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April 2008 Events Calendar

Through April 5

Huntington Theatre Company Presents: The Colored Museum

Huntington Theatre Company
BU Theatre, Avenue of the Arts
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston
617 266-0800 | Various Times | huntingtontheatre.org

The scathing comedy by George C. Wolfe that redefined what it meant to be black in contemporary America, directed by Tony Award winner Billy Porter, pictured, (Kinky Boots). Climb aboard for a madcap and stinging journey through 11 hilarious looks at African-American culture — from the depths of the Celebrity Slaveship to the spinning heights of Harlem. 




Through April 26

Huntington Theatre Company Presents:
Come Back, Little Sheba

South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
527 Tremont Street, Boston
617 266-0800 | Various Times
huntingtontheatre.org

When Doc and Lola Delaney rent a room in their cluttered Midwestern home to Marie, a vivacious college student, her youthful energy stirs up forgotten dreams and missed opportunities. Visionary director David Cromer, the creative force behind the Huntington's acclaimed production of Our Town, returns to the Roberts Studio Theatre for this intimate and heartrending portrait of a marriage.




April 1

The Burren Back Room Series Presents:
Sean Tyrrell

247 Elm Street
Davis Square, Somerville
617 776-6896 | 7:30 pm | BUY TIX | burren.com | Backroom Schedule

"Tyrrell's plaintive vocals have come into their own on this collection, possessing a spare, echoic quality that recalls Ry Cooder's in Paris, Texas.... Here be folk music as it was meant to be: pugilistic at times, all embracing at others. Tyrrell's appetite for telling it like it is is as unquenchable as ever" - - Siobhan Long wrote of his recent CD in the Irish Times. The Burren Backroom series is well established as one of the most sought-after boutique series of traditional presentations. It was founded by well-known traditional musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello and is hosted by Brian O’Donovan of WGBH Celtic Sojourn.




April 2

JFK Library Presents:
A Conversation with Mayor Marty Walsh

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.| Click here to register
617 514-1644 | jfklibrary.org

Mayor Marty Walsh reflects on his first year in office with CNN correspondent John King. All forums are free and open to the public. Reservations for forums are strongly recommended. They guarantee a seat in the building but not the main hall. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Doors to the main hall open one hour before the program begins.




April 4

BRT Presents: Low Lily / Tim O'Connell

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 p.m. | $15 | 401 725-9272 | riverfolk.org

Low Lily, formerly called Annalivia, is an American 'roots and branches' string trio which draws from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music. The members include Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen and Lissa Schneckenburger. Tim Connell is a rising star in the acoustic music scene. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist with 25 years professional performing experience. He has forged a sophisticated and worldly voice for the mandolin in his work in the international mandolin supergroup The Ger Mandolin Orchestra.  




April 4-26

Discover Newport:
Daffodil Days at Blithewold

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
101 Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
daffodillion.com | blithewold.org
discovernewport.org

Tens of thousands of brilliant yellow daffodils trumpet the arrival of spring at Blithewold. The sight of blooming flowers and budding trees help us forget this dreary winter as we look forward to summer fun.




April 4

ICCNE Presents: Table Quiz

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:30 p.m. | $50 entry per team of six
781 821-8291 | irishculture.org

Register your team by calling the ICC at: 781-821-8291.
$50 enry per team of six | 8 rounds of ten trivia questions | Raffle prizes and plenty of fun!




April 6

ICCNE Presents: Emmett Cahill on Tour

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:30 p.m. | $25
781 821-8291 | irishculture.org

Over the past four years, Emmet’s life has been transformed from a young man pursuing a career in classical music to being plunged into the world of touring across cities and performing to thousands of fans with world renowned Irish music show Celtic Thunder. After three years of phenomenal success, including three albums shooting to number 1 on the world billboard charts, Emmet is now preparing to carve out his own unique identity as a solo artist, with an eagerly anticipated debut solo album due to be released in 2015.




April 6

JFK Library Presents: A Conversation with Barney Frank

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.| Click here to register
617 514-1644 | jfklibrary.org

Barney Frank discusses his new memoir, Frank, and his storied career in Congress.




April 8

The Burren Back Room Series Presents:
Len Graham with Brian O'hAirt and, Oisin McAuley and Noel Scott

247 Elm Street
Davis Square, Somerville
617 776-6896 | 7:30 pm | BUY TIX | burren.com | Backroom Schedule

Irish traditional singers Len Graham (pictured) and Brian Ó hAirt are bearers of stories, songs, music, lilting and sean-nós dancing from both the duet singing tradition of Ulster and the lyrical sean-nós singing tradition of western Co. Galway. Donegal fiddler Oisín McAuley of Danú brings music for the highlands of Ireland to the Burren with the help of accordionist Noel Scott. Their pairing of instruments represents the very living world of Irish 'trad' music while exploring the fringe of tradition with tunes from Brittany, Quebec and beyond. The Burren Backroom series is well established as one of the most sought-after boutique series of traditional presentations. It was founded by well-known traditional musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello and is hosted by Brian O’Donovan of WGBH Celtic Sojourn.




