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20 perfect summer days whAt to do when the stUdents leAve town
_by AlexAndrA CAvAllo, Joe diFAzio, CAssAndrA lAndry, PAtriCk McderMott, liz Pelly, And Ariel sheArer
e get it. Boston is a college town. Which means we smile tolerantly when some BU coed reels in front of us and sprays the pavement with keg vomit. We’ve been there. We grin and bear it when we can’t find a seat at the bar on game day because it’s filled with screaming, red-faced bros confusing binge drinking with team spirit. And we barely even resent (or fear) each incoming crop of fresh-faced new grads vying with something akin to bloodlust for our jobs each summer. But nobody can fault us for heaving a sigh of relief come the annual May exodus, when we see the suitcases, futons, and minifridges stacked up along Mass Ave. That sight heralds sweet freedom for the rest of us. The freedom to take back our city and rediscover some places and things we had forgotten that we actually kind of dig. Here are just a few.
Our favorite meal of the day, the pleasant, lazy crossover between breakfast and lunch should be just that. But while school is in session, many of our favorite brunch spots devolve into the daytime equivalent of a college dorm party. We find it difficult to truly enjoy our Eggs Benny with that group of sorority sisters getting drunk and increasingly gabby over mimosas and egg whites over there. We get cranky on line at the make-your-own Bloody bar, while some kid who doesn’t look old enough to be drinking empties the last drops of Tabasco sauce into his carnival of a cocktail and then dribbles tomato juice on our sleeve as he stumbles back to his table. Come summer, however, such prime spots as Deep Ellum and East Coast Grill empty out (a bit) so that the adult diners can take back brunch. Be warned, however: if you’re trying to get your griddle cakes anywhere near Copley or Harvard Square, you’ll be contending with something almost as irritating as the college crowd: hordes of hungry tourists.
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Bars . . . any bars!
Parks around Boston
Boston can become your own personal playground once those pesky college kids clear out. Take Ringer Park in Allston, for example: perfect for a day playing Wiffle Ball, a leisurely walk with the dog, or a random meet-up with your friends after the bars let out. Boston Common, too, takes on its own kind of mystique when you can actually procure a plot to yourself around sunset. And it cannot be denied that sunbathing in grassy knolls around Jamaica Pond is much nicer without the rattle of Delta Gamma prattle.
Enjoying a cup of joe
We hear that there are quite a few coffee shops in this town that offer free Wi-Fi to their patrons. Not that we’ve ever had the opportunity to test that out. From September to May, every café in this city is jam-packed with blearyeyed students pecking at their Macbooks and mainlining Adderall-spiked chai lattes as they grind out endless term papers. As it turns out, coffee shops like BU’s Espresso Royale — a place we’d normally dare not enter — transform into tranquil havens of repose, where grown folk can actually grab an armchair or counter seat to savor our capuccino . . . and finally get our fair share of that free Internet we’ve heard so much about.
Riding the T
Oh, how we look forward to the (semi) ease of public transit once the great summer migration hits. No more Jansport bitchslaps to the face. No more getting trapped in a corner behind a weighty sandbag masquerading as a purse, which appears to carry not only the owner’s textbooks, but those of her entire class. For three blissful months, we can ride the Green Line after 10 pm without some shitfaced undergrad in a North Face fleece unloading the contents of her dining hall’s salad bar onto your lap. Have a good summer, young T riders, we’ll see you next fall! Love, everyone else in the city who takes public transportation.
Racking your bike
If you have a bike in this city, at some point you’re going to need to get off of it and leave it by its lonesome. As is the case with dogs and screaming children, there are some places a two-wheeled companion are not welcome. Bike racks, then, are a necessary part of bike life . . . and they’re a lot safer than the random mesh fences and wooden railings we’re forced to resort to when there are no vacancies anywhere else. With the student bike population out of town, however, we now have free rein of Boston’s trails, and racks. From the standard upside-down U’s to Brookline’s ritzy bike-shaped racks, the best parking is now all yours. Take your bike for a spin down the Esplanade without worrying about dodging all the neon-pink-sports-bra-clad joggers, juiced-up lax bros, and — if it’s anywhere near sunset — clouds of pot smoke wafting up from the docks.
Ever shotgun a beer in the middle of Shaw’s at one in the morning? Or take someone on a Trader Joe’s date? These small pleasures are much more possible, and enjoyable, with fewer people around. Twenty-four-hour marts like Shaw’s in Packard’s Corner or on Huntington become oases of late-night grocery shopping sans the hordes of munchiemad college kids elbowing you in the sternum on their way to the Doritos.
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Waiting in line for anything sucks, but it’s especially sucky when what you’re waiting for is a much-needed beer. Such Allston dives as the Silhouette and the Model (we much prefer salty old townies to sassy young hipsters) and sports bars like White Horse and Tavern in the Square are almost unbearable during the school year, but become far more viable casual drinking options once the kiddies go bye-bye. Bars across Cambridge, too, become much more attractive to us “adult drinkers” each summer. Pubs like Bukowski’s in Inman, dance hotspots like Middlesex in Central, and bars like Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard all ratchet up a notch in our books, once we can grab a stool, a booth, or a few feet of personal groove space.
Clark’s Trading Post
See some sights
hen you venture outside the city limits, Massachusetts gets really weird . . . in a totally awesome way. This summer, in your efforts to get out and about and take advantage of the tiny, three-month window of sunshine and warmth, you could stick to the boring tourist traps here in town — swan boats, the Codzilla, walking the Freedom Trail for mile after tedious mile. Yawn. Or you could hop in the car and check out all the whacked-out, wonderful oddities New England has to offer.
Clark’s Trading Post
“Unmuzzled and unleashed, the bears enjoy performing for you in our covered show arena.” The main attractions at Clark’s are a bear show, and a mini-train ride spent in semi-faux fear evading an actor who plays a “Wolfman.” (The rumor is that, this year, the Wolfman is riding a Segway. A Segway!) Is anyone really is going to say no to bears doing tricks? Clark’s also has bumper boats with water guns on them. It’s pretty awesome, and it’s in New Hampshire, so you can buy fireworks. Bears, bottle rockets, and tax-free booze? #LiveFreeOrDie.
FClark’s Trading Post, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Lincoln, NH | 603.745.8913 or clarkstradingpost.com
The Plumbing Museum
At home, bathrooms offer an escape from troubles, gastrointestinal and otherwise. On hot summer days, the Plumbing Museum is a similarly refreshing oasis, where the public pays homage to our porcelain gods. While highbrow crowds will flock to institutions of fine art this summer, you can instead find yourself on a private tour of this beautifully restored warehouse, where you’ll get to say you flushed a $5000 TOTO. Learn to celebrate sanitation as art by appreciating female urinals, prison toilets, and the “litter box for humans.” There’s also a mural of amazing bathroom signs, made by Artists for Humanity. This Watertown jewel is also available to rent out for private functions, offering a truly memorable backdrop for any special event. They’ve already had
a baby shower and a surprise birthday party, but there’s still a chance for you to plan the Plumbing Museum’s very first wedding.
FThe Plumbing Museum, 80 Rosedale Road, Watertown | 617.926.2111 or theplumbingmuseum.org
Few things are more patriotic than cracking open an ice-cold Bud Heavy on a sun-soaked summer afternoon. So why not take a daycation to Merrimack, NH, for a free tour of the Budweiser brewery? Maybe you’ll even find out why the stuff is infinitely more drinkable in those seasonal red, white, and blue Ameri-cans. As if all that isn’t enough, you can also get your picture taken with the world-famous — wait for it — Budweiser Clydesdales! Because really, what goes better with a cold one (or three) than a bunch of oversize horses who could crush your skull with their massive horse feet in half a second flat?
FBudweiser Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH | 603.595.1202 or budweisertours.com
No summer is complete without a trip to the landmark mid-Cape warehouse fondly known as ZooQuarium. As a refuge for injured and unreleasable Massachusetts wildlife, the ZooQuarium gives feathered, furry, and ocean-born locals a chance at fame nature never could. Visitors can reach into a tank and touch saltwater creatures without having to wait for low tide. After seeing Continued on p 10
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gulls at Bird Stadium, you’ll stop referring to them as flying rats — at least until you get back to your car and find it caked with bird poo.
times get really tough. That’s what Elis F. Stenman did. His summer house (okay, maybe his times weren’t so tough) in Rockport, constructed in 1922, is made entirely of newspaper and wood. But he didn’t stop there. Every thing here — from the couch to the grand piano to the mantel above the fireplace — is made from newspaper. See it yourself for a reasonable $2 admission fee ($1/children age six to 14). It’s either a home-size testament to one dude’s hyper-obsessive tendencies, or a slightly excessive homage to traditional print news. Maybe a little of both. We feel him.
FZooQuarium, 674 Route 28, West Yarmouth | 508.775.8883 or zooquariumcapecod.net
FEntrance located on Northampton Street (Route 5) in Holyoke | thetrustees.org/places-tovisit/pioneer-valley/dinosaur-footprints.html
FThe Paper House, 52 Pigeon Hill St, Rockport | paperhouserockport.com
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Plymouth Rock is bullshit. Long before those marauding Pilgrims came over and memorialized a pebble, dinosaurs were exploring what is now Western Massachusetts. At Holyoke’s Dinosaur Footprints reservation land, visitors feel like professional paleontologists instead of simp tourists. The public walking trails were first charted millions of years back by prehistoric pioneers who left monstrous tracks preserved in limestone along the Connecticut River Valley. For our money, hunting for fossils in the woods is a lot more fun than following “look but don’t touch” rules at an indoor museum. Pack a picnic, your dog, and a vivid imagination. Plimoth Plantation will seem as historically enriching as trip to Mickey D’s after an afternoon spent playing in Jurassic Park.
Flying Horse carousel
Walden Pond is one of those summer daytrips that you arrange while you daydream about pulling a Bon Iver, lounging in a cabin by yourself for a few months, and dreamily punching out your brilliant novel on a vintage typewriter. But we’ll let you in on a secret: if Henry David Thoreau showed up tomorrow, fishing rod and pen in hand, lookin’ to catch some pond-side peace and tranquility, we’re not sure Walden is where he’d find it. But here’s the good news! You’re not a 19thcentury Transcendentalist, so it will suit you just fine. The reservation includes 335 acres of open space for you and yours to hike through, swim in, and picnic on. Pets aren’t allowed, along with fire (obviously) or grills, and leave the beers at home, since this is a family joint.
FWalden Pond State Reservation, Route 126 South, between Lincoln and Concord | 978.369.3254 or mass.gov/dcr/parks/walden
The New England Quilt Museum
We know, we know — ever since you moved to Boston, visiting the New England Quilt Museum has been at the top of your “todo” list. For years, you’ve been meaning to get out to Lowell (the historic center of the nation’s textile industry, obvs) to check it out. And despite being one of the most excellent examples of traditional and contemporary quilt-making in the world, with 400 quilts and tops, plus related items representing the history of American quiltmaking, you just haven’t had quite enough motivation to make the trek. This summer, you are in luck! Their current exhibition, featuring Fenway Park centennial-themed quilts (in honor of the park’s 100th anniversary), is on display until July 8.
FThe New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St, Lowell | 978.452.4207 or nequiltmuseum.org
The Museum of Work and Culture
Craving even more out-there kitschy Americana and hyper-specific cultural history lessons since your visit to the New England Quilt Museum? Word! The Museum of Work and Culture seems like an appropriate day trip to make next, then. Located inside an old textile mill in Woonsocket, RI’s historic Market Square, the museum tells the story of immigrants and workers across America, through the lens of French Canadians who left Quebec to work Woonsocket’s mills and factories. It’s an immersive place with walk-through displays, films, interactive audio, photos, and more! You’ll experience a re-creation of a Quebec farmhouse circa 1870, a 1920 textile-mill shop floor with workers telling stories about mill work, re-creations of workers’ homes revealing stories about life in Woonsocket, and a film about a 1930s New England textile union. It’s great way to pass some time during your (probable) summer of unemployment!
