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September 2008 Events Calendar

Through March 20, 2015
"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 with ID
$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 March 20, 2015.





September 1-8

Inroads Ireland's GO SOUTH Tour

2918 Stevens Street, Madison, WI 53705
$2,099 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!




September 5

JFK Library Forum: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
5:30-7:30 pm | Forums are free and open to the public with reservations
617-514-1600 | jfklibrary.org

Join filmmaker Ken Burns, who will show excerpts from his upcoming PBS documentary on the Roosevelt family, followed by a discussion with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.




September 5 - October 5

Huntington Presents: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

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

Joanna surprises her liberal, white parents when she brings home John, her African-American fiancé, to meet them. Both sets of parents must confront their own unexpected reactions and concerns for their children as their beliefs are put to the test. Set in the 1960s, this funny and poignant new stage adaptation offers a fresh interpretation of the beloved Academy Award-winning film.




September 6

Canal Diggers 5 K Roadrace &
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Worcester Hibernian Centre
19 Temple Street, Worcester
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
canaldiggers.org

The Canal Diggers 5K Road Race is one of Central Massachusetts' top races. Proceeds from the race benefit the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Foundation ("WHCF"), owner of 19 Temple Street, Worcester and affectionately known as the "Irish Club." The WHCF, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a public venue dedicated to promoting Irish culture in Worcester. After the race, from noon to 4:00 p.m., the Hibernian Centre celebrates its halfway to St. Patrick’s Day with music and dancing.




September 6-14

Québec International Sacred Music Festival

Various locations in Quebec
Many events are FREE
1-866-525-9777 | imsq.ca | quebecregion.com

The 18th edition of this sacred music festival will be held from September 6-14, 2014. From 2012, Canada's star countertenor Daniel Taylor will develop the artistic vision of festival and will be the spokesperson. Feel the power of sacred music through its ability to inspire both serenity and exaltation, a characteristic that transcends the music's country or faith of origin. Eight major concerts performed by leading musicians will be held at different suitable venues. Tickets and passes can be obtained as of June. During the daytime Preludes, the public can enjoy a number of activities at little or no cost (exhibits, seminars and concerts with commentary).





September 8-15

Inroads Ireland's GO NORTH Tour

2918 Stevens Street, Madison, WI 53705
$2,049 per person | 1-888-220-7711
InroadsIreland.com | Full trip itinerary here

Come along with Inroads Ireland’s tours off the beaten track as we travel in small groups (14 or less) on Ireland’s back roads. The one week bus tour takes you to beautiful northern Ireland including Counties Antrim, Donegal, Mayo, and more. The north of Ireland is a place of exceptional beauty full of great idealists, literary greats, and a causeway built by a giant! Get the inside scoop on Belfast from a cabbie as he drives you behind the scenes through Protestant and Catholic communities. Walk atop the ancient city walls of Derry and go to Ireland’s most northerly point – Malin Head. Stay in small towns in locally owned guesthouses and hotels where an excellent traditional music session is just around the corner in a cozy pub. All this and more in the beautiful north of Ireland. Come along, we’d love to travel with you!




September 10

The Burren Back Room Series Presents:
Niamh Dunne, Sean Graham, Mickey Dunne & Cat in the Moon

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

Niamh Dunne and Sean Graham of Beoga, have asked renowned piper Mickey Dunne, Niamh’s father, to join them for the special opening of the Burren Back Room Series.  Also joining the trio is Cat in the Moon, who made a huge impact as an opener in past shows. The Burren Backroom Series was founded by musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello. The series is hosted by Brian O' Donovan of WGBH A Celtic Sojourn.




September 14

JFK Library Forum: A Conversation with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
1:00-2:30 pm | Forums are free and open to the public with reservations
617-514-1600 | jfklibrary.org

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discusses her memoir, Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World, with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.




September 14

BRT Presents:
Cantrip / Cassie & Maggie MacDonald

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

Check back for full details.




September 14

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!




September 15

JFK Library Forum: A Conversation with Robert Redford

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
6:00-7:30 pm | Forums are free and open to the public with reservations
617-514-1600 | jfklibrary.org

Robert Redford discusses his career and lifelong commitments to the environment, civil rights and the arts with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.





September 15-22

Inroads Ireland's GO WEST Tour

2918 Stevens Street, Madison, WI 53705
$1,639 per person | 1-888-220-7711
InroadsIreland.com | Full trip itinerary here

Trace a path through the amazing west of Ireland. Savor Connemara's Twelve Bens (peaks) and uncover the castles of pirate clans. Marvel at Achill Island's Atlantic coastline and secluded beaches. Visit Counties Mayo, Galway, and Sligo. In the Georgian town of Birr, find its great telescope, once largest in the world at the Birr Castle. Unearth Irish revivalists who saved much of Ireland's traditions. Traverse drumlins to a passage tomb - perhaps the oldest celestial calendar.




September 16

JFK Library Forum: WBUR Special Event: Elephant Company

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
7:30-8:30 pm | Forums are free and open to the public with reservations
617-514-1600 | jfklibrary.org

Vicki Croke, host of WBUR's blog The Wild Life, will discuss her New York Times bestseller, Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II, with Robin Young (pictured), host of Here & Now. Registration with WBUR is required.




September 17

The Burren Back Room Series Presents:
The Alt: John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O’Leary

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

John Doyle, one of the great guitarist/song-writers/singers of our time; Nuala Kennedy, squarely part of the new generation of singers crossing between Celtic and contemporary music, and Eamon O'Leary (pictured), one half of the Murphy Beds who stunned audiences last year with unique songs, close harmonies, and extraordinary string work. Finally, David Doocey, an amazing fiddler whose first CD is gaining a lot of deserved attention. The Burren Backroom Series was founded by musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello. The series is hosted by Brian O' Donovan of WGBH A Celtic Sojourn.




