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Charles River Historic Walking Tour - Waltham, MA

Sep 3, 2017 - Sep 3, 2017 Landry Park, 154 Moody Street Waltham, MA
East Coast Greenway Alliance and its partners are hosting a historical walking tour about the industrial revolution, and wildlife of the Charles River. Includes a tour of Watch City Bike Lab. 
Time: Noon-1:30 pm
Admission: Free

Art Show

Codman Estate Fine Arts and Crafts Festival - Lincoln, MA

Sep 9, 2017 - Sep 9, 2017 Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road Lincoln, MA
This annual event features the work of more than one hundred local artisans: paintings, woodworking, food products, pottery, photography, jewelry, glass, clothing, metalwork, screenprinting, and more. Enjoy live entertainment, a food court, and first-floor tours of the Codman House museum.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $5
Telephone: 617-994-5914

Arts & Crafts Shows

Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show - Stockbridge, MA

Aug 19, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 Town Offices & Bidwell Park, 50 Main Street Stockbridge, MA
Eighty-one jury-selected artists and crafters will display their work ranging from paintings to ceramics, fiber ware to glass blowing. Email: info@stockbridgechamber.org
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free admission
Telephone: 413-298-5200

Bass River Arts and Craft Festival - Yarmouth, MA

Sep 2, 2017 - Sep 3, 2017 1153 Route 28 Yarmouth, MA
Over 75 Booths of arts, crafts, specialty foods and live music. Free admission. Rain or Shine. 
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free

Children & Families

"Peter Pan & Wendy" - Harwich, MA

Aug 11, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017 Cape Cod Theatre Company, 105 Division Street Harwich, MA
Find yourself in the magical world of Neverland as part of Cape Cod Theatre Company's telling of this timeless classic. "Peter Pan and Wendy" will family audiences on this adventure that brings out the kid in all of us.
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25l youth age 21 and younger, $15
Telephone: 508-432-2002

All Hands to Mischief! - Charlestown, MA

Sep 2, 2017 - Sep 4, 2017 USS Constitution Museum Building 22 Charlestown Navy Yard Charlestown, MA
Constitution is a busy ship, and work fills almost every minute of a sailor’s day. But, from time to time, the call of “all hands to mischief” meant that even sailors got some time off! Join the USS Constitution Museum and see how sailors spent their time between chores and battle in 1812. Write with a quill pen, play a board game, or get a nautical tattoo. Take a nap in one of the hammocks.
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day
Admission: Free

Comedy

An Evening with David Sedaris at Tanglewood - Lenox, MA

Aug 20, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, West Hawthorne Road Lenox, MA
Author and humorist David Sedaris will be celebrating his new book, “Theft by Finding.” David Sedaris is the author of “Barrel Fever” and “Holidays on Ice,” as well as collections of essays, “Naked,” and “Me Talk Pretty One Day.”
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $43 - $120

Cruises

Boat Tours to Bakers Island Lighthouse - Salem, MA

Jun 17, 2017 - Sep 4, 2017 Naumkeag departs from the Salem Ferry dock at 10 Blaney Street Salem, MA
Cruising aboard Essex Heritage’s boat Naumkeag is the only way to visit Bakers Island Light Station, off the coast of Salem. Specially themed boat trips include En Plein Air Painting days on June 25 and July 13; Wild Edibles on July 27; and lobster tours with trap demos on Thursdays. The trip to the light station is sure to be an adventure! Full trip is two and a half hours. No one under age 4 admitted. Buy tickets.
Time: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with departures at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Lobster Tours on Thursdays, 4:30 PM - 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $35; children age 4-12, $25
Telephone: 978-224-2036

Dance -- Participation

Tango in the Park - Boston, MA

Jul 15, 2017 - Sep 2, 2017 High Street / Rowes Wharf Plaza, across the street from Boston Harbor Hotel Boston, MA MA
Free tango instruction and dance have returned to The Greenway weekly on Saturdays, Swing by for an introductory tango lesson, a tango showcase, and a Milonga atmosphere to practice your moves. Every Saturday through August.
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Dinner Theater