FThe Museum of Work and Culture, 42 South Main St, Woonsocket, RI | 401.769.9675 or woonsocket.org/workandculture.htm
Flying Horse Carousel
Know what’s creepier than riding a 136-year-old carousel horse with a real horsehair tail and mane? Jealously watching children ride 136-year-old carousel horses with real horsehair tails and manes! That’s right, folks, the country’s oldest carousel is for kids only, so step off. Even though we old folks can’t ride these ponies, we can still admire them. And wonder about where they got those tails and manes. (Was the horse aware of where his hair was going? Equine Locks of Love?) History buffs and fans of
old-timey carnival rides should get a kick out of this thing: these 20 horses aren’t rooted to the floor like the fluorescent numbers you can catch at any county fair this summer — they’re suspended from a center frame, which means these ponies fly. And that really only makes us want to ride them even more. Blast!
FFlying Horse Carousel, 151 Bay St, Westerly, RI | 401.348.6007
Lake Compounce is haunted. Allegedly. Legend has it that Chief John Compound of the Mattituck Tribe drowned himself in the lake shortly after selling his land to white settlers. Therefore, all of the park’s freak accidents and bizarre occurrences are often attributed to some sort of ancient Native American death curse, Poltergeist-style. But the only unwanted visitors you’re likely to see haunting North America’s oldest theme park this summer are hordes of local, season-pass-wielding preteens jacked up on Pepsi and fried Oreos. Otherwise, this Connecticut attraction manages to be mostly charming and apparition-free. It’s got a big water park, a famously scenic mountainside roller coaster called Boulder Dash, and a classic “New England in the Summer” vibe, complete with a fudge shop and an old-fashioned trolley. All in all, pretty quaint — vengeful spirits and sugar-sprung tweens aside.
FLake Compounce, 822 Lake Ave, Bristol, CT | 860.583.3300 or lakecompounce.com
The Paper House
Concerned about the fate of print media in an age of e-readers and RSS feeds? Here’s yet another reason to keep the newspaper around: you can use ’em for shelter when
The epic story of the Fruitlands Museums starts in 1843, when a group of Massachusetts crazies decided to start a 90-acre utopian community in Harvard, inspired by Transcendentalists. The group (led by Bronson Alcott, father of Louisa May) decided to call their utopia “Fruitlands,” even though there were only a few apple trees around. They planned to grow all of their own fruits and vegetables and live off of the land, but it would appear they didn’t know WTF they were doing because, after less than a year, they gave up and bounced. In 1910, the failed utopian community was purchased and turned it into a cluster of museums and historic buildings: the Fruitlands Museums. Its permanent exhibitions depict the histories of Native Americans, Shakers, and Transcendentalists in New England, including the original Fruitlands farmhouse that the Alcotts created, and collections of Hudson River School landscapes, 19th-century vernacular portraits, and a preserved “Shaker office” originally constructed in the Harvard Shaker Village in 1796. Even if it’s ultimately not as epic as it sounds, at least you’ll probably leave with a shitload of untapped names for post–Animal Collective experimental pop bands. Win win!
FFruitlands Museums, 102 Prospect Hill Rd, Harvard | 978.456.3924 or fruitlands.org
The House of the Seven Gables
Nothing screams “summer fun” like a trip to Salem, right? And nothing screams “Fuck yeah, Salem!” like a visit to the House of Seven Gables. Also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, the house was built way back in 1668 and inspired that creepy 1850s gothic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. You probably knew that already, but did you know that it’s one of the oldest 17th-century mansions in New England? And that inside said mansion is a museum stuffed with artifacts, weird objects, framed works, photographs, and a rare-book library? At some point, the folks behind the Gables realized this place was a hell of a tourist attraction, so they actually up and moved Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace building to sit a few feet away from the mansion — inside, you can learn all about his life. It’s not all historically accurate (some of the house has been restructured to align with Hawthorne’s book), but whatever . . . we’re not sticklers.
FHouse of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St, Salem | 978.744.0991 or 7gables.org
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KEVIN MAHOGANY & DAVE STRYKER GROUP
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& THE GROOVER LEDONNE QUARTET
Feat. PETER BERNSTEIN, VINCENT HERRING & JOE FARNSWORTH Friday & Saturday, June 8 & 9
Thursday, August 9 Tuesday & Wednesday, June 26 & 27
40th Anniversary Tour Thursday, June 28
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STEVE SMITH & VITAL INFORMATION
J U LY Friday, July 20
2012 CD Release: "Make an Example Out of Me" Saturday, July 21
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DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL ALL STARS Tuesday, June 19
HEY RIM JEON Wednesday, June 20
New CD: “Introducing Hey Rim Jeon”
BILL & BO WINIKER
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ANAT COHEN, HOWARD ALDEN, LEWIS NASH, JAY LEONHART, LEW TABACKIN Wednesday, July 25
RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS Friday & Saturday, July 27 & 28
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Stars of the Western (Mass) Hemisphere glamorous WEstErn mass is homE to a surprising numBEr of minor cElEBritiEs, living and dEad _By EugEnia Williamson
o matter how many Wahlburgers Mark and Co. open, Boston can sometimes feel a little devoid of A-listers. But who needs Hollyweird? Drive just a couple hours west, and suddenly you’re surrounded by famous people and the ghosts of dead famous people. Scary! We know, we know: most of us dazzling urbanites consider anything outside the 128 loop to be “Western Mass,” but there’s a whole state out there, full of somewhat-notable semi-celebrity landmarks! Here’s a handy guide on who to look out for on your way to the Berkshires.
Before its 1761 incorporation, the town of Pittsfield was known by the unfortunate Mohican name of Pontoosuck. After its rechristening, the scenic haven has played host to an inordinate number of share jetsetting glitterati, from Henry WadsWortH LongfeLLoW to oLiver WendeLL HoLmes. That tradition continues. Herman meLviLLe wrote that book about the whale while living in Pittsfield. Long before he became everyone’s favorite climate-change denialist/ robber baron, Jack WeLcH was a lowly chemical engineer at the Pittsfield branch of General Electric, where he blew the roof off the factory. And as a teen attending Pittsfield High, actress eLizabetH banks took archery lessons and regularly participated in school-wide death matches. While this had little bearing on her roles in 30 Rock and Scrubs, it did a great deal to prepare her for her recent star turn in The Hunger Games. Dashing novelist Jay mcinerney grew up there, too, and it’s rumored that the town’s rich history primed him for coke-fueled novel writing and his eventual marriage to the sister of Patty Hearst. These days, the town boasts a number of famous residents like astronaut stePHanie WiLson. But perhaps its biggest A-lister is PatcH adams, otherwise known as mork from ork, who maintains a Pittsfield summer home. Nanoo nanoo, Pontoosuck! We salute you.
When JoHn broWn moved to Springfield in 1846, he helped transform it into the most popular stop on the underground raiLroad. But Springfield’s legacy doesn’t stop there: the biggest city in Western Mass has birthed many of our great nation’s most impressive contributions to the world, including basketbaLL, the dictionary, the rePubLican Party, and nu-metal pioneers staind. Fittingly, the city produced more than its share of larger-than-life personalities. And before he became a mean wrestler, a growing JoHn cena attended Springfield continued on p 14
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University, where he played for the football team. Before he valiantly sacrificed himself to fill the vast wasteland of the American Midwest with abundant orchards, JoHnny aPPLeseed was but a Springfield lad. So was tiny tHeodore geiseL, born to a clan of German immigrants, who went on to indoctrinate countless American children into the liberal agenda by writing The Lorax and The Cat in the Hat. timotHy Leary, the granddaddy of Lsd (and godfather to Winona ryder) was raised in Springfield. Indie darling cHLoe sevigny was born there. So was the inimitable kurt russeLL. So was mystery writer robert Parker. So was Simpsons producer mike scuLLy. Coincidence? We think not!
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One morning in 1914, a baby was born in Westfield. Though his cries were no different than any of the other squalling infants in the nursery, he would go on to become one of the most recognizable voices in America. That baby was none other than Saturday Night Live announcer don Pardo. More than half a century later, a different kind of plaintive wail would overtake the town. Its source: the singer Lou barLoW. At Westfield High, he would form his first band with J. Mascis. Later, the pair would call themselves dinosaur Jr. Even later, after Barlow was booted from Dinosaur Jr., he would start recording moody lo-fi music under the name sebadoH.
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If an angry surge of cHristian fundamentaLists were ever to reach a boiling point and swarm from their training grounds in the deepest backwoods of Colorado to finish off the godless progressives once and for all, they should probably start with Northampton, named the most liberal city in the country. What’s to blame? It’s probably smitH coLLege, that hotbed of sexual experimentation and armpit hair. Or maybe it’s their annual, family-oriented Pride Parade. It could be the presence of racHeL maddoW, or the Very Hungry Caterpillar/insect
rights propagandist eric carLe and his lackey, mo WiLLems of knuffLebunny fame. Or maybe it’s the fact that Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created the teenage mutant ninJa turtLes while living there. Kowabunga, liberal scum! In addition to a disproportionate number of children’s book illustrators and lesbians, Northampton has been home to numerous important midcentury writers with questionable values. kurt vonnegut lived there for a spell. So did syLvia PLatH. kim gordon and tHurston moore live there, too — or maybe just one of them does, since they announced the divorce. But they did for a while, and that’s what matters. We know that if there’s one thing fundies hate, it’s Sonic Youth.
This 2000-person town isn’t big enough for more than one celebrity, but oh, what a celebrity: puddin’ pop pitchman biLL cosby has a house here.
Amherst, UMass, Hampshire. So many colleges can mean only one thing — way too many hip celebrities! Of course, the Pixies were formed at UMass, anyone who’s ever listened to “Monkey Gone to Heaven” will tell you. Kooky virgin emiLy dickinson wrote lower-case poems while living in Amherst. And long before she killed Bill, the leggy uma tHurman, daughter of a famous former Amherst professor, grew up here. Today there’s augusten burrougHs, whose wacky upbringing by a psychologist who masturbated to a photo of giLda meir eventually resulted in the gWynetH PaLtroW vehicle, Running with Scissors. Then there’s Dinosaur Jr. founder/singer/guitarist J. mascis, master shredder and owner of the world’s greatest long gray locks. And who could forget about norton Juster, the genius behind The Phantom Tollbooth and inspiration for the meme craze known as “boothing”? Certainly not us. ^
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Once more, with feeling
What are they protesting? Whaddya got? _By Chris Faraone and Liz peLLy
greg cook/New eNglaNd JourNal of aesthetic research
Philly National Gathering
Museum Independent Security Union
here are at least 99 reasons to grab a bullhorn this summer. Maybe you still have a smack of Occupy left in you, and are down for some urban camping. Perhaps you’re angry with corporate tax evaders, and are considering an action outside of their downtown headquarters. Or maybe you just want to exercise for change — warm weather marches can go on for hours, and marathon activism gets the blood pumping more than most cardiovascular activities. Whatever it takes, just don’t let the sun blind you to the fact that shit is still fucked up and bullshit. With that in mind, here’s a list of causes to support this summer, from Boston to the Sunshine State.
United They Stand
Fight at the Museum
Around this time last year, MassUniting was surveying tens of thousands of people around Massachusetts, asking what concerned them the most in these tenuous economic times. The majority of answers had something to do with how the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. In the time since, MassUniting organizers have brought mass pickets to the doorsteps of Bank of America, as well as into Senator Scott Brown’s offices in Boston and Washington, DC. Now their newly formed Economic Crime Unit is picketing publicly subsidized monsters like State Street, and will be rallying all summer to bring attention to the impact that bad loans from big banks have on the MBTA.
