ArtsBoston Top 10 – Week of 7/26 – 31
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Now – 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 charm and touch the heartstrings.
Boston Landmarks Orchestra
DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade
One of the greatest dramatic singers of her generation, soprano Jane Eaglen headlines a powerhouse program featuring highlights from Wagner’s Ring including “The Ride of the Valkyries.” Boston Landmarks Orchestra will also be joined by One City Choir, Back Bay Chorale, and the North End Music and Performing Arts Center for this week’s free outdoor concert.
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Bahamian bassist and singer Selah Poitier combines deep expressive vocals with an eclectic range of genres from modern jazz and neo soul, to hip-hop and R&B, to blues and funk, with some gospel, Afropop, and reggae for good measure. Haborwalk Sounds brings the city’s most talented young musicians to the waterfront for ICA Free Thursday nights all summer long.
Apollinaire Theatre Company
Now – July 31
In the shadow of war, Claudius has used his charm and treachery to win the crown and the Queen. Prince Hamlet returns home to an unrecognizable political landscape and is compelled by an apparition to avenge his father’s death. The audience will move along with the action as Apollinaire Theatre presents this free production of the classic Shakespearean tragedy.
Scullers Jazz Club
The Django Festival All-Stars carry on the legacy of the great ‘gypsy’ guitarist Django Reinhardt – hot jazz at its best! Its star, Dorado Schmitt is a gypsy music legend in the true style of Django.
Design Museum Boston
Fort Point Channel Park
July 29 – 31
The Urban Innovation Festival is an exciting three-day hack-a-thon, bringing artists, designers, and innovators together with community stakeholders to highlight how design can activate a space, making it safer, more enjoyable, and more livable. Solutions will be prototyped and presented: new street lighting approaches, concepts for pedestrian wayfinding signage, community identity opportunities, and more.
The Wilbur Theatre
With landmark albums The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, Pink Floyd created some of the most visual music in history, combining psychedelic lyrics with lush soundscapes and iconic album cover art. Paramount’s Laser Spectacular brings it to life in a stunning choreographed laser and light show that invites you on a mind-expanding journey.
Rose Kennedy Greenway
July 30 – 31
FIGMENT Boston returns to the Rose Kennedy Greenway with its free, annual participatory arts festival. Both days will be filled with interactive art projects, dance performances, and music to inspire creativity and break down the wall between spectator and artist, encouraging everyone to participate!
The Cambridge Jazz Festival returns for a free local celebration of jazz and community. This year’s line-up includes Cambridge Nadia Washington, Ron Savage Trio, Walter Beasley, the Afro-Latin Blend Ensemble, and more.
Boston City Hall Plaza
This free celebration honors the history, values, traditional music, food, and local arts and crafts of the Puerto Rican community. The festival includes face painting for kids, storytelling of Puerto Rican folktales and legends, presentations of eco-friendly gardening and cooking techniques, and teaching of Puerto Rican musical percussion.