Are your kids feeling imaginative? Well, grab your family and come on out to flex those creative muscles at Kerplunk!, where each show is a unique musical adventure created from audience suggestions. Whether it's filled with space pirates, talking dogs or trees that like to wrap people up in hugs, every performance is based on fresh ideas from the crowd, so no two shows are the same at the Rockwell in Somerville.
Saturday October 14, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday October 28, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday November 11, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday November 25, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday December 9, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday December 23, 2017 / 11:00am
The legendary Boston Celtics are taking the court at TD Garden for another year of action-packed antics on the court. If you had to describe the Celts in one word, the one to go with would be "teamwork." Instead of relying on standout stars, this team is the shining example of what it means to work together on the court. When people tell them they need a superstar player, they're quick to respond that all five guys on the court are the superstar, combined Voltron-like into a well-oiled basketball machine. Oh, and a couple of tips from the TD Garden regulars: Grab a beer and a snack at McGann's or Trillium Brewing before hitting up the game, or check out the original Pizza Regina. After the game, grab a pastry from Mike's in the North End (but be prepared for a wait -- everyone knows about their insanely good cannolis).
Monday October 2, 2017 / 7:30pm (vs. Charlotte Hornets)
Meet the sweet, trashy and slightly hot Kathy, the newly widowed owner of a hardware store. Kathy hasn't quite been herself lately ... Not only did she yarn bomb the family hardware store (which, if it were a craft store, would have been FANTASTIC), she also gave it away to a complete stranger. Needless to say, her big mouthed-college-age daughter is just a tad PO'd, and she wants the store back. Alligator Road is a new comedic and heartfelt play from Callie Kimball showing at the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham that'll explore family dynamics and entitlement.
Thursday October 19, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm
Let the melodies of a lost Chinese civilization carry you away with this breathtaking show presented by Falun Dafa Association of New England. The rippling notes of the pipa transport you to an imperial banquet, where maidens dance under a silvery moon. In a sudden shift, powerful drumbeats conjure an ancient battlefield where the valor of heroes stands out. The New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra was formed in response to the many theatergoers who longed to hear the music of Shen Yun -- the phenomenally successful dance spectacular -- in concert form. Shen Yun's approach, from the composition to the expression of the music, results in a vivid sound with deep emotional range. It's the ultimate in musical storytelling. The Orchestra's performance at Boston Symphony Hall features Shen Yun's most celebrated original compositions and award-winning singers, along with timeless orchestral classics by Dvorak, Suppé and Tchaikovsky.
Cameron Mackintosh's exciting new tour of The Phantom of the Opera brings the dramatic doomed love triangle to the Boston Opera House. Described by critics as "bigger and better than ever before," the latest edition of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical masterpiece offers bold new staging with original costumes, fresh choreography and exciting special effects (including the legendary chandelier) -- plus a soaring score filled with memorable songs like "Masquerade," "The Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You." Mackintosh is known for producing sensational musical hits like Miss Saigon, Cats, Mary Poppins and Les Misérables (both the live show and the 2012 Oscar-nominated film), but Phantom might just be his best work ever. It's certainly the biggest -- with a cast and orchestra of 52, this Phantom is one of the largest musical productions currently on tour.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 1:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 6:30pmTuesday September 26, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm
There's a reason why actresses like Ethel Merman, Patti Lupone and Bette Midler have wanted to play the mother of all musical roles. Gypsy is that good. Even The New York Times says it "may be the greatest of all American musicals." Only an epic this grand could capture the real-life Mama Rose, the ultimate stage mother, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to watch one of them leave it all behind to become the burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. With a book by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), music by Jule Styne (Funny Girl) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods), this timeless favorite features crowd-pleasing songs like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Together Wherever We Go," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch this classic at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 3:00pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm
Be there at Boston's Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory for a live recording of From the Top, the popular NPR showcase of America's best young classical musicians! Time for Three -- violinist Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violinist Charles Yang, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer -- will join 17-year-old cellist Shannon Ross; 17-year-old violist Yong-Ha Jung; 17-year-old violinist Julian Rhee; and Trio Giocoso, featuring 12-year-old violinist Eleanor Markey, 10-year-old cellist Oan Woo Park and 12-year-old pianist Hyeonuk Park.
Slip back in time and space to 1930s Paris for one evening when the Sinti Rhythm Quartet brings their swinging hot-jazz sound to the recently restored 1793 Carriage House at Waltham's Gore Place. Inspired by the music of gypsy guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt and well-known throughout the Northeast, these four talented musicians have played various Reinhardt-focused festivals and enjoyed a three-year residency at Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge. Come early for the concert and enjoy the gardens and grounds of the estate, too.
Cast off the daily drudgery of offices and computers for the fanciful world of magic, knights, kings and minstrels at King Richard's Faire, The New England Renaissance Festival's 36th season. Hundreds of talented acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, minstrels, comedy acts, fire eaters and more perform non-stop throughout the day. Try your hand at games of skill, experience exciting rides and witness the King's mounted knights battle on horseback. Discover over 100 talented artisans who display and sell their magnificent wares, including blown glass, portrait paintings, hand-spun pottery, swords, jewelry, leather, armor, period clothing, psychic readings, perfumes, scented oils and more. Satisfy your appetite with epicurean treats for sale, including spit-roasted giant turkey legs, bowls of chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, champagne, wine and beer. Your arrival calls for a royal welcome at King Richard's Faire in Carver.
Good for September 30, October 1 or October 9, 2017 @10:30am-6:00pm
The Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Boston's medical community, presents an evening of Russian masterworks at Boston's Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory. Beginning the evening is Khachaturian's wild Sabre Dance, and the first half concludes with Naumberg-winner Adres Diaz in a performance of Kabalevksy's Cello Concerto No. 2. Rounding out the evening is Tchaikovsky's epic Symphony No. 6 Pathetique.
Experience all that Boston's bounteous brunch scene has to offer and then some at Brunch Bar. The first event to sell out at The Taste of WGBH Food and Wine Festival every year, this daytime Grand Tasting caters to guests ages 21 and older with an impressive array of restaurants and award-winning chefs serving up delicious dishes along with refreshing wines, very special craft beers, ciders and juicy cocktails made with local spirits. As you work your way through this cornucopia of scrumptious samples during this three-hour event, you'll enjoy chef demos, book signings, special pop-ups, live music and more.
Arlington's Regent Theatre presents the Boston premiere of the newly restored and enhanced 50th anniversary edition of the Oscar-nominated documentary. Before Woodstock and Monterey Pop, there was Festival. From 1963 to 1966, American documentary and experimental film director and producer Murray Lerner visited the annual Newport Folk Festival to document a thriving, idealistic musical movement as it reached its peak as a popular phenomenon. Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, The Staples Singers, Pete Seeger, Son House, & Peter, Paul and Mary were just a few of the legends who shared the stage at Newport, treating audiences to a range of folk music that encompassed the genre's roots in blues, country, and gospel as well as its newer flirtations with rock 'n' roll.
This two-hour luncheon cruise aboard the 1920s-inspired Northern Lights is perfect for soaking up the spectacular fall foliage -- plus enjoying a few ghost stories -- as you sail past the historic Boston Harbor Islands. You'll catch prime views of America's oldest lighthouse, as well as Long Island Head Light, Fort Warren, Peadock's and Thompson's Islands and more, from the climate-controlled cabin or the outer top deck, as your knowledgeable captain narrates and shares fascinating facts about the area. Your lunch features assorted sandwiches, fruit, chips, and dessert, along with water. Hot beverages, cider, beer, wine and mixed cocktails will be available for purchase on board.
Thursday October 12, 2017 / 12:30pm (Boarding Begins at 12:15pm)Friday October 13, 2017 / 1:30pm (Boarding Begins at 1:15pm)Saturday October 14, 2017 / 1:30pm (Boarding Begins at 1:15pm)Sunday October 15, 2017 / 1:30pm (Boarding Begins at 1:15pm)Thursday October 19, 2017 / 1:30pm (Boarding Begins at 1:15pm)Friday October 20, 2017 / 1:30pm (Boarding Begins at 1:15pm)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 1:30pm (Boarding Begins at 1:15pm)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 1:30pm (Boarding Begins at 1:15pm)
Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can alter the trajectory of a life, it's anyone's guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne's Olivier-nominated hit Constellations is a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. Ben Brantley of The New York Times raved, "Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible -- and so emotionally devastating?" Ponder the show's big questions about the differences between choice and destiny when Constellations comes to Cambridge's Central Square Theater, directed by six-time Elliot Norton Award winner Scott Edmiston.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pm
Fans of Drunk History and all its slurred education will fall over laughing at Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, where an entirely serious Shakespeare play is performed with one entirely inebriated cast member. For the last six years, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has been performed in the darkest corners and diviest bars in the UK, and the cast is now bringing the good time to Boston. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show is fresh off sell-out runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, where a cast member drinks beer, wine and whiskey on stage, drunkenly sings the Dawson's Creek theme song and occasionally (accidentally, of course) bares a nipple or two. Brush up on your Bard knowledge, and head over to The Rockwell for a drunken twist on Romeo and Juliet, because this is Shakespeare as you never knew you wanted to see him before.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:00pm
Set in a local hair salon, Shear Madness is a hilarious whodunit with you as a central character and jokes and lines as up-to-date as the morning's news. When the beauty parlor's landlady is murdered at the outset, a blend of mystery and improvisational theater ensues, with audience members called upon to make sense of the clues, question the actors and ultimately solve the crime. This award-winning Boston institution, ongoing at the Charles Playhouse since 1980, boasts new clues and ripped-from-the-headlines humor every night, resulting in rollicking repeat visits, and has spawned 50 different productions in cities as far-flung as Barcelona, Rome, Paris, Tel Aviv, Melbourne and Johannesburg.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 7:00pmTuesday September 26, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm
Whether you're an enthusiastic newbie or an experienced collector, the 21st Annual Boston International Fine Art Show provides the perfect opportunity to discover and learn about the best in contemporary and traditional fine art. More than 40 galleries from across the U.S., Europe and Canada will be offering paintings, sculptures, photographs, fine prints and mixed media in both modern and classical styles for your browsing and buying pleasure at the Boston Center for the Arts. Exciting and free special programs include keynote speaker Joe Nahem, one of the country's top interior designers according to Architectural Digest, and a presentation on the Megemeria School of Jewelry in Israel from Gold Sponsor Yvel jewelers.
