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    SUMMER ARTS GUIDE

     
    Here are a few of our hand-selected picks, and don't forget to click on the "BosTix Deal" buttons for 1/2 Price, discount and other exclusive seats!

    ASTRO BOY & THE GOD OF COMICS

    Presented by Company One Theatre at BCA Plaza Theatre

    July 18 - August 16, 2014

    Lauded for its technical and artistic genius, Astro Boy & the God of Comics serves up live animation, interactive video, and a 1960s dream of the future. Astro Boy, a crime-fighting, sweet-faced robot, and his creator Osamu Tezuka, the real-life Father of Manga and "Walt Disney of Japan," explore the intersections of science, art, and family. Director and playwright Natsu Onoda Power's ...more


    Boston Landmarks Orchestra Free Wednesday Concert: Longwood Symphony

    Presented by Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Longwood Symphony Orchestra at DCR Hatch Shell on Boston Esplanade

    July 30, 2014

    The acclaimed orchestra of Boston’s medical community, Longwood Symphony,  is one of the Landmarks Orchestra’s longest running...more

    Grace Kelly

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    July 31, 2014

    When an artist sells out their first-ever gig at Boston’s world-renowned Scullers Jazz Club, people take notice. Especially if that artist is 11 years old. Grace Kelly has been wowing...more

    Harborwalk Sounds: Latimbop

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston (ICA) at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    July 31, 2014

    Co-led by Colombian bassist Esther Rojas and Cuban pianist Issac Delgado Jr., Latimbop is an explosive contemporary Cuban jazz and dance music group...more

    Liz Longley

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 1, 2014

    A young singer-songwriter of startling maturity, Philadelphia native Liz Longley has catapulted into the folk-pop consciousness. The recent Berklee School of Music grad possesses both a honeyed...more

    Pocahontas

    Presented by North Shore Music Theatre at North Shore Music Theatre

    August 1, 2014

    This historically accurate tale follows the life of Pocahontas from when she meets John Smith and the English colonists, to her marriage to John Rolfe, and her journey to England.


    First Fridays: White Hot

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston (ICA) at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    August 1, 2014

    Summer in the city? You don’t have to travel far to beat the heat. Don your summer whites and head to Boston’s waterfront for a sizzling dance party with refreshing cocktails, a cool...more

    Ballroom With A Twist

    Presented by North Shore Music Theatre at North Shore Music Theatre

    July 31 - August 1, 2014

    If you can't get enough of "Dancing with the Stars," "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" this is your chance to take your obsession to the next level...more

    Underscore Friday Evening

    Presented by Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at Tanglewood: Koussevitzky Music Shed

    August 1, 2014

    Capital Region resident discounts available.


    Andy Kindler

    Presented by Laugh Boston at Laugh Boston

    July 31 - August 2, 2014

     Andy Kindler is known in comedy circles as a troublemaker. Originally from New York, and now complaining from California, he annoys people all over the world. Andy is a frequent guest and...more

    Howie Day and Carbon Leaf

    Presented by Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park

    August 2, 2014

    Howie Day's emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows,...more

    Hot Club of San Francisco

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 3, 2014

    Inspired by the original Hot Club de France that featured gypsy guitar legend Django Reinhardt and iconic swing violinist Stephane Grappelli, Hot Club of San Francisco pays sparkling tribute to...more

    The Sound of Music

    Presented by New Bedford Festival Theatre at Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

    July 25 - August 3, 2014

    To celebrate its 25th Season of bringing the best of Broadway to Southern New England, Festival Theatre will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC –...more

    Boston Landmarks Orchestra Free Wednesday Concert: Boston Lyric Opera

    Presented by Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) at DCR Hatch Shell on Boston Esplanade

    August 6, 2014

    The Landmarks Orchestra proudly continues a series of highly successful collaborations with Boston Lyric Opera, David Angus, conductor. The program features excerpts and scenes from operas by...more

    The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 7, 2014

    Reinventing the standard jazz trio with a defiantly convention-breaking approach to improvisational music, The Bad Plus has carved out a niche as one of the most unique voices in modern music. The...more

    Harborwalk Sounds: Sarah McKenzie

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston (ICA) at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    August 7, 2014

    Australian pianist, vocalist, and composer Sarah McKenzie has already won wide recognition for her individualistic voice and skillful phrasing. She’s sung...more