The Beer Show - A Royal Mocktober-Feast! - Webster, MA

Aug 26, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017 Wintergarten at Kretschmann Brewing Co., 9 Frederick Street Webster, MA
The Beer Show is an interactive dinner theater and beer tasting experience. Set in 19th-century Germany, King Ludwig II wants to throw a party that is bigger and better than the annual party his grandfather King Ludwig I had created. Like his grandfather, he also wants the party to be his wedding .... but who will he marry? For guests age 21 and older. Advance tickets only.
Time: 7-9 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $45 includes comedy, music, games, a German banquet, a Kretschmann beer tasting, and a souvenir glass.
Telephone: 508-671-7711

Farms

Farm Tour with Meadow Hayride - Edgartown, MA

Aug 21, 2017 - Aug 21, 2017 Farm Institute, 12 Aero Avenue Edgartown, MA
Whether you’re a family with a few wee farmers or a farm-to-table enthusiast, stop by for a visit! Tour includes 30-minute walking tour around main campus and barns followed by a hayride to see the Katama plains from a whole new angle! Drop in, no need to register in advance! Family size of up to five. Hayride space is limited and is first come, first serve.
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Admission: $15 per family

Festivals

Revels RiverSing - Cambridge, MA

Sep 17, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017 In Harvard Square & along the Charles River Cambridge, MA
Join thousands of voices in song as Revels bids goodbye to summer. The celebration starts in Harvard Square’s Winthrop Park with “honk” bands, stilt walkers, giant butterflies, and a Brazilian marching band. Join a puppet-filled parade to the Charles.
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Historic

Tuesday Tea & Talks at Ventfort Hall - Lenox, MA

Jun 6, 2017 - Sep 5, 2017 Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street Lenox, MA
Sumptuous Victorian teas will be served at the conclusion of each talk.
August 1. Gary Helm Darden” “Keeping Up with the Vanderbilts”
August 8. Frances Morrone: “The Plaza: New York’s Legendary Hotel”
August 15. Margot MacIlwain Nishimura: “Rough Point: Doris Duke’s Newport Legacy”
August 22. Cornelia Brooke Gilder: “Friends and Fireworks: Edith Wharton Enters Berkshire Society”
August 29. Frank MacGruer: “Antique Furniture. Use, Care & Restoration”
September 5. Ulysses Grant Dietz: “Money, Taste and Jewelry in America’s Gilded Age”
Time: 4 p.m.
Admission: $26-$32
Telephone: 413-637-3206

Music, Books, Ghosts, Family Fun at the Mount - Lenox, MA

Aug 31, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017 The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street Lenox, MA
Experience the beauty of The Mount, Edith Wharton’s historic estate. Special events throughout the year. Admission is valid for 7 days, kids free every day.
Summer Lectures
Biographer Laura Claridge discusses “The Lady with the Borzoi: Blanche Knopf and her Unlikely Friendship with H. L. Mencken.” August 7-8.
Author Susan Quinn discusses “Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady.” August 14.
Biographer Mary Dearborn discusses “Ernest Hemingway: A Biography.” August 21-22.

Family Events
Books & Blooms. Children and families gather in the Italian Garden for story time and crafts on 10 a.m. August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Ghost Tour.
What will you discover on your tour of the most haunted parts of the estate? Not for children under 12. August 2, 9, 16, 23

Music After Hours (5-8 p.m.)
Andy Wrba and the Berkshire Jazz Collective on August 4, 11, 26
Struttin’ with the Wanda Houston Band on August 5
Jon Suters and friends on August 11 and 26.
Jason Ennis and Natalia Bernal on August 12.
The Benny Sharoni Quartet on August 18
Paul Green Quartet on August 19

Backstairs Tour Learn about the daily routines of the men and women who ran The Mount through this behind-the-scenes tour. August 6, 10:30 a.m. Repeats August 13, 20, 27

SculptureNow Guided Tour Two-hour artist-led guided tour of this year’s exhibition of large scale contemporary sculpture. August 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Lift Ev’ry Voice Sculpture and Art Walk Lift Ev’ry Voice takes you for a walk through a medley of music, dance and poetic responses to the grounds and sculpture on August 20.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Complete History of the Seabees (Abridged) - Charlestown, MA

Sep 9, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017 USS Constitution Museum Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22 Charlestown, MA
This one man show is an engaging narrative of the Seabee experience through time and stories of the men and women who answer the call to action in both war and in peace.
Time: daily, noon and 3 p.m.
Admission: Suggested donation is $5-$10 for adults, $3-$5 for children, $20-$25 for families.

