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    SUMMER IN THE CITY


    A curated list of the hottest events, performances, and festivals happening this summer.

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    2015 Jamaica Plain Porch Fest

    Presented by JP Arts Council

    July 11, 2015

    In its first year, the Jamaica Plain Porchfest featured 65 bands/solo musicians on 35 porches to a roving audience of 7000 people, and this year the free festival will be even bigger! In addition to music, JP Porchfest 2015 will also include circus arts, dance, spoken word, storytelling and theater.

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    The Big Quiz Thing

    Presented by Oberon at OBERON, Cambridge

    May 4 - July 6, 2015

    Step up, geeks: The Big Quiz Thing, the Boston area’s favorite live trivia event, is at Oberon the first Monday of every month. Quizmaster Wes Hazard presents five big rounds of multimedia...more

    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    July 8, 2015

    A master of the ngoni, an ancient traditional “spike lute” and ancestor of the banjo, Bassekou Kouyate embodies a sound that is “genius, a living proof that the blues comes...more

    The Greenway Sessions: El Feeling

    Presented by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and Berklee College of Music at Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Boston

    July 8, 2015

    El Feeling is probably the craziest Latin band you’ve ever seen. With rhythms from Colombia, they energize international audiences with their Latin folk sounds. They have been...more

    Harborwalk Sounds: Mad Satta

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston

    July 9, 2015

    With her cat eyes, crimson lips, hoop earrings, and larger-than-life husky, soulful vocals, Mad Satta frontwoman Joanna Teters calls to mind Amy Winehouse (who the band happens to cover...more

    2015 Summer Music Series: Sol y Canto

    Presented by Multicultural Arts Center at Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge

    July 9, 2015

    Thursday, July 9 @ Noon

    Sol y Canto is the nationally-touring and Boston Music Award winning Pan-Latin ensemble led by Puerto Rican/Argentine singer and bongo player Rosi Amador and New...more

    "Play in Public Art" a panel discussion

    Presented by The Lawn on D at The Lawn on D, Boston

    July 9, 2015

    After decades of bronze memorials, whimsical public art is reinvigorating Boston’s public spaces this summer. What's more, this playful spirit is drawing huge crowds. From Höweler + Yoon...more

    Wavelengths: Martha Wainwright / Zs

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston

    July 10, 2015

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    Bat House

    Presented by Berklee College of Music at The Lawn on D, Boston

    July 10, 2015

    Born in the depths of an Allston, Massachusetts basement, Bat Housecombines mixed, metered grooves with melodic tapping and sweeping soundscapes to create a unique mixture of math rock tinged...more

    Fair Verona Festivals: Free Community Arts Days

    Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and City of Boston

    July 10, 2015

    As part of its Shakespeare OFF the Common program, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has partnered with three Boys & Girls Clubs in Boston neighborhoods to curate open-air Fair...more

    Friday Afternoon Concert Series: The Ivy Age

    Presented by The Ivy Age

    July 10, 2015

    The Ivy Age is the folk rock project of best friends and bandmates Tom Freeman and Dillon Rovere. They met when Freeman responded to a posting about an available Boston apartment in 2010, and...more

    Free Fun Friday! at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute

    Presented by Highland Street Foundation

    July 10, 2015

    Now entering its seventh year, Free Fun Fridays 2015 boasts 10 weeks of free events starting June 26 and ending August 28—that’s 70 fantastic frugal ways for you to spend Fridays this...more

    Free Fun Friday! at the New England Historic Genealogical Society

    Presented by Highland Street Foundation

    July 10, 2015

    It’s that time of year again: for 10 weeks this summer, you can get into 70 museums, art centers, zoos, and cultural institutions for free. No, you’re not dreaming. On June 26, the...more

    Boston Hip-Hop Fest

    Presented by Leedz Edutainment at Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge

    July 11, 2015

    Presented by Leedz Edutainment, the Boston Hip Hop Fest is a daylong event featuring an all-local lineup, including Dutch ReBelle, Slaine, STL GLD, Reks and many more.


    Fair Verona Festivals: Free Community Arts Days

    Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and City of Boston

    July 11, 2015

    As part of its Shakespeare OFF the Common program, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has partnered with three Boys & Girls Clubs in Boston neighborhoods to curate open-air Fair...more

    In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    April 5 - July 12, 2015

    The Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011, and an enormous wave of water swept through towns in the T?hoku (Northeast) region, destroying virtually everything in its path and...more

    Intrude

    Presented by The Lawn on D at The Lawn on D, Boston

    July 9 - July 12, 2015

    As the latest temporary outdoor installation to be part of the D Street ArtLAB WonderLAND exhibit, Intrude features five giant illuminated white inflatable rabbits standing on The Lawn. The two...more

    Orfeas

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    July 15, 2015

    Opa! North America’s premiere Greek American band returns to the Courtyard for a summer evening of music made for dancing.