Oct. 20-22 Three-Day Show PassFriday October 20, 2017 / 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Faceless finds 18-year-old Susie Glenn on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Recent Harvard Law grad and practicing Muslim Claire Fathi has been brought on the case to prosecute. Though pitted against one another in the courtroom, the two young women are fighting a similar battle to defend their morals, motives and religious freedoms in this riveting drama. Award-winning playwright Selina Fillinger's timely play makes its New England premiere at the Boston Center for the Arts' Plaza Theatre.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 4:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 4:00pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm
With its prime locale, just across the plaza from Gillette Stadium, the new Comedy Scene nightclub shares a prestigious Patriot Place address with one of the most successful teams in NFL history, and they've drafted a stellar roster of talent ready to tackle the news of the day for some hard-hitting laughs. You'll recognize these New England and national comics from appearances on Comedy Central, BET and elsewhere, as well as at major clubs along the East Coast. Beantown's long been known as one of the country's top spots for stand-up, so the lineup of top performers is plenty deep. And with two comedians and a host on tap, there's sure to be something funny going on at every show.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 8:30pm (Jim Colliton)Saturday September 23, 2017 / 8:30pm (Jim Colliton)Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:30pm (Mike Donovan)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:30pm (Mike Donovan)Friday October 6, 2017 / 8:30pm (Corey Rodrigues)Saturday October 7, 2017 / 8:30pm (Corey Rodrigues)Friday October 13, 2017 / 8:30pm (DC Benny)Saturday October 14, 2017 / 8:30pm (DC Benny)
One of the greatest composers of all time is anonymously commissioned to write a requiem commemorating the death of a patron's wife -- only he passes away before he can complete it. Once finished, though, it's recognized as a masterpiece that perfectly and dramatically captures his life and work. The man is Mozart, and now you can see this requiem performed by Boston Baroque, led by Music Director Martin Pearlman, when they take the stage at Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 3:00pm
What better way to welcome fall than listening to dark tales of the ghastly deeds and wandering spirits that haunt the brick buildings and gravestones of Harvard Square? This 90-minute guided walking tour, conducted by experts attired in period costume, will send shivers down your spine as you listen to stories of gruesome murders, untimely deaths, dismemberments and other things that go bump in the night. Stories of lovers in mourning, deceased Harvard students and other creepy occurrences will be shared during this tour of the Square, which will culminate in the Burial Ground. Never again will you feel completely alone while making your way through Harvard Square!
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 7:30pm
One of Boston's oldest comedy houses and one of the top clubs in the country, Nick's Comedy Stop has hosted such legendary comedians as Denis Leary, Jerry Seinfeld, Phyllis Diller, Lenny Clarke and Jay Leno for more than 30 years. Nick's draws national headliners while providing a space for up-and-coming talent, as well as the leading local stand-up comics in Boston, including Steve Sweeney and Joe Wong. This hub for humor -- named the Top Comedy Club in Boston by Travel + Leisure magazine -- is located in the heart of the city's Theater District.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Emma Willmann)Saturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (Emma Willmann)Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Mike Whitman)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Mike Whitman)Friday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pm (Christine Hurley)Saturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pm (Dan Crohn)Friday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pm (Dan Smith)Saturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pm (Dan Boulger)
Back for its fifth year, Cirque of the Dead continues its tradition of providing "macabre and unsavory" circus acts mixed with a witches' brew of music, humor and horror to create an adults-only Halloween show -- which is not for the faint of heart. But for those long past trick-or-treating age, this edgy Boston Circus Guild performance seduces you to the dark side with gory and gruesome versions of burlesque, aerial, acrobatic and juggling acts. Wear your best costume to this immersive show at the OBERON.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 6:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 6:30pmTuesday October 31, 2017 / 7:30pm
You'll not only be treated to a full brunch on this weekend cruise aboard the elegant Northern Lights yacht, but you'll also enjoy a narrated tour of the sights. On this 2.5-hour excursion around Boston Harbor, soak up panoramic views while indulging in a three-course brunch menu filled with savory and sweet treats, including waffles, bagels, bacon, a Greek egg scramble, freshly baked cookies and more. The meal comes with your ticket, and cocktails will be available for purchase, including the Northern Lights Mimosa featuring St. Germain, orange juice and bubbles. You'll also see and hear about historic sites like the harbor islands, Independence Fort, Bunker Hill Monument, Old North Church, the USS Constitution and more -- not to mention that famous Boston skyline.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 11:00am (Boarding Begins at 10:45am)Sunday September 24, 2017 / 11:00am (Boarding Begins at 10:45am)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 10:00am (Boarding Begins at 9:55am)Sunday October 1, 2017 / 10:30am (Boarding Begins at 10:15am)Saturday October 7, 2017 / 10:30am (Boarding Begins at 10:15am)Sunday October 8, 2017 / 11:30am (Boarding Begins at 11:15am)Saturday October 14, 2017 / 10:00am (Boarding Begins at 9:45am)Sunday October 15, 2017 / 10:00am (Boarding Begins at 9:45am)
Cameron Mackintosh presents the all-new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More" and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production is leaving audiences and critics alike awestruck. Be sure to see it when it comes to the stage at The Bushnell in Hartford.
Tuesday October 3, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday October 4, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pm
Experience a gorgeous Boston sunset over the water with an amazing view of the city's waterfront landmarks aboard the schooner Adirondack III, the most elegant sailing yacht in town. This romantic two-hour sunset sail along Boston Harbor provides a smooth and gentle sailing experience, while the captain and crew pamper you with top-notch customer service. Forget the distractions of life on land, and settle in to the relaxing rhythms of the water while you enjoy iconic sights like Boston's World Trade Center, the Harpoon Brewery, the Federal Courthouse and get a close up view of the Inner Harbor Islands. Your knowledgeable captain and crew are happy to answer any questions you may have about the history of the harbor. Beer and wine are available for purchase, and soda and water are included in your ticket price, so sit back, have a drink and enjoy the ride.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 5:30pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 5:30pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 5:30pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 5:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 5:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 5:00pm
Come on down to Providence Performing Arts Center and experience all the fun and excitement felt at a live taping of the perennial favorite The Price Is Right. This hit interactive stage show recreates the longest-running game show in TV history, pulling contestants right out of the audience and giving them the chance to win new cars, vacations, appliances and more by playing some very recognizable games. From Plinko and Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel and the fabulous Showcase, The Price Is Right Live! plays out exactly like the TV show and has given away millions of dollars in cash and prizes to people just like you.
Sunday October 22, 2017 / 4:00pm (Doors open at 3:00pm)
Memoirs of a Geisha meets Slumdog Millionaire in actress Dipti Mehta's acclaimed solo show Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan. Visit India's red light district where we meet the eunuch, priest, pimp, mother and daughter who call it home. This intriguing and poignant story at Beverly's Larcom Theatre looks at the dangerous life of Mumbai's real-life brothels and why they exist. The coming-of-age story about a girl in a brothel also raises funds for ApneAap, an organization dedicated to ending the sex trade in India.
Experience Boston in a whole new way aboard the schooner Adirondack III on this wondrous two-hour day sail along Boston Harbor. A smooth, gentle vessel, the schooner provides a comfortable but invigorating ride, and you'll get the opportunity to check out some of the biggest sights in the city from a new perspective. The Boston Fish Pier, Charleston Navy Yard, Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park and the New England Aquarium are just some of the landmarks you'll see from aboard the ship, and your knowledgeable captain and crew can answer any questions you might have about the history of the harbor. Beer and wine are available for on-board purchase, while soda and water are included in the ticket price.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 2:30pm (Boarding begins at 2:25pm)Friday September 22, 2017 / 3:00pm (Boarding begins at 2:55pm)Saturday September 23, 2017 / 2:30pm (Boarding begins at 2:25pm)Sunday September 24, 2017 / 12:00pm (Boarding begins at 11:55pm)Sunday September 24, 2017 / 2:30pm (Boarding begins at 2:25pm)Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 2:00pm (Boarding begins at 1:55pm)Thursday September 28, 2017 / 2:00pm (Boarding begins at 1:55pm)Friday September 29, 2017 / 2:00pm (Boarding begins at 1:55pm)
Performers conjure a house from thin air, using illusion, live music and inventive audience interaction. Residents move in, move out, clean up, burn down, sweep under, paint over, fence off and move on ... all among the traces of residents past, present and future. Home asks what a home is, where it is and what the difference is between a "house" and a "home." The magical, large-scale spectacle invites audiences to consider the physical and emotional bonds that connect us at Emerson Paramount Center Robert J. Orchard Stage in Boston.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pm
A perfect end to your weekend, the Sunday Evening Jazz Cruise takes you on a relaxing sunset trip around the harbor set to live jazz. Come aboard the Northern Lights, a 1920s-style New England yacht, as the sun dips down over the beautiful Boston skyline and waterfront. You'll enjoy great views of landmarks like Fort Independence, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Constitution and the Marriot Custom House Tower, all while the Benjamin Young Trio keeps things swingin' with jazz favorites and original tunes. This 1.5-hour cruise will also have drinks and snacks available for purchase.
