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Cape Cod Maritime Days 2015 - Many towns on Cape Cod, MA

May 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015 Many towns on Cape Cod, MA
The month-long event will include a variety of Cape-wide maritime-themed activities, including guided kayak excursions, lighthouse & walking tours, nautical art exhibits, and more. See website for full schedule of events. Here is a sample from the list:
Guided Kayak Excursions (May 1-June 6), Paws at the Beach Pet Party (May 9), Tours at Nauset Lighthouse (May 10- October 25), HyArts Shanties on Hyannis Harbor (May 15-September 27), Toast of Harwich (May 15) Maritime Yard Sale and Flea Market (May 15- 16), Tours of Highland Lighthouse (May 16-October 12), Osterville’s Nautical Hunt Shopping Weekend (May 29-30) Wellfleet Harborfest 2015 (May 30), Cape Cod Maritime History Symposium (June 6).
Time: Consult event website


Art and Architecture Tours of the Boston Athenaeum - Boston, MA

May 2, 2015 - May 9, 2015 Boston Athenaem, 10½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA
These docent-led, hour-long tours focus on the architectural history of the Athenaeum’s current and fifth home, and on the institution’s fine arts collection. The Athenaeum’s collection of fine art is one of the most significant to have been formed in the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century, and many paintings and sculpture from it are on view throughout the building. Reservations required. Tours are limited in size, so book early. This is an event of ArtWeekBoston
Time: May 2 and May 9 from 2 to 3 p.m.; May 5 and May 7 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Telephone: 617-227-0270

Arts & Crafts Shows

OnTrend Spring Craft Fair - Hadley, MA

May 16, 2015 - May 16, 2015 Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell Street Hadley, MA
Fifty of the area’s most talented independent craft makers will be at the Hadley Farms Meeting House on Route 9 in Hadley selling their unique handmade wares. Shoppers will find letterpress prints and cards, candles, knit goods, handmade soaps, wood crafts, jewelry, home goods, and more.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free

Paradise City Fine Art Fair Northampton Spring 2015 - Northampton, MA

May 23, 2015 - May 25, 2015 Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair Street Northampton, MA
Spend Memorial Day weekend at the award-winning Paradise City Arts Festival. This is truly one of the most spectacular fairs of fine craft, painting and sculpture in the country.
Time: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free parking
Admission: Adults, $13; seniors over age 64, $11; students, $8; children under 12, free; three-day pass, $16

Children & Families

Big Apple Circus in Boston - Boston, MA

Mar 25, 2015 - May 10, 2015 City Hall Plaza Boston, MA
The Big Apple Circus’s new show, Metamorphosis, is a dream of enchantment and illusion. Come enjoy the Flying Trapeze, the Rolla-Bolla, the dynamo of the Diablo, the risky rhythms of the Risley team, the conjurors of the Quick-Change, and the incredible Contortionists. Also: clowns and camels, horses, playful pooches and more. No one sits more than 50 feet from ringside. The show runs 2 hours with intermission. Dates: March 25-29; April 1-5, 7-12, 15-19, 21-26; 29-30; May 1-2, 6-10. Schedule and tickets.
Time: Consult event website

Hearth Cooking and Time Telling through History on April School Vacation Week - Deerfield, MA

Apr 20, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015 Historic Deerfield Deerfield, MA
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: What's for Dinner? -- When did dinner become lunch? What happened to supper? Come and visit open-hearth cooks to find the answers. Hearth cooks will be preparing simple dinners in the kitchen of the Hall Tavern. Hall Tavern Kitchen, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
It's About Time... -- Learn about how people kept track of time in the past. Discover the many ways of marking time, read entries from daily journals, and make your own working sundial. Take a tour around the village to count all the clocks. Non to 4:30 p.m.
Time: See description above
Admission: Adults, $14; youth age 6-17, $5

KidsArtsFest - Haverhill, MA

May 2, 2015 - May 2, 2015 Riverfront Cultural District in Downtown Haverhill, Washington Street, Haverhill, MA
This event will span the broad scope of arts disciplines, offering theater performances, live bands, the annual Haverhill Idol singing competition, cultural dance performances and workshops, martial arts demonstrations, and in interactive improv comedy show! Local businesses and non-profit organizations will line the streets, offering many free crafts and activities including face painting, sand art, an expressive art activity, robotics, interactive poetry board, and so much more. Rain date is May 9. This is an event of ArtWeekBoston
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales - Amherst, MA

