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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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    Crossing

    Presented by American Repertory Theater and A Far Cry at Citi Shubert Theatre, Boston

    May 29 - June 6, 2015

    Experience the world premiere of a new American opera, directed by Diane Paulus. Inspired by the diary Walt Whitman kept as a nurse during the Civil War, this world premiere opera by the extraordinary young composer Matthew Aucoin explores how the individual experiences of soldiers are remembered and told. As Whitman listens to wounded veterans share their memories and messages, he forges a bond with a soldier ...more


    Josh Blue

    Presented by Laugh Boston at Laugh Boston, Boston

    May 29 - May 30, 2015

    From comedy clubs and theatre engagements, to college campuses and corporate events, wherever he takes the stage Josh elicits a wildly appreciative crowd response. His uncanny ability to improvise...more

    Audra McDonald

    Presented by Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Boston

    June 2, 2015

    A modern Broadway legend, Audra McDonald is not only the first person to win Tony awards in all four acting categories, but she is also the most decorated actor in Broadway history with six...more

    Boston Accents

    Presented by Laugh Boston at Laugh Boston, Boston

    November 12, 2014 - June 3, 2015

    Boston Accents features the best stand-up comedians in Boston, from legends that have put Boston comedy on the map, to the next generation of nationally known comics from our city.


    So Percussion

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

    June 5, 2015

    Experience the groundbreaking quartet as they “ignite enthusiasm for percussion music old and new” (The New York Times).

    For over a decade, S? Percussion has redefined...more

    Mother Moses

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

    June 5, 2015

    Mother Moses is a folk/rock band that was formed in 2013 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Jon Cox. The band consists of Cox, Ellen “the Steam Freak” Shultz (vocals), Collin...more

    37th Annual Coolidge Corner Arts Festival

    Presented by Coolidge Corner Arts Festival

    June 6, 2015

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    Gospel Night

    Presented by Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Boston

    June 6, 2015

    Joined this year by gospel legends 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. The Blind Boys are...more

    Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Presented by Faneuil Hall Marketplace at Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market), Boston

    June 6, 2015

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    Brent Morin

    Presented by Laugh Boston at Laugh Boston, Boston

    June 4 - June 6, 2015

    Featuring Ryan Donahue and Langston Kerman

    Brent Morin, Connecticut raised but LA-based, worked for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, and continues to work for Conan...more

    Emily Heller: Please Consider This Tour

    Presented by Laugh Boston at Laugh Boston, Boston

    June 7, 2015

    Emily Heller is a comedian and writer who likes you very much. You may have seen her on ConanThe Meltdown with Jonah and KumailJohn Oliver’s New York...more

    Laugh. Out. Proud.

    Presented by Laugh Boston at Laugh Boston, Boston

    June 7, 2015

    Hosted by Will Smalley
    Featuring Sam Jay and Emma Willmann

    In 2014, Emma Willmann was featured on the cover of Time Out NY as one of the top ten funniest females in New...more

    Evan Sayet

    Presented by Laugh Boston at Laugh Boston, Boston

    June 10, 2015

    Evan Sayet is the nation's leading conservative political comedian. He has headlined events from David Horowitz's Restoration Weekend to the Reagan Dinner at CPAC, appeared repeatedly on Fox...more

    Evergreen: Sumie Kaneko Solo Concert

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

    June 11, 2015

    Japanese Koto & Shamisen player and Jazz singer songwriter Sumie (Sumi-é) Kaneko has been recognized as a pioneer by her uniquely chromatic use of the instruments. Join us for an...more

    Simply Sondheim

    Presented by Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Boston

    June 10 - June 11, 2015

    America's Orchestra will honor America's greatest living musical theatre composer with an all-new tribute celebrating his remarkable body of work. Hearing the range of his music-from the...more

    BEMF Mini Keyboard Festival

    Presented by Boston Early Music Festival and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    June 12, 2015

    Hear world-renowned master artists perform on the MFA’s period instruments, with three individual lectures and demonstrations on the harpsichord, fortepiano,...more

    Boston Festival of Bands

    Presented by Metropolitan Wind Symphony at Faneuil Hall, Boston

    June 13, 2015

    The Metropolitan Wind Symphony, which founded the Boston Festival of Bands, will host the 27th annual
    Boston Festival of Bands at historic Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Square, (adjacent to...more

    Cirque de la Symphonie

    Presented by Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Boston

    June 12 - June 13, 2015

    After last year's sold-out performances, the Boston Pops is delighted to bring back Cirque de la Symphonie's magical fusion of circus with live orchestral music. Aerial flyers, acrobats,...more

    2015 Boston Pride Festival

    Presented by Boston Pride at City Hall Plaza, Boston

    June 13, 2015

    Boston Pride is delighted to welcome Estelle, Kevin Yee, Billy Gilman, Johnny Blazes and The Pretty Boys, Mary Lambert, Nhojj, and Jack Romanov, to the 2015 Pride Stage.