Sunday September 24, 2017 / 6:15pm (Boarding begins at 6:00pm)Sunday October 1, 2017 / 5:30pm (Boarding Beings at 5:15pm)Sunday October 15, 2017 / 5:00pm (Boarding Beings at 4:45pm)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 5:00pm (Boarding Beings at 4:45pm)Sunday October 29, 2017 / 5:00pm (Boarding Beings at 4:45pm)Sunday November 5, 2017 / 5:00pm (Boarding Beings at 4:45pm)
In Disgraced, idle dinner party chit-chat explodes into the kind of rollicking, no-holds-barred argument that makes for truly delicious theater. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, and also a Tony nominee for Best Play, this fascinating, powerful drama centers on a Pakistani-American lawyer who hosts a dinner party for a black co-worker and her Jewish husband, but what starts out as civil conversation quickly erupts into a volatile argument over race, religion and more. Now The Umbrella Annex brings this blistering Broadway hit -- written by actor-playwright Ayad Akhtar (the Milwaukee native who co-wrote and starred in the award-winning 2005 film The War Within) -- to Concord.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 3:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 3:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pm
Watch as an HBO's GIRLS guest star swipes right on her live Tinder account -- at your command. This former Cosmopolitan sex guru improvises ridiculous live texts and phone calls with unsuspecting Tinder matches. You pick the matches -- from the dreaded inappropriate bathroom selfie to the "I'll buy you a pizza if you let me touch your butt..." message. Comedian Lane Moore replaces the loneliness of online dating with uproarious camaraderie for a night. Her on point commentary and tips for the digital-dating masses are what named this improv comedy show one of CBS New York's 5 Best Comedy Shows Hosted by Women in New York City. After being a New York Times Critic's Pick of things to do in New York, Tinder Live! With Lane Moore is coming to Boston's The Wilbur Theatre for one night only.
The disco-fueled interactive dance party known as The Donkey Show, very loosely inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, puts you smack in the middle of the action in a funky Cambridge lounge setting. Featuring two full bars and a dance floor, OBERON's Diane Paulus-created wonderland was inspired by Studio 54 in its heyday, when celebrities and art icons would mix and mingle with kids from Queens, and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack would be shaking the speakers. While you -- and the rest of the audience -- drink, dance to disco classics or just check out the action, the motley crew of characters in this glammed-up, sex-fueled version of Shakespeare's play re-enact the hilariously chaotic tale of a magic elixir that wreaks havoc at the nightclub. But it's mostly just a cool boogie-filled bash.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 10:30PMSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 10:30PMSaturday October 7, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 10:30pm
Get ready for three nights of spooky storytelling and creepy comedy when some of Boston's favorite funny people take the stage at ImprovBoston. Just in time for Halloween, Laughing in the Dark is produced by Kevin Quigley of The People's Show and From Parts Unknown. Each show has a different lineup of local comedians and sharp story tellers working sets for the scary season. Just be careful... the laughter is coming from inside the house!
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 10:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 10:00pmTuesday October 31, 2017 / 10:00pm
It's no secret that most of the time men and women operate on totally different wavelengths, especially when it comes to dating. Join in at this fun and informal night that brings the sexes together to solve the problem of how men and women interact! There will be an engaging host and moderator for this fun evening at Scholars Boston Bistro featuring cocktails and appetizers available for purchase, socializing, plus a sure-to-be-lively guided discussion/debate about the issues that mean the most to you!
It's unlikely you'll bump into your new best friend or the love of your life at the supermarket, where your only common ground is needing food, so let Smarty Pants Professionals bring you together with people who share your best qualities. From fitness gurus and life veterans to career-minded professionals and Ivy League intellectuals, you can find events catered specifically to you and the type of person you'd like to meet. Try speed dating, singles mingles, ice breakers or a slew of other great activities designed to build relationships. Whether you're enjoying a glass of wine or taking notes on the dozen people you just met, the fun begins at various locations around Boston.
Summer in the city means sun-kissed days and warm, breezy nights. What better way to take advantage of the brief, best time of the year than to enjoy a Tall Ship Sunset Cruise? As the sun dips behind the city, you'll watch from aboard the Massachusetts Bay Lines tall ship while the colors fade to sherbet hues and Boston's beautiful skyline comes alive with twinkling lights. Relax and shake off the day as this two-hour cruise points out popular and famous highlights of Boston Harbor from both past and present. Bring the kids, who'll love the fun facts -- children under the age of 5 sail for free.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 6:30pm (Boarding Begins at 6:15pm)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 6:30pm (Boarding Begins at 6:15pm)Saturday October 7, 2017 / 6:30pm (Boarding Begins at 6:15pm)
Enjoy the wonderful weather with a Live Irish Music Cruise, a 90-minute tour of Boston Harbor that provides musical entertainment for a crowd-pleasing journey. Step aboard the Northern Lights, a 1920s-style New England yacht, and hear Irish tunes inspired by Boston, classic Boston Irish songs and sea shanties, performed by Slainte, a Boston-based Irish band. See the beautiful Boston Skyline and iconic waterfront sites while enjoying song and a little dance (if you're up to it) on this unique sailing experience. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:45pm)Saturday October 14, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm)Friday October 27, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm)Friday November 3, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm)
If you think America is too young a country to have abandoned relics and ghost stories, think again. The two-hour narrated Boston Harbor Island Cruise floats past shipwreck sites, America's oldest lighthouse, an island fort known for its elusive woman in black, a mysterious sunken island and more. Throughout your voyage, the knowledgeable and attentive crew will help with any of your needs. Relax in a climate-controlled cabin, or buy a drink or snack at the bar on the top deck and enjoy the sea breeze. The ship Northern Lights is your guide to the mysteries and monuments of Boston and America's distant past.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 3:00pm (Boarding Begins at 2:45pm)Friday September 22, 2017 / 2:30pm (Boarding Begins at 2:15pm)Saturday September 23, 2017 / 3:00pm (Boarding Begins at 2:45pm)Thursday September 28, 2017 / 2:30pm (Boarding Begins at 2:15pm)Friday September 29, 2017 / 2:30pm (Boarding Begins at 2:15pm)Sunday October 1, 2017 / 2:30pm (Boarding Begins at 2:15pm)Thursday October 5, 2017 / 2:30pm (Boarding Begins at 2:15pm)Friday October 6, 2017 / 2:30pm (Boarding Begins at 2:15pm)
Not only does this early evening cruise let you see some of Boston's most famous sights bathed in a beautiful glow, but it also provides prime views of the U.S.S. Constitution, which fires off its cannon every day to announce the setting of the sun. Relax aboard the classically styled motor yacht Northern Lights on the open-air top deck or the climate-controlled cabin below, enjoying a captain's commentary and light music, as well as a bar with adult beverages, soda, water and snacks available for purchase. This 90-minute sail floats by Fort Independence, passes under the iconic Tobin Bridge and gives you a glimpse of the Old North Church, where Paul Revere took his famous ride.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:45pm )Friday September 22, 2017 / 5:30pm (Boarding Begins at 5:15pm )Saturday September 23, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:45pm )Thursday September 28, 2017 / 5:30pm (Boarding Begins at 5:15pm )Friday September 29, 2017 / 5:30pm (Boarding Begins at 5:15pm )Friday October 6, 2017 / 5:30pm (Boarding Begins at 5:15pm )Saturday October 7, 2017 / 5:30pm (Boarding Begins at 5:15pm )Friday October 13, 2017 / 5:00pm (Boarding Begins at 4:45pm )
An electrifying rock score and a colorful cast of characters provide the highlights to Hair, as does the show's timeless story of a young generation looking to change the world. This Tony-winning musical also boasts great tunes like "Aquarius," "Good Morning, Starshine," "Let the Sun Shine In," and "Easy To Be Hard," as well as an affectionate look at a peace-loving band of hippies, who search for life's answers amidst the turbulent Vietnam War era of the '60s. This groundbreaking show's revolutionary depiction of the era's cultural and sexual revolution, including onstage nudity, continues to strike a chord with audiences some 50 years after its original Broadway debut. Check it out at the Club Cafe in Boston's Back Bay, with a full bar offering drinks for purchase during the show.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 3:00pmWednesday October 4, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 3:00pm
Travel back in time to one of the key events in American history at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Climb aboard a replica ship and toss a crate of tea overboard, then take a look at one of the original tea chests (only two remain in existence). Interact with live actors, take in an award-winning multisensory film and enjoy 3D holographic interactive exhibits. Don't forget to stop in at Abigail's Tea Room for a colonial teatime or a hearty lunch. It all adds up to a vibrant experience that will bring this legendary chapter of our history to life. TripAdvisor users voted it the Best Family Museum in Boston and Yankee Magazine named it Best New Museum.
September 12-October 31, 2017: Monday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Get ready for a wild time on the streets of Boston as the Halloween Pub Crawl brings together no less than ten of the hottest bars and clubs in Beantown for three nights of spooky fun. You'll get free admission on Friday, Saturday and Halloween Tuesday to such hotspots as Hard Rock Cafe, Mija Cantina and Wild Rover, along with drink specials and the opportunity to hang with some of the city's coolest people. Don't get left behind this Halloween -- sign up and get crawling!
Voted "Boston's Best Date Night" by The Improper Bostonian, the José Mateo Ballet Theatre's 32nd season of minimalist and modern choreography heats up with Assault on the Senses, which features three brand new original works from the company. Set to music from composers Sergei Rachmaninoff, James MacMillan and John Adams, opening night kicks off with a post-performance reception as well as a meet and greet with artistic staff and company dancers. October 20th's performance features a post-performance chat with Mr. Mateo, company dancers and music experts.
