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Arts & Crafts Shows

Lexington Arts & Crafts Decorative Arts and Basketry Guild Showcase - Lexington, MA

Mar 14, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015 130 Waltham St Lexington, MA
Every season provides its own celebrations. The Decorative Artists and Basket makers will be celebrating each season, in paint, basketry and upholstery. Kevin Kennedy, Art of Upholstery, on Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m.: Jeanne Paglio, demonstration of the 5 R's of Zentangle, Sunday, 1- 3 p.m. 
Time: Tuesday-Friday & Sunday noon-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Admission and parking are free.
Telephone: 781 862 9696

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

World Day of Puppetry at Boston Children's Museum - Boston, MA

Mar 29, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015 Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street Boston, MA
Come join the puppets and members of the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry for a day of performances, puppet-making, and demonstrations that will delight all ages Puppets – on hands, on strings, with wings – will flock to Boston Children’s Museum to celebrate the World Day of Puppetry! Come join the puppets and members of the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry for a day of performances, puppet-making, and demonstrations that will delight all ages.
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $14; children age 1-15, $14
Telephone: 617-426-6500

Bunny Bonanzoo at Stone Zoo - Stoneham, MA

Apr 4, 2015 - Apr 4, 2015 Stone Zoo, 49 Pond Street Stoneham, MA
An Easter celebration awaits at Stone Zoo! Children’s activities include holiday games, music and other fun surprises. Michaels of Stoneham will be providing craft activities throughout the event. Families can also visit with a special guest, the Easter Bunny, who will be ready to smile for photographs! Guests may take photos with their own camera for a suggested donation of $5. All of the proceeds will benefit Stone Zoo.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website

Egg-cellent Easter adventure at Appleton Farms - Hamilton and Ipswich, MA

Apr 4, 2015 - Apr 4, 2015 Appleton Farms, Route 1A Hamilton and Ipswich, MA
Celebrate the arrival of spring at Appleton Farms. Go on the Egg-cellent Quest around the farm and learn about the journey from egg to chicken and collect Easter eggs at each station to complete the Quest. Enjoy refreshments in the Barn, visit with the calves, and play games in the stone paddock.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Admission: Family: $25.
Telephone: 978-356-5728

Nutshell Playhouse Presents “Pirates!” - Amherst, MA

Apr 19, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015 The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road Amherst, MA
A swashbuckling adventure featuring bold buccaneers, a mysterious map with a riddle, cursed treasure, a visit to an island that you can’t see, a pirate ghost, and a magical journey to the bottom of the sea. This seafaring tale features mime, music, masks, and delightful puppets created by Clothespin Puppets. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by phone at 413-658-1126. Email: sandys@carlemuseum.org
Time: 1 and 3 p.m.
Admission: $5
Telephone: 413-658-1105

Mister G Performs Live at The Carle! - Amherst, MA

Apr 24, 2015 - Apr 24, 2015 The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road Amherst, MA
Children’s music artist and local hero Mister G returns to The Carle for a concert! A leading figure in the children’s music world, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a former indie rocker. Learn more about Mister G at mistergsongs.com. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by phone at 413-658-1126. Email: sandys@carlemuseum.org
Time: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Admission: $8
Telephone: 413-658-1105

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

Gardens

Festival of Flowers 2015 at the Springfield Museums - Springfield, MA

Apr 9, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015 The Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA
This year’s celebration will feature 50 objects from the art, history and science collections interpreted by florists and designers. The events begin on April 9 with a lecture titled “Great Gardens of the Northeast” by landscape designer Adriana O’Sullivan. That evening, visitors can enjoy a special Culture & Cocktails event 5 to 8 pm. Guests can view the colorful arrangements in all four museums and watch the Floral Fashion show of accessories and hats adorned with fresh flowers. ($20 admission)
The Floral Design Challenge on April 11 at 1 p.m. is when floral designers compete to create the most original creations using surprise materials. Tours by museum docents will also be available on April 10-12 (11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). During the Festival, there is a $5 special event fee for all visitors ages 3 and up in addition to museum admission.
Time: See description above
Admission: Adults, $18; seniors and college students, $12; children 3-17, $9.50.
Telephone: 413-263-6800

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: jraynor@heritagemuseums.org.
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

Museums

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

Music

Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Worcester, MA

Mar 29, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015 Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street Worcester, MA
One of classical ballet seminal works coupled with the return of the popular Russian National Ballet Theatre – Giselle will bring striking sets and costumes back to Hanover Theatre for this annual April tradition of Music Worcester.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: $49 for Adults, $49; students, $15; youth below age 18, $5
Telephone: 508-754-3231

Jayme Stone's Lomax Project - Newburyport, MA

Apr 3, 2015 - Apr 3, 2015 Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square Newburyport, MA
Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboration brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanteys, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $26; seniors and students, $24
Telephone: 978-462-7336

