May23 THRU May 27
May23 THRU Jun 4
- $40; $50, VIP; $100, premium VIP
Move over Zuko and Kenickie: Greased lightnin’ ain’t got nothing on an angry god’s thunder. In the Gold Dust Orphans’ Greece: A High School Musical, an irreverent, raunchy mashup of that classic ’50s-set musical and a hodgepodge of Greek myths, Zeus may be king of the gods at work, but at home he’s just a dad at his wits’ end. When his teenage daughter gets caught meddling in human drama, he banishes her to an earthly public school to set her straight. That plan backfires when she meets a cute teen Trojan who has her ready to it give up (her immortality, that is). There’s going to be Hades to pay when all the comedic drama hits Machine May 4-June 4.
May23 THRU Jun 4
May23 THRU Jun 18
Students from the Gardner Museum’s Teens Behind the Scenes program host the 2nd annual “Teen Takeover” night—an event by teens and for teens—featuring rap, spoken word and step performances in Calderwood Hall, a DJ spinning in the Courtyard, art-making activities inspired by the museum’s current exhibit and snacks and refreshments. 5:30-9 pm.
Old Crow Medicine Show is perhaps best known for its bucolic, country-fried hit “Wagon Wheel.” Fun fact: Bob Dylan originally recorded the chorus of that song in 1973, but he never finished the track. OCMS frontman Ketch Secor picked up where he left off 25 years later, adding verses and cementing a certified Americana jam, which would go on to be famously covered by the likes of ’90s crooner-turned-country star Darius Rucker. So it’s fitting that the Nashville-based country/folk outfit was tapped to help celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Dylan’s iconic, Nashville-recorded Blonde on Blonde. Two tribute shows to that album evolved into a live album, and the Grand Ole Opry inductees will stop by the Orpheum Theatre in support of it on May 25.
May26 THRU May 27
May30 THRU Jun 11
With all the crazy content dominating the news cycle lately, preparing material for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update could very well be a full-time job. But Weekend Update co-anchor Michael Che is a multitasker who tours the country performing his frank, affably delivered stand-up act when he’s not riffing on current affairs alongside Colin Jost on Saturday nights. His tour stops in Boston, a city Che recently compared to the racist grandmother he loves despite her shortcomings. We’re fully prepared to get roasted—bring it, Che—when the comedian headlines back-to-back shows at the Wilbur Theatre on June 2.
- $85; $125 VIP
Bar Mezzana celebrates their first anniversary with a patio party featuring Aperol Spritzes and seasonal blender drinks, super-sized board games, Italian sausages and handmade fries, a Mozarella Bar, an Ice Cream Cart, music spun by DJ Brother Wayne and more. VIP ticket-holders enjoy a pre-party tasting featuring food from other area restaurants including Eventide, haley.henry, Myers+Chang, Cafe Sushi and Island Creek Oyster Bar. VIP tasting from 12:30-2 pm; GA party 2 pm.
- $29.75; includes book
For the average Joe, a diary is highly personal, its contents never meant to be seen by another human (often, we don’t even want to revisit them). Not so for David Sedaris, who has forged a massively successful career penning candid memoirs and essays chronicling the often mundane moments of his life through candid, witty, insightful prose. The prolific humorist and This American Life contributor drops by Harvard Book Store on June 4 to read from his new book Theft by Finding: Diaries, which contains entries spanning from 1977 to 2002—and marks the first time he’s published his diaries in their pure form.
- $95; $150 VIP
No child should ever go hungry, and at Taste of the Nation, a benefit to raise funds to battle childhood hunger, no guests will go empty-bellied either. The food fest for nonprofit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign will bring together chefs from more than 60 of the area’s buzziest restaurants—including Little Donkey, UNI, Row 34, Bar Mezzana, the Smoke Shop, Hojoko, Fat Hen, O Ya, Townsman and Oak & Rowan, to name just a few—who’ll serve up small bites and desserts. Taniya Nayak of the Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible and HGTV’s House Hunters will emcee the tasting, which will include wine, beer and cocktails to wash down all the delicious nibbles, so come ready to sip and sup.
Dr. Joanna Christodoulou and Brendan Mahan lead a discussion about dyslexia and ADHD and their effects on reading, attention span and the brain. Admission is free but space is limited so the event is first come, first served. Light refreshments will be provided.
Commonwealth Learning Center
220 Reservoir St.
Needham, MA 02494 United States
José Mateo Ballet Theatre presents this 9th annual Dance for World Community Festival, featuring free performances by more than 90 groups and companies, intro to dance lessons in hip-hop, ballet, swing, modern dance and other disciplines, food and activities and more.
- $50; $75 VIP
This year’s food fest featuring the best of the ‘Ville’s eats and drinks moves to a new location, Tufts Park, where more than 60 local restaurants and food trucks—plus a host of breweries and wineries—will serve up grubs and suds. Participating establishments include Brass Union, Fat Hen, Aeronaut, Highland Kitchen, Foundry on Elm, Juliet, Redbones, Roxy’s, Southern Kin, Bronwyn and Bon Me and many more, so come hungry and thirsty, friends. DJ Nate Bluhm provides the tunes to pig out to and proceeds benefit Somerville Home and the Walnut Street Center: good eats, good causes, good times.
Nathan Tufts Park
Somerville, MA 02144 United States
This 2nd annual benefit gala features dancing, music, appetizers, a complimentary drink ticket (and a cash bar), raffles and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit This Star Won’t Go Out, a nonprofit providing grants to families facing childhood cancer and providing resources for living expenses not covered by insurance. The dress code is “shine!”—silver, gold, sparkles, stars, and any other shiny garb encouraged. 21+.
On the eve of the retiring of his jersey, Big Papi will surrender himself to a roast to benefit his nonprofit the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. Emceed by comedian Josh Wolf, the night will feature roasts by former teammate Dustin Pedroia, Rob Gronkowski, local comics Bill Burr and Lenny Clarke, comedian Sarah Tiana, actor Anthony Mackie and many more.
Oct7 THRU Oct 8
Grammy Award winner and world-renowned, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer/director/musician, Bruno Mars, revealed details behind his massive upcoming global headline tour – The 24K Magic World Tour. This show comes to Boston for two shows, October 7 and 8, 2017.
You can buy tickets online at livenation.com.
The 24K Magic World Tour marks Mars’ first full-length tour since 2013’s hugely successful Moonshine Jungle World Tour, an international blockbuster that sold 2 million tickets worldwide across 155 sold-out dates.
Nov10 THRU Nov 12
Dec2 THRU Dec 4
The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of CraftBoston Spring and Holiday, presented by The Society of Arts and Crafts. This twice annual show features artists showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. For more information go to societyofcrafts.org.
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