Friday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 4:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 15, 2017 / 4:00pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm
Best known for her hilarious quips on E!'s Chelsea Lately, Heather McDonald now comes to Cary Memorial Hall in Boston for a night of stand-up and stories about life, love and living next door to her parents in the San Fernando Valley. A veteran of the famed Groundlings sketch comedy troupe, McDonald's writing credits range from the Wayans Brothers movies White Chicks and Dance Flick to Us Weekly's "Fashion Police" to her best-selling book You'll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again. She also has a new weekly podcast, Juicy Scoop, on which she dishes on and with celebs. Along with her hilarious and highly relatable anecdotes on the stand-up stage, she's known for her pitch-perfect impressions of Drew Barrymore, Kim Cattrall and pop culture icons.
Perhaps you're wondering what it is that makes this festival for beer and bacon lovers count as a full-fledged jamboree. Is it the unlimited tastings of 60 different beers and ciders? Is it bacon samples from some of the world's foremost bacon pros? Or is it the hopping musical stylings of classic rock and country band Whiskey Burn? Turns out, it's all three -- because an evening of fine brews, savory bacon and fiery live music is exactly what a jamboree ought to be. Come and see for yourself when the Bacon and Beer Jamboree comes to Plymouth Memorial Hall.
Daniel Tiger's famous red trolley is making a stop in your neighborhood for an all-new musical adventure that brings the award-winning PBS Kids' TV series to colorful life. Inspired by Mr. Rogers' legacy, the show follows the young feline and his playful pals as they explore the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, having fun and learning "grr-ific" lessons about friendship, sharing, helping others and much more. This time around, their brand new show King for a Day will explore what it takes to wear the crown. This colorful, interactive stage production at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts near Boston is designed to entertain preschoolers with plenty of singing, dancing and patented #BeMyNeighbor fun.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 5:30pm
Brooke and Zeke are thrilled to learn that they've won the starring roles in the new school musical -- a mysterious production called The Phantom. But when strange, seemingly supernatural events begin interrupting rehearsals, the friends begin to wonder whether the show they're acting in might be cursed. In the slightly spooky, family-friendly world of Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium from Boston Children's Theatre, Brooke and Zeke must race to find out whether they're being haunted by ghosts or hoodwinked by pranksters.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 12:00pm (Doors Open at 11:30am)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 11:00am (Doors Open at 10:30am)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 1:00pm (Doors Open at 12:30pm)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 12:00pm (Doors Open at 11:30am)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pm (Doors Open at 1:30pm)Sunday October 29, 2017 / 11:00am (Doors Open at 10:30am)Sunday October 29, 2017 / 1:00pm (Doors Open at 12:30pm)Thursday November 2, 2017 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
Cap off a romantic night in the city and take in the twinkling lights of the beautiful Boston skyline with this hour-long nighttime cruise of the harbor. The smooth-running Northern Lights provides a great evening on the water, with an open-air top deck and a climate-controlled interior cabin. Relax and enjoy sights like the Old North Church, the U.S.S. Constitution, the Leonard B. Zakim Bridge, the Seaport District and more. There's even an onboard bar with beer, wine, soda, water and snacks available for purchase.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 8:30pm (Boarding Begins at 8:15pm)Thursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:45pm)Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:45pm)Thursday October 5, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:45pm)Saturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:45pm)Thursday October 12, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm)Thursday October 19, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm)Thursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm)
Enjoy a gorgeous nighttime cruise through the Boston Harbor and take in the glitter of the city skyline aboard the Northern Lights. The deck of this 115-foot motor vessel transforms into a dance party when music masters City of Four bring their upbeat blend of jazz, funk, pop-rock and hip-hop on board. The city sights become an extra magical view to take in amidst the yacht's twinkling canopy lights and disco balls, whether you're peeking at the Seaport District or the Mystic Tobin Bridge. Think it's a little chilly to be out on the water? Dance off the cold or hang out in the climate-controlled cabin. While an evening cruise may scream date-worthy, this fun evening is also perfect for a girls' night out or a post-work hang with your colleagues. Beer, wine, mixed drinks and pre-packaged snacks will be available for purchase.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 8:30pm (Boarding Begins at 8:25pm)Friday October 13, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm)
You can't talk about the fiery art of flamenco guitar without mentioning the late Paco de Lucía, who pushed flamenco further than the world had ever seen. De Lucía's artistry propelled his unique style of flamenco into genres including classical and jazz. 10-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón honors that legacy by reassembling the original band that toured with the artist for 10 years, continuing the groundbreaking experience with the Paco de Lucía Project, while paving a new path into the future of flamenco at Berklee Performance Center in Boston and presented by World Music/CRASHarts.
When you play the Game of Jones, you grin, or you die ... laughing. Watch as members of local troupe Improv Jones -- decade-long veterans of the Boston comedy scene -- present an improv show inspired by their favorite TV show, Game of Thrones. The first Saturday of every month, Riot Theater in Jamaica Plains will be transformed into a veritable Westeros as the ensemble launches into an epic comedic quest to slay you with their punchlines.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday December 2, 2017 / 10:00pm
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard's hilarious situation comedy, broadcast live from the stage of The Old Vic in London direct to the big screen at the Emerson Paramount Center in Boston. David Leveaux's new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that set Tom Stoppard's career in motion. Two hapless minor characters in a production of Hamlet stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare's iconic drama, drifting increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 1:00pm
Audiences loved the long-running NBC sitcom The Golden Girls, tuning in weekly to laugh at the bawdy antics and hilarious quips of geriatric roomies Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia. Now, you can be a live audience member as this affectionate stage-show drag parody, starring its original cast, returns from a series of shows in New York and Las Vegas to play just two shows at Boston's Club Café. This all-male cast portrays the silver-haired ladies live on stage as if they'd never left their Miami home -- in fact, they're so good in their roles, Betty White herself told Ellen Degeneres "They play them better than we did!"
Thursday October 5, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open for Dinner at 6:30pm)Friday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open for Dinner at 6:30pm)
Join John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy and Samuel Adams at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for a night of merrymaking at Boston's only colonial tavern night experience. Raise your cider high as you sample rustic fare, including a selection of carved meats, fresh cheeses, fruits and vegetables, and hearty breads, all served buffet style. At Huzzah! Tavern Nights, you'll learn boisterous songs and cheerful dance and play 18th-century games with the Sons of Liberty and Daughters of Freedom roaming around to keep the party festive.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday November 24, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday December 8, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday December 22, 2017 / 7:00pm
Rev up your girls' night out or make your best friend's bachelorette party a night to remember with Fifty Shades of Men, a male revue catered exclusively for women. You'll spend the evening being tempted by gorgeous hunks when his fun and flirty night of entertainment from Alpha Male Promotions comes to the Icon Nightclub in Boston. The show combines a perfect blend of music, sexy dance moves and seductive theatrics in a hot, high-energy performance you and your girls will talk -- and dream -- about for weeks.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm
Two Motown legends -- The Temptations and Four Tops -- come together for an unforgettable night filled with some of your favorite golden oldies. Providence Performing Arts Center will get a double dose of smooth choreography and sweet harmonies from the '60s and '70s. The two groups boast both Rock and Roll and Grammy Hall of Fame status, so you'll truly be in the presence of R&B royalty. You'll hear Temptations classics like "My Girl," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone." And Four Tops will belt out hits like "Reach Out I'll Be There," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" and "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)."
Friday October 13, 2017 / 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Pass under the bright marquee and through the dim speakeasy to a timeless space where an evening's entertainment might include bouncy vaudeville, soulful sounds or fresh comedy. The glint of rhinestones signals the entrance of the sensuous stars of burlesque. Smoke and Shadows is the Rockwell's monthly burlesque and variety show that defies decades and genres, offering a new mix of performers from near and far each month. Any given act might be carefree, poignant, sexy or thought-provoking, but no matter the specifics, Smoke and Shadows will always guarantee a night of excellent entertainment.
Fans of Drunk History and all its slurred education will fall over laughing at Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, which combines an entirely serious Shakespeare play with one completely inebriated cast member. For the last six years, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has been performed in the darkest corners and diviest bars in the U.K., and the cast is bringing the good time to Austin. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show is fresh off sell-out runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, where a cast member drinks beer, wine and whiskey on stage, drunkenly sings the Dawson's Creek theme song and occasionally (accidentally, of course) bares a nipple or two. Brush up on your Bard knowledge, and head down to The Rockwell near Boston for The Taming of the Shrew, because this is Shakespeare as you never knew you wanted to see him before.
