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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 in 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 3

BRT Presents: Väsen

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
401 725-9272 |

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 16

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Hanneke Cassel and Mike Block

549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI
401 725-9272

Former U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Hanneke Cassel will team up with virtuoso contemporary cellist Mike Block to bring you a night of innovative Scottish and Irish fiddle music and songs from Eastern Canada and Quebec. Cassel and Block are at the forefront of the contemporary fiddle/cello scenes in America... playing and composing new tunes that retain the integrity and soul of traditional music.

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 23

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:The Gnomes

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI
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 24

Spectacle Management Presents: Don McLean

Barnstable Performing Arts Center
Hyannis, MA
3:00 pm |

Don McLean became an international superstar in 1971 with the release of the 'American Pie' single and album. The song, at eight and a half minutes in length, is one of the most famous in rock music history and has charted at least 4 times in the UK (three times in the 1990s). From the 'American Pie' album, the song 'Vincent' ('Starry Starry Night') gave Don McLean not only a second number one hit single but another landmark entry in the history of popular music. Since 1971-72 Don has released over 20 albums and scored major chart successes with 'Everyday', 'Mountains of Mourne', 'Crying', 'Castles in the Air', 'Since I Don't Have You', 'Can't Blame the Train' and again with 'American Pie' (1991). 

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