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May 2008 Events Calendar

Through September 1
"Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy" Exhibit

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
9 am - 5 pm | $14 | $12 for seniors over 62 & students
$10 for children 13-17 | Free for members and children 12 and under
1 866 JFK-1960 | 617-514-1600 | jfklibrary.org | Exhibit details

In 1963, DC Comics, the publisher of Superman, collaborated with the Kennedy White House to create a story promoting the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. In the story, JFK calls upon Superman to inspire the nation to exercise, eat better, and get stronger. In 2013 DC Comics donated the drawings to the Kennedy Library after the death of Al Plastino, the comic book artist who drew Superman for 20 years. The drawings are on displayed for the first time at the JFK Library until September 1, 2014.




Through May 3

Huntington Theatre Presents:
Becoming Cuba

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

In 1898 Cuba on the eve of the Spanish-American War, spirited widow Adela runs a pharmacy, indifferent to the mounting conflict around her. But when the rebellion comes home to Havana, she must choose between loyalty to country or to family. By turns funny, steamy, and political, this powerful new drama from Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez asks whether freedom is something we all want.




May 2

Deadbeat Band

Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Ave., Allston
8:30 p.m. | 617-779-0140 | Buy Tix | bostondeadbeat.com

Mark Karan, guitarist of Bob Weir & RatDog and The Other Ones, will be joining DeadBeat to rock the house for a couple of Jammin’ sets! A Fine Connection will open the show. This is a wonderful opportunity to see one of the greatest players in the Dead family strut his stuff, up close and personal, and with the backing of one of the area’s favorite Grateful Dead tribute bands. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Oral Cancer Foundation & the Dana Faber Cancer Center.




May 3

BRT Presents:
The Atwater-Donnelly Band

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

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May 3

Chatham Fiddle Company Presents:
Joey Abarta

Chatham Fiddle Company
875 Main Street,
Chatham, Cape Cod
chathamfiddlecompany.com

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May 7

Boston Pops Opening Night
with Jason Alexander

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
$41-$128 | 8:00 p.m.
617 638-9345 | 1-888-266-1200 | bso.org

The Boston Pops begins another glorious season with the world’s best pop band.  Opening night features actor Jason Alexander, who studied at Boston University before become one of the stars of Seinfeld, as character George Costanza. This memorable evening of singing, dancing, and comedy will include selections from Pippin, The Music Man, and Merrily We Roll Along, plus a few other surprises.





May 8, 9, 27

The Very Best of the Boston Pops

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
$24-$94 | 8:00 p.m.
617 638-9345 | 1-888-266-1200 | bso.org

Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Pops orchestra take a look back at the Pops’ musical library, which contains 3,400 works created expressly for the band.  Expect a ‘greatest hit’ list of some amazing orchestral arrangements from across the decades. 




May 10

BRT Presents:
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 pm | 401 725-9272
$20 advance - $24 day of show | riverfolk.org

Featuring Martin Hayes (pictured) along with Dennis Cahill on guitar.
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May 11

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston presents:
The Lennon Sisters (on Mother's Day)

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

A Special Mother's Day Concert! The Lennon Sisters (Kathy, Janet, and Mimi), make their Reagle premiere in this special Mother's Day event!  Belovedly known as "America's Sweethearts of Song" from their many appearances on The Lawrence Welk Show, these girls next door bring their decades of performance polish and style to the Reagle stage.




May 11

ICCNE Canton Summer Céilí

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
3:00-7:00 pm | $10 at the door
781 821-8291 | irishculture.org

Held the 2nd Sunday of every month with live Irish music by Billy O'Neill and friends, the ICC Canton Céilí is a great place for those who know how to Céilí and for those new to the dance.  It's a great place to meet new people and no partner is necessary. Come and enjoy set dancing, waltzes, quickstep, and other traditional dances. And enjoy a great workout!




May 13

JFK Library Forum Presents:
A Conversation with Billy Collins

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

Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins discusses poetry with writer and former New Yorker editor, Daniel Menaker.





May 13-14

Boston Pops: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration
Featuring Warren Haynes

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
$33-$124 | 8:00 p.m.
617 638-9345 | 1-888-266-1200 | bso.org

Get back on the bus! Grammy Award-winning vocalist/guitarist Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule) brings this ambitious project to Symphony Hall following a critically acclaimed performance last summer at Tanglewood that thrilled audiences of multiple generations. The program includes Jerry Garcia's own storied compositions "Dark Star," "Bird Song," "Morning Dew," and many more.