    Sue Costello

    Presented by Laugh Boston at Laugh Boston, Boston

    June 12 - June 13, 2015

    Featuring Brian Glowacki and Lamont Price

    At five feet three inches, Sue Costello may look harmless, but once she opens her mouth, it is obvious that...more

    Over There! Posters from World War I

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

    July 26, 2014 - June 14, 2015

    Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, this exhibition features fifty wartime posters from the United States and Europe—including select examples from Britain,...more

    The Sunday Night Show

    Presented by Improv Asylum at Improv Asylum, Boston

    November 24, 2014 - June 14, 2015

    Come finish up your weekend with us. The Sunday Night Show features a blend of improv and new sketches each week. No rules and definitely never the same show twice. Members of the Main...more

    Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty

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

    April 15 - June 14, 2015

    In an intimate exhibition featuring master drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, the star is a study of an angel that the art historian Sir Kenneth Clark called “the most...more

    Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

    Presented by Boston Dragon Boat Festival

    June 14, 2015

    ome celebrate the 36th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, June 14, 2015, from 12pm-5pm. Spectators will be able to watch brightly colored Hong Kong style dragon boats, piloted...more

    Vanity Project

    Presented by Improv Asylum at Improv Asylum, Boston

    September 3, 2014 - June 17, 2015

    Improv Asylum founders/original cast members Chet Harding and Norm Laviolette join Artistic Director Jeremy Brothers, as well as alums and special guests to perform two extended sets of...more

    Hubbub Festival

    Presented by Boston Book Festival at Copley Square, Boston

    June 20, 2015

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    Felipe Esparza

    Presented by Laugh Boston at Laugh Boston, Boston

    June 18 - June 20, 2015

    Felipe Esparza is a comedian and actor, best known for his raw, real-life comedy that audiences everywhere can relate to. With his signature wild hair and his often-imitated...more

    Restoring a Legacy: Rothschild Family Treasures

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

    March 2 - June 21, 2015

    This exhibition celebrates recent gifts to the MFA that tell a story of a great European collection, which was looted during the Nazi era and ultimately restored to its rightful owners. The...more

    The Greenway Sessions: Night Lights

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

    June 24, 2015

    With members from Mexico, Japan, California, and Norway, Night Lights bring together an eclectic assortment of sounds influenced by indie, rock, and soul music. The...more

    IAN

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

    June 26, 2015

    When IAN releases a new tape of their sad-girl anthems, there is a whole lot to be happy about. Thanks to the magic of BUFU Records, the band’s quiet bedroom pop is taken out of...more

    Cambridge Dance Party 2015

    Presented by City of Cambridge Dance Party

    June 26, 2015

    Join thousands of Cambridge residents and visitors who will gather in front of Cambridge City Hall for this annual dance extravaganza. Celebrate summer with an evening of community and music....more

    The Donkey Show

    Presented by American Repertory Theater at OBERON, Cambridge

    September 6, 2014 - June 27, 2015

    Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus's celebrated smash hit The Donkey Show brings you the ultimate disco experience - a crazy circus of mirror balls and feathered divas, of roller...more

    All The Single Ladies (Quincy Market)

    Presented by Improv Asylum at Ned Devine's, Boston

    May 2 - June 27, 2015

    All the Single Ladies is the latest production from Improv Asylum, offering bachelorette parties and "girls nights out" groups a wild night of comedy, dancing, and a whole lot of...more

    Joey Diaz

    Presented by Laugh Boston at Laugh Boston, Boston

    June 25 - June 27, 2015

    Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in North Bergen, NJ, Joey ‘CoCo’ Diaz has quickly become one of the most sought-after actors and comedians in the entertainment industry today. His love of...more

    Shear Madness

    Presented by Shear Madness at Charles Playhouse, Boston

    September 19, 2014 - June 28, 2015

    Discover for yourself why over 8 million people around the world have seen Shear Madness, the uproarious whodunit where the audience gets to solve the crime. A mixture of improvisation...more

    Ghost Train Orchestra

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

    July 1, 2015

    A favorite of popular NPR radio show Radiolab, the revivalist ensemble Ghost Train Orchestra celebrates the release of their new hot jazz album, Hot Town.


    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

    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

    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

    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.

     


    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    Fair Verona Festivals: Free Community Arts Days

    Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and City of Boston

    July 10 - July 17, 2015

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    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

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