May 2, 2015 - May 2, 2015 200 Commonwealth Avenue Amherst, MA
Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they bring the timeless fairy tale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life in a live theatrical experience that is pure magic.
Time: 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $67, $32, $27, $17
Telephone: 413-545-3373

Salamander Celebration at Garden in the Woods - Framingham, MA

May 3, 2015 - May 3, 2015 New England Wild Flower Society, Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road Framingham, MA
Learn about the several special kinds of salamander that live at Garden in the Woods. You will walk to a vernal pool to look for salamanders and their eggs, then make a salamander craft and an origami jumping frog to take home. For children with adult companions. Pre-registration and payment is required for each adult and child. This class has been rescheduled from March 22.
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Admission: $14
Telephone: 508-877-7630


"Old Jews Telling Jokes" - Arlington, MA

Apr 15, 2015 - May 17, 2015 The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street Arlington, MA
The off-Broadway hit show "Old Jews Telling Jokes"comes to Boston for a five week run. The show is sure to make audiences laugh 'til they plotz. 
Time: Wednesday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: $45, $55, or $65
Telephone: 781-646-4849

Comedy Variety Night - Framingham, MA

May 6, 2015 - May 6, 2015 Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA
This is an evening of PG-14 comedy, music, magic and more! This monthly show is hosted by Joey Friedman, the only dyslexic MIT graduate software engineer married to a women’s chess champion performing stand-up comedy today. Friedman will give a pre-show talk about doing stand-up comedy. This is an event of ArtWeekBoston
Time: 7- 10 p.m.
Admission: $3


Juerga Flamenca - Cambridge, MA

May 1, 2015 - May 1, 2015 The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA
Spanish music and flamenco have taken Boston by storm. El Arte Flamenco will present a Juerga Flamenca and offer free Flamenco lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. This event is an opportunity for Boston’s flamenco community dance, sing, play, and show what they have learned along with the area’s participating artists and teachers. Bocaditos (snacks) will be available. This is an event of ArtWeekBoston
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Admission: $10 for participants; $15 for the audience.


Draft Horse Plow Day and Vintage Base Ball Opening Day - Newbury, MA

May 31, 2015 - May 31, 2015 Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane Newbury, MA
Teams of draft horses and mules do plowing demonstrations as part of annual event to open another season of 1860s baseball. Learn how horses are harnessed, hitched, and cared for. Watch the sheep shearing, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, farm animals, blacksmithing demonstrations, children’s crafts, and games. Listen to traditional New England music or watch teams play baseball using 1860s rules.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


Wellfleet Blossoms Exhibition of Emerging Artists - Wellfleet, MA

Apr 18, 2015 - May 2, 2015 Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street Wellfleet, MA
This exhibit celebrates the work of more than 50 Cape Cod emerging artists in painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics and more. This year the exhibit inlcues the tasty creations of Wellfleet's emerging culinary artists with artisan chocolates, tarts, confections, and vegan treats. Reception on Sunday April 19. 1-4 p.m.: Meet the artists and sample mouth-watering artisan chocolate, tasty tarts, and vegan confections.
Time: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


Brewster in Bloom 2015 - Brewster, MA

May 1, 2015 - May 3, 2015 Brewster, MA
Brewster in Bloom weekend kicks off with the Brewster Band in concert at the Brewster Baptist Church. Throughout the weekend you can enjoy an arts fair, chowder festival, road race, dinner dance, antiques and collectibles fair, and tours of Brewster’s historic homes. Don’t miss Sunday’s grand parade down Brewster's Main Street. See event website for detailed schedule.
Events include the Captains Golf Course Closest to the Pin Contest each morning of the fest; the self-guided Antiques & Arts Excursion of local galleries each day; the Brewster Band Concert at 7 p.m. on Friday at Brewster Baptist Church; the Kid Fest At Drummer Boy Park on Saturday; a juried Fine Arts & Crafts Show at Cape Cod Sea Camps on Saturday and Sunday; the Brewster Bloomin’ Parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday; and the Historic Inns of Brewster Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Time: Consult event website