     


    Opening Night: Rhapsody in Green

    Presented by Boston Landmarks Orchestra at DCR Hatch Shell on Boston Esplanade, Boston

    July 15, 2015

    Mysteries of the sea resonate in Debussy’s La Mer and Hovhaness’sAnd God Created Great Whales, a work featuring actual whale songs. Hometown favorite Jayne West performs Berklee...more

    The Greenway Sessions: Jive McFly

    Presented by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and Berklee College of Music at Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Boston

    July 15, 2015

    Jive McFly is a Boston-based band specializing in a blend of funk, rock, and pop. They have spent the last few years expanding their fan base by playing at local Boston venues such as the Red...more

    Harborwalk Sounds: Ripe

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston

    July 16, 2015

    Like any good pop-funk dance band, Ripe is dedicated to creating an unforgettable live performance. The seven-piece Boston-based band is heavily influenced by psychedelic music, evident...more

    2015 Summer Music Series: Borges and Ward

    Presented by Multicultural Arts Center at Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge

    July 16, 2015

    Thursday, July 16 @ Noon

    Borges and Ward pull from two distinctly Brazilian forms of music, Samba and Bossa Nova. Bossa Nova was born from Samba in the 1950s bringing the jazz element into...more

    The Decline and Rebirth of a City: 1929-1969

    Presented by Boston By Foot

    July 16, 2015

    Experience Boston’s own great depression from 1929 to its eventual revival by 1969 on this Decline and Rebirth of a City walking tour. From the iconic Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Commons...more

    Animal Flag

    Presented by Berklee College of Music at The Lawn on D, Boston

    July 17, 2015

    Animal Flag is like a rainy day: their lo-fi indie rock creates something that could be attributed to melancholy, but when approached with the right mind-set, it is an intimate, ethereal...more

    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

    Presented by Boston Bowery at The Lawn on D, Boston

    July 17, 2015

    In 2002, in the midst of a year of sleeplessness, and novel-writing, Alex Ebert created two things: A distracted, deformed, and hopelessly romantic messianic character named Edward Sharpe, and a...more

    Wavelengths: How to Dress Well

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston

    July 17, 2015

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    Free Fun Friday! at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Presented by Highland Street Foundation and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    July 17, 2015

    What’s better than a Friday in the summer? A free Friday in the summer! Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on July 17, 2015, for tours, art, and more—all for free—during our...more

    Free Fun Friday! at The TD Garden Sports Museum

    Presented by The Sports Museum and Highland Street Foundation at TD Garden, Boston

    July 17, 2015

    THE SPORTS MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN ALL DAY, FREE OF CHARGE, FROM 10:00 - 4:00.  NO TICKETS OR RESERVATIONS NECESSARY 

    To celebrate there will be a host of activities for the whole...more

    Play Day

    at The Lawn on D, Boston

    July 18, 2015

    Inspired by the great success of The Lawn on D’s acclaimed Swing Time, Play Day brings together some of the country’s most creative play sculptures, games and interactive activities. Dedicated...more

    3rd Annual Boston Urban Arts Festival

    Presented by Save Our Streets-Boston, Inc. at Francis D. Martini Memorial Shell Park, Boston

    July 18, 2015

    The Urban Arts Festival is a free event to display and encourage the arts within the Boston community and promote positive creative outlets among its youth to prevent violence, all while...more

    Court Ladies or Pin-Up Girls? Chinese Paintings from the MFA, Boston

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    December 20, 2014 - July 19, 2015

    Across all cultures, physical allure has been a central focus of depicting women in art. In China, the rich visual cultures of the region have produced many different images of women in accordance...more

    Outside the Box Festival

    Presented by Outside The Box at Boston Common, Boston

    July 14 - July 19, 2015

    Outside the Box is back and better than ever! This July 14th through the 19th, over one hundred artists and organizations from Boston and beyond will gather on Boston Common to share their...more

    Festival Betances

    Presented by Inquillinos Boricaus en Accion at Villa Victoria Center for The Arts, Boston

    July 17 - July 19, 2015

    Festival Betances is “New England’s longest-running Latino cultural celebration.” In addition to parades, dance performances and a grease pole contest, the free festival features plenty of...more

    The Greenway Sessions: 3 Sudacas

    Presented by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and Berklee College of Music at Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Boston

