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All Ages

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

Arts & Crafts Shows

Coolidge Corner Arts Festival - Brookline, MA

Jun 6, 2015 - Jun 6, 2015 345 Harvard Street Brookline, MA
Spend the afternoon perusing the work of over 75 artists at the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. This year the festival partners with with the Boston Food Truck Alliance. During the festival you will be able to purchase delicious offerings from The Cod Squad, Trolley Dogs, Tenoch, , Bon Me and more.
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Art on the Green at The Pinehills Returns - Plymouth, MA

Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015 33 Summerhouse Drive Plymouth, MA
This art exhibit and market offers 81 local and regional artists showcasing their paintings, wood and glass art, photography, sculptures, eclectic jewelry, wearable art and more! Art on the Green is an outdoor festival on The Village Green at The Pinehills. Live steel drum music and food for purchase. Children are invited to visit the Kids Corner for face painting, art projects and to Make a Tie for Dad. Parking will be located at the Beaver Dam Road lot. 
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 508-209-2000

Art in the Village - Barnstable, MA

Jun 27, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015 Barnstable Village Route 6A Barnstable, MA
Vendors from all over New England and beyond convene for this magical weekend event. Set along scenic Route 6A a mile from the beach, this popular festival attracts both local people and tourists. Enjoy live music, children’s activities, and a great silent auction. Free parking is always available. Held rain or shine.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Auctions

Cotuit Brush Off Art Auction - Cotuit, MA

Jul 11, 2015 - Jul 11, 2015 Cotuit Village Green, School and Main Streets Cotuit, MA
The Cahoon Museum invites you to the 25th Great Brush Off on the Cotuit Village Green. The highlight of this festive day is a live auction that includes many pieces painted that morning at scenic locations around Cotuit. The auction begins at 1 p.m. Come earlier to enjoy a silent art auction, live music, and food. Rain date is July 12.
Time: Silent auction 9:30-noon; live auction starts at 1 p.m.
Telephone: 508-428-7581

Children & Families

Sandglass Theater Presents Fritzi's Flea Circus - Chilmark, MA

May 27, 2015 - Jul 3, 2015 The Yard, Middle Road near Tilton Farm Road Chilmark, MA
Both performances will provide audiences with charming hand puppetry, that will delight the imagination in children and inspire playfulness in adults. Fritzi's Flea Circus welcomes audiences into a delightful world of circus feats, presented by a tiny flea with a big personality. Kasper and the Cow presents the beloved hand puppet hero of Germany. Dates: June 27 and July 3. Part of the 2015 Yard Arts Season.
Time: 11 a.m.
Telephone: 508-645-9662

Curious George - New Bedford, MA

Jun 14, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015 The Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA
Curious George swings and flips his way through a fun-filled tale that takes the audience from home to Rome
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $10
Telephone: 508-994-2900

Pirates Weekend - Carver, MA

Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015 Edaville USA, 5 Pine Streeet Carver, MA
We may have a train, but it’s been taken over by Pirates. No matter where you look there’s sure to be pirates and scallawags around every corner. Come dressed in costume and enjoy all the fun. Costume parades, costume contests and stolen treasure for all ages.
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: General admission $20; children under age 2, $0
Telephone: 508-866-8190

Family Picnic with the Berenstain Bears - Carver, MA

Jun 27, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015 http://www.edaville.com/events.html Carver, MA
The Berenstain Bear Family will be out on the Edaville USA event field for some great photo opportunities. These special days include unlimited use of the park and a 20 minute train ride through the picturesque woodlands and cranberry bogs.
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: General admission $20; children under age 2, free
Telephone: 508-866-8190

Marvelous Marvin - Chilmark, MA

Aug 1, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015 The Yard, Middle Road near Tilton Farm Road Chilmark, MA
Bugging Out is all about bugs. In rhyme, Marvin teaches about fascinating bug habits, bug archaeology and the importance of bugs to humans. With circus arts, magic and music, Marvelous Marvin opens his giant bug book to reveal illustrations by Paul Olson and photos by Brian Jones. Part of the 2015 Yard Arts Season
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: Pay what you can
Telephone: 508-645-9662