Last June, Verizon made its now-notorious push to outsource more jobs, cut worker sick days, and gut benefits for those who get injured on the job. At the same time, executives announced plans to cut retiree packages — all this while the company’s top executives banked hundreds of millions in compensation. Throughout 2011, thousands of union workers rallied against the company in major cities across the country, including Boston. Still a year later, they face continued contract disputes despite Verizon turning mega profits. So on June 22, Unionized Verizon Communications workers — along with Jobs with Justice and other allies — will hold anniversary pickets, including one at Post Office Square in the Hub.
To fund its recent — and phenomenal — makeover, the Museum of Fine Arts raised about half-a-billion dollars. The result was more than 50 new galleries totaling more than 50,000 square feet, including the stunning new Art of the Americas wing. But of all the benefactors who bankrolled the additions, none seem to have earmarked funding for the men and women who patrol the building. Since April, despite record attendance at the MFA, members of the Museum Independent Security Union (MISU) have been fighting for their contracts, as directors are attempting to replace them with cheap labor. Join the guards outside of the museum every Monday from 4 to 6 pm, and learn something about art while you’re at it.
You might have noticed the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) teaming up with Occupiers every chance they get. That’s because the workers who they represent — from nurses in their healthcare cluster to janitors and doormen in their property services force — are the very definition of the 99 percent. The struggle continues for SEIU members, as they fight behemoths like General Electric that outsource building sanitation tasks to abusive thirdparty companies. This summer, they’ll be drafting a domestic-worker bill of rights at a convention in East Boston (June 16), all the while putting extra pressure on Capital Properties, which recently axed contract janitorial jobs in Back Bay.
Party ’Til You Nuke
Fourteen people were arrested for trespassing at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth last month. As members of the Cape Downwinders — which is closely aligned with Occupy Cape Cod — they oppose the renewal of the plant’s license for another 20 years, and have become especially active since last year’s nuclear disaster in Japan, where the blown reactors were about as antiquated as Pilgrim’s. The arrestees ranged in age from 58 to 82 years old. And while they’ve already caused quite a stir on their own — prodding area municipalities to question the plant’s safety standards — they’re always happy to welcome young visitors to help keep their picket going.
There’s been a lot of controversy over a planned national gathering for Occupiers on July 4 in Philadelphia. The massive general assembly has been seen by some as a power grab that alienates anyone who can’t make it. Debate aside, though, progressives from across the country will be traveling to Philly on June 30 for four days of face-to-face discussion. The plan set by a team dubbed the Nation Gathering Working Group — which has been approved by Occupy assemblies in several cities — includes the drafting of a “Vision for a Democratic Future” on the Independence Mall on July 4. Whether that happens or not, this is a premier summer destination spot for galvanizing the grassroots.
Crash a Party
If all of this outrage is heading somewhere — at least for the short term — it’s to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida (August 27-30), and its Democratic counterpart in Charlotte, North Carolina, the week after (September 3-6). Judging by the fate of Occupiers during recent anti-NATO protests in Chicago, these major actions are hardly for amateurs, as untold amounts of militarized force are expected to be used against demonstrators. With that said, numerous outposts of Occupy Wall Street have plans to make their voices heard outside of the convention walls, and probably inside as well. This won’t be the end of the disruption, but it should serve as the encore for an especially turbulent summer. ^
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DIY Summer food sIX LOCaL CHEfs sErVE UP QUICK sUMMEr rECIPE TIPs _by Cassandra Landry
now what the best part about the next three glorious months is? A grill is always a grill, whether you rock a two-foot kettle charcoal number or a gasfueled beast with more knobs than an airplane cockpit. Gardens everywhere — even the one hanging off your fire escape — produce droolworthy organic vegetables. And, since we’re spoiled rotten with the quality of our local sea creatures, you’re perfectly able to host monster cookouts every weekend without hemorrhaging your whole paycheck. It’s true, most chefs are working with a pimped-out kitchen when they’re off the job:
think high-end tools, lots of space, and those extra stand mixer attachments that you lust after at Williams-Sonoma. But when the dinner table is permanently outside and you can spill all you want, kitchen bling doesn’t have to be a factor. Even the best chefs chow down like — gasp! — normal people, and when they’re not garnishing plates, they’re wolfing down backyard corn on the cob with the rest of us. We caught up with six of them to find out how and what they eat when turning on the oven is the quickest way to turn your kitchen into a sweat lodge. Continued on p 22
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Grilled Pineapple & BBQ Trick
The fare at newly opened Park in Harvard Square is very good about highlighting the base essence of each ingredient, which is why it’s no surprise that executive chef Mark Goldberg knows when not to overcomplicate things. “Something I just recently fell back in love with is grilling pineapple,” he says. “I know, so late ’90s. Next I’ll be making mango salsa.” The father of three girls, Goldberg adds that the pineapple also acts as a sneaky bait-and-switch: “They think they’re eating candy and getting away with it.” We can get behind that. All you have to do is peel a pineapple, slice into rings, and grill a few minutes on each side. “The best part about it is you can put anything on the grill if you know how to do it,” says Goldberg, citing a good foil pouch as an easy trick. Simply place your ingredients — cut potatoes, or what have you — on a sheet of foil, fold over one edge, then neatly fold the three open edges to form a “pillow” out of the foil. Throw the pouch on the coals over moderate heat for a few minutes, and you’ve got a summer version of a microwave: everything steams, roasts, bakes, and grills at the same time. “I love being able to produce an entire meal on the grill in the summer,” Goldberg says. “We usually dine outside on the patio, so clean-up is just a hose away.”
“My favorite summer food has to be boiled lobster and grilled corn, covered in butter and sea salt — simple things that were always around growing up,” says Douglas Rodrigues, a Scituate native who found himself surrounded by lobster fishermen and fresh corn from his grandfather’s farm as a kid. To become a lobster boss, it takes about eight minutes. That’s it. Just make sure your water is salted and at a roiling boil before you drop in your lobsters, head first, to cook. And relax: those highpitched squeals aren’t little lobster screams, it’s just steam escaping the shell. Have lemon wedges and melted butter on hand for drenching, and you’re golden. Though it doesn’t get much easier than that, Rodrigues’s off-the-clock tastes run even simpler. “Garden cucumbers are my number-one food of all time,” he says. “I don’t think I’ve gone a day in twenty years without eating one. “And ripe tomatoes with salt,” he adds. “I typically let them sit for a minute until they sweat. They taste juicier!”
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FClio | 370a Comm ave, Boston | 617.536.7200 | cliorestaurant.com
Grilled Whole Fish Filet
JasOn bOnd, executive chef/owner, bondir “I learned this recipe at the Inn at Little Washington, where we used salmon,” says chef Jason Bond. “It’s all about a simple idea done perfectly.” Bondir, his 28-seat Cambridge restaurant — against whose windows you may have pressed your nose while wishing for a reservation — is the ultimate representation of just that: simple things done perfectly. After checking your large salmon filet (emphasis on large, it should be big enough for a few people) for pin bones, place the fish skin-side down on a rack. Then, coat the flesh liberally with salt, pepper, yellow mustard seeds, and herbs of your choice. Place a second rack on top of the filet, and holding both racks, invert the fish — now skin-side up — into a super-hot grill. (“Half of the stuff you put on your fish will fall off and smoke,” Bond says. “The rest will be there for crunch later.”) Close the grill and let the filet cook for about 20 minutes; after that, check for doneness to just when the flesh flakes. Peel off the charred herbs and serve it with fresh green vegetables, a cucumber salad, yogurt dressing, or more fresh herbs. “If this sounds complicated . . . trust me, it’s not,” Bond says. “It’s delicious and it makes a beautiful presentation. It’ll make you a legend.”
FBondir | 279a Broadway, Cambridge | 617.661.0009 | bondircambridge.com
FPark | 59 JFk St, Cambridge | 617.491.9851 | parkcambridge.com
Italian Tuna Niçoise Salad JOannE CHanG, pastry chef/owner, Myers + Chang, flour bakery & Café
She’s renowned for her guilty-pleasure desserts and breakfast concoctions (unless you’re like us, who snarf them down with no guilt whatsoever), but pastry chef Joanne Chang’s go-to summer treat is a little greener. “My favorite summer food is, by far, a riff on a tuna niçoise salad that I had in Venice for my honeymoon a few years back,” she says. “We went to this amazing Italian restaurant and the salad was incredible. Now I make it whenever I can.” Get your hands on the best quality canned tuna you can, and serve it with capers, grape tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, Persian cucumber, and boiled potatoes over chopped romaine. Top it all off with lots of lemon juice, olive oil, and fresh ground salt and pepper. Now you may join the ranks of salad geniuses everywhere. “The key is to get the best tuna you can buy. And, of course, super-ripe tomatoes,” says Chang. “I eat this three times a week in the summer!”
FMyerS + Chang | 1145 Washington St, Boston | 617.542.5200 | myersandchang.com FFlour Bakery | 12 Farnsworth St, Boston (Fort Point); 1595 Washington St, Boston (South end); 190 Mass ave, Cambridge (Central Square) | flourbakery.com
Xìngrén Dòufˇu, a/k/a Almond “Tofu” Dessert
MICHaEL WanG, chef/owner, foumami Chef Michael Wang, the mastermind behind Foumami, the Financial District’s must-have Asian sandwich spot, is more traditional than innovative in his off-hours. His favorite summertime dessert? Chilled almond gelatin topped with fruit. “The name of this dessert is kind of misleading since there is no tofu in this dish,” he says. “Canned fruit cocktail makes a wonderful combination, but you can certainly use freshly cut fruit.” To make xìngrén dòufˇ u, mix two packets of unflavored gelatin with, depending on your sweet tooth, one-half to three-quarters cup sugar. Pour one and a half cups boiling water over the mix, and stir until everything is completely dissolved. Now, add two and a half cups of whole milk, two teaspoons of pure almond extract, and stir well. Pour everything into a shallow pan, cover, then refrigerate for about four hours. To serve, just scoop a few pieces of “tofu” into a small bowl, and top with assorted fresh fruit or canned fruit cocktail. Easy. “My mother used to make large bowls of this dessert and place it in the refrigerator so anyone in my family could have some whenever we wanted,” says Wang. “This has always been, and still is, one of my favorite desserts.”
FFouMaMi | 225 Franklin St, Boston | 617.426.8858 | foumami.com
Indian Pudding/Bluefish tip daVE bECKEr, chef/owner, sweet basil
Dave Becker, a Newburyport native, grew up fishing out of the Merrimac River off of Plum Island. He’s always been a fan of the maligned bluefish — unfairly scorned by some diners for its overt fishiness, but usually just a product of poor preparation. “Most of the time, the fish is just thrown in a burlap bag or a cooler with no ice,” he says. “But, if you double bleed your catch,” — drain it from the head and the tail — “and put it on ice, it won’t have that fishy taste people object to.” On the vegetable side of things, Becker’s personal favorite is called “Indian Pudding,” a savory, produce-driven take on rice pudding. Using a saucepan, bring one quart of milk to a boil. Slowly whisk in three-quarter cup cornmeal. Lower the heat and stir for about 10 minutes, depending on the coarseness of the cornmeal. Add one tablespoon of molasses and add salt and pepper to taste. Right before serving, grate fresh corn (about one cup) onto the pudding using a box grater. “If you omit the black pepper this can be used as a dessert. Add some blueberries and it’s breakfast, too,” says Becker. “I don’t even mind a little corn silk. It’s kind of like spitting watermelon seeds.”
FSWeet BaSil | 942 great Plain ave, needham | 781.444.9600 | sweetbasilneedham.com Cassandra landry can be reached at email@example.com.