    July 22, 2015

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    Heat Wave

    Presented by American Repertory Theater and Oberon at OBERON, Cambridge

    July 22, 2015

    At this mid-summer jamboree, poet Anne Champion, writer/comedian We Hazard, comedian Sam Jay, Harvard Kennedy School lecturer and writer Tim McCarthy, and writer Sara Sweeney will divulge the...more

    Harborwalk Sounds: Oh, Malo / Lily Burns

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston

    July 23, 2015

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    The Passion Pit with Broods

    Presented by Boston Bowery at The Lawn on D, Boston

    July 23, 2015

    Go back to the beginning of Passion Pit, because we have never left that time. Rewind. Musicians are tuning up in the orchestra pit at the Met. This is too close to now, but this sound is...more

    Wavelengths: !!! (DJ Set)

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston

    July 24, 2015

    Positively raring with the joys of sproingy bass, synthesized squelches, and stubborn, repetitive beats,” according to the Guardian, !!! is irresistible on the dance floor....more

    3 Sudacas

    Presented by Berklee College of Music at The Lawn on D, Boston

    July 24, 2015

    3 Sudacas are a trio formed by Esther Rojas from Colombia (bass), Marianella Rojas from Venezuela (voice/percussion), and Eduardo Mercuri from Brazil (guitar). They fuse traditional...more

    Free Fun Friday! Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

    Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Highland Street Foundation

    July 24, 2015

    FREE and Open to the Public
    Thanks to the generous support of the Highland Street Foundation, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is proud to present its annual FREE FUN FRIDAY! CSC is one...more

    Free Fun Friday! Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Presented by Arnold Arboretum and Highland Street Foundation at Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston

    July 24, 2015

    Come to the Arboretum on July 24, 2015 and enjoy FREE activities from10 am to 3 pm, part of the Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays program. 

    At the...more

    Raunch

    Presented by Improv Asylum at Improv Asylum, Boston

    October 21, 2014 - July 25, 2015

    Saturday nights at midnight, Improv Asylum gathers members of the Main Stage, NXT, and alums together to perform some adults-only improv that needs to be seen to be believed!


    Mark Rothko's Harvard Murals

    Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge

    November 16, 2014 - July 26, 2015

    Harvard Art Museums’ new presentation of Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals features innovative, noninvasive digital projection as a conservation approach. The exhibition returns this...more

    Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca • Apollinaire in the Park 2015

    Presented by Apollinaire Theatre Company

    July 8 - July 26, 2015

    Blood Wedding • Bodas de Sangre by Federico García Lorca

    Apollinaire in the Park 2015 produced in collaboration with 
    Escena Latina Teatro...more

    The Cambridge Jazz Festival

    July 26, 2015

    Cambridge Jazz Festival returns for its second year at University Park Commons, Sidney Street, Cambridge MA. Last year, the festival drew over 2,500 Jazz lovers to hear world...more

    Boston and the Law Walking Tour

    Presented by Boston By Foot

    July 26, 2015

    Decisions made in Boston's courtrooms have had far-reaching and long-lasting effects. Join us on this tour of Boston's historic and contemporary courthouses as we explore Boston's fascinating...more

    Beethoven Symphony No. 9: A Community Celebration

    Presented by Handel and Haydn Society at Copley Square, Boston

    July 26, 2015

    A free outdoor performance of Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9 (“Ode to Joy”) in the heart of Copley Square. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy one of the most recognizable works of...more

    The Booby Trap

    Presented by Improv Asylum at Improv Asylum, Boston

    October 21, 2014 - July 27, 2015

    Work all weekend and feel like there is nothing to do on "your Saturday"? Come down to Improv Asylum and party like you only have to brunch the next day!

    The Booby Trap is...more

    House Teams

    Presented by Improv Asylum at Improv Asylum, Boston

    September 3, 2013 - July 28, 2015

    Improv Asylum's House Teams are where students and alums of our Training Center get together to present some of the freshest faces in Boston Comedy.

    Every Tuesday, teams of students...more

    The Greenway Sessions: Oh Malo

    Presented by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and Berklee College of Music at Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Boston

    July 29, 2015

    Oh, Malô (oh-muh-low) presents colorful soundscapes through their eclecticism, inspired by a series of emotions and experiences. Founded in 2014, the band had immediate chemistry and...more

    Harborwalk Sounds: Wambura Mitaru and the Maua

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston

    July 30, 2015

    Now returning for her third Harborwalk Sounds is audience favorite Wambura Mitaru. The classically trained Nairobi, Kenya, native has performed throughout the world, receiving acclaim for...more

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