Free Fun Friday with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus - Great Barrington, MA

Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 14, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
The event will feature four multi-talented performers from Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, who will walk on stilts, juggle, unicycle, and clown around both inside and outside of the theater. Bindlestiff has performed on stages and festivals around the world.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Admission is free.
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions - Boston, MA

Aug 22, 2015 - Aug 22, 2015 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Avenue Boston, MA
Pokémon fans, here’s your chance to dress up as Pikachu and go to the symphony. The concerts will feature orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals from video games like Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. A show for all the family, the Pokémon Company dazzled fans last year with the Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions tour, a collaboration with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $68-$170
Telephone: 617-728-1600

Dance

Noche Flamenca presents "Antigona" - Great Barrington, MA

Jul 1, 2015 - Jul 5, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
The themes in the work include catharsis, issues of dictatorship, repression, loss, the strength of family and female empowerment; strong themes not only in Sophocles but also in flamenco.
Time: Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.
Admission: $25; premium, $50 ; students under age 18, $10 /
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Paul Taylor Dance Company - Great Barrington, MA

Jul 9, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
The diverse programs will feature Paul Taylor masterworks from various eras, including “Company B” (1991, music by the Andrews Sisters), “Eventide” (1997, music by Ralph Vaughan Williams), “Esplanade” (1975, music by Johann Sebastian Bach), “Diggity” (1978), “Piazzolla Caldera” (1997), and “Promethean Fire” (2002, music by J.S. Bach). A family matinee on July 11 is specifically designed for young audiences with shorter excerpts of Diggity and Company B.
Time: Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: $25 to $65; family matinee, $20 per family of up to six people. Additional family tickets, $5 each.
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company - Oak Bluffs, MA

Jul 14, 2015 - Jul 14, 2015 Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, 100 Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road Oak Bluffs, MA
In selecting repertoire for Taylor 2, choreographer Paul Taylor chooses dances that span the broad spectrum of his work. Airs is an example of Taylor’s brilliance with baroque scores, while The Uncommitted addresses contemporary relationships, and Company B recalls both the high spirits of 1940s America and the heart-wrenching experiences of a nation at war. Part of the 2015 Yard Arts Season.
Time: 7 p.m.

Farms

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.

Galleries

Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists: Exhibition 2015 - Monson, MA

May 30, 2015 - Jun 7, 2015 The House of Art, 200 Main Street Monson, MA
More than 20 fine art photographers from throughout the Pioneer Valley present images of the beauty and intricacies of the world from familiar neighborhood sites to various exotic locales. All work will be for sale. Dates: May 30-31; June 6-7.
Time: noon-5 p.m.
Admission: Admission is free.

Gardens

Craft in Bloom at Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton, MA

Jun 5, 2015 - Jun 7, 2015 Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street Brockton, MA
Life imitates art as members of the Brockton Garden Club design floral arrangements based on art work from the Fuller Craft Museum collection. The museum will blossom with talks, tours, demos and activities to celebrate these floral interpretations of craft.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $15 before June 5 and $20 at the door, June 5 through June 7
Telephone: 508-588-6000

Visions of Paradise Garden Tour - Newburyport, MA

Jun 13, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015 Newburyport, MA
The Museum of Old Newbury's garden tour is back for its 36th year with the theme "Visions of Paradise." The gardens highlighted on this year's tour are lush, botanical works of art located throughout the Newburyport area. A ticket gains you access to all ten gardens on the tour, including the Museum's own Cushing House Garden, a 19th-century gem. Tickets are valid both Saturday and Sunday. The event takes place rain or shine.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $20-$25
Telephone: 978-462-2681

Roslindale Garden Tour 2015 - Roslindale Village, MA

Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015 Tour begins at Adams Park, Farmer’s Market (Washington Street at Cummins Highway, Roslindale Village, MA
A tour of nine, private Roslindale gardens and an Urban Wild. Tickets may be also be purchased in person at the Roslindale Farmers’ Market on June 6, 13, 20, and at Joanne Rossman, 6 Birch Street, Roslindale.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $15 before June 15, $20 week of event