Wednesday October 11, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors at 7:15pm)Thursday October 12, 2017 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:15pm)Friday October 13, 2017 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:15pm)Saturday October 14, 2017 / 6:00pm (Doors at 5:15pm)Thursday October 19, 2017 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:15pm)Friday October 20, 2017 / 10:00pm (Doors at 9:15pm)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:15pm)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:15pm)
Cruise on back to the Roaring '20s aboard a vintage-style yacht, accompanied by a live ensemble playing great tunes from the golden age of jazz and beyond. This 90-minute trip through Boston Harbor on the elegantly-appointed Northern Lights offers relaxation and romance, with sparkling views of the city at night, dancing in the climate-controlled cabin, plus champagne and mixed drinks available for purchase from the onboard bar. You'll be entertained by the Benjamin Young Trio from the world-famous Berklee College of Music, featuring Young on bass, composer Dabin Ryu on piano and James Davis on drums.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 8:30pm (Boarding Begins at 8:15pm)Friday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:45pm)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm)Saturday November 4, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm)
Mistaken identities, outrageous plot twists, slapstick comedy and a slew of self-obsessed performers desperately trying to keep things from falling apart -- it's the winning formula for king of the farce Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor). In this fast-paced comedy set in Buffalo in 1953, a husband-and-wife acting team with a crumbling marriage struggle to keep their repertory ensemble together long enough to allow famed director Frank Capra to see them perform. But with a pregnant ingenue, a drunk leading man and a surprise visit from their daughter, things quickly go horribly (and hilariously) wrong. Catch Moon Over Buffalo at the Quannapowitt Players Theater in Reading.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pm
Take an exhilarating journey to picturesque Italy during the breezy musical The Light in the Piazza, which captured six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score. When the dashing young Fabrizio captures Clara Johnson's heart, her mother struggles with the secret she's been keeping about her beautiful offspring and the question of how it will affect the developing romance. Adapted from the novella by Elizabeth Spencer with a score by Adam Guettel (grandson of composer Richard Rogers), this delightful show will have you saying "that's amore" as you fall in love with some of musical theater's most endearing characters. Be swept up in the heady rush of young love at Arlington Friends of the Drama.
Friday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 15, 2017 / 4:00pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 4:00pm
Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America, Munich, Lincoln) set this 1985 drama in early-1930s Germany, where a bohemian actress and her friends try to grapple with the implications of Hitler's rise to power. A Bright Room Called Day also intersperses scenes of an American woman living in 1980s New York, who's dealing with a similar set of concerns about Ronald Reagan and the rise of conservatism. The Flat Earth Theatre brings this ever-timely work about citizenship, resistance and complicity to Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pmMonday October 2, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 12, 2017 / 8:00pm
Awful relationships cause more than their fair share of heartaches (and headaches), and now Naffy Improv comes to the rescue with Your Terrible Ex! From clingers to cheapos to deadbeats and beyond, Boston's top cast of improvisers will transform all of your real relationship nightmares into one hilarious show that'll make your sides ache with laughter. Even if you've never had a cringe-worthy love life, you'll still get a kick out of seeing everyone else's stories unfold before your very eyes. You're guaranteed to enjoy this bad date when You're Terrible Ex! takes over The Riot Theater.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 10:00pm
The Séance Mystery Theater is an unforgettable, intimate theater experience at Hamilton Hall in Salem that uses stories, mind-reading, mentalism, psychic phenomena and a spirit séance to explore the boundaries of belief, faith, science and the supernatural. The show is approximately 75 minutes long, but actual times vary due to the unpredictable nature of the phenomena we invite into the room. Your "medium" or guide for the evening is Méliès, the stage name of acclaimed mentalist and magician John Sanbonmatsu. Meliès was named "Best Magician in Boston" in 2015 by the Thumbtack website, based on enthusiatic audience reviews of his unique blend of mind-reading, humor, illusion and mystery.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 9:30pm
In the four years since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album Proof of Love, blues and soul singer Gracie Curran has been filling clubs across the country, wowing audiences with her powerful voice and stirring delivery. Her contagious enthusiasm makes for a concert that's as high in fun as it is in musicality. Catch Curran when she returns to Beverly to play at 9 Wallis.
Named one of The Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine, the Manhattan Short Film Festival brings together 10 of the world's best short films, screens them in 250 cities around the globe, and you decide the winner. This year, the finalists represent represent a myriad of countries like the States, Italy, Latvia, and Syria. Be a part of the 100,000+ film lovers uniting for this unique event.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pm
Fight off the winter blues at the Wicked Winter Wine Fest, where you're guaranteed to have a wicked good time. Whether you're looking to network and meet new people or hang out with a group of friends, this popular tasting event at Boston Center for the Arts is the place to be when hundreds of young professionals from all over Boston gather for a fun-filled and relaxed social session loaded with tasty vintages and interesting people. You'll get to sample delicious wines at some very good values from a variety of vendors, and you'll be entered to win prizes valued at over $1,000.
Saturday October 14, 2017 / Various TimesSunday October 15, 2017 / Various Times
Known for her incisive, cynical sense of humor, Janeane Garofalo got her start on TV's Ben Stiller Show, before taking roles in TV shows and films like Saturday Night Live, The Cable Guy and Wet Hot American Summer. As a stand-up comedian, Garofalo almost always takes the stage with her notebook of ideas and news clippings, making verbose and hilarious commentary about whatever's on her mind at the moment. See this alternative comedy icon when she and her notebook come to The Colonial Theatre in Boston.
Daniel Tiger's famous red trolley is making a stop in your neighborhood for an all-new musical adventure that brings the award-winning PBS Kids' TV series to colorful life. Inspired by Mr. Rogers' legacy, the show follows the young feline and his playful pals as they explore the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, having fun and learning "grr-ific" lessons about friendship, sharing, helping others and much more. This colorful, interactive stage production at The Palace Stamford is designed to entertain preschoolers with plenty of singing, dancing and patented #BeMyNeighbor fun.
Iconic star of stage and screen Judy Garland comes alive when acclaimed tribute artist Peter Mac steps into her ruby slippers. For decades, Mac, a self-described "male actress," has been performing his seriously fun and loving Judy Garland Live in Concert shows to critical acclaim, renowned for his dead-on renditions of Garland standards as well as for his bringing a nuanced glimpse to her complex personality and inner life. In fact, he was awarded the 2012 Southern California Motion Picture Council Golden Halo Award by Garland's co-stars Mickey Rooney and Margaret O'Brien for his respectful, stunningly accurate portrayal. In Mac's latest show, 95 Years of Magic, A Birthday Celebration, Garland reminisces about her storied life, from Hollywood's golden age to her comeback concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Palace and her friendship with JFK. And you never know what Hollywood legends will drop by, so settle in for this intimate cabaret concert at Club Café in Boston.
Don't spend your wedding-prep days running around to a million different vendors. Come to the Boston Bridal Bash and do everything in one stop. Whether you're merely looking for ideas or are ready to place orders, you'll find tons of options to make your wedding exactly what you want it to be. Check out photographers, caterers, florists, DJs, limo companies, hotels, cruise lines, wedding planners and more. There'll also be a mock wedding, where you can see a beautiful ceremony come together right before your eyes.
Learn how to roll your own show-stopping truffles filled with everything from champagne cream to chocolate peanut butter, and pick up a few fascinating facts about the sweet science of chocolate along the way at this fun workshop, led by a Master Chocolatier. You'll dip your creations in a variety of delicious toppings, and learn about piping, shaping, coating and packaging for maximum "wow" factor. You'll leave the event at the Elephant & Castle with lots of delicious truffles to show off and share with friends and family. Plus, you'll get great tips on tasting, buying and storing fine chocolate.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / NoonSaturday October 21, 2017 / NoonSaturday November 4, 2017 / NoonSaturday November 18, 2017 / NoonSaturday December 2, 2017 / NoonSaturday December 16, 2017 / Noon
The air may be turning colder, but the gridiron at Alumni Stadium is heating up as Boston College kicks off another high-octane football season. After their bowl game win last year, the Eagles come soaring back under the direction of coach Steve Addazio to take on the rest of the tough ACC. All-American defensive end Harold Landry leads an always-ruthless defense for the Eagles, as the offense looks to crank up the intensity this year. So grab some friends, bust out your maroon and gold, and come cheer the Eagles on to victory!
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 1:00pm (vs. Central Michigan Chippewas)Saturday October 7, 2017 / TBA - vs. Virginia Tech HokiesFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pm (vs. Florida State Seminoles)Saturday November 11, 2017 / TBA - vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack
Two couples meet for dinner to take their minds off the war raging around Syria. An unexpected profession of love, an untimely proposal and one kiss later, one member of the foursome lies dead on the floor. Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón's newest play Kiss is a play within a play, breaking open cultural barriers and challenging us to confront the limits of our own understanding of other cultures. The New York Times dubbed Calderón "Chile's most acclaimed playwright-director of the last two decades." See why when Kiss comes to Boston's Emerson Paramount Center.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 7:30pm
Charley Brewster enjoys the simple life of a 17-year-old horror fan. He watches all the latest slasher flicks, and really digs the late night horror show "Fright Night." But things start to get a little weird when two guys move in next door. They seem to be spending an awful lot of time alone together ... and also seem to be unusually close with one other. Don't miss this '80s horror classic, presented at Cinema Salem as part of Salem Horror Fest. Grab double feature tickets to add a screening of another vampire fave, Let the Right One In, to the mix -- or spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M. Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more.
The Men in Motion may be performing at a Boston nightclub called Guilt, but they'll be taking you on a different kind of trip altogether when their steamy male revue hits the stage. Designed to fuel your fantasies and feed your desires, this talented troupe of hard-bodied dancers stands at the ready to heat things up with thumping music, seductive theatrics and of course, plenty of Magic Mike-style moves. Whatever your special occasion -- birthday, bachelorette, divorce party -- or no occasion at all, this show is specially designed to provide you with the perfect girls' night out.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm
Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) and Nathan Lane (The Producers) lead the cast of Angels in America II: Perestroika, to be shown in HD at Boston's Emerson Paramount Center Screening Room as part of the National Theatre Live broadcast series. The powerful second part of Tony Kushner's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning epic is set in Reagan-Era New York City, among a colorful array of characters who confront the AIDS crisis along with questions of love, life and the afterlife. Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass) co-star.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 1:00pm
Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro-jazz to gospel. The ensemble's concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements. Nobuntu has performed at festivals and concert halls in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic and throughout the African continent. Now the group comes to the Rogers Center for the Arts in North Andover.