    Anthony de Mare; Liaisons: Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 8, 2014

    Anthony de Mare is widely recognized as one of the world’s most versatile pianists. His recording Liaisons was hailed by The New York Times as “dynamic and stylish.” This project...more

    The Manhattan Transfer

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre

    August 8, 2014

     Tim Hauser, who founded the first Manhattan Transfer group, is joined by fellow founding member Alan Paul (nine times Grammy Award winner), Janis Siegel (nine time Grammy Award winner, 17...more

    Wavelengths: Mas Ysa

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston (ICA) at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    August 8, 2014

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    Wavelengths: Mas Ysa

     

    The project of composer Thomas Arsenault, Mas Ysa combines love songs, ecstatic pop, field recordings, and techno into mournful but...more

    Marcia Ball

    Presented by Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park

    August 8, 2014

    Marcia Ball is a woman with a reputation. The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter is famed worldwide for igniting a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time...more

    Collecting for the Boston Athenaeum in the 21st Century: Rare Books and Manuscripts

    Presented by Boston Athenaeum at Boston Athenæum

    April 23 - August 9, 2014

    This Exhibition is a celebration of some of the most beautiful and important rare books and manuscripts acquired by the Library since 2000. Some were gifts to the Athenæum by generous...more

    Brian Posehn

    Presented by Laugh Boston at Laugh Boston

    August 7 - August 9, 2014

     Comedian/actor/writer Brian Posehn always has a full plate in front of him. He is constantly touring as a stand-up comedian in the best comedy clubs and rock venues in the country. He just...more

    "Little Red Riding Hood" by WonderSpark Puppets

    Presented by Puppet Showplace Theatre at Puppet Showplace Theater

    August 6 - August 9, 2014

     Little Red loves to play games with her stuffed animals, especially her toy wolf! When she sets off on an adventure to deliver a basket of goodies to her Grandmother, she meets a REAL wolf...more

    Martin Sexton

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 9, 2014

    Owning one of the most powerful and dynamic voices in American popular music, Martin Sexton straddles the worlds of folk, soul, country and rock and roll with ease. For the last 25 years, his...more

    THE MANHATTANS

    Presented by Scullers Jazz Club at Scullers Jazz Club

    August 9, 2014

    Gregg Allman

    Presented by Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park

    August 9, 2014

    Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman is both a founding member of one of the biggest and most important American bands of all time, the still-active and thriving Allman Brothers Band, and...more

    Tina Packer's Women of Will

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 10, 2014

    Equal parts performance and masterclass, Women of Will is the remarkable summation of Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Tina Packer’s 40-plus years spent investigating all things...more

    The Addams Family

    Presented by Boston Children's Theatre

    August 8 - August 10, 2014

    All the characters you know and love- Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Uncle Fester, Pugsley and more- on stage for Boston Children’s Theatre’s Summer Studios 4 production of the musical...more

    Shakespeare on the Common: Twelfth Night

    Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company at Boston Common

    July 23 - August 10, 2014

    Join us on the Boston Common for Bard’s classic comedy of love in disguise. Follow the journey of Viola and Sebastian, twins separated by a shipwreck, as they encounter loss and love in...more

    Revels Boston Harbor Cruise & Sing II

    Presented by Revels

    August 12, 2014

    Revels' "floating pub sings" return!  Join us for a 2-hour sunset cruise around beautiful Boston Harbor as we sing sea chanteys and more from the Revels Book of Chanteys and Sea...more

    Ali Jackson

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 13, 2014

    A drummer of unique versatility with a deeply passionate style, Ali Jackson honors the revered roots of jazz drumming while also carrying the tradition into new progressive directions. Jackson has...more

    Cyrille Aimee

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 14, 2014

    Born of a Dominican mother and French father, the dynamic young Aimée brings an exotic, highly rhythmic-based approach to jazz singing, incorporating a Gallic gypsy swing with hints of...more

    Harborwalk Sounds: Song Yi Jeon Quintet

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston (ICA) at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    August 14, 2014

    Song Yi Jeon Quintet

     

    Contemporary Jazz

    Hailing from South Korea, Song Yi Jeon is a sophisticated singer and composer who deftly combines modern jazz harmony and...more

    JJ Grey and Mofro

    Presented by Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park

    August 14, 2014

    Over the course of six albums on Alligator Records and a decade of touring, JJ Grey's grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and...more