Orleans Garden Tour - Orleans, MA

Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015 Nauset Regional Middle School Greenhouse, 70 Route 28 Orleans, MA
Six lovely gardens will be on display. Representatives from the Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod will be on site in each of the gardens. Plein Air painters and talented local musicians will be present at selected gardens. Local Scoop sweets will be available once again. After the tour, wine receptions will be held at Alice Mongeau Gallery, Helen Addison Gallery, Left Bank Gallery, and Tree's Place Gallery. Held rain or shine. Purchase tickets. To purchase a ticket the day of the tour visit the Nauset Regional Middle School Greenhouse, 70 Route 28, Orleans after 9 a.m. on June 20.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Advance tickets, $25-$27; day of the event, $30

Sustainable Garden Tour with Holly Hill Farm - Cohasset, MA

Jun 27, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015 Holly Hill Farm, 236 Jerusalem Road Cohasset, MA
Local gardeners from around the South Shore will open their gardens to the public. The tour will focus on naturally and organically maintained gardens. See up how gardeners keep backyard chickens, care for beehives, and use composting systems. Private homes, educational gardens at Holly Hill Farm, a Food Pantry garden and a school garden are featured.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: $25 before June 27 and $30 the day of the tour.
Telephone: 781-383-6565

Historic

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.

Museums

Home Run! An All American Baseball Day at Norman Rockwell Museum - Stockbridge, MA

May 30, 2015 - May 30, 2015 Norman Rockwell Museum Stockbridge, MA
Meet former pitcher and North Adams Steeple Cats manager Johan Bayliss; members of the Pittsfield Suns; Tom Swyers, author of "Saving Babe Ruth"; Larry Moore of the National Baseball Hall of Fame; Casey O’Donnell, baseball bat maker for Pittsfield’s ODO Bat Company; and Kevin Larkin, author of "Baseball in the Bay State." The afternoon concludes with a visit from "Casey at the Bat," portrayed by Tim Wiles, baseball historian.
Bring your mitt to enjoy baseball on the Museum grounds, and create your own baseball card as a memory of the day. Baseball-related objects and photos will also be on display during this family festival.
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $18; seniors, $17; students, $10; youth age 6 to 18, $6

Exhibit: Van Gogh and Nature - Williamstown, MA

Jun 14, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015 The Clark, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA
Van Gogh’s focus on nature was rooted in his love of the art of his time, both the landscapes created by Barbizon School artists and the paintings of the Impressionists. This exhibit presents 50 works including iconic paintings such as A Wheatfield, with Cypresses, The Olive Trees, and The Sower. Van Gogh is presented as a meticulous student of nature who found personal fulfillment in studying the natural world. Exhibit on display June 14 through September 13, 2015.
Time: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $20; free for children age 18 and younger, and students with ID
Telephone: 413-458-2303

Under the Hood with David Geisinger - Sandwich, MA

Jun 25, 2015 - Jun 25, 2015 Heritage Gardens and Museums, 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA
Meet David Geisinger, an auto collector whose cars are featured in the Collector’s Corner of this year’s Driven to Collect exhibit. He will talk about his collecting journey that was partly influenced by his visits to Heritage Museums & Gardens. Geisinger also will discuss each of the collectors cars on exhibit: a 1983 Land Rover Series III Stage One, a 1966 Volvo P1800, and a one-of-a-kind 1955 Porsche Spyder, plus another vehicle from his collection that will be displayed exclusively for this program.
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Admission: $35
Telephone: 508-888-3300

Music

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

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

A Celebration of Spring Presented by Revels and Perkins School School for the Blind - Watertown, MA

May 28, 2015 - May 28, 2015 Perkins School, Dwight Hall, 175 No. Beacon Street Watertown, MA
This free hour-long performance includes music, dance, poetry and songs performed by a stellar cast including musician and soloist David Coffin, members of the Revels Singers, Revels' community chorus, and the talented Perkins School Secondary Program Chorus. There'll even be a visit from the Padstow 'Obby 'Oss, all the from Cornwall, England.
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