Halloween approaches and there's something spooky in the air ... waves. Tune in (in person!) for some ghastly fun when the Post-Meridian Radio Players present the latest edition of their annual show, Tomes of Terror: Lenore! This frightful fall fave is a "thrill-pack" of three stories of horror, madness and out-and-out weirdness that'll give you a permanent case of the willies. Let your imagination get the better of you during this very special production performed in the style of the Golden Age of radio, with actors in front of microphones and sound effects created live on stage. As a special treat, the night will also feature a live reading of Poe's hauntingly beautiful poem "Lenore."
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm
A pair of ImprovBoston's best comedy teams battle for your approval in Face Off, an improvisational comedy competition in which your laughter and applause will determine which is the mightier team. Both groups are battling for the highly coveted Cheapest Trophy in the World, but only one team can walk away with the sweet taste of victory; the other will sulk away in hilariously agonizing defeat. The real champion, though, is the audience, who gets to enjoy a high-spirited comedy show without fear of defeat. Talk about a major win. Face Off features everything from improv games to team challenges, so kick back and enjoy the spirit of competition.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 10:00pm
Arguably director David Cronenberg's greatest film, Videodrome comes to Cinema Salem for the Salem Horror Festival. Here's your chance to see this visionary, surreal techno-horror classic on the big screen. Melding social satire with outrageous visual style and a large dose of creepiness, the master of body horror tells the story of Max Renn (James Woods), a sleazy president of a UHF TV station who's always looking to push the envelope. When he discovers a mysterious, disturbing broadcast, he tumbles down the rabbit hole of sex, violence and paranoia -- with some bizarre side effects.
A pervasive pop cultural presence, The Amazing Kreskin has been making bold predictions and using the powers of suggestion to wow audiences for more than six decades. The star of his own TV shows (The Amazing World of Kreskin, The New Kreskin Show), he also made an incredible 61 appearances on The Tonight Show during the '70s, and has been a popular guest on shows like Late Night with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Howard Stern Show. Now you can see Kreskin at the Regent Theatre in Arlington.
Dear Leader cordially invites you to the quiz show at the end of civilization in You're All Gonna Die!, an improvised game show set in a dystopian future. The Quiz Master wields mind games, physical tests and audience participation as a weapon of mass enjoyment for his patron. Help the tortured subjects find the correct answers or else they'll suffer the most painful of humiliations. Journey to ImprovBoston for the game show to end all game shows.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday October 19, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday December 21, 2017 / 9:30pm
Boston standouts come together for The Lexington Comedy Blowout, a showcase of comedians who shine in both the city and throughout the nation. Scheduled to appear is Jimmy Dunn, who's made his way through major festivals like Montreal's Just for Laughs and Comics Come Home, along with appearances on major TV shows like Late Show and CBS's The McCarthys. Master of dialects Steve Sweeney and comedy festival champion Kelly MacFarland will also take the stage, along with Italian comedian Joe Yannetty, who's appeared at The Kennedy Center and Radio Music Hall. Last but not least we have Tony V, a comedy vet and countless guest star on shows like Seinfeld and Louis. A night of laughter, the Cary Memorial Hall will be bursting with talent from Beantown.
The most unusual entry in the Halloween franchise, Halloween III: Season of the Witch doesn't feature Michael Meyers, or any other slasher maniacs. With this installment, original producers John Carpenter and Debra Hill took the series in a new, supernatural direction, focusing on a doctor who is investigating the hot new Halloween item: Silver Shamrock masks. He soon discovers a conspiracy involving an ancient Celtic ritual, but can he stop it in time? You can catch this 1982 cult favorite on the big screen at the Salem Horror Festival.
Halloween is prime time for horror flicks, so grab a popcorn and a hand to squeeze at Cinema Salem's screening of Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs. 13-year-old Poindexter "Fool" Williams and his family are about to get evicted from their house in the ghettos of Los Angeles when Fool goes to their landlords', home to do something about it. Upon breaking into the Robesons' place, they later uncover a group of children under their landlords' stairwell, and that "Mommy and Daddy" are actually siblings harboring children who have resorted to cannibalism to survive.
So maybe we don't have the Hunger Games (yet), but it's still a fun challenge to learn to shoot a bow like Katniss Everdeen, and you never know when archery skills will come in handy. Archery is a great way to learn discipline and improve your focus and problem-solving skills. It's also great for balance, core strength and hand-eye coordination. And of course, it's super fun, especially with all kinds of challenges and games included in this one-hour lesson, taught by expert archery coaches. You'll learn how to use all the equipment and how to shoot safely, then you'll learn how to aim and shoot with precision and skill.
Any Available Date: May 20 - October 25 (Reserve in Advance)
Kick off the Halloween season and bring an arm to squeeze at the Cinema Salem's screening of Get Out, a directorial debut by comedian Jordan Peele (MADtv, Key & Peele). With a whopping 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film places racism on a whole new terrifying level. When Chris and Rose, an interracial couple, head to the suburbs to meet the girlfriend's Caucasian parents, a hidden world of prejudice goes to the extreme to keep the town white. With missing person cases and even fishier cases amongst the residents present, Chris can only imagine what may be coming his way.
Often called the greatest haunted house movie of all time, The Haunting comes to the big screen at the Peabody Essex Museum for the Salem Horror Festival. Based on Shirley Jackson's classic novel The Haunting of Hill House, this 1963 adaptation directed by Robert Wise stars Julie Harris as one of a group of researchers who assemble in a mansion to investigate its seemingly cursed history. A panel discussion will follow the screening, and New York's Victorian goth-punk band The Long Losts will also perform. Spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more.
Spend a memorable evening with one of the world's most beloved musical-theater composers, Andrew Lloyd Webber, interpreted by internationally acclaimed countertenor Terry Barber. A former member of the Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer, Barber breathes new life into hits from ten of Lloyd Webber's most beloved shows including "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera, "Heaven On Their Minds" from Jesus Christ Superstar and "Memory" from Cats in addition to other selections from Evita, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and more at the Regent Theatre.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 4:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pm
Lucifer and Hades take on the Archangel Michael, with Greek goddess Persephone caught in the middle, in the world premiere of this farcical comic opera. Created by Cerise Lim Jacobs, whose Madame White Snake won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music, REV. 23 imagines what would happen if St. John the Divine added another chapter to the Book of Revelation. Paradise-on-Earth flourishes, while Lucifer and Hades have been banished to the bottomless pits of Hell. But they've got a plan to restore balance to the world -- and it's not entirely clear who the good guys are. Experience this exciting new work, composed by Julian Wachner, at Boston's Back Bay Events Center.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 3:00pm
The latest play from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Auburn (Proof), Lost Lake finds two very different strangers thrown together and struggling to connect. Poignant and comedic, Lost Lake follows Veronica, who leaves the rat race of the city to take her kids on a vacation at a lake. But the place turns out to be not exactly what she had in mind -- especially when she meets Hogan, the disheveled property owner with problems of his own. Gradually, these two strangers form an unlikely bond in their shared loneliness. Daisy Walker (assistant director on Broadway's Jersey Boys) directs this production at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 7:00pm
Packed with alumni from legendary rock bands like Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna and the Grateful Dead, the Airplane Family welcomes you aboard for a high-flying trip back to the Summer of '69 at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. You'll experience the true San Francisco sound with psychedelic hits like "Whtie Rabbit," "Somebody to Love" and more. Among the rock vets who make up the Airplane Family crew are Slick Aguilar, Peter Kaukonen, Darby Slick, Mike Falzarano, Prairie Prince, singer Joli Valenti, and Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila, capturing the vocal essence of Grace Slick. You'll also groove to Live Dead '69, the group led by Grateful Dead pianist Tom Constanten and Mark Karan of Bob Weir's band, who'll recreate that seminal disc in its entirety.
Why just watch all those cool stand-up paddleboarders slicing through the water from shore? Get your feet wet with Adventure Activities' Introduction to Stand-Up Paddleboarding -- or SUP, to the awesome (you, soon). You'll spend your two-hour session on the water using top-notch equipment under the supervision of highly trained instructors, who'll pass on tips and hints to maximize both your skills and fun. As Adventure Activities USA is the only accredited and recognized SUP school and instructor training center, you're sure to be in the safest and best hands possible -- so you can relax with family or meet new friends while gliding across the lake to places only accessible by SUP.
Any Available Date June 23 - October 28 (Reserve in Advance)
Hear the songs that paved the way for hard rock and heavy metal as Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out takes the stage at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester. Also known as "GTLO" or "The American Led Zeppelin," Get the Led Out is more than just a cover band -- these professional rockers faithfully recreate the timeless music of the British blues-rock icons live on stage with all of the extra sonic bells and whistles that made the original tunes so famous in the first place. This Philadelphia-based sextet will play a set of Zeppelin's finest, from the epic to the folksy to, of course, the iconic "Stairway to Heaven."
Ever since it premiered in Moscow in 1877, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake has continued to enchant audiences, inspiring countless performances and earning a reputation as "the ballet of all ballets." Now, with spectacular sets, glittering costumes and the rarely seen Waltz of Black Swans, the Russian Grand Ballet brings this beloved classic to the Boston area. Swan Lake tells the hauntingly beautiful story of young lovers Siegfried and Odette, who's been captured by an evil sorcerer and transformed into a swan. Siegfred only has a short time to save his beloved before she's cursed to remain a swan forever, but standing in his way is the sorcerer's daughter, the beguiling black swan Odile, who comes to tempt and distract him away from his quest. Featuring premier dancers from some of Russia's elite choreographic schools, this stunning full-length production graces the stage of The Music Hall.