    Donal Fox

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 15, 2014

    Expertly fusing jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban rhythms, composer/pianist Donal Fox deliberately and delightfully muddles musical boundaries. His intricate compositions and dizzying improvisations...more

    Wavelengths: Juliana Huxtable and Venus X (DJ sets)

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston (ICA) at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    August 15, 2014

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    Wavelengths: Juliana Huxtable and Venus X

    (DJ sets)

     

    New York “nightlife princess” Juliana Huxtable also identifies as a DJ, former legal...more

    Ben Taylor, Heather Maloney, and Adam Ezra

    Presented by Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park

    August 15, 2014

    Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, was born into a musical world, but never sought to follow the footsteps of his famous parents.  A trip to the Caribbean gave him the push...more

    Kenny Brron Trio

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 16, 2014

    One of the most sought-after pianists of the post-bop era, Kenny Barron has played on literally hundreds of jazz recordings, many being some of the genre’s most iconic and beloved. His...more

    Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

    Presented by Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park

    August 16, 2014

    Four-time Grammy award winner Lyle Lovett and His Large Band always shake things up with an eclectic array of music styles incorporating country, folk, pop, gospel, blues, jazz and...more

    Swing Xing! with Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniola

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 17, 2014

    Swing Xing! Three Generations of Swing Guitar, showcases three of the top swing guitarists in the world. All hailing from different generations, this esteemed guitar trio combines the expert...more

    Christian McBride

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 17, 2014

    One of the most exciting jazz artists of the modern era, bassist Christian McBride has redefined both his instrument and the perceived boundaries of jazz itself. Unafraid to dip his toes into...more

    Singin' In The Rain

    Presented by Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston at Robinson Theater

    August 7 - August 17, 2014

    An audience favorite, Reagle's productions of Singin' In The Rain have received rave reviews and IRNE awards for best director, best musical, and best choreographer.  Director Kirby...more

    5 Funny Females

    Presented by Laugh Boston at Laugh Boston

    August 19 - August 20, 2014

     5 Funny Females™, www.5funnyfemales.com , a national touring stand-up comedy show with a line-up of the most talented up and coming female comedians across the United States which was...more

    Harborwalk Sounds: Oyinda + Bigfoot Wallace

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston (ICA) at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    August 21, 2014

    Nigerian-born and London-raised, singer/songwriter/producer Oyinda draws from both pop and the British electronica scene in hypnotic, emotionally complex tracks. A...more

    Speakeasy Circus

    Presented by Boston Circus Guild and American Repertory Theater at OBERON

    May 23 - August 22, 2014

    Celebrate the spirit of the roaring ‘20s with live music, glittering dancers, and jaw-dropping circus spectacle.

    Get dolled up in your finest threads and put on your dancing shoes!...more

    The Kingston Trio

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    August 22, 2014

    Known for their role in the folk revival of the early 60’s, their iconic takes on traditional folk classics like “Tom Dooley” and for their trademark three-part harmonies, The...more

    Pitter Patter Puppets

    Presented by Cape Rep Theatre at Cape Rep Outdoor Theatre

    June 27 - August 22, 2014

    Perfect for ages 2-6 and great fun for ages 7-100!

    Puppeteer Mary Wilson’s wildly popular puppet shows are interactive, inventive, and extremely funny.


    The Irish Rovers

    Presented by Spectacle Management at Barnstable Performing Arts Center

    August 22, 2014

     After nearly 50 years of the road, The Irish Rovers are ready to say Farewell to Rovin' with one final performance on Cape Cod on Friday, August 22 at 7:30pm at Barnstable Performing...more

    Cinderella

    Presented by North Shore Music Theatre at North Shore Music Theatre

    August 22, 2014

    The washing and waxing and scrubbing have been finished, but Cinderella's gown is ruined and her Stepmother and stepsisters have already left for the ball! Will the Fairy Godmother arrive in...more

    Wavelengths: Hooray for Earth

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston (ICA) at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    August 22, 2014

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    Wavelengths: Hooray for Earth

     

    Hooray for Earth emerged in Boston in 2005, finding a following before relocating to New York. Widely praised, their full-length...more

    Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers

    Presented by Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park

    August 22, 2014

    Best known for his tenure fronting the J. Geils Band, singer Peter Wolf was born and raised in the Bronx, and came from a family active in show business. His father was a dancer, song...more

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