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Summer cocktails a beginner’s guide to the City’s best heat-beating drinks _by Cassandra Landry
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here are only two things that make us feel better when our legs stick to the seats on the T, or when a five-minute walk down the street leaves us drenched with sweat in the most embarrassing places. First, that initial blast of sweet, sweet air conditioning when you enter a building. Second, a frosty summer cocktail. We have no shortage of killer bartenders in this city, all armed with polished and highcaliber menus for you to choose from. No clue where to begin? Here’s a modest starter kit. Pick your poison, wipe off your brow, and find your way to any one of these watering holes for the best heat-wave relief money can buy.
During the winter months, we all crave something packed with spice and warmth. For the city’s bartending Jedis, that means infusing everything with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, or clove. Call us fickle, but the second it’s too warm to keep our jackets on past noon, all we want is fresh plant life in our glass. Call it vicarious photosynthesis, if you will. One of the best new examples of this is the LAVENDER MOON ($10) from Harvard Square’s latest lounge-y addition, Park. As any gin aficionado will tell you, Greylock gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and lemon are already pretty solid playmates. New to the playground is lavender rose honey syrup, which swoops in and elevates the floral notes to freshcut-stems-at-the-farmer’s-market status. HONORAbLE MENtiON It’s hard to choose just one must-have drink from the list at Eastern Standard, but the bLUEbERRY tHRiLL ($10) is a telleveryone-you-know kind of cocktail. Blueberry gin and lemon are natural bedfellows, but a dose of cardamom simple syrup launches it into heavenly territory. Careful, it goes down like a juice box if you’re not paying attention.
FPARk | 59 JFk St, Cambridge | 617.491.9851 | parkcambridge.com FEAStERN StANDARD | 528 Comm Ave, boston | 617.532.9100 | easternstandardboston.com Continued on p 26
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If you’ve always sort of fancied yourself a Great Gatsby garden-party person (we do, and aren’t afraid to admit it), the St. GERMAiN COCktAiL ($10; $14/ carafe for two;$49/carafe for six) at Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar is definitely your jam. Not only are the elderflower blossoms used in creating this elegant liqueur harvested by folksy, old French men, who then bicycle the flowers down winding country roads to the collection depot, but this signature cocktail tastes like spending an afternoon frolicking through meadows in the south of France, then settling down for a leisurely lunch at a village café while the sun warms your arms. St. Germain, with fruity hints of pear and ripe honeydew, is mixed with sparkling wine and soda, and topped off with a twist of lemon. Citizen serves it up in crystal teacups, which means all you have to do is show up in your airiest white linen outfit and stick out your pinky. HONORAbLE MENtiON The definition of simple and satisfying: the APEROL SPRitZ ($10; $30) at Coppa. Aperol, prosecco, and soda make for a no-fuss, classy-as-hell thirst-quencher that goes well with sidewalk patios and people watching.
FCitiZEN PUbLiC HOUSE & OYStER bAR | 1310 boylston St, boston | 617.450.9000 | citizenpub.com FCOPPA | 253 Shawmut Ave, boston | 617.391.0902 | coppaboston.com
The second the humidity index starts to creep up, it seems like everybody and their mother whips out a hidden cache of Rain vodka. One of the classiest broads of the flavored vodka world, Rain, with straight-fromthe-garden cucumber essence, can be found in some of the better vodka cocktails around the city. One of our favorites is the ARDOiSE ($11) from the culinary badasses at Central Square’s Craigie on Main. The garden theme works particularly well here; they combine the Rain with soft, peppery sage, earthy juniper, and sweet, puckering lime, for a drink that’s akin to lying facedown in an herb garden. We’re not saying we’ve considered splashing this on our face instead of drinking it, but we’re not denying it either.
FCRAiGiE ON MAiN | 853 Main St, Cambridge | 617.497.5511 | craigieonmain.com Continued on p 28
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Hidden agendas Secret identitieS get a worKout in thiS Summer’S movieS _By Peter Keough
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his summer, it’s not enough for heroes to have superpowers; they have to suffer existentially as well. The protagonists of films like The Amazing Spider-Man 3-D and The Dark Knight Rises remain outwardly indomitable as they battle millions of dollars of special effects, but inwardly they suffer, with guilt and angst plunging them deeper into flashbacks, backstories, and secret-identity crises. In short, lots of fun for those eager to indulge
nagging anxieties and power fantasies, not to mention a taste for comic-book trivia. And for those in the mood for something lighter on the special effects and explosions, there are alternatives. Such as a flaky indie outing by a French female filmmaker, Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York. Or a ribald film in which the heroes have nothing to hide, Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike. Continued on p 34
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The Avengers crowd might not flock to this paean to male strippers, but the formidable ranks of Hunger Games fans should give it a look. Especially with the prospect of Channing Tatum, as the title artiste, taking it all off. And Alex Pettyfer, who plays the rookie whom Mike is breaking into the business, fills out a g-string nicely as well. Is the film a male version of Showgirls or a more mainstream Boogie Nights? Either way, isn’t it a relief to see some guy other than Jason Segel or Sacha Baron Cohen dropping their pants in a movie?
The Amazing Spider-Man 3-D July 3
Of all the big franchises reprised this summer, this one seems the shakiest. After dropping Spider-Man 4 in 2008, the studio, Sony, has started from scratch. Peter Parker is once again a moody, arachnoid teenager, played this time by Andrew Garfield, and Emma Stone is his pre–Mary Jane girlfriend, Gwen. Trouble ensues when Parker finds a mystery suitcase that compels him to delve into his past and recall when his parents disappeared and he fell into a cave and developed a morbid case of chiroptophobia . . . I’m sorry, I’m confusing it with Batman Begins. Anyway, Rhys Ifans plays a villain called, simply, “The Lizard.” And it’s in 3-D. (But they didn’t cast Donald Glover, so how good can it be?) Marc Webb of (500) Days of Summer fame directs.
The Dark Knight Rises July 20
Speaking of Batman, in the new sequel director Christopher Nolan is dragging him into even darker depths than in the previous film, The Dark Knight (2008), where the chthonic crimefighter ended up a scapegoat fugitive despite saving Gotham City. Hard to bounce back from that. Well, eight (movie) years have passed and Bane (Tom Hardy), a masked brute who looks like a cross between Lord Humongous and Hannibal Lector, is raising hell, forcing dissolute playboy Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) to resume the role of the ostracized caped crusader. With Anne Hathaway joining Eartha Kitt, Julie Newmar, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Halle Berry in the long, hallowed tradition of Catwomen.
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Nearly every hero this summer has a secret identity, but the rogue, ruthless special agent in this sequel (or side-quel?) has an identity so secret that he isn’t even Jason Bourne anymore. Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), screenwriter of the previous three films in the series, replaces former director Paul Greengrass, and Jeremy Renner takes over from Matt Damon as star, introducing a new character with similar lethal skills and apparently just as many psychological problems. So where does that leave the secret agent Renner plays in Mission Impossible? Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton co-star.
Total Recall august 3
No summer of superheroes facing identity crises is complete without a Philip K. Dick adaptation. Len Wiseman remakes Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 version of Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” with Colin Farrell replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger as a laborer in a dystopic future who takes a vacation by signing up with Rekall, a service that makes one’s fantasies seem real. Kind of like summer movies, except in this case the working schmo’s dream of involvement in a revolution gets a little more real than he bargained for. Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Beal play the women in both versions of his life, so he has no complaints there.
2 Days in New York august 10
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Escapist movies New eNglaNd’s film festivals maKe great getaways _by Peter Keough
e can’t complain much here in the Boston area about the films we get to see. Already this year the Boston Underground Film Festival and the Independent Film Festival of Boston, among others, have treated local moviegoers to cinematic pleasures they would probably have not viwed otherwise. But something is missing. More exotic surroundings, perhaps. A break from business as usual. Somehow, despite its charms, the Fenway
13 just doesn’t match up to the Croisette at Cannes or the Lido in Venice. Luckily, we have another option — the variety of outstanding, eclectic, and exhilarating festivals tucked away in some of the region’s most inviting getaway places. Here’s a round-up of some of the best film festivals within driving distance that will be taking place over the next few months. Continued on p 40
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Beasts of the Southern Wild, Nantucket Film Festival
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ian Rory Kennedy will also receive an award for her film Ethel, a portrait of her mother, Robert Kennedy’s widow. Plus dozens of outstanding features, including Benh Zeitlin’s highly touted Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Pixar’s animated feature, Brave.
This year PIFF’s “Artist On the Edge” is Roger Corman, who not only produced hundreds of classic, lowbudget horror films such as The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) — which will get a special screening — but also gave Francis Coppola, Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, and many others their basic training in the industry. He’ll be interviewed on stage by another film fringe icon, John Waters. Also receiving awards are indie favorite Parker Posey and documentarian Kirby Dick. The 60 or so features include films by two of the most talented women in cinema — 2 Days in New York, Julie Delpy’s romantic comedy, and Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley’s romantic tragedy. Find time to sip a latte on Commercial Street and watch the unfolding movie that is Provincetown itself.
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June 20-24 | nantucketfilmfestival.org How sad — the Provincetown festival is over. Don’t despair — head for Nantucket, where another festival is just getting underway. As always, it focuses on the art of the screenplay, and among the highlights will be the 2012 Screenwriters Tribute, to be presented to Nancy Meyers by Diane Keaton, who stars in Meyer’s Something’s Gotta Give (2003), which will get a special screening. Chris Matthews, the John Waters of cable news, will interview Meyers on stage. Documentar-
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It might be a little early for skiing, but a trip to Waterville, Maine, will reward those looking for cinematic as well as natural attractions. The opening night film, Jamie Hook’s Vacationland, offers some of each; shot entirely in Maine, it’s a family comedy set in the Western mountains of the state, starring Karen Black. Black will be just one of the celebrity guests, which also include multi-hyphenate Jim Stark and Martin Scorsese’s perennial editor, Thelma Schoonmaker. Other features not to miss: Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi, creator of the brilliant animated memoir Persepolis, and the rapturous Samsara by Ron Fricke (Chronos).
Woods Hole Film Festival July 28–august 4 | woodsholefilmfestival.org/2011
Too bad they didn’t schedule this a month earlier, then you could have taken the ferry directly from Nantucket. Be that as it may, this is the oldest festival on the Cape and the islands, now entering its third decade, with an emphasis on
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documentaries, as reflected by its filmmaker-inresidence, Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles, Thin). The docs programmed touch on up-to-minute issues, such as the turmoil in Syria as seen in Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix’s The Light in Her Eyes, the debate about health care as discussed in Susan Frömke and Matthew Heineman’s Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare, and, of course, the state of comix in America as examined in Josh Melrod and Tara Wray’s Cartoon College, an enlightening look at Vermont’s Center for Cartoon Studies.
Rhode Island International Film Festival august 7-12 | film-festival.org
At this point, you are probably overstimulated by the above fleshpots of New England and would like to relax somewhere more down-to-earth. Some place like Providence, home of the 16th Annual Rhode Island Independent Film Festival. The fest (which also includes screenings in Barrigton, Bristol, Jamestown, and elsewhere) will present some 200 features and documentaries, plus workshops, meet-and-greet events, and seminars. And check out the shorts: it’s one of the few festivals accredited by the Academy as a qualifying event for the Best Short Oscar. I’m especially intrigued by Mark Gill’s “The Voorman Problem,” based on a chapter in David Mitchell’s terrific novel number9dream, about a guy who thinks he’s God. Hey, if you get a chance to attend all these festivals, you might start feeling divine, too. ^
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Films al fresco GreAt DiGitAl OutDOOrS _by Ariel SheArer
ovie theaters make a great daytime escape from summer scorchers, but there’s no need to waste a temperate summer night trapped in a crowded megaplex. These open-air options screen Hollywood blockbusters under the stars — and this year, some of our favorite surviving drive-ins have decided to go digital.