April 10

The Burren Presents: Leo Moran & Anthony Thistlethwaite of
The Saw Doctors

247 Elm Street
Davis Square, Somerville
617 776-6896 | $25 | 7:00 pm | BUY TIX | burren.com

With The Saw Doctors on sabbatical, and with Anthony's and Leo's troubadour feet becoming itchy, the two friends have put together a touring show that will include different takes on well-known Saw Doctors' songs, versions of lesser-known and less-played songs, a few from Anthony's solo-albums and other songs written recently with Padraig Stevens. It's all new so come see the show and see what you think!




WIN TIX!
April 11

The Very Best of Celtic Thunder Tour - - Spring 2015

Orpheum Theatre
1 Hamilton Place, Boston
7:30 pm | 1-800-745-3000 | Buy Tix! | celticthunder.com

"The Very Best of Celtic Thunder Tour” kicks off in February 2015 and arrives in Boston on April 11. The three-month tour features an eclectic collection of the group’s best-loved and most popular songs from the past seven years. Celtic Thunder will be drawing on material from its Public Television Specials, eleven CDs and DVDs and eight US tours to date, bringing classics, fan favorites and hit songs with high energy and as alwys, expect the signature sound, dramatic lighting and imposing set! You won't want to miss this show!
CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN FREE TIX!




April 11

BRT Presents: International String Trio

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 p.m. | $15 | 401 725-9272 | riverfolk.org

The International String Trio is one of only two groups at BRT to receive a standing ovation in the middle of their first set! The Trio was founded in 1999 by its musical director and guitarist, Slava Tolstoy. The band also features Ippei Ichimaru on acoustic bass and Jakub Trasak on violin. Prepare to be wowed! 




April 12

BRT Presents: Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy


Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
7:00 p.m. | $18 | 401 725-9272 | riverfolk.org

Martin Carthy is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced a generations of artists while his daughter Eliza Carthy has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and is a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards. Their first duo CD together, "The Moral of the Elephant," has been nominated 'Best Album' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015. Do not miss this very rare chance to see Eliza and Martin performing together in an intimate theater setting.




April 15

The Burren Back Room Series Presents:
The Martin O’Connor Trio with Méara Meara

247 Elm Street
Davis Square, Somerville
617 776-6896 | 7:30 pm | BUY TIX | burren.com | Backroom Schedule

Máirtín O'Connor is recognized as one of the foremost proponents of the accordion. He is joined by fiddler, Cathal Hayden, and singer/guitarist Shamie O'Dowd. Expect to be wowed by this super-trio of traditional music. The Burren Backroom series is well established as one of the most sought-after boutique series of traditional presentations. It was founded by well-known traditional musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello and is hosted by Brian O’Donovan of WGBH Celtic Sojourn.




WIN TIX!
April 18

Anthony Kearns

The Place Theatre
80 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH
7:30 pm | Box Office: (603) 668-5588 | $49.50 (preferred seating + meet / greet), $39.50, $29.50
Buy Tix! | palacetheatre.org

Anthony Kearns, Ireland's foremost tenor, is a great ambassador for Ireland. …The Honorable Michael Collins, Ireland's Ambassador to the United States. Kearns is a founding member of The Irish Tenors, one of Ireland’s most celebrated and longest running touring groups, as well as being one of PBS's largest grossing artists. Performing for over a decade in the world’s most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney [Australia] Opera House, The Irish Tenors have produced ten best-selling CDs. Anthony tours three times annually with The Irish Tenors, and has a thriving solo career, performing concert tours, oratorio, and opera. This is a concert you won't want to miss!
CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN FREE TIX!




April 18

BRT Presents: The Mairtin O'Connor Trio

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 p.m. | $16 | 401 725-9272 | riverfolk.org

Virtuoso accordion player Máirtín O'Connor, just named Ireland's 2015 Traditional Musician of the Year (TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards), brings his remarkable trio to BRT. Máirtín was a main musical force in Riverdance and a member of De Danann. He has graced projects by such artists as Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello, Rod Stewart, and The Waterboys' "Fisherman's Blues" album. His playing can be heard on the soundtracks of "Dancing at Lughnasa," "Some Mother's Son," and "Twelfth Night." His fluid style and wide musical influences blend perfectly with the fiddle playing of Cathal Hayden, an All-Ireland champion and founding member of Four Men and a Dog. Séamie O'Dowd, a former longtime member of Dervish, is one of Ireland's finest vocalists and guitarists,




April 19

JFK Library Presents: PEN Hemingway Award

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.| Click here to register
617 514-1644 | jfklibrary.org

Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s son, introduces the PEN Hemingway Award for best first published work of fiction by an American author. Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto, Truth & Beauty: A Friendship, and A State of Wonder, delivers the keynote. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's works. See the collection here.