National Public Gardens Day at Heritage Museums & Gardens - Sandwich, MA

May 8, 2015 - May 8, 2015 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA
Meet the people and plants that make Heritage one of New England’s top public gardens as part of this celebration with the American Public Gardens Association. Staff Favorites are the Windmill Garden Tour (11-11:30 a.m.); the Noble Tree Tour, (noon-12:30 p.m.); and the Garden Highlights Walking Tours (1-1:45 and 2-2:45 p.m.). Sandwich residents are admitted free today with proof of residence. Email:
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $18; youth ages 3- 11, $8; under 2, free.
Telephone: 508-888-3300

Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA

May 10, 2015 - May 10, 2015 The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway Boston, MA
Of the thousands of flowering plants in Arnold Arboretum, only the lilac is singled out each year for a daylong celebration. The Arboretum holds one of the premier lilac collections in North America. Tours of the lilacs and other special collections, family activities, and food vendors make for a memorable day.
Time: Open from dawn to dusk. Activities on Lilac Sunday will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Birdhouse & Garden Auction - Wellfleet, MA

May 23, 2015 - May 23, 2015 Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street Wellfleet, MA
Birdhouses and works of art, silent and live auctions, hors d’oeurves, cash bar, live music.
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Admission: Free admission


Omni Parker House Literary Tour - Boston, MA

May 5, 2015 - May 5, 2015 Omni Parker House, 60 School Street Boston, MA
Where Did Charles Dickens practice his reading of “A Christmas Carol” before speaking in front of an American audience? Where did the Transcendentalists hang out? Historian Susan Wilson is back by popular demand to uncover the rich literary history of the Omni Parker House! ArtWeek participants will be given a private talk and tour of the hotel, retracing the steps of renowned writers of the Golden Age of American Literature. See: Limited to the first 15 registrants. This is an event of ArtWeekBoston
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Opening Day and Open house at the Benjamin Nye Museum - East Sandwich, MA

Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015 85 Old County Road East Sandwich, MA
Visitors will be guided through seven rooms of the Homestead by docents. There are interesting antiques and exhibits reflecting life from the colonial era through the 19th century. There is a marine room, and exhibit pertaining to neighborhood life and archaeology.
Time: Noon o 4:30
Admission: Free
Telephone: 508-888-4213

Home & Studio Tours

Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour - Gloucester and Rockport, MA

Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015 Gloucester and Rockport, MA
This self-guided tour along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport presents a unique opportunity to meet 26 professional artists in 23 studios and see their work in the setting in which it was created. The work represented includes: pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mosaics, fiber art and jewelry. Several of the artists will be demonstrating their working process during the tours. Brochures with route maps will be available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Rte. 127, and at each studio. A bright magenta Studio Tour banner will mark each location. Brochure with tour map.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


J.C. Leyendecker and The Saturday Evening Post - Stockbridge, MA

Mar 24, 2015 - May 16, 2015 Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA
Admired by Norman Rockwell as a master in the field, Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874 –1951) was one of the preeminent American illustrators of the early 20th century. Often remembered for his beautifully conceived advertisements, particularly The Arrow Collar Man, he also created 322 covers for The Saturday Evening Post. This special exhibition features each of J.C. Leyendecker’s legendary Post cover tearsheets. Exhibit open through June 14, 2015.
Time: Weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $17.50; seniors 65 and older, $16; college students, $10; children age 6-18, $5
Telephone: 413-298-4100

Art in Bloom - Boston MA, MA

Apr 25, 2015 - Apr 27, 2015 Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue Boston MA, MA
Garden clubs and designers create floral arrangements inspired by the Museum of Fine Arts’s works of art. The event includes displays, tours of the galleries, continuous demonstrations of flower arranging, and outdoor walking tours of neighboring buildings and gardens. No reservations are required to see the floral arrangements and participate in Art in Bloom programs.
Time: 10 am–4:45 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors over age 64 and students over age 18, , $23; youth age 7 to 17, $10
Telephone: 617-267-9300


Reagle Presents Guy & Ralna of "The Lawrence Welk Show' - Waltham, MA

Apr 26, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA
This dynamic duo, and the most popular singing couple on national television’s “The Lawrence Welk Show,” will perform selections from the Great American Songbook and favorites from the ‘30s and ‘40s. The music will include a little pop, country, and gospel, plus a few of their most-popular songs.  
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Admission: $35-$63; discounts for seniors and students
Telephone: 781-891-5600