September 19-21

NH Highland Games

Loon Mountain
Lincoln, NH
603 229-1975 | nhscot.org

Join the largest gathering of Scottish musicians, dancers, pipers, athletes and cultural artisans in the northeast with over 60 Scottish clans and societies gather each year to celebrate their heritage.  Music, games, bagpipe bands and fiddle competitions.




September 20

BRT Presents: The Alt
John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O’Leary

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

Grammy nominee John Doyle returns to Blackstone River Theatre as part of the exciting new trio The ALT. Doyle, a founding member of the group Solas, is one of the most influential and important musicians in Irish music today. He is joined by flute player/vocalist Nuala Kennedy (pictured), squarely part of the new generation of singers crossing between Irish, Scottish and contemporary music, and Eamon O'Leary, one half of the Murphy Beds. Each member is an instrumentalist and singer of the highest caliber, and together the alchemy is unmatched.




September 20

WIN FREE TIX AND/OR USE SPECIAL DISCOUNT!
World Music/CRASHarts Presents: SOLAS

Somerville Theatre,
55 Davis Sq., Somerville
8pm l $28 | 617-876-4275 | worldmusic.org/solas | * Use code SOLASBITA10

Solas is widely considered one of this generation's most popular, influential and exciting Celtic bands. Solas presents Shamrock City, a multimedia show of original music with remarkable photos and tales from turn-of-the-century copper boomtown Butte, MT. Inspired by a family story of immigration, mining, and murder, Solas and bandleader Seamus Egan take you on the unforgettable journey of his great-great-uncle Michael Conway's life in Ireland and mysterious death in America. Solas will present Shamrock City for the first half of the concert, followed by an additional set of Solas favorites. * Use code SOLASBITA10 via phone or online and receive 10% discount. Offer expires Sept. 18, 5pm. Subject to availability.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW WINNER OF FREE TIX!




September 20

Tom Lanigan Band

Hibernian Cultural Centre
19 Temple Street
Worcester
Fiddlersgreenworcester.com

Check back for full details.
Coming soon!




September 21

BRT Presents: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

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

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas (pictured) may not seem an obvious one. When Natalie was just 15, Fraser and Haas played their first gig together. Their CD "Fire & Grace" won not only critical acclaim, but also the coveted Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Their newer CD's "In the Moment" and "Highlander's Farewell" continues their incredible musical journey together.





September 22-29

Inroads Ireland's GO SOUTH Tour

2918 Stevens Street, Madison, WI 53705
$2,099 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!




September 24

ICCNE Presents: Byrne & Kelly

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
8:00 pm | $35 | 781 821-8291
irishculture.org | BUY TIX

What started out as Celtic Thunder's Ryan Kelly and Neil Byrne performing a live show together called "Acoustic by Candlelight" has now developed into the recording of their Billboard World Album Chart #1 "Acoustically Irish" and three years of touring North America and upcoming tours of Australia and Canada. The Irish Music Association of America awarded Ryan and Neil with "Best New Album" in 2013 for "Acoustically Irish". You can catch this dynamic duo live at the ICC on Sept. 24th.




September 25

Gaelic Roots Presents: Don and Cindy Roy
Concert of Franco-American and Celtic Music on Fiddle and Piano

Boston College
Theology and Ministry Library Auditorium, Brighton Campus
(enter via the Brighton Campus gate at 2117 Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton)
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Free & open to the public
617 552-6396 | irish@bc.edu | bc.edu/gaelicroots

The Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series is sponsored by Irish Programs, in collaboration with the University Libraries and the Alumni Association of Boston College. The series is hosted by Sullivan Artist-in-Residence Séamus Connolly.




September 25

Melanie at Mechanics Hall

Mechanics Hall
321 Main St., Worcester
508 752-0888 | 8:00 p.m | mechanicshall.org

Melanie Safka first attracted national attention when she stepped onto the stage at Woodstock. The summer of '69. As dawn broke, and rain began to fall, she performed on a stage that transformed a generation and changed music forever. And it was here where Melanie launched a legendary career that spans more than 40 years, including the #1 hit song Brand New Key.





September 26-28

iFest

Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
iFestBoston.com | Details Here

IRELAND IS COMING TO VISIT!

iFest, a three day festival of contemporary Irish Culture comes to the prestigious Seaport World Trade Center, Boston from September 26th-28th, 2014. The collaboration of Irish culture, art and enterprise is showcased through the interactive iFest pillars of food & drink, live entertainment, culture & creativity, Irish roots, sporting heritage and tourism & hospitality.
See PDF with full details HERE.




September 27

Troy MacGillivray and Andrea Beaton

The Chatham Fiddle Company
875 Main Street, Chatham
7:30 p.m. | $20
508-348-1885 | chathamfiddlecompany.com

The Chatham Fiddle Company on Cape Cod is presenting two outstanding fiddlers from Cape Breton - - Troy MacGillivray and Andrea Beaton, (pictured) on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. Located at 875 Main Street in Chatham, the concert is part of an ongoing series of small, intimate performances at the Chatham Fiddle Company, run by fiddler and instrument maker Rose Clancy and her father, multi-instrumentalist Eugene Clancy.  Read this profile on the Clancy family.




September 27

BRT Presents: The Bohemian Quartet

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

Experience an amazing performance of gypsy music! The mission of keeping a rare musical flame alight is a noble and often challenging one, but The Bohemian Quartet is more than up to the task. In this case, the acclaimed Providence, Rhode Island-based ensemble featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass specializes in music of the "Romany" or "Gypsy" tradition, along with related Eastern European folk styles.





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