LEICESTER DRIVE-IN | 1675 Main
St, Leicester, MA | 508.892.4400 | leicesterdrivein.net | $20 per car | Box office opens at 6 pm | Movies shown seven nights a week, mid-June through the last Sunday in August. Concession stand offers popcorn, hot dogs, grilled cheeseburgers, nachos, and other artery-clogging delectables. MENDON TWIN DRIVE-IN | 35 Milford St, Mendon, MA | 508.473.4958 | mendondrivein.com | $25 per car; $35 per van | Box office opens at 7 pm, weekends 6:15 | Movies now being shown with digital projection and sound, seven nights a week starting May 25 through late August. Snack bar offers clam chowder, lobster rolls, popcorn, Mexican food, hot dogs, ice cream, hamburgers, mozzarella sticks, and much more. Cash only. MILFORD DRIVE-IN THEATER | 531 Elm Street, Milford, NH | 603.673.4090 | milforddrivein.com | $20 per car, add $5 per person over six passengers | Box office opens at 6:15 pm | First-run films shown on two screens, seven nights a week throughout summer. This southern New Hampshire landmark just upgraded to digital sound and projection, and added an RC racetrack with rentable cars. Concession stand offers the essentials — from bug repellent to burgers, soft-serve, and cotton candy. NORTHFIELD DRIVE-IN | 81 Northfield Rd, Hinsdale, NH | 603.239.4054 | northfielddrivein.com | $9 per person | Box office opens at 6 pm | Situated right on the border of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, this drive-in is now in its 64th year. Movies shown Friday through Sunday, all summer long. Snack bar offers popcorn, hamburgers, fried dough, pizza, and corn dogs. Cash only. RUSTIC TRI-VIEW DRIVE-IN | Rte 146, North Smithfield, RI | 401.769.7601 | facebook. com/RusticDriveIn | $25 per car | Movies typically start at 8:30 pm | Just 10 minutes from downtown Providence, the Rustic offers three screens showing at least two movies every night, starting June 15. Snack bar offers popcorn, hamburgers, ice cream, etc. WELLFLEET DRIVE-IN | Rt. 6, Wellfleet, MA | 508.349.7176 or wellfleetcinemas.com | $9 per person; $5 seniors | Box office opens at 7 pm | Screens first-run double features every night in the summer. Snack bar offers popcorn, hot dogs, ice cream, hamburgers, you name it. Cash only.
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BROOKLINE SUMMER IN THE PARKS OUTDOOR FILM SERIES | Devotion School Field, 345
Harvard St, Brookline | brooklinema. gov | Free | The theme of this year’s series is “Summer of the Dragon” — and screenings add the action of mixed martial arts. Films slated are Kung Fu Panda on July 9, Karate Kid on July 16, and How To Train Your Dragon on July 23. Movies begin at dusk, with rain dates on following Tuesdays.
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filmsatthegate.org | Free | For the seventh year running, a vacant lot near Chinatown Gate is transformed into a free, outdoor theater screening classic kung-fu and Chinese-language films under the stars. August 23–26; starting at dusk. Films accompanied by English subtitles or summaries. Check online for event details. FREE FRIDAY FLICKS AT THE ESPLANADE | Hatch Shell, One David G. Mugar Way, Boston | hatchshell.com | Free | Free films on the Esplanade at the Hatch, every Friday from mid June through late August, except Friday after July 4. Movies start at dusk. Check online for film schedule. SUMMER IN THE CITY: MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT | Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston | 617.439.7000 | bhh.com/special_ summer | Free | The Boston Harbor Hotel’s annual “Summer in the City” series features both vintage and modern classics every Friday night, June 17 through Aug 31. Films slated thus far include The Magnificent Seven and Jaws, and in honor of the hotel’s 25th anniversary, the month of August is featuring favorites from 1987. Movies begin at dusk. Check online for film schedule. ^
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Sounds of summer Road TRippin’: 25 shows acRoss new england you need To see befoRe laboR day
hile we agree that kicking back in a shady backyard with a plate of barbecue, a cooler of cold brews, and some good tunes spinning on the iPod deck is one hell of a way to while away a lazy summer afternoon, we’d like to suggest that you get a bit more ambitious this year. ’Tis the season for awesome festivals, massive summer concerts with killer headliners, and not a few club shows you’re not going to want to miss. From the triumphant return of Passion Pit — finally — at the Pavilion to the stacked line-up at this year’s Newport Folk Fest (Of Monsters and Men, My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, and the Head & the Heart, to name just a few) to the heavy-hitting local talent around town, you’re going to want to leave the lounge chair and iPod to their own devices.
1_WFNX presents“The Seaport Six” feaT. Two dooR cineMa club + delTa spiRiT + gRouploVe + RepTaR + sTephie coplan & The pedesTRians + caKe | June 14
Let’s face it, the announcement last month that WFNX was being sold to Clear Channel was a hell of a bummer way to kick off our summer. The news blindsided not only us Phoenix staffers, but an entire city of devastated listeners who will mourn the loss of the station and the indelible mark it and its staff of kick-ass DJs have made on Boston’s alternative music scene over the last three decades. We all came to love and anticipate WFNX’s big summer events, Lansdowne Street’s Clambake being one whose absence we’ll all sorely miss this year. Lucky, though, that we all get this chance to go out with a bang, at WFNX’s last massive summer show. As usual, they’ve gathered together an A-team of talent for this gig. Rock on, always.
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2_ DRAKE + WAKA FLOCKA FLAME + J. COLE + MORE | June 17 | Comcast Center, Mansfield | $59.75-$99.75 | livenation.com
3_ WALK THE MOON | June 18 | Paradise Rock Club, Boston | $12 | ticketmaster.com
4_ MATTHEW SWEET | June 19 | Paradise Rock Club, Boston | $20 | ticketmaster.com
5_ CHILDISH GAMBINO + DANNY BROWN | June 21 | Bank of America Pavilion, Boston | $22.50-$30 | livenation.com
6_ PASSION PIT | June 22 | Bank of America Pavilion, Boston| $24.50-$34.50 | livenation.com
7_ ATMOSPHERE | June 22 | State Theatre, Portland, ME | $25 | ticketmaster.com
8_ SANTIGOLD + THEOPHILUS LONDON | June 22 | House of Blues, Boston | $25-$27.50| livenation.com
9_ JAPANDROIDS | June 25 | Brighton Music Hall, Allston | $14 | ticketmaster.com
10_ FIONA APPLE | June 30 | Wang Theatre, Boston | $49.50$89.50 | livenation.com
11_ YOUNG MAGIC + QUILT | July 1 | Great Scott, Allston | $10 | ticketweb.com
12_ SLEIGH BELLS | July 3 | House of Blues, Boston | $22.50$35 | livenation.com
13_ BUSH | July 11 | Lupo’s, Providence, RI | $27.50-$35 | lupos.com
14_ HOT CHIP | July 17 | House of Blues, Boston | $25-$35 | livenation.com
15_ BEST COAST + THOSE DARLINS | July 18 | Royale, Boston | $20 | boweryboston.com
16_ REFUSED + OFF! | July 20 | House of Blues, Boston | $30-$45| livenation.com
17_ THE HEAD AND THE HEART | July 25-26 | Royale, Boston | $22 | boweryboston.com
18_ “IDENTITY FEST” FEAT. ERIC PRYDZ + WOLFGANG GARTNER + EXCISION + SHOWTEK + NOISIA + ARTY | July 26 | Comcast Center, Mansfield | $60-$150 | livenation.com
19_ TWIN SHADOW | July 27 | Paradise Rock Club, Boston | $15 | ticketmaster.com
20_ NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL | July 28-29 | Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI | $10 | ticketweb.com
21_ MINIATURE TIGERS | August 2 | T.T. the Bear’s Place, Cambridge | $10 | ticketweb.com
22_M83 | August 7 | State Theatre, Portland, ME | $25 | ticketmaster.com
23_ “KAH BANG FESTIVAL” | August 9-12 | Bangor, ME | TBA | kahbang.com
24_ REAL ESTATE | August 10 | Paradise Rock Club, Boston | $15 | ticketmaster.com
25_ BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND | August 14-15 | Fenway Park, Boston | $75-$103 | livenation.com
Check out thePhoenix. com/listings for more great summer concerts.
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Gonzalo Grau’s Viaje; Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 | Hatch Memorial Shell, One David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA | Free | 617.727.5114 or landmarksorchestra.org
Greater Boston MASTERWORKS CHORALE SUMMER SINGS CONDUCTED BY STEVEN KARIDOYANES | June 19 | Poulenc’s Gloria | Noble and Gree-
BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY CHRISTOPHER WILKINS | July 25 |
Smetana’s The Moldau; Ellington’s The River; Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish); Strauss’s On the Beautiful Blue Danube | Hatch Memorial Shell, One David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA | Free | 617.727.5114 or landmarksorchestra.org BOSTON MIDSUMMER OPERA | July 25 | Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, with David Kravitz (Dr. Malatesta), Leslie Ann Bradley (Norina), Ricardo Lugo (Don Pasquale), and Alex Richardson (Ernesto) | Wed + Fri + Sun | Tsai Performance Center, 685 Comm Ave, Boston, MA | $30-$50 | 617.227.0442 or bostonmid-
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BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY CHRISTOPHER WILKINS | July 11 | Copland program: Shall We Gather at the
River; Appalacian Spring; “Prairie Night” and “Celebration Dance” from Billy the Kid; Old American Songs; “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land | Hatch Memorial Shell, One David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA | Free | 617.727.5114 or landmarksorchestra.org SEVEN TIMES SALT | July 12 | “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor: Music of England’s Golden Age” | Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA | $20; $15 students, seniors | 617.536.3356 or sohipboston.org
Alexander Borodin’s Polovstian Dance; “Mambo” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story;
BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY CHRISTOPHER WILKINS | July 18 | Miguel Del Aguila’s Caribbean Bacchanal;
Holst’s The Planets; Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 | Hatch Memorial Shell, One David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA | Free | 617.727.5114 or landmarksorchestra.org
of works by Puccini, Mozart, Wagner, and Bernstein | Hatch Memorial Shell, One David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA | Free | 617.727.5114 or landmarksorchestra.org
LONGWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | August 15 | Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 |
Hatch Memorial Shell, One David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA | Free | 617.727.5114 or landmarksorchestra.org
BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY CHRISTOPHER WILKINS | August 22 | Schumann’s Concertstück for
BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY CHRISTOPHER WILKINS | August 29 | Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture; Walton’s
BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA AND BOSTON LYRIC OPERA | August 8 | Selection
four horns; Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante; Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (Italian) | Hatch Memorial Shell, One David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA | Free | 617.727.5114 or landmarksorchestra.org
BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA BRASS ENSEMBLE CONDUCTED BY CHRISTOPHER WILKINS | July 15 | “Family Concert” | Pinebank Field, Jamaicaway and Perkins St, Jamaica Plain, MA | Free | landmarksorchestra.org
BOSTON CIVIC SYMPHONY CONDUCTED BY MAX HOBART | August 1 | “Jupiter” from
Henry V; Music from Shostakovich’s Hamlet; Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Hatch Memorial Shell, One David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA | Free | 617.727.5114 or landmarksorchestra.org
Red Priest A FAR CRY | June 14 | Golijov’s Tenebrae; Invierno