Biscuits & Blues with Carolyn Wonderland - North Eastham, MA

Apr 4, 2015 - Apr 4, 2015 Orleans/Eastham Order of Elks, 10 McKoy Road North Eastham, MA
Texas’s Carolyn Wonderland is a bit of a renegade. She likes to incorporate elements of blues, country, swing, Zydeco, surf, gospel, soul, and some nights, maybe even a cumbia into the musical mix. Recent years have seen her stretching out musically working some expert whistling and scat singing into her shows. Steve Morgan & the Kingfish, the opening act, is a popular Cape Cod band playing modern blues and R&B with unconventional and intriguing chord and harmonic choices.
Time: 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with George Winston - Newburyport, MA

Apr 10, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015 Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square Newburyport, MA
Pianist extraordinaire George Winston returns to the Firehouse! This solo piano concert will feature George’s Summer Show, which will include melodic spring and summer songs, some of Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts pieces, pieces inspired by the New Orleans stride piano traditions, and songs from his upcoming album, Spring Carousel.
Time: 8 p.m. both nights
Admission: Adults, $34; seniors and students, $31
Telephone: 978-462-7336

Brooks Williams with guests Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli - Sterling, MA

Apr 11, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015 6 Meetinghouse Road Sterling, MA
Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams walks the line between blues and Americana. With nearly 20 CDs to his name, this Statesboro, Georgia, native is, according to AmericanaUK, "Impossible not to like."
Time: Music at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $18 in advance; $20 day of show

Geoff Muldaur & Jim Kweskin - Wellfleet, MA

Apr 11, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015 Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street Wellfleet, MA
Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur play jug band favorites, old time jazz tunes, and classic country blues. They've perfected a low key, homemade sound that makes their skillful playing seem as easy as a casual conversation between friends.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $28-$46
Telephone: 508-349-1800

Brit Floyd: Space & Time — World Tour 2015 - Lynn, MA

Apr 11, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015 Lynn Memorial Auditorium, 3 City Hall Square Lynn, MA
Apr. 11 Brit Floyd — the world's greatest Pink Floyd show — returns in 2015 to launch its most ambitious tour to date, with a spectacular new light show, an even bigger stage show.
Time: 8 p.m.; doors open 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $55-$80

Brit Floyd: Space & Time — World Tour 2015 - Worcester, MA

Apr 12, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015 Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA
This show includes performances from all of Pink Floyd's biggest selling albums, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, and The Division Bell, plus a host of other Pink Floyd musical surprises.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $34.50, $39.50 and $49.50

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn - New Bedford, MA

Apr 12, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015 The Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA
This husband and wife banjo duo has dazzled audiences for years.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $39/$45/$50
Telephone: 508-994-2900

Tower of Power - Boston, MA

Apr 15, 2015 - Apr 15, 2015 Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street Boston, MA
Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music, which the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as “Urban Soul Music.”
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $50-$65
Telephone: 617-248-9700

Harlem Quartet at the Shalin Liu Performance Center - Rockport, MA

Apr 16, 2015 - Apr 16, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
The Harlem Quartet's mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Harlem Quartet is regularly featured at jazz festivals around the world, including the Panama Jazz Festival in Panama City, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Miami Nice Jazz Festival.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Martha & The Vandellas - Provincetown, MA

Apr 18, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 Provincetown Town Hall Provincetown, MA
Miss Martha Reeves, the Queen of Motown, will rock the Outer Cape with her iconic hits, like "Dancing in the Street," "Heat Wave," "Nowhere to Run," and "Jimmy Mack." Seventy-three years young and touring like a teenager, Martha & the Vandellas will explode on the stage of Provincetown Town Hall where her two sisters will be singing backup, and a big band will back them up!
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $35-$75

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas - North Truro, MA

Apr 18, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
It was 1962 when Martha Reeves, singing under the pseudonym “Martha LaVaille,” brought audiences to their feet at Detroit’s famed 20 Grand Nightclub. Reeves has sung rock, jazz, country, gospel, blues and classical, and now she’s back on the road, celebrating the gifts of the Motor City! Email: info@payomet.org
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Jazz Pianist Alan Broadbent - Falmouth, MA

Apr 19, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015 Highland Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA
Highfield welcomes back New Zealand jazz pianist Alan Broadbent, a two-time Grammy winner and perennial sell out. Playing with New York bassist Don Falzone, Highfield’s magnificent Mason & Hamlin concert grand will sparkle with the sounds of classic jazz. More at highfieldhall.org
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Admission: $25/$20 members
Telephone: 508-495-1878

Taj Mahal - Rockport, MA

Apr 19, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
A bonafide blues and rock legend, the inimitable Taj Mahal has been instrumental in preserving and shaping American roots music. .
Time: 5 p.m.
Admission: $40-$93
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Chameleon Arts Ensemble Presents Works for Piano 4-Hands - Boston, MA

Apr 19, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015 Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street Boston, MA
The program, featuring pianists Gloria Chien and Elizabeth Schumann, includes reprise of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring for piano four-hands. Program also include Claude Debussy, Six épigraphes antiques; and Steven Stucky, Allegretto quasi Andantino (Schubert Dream). E-mail:info@chameleonarts.org
Time: 4 p.m.
Admission: $45
Telephone: 617-427-8200