Horror films have rarely felt as visceral as in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. If you're seeing it for the first time or the hundredth, you won't want to miss it on the big screen at the Salem Horror Festival. While the "found footage" trend in recent years has tried to capture a certain realism, none of it has equaled the grit and conviction of this low-budget 1974 classic from director Tobe Hooper. A group of teens out in rural Texas stumbles on a house full of psycho cannibals. Needless to say, it doesn't go well for them. Don't miss this screening at Cinema Salem.
American Psycho, the cult horror film starring Christian Bale, takes place in decadent 1980s Manhattan, and follows Patrick Bateman, a slick investment banker with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires. But at night, Bateman takes part in a darker indulgence. Experience this "brilliant and absorbing musical" (London Evening Standard) at Cinema Salem as part of the Salem Horror Fest, a four-week, city-wide celebration of terror this fall. Your double-feature ticket also includes Texas Chainsaw Massacre, another cult classic that follows a handsome serial killer, the woman he loves, and his overly affectionate mother -- all in gory detail. Or, if your appetite for horror is truly insatiable, spring for the VIP All-Access Pass, which includes the Opening Night Party, M Lamar concert, all screenings, panel discussions, exhibits and celebrity appearances throughout the fest.
Looking to put a little magic in your night? Needing a good laugh? Look no further than Boston's longest running magic show, The Mystery Lounge. From sleight of hand to mentalism to theatrical illusions, from outrageous belly laughs to subtle wit, the performers bring a wide range of entertainment to the stage at the Hong Kong Restaurant in Cambridge. Running for over 20 years, this fast-paced show gets you involved as it blows your mind and tickles your funny bone.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 8:00pm (Jon Stetson & Steve Kradolfer with Special Guests)Wednesday October 4, 2017 / 8:00pm (An Evening of Magic and Comedy)Wednesday October 11, 2017 / 8:00pm (An intimate Evening of Magic and Mystery)Wednesday October 18, 2017 / 8:00pm (Steve Kradolfer Hosts The Connecticut Conjurers)Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 8:00pm (The Annual "Mad Hose of Mystery" Halloween Extravaganza)
Based on Stephen King's classic novella, The Mist follows a group of everyday people who take shelter in a supermarket from a mysterious mist that has rolled in, blocking all visibility and drawing the military. As paranoia threatens to overtake them, the group has to work together to survive whatever lurks in the otherworldly fog. Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) directs an ensemble cast that includes Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher and Toby Jones. Don't miss this 2007 nail-biter (soon to be a TV series) on the big screen at the Salem Horror Festival.
With Stories to Scenes, Improv Jones Boston and storytelling collective MassMouth set out to prove that fact can often be stranger than fiction ... and funnier, too. At this monthly Riot Theater event, you'll hear real-life tales of humor, tragedy and more, as relayed by renowned local storytellers. Plus, you'll get to see members of the veteran improv comedy group create spontaneous new scenes -- filled with humor that's fast-paced, clever and physical -- inspired by the stories you've just heard. There's a diverse cast of bards and a new mix of irreverent comedy at each performance.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday December 16, 2017 / 8:00pm
Experience the intense beauty of sunset colors and connect with nature through the newest yoga craze: stand-up paddleboard yoga. Welcome to all experience levels, SUP Yoga introduces anyone with a good mindset and desire to experience this invigorating activity on the water. The evening begins with a lesson on the beach that'll show you the ropes of paddling, including basic paddle technique, launching, paddling and turning. Then, take the boards out to serene, shallow waters and move through yoga asana poses to truly become one with your surroundings. A blissful savasana allows you to conclude the evening with the calming sights and sounds of Lake Massapoag.
Any Available Thursday at 6:30pm, June 22 - October 26 (Reserve in Advance)
Delve into the quintessentially American sounds of bluegrass while cruising the blue waters of Boston Harbor on this live music cruise featuring Boston's own Rob Flax String Band. It'll be a blissful one-and-a-half hours on the water, with the Boston cityscape as the backdrop. The vessel itself is a beauty as well: The Northern Lights is a 115-foot motor boat styled after a 1920s New England Yacht. Grab a drink and/or a snack, available for purchase from the onboard bar, and head to the upper deck to enjoy the sounds and the sights. If you're compelled to move to the groove, there's plenty of room for dancing too.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding begins at 7:15pm)
One of the more underrated films in the franchise (and one that was hurt most by the dastardly ratings board), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood brings a supernatural element to the series, as it is often referred to as "Jason vs. Carrie," given protagonist Tina's telekinetic abilities. When Jason is freed from his watery grave at Camp Crystal Lake, he returns with a vengeance, until he meets his ultimate match in a powerful teenage foe. This screening, presented by Women With Guts, features a post-film Q&A with actress Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder, the man behind the Jason mask.
A Pakistani orchestra that plays classic jazz on traditional instruments like sitar, flute, sarangi and tablas, The Sachal Ensemble first gained fame when their version of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" went viral, which led to an invitation from Wynton Marsalis to perform at New York's Lincoln Center -- which led to Song of Lahore, an acclaimed 2015 documentary about their journey. Now this acclaimed group makes their Boston debut presented by World Music/CRASHarts, with their cross-cultural take on tunes by Mancini, Grucin and other Western jazz greats.
Embark on a weekend adventure with Wanderfest, where savvy female travelers from around the world can gather together, share stories and build a global community in the spirit of sisterhood. During this three-day retreat at Pocono Springs Camp, you'll engage in hands-on workshops, interactive classes, story slams, crafts and more. Embrace the outdoors with activities like kayaking, hiking and photography walks. Bunk up in a dorm-style cabin for two nights or all three. Linens are included, as are meals, snacks and activities. With the beautiful Pocono Mountains as a backdrop, you can find your next soul sister or travel buddy, building positive connections with like minds from around the world.
ImprovBoston's The Last Laugh comedy showcase is definitely not for kids. In fact, it might not even be for some adults. Every Saturday, this naughty hour of comedy delivers all the filthy fun you can handle. It's a different style of comedy each time -- from improv to sketch to stand-up -- all served up at the witching hour. Check your hang-ups at the door and settle in for something raunchy, profane and just the right kind of wrong.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 11:30pm
Jelly spotlights Boston's brightest comedians, from veterans to rising stars, with an emphasis on female talent. The sharp and cutting night of comedy includes a classic TV variety show style featuring live music, sketch, stand-up, improv and audience interaction. Travel through time to the entertainment of yesteryear with a fresh, alternative slant. The show gets going at ImprovBoston, with host Nonye Brown West, announcer Harry Gordon and the Jelly House Band with Jeff Greenwald's rock and jazz ensemble.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday November 23, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday December 28, 2017 / 9:30pm
Always wondered if you have what it takes to live off the earth? Curious if you could hang with the Alaskan Bush People? Just hoping to bring the family a bit closer together by working on a project? Bushcraft Adventures is for you. An ideal activity for a family or group of friends, you'll build a shelter with equipment provided by Adventure Activities and direction from a Bushcraft specialist who has years of experience in outdoor living. After erecting your shelter, you'll learn how to make fires using traditional methods (no matches here!). When you've sparked a flame, you'll prepare a drink and bite to eat, then relax and admire your handiwork. Fun for all ages, Bushcraft Adventures offers an escape from the hustle of modern life -- and teaches you some essential forestry skills for surviving in the wild if you should ever find yourself stranded.
Any Available Date: May 20 - Oct 28, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
Even if you've read all of David Sedaris' best-selling books, heard every segment he's performed on This American Life, and caught all of his appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman and The Tonight Show, prepare to be delightfully surprised by what Sedaris will read when he arrives at Boston Symphony Hall. Perhaps the most beloved humorist of his generation, Sedaris has sold more than seven million books, which include such comedic classics as Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and his latest, Theft By Finding, a collection of his favorite diary entries over four decades. Now he comes to Boston for a night of new, sardonic material. Come hear the latest from this master of satire who Salon called "the prime candidate for funniest writer alive."
Prepare to witness to one of the greatest -- and funniest -- conflicts ever waged via little cardboard cards. Two wizards, bent on destroying each other because of an ancient grudge, enlist creatures of good (angels, elves, passers-by) and creatures of evil (goblins, trolls, tax collectors) to battle one another in a winner-takes-all showdown. Watch and help shape the action with your own cards as the wizards and their team of misfit fantasy junkies improvise a comedy battle for supremacy of the Riot Theater stage. This outrageous show premiered at the Geek Week Comedy Festival and just completed a feature run at ImprovBoston.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday December 2, 2017 / 8:00pm
The one and only Al Pacino ("Hoo-ah!") stars in controversial 1980 crime thriller Cruising, presented at Cinema Salem as part of Salem Horror Fest. When human remains begin washing up in the Hudson River, the NYPD sends an undercover officer to infiltrate the underground S&M subculture of New York's Meatpacking District. Grab double feature tickets to add a screening of Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge to the mix, or spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M. Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more.
This 1985 camp classic slasher film was the second in a trio of Nightmare on Elm Street movies that enjoyed a cult fan following. Freddy's Revenge explores the homoerotic horrors of high school when the man who's been haunting teenage Jesse's dreams, the dead Freddy Krueger, overtakes Jesse's body as a portal into the living world. Mayhem of course ensues, and you'll be on the edge of your seat at CinemaSalem during this screening as part of the Salem Horror Fest, a four-week, city-wide celebration of terror this fall. A double feature ticket also includes the crime thriller Cruising, starring Al Pacino as a New York City undercover cop investigating the S&M gay subculture. Or, if your appetite for horror is truly insatiable, spring for the VIP All-Access Pass, which includes the Opening Night Party, M Lamar concert, all screenings, panel discussions, exhibits and celebrity appearances throughout the fest.
