Sep27 THRU Oct 2
In a co-production with the San Francisco Opera, the Boston Lyric Opera opens its 40th anniversary season with Calixto Bieito’s take on Bizet’s famed opera about a seductive gypsy woman who enchants and then destroys a sailor. Sung in French with English supertitles. Conducted by David Angus. Sept. 23, 25 and 30 and Oct. 2. See website for complete listings.
Sep27 THRU Oct 9
Sep27 THRU Oct 12
- a la carte
Legals celebrates the crustacean with a special menu of oyster-centric dishes, including variations on fried, baked and raw oysters, oyster stew and more. Guests can also enjoy a special Oyster Fest cocktail: The Deadrise ($10) of American Harvest organic vodka, muddled cucumber, lime and grapefruit bitters, as well as special events including Mollusk Mania (Oct 2.) an everything-oysters party.
Sep27 THRU Oct 30
The final brushstroke isn’t the finishing touch for Farzaneh and Bahareh Safarani, who use video projections to coax canvases to life. “We were sitting in our studio in front of one of our paintings and thinking, ‘What if the tablecloth in the painting could move?’ ” the identical twins recall, collaborating in correspondence as they do in their art. Born and raised in Tehran, the sisters started painting together at age 13 and have worked in concert ever since, earning master’s degrees in studio art at Northeastern and the SMFA this spring. Their recent work—like Asleep, shown here—depicts solitary figures in darkened interiors, but they aren’t quite alone; other presences soon move through the frame. “Every human being is a reflection of others,” the sisters write, nodding to the questions of identity that are central to their work. “[But the central figure] wants to explore herself without being disturbed by other presences. She wants to shape her own personality.” Catch their art in action at their exhibition Projecting Her, on view at Adelson Galleries from Sept. 16 through Oct. 30.
Sep28 THRU Dec 18
When Charlotte Brooks first picked up a camera for LOOK, the former aspiring social worker was photographing supermarket cheese displays for the advertising department. But before long, her assignments involved much bigger cheeses—she tagged along on the campaign trail with Eisenhower and Nixon—and Brooks began capturing history while making history herself as the magazine’s only female staff photographer. For the first retrospective of the pioneer’s career, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College digs into photos Brooks took for LOOK between 1951 and 1971, including this portrait of salsa sensation La Lupe, snapped after the singer’s exile from Cuba, and a photo essay that caught up with Brown v. Board of Education plaintiff Minnijean Brown after her relocation from Arkansas to a private integrated high school in New York. Take a look through Brooks’ eyes at the Davis from Sept. 28 to Dec. 18.
Kirkland Tap & Trotter hosts this first taste of Fort Point’s forthcoming Oak + Rowan, featuring a family-style four-course tasting menu ($60) from Oak + Rowan’s executive chef Justin Shoults and pastry chef Brian Mercury, as well as à la carte dishes at the bar. The menu will include dishes like Doppior avioli with smoked scallop, pumpkin and walnut, prime ribye with potato suzette, black trumpet and dorset cheese and more. Seatings start at 6 pm.
The powerhouse comedian, actress, recent memoirist and woman singlehandedly responsible for gifting us with the lines “Milk, milk, lemonade, round the corner, fudge is made // This is where my poo comes out. Talkin’ ’bout my fudge machine” hits the Garden to perform stand-up.
This closing night Boston Fashion Week shows features a couture vridal collection by Firas Yousif Originals and a Champagne reception.
Sep30 THRU Oct 9
- From $53
Move over, RuPaul! The leading ladies of Priscilla Queen of the Desert can be credited with the original drag race. Based upon the 1994 cult film of the same name, the Tony- and Laurence Olivier Award-winning musical tells the story of two drag queens and a transgender woman who team up to perform a drag show in a remote Australian resort town, encountering many misadventures en route. The Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s production has Broadway vets Larry Daggett, Andrew Giordano and Matthew Tiberi starring as the flamboyantly attired trio, who make their way through the Outback accompanied by a score of hit pop songs, from “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” to “I Will Survive.” Don’t forget to wear extra glitter to a performance at the Shubert Theatre, where Priscilla runs from Sept. 30 through Oct. 9.
Oct1 THRU Oct 2
Boston’s largest contemporary art festival returns to the Boston Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 8th. Dozens of artists from around the world will be displaying and selling their artwork for one night only. Proceeds will benefit the Boston Children’s Hospital.
Tickets available at futurearts.net
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The Fenway Alliance invites members of the community to enjoy free music, theatre, dance, public art, historic tours and lectures, walking tours of the Fenway, workshops, kids activities, food trucks and more.
The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of Monkey Helpers’ Annual Food Festivale at WGBH Studios. Enjoy an exciting evening of food, cocktails, live music and silent auction. For more information go to www.monkeyhelpers.org/festivale.
- $150; $250 VIP
The annual event to fight food waste and hunger features food from restaurants including Toro, Myers + Chang, Coppa, Puritan & Co., Tavern Road. Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa, Toro, Little Donkey) will be honored with the Thomas M. Menino Award for Leadership and chef Ming Tsai of Blue Dragon emcees the annual live charity auction. Guests who attend a VIP hour from 6 to 7 pm will enjoy cheese and charcuterie from Wasik’s Cheese Shop and New England Charcuterie, cocktails and Champagne, a chance to mingle with participating chefs and an award ceremony for Chef Bissonnette.
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