Museums

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss - Springfield, MA

Jun 3, 2017 - Sep 4, 2017 Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA
This permanent, bilingual museum commemorates Ted Geisel, aka "Dr. Seuss." Visitors can explore sounds and vocabulary, play rhyming games, invent stories and much more. The second floor showcases Geisel's personal memorabilia" studio, drawings, bow ties.
Time: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; opens at 11 a.m. on Sundays
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors age 60 and older, $16.50; youth age 3-17, $13

Picasso: Encounters Exhibit - Williamstown, MA

Jun 4, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017 Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA
This exhibition addresses Picasso’s stylistic range, the narrative themes that drove his creative process, the collaboration in print production, and the muses that inspired him. Exhibit open through August 27, 2017.
Time: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.
Admission: Admission is $20; free for children 18 and younger, and students
Telephone: 413-458-2303

Music

Lowell Summer Music Series 2017 - Lowell, MA

Jun 10, 2017 - Sep 1, 2017 Boarding House Park, 40 French Street Lowell, MA
August 12. Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. $53-$60
August 18. Buddy Guy with Quinn Sullivan. $47-$50
August 19. David Grisman Sextet with Honeysuckle. $36-$40
August 20. Stephen Stills and Judy Collins with Bhi Bhiman. $54-$60
August 26. Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper. $29-$35
August 31. Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers. $40-$45
September 1. Rosanne Cash with Upstate Rubdown. $39-$45
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Bands on the Beach 2017 - Salisbury, MA

Jun 24, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017 North End Boulevard Salisbury, MA
Salisbury Beach offers free weekly concerts, fireworks, great food and family fun.
August 12. Aerochix - All Female Aerosmith
August 19. FreeVolt
August 26. Adam Ezra Ramble

Time: 7:30 p.m. except where noted

Summer Music Series at Maudslay Arts Center - Newburyport, MA

Jul 8, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017 Maudslay Arts Center, 95 Curzon Mill Road Newburyport, MA
August 12. Rebecca Parris. Admired by vocal icons Shirley Horn and Sarah Vaughan, Rebecca Parris conveys a song’s underlying emotion through masterful phrasing.
August 13. Liz Frame & the Kickers. Liz Frame was weaned on the music of her parents’ generation, absorbing the influence of Jimmie Rogers, The Weavers, B.B. King and Elvis Presley.
August 19. Jonathan Edwards. Jonathan Edwards delivers, night after night - songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor.
August 20. Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. A little bit Polish, a little Russian, the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra plays the music of the Eastern European Jews.
August 27. A Salute to Veterans with Don Campbell. Veterans and Gold Star Families are invited.
Time: Saturday shows at 7 p.m.; Sunday shows at 2 p.m.
Admission: $20-$30

Naumkeag at Night Summer Concerts 2017 - Stockbridge, MA

Aug 10, 2017 - Sep 7, 2017 Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road Stockbridge, MA
http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/berkshires/event-32937.html Join us for the perfect end to a Berkshires summer day with a variety of live music provided by some of the area's most popular bands, with cocktails and the glorious gardens of Naumkeag providing the perfect backdrop. Here's the summer line-up:
August 10. HBH Band featuring Wanda Houston
August 17. Easy Ridin' Papas
August 24. Jesse Lege
August 31. Jenny Parrot
September 7. Corn Potato String Band
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Admission: $10
Telephone: 413-298-3239