The Imagine Orchestra: A Musical Premiere In A Storied Place - Boston, MA

Apr 26, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015 Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill Boston, MA
WGBH's popular jazz radio host Eric Jackson, of Eric in the Evening fame, introduces the new chamber jazz orchestra for its public debut performance. Dr. Bill Banfield -- chairman of Berklee College of Music's Africana Studies, Music and Society Department -- also serves as conductor and composer. This concert showcases Roxbury's musical heritage and the history of Boston's black community in the nation's oldest African Meeting House.
Time: 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors and students, $3; children age 12 and younger, free.
Telephone: 617-725-0022

Brentano Quartet - Worcester, MA

May 1, 2015 - May 1, 2015 Brooks Hall, Holy Cross University, 1 College Street Worcester, MA
Named Quartet in Resident at Yale School of Music beginning in fall 2014, the Brentano Quartet has also recently achieved fame for providing the soundtrack to the film "A Late Quartet."  Known particularly for the intensity of its music-making, it has received many awards since starting out in 1992.
Time: 8 p.m,.
Admission: Adults, $45; students, $15; youth under age 18, $5
Telephone: 508-754-3231

Musical Hues - Cambridge, MA

May 1, 2015 - May 1, 2015 Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue Cambridge, MA
The Dudley World Music Ensemble has a distinctly international focus. Enjoy live music drawn from cultures around the world while exploring the Peabody Museum’s galleries. Wander freely or let the ensemble’s music spark your imagination and inspire you to draw what you hear. Art supplies will be available. All ages welcome. Free with museum admission. This is an event of ArtWeekBoston
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; senior citizens, $10; students, $10; children age 3-18, $8

The Wailin' Jennys with the Stray Birds - Boston, MA

May 3, 2015 - May 3, 2015 Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
The Wailin' Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $75

The Wailin' Jennys with The Stray Birds - Boston, MA

May 3, 2015 - May 3, 2015 Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
Starting as a happy accident of solo singer-songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba; The Wailin' Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $75

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo - New Bedford, MA

May 5, 2015 - May 5, 2015 The Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA
Singer Pat Benatar and guitarist Neil "Spyder" Giraldo bring hot rock and roll sound to this 35th anniversary since their first collaboration on "In The Heat of the Night." The duo has sold 26 million albums and earned four Grammy Awards and three American Music Awards.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $49/$59/$69
Telephone: 508-994-2900

Opening Night at the Boston Pops - Boston, MA

May 6, 2015 - May 6, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
Join the festivities at Opening Night of the spring season of the Boston Pops. Singer Bernadette Peters will join this celebration of Keith Lockhart's 20th year as conductor. The Pops will re-create highlights of the last two decades and perform new music! Doors open at 7 p.m. for a pre-concert reception.
Splurge on a romantic getaway in Boston to enjoy the glamorous opening night of the Boston Pops new season.
Time: 8 p.m.
Telephone: 617-266-1492

By Popular Demand with the Boston Pops - Boston, MA

May 7, 2015 - Jun 5, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
Guests help choose the music in this interactive experience. The Boston Pops will play selections that the audience chooses from web-enabled devices, live at the concert! Choose classical, film music, Broadway, and rock from the orchestra repertoire of the last two decades. Bring your smartphone or tablet! Dates: May 7, 26, 29, and June 5 at 8 p.m.; May 16, Kids Choice program at 3 p.m.
Time: See description above
Telephone: 617-266-1492

Singin' in the Rain: Film with Orchestra - Boston, MA

May 8, 2015 - May 8, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
The movie “Singin' in the Rain´ comes to life with live orchestral accompaniment and on-screen performances by Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Dates: May 8 at 8 p.m.; May 9 at 3 and 8 p.m.
Time: 8 p.m.
Telephone: 617-266-1492