and Otoño from Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires; Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin, Op. 4, No. 11; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat, K. 449; Britten’s Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge | Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St, Rockport, MA | $45-$78 | 978.546.7391 or rcmf.org PARKER STRING QUARTET | June 15 | Mozart’s Quartet in F, K. 590; Kirchner’s Quartet No. 3 for electronic tape and quartet; Schumann’s Quartet in A, Op. 41, No. 3 | Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St, Rockport, MA | $35-$59 | 978.546.7391 or rcmf.org RED PRIEST | June 17 | Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in A minor; Chaconne from Purcell’s Dioclesian; Tartini’s The Devil’s Trill; Van Eyck’s The English Nightingale; Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits; Corelli’s La Folia; Leclair’s Demon Suite | Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St, Rockport, MA | $45-$78 | 978.546.7391 or rcmf.org
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BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY KEITH LOCKHART | July 8 |
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BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, BOSTON POPS, TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA, AND TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL CHORUS | July 14 | Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man; Three dance episodes from
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| | Park Theatre, 848 Park Ave, Cranston, RI | $37 + $62 | 401.467.7275 or parktheatreri.com KINGSTON CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL | July 18, “American Treasures,” works by Corigliano, Bloch, Danielpour, and Dvorak | July 20, “Bridging the Channel,” works by Gaubert, Debussy, Bax, and Elgar | July 22, “East European Feast,” works by Kodaly, Bartok, and Dvorak | July 25, “Austrian Delights,” works by Haydn, Mozart, and Schoenberg | July 27, “Russian Titans,” works by Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Glinka, and Glazunov | July 29, “German Masters,” works by Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven | Wed-Wed + Fri-Fri + Sun-Sun + Wed-Wed + Fri-Fri + Sun-Sun | Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at University of Rhode Island, 105 Upper College Rd, Kingston, RI | $20 ($70/four-, $85 /five-, $100/six-concert subscriptions) | 401.789.0665 or kingstonchambermusic.org
AN EVENING OF P.D.Q. BACH, TWO OPERAS BY PROF. PETER SCHIKELE | July 25 | Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI | $10, $15 household | 401.848.8200 or newportartmuseum.org
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Theater & dance Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
Boston, MA | June 22: Experiment America | $20
BOSTON PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATRE | 866.811.4111
Guildenstern Are Dead | Free
CALDERWOOD PAVILION AT THE BOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS | 617.933.8600 |
nsmt.org | 62 Dunham Rd, Beverly, MA | June 12-24: Hello, Dolly! | $40-$55 | July 17-29: Annie | $40-$55 | Aug 14-26: All Shook Up | $40-$55 OBERON | 866.811.4111 | cluboberon.com | 2 Arrow St, Cambridge, MA | June 21-24: The Pirates of Penzance | $20 | June 23-24: The Friends of Eddie Coyle | $15-$25 | Aug 13-21: Hedwig and the Angry Inch | $20-$25
| bu.edu/bpt | 949 Comm Ave, Boston, MA | June 20-30: T Plays IV: Rush Hour | $18 | July 20-28: Summer Play Festival 2012 | $20; $15 seniors; $10 students
bostontheatrescene.com | 527 Tremont St, Boston, MA | June 21-24: The Hotel Nepenthe | $25 CENTRAL SQUARE THEATER | 866.811.4111 | 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA | June 14-Aug 12: Car Talk: The Musical!!! | $20-$50
FACTORY THEATRE AT THE PIANO FACTORY | 617.817.6600 | thefactorytheatre.org | 791
Tremont St, Boston, MA | Aug 10-18: The Pillowman
FORT POINT THEATRE CHANNEL | 617.423.1273
| fortpointtheatrechannel.org | 10 Channel Center St, Boston, MA | June 15-23: Indiscreet Discretion | $5-$50
GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY | 978.281.4433
| gloucesterstage.com | 267 East Main St, Gloucester, MA | June 14-July 1: Round and Round the Garden | $40; $35 students, seniors | July 5-22: Carnival | $40; $35 students, seniors | July 26-Aug 12: Master Harold and the Boys | $40; $35 students, seniors | Aug 16-26: Nine Circles | $40; $35 students, seniors | Aug 30-Sept 16: Crimes of the Heart | $40; $35 students, seniors
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART | 617.478.3100 | icaboston.org | 100 Northern Ave,
MARY O’MALLEY PARK | Commandant’s Way, Chelsea, MA | July 11-28: Rosencrantz and NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE | 978.232.7200 |
OPERA HOUSE | 617.259.3400 |
bostonoperahouseonline.com | 539 Washington St, Boston, MA | June 19-24: Mamma Mia! | $30-$168 | July 24-Aug 19: Billy Elliot the Musical | $30-$130
ROBERTS STUDIO THEATRE AT THE BOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS | 617.426.5000 |
bcaonline.org | 527 Tremont St, Boston, MA | July 27-Aug 25: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity | $38-$42; $35-$38 seniors; $15 students TD GARDEN | 800.745.3000 | cirquedusoleil. com | 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA | August 3-4: Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour | $50-$250
SALEM THEATRE COMPANY | 978.790.8546 |
salemtheatre.com | 90 Lafayette St, Salem, MA | July 11-15: Moments of Play 2012 | $15 ZEITERION THEATRE | 508.994.2900 | zeiterion. org | 684 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA | July 20-29: Hairspray | $30-$45
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Theater & dance
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2012 - 2013 Turning Toward Home Macbeth
Tero Saarinen Company: Borrowed Light
Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare directed by Robert Walsh** December 12, 2012 – January 6, 2013 Davis Square Theatre | Somerville
Middletown by Will Eno directed by Doug Lockwood February 13 – March 10 Central Square YMCA | Cambridge
Pericles by William Shakespeare directed by Allyn Burrows April 17 – May 12 The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University | Boston **Member of the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union
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Western Mass BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY | 413.499.5446 |
barringtonstageco.org | 30 Union St, Pittsfield, MA | June 13-July 14: Fiddler on the Roof | $15-$62 | July 19-Aug 4: All My Sons | $15-$60 | Aug 9-26: See How They Run | $15-$60
CHESTER TOWN HALL | Middlefield St, off Rte 20, Chester, MA | July 5-15: Animals Out of Paper | $28 | July
18-29: The Swan | $28 | Aug 1-12: Running | $28 | Aug 1526: The Betrothed | $28
BERKSHIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL | 413.298.5576 |
berkshiretheatre.org | 6 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA | July 25-Aug 11: Pinocchio | $15; $10 children
COLONIAL THEATRE | 413.997.4444 |
thecolonialtheatre.org | 111 South St, Pittsfield, MA | July 2-21: A Chorus Line | $37-$60 | Aug 9-12: We Are Women: A Bernstein Cabaret | $20-$40
ELAYNE P. BERNSTEIN THEATRE | 413.637.3353 |
shakespeare.org | 70 Kemble St, Lenox, MA | June 20-Aug 4: Parasite Drag | $12-$32
FITZPATRICK MAIN STAGE AT THE BERKSHIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL | 413.298.5576 | berkshiretheatre.
org | 83 E. Main St, Stockbridge, MA | July 16-28: A Thousand Clowns | $37-$57 | July 31-Aug 11: Edith | $37-$57 | Aug 14-25: Brace Yourself | $37-$57
Maine OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE | 207.646.5511 | ogunquitplayhouse.
org | Rte 1, Ogunquit, ME | Through June 16: Always, Patsy Cline | $39-74
New Hampshire THE MUSIC HALL LOFT | 603.436.2400 | 131 Congress St,
Portsmouth, NH | June 15-30: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs | $26-30
FOUNDERS THEATRE | 413.637.1199 | shakespeare. org | 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA | June 16-Aug 19: King Lear | $15-$50 | June 28-July 15: Endurance | $27-$45 | July 19-Aug 19: The Tempest | $27-$45 | Aug 22-Sept 16: Satchmo at the Waldorf | $35-$60 JACOB’S PILLOW | 413.243.0745 | jacobspillow.org | 358 George Carter Rd, Becket, MA | June 27-July 1: Morphoses | $39-$64 | July 11-15: Tero Saarinen Company | $59-$64 | July 18-22: Hong Kong Ballet | $65-$70 NEW CENTURY THEATRE | 413.587.3933 |
newcenturytheatre.org | One Green Street, Northampton, MA | June 14-23: Circle Mirror Transformation | $29; $27 seniors; $15 student rush | June 28-July 7: Red | July 12-21: Auld Lang Syne | July 26Aug 4: The Quality of Life
ROSE FOOTPRINT THEATRE AND BANKSIDE | 413.637.1199 | shakespeare.org | 70 Kemble Street,
Lenox, MA | June 27-Aug 25: Tartuffe the Imposter | $10
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Always, Patsy Cline
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MIKE EPPS | June 15-16 | Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St, Boston | $50 | 617.423.4008 or thewilburtheatre.com
SINBAD | July 13 | Fox Theatre at Foxwoods, 39 Norwich Westerly Rd, Ledyard, CT | $30-$60 | 866.646.0050 or comixatfoxwoods.com
JERRY SEINFELD | August 10-11 | MGM Grand at Foxwoods, 39 Norwich Westerly Rd, Ledyard, CT | $85-$165 | 866.646.0050 or comixatfoxwoods.com
BILL BURR | July 14 | Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH | $39.50 | 603.929.4100 or ticketmaster.com
WANDA SYKES | August 16 | Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St, Boston | $59 | 617.423.4008 or thewilburtheatre.com
SARAH SILVERMAN | July 6 | MGM Grand at Foxwoods, 39 Norwich Westerly Rd, Ledyard, CT | $40-$60 | 866.646.0050 or comixatfoxwoods.com
BILL BELLAMY | July 7 | Comix at Foxwoods, 350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT | $35-$55 | 860.312.6649 or comixatfoxwoods.com
JOAN RIVERS | July 8 | Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St, Hyannis | $39.75$58.75 | 508.775.5630 or ticketmaster.com
DENNIS MILLER | July 13 | Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St, Boston | $57 | 617.423.4008 or thewilburtheatre.com
SETH MEYERS | July 21 | Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St, Hyannis | $37-$56 | 508.775.5630 or ticketmaster.com
JIM BREUER | August 17 | Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St, Boston | $32 | 617.423.4008 or thewilburtheatre.com
LISA LAMPANELLI | July 21 | Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH | $32-$52 | 603.929.4100 or ticketmaster.com
DAVE ATTELL + JIM NORTON | August 25 | Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH | $47-$59 | 603.929.4100 or ticketmaster.com
JIM GAFFIGAN | July 27 | Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St, Hyannis | $45-$64.50 | 508.775.5630 or ticketmaster.com
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“Oh, Canada” at Mass MoCA
Klondikes to watch out for AN AvAlANche of Summer Art exhiBitS
_By Ariel SheArer
hile New England winters are often cause to forget certain colors even exist, summer around here is easily the best season for mind expansion. As life returns to our surrounding landscape after a long, gray hibernation, it brings a rainbow of vibrancy to each moment spent outdoors. And this summer, New England museums are poised to compete with nature’s beauty — in fact, this list of contending exhibitions may lure you right back indoors. After all, the Peabody’s playing host to Ansel Adams’s vision of the ocean, and the Concord will soon have landscapes from famed portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz.
throuGh APril 1, 2013 The Great White North dominates on maps, but rarely claims so much space in the art world. Mass MoCA’s “Oh, Canada” is an unprecedented survey, featuring Canadian creativity represented by more than 100 multimedia works. With a collection set to spark conversation on modern expression, installations are a whimsical display of maker culture — from repurposed picnic tables, to a perforated car body turned lampshade. The musical manifestation of Neo-Lumberjack Abstraction and a gallery treasure hunt for Canadian coins further exemplify our northern neighbor’s playful approach to cultural commentary.