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival 2017 - Salem, MA

Aug 19, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 Salem Willows Park, 165 Fort Avenue Salem, MA
The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival recreates and renews the vibrant jazz scene that began at the Salem Willows in the 1920s. The festival builds on this jazz history by adding soul, blues and funk, featuring musicians from Boston's North Shore and beyond. Performers include Salem High School Jazz Band, Anibal Cruz, Reed Turchi, The B3 Kings, The A-Beez, North Shore Jazz Project All Stars, Parker Wheeler Allstars featuring Pete and Yamica Peterson, Lydia Harrell, Eric Reardon, BT/ALC Big Band. Schedule.
Time: Consult event website

Tom Rush - North Truro, MA

Aug 20, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
Tom Rush's humor, emotional music, and terrific storytelling have been on display for over 50 years, touching audiences from local clubs to Carnegie Hall.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $30-$50

Wood, Wire, And Wind - Gloucester, MA

Aug 20, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington Street Gloucester, MA
Andrew and Beverly Soll celebrate the Adams instruments at the Village Church. Andrew Soll will play both of the organs and Beverly will take on the harpsichord, demonstrating the singularity of these instruments with classical works of Bach, Mozart, Sweelinck, Hindemith, and Handel. Email: avc.music.program@gmail.com
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $15-$20
Telephone: 978-283-6416

Free Concert: Darling Valley - Williamstown, MA

Aug 20, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA
This is the last concert of Crystal Clear, an acoustic concert series at Thomas Schütte: Crystal, an installation on Stone Hill. Darling Valley's unique blend of folk and indie-rock has all four members of Darling Valley playing percussion, on different drums, at different times
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Admission: Free admission

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins at The Mahaiwe - Great Barrington, MA

Aug 21, 2017 - Aug 21, 2017 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Fifty years ago, songwriter Stephen Still met singer Judy Collins, and both artists shaped modern music. This joint summer tour marks the first time ever that Stills and Collins have been onstage together.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $45-$150

Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Aug 21, 2017 - Aug 21, 2017 Old Whaling Church, 89 Main Street Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, MA
New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band takes traditional brass band music and creates a gumbo of bebop, funk, R&B, and soul.
Time: TBA
Telephone: 508-627-4440

Black Violin - Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Aug 23, 2017 - Aug 23, 2017 Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center, 100 Edgartown Road Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Black Violin is two musicians who mix classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music, with help from a turntable wizard and a powerful drummer.
Time: TBA
Telephone: 508-693-1033

Symphony at the Seashore Presents “Sanctuary” - Eastham, MA

Aug 25, 2017 - Aug 25, 2017 Salt Pond Visitors Center, Route 6 Eastham, MA
Join the National Park Service and Cape Symphony for a multimedia performance featuring musicians and community choral groups. Through music, words, and images, celebrate the nature, history, and sense of community that makes the Outer Cape a sanctuary for all living things, including people. Featuring: The Rum Soaked Crooks Jessie Little Doe Baird Jonathan Perry A Cape Community Chorus.
Time: 6:30 p.m.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert - Lenox, MA

Aug 25, 2017 - Aug 25, 2017 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, West Hawthorne Road Lenox, MA
Relive the magic on the silver screen of Steven Spielberg's great family adventure, “E.T.” and John Williams's Academy Award-winning score performed by the Boston Pops.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $23 - $124

Valley Light Opera Performs Gilbert & Sullivan - Williamstown, MA

Aug 26, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017 Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA
The delightful music and lyrics of Gilbert & Sullivan have entertained audiences for generations. Of the 14 comic operas created by the duo between 1871 and 1896, many are still widely performed today, including “H.M.S. Pinafore”,” The Pirates of Penzance,” and “The Mikado.” Singers perform numbers from these operas and more complete with festive costumes.
Time: 7:30 -9 p.m.
Admission: $30
Telephone: 413-458-0524

Squirrel Nut Zippers - North Truro, MA

Aug 27, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
Known for their 90's MTV and radio hits "Hell" and "Put a Lid On It", North Carolina's Squirrel Nut Zippers play a electifying blend of of everything from big-band swing to jazz crooning to klezmer!
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $28, $38, $55