Meet Boston Pops Musicians and Attend a Show - Boston, MA

May 8, 2015 - May 8, 2015 Reception at Audio Concepts, 870 Commonwealth Avenue, and Boston Pops Concert at Symphony Hall Boston, MA
Enjoy a hors d’oeuvres reception featuring several Boston Pops musicians with their instruments at the hip showroom of Audio Concepts on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. A complimentary shuttle will take you there and back to Symphony Hall where you will attend the 8 p.m. Boston Pops performance Singin’ in the Rain conducted by Keith Lockhart featuring this iconic film shown in its entirety on a giant screen above the stage while the Boston Pops play the enchanting film score. This is an event of ArtWeekBoston
Time: 5:30- 10 p.m.
Admission: $50

The Pops Plays The Beatles - Boston, MA

May 13, 2015 - May 14, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
As one of the most successful musical collaborations in history, The Fab Four’s influence still reverberates throughout the music world. Come hear the music of The Beatles in symphonic treatments.
Find family friendly lodgings in Boston and bring the kids for an immersion in Beatles classics.
Time: 8 p.m. both nights
Telephone: 617-266-1492

Edwin Mccain - Rockport, MA

May 15, 2015 - May 15, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
Known for his earnest, heart-on sleeve balladry, folk pop songwriter Edwin McCain has enjoyed a lengthy career since the mid 90’s, mostly due to the success of his smash hit single “I’ll Be” and a relentless touring schedule.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $25-$39
Telephone: 978-546-7391

The Kingston Trio - Pittsfield, MA

May 15, 2015 - May 15, 2015 The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
The Kingston Trio emerged from San Francisco 50 years ago to bring the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream for the first time. The Trio is still on the road thirty weeks each year, bringing back all the great memories and making new ones.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $55, $45, $25
Telephone: 413-997-4444

Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal and Zev Katz - Great Barrington, MA

May 17, 2015 - May 17, 2015 The Mahaiwe, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Country pop singer-songwriter to perform songs from her new album, The River and The Thread
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $29-$79
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play - Worcester, MA

May 17, 2015 - May 17, 2015 Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street Worcester, MA
A remarkable mix of folk, blues, and jazz, Triple Play is led by the late Dave Brubeck’s son Chris, himself an acclaimed composer, trombonist, and pianist. Peter Madcat Ruth, Joel Brown, and Chris Brubeck
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $49; students, $15; youth below age 18, $5
Telephone: 508-754-3231

Mad Men with the Midtown Men - Boston, MA

May 19, 2015 - May 21, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
Joining the Pops are The Midtown Men, four reunited stars from the original cast of Broadway's “Jersey Boys.” Guests will hear the elegance of Mancini's "Moon River," the infectious rhythms of the Four Seasons, and much more. Dates: May 19-21.
Time: 8 p.m. all nights
Telephone: 617-266-1492

Film Night with John Williams - Boston, MA

May 22, 2015 - May 23, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
John Williams returns for this signature concert. The brilliant composer and conductor brings you a night of some of the most memorable movie music of all time.
Time: 8 p.m. both nights
Telephone: 617-266-1492

A Celtic Sojourn at Pops Curated by Brian O'Donovan - Boston, MA

May 27, 2015 - May 28, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
The Pops celebrates Boston's vibrant Celtic cultural heritage with music from around the world including selections from the Boston Pops's “The Celtic Album." Brian O'Donovan, host of WGBH's A Celtic Sojourn, guides a journey through the remarkable breadth of Celtic music.
Time: 8 p.m.
Telephone: 617-266-1492

America - Pittsfield, MA

May 28, 2015 - May 28, 2015 The Colonial Theatre. 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
In the late 1960s, America harmonized its way to the top of the charts on the strength of its signature song, "A Horse With No Name.” An impressive string of hits followed. Four decades later, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $125, $95, $50
Telephone: 413-997-4444

Black Violin - New Bedford, MA

May 29, 2015 - May 29, 2015 The Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA
Kev Marcus and Wil B are classically trained musicians who fuse hip hop, R&B, soul, rock and classical into one groundbreaking combination of sound that is sure to raise the roof! They have performed on Broadway and shared concert stages with some of the biggest names in music. Joining the duo is DJ TK, Beatdown on Drums and Joe Cello on Cello. Black Violin will enthrall lovers of Bach and Beyonce.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $20/$25/$29
Telephone: 508-994-2900