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

The Worcester Chorus - Worcester, MA

May 30, 2015 - May 30, 2015 First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street Worcester, MA
The 2014-2015 Season of Music Worcester begins and ends with The Worcester Chorus, and this final concert celebrates and honors Memorial Day. The text of the Moravec work comes from letters written by American soldiers to their loved ones.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $40; students, $15; youth under age 18, $5
Telephone: 508-754-3231

Della Mae - North Truro, MA

May 30, 2015 - May 30, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
With an approach steeped in tradition, these four versatile musicians draw from a well of rootsy influences to create original music that places them alongside young acts like the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $30, $20, $15
Telephone: 508-487-5400

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

Dark Star Orchestra - New Bedford, MA

Jun 3, 2015 - Jun 3, 2015 The Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA
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. The Dead’s spirit is channeled as the players capture the excitement of the original performances.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $29, $35, $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

Shanghai Quartet - Rockport, MA

Jun 6, 2015 - Jun 6, 2015 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
Hailed for performances of “stunning authenticity and presence” (The Washington Post), the Shanghai Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia.
Time: 8 to 10 p.m.
Admission: $39-$58
Telephone: 978-546-7391

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

June Concerts at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA

Jun 10, 2015 - Jun 29, 2015 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Avenue Boston, MA
The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is one of Boston’s most popular outdoor amphitheaters, located on Boston Harbor next to Rowes Wharf. With seating for 5,000 guests, the pavilion is used as a summer concert venue from May through September. Upcoming shows:

Florence and The Machine on June 10
Lindsey Stirling on June 13
Widespread Panic on June 17
Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional on June 18
Gogol Bordello & Flogging Molly on June 19
Ingrid Michaelson on June 27
Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes & Colin Hay on June 29
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 617-728-1600

What The World Needs Now-A Musical Tribute To Burt Bacharach - Cotuit, MA

Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015 Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Route 28 Cotuit, MA
The show will feature 29 songs written between 1958 and 1995, including “Walk on By,” “Wishin’ and Hopin,’” Alfie,” “Heartlight,” and “This House is Empty Now,” a collaboration with Elvis Costello. Each song has been arranged and adapted to each performer’s creative interpretation, while keeping with many of the traditional arrangements, said Condon, promising solos with backup singers, duets, ensemble pieces, and “a few surprises.” The show will also feature anecdotes and short vignettes, including projected images and video.
Time: Thursday-Friday, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8; Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.
Admission: $28; seniors, $25
Telephone: 508-428-0669

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

South Shore Indie Music Festival at Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton, MA

Jun 13, 2015 - Jun 13, 2015 Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street Brockton, MA
Join this all-day festival of live music from some of the best indie bands: Shea Rose, The Quins, The Cultured, Sadie Vada, The Wolff Sisters, Tower Hill, Dark Matter, and more. Proceeds will go to benefit Fuller Craft Museum.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25; children age 12 and younger, free with an adult
Telephone: 508-588-6000

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

Jun 14, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015 Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA
Enjoy a cash bar with food at the ready at this event featuring two of the most talented young folk musicians ever to grace our stage. Last year's FRINGE concert with Maeve and Galician piper Carlos Núñez sold out fast and this one is on its way.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $35; $25 for fans 35 & under (quantity limited)

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

Love is Blind: Music Inspired by Amy Winehouse - Cotuit, MA

Jun 18, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015 Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Route 28 Cotuit, MA
Cotuit Center for the Arts is transformed into a New York City jazz club for the East Coast premiere of Love is Blind. Emily Wade Adams and producer Ruth Condon of Brave Horse Music bring music inspired by the late Amy Winehouse to life in this one-of-a-kind production. Love is Blind features a combination of the standards that inspired Winehouse, a selection of her own compositions, and songs of contemporary artists she influenced. 
Time: 7:30 to 9:45 p.m.
Admission: $25; seniors, $22
Telephone: 508-428-0669