Sting -- 57th & 9th Tour at Tnaglewood - Lenox, MA

Aug 29, 2017 - Aug 29, 2017 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, West Hawthorne Road Lenox, MA
On the 57th & 9th Tour, Sting is joined by a 3-piece band including his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, plus Josh Freese (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar) with backing vocals from Diego Navaira & Jerry Fuentes of The Last Bandoleros and Joe Sumner.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $33 - $189

Diana Ross at Tanglewood - Lenox, MA

Aug 30, 2017 - Aug 30, 2017 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, West Hawthorne Road Lenox, MA
Diana Ross is one of the most prominent women in popular music history and pop culture of the late 20th century.
Time: Gates open 4 p.m.; music at 7 p.m.
Admission: $29 - $149

Avett Brothers at Tanglewood - Lenox, MA

Sep 1, 2017 - Sep 1, 2017 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, West Hawthorne Road Lenox, MA
American folk-rock band The Avett Brothers were inducted recently into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and continue to be revered for their authentic sound.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $35 - $89

Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia with the Boston Pops - Lenox, MA

Sep 2, 2017 - Sep 2, 2017 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, West Hawthorne Road Lenox, MA
The Who's Pete Townshend is transporting Classic Quadrophenia for a four performances featuring music legends Pete Townshend, Billy Idol, and acclaimed tenor Alfie Boe. The performance mixes The Who's album Quadrophenia with orchestral accompaniment by the Boston Pops.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $39 - $189

Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan - North Truro, MA

Sep 2, 2017 - Sep 2, 2017 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee, this soulful vocalist is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists,
Time: 8 p.m.

The Boston Pops with Melissa Etheridge at Tanglewood - Lenox, MA

Sep 3, 2017 - Sep 3, 2017 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, West Hawthorne Road Lenox, MA
Melissa Etheridge joins the Boston Pops in performing her mixture of personal lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and smoky vocals.
Time: Gates open at noon; music at 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $23 - $124

Jefferson Starship 2017 - North Truro, MA

Sep 7, 2017 - Sep 7, 2017 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
jefferson Starship is led by co-founder David Freiberg, a renowned singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist who shared co-billing with Paul Kantner and Grace Slick on the original Airplane.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $35-$75

The Concert That Never Was: An Evening with Barbra and Frank - Waltham, MA

Sep 17, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017 Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA
An incredible tribute to Barbra "Babs" Streisand and Frank "Ol' Blue Eyes" Sinatra Experience the magic of the Great American Songbook!
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: Tickets start at $32
Telephone: 781-891-5600

Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing - Charlestown, MA

Sep 17, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017 USS Constitution Museum Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22 Charlestown, MA
Participate in your Maritime Heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum. These monthly gatherings, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, are family friendly and open to anyone who would like to participate.
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Telephone: 617-426-1812

Chameleon Arts Ensemble Performs Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring - Boston, MA

Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017 First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street Boston, MA
Creating a language distinct from European traditions became a keen interest for Copland in the mid-1930s, and his use of the Shaker melody "Simple Gifts" paved the way for a generation. Also on the concert are songs by Charles Ives; John Harbison's North and South; Arthur Berger's Woodwind Quartet, and the Piano Quintet in f-sharp minor, Op. 67, by the pioneering Amy Beach.
Time: Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m.
Admission: $25-$47

Outdoor Activities

The Z -- Boston Zipline - Boston, MA

Jul 1, 2017 - Sep 4, 2017 Clinton Street across from the Armenian Heritage Park to North Street, across from the North End Parks Boston, MA
Spanning 220 feet, the zipline carries riders along The Greenway's Parcel 12. From the top of the 30-foot tower riders have a unique view of downtown Boston, the waterfront, and The Greenway! All riders must weigh between 45 and 250 pounds and must be at least 40 inches tall, and must be in good health. Greenway Map
Time: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: $8 for one rider and $15 for a pair

SOWA Walking Tour - Boston, MA

Aug 27, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017 Meet at Broadway MBTA Station, Broadway and Dorchester Avenue Boston, MA
This area of the South End (SOuth of WAshington Street) is experiencing yet another reboot. The neighborhood came into being in the 1830s and saw a massive transformation in the 1950s. This tour visits the new buildings of the Ink Block but also seek out some vestiges of the old neighborhood too. Email: info@bostonbyfoot.org
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
Admission: $15
Telephone: 617-367-2345