Countryfest Nashoba Valley 2015 - Westford, MA

May 29, 2015 - May 31, 2015 Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Power Road Westford, MA
New England brings you 3 days of live country music and line dancing. Live music by Darren Bessette, Dusty Gray Band, Walkin The Line, 36 Red, Boys of Rockingham, Brandon LePere, and Ben Cesare. Line dancing by Michelle Jackson Barbecue vendors will be serving up their specialties (a la carte pricing). Enjoy a beer and wine garden, mechanical bull riding competition, Kiddieland, hot dog eating competition, and more!
Time: All day

Audra McDonald - Boston, MA

Jun 2, 2015 - Jun 2, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
A modern Broadway legend, Audra McDonald is the first person to win Tony awards in all four acting categories, and also the most decorated actor in Broadway history with six awards. Join the Pops for a thrilling evening of music.
Time: 8 p.m.
Telephone: 617-266-1492

Dark Star Orchestra - New Bedford, MA

Jun 3, 2015 - Jun 3, 2015 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA
The Z invites you on a long, strange trip with the critically-acclaimed Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra. At each concert, the band performs a specific show from the original Grateful Dead live catalogue. They present the complete original set, in order, with uncanny and faithful interpretation.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $29 - $40
Telephone: 508-994-2900

Gospel Night with the Boston Pops - Boston, MA

Jun 6, 2015 - Jun 6, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
With gospel legend The Blind Boys of Alabama, the Boston Pops and the Boston Pops Gospel Choir will raise the roof of Symphony Hall for this annual tradition. "It's impossible to depart from a Blind Boys' evening of high-spirited testifying without feeling exhilarated and grateful,"says Variety.
Time: 8 p.m.
Telephone: 617-266-1492

Simply Sondheim with the Boston Pops - Boston, MA

Jun 10, 2015 - Jun 11, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
America's Orchestra will honor America's greatest living musical theater composer with an all-new tribute celebrating his remarkable body of work, from “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” through “Follies,” Sweeney Todd,” and “Into the Woods.”
Time: 8 p.m. both nights
Telephone: 617-266-1492

Cirque de la Symphonie - Boston, MA

Jun 12, 2015 - Jun 13, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
The Boston Pops brings back Cirque de la Symphonie's magical fusion of circus with live orchestral music. Aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen are among the talented artists who will take the stage as the Boston Pops performs its own spectacular musical feats.
Time: June 12 and 13 at 8 p.m.; June 13 at 3 p.m.
Telephone: 617-266-1492

Revels Fringe with Sam Amidon and Maeve Gilchrist - Somerville, MA

Jun 14, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015 Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave #1A Somerville, MA
Revels Fringe is an exciting new program exploring the unpredictable edge of the folk process. Revels will introduce you to artists who are expanding the boundaries of traditional in a variety of emerging styles.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: General admission, $35; age 35 and younger, $20

Los Lobos - North Truro, MA

Jun 21, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
Since 1974, East L.A.'s Los Lobos have been exploring the artistic and commercial possibilities of American biculturalism, moving back and forth between their Chicano roots and their love of American rock & roll.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $95, $74, $60, $45
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Marcia Ball - North Truro, MA

Jul 11, 2015 - Jul 11, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
Singer/pianist Marcia Ball and her band know how to raise roofs and tear down walls with an infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads.
Time: 9 p.m.
Admission: $40-$75
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Hot Tuna - North Truro, MA

Jul 12, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
Payomet is proud to present an acoustic evening with Hot Tuna. Rock N Roll Hall of Fame alumnus, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have been performing together for the past 50 years. Originating from Jefferson Airplane, the duo formed the iconic blues-roots band Hot Tuna.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $35-$80

Dave Mason's Traffic Jam - Truro, MA

Jul 19, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road Truro, MA
Songwriter and guitarist Dave Mason has been making music since the age of 18 when he teamed up with fellow England native Steve Winwood to form the iconic rock band, Traffic. Since then Dave has penned dozens of hits, and has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite. Traffic Jam is one show you should not miss.
Time: 8 p.m.