Mass MoCA, 87 Marshall St, North Adams | 413.662.2111 | massmoca.org | Wed-Mon, 11 am–5 pm | Admission $15; $11 students; $5 ages six-16; free for ages five and under Continued on p 58
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“liFe liNeS: the Art OF elizAbeth eNderS” | Through July 31 | Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, 180 Main St, Andover | 978.749.4015 | andover.edu/addison
“tAkiNG FliGht: AudubON ANd the WOrld OF birdS” | Through June 17 | Berkshire Museum, 39 South St, Pittsfield | 413.443.7171 | berkshiremuseum.org
GAry Webb: “Mr. JeANS” | Through Aug 12 | deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln | 781.259.8355 | decordova.org
dAN dAiley: “WOrkiNG MethOd” | Through Sept 3 | Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St, Brockton | 508.588.6000 | fullermuseum.org
OS GêMeOS | Aug 1-Nov 25 | Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston | 617.478.3100 | icaboston.org
“exOtiC MuSeS: dANCerS by rObert heNri ANd NiCk CAve” | Through July 8 | Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, 100 Boltwood Ave, Amherst | 413.542.2335 | amherst.edu/museums/mead
JAy bOlOtiN: “the JACkleG teStAMeNt” | June 29-Sept 9 | Smith College Museum of Art, East Elm St at Bedford Terr, Northampton | 413.585.2760 | smith.edu/ artmuseum
“POWer ruNS iN MANy ChANNelS: diverSity OF NiGeriAN Art” | June 30-Oct 21 | Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Williamstown | 413.597.2429 | wcma.org
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FIND YOUR PLACE!
Annie Leibovitz: “PiLgrimAge” | June 28-Sept 23 | Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd, Concord | 978.369.9763 | concordmuseum.org
“the giving tree Project” | Through Aug 17 | Danforth Museum of Art, 123 Union Ave, Framingham | 508.620.0050 | danforthmuseum.org
Discover over 100 cool places at thetrustees.org! We’ve got farms, trails, and beaches (yes, like Crane Beach!) all across the state– swim, kayak, hike, or just...chill.
“recent Acquisitions, PArt ii: buiLding the coLLection” | June 19Sept 29 | Harvard Art Museums, 485 Broadway, Cambridge | 617.495.9400 | harvardartmuseums.org
“gArden gAtes eXhibition” | Through Sept 30 | Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove St, Sandwich | 508.888.3300 | heritagemuseumsandgardens.org
AnseL AdAms: “At the WAter’s edge” | Through Oct 8 | Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem | 978.745.9500 | pem.org
“northeAst by southWest: the LiveLy LAndscAPes oF myrnA hArrison” | Through July 15 | Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial St, Provincetown | 508.487.1750 | paam.org
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mArLon Forrester: “PLAyoFF X” | Through Aug 8 | National Center of AfroAmerican Artists, 300 Walnut Ave, Boston | 617.442.8614 | ncaaa.org
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Summer Road Trip
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DEREK KOu yOuMJiAN
Union Square Farmers Market, Somerville
Acton-BoxBorough FArmers mArket | Pearl St, Acton, MA | June 17-Oct 21; Sun 10 am1 pm
Allston FArmers mArket | 175 North Harvard St, Allston | dining.harvard.edu/flp/ ag_market.html | June 15-October 26; Fri 3-7 pm AmericAn legion Post 440 FArmers mArket | 295 California St, Newton, MA | Open July 6-Oct 5; Fri from 1:30 to 6 pm
cold sPrings PArk FArmers mArket | 1200 Beacon St, Newton, MA | Open July 3-Oct 30; Tues 1:30-6 pm
Boston medicAl center FArmers mArket | 840 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA | farmerdaves.net | June 15-Oct 26; Fri 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Boston university FArmers mArket | 775 Comm Ave, Boston, MA | facebook.com/bufarmersmarket | Sep 6-Oct 25; Thurs 12-4 pm Bowdoin genevA FArmers mArket | 230 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, MA | localharvest. org/bowdoin-geneva-farmers-market-M38080 |
Open June-Oct; Thurs 3-6:30 pm
BrAintree FArmers mArket | One JFK Memorial Dr, Braintree, MA | braintreefarmersmarket.blogspot.com | Open June 16-Nov 17; Sat
Amherst FArmers mArket | Center of Amherst, MA | amherstfarmersmarket.com | Open
9 am-1 pm
Arlington FArmers mArket | 78 Chestnut St, Arlington, MA | farmersmarketarlington.org |
Open July 6-Oct 26; Fri 10:30 am-1:30 pm
Apr 21-Nov 17; Sat 7:30 am-1:30 pm June-Oct; Wed 2-6:30 pm
Belmont FArmers mArket | 10 Cross St, Belmont, MA | belmontfarmersmarket.org | June 14-Oct; Thurs 2:00-6:30 pm
Boston city hAll FArmers mArket | One City Hall Sq, Boston, MA | bostonpublicmarket. org | May 21-Nov 21; Mon and Wed 11 am-6 pm
Brockton city hAll PlAzA FArmers mArket | 45 School St, Brockton, MA | 508.580.7123 | Brockton FAirgrounds FArmers mArket | 600 Belmont St, Brockton, MA | 508.674.0640 | Open July 21-Oct 27; Sat 9 am 12 pm
Brookline FArmers mArket | 2 Centre St, Brookline, MA | brooklinema.gov/index. php?option=com_content&view=article&id=679 %3Abrookline-farmers-mark | Open June 14-Oct
25; Thurs 1:30-8 pm
and Fri 11 am-6 pm
cAmBridge center kendAll squAre FArmers mArket | 5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA | facebook.com/cambridgectrfarmersmkt | Open May
dAvis squAre FArmers mArket | Herbert St and Day St, Somerville, MA | davisfarmersmarketjournal.blogspot.com | Open May 23-Nov 21; Wed
centrAl squAre FArmers mArket | Norfolk St and Bishop Allen Dr, Cambridge, MA | localharvest. org/cambridge-central-square-farmers-marketM2329 | Open May 21-Nov 19; Mon 12-6 pm chArlestown FArmers mArket | One Austin St, Charlestown, MA | 617.241.8866 | Open July-Oct;
dedhAm FArmers mArket | 670 High St, Dedham, MA | dedhamsquarecircle.org/index. cfm?pid=10554 | Open June 20-Oct 31; Wed 12-6 pm dorchester house FArmers mArket | 1353 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA | 617.288.3230 x2636 | Open July-Oct; Tues 11:30 am-1:30 pm dudley town common FArmers mArket | Blue Hill Ave and Dudley St, Boston, MA | 614.442.1322 | Open June 5-Oct 30; Tues and Thurs
16-Oct 24; Wed 11 am-6 pm
Wed 2-7 pm
chelseA FArmers mArket | 394 Marsh Hill Rd, Chelsea, MA | facebook.com/ChelseaFarmersMarketMA | Open July 25-Oct 31; Sat 9 am-1 pm codmAn squAre FArmers mArket | Washington St and Talbott Ave, Boston, MA | 617.265.4189 | Open June 21-Oct 25; Thurs 1-6 pm cold sPring PArk FArmers mArket | 1200 Beacon St, Newton, MA | 617.796.1525 | Open July 3-Oct 23; Tues 1:30-6 pm
coPley squAre FArmers mArket | 139 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA | facebook.com/CopleySquareFarmersMarket | May 15-Nov 20; Tues
eAst Boston FArmers mArket | 14 Meridian St, Boston, MA | 617.568.4028 | Open July 5-Oct 18;
Thurs 3-7 pm
everett FArmers mArket | 410 Broadway, Everett, MA | 617.389.3365 | Open July 11-Oct 31;
Wed 3-7 pm
Fields corner FArmers mArket | 136 Park St, Boston, MA | 617.825.3486 | Open July 7-Oct 27; Sat Continued on p 66
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hArvArd squAre chArles hotel courtyArd FArmers mArket | Bennet St and Eliot St, Cambridge, MA | 508.446.5806 | Open May 20-Nov 18; Fri
12-6 pm and Sun 10 am-3 pm
hArvArd squAre hArvArd university FArmers mArket | 29 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA | dining.harvard.edu/flp/ag_market.html | Open June
Hip hop legends in concert with Studio Heat of the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club
Saturday, June 16, 2012 @ The Strand Theatre 543 Columbia Road Dorchester, MA 02125
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25; Thurs 11 am-6 pm
quincy FArmers mArket | One Dennis Ryan Parkway, Quincy, MA | temp.quincyfarmersmarketcom. officelive.com/default.aspx | Open June 22-Nov 16; Fri
11:30 am- 5:30 pm
19-Oct 29; Tues 12-6 pm
roslindAle villAge mAin street FArmers mArket | One Cummins Highway, Boston, MA | roslindale.net/farmersmarket | Open June 2-Oct 22; Sat
sAugus FArmers mArket | 95 Jackson St, Saugus, MA | 781.233.1855 | Open July-Oct; Tues 10
JAmAicA PlAin FArmers mArket | 677 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA | jamaicaplainfarmersmarket. wordpress.com | Open June-Dec; Tues 12-5 pm and Sat kendAll squAre FArmers mArket | 500 Kendall St, Cambridge, MA | kendallsquare.org/shop/details/farmers | Open May 31-Sep 27; Thurs 11 am-2 pm lynn FArmers mArket | union St and Exchange St, Lynn, MA | 781.346.6726 | Open July-Oct; Thurs 11 am-3 pm
mAlden FArmers mArket | 200 Pleasant St, Malden, MA | 781.321.3485 | Open July-Oct; Thurs 10
medFord FArmers mArket | One City Hall Mall, Medford, MA | medfordfarmersmarket.org | Open June 7-Oct 11; Thurs 3-7 pm
melrose FArmers mArket | W. Emerson St and Vinton St, Melrose, MA | melrosefarmersmarket.org | Open June 14-Oct 25; Thurs 1- 7 pm milton FArmers mArket | Wharf St and Adams St, Milton, MA | 617.696.5252 | Open June 21-Nov 1; Thurs 1-6 pm
mission hill BrighAm circle FArmers mArket | Huntington Ave and Tremont St, Boston, MA |
9 am-1:30 pm
south Boston FArmers mArket | 446 West Broadway, Boston, MA | 434.572.2369 | Open May
7-Nov 19; Mon 12-6 pm
south end FArmers mArket | 560 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA | May 1-Oct 30; Sun 10 am-4 pm south stAtion dewey squAre FArmers mArket | 219 Summer St, Boston, MA | bostonpublicmarket.org |
Open May 24-Nov 20; Tues and Thurs 11:30 am-6:30 pm toPsField FArmers mArket | 207 Boston St, Topsfield, MA | Open July-Sep; Sat 7 am-12 pm turners FAlls FArmers mArket | 38 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA | Open May-Oct; Wed 3-6 pm union squAre FArmers mArket | 75 union Sq,
Somerville, MA | unionsquaremain.org/food/farmersmarket | Open June 2-Nov 17; Sat 9 am-1 pm wAlthAm FArmers mArket | Main St and Moody St, Waltham, MA | walthamfarmersmarket.org | Open June 16-Nov 10; Sat 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Pick-your-own Belkin lookout FArm | 89 Pleasant St S, Natick, MA | Just a
617.427.7399 | Open June 14-Oct 25; Thurs 11 am-6 pm PrudentiAl center FArmers mArket | 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA | prudentialcenter.com/experience/events.php?year=2012&month=5 | May 17-Oct
short drive from Boston, off of Rte 16 in South Natick. This farm, family owned since 1651, offers a wide variety of “u-pick” produce starting with strawberries in June. Peaches, nectarines, and plums available in Aug. Open every weekend in summer from 10 am to 5 pm. $8 admission, children under two pick for free. the Big APPle FArm | 207 Arnold St, Wrentham, MA | Open daily from mid June through Dec. Pickyour-own raspberries and blueberries starting mid July. Also offers an ice cream shop with 30 flavors and bakery. Cash and checks only. Boston hill FArm | 1370 Turnpike St, North Andover, MA | This country-style farm stand has everything from a deli to a on-premises bakery and homemade ice cream. Picking season starts in June with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. The season comes to an end in Oct with apples and pumpkins. Check out their country store for gift items like candles, jam, and home furnishings. Petting zoo for the kids. BrooksBy FArm | 38 Felton St, Peabody, MA | Seasonal pick-yourown fruits including raspberries (early July), strawberries (mid June), blueberries (late July), and peaches (Aug). Farm store opens mid June. Garden vegetables are ready for picking by July and harvested through early fall, including fresh butter and sugar corn. Kids will also enjoy the farm’s menagerie, which houses llamas, peacocks, goats, pigs, and more. cArver hill orchArd | 101 Brookside Ave, Stow, MA | Their picking season kicks off with strawberries in mid June and continues on throughout the summer with cherries in late June, peaches and corn through Sept, and a variety of garden vegetables in Aug. Open for the season 9 am to 5 pm, though sometimes they open a bit later, sometimes a bit earlier. Just look for the “open” flag! connors FArm | 30 Valley Rd, Danvers, MA | Once summer arrives, almost everything on this familyowned farm is ripe for the picking. Their corn is especially popular and is available mid July through Oct. A variety of other fresh fruits and flowers are available to pick your own. The farm also carries dairy products including fresh milk, eggs,
jams and jellies, pies, and more. Don’t miss their Strawberry Festival on Sat, June 16! indiAn heAd FArm | 232 Pleasant St, Berlin, MA | Open seven days a week, 9 am to 6 pm, for pick-yourown blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries while in season. Blueberry season lasts until mid Aug. Containers available or bring your own. Also have flowers available to pick and create your own personalized bouquet, mid July to early Oct. lAnd’s sAke FArm | 27 Crescent St, Weston, MA | Located across the parking lot of 86 Wellesley St. The farm has been certified organic by the Northeast Organic Farming Association. Open early June through Oct. It offers strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherry tomatoes, peas, green beans, herbs, and flowers for picking. Containers available. PArlee FArms | 95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro, MA | Situated along the Merrimack River, this farm has almost 100 acres of land to grow strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, and more. Pick-your-own berries starting mid June, Tues-Sun. A bonus: they practice environmentally safe growing practices. Also have a country kitchen with a variety of fresh baked goods and ice cream, a petting zoo, and full farm stand. roger’s sPring hill FArm | 133 Neck Rd, Haverhill, MA | They’ve been growing their own strawberries since 1985; you can pick your own mid June through July. They also have mulch hay, rye seed, feed hay, and more for sale. Check out their Garden Center location on Bos-
ton Rd for gardening products. russell orchArds | 143 Argilla Rd, ipswich, MA | Apart from strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries ready for picking throughout the summer, this family-owned farm also has their own winery on premises. Variety of fruit wines including a black currant dessert wine and a unique dandelion wine. Check online for their picking schedule as it’s updated. smolAk FArms | 315 South Brad-
ford Street, North Andover, MA |
Open for picking mid June, this expansive farm grows strawberries, blueberries, currants, gooseberries, red cherries, and more during the summer months. Marked by its scenic views, Smolak is available for weddings and other private events. Celebrate summer at their Family Farm Festival on June 16 with ripe strawberries, hay rides, duck races, and more. Their strawberry patch is now located at 494 Ipswich Road in Boxford.