Parties, Dances, Balls

Summer Fridays at the Institute for Contemporary Art - Boston, MA

Aug 4, 2017 - Aug 25, 2017 Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Drive Boston, MA MA
Celebrate the season at the ICA every Friday in July and August with DJ nights, pop-up oysters, and First Fridays, all al fresco.
August 11. DJ Night: Devendra Banhart. Enjoy music and dance parties, vibrant art installations, and the perfect waterfront setting. 6:30-10 p.m.
August 18. Free Fun Friday. The ICA will open its doors at no cost to visitors all day long, with activities for all ages. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
August 18. DJ Night: Uproot Andy + TYGAPAW. Jamaican dance hall, Latin tropicalia, and Afro Caribbean electronic music, DJs Uproot Andy and TYGAPAW cross cultural boundaries with a night of music from the Caribbean. 6:30-10 p.m.
August 25. Culture Club. DJ sets by Dayglow + Dee Diggs Visual installations by Jesse Kaminsky, Kenji Nakayama + J.R. Uretsky. 6:30-10p.m.
Time: See description above

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Gutless and Grateful with Amy Oestreicher - Newburyport, MA

Aug 10, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017 Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square Newburyport, MA
Gutless & Grateful is the one-woman musical autobiography of Amy Oestreicher, taking the audience on a journey of hope, resilience and gratitude. An inspiring story of survival and determination, Gutless & Grateful is ideal for audiences of all ages.
Time: $13-$15

Brazen Belles Summer Striptacular - Cotuit, MA

Aug 10, 2017 - Sep 11, 2017 Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Route 28 Cotuit, MA
The Brazen Belles are one of New England’s premiere Burlesque troupes. These dangerous flirts, rowdy rabble-rousers, and saucy comediennes have been teasing their way throughout the country to sold out audiences since 2012. Winners of the Las Vegas Burlesque Festival in 2015, Dinner and show package with Villaggio Ristorante available.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $30, $28 for seniors/veterans

A Tribute to Black Orators: By Word and By Pen - Boston, MA

Aug 28, 2017 - Aug 28, 2017 David Walker & Maria Stewart House, 81 Joy Street Boston, MA
The program is a poetic and musical dedication to three literary giants: Maria Stewart (1803-1879), David Walker (c.1797-1830) and Samuel Allen (1917-2015). Maria Stewart was the first woman to speak to a mixed-gender audience in public. David Walker wrote “An Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World.” Both contributed to the African American literary canon. Poetry books of Samuel Allen (pen name Paul Vesey) include “Ivory Tusks” and “Paul Vesey's Ledger.”
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: $10

The Amazing Acro-cats in Arlington! - Arlington, MA

Sep 2, 2017 - Sep 4, 2017 Regent Theater, 7 Medford Street Arlington, MA
The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of performing house cats. Cats ride skateboards, jump through hoops, and leap into the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the record for the longest cat jump.
Time: Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 6 p.m.; Monday, 2 p.m.
Admission: $19-$39
Telephone: 781-646-4849

Science & Nature

Solar Eclipse Viewing with Boston children's Museum - Boston, MA

Aug 10, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017 Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street Boston, MA
Join us outside on the boardwalk as we celebrate the solar eclipse! Wear a pair of special eclipse-viewing glasses, and watch as the moon partially covers the sun. Special glasses provided by #popscope and the American Astronomical Society. this will happen weather permitting.
Time: 1:30 - 4 p.m.