Rhiannon Giddens - Provincetown, MA

Jul 20, 2015 - Jul 20, 2015 Provincetown Town Hall Provincetown, MA
Rhiannon Giddens is founding member of the supergroup The New Basement Tapes and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She met her original band mates at the Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, NC, in 2005 and got schooled in the Piedmont’s traditional music by Joe Thompson, an elderly African-American fiddle player. Recasting traditional material has been central to Rhiannon Giddens’s career. ,
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Jefferson Starship - North Truro, MA

Jul 23, 2015 - Jul 23, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
Jefferson Starship is led by two members of the original Jefferson Airplane - Paul Kantner who co-founded Jefferson Airplane in, and David Freiberg, who shared billing with Kantner and Grace Slick on the original Airplane. This may be as close as we get to Woodstock this. Get your tickets in advance, we expect this show to sell out.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $40-$75
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Judy Collins - Truro, MA

Jul 27, 2015 - Jul 27, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road Truro, MA
Few singers have the staying power of folk icon, Grammy award winner and legend Judy Collins. For nearly 45 illustrious years, her tunes and lyrics have inspired a generation. With guest opener Ari Hest.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $50-$100
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes - Truro, MA

Aug 1, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road Truro, MA
With their classic blend of hard-core R&B and street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn section, Johnny and his Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $35-$55
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Outdoor Activities

Bartholomew's Cobble Tour with New England Wild Flower Society - Sheffield, MA

May 2, 2015 - May 2, 2015 Bartholomew's Cobble meeting location TBA Sheffield, MA
Created by geologic upheavals when the Taconic and Berkshire mountain ranges were formed, Bartholomew's Cobble supports 800 species of plants, including rare ferns and wildflowers. Join New England Wildflower Society to explore the diversity of plant life and enjoy the great views at this designated National Natural Landmark. Bring a bag lunch. Registration is available online and advance registration is required for all fee-based programs. Meeting locations are forwarded to participants upon registration, or just before the event takes place. No walk-in registrations.
Time: 10AM-2PM
Admission: $46
Telephone: 508-877-7630

Wachusett Mountain State Reservation presented by New England Wild Flower Society - Princeton, MA

May 17, 2015 - May 17, 2015 Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, 345 Mountain Road Princeton, MA
Join New England Wildflower Society  on a spring hike to the summit of Mount Wachusett. The mountain rises more than 2,000 feet above the surrounding forest. Hikers will explore the old-growth forest along the Semuhenna Trail ravine, a perched bog just south of the mountain’s summit, and rich mesic slopes along the Jack Frost Trail. The trails are fairly steep. Bring a bag lunch and water.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: $44
Telephone: 508-877-7630

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Wearable Art Extravaganza II Featuring The Four Elements - Lowell, MA

May 1, 2015 - May 2, 2015 The Onyx Room at Western Avenue Artist Studios, 122 Western Avenue Studio Lowell, MA
This is a revue of performance and visual art that reflects the artists’ interpretations of the four elements of nature. The artists and drag queens are ready to dazzle guests with costumes, song and dance. The event raises money for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Cash bar and light refreshments available. This is an event of ArtWeekBoston
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Admission: Suggested donation is $20 per person $30 per couple

McQueen - Pittsfield, MA

Jun 6, 2015 - Jun 6, 2015 The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
McQueen has created a mixture of music, comedy and video, which spoofs pop stars, movies and an assortment of celebrities. It’s a jamboree of songs, stunts and sketches, and the material’s range stretches from subjects as varied as the sounds of Daft Punk to the magic of the wizard Gandalf. McQueen creates an incredibly unique new universe.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $15 in advance, $18 on day of performance
Telephone: 413-997-4444

Science & Nature

Secret Ocean 3D on IMAX - Boston, MA

Apr 17, 2015 - May 30, 2015 New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf Boston, MA
See the hidden beauty of our oceans blossom before your eyes in Secret Ocean 3D . From thousands of colorful coral fish to a camouflaged octopus hunting, JeanMichel Cousteau’s directs his first IMAX film, revealing the ocean’s intricate secrets on New England’s largest screen. Tickets and showtimes are available at all Aquarium ticketing locations, online or by calling 866-815-4629. Films, prices and showtimes are subject to change.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Adult, $9.95; children age 3-11 and seniors, $7.95
Telephone: 866-815-4629

Isabella Rosselini presents: Green Porno - New Bedford, MA

May 2, 2015 - May 2, 2015 Zeiterion Theater, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA
Screen icon Isabella Rossellini reveals the surprisingly kinky and confounding mating rituals of insects and marine life in this charmingly offbeat one-woman show, adapted from her celebrated Sundance Channel series of the same name. Green Porno is a cheeky, delightful zoology lesson brought vividly to life by Rosselini’s humorously playful approach and singular flair for storytelling.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $39 - $120
Telephone: 508-994-2900