May 14

The Burren Back Room Series Presents:
Matt and Shannon Heaton (CD Release Party)

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

Winner of Live Ireland's "Trad Fusion Album of the Year," Matt & Shannon Heaton are known for their distinctive approach to traditional Irish music with voice, flute, accordion, guitar & bouzouki. Sharing the bill is a new trio recently formed featuring Laurel Martin (fiddle), Mark Roberts (flute), and Kieran Jordan (old style Irish dancing). The Burren Backroom was founded by well-known traditional musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello. The series is hosted by Brian O’Donovan of WGBH A Celtic Sojourn.




WIN FREE TIX!
May 15

Luka Bloom

Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Avenue, Boston
7:00 p.m. | $25 | 617-562-8801 | BUY TIX HERE

Luka Bloom is gifted with a poetic lyricism and a master on the guitar. Bloom has a loyal following throughout Ireland and Europe, not to mention North America! This Boston concert is part of a national tour taking the distinctive performer to New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and beyond.  It’s his first American tour in years and we have a pair of tickets to give away thanks to our friends at Crossroads Presents. 
CLICK HERE TO VIEW WINNER OF FREE TIX!




May 18

An Gorta Mor Commemoration

Boston Irish Famine Memorial Park
Washington & School Streets, Boston
2:00 p.m. | Free | 781 400-1536
IrishHeritageTrail.com | bostonhibernian.com

The James Michael Curley Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians, is hosting a ceremony commemorating those who suffered during Ireland's Great Hunger of the 1840s. There will be a prayer service followed by a laying of a wreath in memory of the victims.




May 19-26

Inroads Ireland's GO SOUTH Tour

2918 Stevens Street, Madison, WI 53705
$2,199 per person | 1-888-220-7711 | InroadsIreland.com | Reservations | Itinerary

For an authentic Irish experience, travel with Inroads Ireland’s tours off the beaten track in small groups (max of 14 people) on Ireland’s back roads. The one week mini-coach tour takes you to the very best of southern Ireland where you’ll discover ancient monastic settlements with intricately carved Celtic crosses, round towers, and the Cliffs of Moher. Explore centuries old castles & experience a mystifying solar alignment within a tranquil stone circle. Enjoy a traditional Irish music session while relaxing in a cozy pub. Stay in small towns like Baltimore, Kenmare, and Dingle in locally owned guesthouses and help support local economies. You’ll walk the land, capture the spirit, and have Ireland forever in your heart. This is Ireland done right!




May 23-June 29

Huntington Theatre Presents:
Smart People

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

Four Harvard intellectuals – a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race – search for love, success, and identity in a complex world. With barbed wit, Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly) explores the inescapable nature of racism and other tricky topics in this controversial and fiercely funny new play. Directed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois (Rapture, Blister, Burn and Sons of the Prophet). 




May 24

BRT Presents: Choro Das 3

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

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May 26

JFK Library Presents:
Alastair Moock - American Roots Music

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Stephen E. Smith Center
Columbia Point, Boston
10:30-11:30 am | Free Performances For Children Ages 5 and Up
617 514-1644 - - Reservations required | Celebrate! Series | jfklibrary.org

Enjoy a unique blend of classic American folk songs and whimsical sing-along tunes for children in this upbeat performance by Grammy award nominee Alastair Moock. The Celebrate! series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America's rich cultural diversity through the arts.




WIN FREE TIX!
Opens: May 29

Amaluna From Cirque du Soleil

Boston Marine Industrial Park
On the Waterfront
Directions | 1-800-450-1480 | CirqueduSoleil.com | Tickets

Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. A group of young men land on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. Picture credit: Laurence Labat | Costume credit: Mérédith Caron.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN FREE TIX TO THE PERFORMANCE ON JUNE 4 @ 7:30 P.M.




May 31

ICCNE Presents:
Boston Irish Festival of Sports and Children’s Day

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
781 821-8291 | irishculture.org | bostonirishfestival.info

The ICCNE presents the Boston Irish Festival of Sports and Children's Day. A fun-filled day of Gaelic Football, Hurling, Rugby, plus kids activities like field games, storytelling and face painting. Check back for details and join the ICC to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2004 as one of America’s premier Irish organizations.




May 31

BRT Presents:
Bike and Blues The Blackstone Fundraiser

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
4:00 - 8:00 pm
401 725-9272 | riverfolk.org

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