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Events Calendar 2018

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Art Shows

Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace

Sep 13, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018 Parks of the Emerald Necklace (see map link above) Boston, MA

Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya’s Fox x FLO is sculpture in fog. Visitors can immerse themselves in the art and experience nature anew. This free public art presentation is on view every day and several times an hour from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., through October 31.
Fog x Canopy at Back Bay Fens will appear for 2 minutes on the hour and half hour
Fog x Island at Olmsted Park will appear for 3 minutes on the hour and half hour
Fog x Beach at Jamaica Pond will appear for 2 minutes on the hour and half hour
Fog x Hill at Arnold Arboretum will appear for 8 minutes on the hour and half hour
Fog x Ruins at Franklin Park will appear in 18-minute programmed cycles at 20-minute intervals
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Children & Families

Family Show with ImprovBoston

Sep 29, 2018 - Oct 27, 2018 ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect Street Cambridge, MA

Winner of the Nickelodeon award for Best Children's Theater, Family Show dishes out laughs for adults and children every Saturday. This improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every week based on your suggestion. Children have opportunities to be on stage and take part in the fun! Best for children ages 4-12.

Historic

Historic Trade Demonstrations at Historic Deerfield

Oct 6, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018 Historic Deerfield, 84B Old Main Street Deerfield, MA

Join Historic Deerfield for live demonstrations of traditional arts and trades. Meet the craftspeople who are keeping these traditions alive. Historic Trade Demos run through the end of November. Complete list of demonstrations
October 20: Silversmithing, Architectural Woodworking, Tailoring
October 21: White Pine Bark and Ash Bark Basket Making
October 27: Coopering
October 28: Gravestone Carving

Literary

Michelle Obama Book Tour at TD Garden

Nov 24, 2018 - Nov 24, 2018 TD Garden, 100 Legends Way Boston, MA

Former First Lady Michelle Obama will make speaking appearances this fall in 10 cities, including Boston, in support of her memoir, "Becoming." The book tour stops at Boston's TD Garden on Nov. 24. "I'm proud (of the book) because it is candid, it is honest, it is totally and utterly me," Obama said in a video posted to Facebook. Tickets will go on sale on September 21, at 10 a.m. at Becoming Michelle Ogama. Those interested in buying tickets will have to first register through Ticketmaster.

Museums

Exhibit: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition

Jun 9, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018 Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA

The exhibit "Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition" sheds light on the thread connecting American illustration and legendary artists Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell to the roots of European painting through the long line of teachers.

Music

Arlo Guthrie's Alice’s Restaurant—Back By Popular Demand Tour

Oct 16, 2018 - Nov 16, 2018 Mahaiwe, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA

Arlo Guthrie‘s Alice’s Restaurant—Back By Popular Demand Tour will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the feature film “Alice’s Restaurant.” Guthrie’s son, Abe will join him onstage, along with longtime collaborators Terry “A La Berry,” Steve Ide, and Carol Ide of his former acclaimed band Shenandoah.

Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Oct 18, 2018 - Oct 23, 2018 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

American pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1. The early First Concerto exhibits the same spirit of Russian lyricism and virtuosity found in his perennially popular Second and Third concertos. Opening the program is John Harbison's Jazz Age-flavored foxtrot Remembering GatsbyClosing the program are excerpts from Prokofiev's ballet score Romeo and Juliet.

Boston Symphony Orchestra Performs Einfelde and Mahler

Oct 25, 2018 - Oct 30, 2018 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Director Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, soprano Ying Fang and mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink.. Dates and times: Octobert 25, 27 and 30 at 8 p.m.; October 26 at 1:30 p.m.

Contemporary Percussion Concerts

Oct 28, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018 Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA

The first concert, held outdoors, features Michael Pisaro’s "A wave and waves for one hundred percussion instruments," performed by the Talujon Percussion Ensemble, the Williams Percussion Ensemble, and guests. It is a rare, deep listening experience in which listeners are immersed in an ocean of sound.
The second concert, held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion, features music for percussion performed by the Talujon Percussion Ensemble, the Williams Percussion Ensemble, and guests.

Guitarist Jiji

Oct 28, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA

Jiji is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing an extensive range of music from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation. She charms audiences with fine  musicianship combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire.

Boston Pops Presents a Symphonic Night at the Movies with "Psycho"

Oct 29, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops visit The Bates Motel and perform the original score of the Alfred Hitchcock film, "Psycho," in sync with the film on the big screen. One of the greatest suspenseful thrillers of all time, this cinematic masterpiece comes alive with Bernard Herrmann's spine-tingling score performed live. Dates: October 29 and October 31.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Nov 2, 2018 - Nov 2, 2018 Mahaiwe, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA

The large ensemble re-creates contemporary pop, rock, and R&B hits in the style of earlier eras, from swing to doo-wop, ragtime to Motown. The live show is a Roaring 20s party mixed with a swinging 60s night with the Rat Pack and a bit of Motor City soul.

Magnificent Mozart with Cape Symphony

Nov 3, 2018 - Nov 4, 2018 Barnstable Performing Arts Center, 744 W Main Street Hyannis, MA

We look at the myths and facts behind Mozart's Requiem and perform the choral masterpiece. The Cape Symphony plays Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, “a little night music,” maybe his most popular work.

Pianist Sara Daneshpour at Highfield Hall

Nov 4, 2018 - Nov 4, 2018 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA

Pianist Sara Daneshpour has been charming audiences throughout the world for the past decade. Last summer, she performed the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jake Shimabukuro

Nov 4, 2018 - Nov 4, 2018 Cabot 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

Jake Shimabukuro has virtually reinvented the four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.” Throughout his rich and varied catalog of albums, Jake has captured the many moods of the ukulele.

Rufus Wainwright and All These Poses Anniversary Tour

Dec 5, 2018 - Dec 5, 2018 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

Singer, songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright starts a North American tour to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of his debut. With guest Rachel Eckroth, Wainwright and his band will perform material from both Rufus Wainwright (1998) and Poses (2001). Map http://www.emersoncolonialtheatre.com/calendar/rufus-wainwright/**

Paranormal

A Spirited Evening with David Raby

Nov 3, 2018 - Nov 3, 2018 Ventfort Hall,104 Walker Street Lenox, MA

Join David Raby for a paranormal investigation of the historic and haunted Ventfort Hall. He undauntedly enters haunted locations that would terrify others with hopes of contacting lingering spirits to discover why they remain. Before the investigation, he will give a brief history of the lives that once graced the hallways – and possibly still reside within. He also will describe evidence from previous investigations.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Harvest Party 2018 at Boston Public Market

Oct 25, 2018 - Oct 25, 2018 Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street Boston, MA

At this evening designed to showcase the best of New England, you can enjoy food samples from 30 Boston Public market vendors, 10 New England brewery and cidery pop-ups, live music and dancing, a $500 shopping spree for two winners, auction prizes, swag bags, photos with the giant Pumpking.

Theater

“Hamilton”

Sep 18, 2018 - Oct 30, 2018 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA

S 18-30 The biggest Broadway show in recent years is on the road for its first national tour. Written by award-winnering Lin Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton” tells the story of the founding of American, through an interracial cast that performs styles from rhapsody to rap. Map

“Hamilton”

Sep 18, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA

“Hamilton” is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, “Hamilton” is the story of America then, as told by America now.

“The Play That Goes Wrong” Presented by Lexus Broadway

Nov 7, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

“The Play That Goes Wrong” has been called “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen.” It is a murder mystery filled with mishaps and lunacy. Map