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April 2008 Events Calendar

Through April 3

Huntington Theatre Company Presents:
August Wilson's How I Learned What I Learned

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

In this solo show, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson shares stories about his first few jobs, a stint in jail, his lifelong friends, and his encounters with racism, music, and love as a young poet in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Directed by Todd Kreidler and featuring Eugene Lee, both longtime Wilson collaborators, this theatrical memoir charts one man’s journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a black artist in America.  

Through April 24

Huntington Theatre Company Presents:
Can You Forgive Her?

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

It’s Halloween night, and Miranda is desperate for a way out. She’s up to her neck in debt, she might be falling for the man who pays her bills, and now her date has threatened to kill her. A charismatic stranger offers shelter and a drink; where will the night take them? With her trademark dark humor, two-time Pulitzer finalist Gina Gionfriddo presents complicated characters wrestling with love, money, and their past in this sharp contemporary comedy.

April 1-31

Discover Newport:
Daffodil Days at Blithewold

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
101 Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
10:00 am - 4:00 pm |

Celebrate spring at this beautiful thirty-three-acre estate on Narragansett Bay with a spectacular display of more than 50,000 daffodils. Billiant yellow daffodils trumpet the arrival of spring as the sight of blooming flowers and budding trees help us forget winter as we look forward to summer fun.

April 1-10

Discover Newport Presents:
Newport Restaurant Week Spring

Newport County Restaurants
Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI
$16 for three-course lunch | $35 for three-course dinner.
401-845-9110 |
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Prepare your taste buds for mouthwatering menus this season with 3 course prix-fixe lunches and dinners at over 55 participating restaurants throughout Bristol and Newport County; experience culinary walking tours, chef demos, affordable palate-pleasing lodging packages, special themed events and more. County restaurants offer an array of creative menus. (Presented by Discover Newport).

April 2

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
The Press Gang / Poor Man's Gambit

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 pm | $15.00
401 725-9272 |

Please check back for details.
Poor Man's Gambit (pictured).

April 3

BRT Presents: Väsen

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
401 725-9272 | 7:00 pm | $18.00 advance | $22.00 show day |

The word väsen has several meanings - spirit, essence, noise. This talented Swedish trio conveys the essence of Swedish traditional music with a joyfulness that is very likely to raise your spirits... don't miss their BRT debut! Väsen is a band people rave about - mere praise doesn't seem to be enough. According to the Utne Reader, the band "treads an enchanted territory between classical, folk, and pop." National Public Radio's All Things Considered puts it this way: "The absurdly broad term world music is rendered useless in the face of these musicians who play with such genuine passion and glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their hometown fires. 

April 7

Gaelic Roots Presents:
Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford 

Boston College
Cadigan Alumni Center, Brighton campus
2121 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton MA
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Free & open to the public | Register here
617 552-6396 |

Please join Gaelic Roots for a concert of Irish music with Cillian Vallely (pictured) and Kevin Crawford of the Irish supergroup Lúnasa. They will be performing on uilleann pipes, low whistles, and irish Flute. The Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series is sponsored by the Center for Irish Programs in collaboration with the Boston College Alumni Association. 

April 9

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Grant Maloy Smith / Cowboy and Lady

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 pm | $12 | 401 725-9272 |

Grant Maloy Smith is a singer/songwriter of American Roots music - a blend of old country, bluegrass, folk and Celtic influences into a uniquely American genre. His songs tell stories and paint pictures with words. Originally from Jacksonville Florida, Grant heard the strains of bluegrass from his Kentucky-born and raised Grandmother, and it got into his blood. His current album is the critically acclaimed Yellow Trailer, a collection of amazing songs that will take you on an invigorating ride through the fabled American south.

April 10

The Avett Brothers

DCU Center 
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA
7:30 p.m. |

The North Carolina based Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, indie rock, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a novel sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the "heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones." The band is made up of brothers, Scott Avett (banjo) and Seth (guitar), as well as Bob Crawford (double bass) and Joe Kwon (cello). Touring members of the band include Mike Marsh (drums), Tania Elizabeth (violin) and Paul Defiglia (keyboard).

April 15

One Boston Day

City of Boston and Beyond

Mayor Walsh announced that One Boston Day – held annually on April 15th to commemorate the Boston Marathon bombings – will become a permanent fixture of the City of Boston. "April 15 is a date that has come to stand for our city's deepest values, and we continue to be amazed by the spirit of the day, in the city, and around the world," Walsh said. "I am proud to sign this proclamation so that every April 15 we are inspired to come together to honor the bravery, the resolve and the unity of the city by reaching out, helping those in need, committing random acts of kindness."

April 16

1916 Easter Rebellion Documentary
First & Only Showing in Greater Lawrence

Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center
1 Jackson Street, Lawrence MA
10:30 am | FREE | Handicap Accessible
See Flyer here

Narrated by Liam Neeson, this landmark documentary tells the dramatic story of the events that took place in Dublin during Easter Week 1916, when a small group of Irish rebels took on the might of the British Empire. Although defeated militarily, the men and women of the Easter Rising would wring a moral victory from the jaws of defeat and inspire countless freedom struggles throughout the world – from Ireland to India. This film is Courtesy of the Irish Consulate in Boston and Notre Dame University. It is sponsored by Division 8 AOH. (80 minutes). See full details here.

April 17

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston presents:
The Country Jambaree:

Robinson Theatre
617 Lexington Street, Waltham
781-891-5600 | 2:00 p.m. | Buy Tix |

This national touring company will present the hits of some of country's biggest stars, including Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and more. As a special event, the hootenanny experts at Single Squares of Burlington will lead a class on their square dancing routine in the lobby one hour before the show!

April 19

JFK Library Presents:
Johnny Fireseed and the Junkyard Dogs

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 |

In celebration of Earth Day, join Johnny Fireseed & The Junkyard Dogs for whimsical music with an upbeat eco-message. The band uses instruments made entirely from trash, recycling, and re-purposed items to perform original music. Learn how to make your own instruments from recycled and repurposed items you can find around the house.

April 20

The Burren Back Room Series Presents:
The Tannahill Weavers with Fresh Haggis

247 Elm Street
Davis Square, Somerville
617 776-6896 | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tix!
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Since 1976, the Tannahill Weavers has toured the world as one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. A dynamic, new band, Fresh Haggis, has some of the finest young up-and-coming musicians on the Boston Celtic-music scene. The Backroom Series was founded by musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello and is hosted by Brian O' Donovan of WGBH A Celtic Sojourn.

April 23

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:The Gnomes

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 pm | $15.00
401 725-9272 |

The Gnomes special brand of World-Folk-Fusion is sure to get you on your feet and dancing! The band features Phil Edmonds (Irish whistle and button accordion); Cathy Clasper-Torch (fiddle, keyboard, er-hu, vocals); Mike Fischman (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, vocals); Peter Breen (bass, vocals); and Matt Niebels (percussion/drums). Together they combine their varied and extensive musical backgrounds into arrangements that have been described as "exotic, fresh, and unique."

April 27

The Burren Back Room Series Presents:
Mick McAuley and Colm O'Caoimh

247 Elm Street
Davis Square, Somerville
617 776-6896 | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tix!
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Mick McAuley, pictured, (Solas) has teamed up with fellow Kilkenny native, guitarist/singer Colm O'Caoimh (De Dannan), to create a remarkable duo combination. The Backroom Series was founded by musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello and is hosted by Brian O' Donovan of WGBH A Celtic Sojourn.

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