Lowell Summer Music Series 2015 - Lowell, MA

Jun 19, 2015 - Aug 29, 2015 Boarding House Park, 40 French Street Lowell, MA
Lineup:
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Jonny Lang on June 19
Ani Difranco with guest Peter Mulvey on June 20
Mike Gordon with guest Peter Mulvey on June 26
The Wood Brothers with guest Tall Heights on July 9
Chris Robinson Brotherhood on July 17
Dave Mason's Traffic Jam on July 18
Tower Of Power on July 30
Official Blues Brothers Revue on July 31
Gordon Lightfoot on August 1
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band on August 7
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers on August 14
John Hiatt and The Combo and the Taj Mahal Trio on August 27
Lake Street Dive on August 28
Melissa Etheridge: This Is M.E. on August 29
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 978-275-1829

The Mavericks at Indian Ranch - Webster, MA

Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015 200 Gore Road Webster, MA
For two decades The Mavericks have been making magic in the studio and delivering genre-defying sound to live audiences everywhere. With their Cuban-American lead singer, garage band ferocity, poly- rhythmic beats and intense love for country music they were able to break new ground within Country music’s format with top hits like “Here Comes the Rain,” “Crying Shame,” “Dance the Night Away,” and “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down.” 
Time: 2-7 p.m.
Admission: $19.50-$46.50
Telephone: 508-943-3871

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

Huey Lewis and the News - Webster, MA

Jun 27, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015 Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Street Webster, MA
As Huey Lewis and The News enters its 36th year together, it continues to thrill audiences worldwide, selling more than 20 million albums in the process.These Grammy Award winners have written classic hits like Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “I Want A New Drug,” “If This Is It,” “Hip To Be Square,” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin’.”
Time: 2-7 p.m.
Admission: $26-$61.50
Telephone: 508-943-3871

July Concerts at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA

Jul 2, 2015 - Jul 31, 2015 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Avenue Boston, MA
The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is one of Boston’s most popular outdoor amphitheaters, located on Boston Harbor next to Rowes Wharf. With seating for 5,000 guests, the pavilion is used as a summer concert venue from May through September. Upcoming shows:

Brian Wilson & Rodriguez on July 2
Slightly Stoopid on July 9
Umphrey's McGee on July 16
Tedeschi Trucks Band & Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings on July 22
Modest Mouse on July 23
Rise Against, Killswitch Engage & Letlive on July 24
Primus & Dinosaur Jr. on July 25
Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson on July 28
Bryan Adams on July 29
Steely Dan, Elvis Costello & The Imposters on July 30-31
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 617-728-1600

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

Pink Martini - Great Barrington, MA

Jul 13, 2015 - Jul 13, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
The Portland, Oregon-based “little orchestra” offers a multilingual musical travelogue from samba in Rio to cabaret music in Paris.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $35 to $100.
Telephone: 413-528-0100

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

August Concerts at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA

Aug 1, 2015 - Aug 28, 2015 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Avenue Boston, MA
The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is one of Boston’s most popular outdoor amphitheaters, located on Boston Harbor next to Rowes Wharf. With seating for 5,000 guests, the pavilion is used as a summer concert venue from May through September. Upcoming shows:

Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick on August 1
Culture Club on August 2
Faith No More on August 4
Rob Thomas on August 5
Meghan Trainor on August 6
Sublime with Rome & Rebelution on August 7
Needtobreathe on August 8
Australian Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin 2 - Tribute Band on August 13
O.A.R. & Allen Stone on August 15
Santana on August 18
Gregg Allman & Doobie Brothers on August 19
Willie Nelson & Old Crow Medicine Show on August 21
Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions on August 22
Counting Crows on August 23
Idina Menzel on August 28
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 617-728-1600

Don McLean - Great Barrington, MA

Aug 8, 2015 - Aug 8, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
This enduring American singer-songwriter is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).” His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $39 to $84
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Graham Nash - Great Barrington, MA

Aug 15, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Graham Nash’s songs defined a generation and helped shape the history of rock and roll. He’s written over 200 songs, including such classic hits as “Carrie Anne,” “On A Carousel,” “Simple Man,” “Our House,” “Marrakesh Express,” and “Teach Your Children.”
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $36 to $81
Telephone: 413-528-0100

An Evening with Kenny Aronoff - Great Barrington, MA

Aug 23, 2015 - Aug 23, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Berkshire native rock star drummer Kenny Aronoff will talk about his strategies for a successful life and career, and share insights from his performances with the biggest musicians, for four presidents, and in the biggest stadiums around the world.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $25 to $40
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Outdoor Activities

