ArtsBoston Top 10 – 7/19 – 24

Company One Theatre
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Now – August 13
Through an exhilarating series of scenes that blur the line between audience and actors, real stories and fantastical satire, The T Party casts an exuberant, kinky, and surprisingly tender look at gender expression and sexuality.


Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Boston Common
July 20 – August 7
In Love’s Labour’s Lost, friendship and loyalty are put to the test when romantic youthful notions of love encounter the challenges of adulthood. CSC’s free outdoor presentation of this high-spirited romantic comedy will both charm and touch the heartstrings.


Boston Landmarks Orchestra
DCR Hatch Shell on Boston Esplanade
July 20
The Gardner Museum co-hosts an evening honoring the life and passions of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Highlights from the museum’s collection – projected above the orchestra – will be shown in coordination with music, including Mussorgsky’s Pictures.


Flotsam Productions
BCA Plaza Theatre
Now – July 23
One day, on the Shore of Somewhere Else, a girl tells a boy that she is a mermaid, and it is true. A new play featuring music, magic, high-jinks, and danger, From the Sea, To Somewhere Else delivers an evening of smart, nimble, and whimsical beguilement for all ages.


Boston Midsummer Opera
Arsenal Center for the Arts
July 20 – 24
These two rarely performed one-act gems from the 19th century feature a wedding predicted…a wedding night thwarted! Il Campanello di Notte gives us a chance to enjoy Donizetti’s wit in double measure, followed by Mascagini’s lush L’Amico Fritz, which conjures up the power of renovation and renewal.


Happy Medium Theatre Company
BCA Plaza Black Box
Now – July 31
Recent Irish immigrant Brendan’s new life in America is suddenly turned upside-down when his mother’s ghost starts following him. Brendan is a funny, evocative, and wonderfully touching play about love, loss, and coming to terms with leaving the past behind you.


DCR Martini Shell at Hyde Park
July 23
This year’s festival features performances by The Jason Palmer Quintet, MIXCLA + 1 featuring Zahili Gonzalez Zamora, Alonso Blanco/Daniel Ian Smith Group, and Ron Reid’s Precious Metals Project.


Rockport Music
Shalin Liu Performance Center
July 24
Taking pop vocal music into bold new directions, The House Jacks are definitely not your grandfather’s a cappella group. The House Jacks put a modern, visceral spin on the genre, infusing their powerful vocals with precision harmonies.


Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
July 24
RUMBARROCO and the Venezuelan Association of Our Lady of Coromoto celebrate Simón Bolívar’s birthday with a day of free music, food, and the kickoff for Boston’s humanitarian aid campaign for Venezuela.


Rose Kennedy Greenway
July 24
The African Festival of Boston features the best of African arts and culture, including a wide range of performances, musicians, and artists to celebrate the heritage of Africa. This free festival serves a catalyst to raise wider public interest in the arts of Africa, as well as encourage artistic dialogue and cultural exchange.



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