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open House

Welcome Back Open House at Highfield Hall & Gardens - Falmouth, MA

Apr 12, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA
Stop by Highfield Hall for a day full of fun activities for the whole family. The day begins with a Highfield Estate tour at 12:30 pm and children’s activities from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. From 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm there is a reception for artists in the spring exhibitions, Modern Man, John Cira and David Kelley with refreshments provided by White Lion Baking Company.  The event concludes at 3:00 pm when Highfield Music Director Robert Wyatt will play his favorite songs of spring. 
Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free admission, all welcome.
Telephone: 508-495-1878

Outdoor Activities

Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant - Essex, MA

Apr 11, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015 Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street Essex, MA
Bring your own kite or build one of your own, and watch professional kite flyers from Kites Over New England. Kite Education teaches a workshop with all materials included, where kids and adults can make their own kites and learn how to fly them. Registration is recommended for the workshop only. Please call for more information. Rain date is Sunday, April 12.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $10 for kite-making workshop, free for flyers and spectators
Telephone: 978-768-3632

Patriot's Day 2015

Patriot’s Day 2015 at Minute Man National Historical Park - Lincoln, MA

Apr 20, 2015 - Apr 20, 2015 Minute Man Visitor Center, 250 North Great Road Lincoln, MA
Patriot's Day is a special Massachusetts State holiday commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775. The holiday (observed on Monday, April 20, 2015) and the entire weekend are celebrated with parades, reenactments, and commemorative ceremonies. Patriot’s Day events in Lexington and Concord include:
Lexington Battle Reenactment on Lexington Green. The Town of Lexington celebrates the first shots of the American Revolution with a reenactment of the early-morning engagement between the town's militia and the British regulars. 5:30 a.m.
Commemoration of the North Bridge Fight and Concord Parade North Bridge, Concord 8:45 a.m. British and Colonial reenactors will commemorate the "Shot heard round the world" with a dramatic re-staging of the North Bridge fight featuring marching and musket fire. The Concord Parade will arrive at North Bridge around 9:30 a.m. with ceremonies featuring minute man companies, British reenactors and music groups. 8:45 a.m.
Find lodging for a family trip to Boston for Patriot’s Day.
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 978-318-7825

Boston Marathon 2015 - Boston, MA

Apr 20, 2015 - Apr 20, 2015 Boston, MA
Held every year on Patriot's Day, the Marathon is New England's most widely viewed sporting event, with over 500,000 cheering fans lined up along the 26-mile course. Today, 20,000 runners represent almost 100 countries. Information for spectators. Marathon course map.
Find lodgings in Boston for a weekend getaway at Patriot’s Day.
Time: Consult event website

Science & Nature

Stars Over Springfield Series and Astronomy Day at the Planetarium - Springfield, MA

Apr 3, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015 Springfield Science Museum, 21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA
Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky gazing on Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.
The Springfield Museum will hold its annual Astronomy Day on Saturday, April 25 from 1 to 4 p.m., with sunspot viewing outside with Springfield Stars Club, tours of the rooftop observatory, and presentations on meteorites inside the Museum. The April 25 events are free with Museum admission; planetarium shows are $3 for adults, $2 for children ages 3 – 17, and free for members. http://www.springfieldmuseums.org/calendar/04-01-2015
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 413-263-6800

Birds of Prey and Native American Artifacts - Sandwich, MA

Apr 21, 2015 - Apr 21, 2015 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA
Explore the connection between raptors and Native Americans in this program presented by wingmasters. The programs illustrates how Native cultures transformed natural materials into objects of beauty like as shields, headdresses, clothing, and jewelry. Please reserve your tickets in advance. Email: jraynor@heritagemuseums.org
Time: 10:30 a.m.; 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25; youth, $17
Telephone: 508-888-3300

Theater

“The Colored Museum” - Boston, MA

Mar 6, 2015 - Apr 6, 2015 Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA
Climb aboard for a madcap and stinging journey through 11 hilarious looks at African-American culture — from the depths of the Celebrity Slaveship to the spinning heights of Harlem. Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe's landmark comedy has electrified, discomforted, and delighted audiences of all colors, skewering stereotypes and redefining what it means to be black in contemporary America.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website

“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

Visual Arts

Art & Design of the 20th and 21st Centuries Show and Boston Print Fair - Boston, MA

Mar 26, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015 539 Tremont St. Boston, MA
Fifty exhibitors offering modern to contemporary fine art, photography, jewelry, furniture, decorative arts, sculpture, fine prints, drawings, and more. Preview on March 26 from 5:30-8:30, supports Boston Design Week.  Complimentary special programs, re-admission, catalog, and coat check. Café at the show. Valet, and discount parking available. 
Time: Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 1-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $15, free for guests under age 12
Telephone: 617-363-0405