July Staff Picks

Figment Boston 2017: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
July 22 – 23| Free
FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy. It’s a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. For one weekend each summer, The Rose Kennedy Greenway transforms into a large-scale collaborative artwork – and then it’s gone. FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines.

Shakespeare on the Common – Romeo & Juliet: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
July 19 – August 2| BosTix Deal Available

Perhaps the most famous love story of all time, Romeo & Juliet is this year’s Free Shakespeare on the Common. The Capulet and Montague families have been engaged in a multi-generational feud, causing much distress and havoc in the city of Verona; but when young Romeo, son of the Montagues’, meets Juliet, the daughter of the Capulets’, their immediate love blossoms and accepts no barriers, with tragic results. One of Greater Boston’s most beloved traditions, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company returns with Shakespeare’s drama of doomed teenage love. Tickets are on sale through BosTix for the Friends Section Preferred Seating.

Harborwalk Sounds: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Now – August 31| Free
This partnership between The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and Berklee College of Music – a perennial summertime favorite – brings the city’s most talented young musicians to the waterfront for ICA Free Thursday nights all summer long. Gather by the water for food, drinks, and amazing free concerts, plus free museum admission. A perfect Boston summer evening. Click here for full schedule → 

American Moor: O.W.I. (Bureau of Theatre) and Phoenix Theatre Ensemble 
July 19 – August 12| BosTix Deal Available
A black actor auditioning for the role of Othello finds himself torn between wanting the role of a lifetime and having to engage an age-old process that invariably ends up with a large black man on stage responding to white decision makers who presume to understand, and ultimately dictate, how a charismatic, intelligent, black man should behave in society. Powerful, dynamic, humorous, at times confrontational, at times ironic, yet truthful throughout, American Moor (an 85-minute solo play written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb) becomes a deeply moving exploration about race in America, of how we see only what we want to see of one another, and how the pall of privileged perspectives is ultimately so injurious to us all. It asks, Who gets to make art in America? Whose perspectives matter? Why must only certain roles be relegated to actors of color? What will it take for us to wholly embrace one another?

Music Mountain Summer Festival
Now – September 17| BosTix Deal Available
Head outside of Boston for a musical adventure! Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Its summer festival season includes a 16-concert Chamber Music series and a Twilight series of jazz, big band, Gilbert & Sullivan, and cabaret concerts – with dancing on its outdoor dance floor!

Hero Image: © 2013 Greg Harris, FIGMENT Boston

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