup of facilities in what is one of a biggest and many poignant film festivals in New England. (And don’t skip a walking debate on Aug 5.) Aug 4-9. 401-861-4445; film-festival.org

POP MUSIC

By Sarah Rodman

BOSTON CALLING

This biannual festival has spin a premier kickoff eventuality of a season. The fifth iteration of a City Hall Plaza unison facilities a glorious lineup of dual dozen artists — everybody from album-of-the-year Grammy leader Beck to buzzed-about hip-hop twin Run a Jewels to seminal choice rockers a Pixies and Americana heavenly Jason Isbell. May 22-24. 800-745-3000; spring.bostoncalling.com

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Beck.

SOLID SOUND

Founded by Chicago rockers Wilco during Mass MoCA in North Adams, this festival encompasses mixed genres of song and comedy. Among a pleasures on daub are John Hodgman’s Big Time Comedy Thing, King Sunny Ade His African Beats, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and, of course, your hosts Wilco. Jun 26-28. 888-512-7469; solidsoundfestival.com

NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL

More than 50 performances are jam-packed into this long-running jubilee of all that jazz during Fort Adams State Park. Vocalists, tiny combos, and large bands brew adult selected and contemporary sounds and left-field experimentation. Performers embody eminent trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, 20 Feet From Stardom’s Lisa Fischer, and a Christian McBride Trio. Jul 31-August 2. 800-745-3000; newportjazzfest.org

GATHERNG OF THE VIBES

For fans who like to settle into their summer unison knowledge and suffer one-stop shopping, this festival during Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut, offers weekend camping passes and a 32-flavors-style lineup with pop, rock, soul, jazz, folk, country, and jam bands, including Weezer, Gregg Allman, and Sharon Jones a Dap-Kings. Jul 30-August 2. gatheringofthevibes.com

GRAND POINT NORTH

Grace Potter and a Nocturnals are your residence rope for this weekend jubilee during Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vermont, now celebrating a fifth year. The lineup has nonetheless to be announced, though past performers like a Avett Brothers, Dr. John, and Taj Mahal make this festival a good bet. Sep 12-13. 888-512-7469; grandpointnorth.com

THEATER

By Don Aucoin

COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA

Acclaimed executive David Cromer combined ripples when he brought his re-imagined chronicle of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town to Boston 3 years ago, casting it mostly with internal actors during Huntington Theatre Company. Now Cromer earnings to helm Come Back, Little Sheba, William Inge’s dour 1950 play of marital disappointments prolonged buried and unexpected excavated, with a expel that again consists especially of Boston actors, including Marie Polizzano and a reliably glorious Adrianne Krstansky. Mar 27 by Apr 26. 617-266-0800; huntingtontheatre.org

SHINING CITY

Last summer, shortly before Benedict Cumberbatch vehement moviegoers with his description of British mechanism colonize and World War II formula breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, Mark H. Dold riveted theatergoers with his memorable opening as Turing in a prolongation of Breaking a Code. Memories of that description are adequate to smooth a ardour for Barrington Stage Company’s prolongation of Shining City, where Dold will play Ian, a uneasy therapist whose patient, a Dublin widower, insists he has seen a spook of his wife, recently killed in a automobile crash. Jun 18-July 11. 413-236-8888; barringtonstageco.org

OUT OF STERNO

Paula Plum, one of Boston’s tip actresses, switches to directing for this absurdist comedy, that doubles as a feminist story of self-discovery and personal awakening. Written by Deborah Zoe Laufer and put on by a Gloucester Stage Company, Out of Sterno marks a adventures of a lady named Dotty who ends adult operative during a hair salon owned by her husband’s mistress, where she tries on one persona after another in hopes of anticipating a genuine Dotty. Jun 25-July 18. 978-281-4433; gloucesterstage.com

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN

This Moon, partial of a Williamstown Theatre Festival, shapes adult as a must-see. It will paint a initial time six-time Tony Award leader Audra McDonald has achieved professionally in a Eugene O’Neill play, and there are few museum practice some-more rewarding than examination this sublimely means artist lift and afterwards transparent a bar. (Consider usually dual new examples: her Bess in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and her Billie Holiday in Lady Day during Emerson’s Bar Grill.) McDonald’s real-life husband, Will Swenson, will costar. Aug 5-23. 413-597-3400; wtfestival.org

KINKY BOOTS

An generous and intense low-pitched paper to individuality, Kinky Boots traces a partnership between Charlie, owners of a unsatisfactory British shoe factory, and Lola, a drag performer, who group adult to emanate fanciful shoes for a cross-dressing clientele. In her entrance as a Broadway composer, Cyndi Lauper became a initial womanlike songwriter ever to win a solo Tony Award for best strange score. With a book by Harvey Fierstein and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, this Broadway in Boston prolongation during a Boston Opera House promises to wear a heart on a sleeve and dizzyingly high heels on a feet. Aug 11-30. 800-982-2787; broadwayinboston.com

CLASSICAL MUSIC

by Jeremy Eichler

BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Once each other year, this high-energy eight-day festival creates Boston a general end of choice for early song fans, pressed to superfluous with opera, concerts opposite a city, workshops, an exhibition, and a lot more. This time around, BEMF is charity a singular possibility to knowledge all 3 of Monteverdi’s flourishing operas — Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Orfeo — staged in a singular week. Jun 7-14. 617-661-1812; bemf.org

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Rockport’s valuables box of a hall, a Shalin Liu Performance Center, overlooks Sandy Bay and is a poetic place to hear cover music. This summer’s lineup includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianists Emanuel Ax, Russell Sherman, Peter Serkin, and Marc-Andre Hamelin; and a Shanghai, Jupiter, and Escher fibre quartets. Jun 5-August 1. 978-546-7391; rockportmusic.org

TANGLEWOOD

This summer in a Berkshires, a Boston Symphony Orchestra’s propagandize for modernized low-pitched training, a Tanglewood Music Center, will spin 75, and a BSO is imprinting a arise with some-more than dual dozen new commissions and a opening of Mahler’s epic Eighth Symphony, with song executive Andris Nelsons heading a TMC Orchestra. Also on a agenda: a Pops plays Sondheim and, during a smaller Ozawa Hall, a lapse of a Mark Morris Dance Group and outspoken recitals by Audra McDonald, Matthias Goerne, and Bryn Terfel, among many others. Jun 19 –August 29. 617-266-1200; tanglewood.org

MARLBORO MUSIC

This storied Vermont cover song festival is destined these days by pianist Mitsuko Uchida and stays a desired end for achieved maestro players and a best of a younger generation, who come together to recharge and discipline in a bucolic sourroundings distant from a pressures of daily veteran life. Concert programs are announced usually a week in advance, though with players of this caliber, scheming their song in such an halcyon environment, it’s protected to usually collect a weekend and go. Jul 18-August 16. 215-569-4690; marlboromusic.org

BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Every year for dual weekends in August, Bard College in upstate New York hosts a festival exploring a song and feel of a singular composer, fixation his art during a core of a abounding web of informative and egghead connections. This summer, for a initial time in a festival’s quarter-century run, it will concentration on an artistic voice from Latin America: a critical 20th-century Mexican composer Carlos Chavez. Also demeanour for cover and orchestral concerts, row discussions, a film screening, and more. Aug 7-9 and 14-16. 845-758-7900; fishercenter.bard.edu/bmf

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