Exploring Science Together: Plants! at Harvard Museum of Natural History - Cambridge, MA

May 2, 2015 - May 2, 2015 Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street Cambridge, MA
Come dig in the dirt and discover the world of plants! Learn with hands-on activities that show us why plants are such an important part of our daily lives. Explore the collection of Glass Flowers and dissect a real flower. All activities are designed to be a fun and interactive experience for families with children in grades K - 5. Advance registration required.
Time: 10:30 a.m. - noon
Admission: $20 nonmembers.
Telephone: 617-495-3045

Shopping & Sales

The Vintage Bazaar - Salisbury, MA

Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015 Pettengill Farm, 45 Ferry Road Salisbury, MA
Come to Pettengill Farm to browse 176 vendors from across the country who will offer antiques, vintage finds, rusty junk, repurposed goods & indie crafts! Live music, fine foods, great demos, vintage-inspired children’s tent and special guests.
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $7 daily admission, free for children under 12
Telephone: 978-462-3675


“Dirty Dancing” - Boston, MA

Apr 28, 2015 - May 10, 2015 Colonial Theater, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA
The 1987 movie is an untouchable musical classic. Adapted by the movie's original writer, Eleanor Bergstein, this North American touring production hews closely to the plot of the movie, packing in all its anthems (“I Had the Time of My Life,” “Hungry Eyes”) and cheesy one-liners with aplomb. It delivers everything the audiences can hope for - lots of sexy dancing and rock 'n' roll.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Consult event website

Voices of Hope presents "Godspell" - Beverly, MA

May 2, 2015 - May 2, 2015 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA
“Godspell” was the first major musical production by Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked," "Pippin," "Children Of Eden"), and it took the world by storm. Godspell features a parade of beloved songs including "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."
Time: 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. for silent auction
Admission: $40-$75
Telephone: 978-232-7200

“Masha’s Seagull” - Stockbridge, MA

May 22, 2015 - May 24, 2015 The Unicorn Theatre, 83 East Main Street Stockbridge, MA
This production takes on Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull “ and examines a minor, yet intriguing, character in the original story, Masha.. This insightful production premiered at The Classical Edge Theatre last fall.
Time: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: $25
Telephone: 413-997-4444

“Deathtrap” - Stockbridge, MA

Jul 1, 2015 - Jul 25, 2015 Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 83 East Main Street Stockbridge, MA
Recognized as the longest-running comedy thriller on Broadway, “Deathtrap” is a romp of a play within a play. This witty thriller tells the tale of a defeated playwright who would do almost anything to write a hit Broadway play. His former student tells the playwright that he’s written a suspense play that’s sure to be Broadway-bound. The zany characters proceed to weave a web of mystery in two acts. Previews: July 1-2; opening night, July 3; closing, July 25
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Preview, $42; shows, $62
Telephone: 413-997-4444

Visual Arts

Exhibit: Jay Critchley, Incorporated - Provincetown, MA

May 1, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015 Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial Street Provincetown, MA
Provincetown Art Association and Museum opens the summer season with a survey of 30 years of work by Provincetown artist Jay Critchley. Critchley's notoriety is fueled by one visionary proposal and idea after another. Critchley finds unexpected sites for his temporary installations: transforming nuclear cooling towers and pre-demo motels, his backyard septic tank and an underground mausoleum, historic outhouses and Boston's Big Dig tunnels.
On view at the museum May 1-June 21 with a free public reception on May 8 at 7 p.m.
Time: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., also open by appointment
Admission: General admission $10
Telephone: 508-487-1750

Robert Motherwell: A Centennial Celebration - Provincetown, MA

May 15, 2015 - May 31, 2015 Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial Street Provincetown, MA
Robert Motherwell: A Centennial Celebration is two weeks of exhibitions, lectures, and workshops commemorating Robert Motherwell's legacy in Provincetown and his impact on generations of artists and writers. The exhibition will be on view May 15-31, with a free opening reception on May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Time: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., also open by appointment
Admission: General admission $10
Telephone: 508-487-1750