Animals in Berkshire Botanical Garden - Stockbridge, MA

Aug 11, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017 Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA
August is all about animals in the Garden, with eight lectures and interactive workshops offered.
August 11 -- Birds of Prey. 10-11 a.m.
August 12-13 -- The Grow Show at The Garden. Noon-5 p.m.
August 12 -- Fairy Houses . 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
August 17 -- The Caterpillar Lab. 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
August 18 -- Spinning Angora Rabbit Wool. 10 a.m.-noon
August 19 -- Worm Houses. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
August 24 -- Wet Felting with Sheep Wool. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
August 25 -- The Fabulous Snakes of Berkshire County. 10-11 a.m.
August 26 -- Bee Houses. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Time: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $14; students, $12; free to children under age 12.
Telephone: 413-298-3926

Solar Eclipse Viewing - Worcester, MA

Aug 21, 2017 - Aug 21, 2017 Worcester Common Oval, 455 Main Street Worcester, MA
View this historic solar eclipse on the Oval. hosted by the City of Worcester, Brew on the Grid, The Grid, and DoorbelGet free eclipse glasses and nitro cold brew!
Time: 1:30-3 p.m.

Shopping & Sales

Brimfield Antique Flea Markets 2017 - Brimfield, MA

Jul 11, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017 Route 20 (use 35 Palmer Road for GPS) Brimfield, MA
Antique dealers and collectors travel from the United States and abroad attend the gigantic Brimfield Antique Flea Markets, one of the oldest and biggest outdoor antiques events in the country. The event is comprised of about 20 individually owned show fields. Many of the events are free to attend. Several ATMs are available. Many dealers accept checks and some also take credit cards. Dates: July 11-16 and September 5-10.
Time: times vary by show field; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. is a good rule of thumb
Admission: Free

Theater

Edward Albee's “At Home at the Zoo (Zoo story)” - Stockbridge, MA

Jul 22, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017 The Unicorn Stage, 6 East Street Stockbridge, MA
While sitting on a park bench, Peter encounters forlorn and forsaken stranger, Jerry, played by Joey Collins. This stranger, who appears desperate for human contact and connection, forces Peter to listen his stories, as he digs deep into Peter’s life, and his own.
Curtain times vary; see “Dates and times” on website. A barbecue dinner happens before the August 17 performance. 6 p.m. $50. Proceeds benefit BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group's year-round education program.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website. Previews: July 19-21; opening night, July 22 at 8 p.m.
Admission: $52

“A Legendary Romance” - Williamstown, MA

Aug 3, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main Street Williamstown, MA
Decades ago, Joseph Lindy was on top of the world, making movie after movie with his leading lady, Billie Hathaway. Half a lifetime later, he must approve for release a version of his abandoned, cinematic masterpiece, an autobiographical film now altered beyond recognition. Schedule and tickets.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 413-458-3253

“Actually” - Williamstown, MA

Aug 9, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main Street Williamstown, MA
TWO freshmen at Princeton University find their moral mettle being put to the test. \ Schedule and tickets.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website

"Company" - Pittsfield, MA

Aug 10, 2017 - Sep 2, 2017 Barrington Stage, 30 Union Street Pittsfield, MA
Winner of 7 Tony Awards, Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical is a wildly funny look at relationships. Over a series of dinner parties, dates and conversations with his friends, the perennially single Bobby attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage and the meaning of the word “commitment.” Performance schedule.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 413 236-8888

“SeaWife” - Nantucket, MA

Aug 18, 2017 - Sep 1, 2017 White Heron Theatre Company, 5 North Water Street Nantucket, MA
A musical tale of monumental scope inspired by the stories of sailors and captains who sailed the whaling ships of old Nantucket. Percy—a sailor with most natural talent - rises to become the whaling era’s greatest hero. A treat for the whole family. Dates: August 23-25, 30, 31, September 1.
Time: 7:30 p.m.

“Murder For Two” - Dennis, MA

Aug 22, 2017 - Sep 2, 2017 The Cape Playhouse, 820 Main Street / Route 6A Dennis, MA
Two performers play 13 roles—andthe piano—in a witty and tongue-in-cheek homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $20-$66
Telephone: 508-385-3811

“Constellations” - Nantucket, MA

Sep 7, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017 White Heron Theatre Company, 5 North Water Street Nantucket, MA
Could one word alter the course of your life? Audiences see a couple's relationship unfold across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on anew trajectory. Science and romance collide in this unusual love story.
Time: Thursdays through Sundays, 7:30 p.m.