You don't have to go to New York City to see comics from its famed stand-up comedy scene. Jordan Raybould is a rising star in NYC, and now he's hitting the road with his hilarious friends, comedians you've seen on Comedy Central, MTV, Netflix and other places. But nothing beats live comedy for a good belly laugh, so head out to Beatnik's in Worcester to catch some of tomorrow's comedy stars bringing the funny on stage when NYC Comedy Invades Worcester.
Gifted jazz saxophonist Willie "Cool" Jones is lured back from Paris by his old flame Babs with the promise of ownership in Mitzy's Jazz Kitchen, but Cool's inner demons compete with his ambitions as he tries to make sense of his life. Cliff Odle's new play Lost Tempo at Boston's Odyssey Theatre is a jazz riff on the addictions from which we all suffer, musical and otherwise.
Sunday October 8, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 12, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 19, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pm
Relive the glory of medieval days with Axe Throwing. A unique and fun new sport to play with friends or your family, Axe Throwing is sure to get your blood pumping. Adventure Activities' expert coaches will be there to guide you through all aspects of safety when handling the equipment before teaching you how to throw with precision, force and correct form. In your one-hour session, you'll also advance to challenges and games, all while throwing axes to your warrior heart's content -- there's a maximum of only two people per target.
Any Available Date: May 19, 2017 - October 28, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
Putting her own spin on the national motto of France, "Liberte, Egalite, Sororite," Helen Hayes-nominated playwright Lauren Gunderson has penned yet another stellar tale of women in history. Join playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, Haitian activist Marianne Angelle and former queen Marie Antoinette as they conspire to avoid literally losing their heads during the insanity of the Reign of Terror. The Revolutionists is an irreverent, fantastical comedy that examines feminism, extremism, art, and how we actually go about changing the world. See The Nora Theatre Company's staging of the show at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
Thursday October 19, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 7:00pmMonday October 23, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pm
The 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In turned the vampire movie on its head, blending the coming-of-age drama with horror. Oskar, a bullied, lonely young teen, strikes up a friendship with Eli, the mysterious girl who just moved in next door. He soon notices some odd things about Eli, and as their relationship deepens, she lets him in on her secret, leading to a terrifying climax. This international hit spawned an American remake, but the original remains the best version. Now you can catch Let the Right One In on the big screen at the Salem Horror Festival.
Getting a song stuck in your head is a small price to pay for the infectious music and raucous comedy of ImprovBoston's Music Comedy Night. This monthly show boasts the best of Boston's comedy scene in all things musical, including the Musical Improv Cast (MIC) as well as musical sketch and comedy band acts from throughout the city. The evening even includes a musical improv jam session that puts everyone's comedy songwriting and musical creativity to the test at ImprovBoston in Cambridge.
Thursday October 12, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday December 14, 2017 / 9:30pm
Tackling all things horror with a slash of analysis and research, horror journalists and academics Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West are your hosts for discussions of the things that go bump in the night in podcast The Faculty of Horror. West has lectured on theater and film in schools in Ontario, Québec and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Subissati is a sociologist and writer on horror and cultural studies, as well as executive editor of horror fiction magazine Rue Morgue. Get your dose of bloody fun and brainy dissections at this live podcast recording at Cinema Salem.
Named "one of the freshest, funniest horror-comedies to emerge in Scream's long wake" (Variety) and a hit at last year's SXSW, Tragedy Girls stars Alexandra Shipp (X-Men Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) as two social media-obsessed high school serial killers who use their online show to whip their small town into a frenzy. Presented as part of Salem Horror Fest, this horror-comedy flick will be paired with Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood and followed by a Q&A with the film's stars -- Lar Park Lincoln and "man behind the mask" Kane Hodder -- moderated by The Faculty of Horror hosts Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West. Spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M. Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more.
Rod Ferguson, one of cabaret's hottest new entertainers, premieres his wickedly funny show, Some Others I've Seen, in Boston after its triumphant debut in Provincetown -- accompanied by Club Cafe's own Brian Patton on piano. Ferguson, who studied under Broadway legend Faith Prince and cabaret marvel Marilyn Maye, sings songs from the swing era. He's also got some funny stories to share about growing up gay in socially-conservative Bermuda, as well as some shocking tales about the characters he's met on his stumble toward love. "It's not all scandalous," Ferguson says. "There are at least a couple heartfelt moments." Beverages are available for purchase during the show, and afterward, the club offers a full food menu along with more entertainment and even sing-alongs.
Thursday October 12, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday October 19, 2017 / 7:00pm
Playing like a modern-day (and eerily prescient) episode of The Twilight Zone, John Carpenter's Reagan-era satirical science fiction horror flick They Live has grown into a cult classic in the nearly 30 years since its release. Apart from some kick-ass fight scenes featuring actor/pro wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and some skull-faced alien imagery that'll seep into your unconscious, the movie's also a clever, chilling satire of consumerist society and -- as timely as ever -- the feeling that the people around you are just blindly following the dictates of their designated leaders. Grab double feature tickets to add a little classic Stephen King horror to your night with a screening of The Mist, or spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M. Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more. "Obey" your classic horror-lovin' heart and don't miss this classic flick at Cinema Salem, part of the Salem Horror Fest.
Love horror? Then you just might let out a bloodcurdling scream for The Horror Show, a podcast in which two childhood friends "dissect, mutilate, dismember and butcher" all the horror movies you love (as well as the ones you love to hate), weaving funny insights and personal anecdotes into weekly reviews and discussions. Whether it's watching every Tobe Hooper movie ever made or trying to make sense of movies like Rumpelstiltskin and Poultrygeist, The Horror Show gives every horror flick a fair shot at being picked on. Go behind the curtain and experience a live taping of The Horror Show at Cinema Salem as part of Salem Horror Fest.
Get the dodgeball team back together: Arrow Tag is the newest, most fun game for you and your buddies to play since you discovered hurling balls back and forth at each other in 6th grade. Combining the excitement of dodgeball with the precision of archery, Arrow Tag is a game where you get to safely shoot your friends with a bow and arrow. The rules are basically the same as dodgeball's, so you'll spend very little time learning how to play -- and because Adventure Activities uses special foam-tipped arrows and bows that are strong enough to simulate a real arrow fight but not injure anyone, it's safe for most ages. Thrilling for any group that loves a little competition, Arrow Tag is a brand new way to spend the day bonding.
Any Available Date May 20 - October 28, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
Never paddled a kayak? No problem. Adventure Activities' Kayaking Class is geared toward groups whose main goal is staying together and having fun out on the water. Your highly qualified and competent guide guide will greet you, explain the day's 90-minute adventure and kit you out with topnotch equipment for a stunning day spent on the lake. Learn how to paddle at shore, then enjoy playing games a little further out. Depending on the group's ability, you'll then take a short tour of the lake. You'll also get plenty of handy hints to improve your kayaking skills, all while having a blast and soaking up the shimmering beauty and serenity of the water.
Any Date June 24 - Oct 28, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
There's classical jazz that can put you to sleep, and then there's some world jazz out there that's a straight up party -- Harold López-Nussa is easily the latter. Havana born and bred, the composer and pianist brings summery nights of upbeat, classical, Cuban and jazz-inspired arrangements to Boston that'll urge you to get up off your feet and dance. The guy has been a part of epic music projects, toured with Omara Portuondo, and released four albums -- all at just 34 years old. López-Nussa brings his equally talented brother and bassist Gaston Joya to the Berklee Performing Arts Center for a perfect weekend concert night. There will also be a pre-performance chat with Grammy-winning author and journalist Bob Blumenthal.
Catch fresh-faced rising stars of the local comedy scene at an event hosted and headlined by legendary Boston stand-up Tony V. From his days as a social worker seeking a little stress relief behind the mic, V has brought his streetwise humor and acute understanding of the human condition to the national comedy circuit for more than three decades. As an actor, he's appeared on TV shows ranging from Seinfeld to The Single Guy and even tackled dramatic roles on series like Boston Common. Warm, witty and wise, he now goes back to his roots, giving the spotlight to an array of up-and-comers for a show packed full of storytelling and laughs.
Wednesday October 4, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday November 15, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday December 6, 2017 / 8:00pm
Hailed by The New York Times as a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss, Gustafer Yellowgold is a slightly psychedelic sun creature who landed in the Minnesota woods and teamed up with illustrator-songwriter-performer Morgan Taylor. Together, they share stories and sing fantastical, infectious pop-rock songs your whole family will think are out of this world. Gorgeous full-screen animation accompanies a live band, as the 2016 Grammy nominee's multimedia musical adventure returns to Arlington's Regent Theatre as part of the Family Fun Saturday series.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 10:30am (Doors at 9:45am)
When intimated, a porcupine spikes its quills, a cobra flicks its tongue ... and comedian Dan Soder? Well, his defense mechanism is to affect a Russian accent (because "Russians are the scariest white people"). His hilarious sets are full of such pro-tips and off-center insights, all illustrated with amazing impressions of oddballs, old people and toddlers-who-are-way-too-good-with-iPads. He's been on TBS' Conan and Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and has hosted the Yahoo! web series Mansome, produced by Morgan Spurlock, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett. Lately, he has been a frequent guest and a "third mic" on the hit radio show Opie with Jim Norton. Now he steps back onto the stand-up stage at Laugh Boston.
Thursday October 19, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 10:15pm
Astonishing audiences as they throw and catch throw and catch birdbaths, lawn-chairs, electric guitars and baseball bats, the Airborne Comedians are renowned for their hilarious juggling routines performed as they balance atop unicycles as much as seven feet high. The Airborne Comedians (made up of Dan Foley and Joel Harris) have traveled around the world, delighting onlookers with their high energy and unorthodox comic patter. Experience this dynamic duo at Arlington's Regent Theatre as part of the Family Fun Saturday series.