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October 2008 Events Calendar
Irish Cultural Centre Set Dancing

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

ICCNE Presents:
Set Dancing with Cait Bracken

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:30-9:30 pm | $5 donation at the door | Adults (16 & up)
781 821-8291

Every Monday throughout the year (except Holidays), the ICC presents set dancing with Cait Bracken from 7:30-9:30pm. Set dancing is a form of social dancing which has been popular in Ireland for over 150 years. Sets are danced by four couples in a square. No previous dancing experience or partner required! No registration required for this class.

Charitable Irish Society

October 4

Charitable Irish Society
Silver Key Awards Reception

Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
138 St. James Avenue, Boston
$125 p.p. | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. |

This year’s award recipients are Paul Doyle and Linda Dorcena Forry.  The Charitable Irish Society was formed in Boston in 1737, “to cultivate a spirit of unity and harmony among all resident Irish and their descendants in the Massachusetts Colony and to advocate socially and morally the interests of the Irish people and their cultural heritage.”

ArtsEmerson Presents HAMNET

October 6, 7 - (Show runs: September 20 - October 7)

ArtsEmerson Presents: HAMNET - Dead Centre

Emerson Paramount Center, Robert J. Orchard Stage
559 Washington Street, Boston
Saturday, Oct 6: 8pm | Sunday, Oct 7: 2pm
617-824-8400 | | Buy Tix!

William Shakespeare had one son: Hamnet, who died at age eleven before he got to know his famous father. In this riveting tour-de-force of literary imagination, Shakespeare's only son finally takes center stage. Created by Dead Centre Theatre Company in Dublin, Hamnet is a moving, meticulous, multimedia show that explores how ambition clashes with family responsibilities in a way that rivals Shakespearean tragedy itself. This U.S. Premiere of Hamnet at ArtsEmerson is a final chance to see young Irish actor Ollie West perform as the 11 year old lead character. West performs September 20-30 after which we'll welcome the talented Aran Murphy to take over the role for the final four performances October 3-7.

North Sea Gas Band

October 6

BRT Presents: North Sea Gas
Music from Scotland

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

With a combination of fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bodhran and bouzouki, complementing strong, three-part vocal harmonies, an entertaining evening is always guaranteed! This marks NSGs 13th appearance at BRT as they tour behind their newest CD, "Fire in the Glen." The band is led by founder Dave Gilfillan, lead vocals, guitar and banjo, well-known for his tongue-in-cheek humor. Ronnie MacDonald on lead and harmony vocals, guitar and bouzouki, and Grant Simpson with his high-energy fiddle and vocals.

Rory Kennedy

October 9

JFK Library Forum Presents:
Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | 617-514-1600

Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow is a new documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rory Kennedy (pictured. Meghna Chakrabarti, host of NPR and WBUR’s On Point, moderates this conversation about the film and President Kennedy’s ambitious space program. This program is presented in conjunction with the 2018 GlobeDocs Film Festival and HUBweek.

Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums

October 11

New England Council
Annual Awards Dinner

Seaport Boston Hotel
200 Seaport Drive
South Boston, MA

On Thursday, October 11, The Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes & Drums perform at this prestigious event. This year's honorees include General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, President and CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Staff Sergeant (ret) Travis Mills, Army Veteran and Founder, Travis Mills Foundation, and The Honorable Niki Tsongas, U.S. House of Representatives.

The Bohemian Quartet

October 13

BRT Presents:
The Bohemian Quartet

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI
$16 advanced | $18 at the door | 401 725-9272
8:00 p.m. |

Featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass specializes in music of the "Romany" or "Gypsy" tradition, along with related Eastern European folk styles. Always an amazing evening of music!

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

October 14

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Annual Grand Meeting

Canadian-American Club, Inc.
202 Arlington Street, Watertown
1:30 p.m. |

The Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann meeting of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch, Boston Chapter will elect new officers for the coming year, followed by an afternoon of traditional Irish music and dancing beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern

October 20

BRT Presents:
Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI
$16 advanced | $20 at the door
401 725-9272 | 8:00 p.m. |

Tony McManus has been listed as one of the 50 transcendent acoustic guitarists in the Guitar Player Magazine. "One of the premiere purveyors of Celtic music, McManus displays an incredible ability to capture the melodic nuances of that ancient genre; including the sounds of fiddles and pipes. Julia Toaspern, a multi-talented musician from Berlin, combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music. Here is your chance to catch these master performers live at the Blackstone River Theatre on October 20th!

Alina Polyakova

October 23

JFK Library Forum Presents:
US Foreign Policy and Russia

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | 617-514-1600

Panelists Tom Nichols, professor of national security affairs at the US Naval War College, and Alina Polyakova (pictured), David M. Rubenstein Fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, examine US foreign policy issues concerning Russia with Alexandra Vacroux, executive director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

October 24-28

ArtsEmerson Presents:
Measure For Measure

Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont Street, Boston
Oct 24: 7:30 pm | Oct 25: 7:30 pm | Oct 26: 8:00 pm
Oct 27: 2:00 pm | Oct 27: 8:00 pm | Oct 28: 2:00 pm
617-824-8400 | | Buy Tix!

World renowned director Declan Donnellan brings his signature visceral, unflinching style to Measure For Measure in collaboration with Moscow's Pushkin Theatre and London's Cheek by Jowl. Shakespeare's great, political epic asks vital and unsettling questions about how we are governed and, in the process, unmasks the true nature of authority, love and justice. Performed in Russian with English subtitles, experience Shakespeare’s tale in a ripped-from-the-headlines context that is as shocking as it is revelatory.

October 27

BRT Presents: Brenda Bennett

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI
$20 | 401 725-9272
7:30 p.m. |

R.I. Music Hall of Fame inductee Brenda Bennett will perform "Once Again" in its entirety tonight along with the co-producer and engineer of "Once Again," George Dussault on guitar and vocals, Betsy Listenfelt on acoustic guitar and vocals, Sharlene Denardo on bass, Matt Demick on drums, and Theresa Ronan on keys. There will be a 30-minute opening set by How's About Charlie, an acoustic vocal trio from Providence featuring Amanda Centrella, Nicole Gauthier, and Beth Killian.

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