Summer Solstice Celebration - Framingham, MA

Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015 Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road Framingham, MA
The summer solstice marks the longest day (and shortest night) of the year. Garden in the Woods will celebrate with solstice history and lore, poetry, songs, and a short ceremony. Guests will go outside to watch the sunset and gather for the ceremonial lighting of the Ball of Fire in the center of the Idea Garden. 
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Admission: $14
Telephone: 508-877-7630

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

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

Celebrate World Oceans Day with New England Aquarium - Boston, MA

Jun 7, 2015 - Jun 7, 2015 New England Aquarium, Central Wharf Boston, MA
The New England Aquarium presents a family day that showcases the conservation of the oceans. Enjoy hands-on activities, seafood cooking demos, tastings and more. And learn how you can help protect the oceans, too.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $26.95 ; children age 3-11, $17.95; seniors, $24.95 .

World Oceans Day Celebration at New England Aquarium - Boston, MA

Jun 7, 2015 - Jun 7, 2015 New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf Boston, MA
New England Aquarium celebrates World Oceans Day on Central Wharf with activities for kids, cooking demonstrations and lots to learn about ocean animals. There is plenty for the entire family to learn and do — and you’ll have fun learning how you can live blue!
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

Shows & Exhibits

Puttin' on the Dog Show - Lenox, MA

Jun 6, 2015 - Jun 6, 2015 Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street Lenox, MA
The afternoon will bring out the best of the canines with parades of champions, rescues and therapy dogs (all by invitation), a series of fun games for dogs and their owners (including best trick contest, dog/owner look-alike, fastest down, best dressed and others), a K9 police demonstration, Canine Good Citizentest, vet talk, a microchip clinic, a Dog Sense talk, silent auction, raffle, dog product vendors, food and more. Prizes will be given for some of the events. Rain date is Sunday, June 7.
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
Admission: $6 per car

Father's Day Car Show 2015 - Hyannis, MA

Jun 21, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015 Main Street Hyannis, MA
This show is always a sell-out, displaying about 350 classic and nostalgic cars from New England and New York along both sides of Main Street for a mile. Join in the fun at the craft show on Hyannis Village Green (Saturday and Sunday) plus family and children's entertainment including magicians, balloons, cartoon artists, stilt walkers and a kids’ arts and crafts table.
Time: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Theater

“Guys and Dolls” - Waltham, MA

Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015 Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA
In this award-winning musical about gangsters, showgirls, and mission workers, sparks fly and chaos erupts when a slick gambler is challenged to take an uptight Salvation Army girl to Havana on a bet to finance “The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York.” Directed by Broadway veteran David Hugo (Les Miserables). Guys and Dolls, a musical fable of Broadway, is based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon. June 11 at 3 p.m.; June 12 at 7:30 p.m.; June 13 & 14 at 2 p.m.; June 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m.; June 21 at 2 p.m.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $35 to $63
Telephone: 781-891-5600

“Thoreau or, Return to Walden” - Stockbridge, MA

Jun 18, 2015 - Jul 11, 2015 The Unicorn Theatre, 83 East Main Street Stockbridge, MA
Philosopher Henry David Thoreau’s reflections come to life in the world premiere of David Adkins' one-man play, “Thoreau or, Return to Walden.”
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $50

“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

“Bells Are Ringing” - Pittsfield, MA

Jul 9, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015 The Colonial Theatre. 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
This farcical love story centers around a telephone service operator, Ella Peterson, whose busybody ways trigger trouble when she falls for one of her customers. This darling musical includes notable show tunes, "Long Before I Knew You," "Just in Time," and "The Party's Over."
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $25-$65

“Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” - Stockbridge, MA

Jul 29, 2015 - Aug 22, 2015 The Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 6 East Street Stockbridge, MA
After a one-night rendezvous in Manhattan's West Side, Johnny, a compulsive, starry-eyed, short-order cook, is convinced he has found his life companion in Frankie, a wisecracking waitress.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $62

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