April 19

ICCNE Presents:
High Tea and Spring Fashion Show

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
2:00 p.m. | $25
781 821-8291 | irishculture.org

The ladies of the Irish Cultural Centre invite you to High Tea and their annual Spring Fashion Show on Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. To purchase tix or for more informaiton, please call the ICC at: 781-821-8291.




April 21

JFK Library Presents: Tanglewood Marionettes - The Dragon King

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
10:30-11:30 am | Free Performances For Children Ages 5 and Up
617 514-1644 - - Reservations recommended | jfklibrary.org

Journey beneath the sea in this story of fantasy, courage and wonder from Chinese folklore. Tanglewood Marionettes bring to life fantastic sea creatures and a fearless grandmother who wants to help when things go amiss in the land above. Explore the ocean bottom with her as she seeks the Dragon King.




April 22

The Burren Back Room Series Presents:
The April Verch Band: CD Release

247 Elm Street
Davis Square, Somerville
617 776-6896 | 7:30 pm | BUY TIX | burren.com | Backroom Schedule

What a concert the April Verch Band gave last year in their debut at the Backroom Series! Along with this amazingly talented front woman who sings, dances and plays multiple instruments, The band features world-class musicians Hayes Griffin on guitar and Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo. Together, these three passionate musicians have established a reputation as consummate performers, winning over audiences not only with sheer virtuosity on their respective instruments, but also with charm, humor and boundless energy on stage. The Burren Backroom series is well established as one of the most sought-after boutique series of traditional presentations. It was founded by well-known traditional musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello and is hosted by Brian O’Donovan of WGBH Celtic Sojourn.




April 23

Gaelic Roots Presents: Boston College Arts Festival,
Irish Music and Dance Performance

Boston College
O'Neill Plaza - Stokes Lawn - Gasson Hall
140 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton MA
12:00 to 12:45 p.m. | 617 552-6396
irish@bc.edu | bc.edu/gaelicroots | ArtsFest

Irish Music, Song, and Dance: Concert by Boston College students, faculty, and staff. The complete Arts Festival schedule will be available in April. Please check back for details. Festival runs April 23-25.
Map of the grounds here.




April 25

BRT Presents: Burning Bridget Cleary

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 p.m. | $16
401 725-9272 | riverfolk.org

Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest young acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits and favorites at our last Summer Solstice Festival! Band-leader Rose Baldino drives this band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. The front of the band is shared with some of the best fiddle talent on the East Coast. Currently featured is Amy Beshara, a multi-talented musician, well respected in the New York Scottish fiddle circles. The band's driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion.




April 25

ICCNE Presents:
Irish Music Academy

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
$200 per child - 10 weeks of classes beginning on April 25.
781 821-8291 | irishculture.org

Youth traditional Irish music lessons with Denis Galvin on fiddle and whistle. 10 weeks of classes begin on April 25th. $200 per child. Limited instrument rental available. Call the ICC for more details.




April 26

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston presents:
Guy & Ralna of "The Lawrence Welk Show"

Robinson Theatre
617 Lexington Street, Waltham
2:00 pm | 781-891-5600 | Groups: | reaglemusictheatre.com | Tickets

This dynamic duo, and the most popular singing couple on national television’s “The Lawrence Welk Show," will perform selections from the Great American Songbook together with favorites from the ‘30s and ‘40s.  Music will include Pop, Country, and Gospel, plus a few of their most-popular songs. Each week, more than 3 million people watch Guy & Ralna on “The Lawrence Welk Show” airing on 200+ PBS stations. “The Lawrence Welk Show” is national television’s longest-running weekly syndicated musical series.




April 30

Gaelic Roots Presents: Concert of Irish Harp and Guitar
Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

Boston College
Cadigan Alumni Center, Brighton Campus | REGISTER HERE
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | 617 552-6396 | irish@bc.edu | bc.edu/gaelicroots

Ní Chathasaigh is credited with a new style of harping in the 70s that became the norm among her contemporaries and the younger generation. In 2001 she received Irish music's most prestigious award, Traditional Musician of the Year. Together, Máire and Chris Newman have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music. Their six duo and five solo CDs, instructional books and collaborations with many other luminaries of the Celtic, folk, swing jazz and bluegrass worlds express both the depth of their commitment to tradition and an eternally playful, curious and adventurous spirit. REGISTER HERE




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