tAngerini’s sPring street FArm | 139 Spring St, Millis, MA |
They provide containers to pick your own strawberries, peas, blueberries, raspberries, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, corn, and more. Open daily 9 am to 9 pm throughout the summer. Scenic walking trail open to the public from dawn to dusk daily. verrill FArm | 11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA | This 200-acre farm has strawberries and flowers available for picking. They also have specialty foods, a bakery, and kitchen that offers soups, entrees, and pies. Restrooms, handicap accessible, and a tented area for picnics. Check online for their detailed harvest schedule. wArds Berry FArm | 614 South Main St, Sharon, MA | Their pickyour-own season kicks off with their fresh crop of strawberries. Blueberry season starts in July and runs through Aug. Pay by container, based on size. Perennials and hanging and bedding plants available through spring and summer.
westwArd orchArds FArm stAnd | 90 Oak Hill Rd, Harvard, MA | Thirty-two miles west of Bos-
ton, this orchard is nestled in the rich soil of Nashoba Valley. Pick your own apples and blueberries from 9 am to 4 pm daily except for Tues. Outdoor picking may close due to extreme weather conditions.
4TH ANNUAL WALTHAM RIVERFEST 2012 JUNE 15 - 17TH • Moody Street Bridge • Downtown Waltham
A Celebration of Art, Music, Food & Culture!
Friday: 3-hour starlight canoe paddle by Charles River Recreation @ 7 p.m. Saturday: Three Stages of Music, Art Vendors on the Moody Street Bridge, Farmer’s Market Also join us for the Diamond Family Circus at 11 a.m. and a puppet theatre show!
Sunday: Join us for a Pet Parade at 11:00 a.m. and a Guided River Walk at noon! Performing at the Landry Park Stage:
Friday: Charlotte Locke Band, The Brooks Young Band, The Liz Borden Band Saturday: Sarah Burill, Adventure Set, Rick Berlin with The Nickel & Dime Band, Andy Pratt, Peter Parcek, Ron Noyes Band, Death by Fame.
Live Musical Performances including local musicians, dancers and artists through out the weekend.
A Special Thanks to Our Local Sponsors FrEE app W/Qr coDE
www.walthamriverfest.com • Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
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Fairs & festivals
Saint Anthony’s Feast, North End
Get hands-on at these arts, crafts, and antiques fairs featuring handmade goodies from artisans and craftsmen across New England (most of ’em have music and eats, too)! JUNE 16 THROUGH 17 — OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE MUSIC AND ART WEEKEND | Old Sturbridge Village, One Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge | osv.org JUNE 16 THROUGH 17 — OLD DEERFIELD SUMMER CRAFT FAIR | Memorial Hall Museum, Memorial St, Deerfield | deerfield-ma.org JUNE 17 — LETTERPRESS GUILD NINTH ANNUAL PRINTING ARTS FAIR | Museum of Printing, 800 Mass Ave, North Andover | museumofprinting.org JULY 7 — THE GREAT BRUSH OFF | Cotuit Village Green, Main Street, Cotuit | cahoonmuseum.org JULY 11 THROUGH 15 + SEPTEMBER 5 THROUGH 9 — BRIMFIELD’S HEART-O-THE-MART | 28 Route 20, Brimfield, MA | brimfield-hotm.com JULY 20 THROUGH 21 — ARTBEAT 2012 | Davis Square, Somerville | somervilleartscouncil.org/artbeat/2012 AUGUST 1 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3 — VERMONT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS | Downtown Mad River Valley, 4061 Main St, Waitsfield, VT | vermontartfest.com AUGUST 3 THROUGH 6 — NANTUCKET HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION ANTIQUES SHOW | Bartlett’s Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Rd, Nantucket | 508.228.1894 AUGUST 2 THROUGH 4 — GLOUCESTER SIDEWALK BAZAAR | Main Street, Gloucester | capeannvacations.com AUGUST 4 THROUGH 12 — 79TH ANNUAL LEAGUE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE CRAFTSMEN’S FAIR | Mount
Sunapee Resort, 1398 Rte 103, Newbury, NH | nhcrafts.org AUGUST 9 THROUGH 11 — LOWELL QUILT FESTIVAL | Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St, Lowell | lowellquiltfestival.org AUGUST 11 THROUGH 12 — MYSTIC OUTDOOR ART FESTIVAL | Mystic Chamber of Commerce, 2 Roosevelt Ave, Mystic, CT | mysticchamber.org AUGUST 18 THROUGH 19 — 32ND ANNUAL GLOUCESTER WATERFRONT FESTIVAL | Stage Fort Park, Hough St, Gloucester, | capeannvacations.com
They’re going to need a bigger boat . . .
AUGUST 9 THROUGH 12 — JAWSFEST: THE TRIBUTE | Four-day fest coinciding with Universal
Studios’ 100th anniversary, celebrating the iconic Cape movie, Jaws. Special activities include a character look-alike contest, movie re-enactments, shark conservation events, parties, panel discussions, and more | Locations
across Martha’s Vineyard | $295 all-access bracelet; $45 general admission | jawstribute.com
. . . and they can find that boat right here
JULY 30 THROUGH AUGUST 6 — OPERATION SAIL AND TALL SHIPS BOSTON | More than 50 tall
ships from around the world dock in Boston for a week of parades, harbor tours, and educational programs. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston | bostoncentral.com/
events/special/p12167.php AUGUST 25 THROUGH 26 — 30TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL | 40-plus
vintage boats on display. Activities include “The Blessing of the Fleet,” boat parade, crafts fair, live music, and more | Brewer Hawthorne
Cove Marina, 10 White St, Salem | by-the-sea. com/bacbfestival AUGUST 31 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2 — GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL | With races, a
parade of sails, deck tours, public sails, and more | Gloucester Harbor, 19 Harbor Loop No. 2,
Gloucester | capeannvacations.com/schooner
This summer, we feast!
If we have to choose between squeezing into a teeny-weeny bikini or letting loose at all the huge feasts we’ve come to look forward to every summer, well, that’s what sarongs are for, right? And muumuus . . . and . . . hell, just pass the sausage and get it over with!
AUGUST 2 THROUGH 5 — FEAST OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT | Holy linguica! The largest Portuguese festival in the country celebrates its 98th year with tons of food, three stages of music, a parade (on Sun at 2 pm) and a giant midway | Madeira Field, 50 Madeira Ave, New Bedford |
portuguesefeast.com AUGUST 18 THROUGH 19 — 102ND FISHERMAN’S FEAST OF THE MADONNA | Boston’s “oldest con-
tinuing Italian festival,” this annual event is based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century. The feast, which celebrated its 101st anniversary last year, boasts food from a number of North End eateries and culminates in the procession of the Madonna | North End Park,
Commercial St, Boston | fishermansfeast.com AUGUST 24 THROUGH 27 — 93RD ANNUAL ST. ANTHONY’S FEAST | The “Feast of Feasts” starts
with a procession on Friday evening and continues through the weekend with authentic Italian-American food from over 100 pushcarts throughout the North End and live entertainment all four days | North End Park, Commercial
St, Boston | saintanthonysfeast.com
More food fests for thought
And speaking of chowing down, don’t miss the awesome food-centric festivals all across New England this summer. From lobster and chowder to blueberries and beer, consider your appetite officially whet. JULY 1 — 31ST ANNUAL CHOWDERFEST | We know — thick, steamy chowdah isn’t exactly at the top of your must-have list as you sweat bullets, sticking your head in the freezer every 10 minutes, in your third-floor walk-up in July. But, sometimes we must suffer for art . . . or something like that. If you can handle the heat, Chowderfest is one of those strange and wonderful Boston Continued on p 70
RUTH AND CARL J. SHAPIRO FILM PROGRAM
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The Last Fall Discussion with director Matthew A. Cherry follows screening. FRI, JUNE 15, 7 PM
High Chicago A discussion with director Alfons Adetuyi and writer Robert Adetuyi follows screening. SAT, JUNE 16, 3:15 PM
Paul Goodnight: The Prime Time Image Maker Discussion with director Dennis Salumu and artist Paul Goodnight follows screening. World premiere. CLOSING NIGHT: SUN, JUNE 17, 5 PM
The Contradictions of Fair Hope Discussion with director S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order) follows screening. The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Adobe Foundation. Media sponsor is
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summer things that seasoned city-dwellers like us just can’t turn down. Competitors this year include: Scholars American Bistro, Waterline, Anthem Kitchen + Bar, Barracuda Tavern, Clancy’s Restaurant, and Four Green Fields | City Hall Plaza, Boston | bostonhar-
borfest.com/chowderfest.html JUNE 16 THROUGH END OF OCTOBER — FOOD TRUCK FESTIVALS OF NEW ENGLAND | Check the schedule
JUNE 22 — CHEFS IN SHORTS | Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston | 617.385.4212 or seaportboston.com JUNE 30 — SANDWICH FEST | Jarves St, Sandwich | sandwichchamber.com/sandwichfest.php JULY 13 THROUGH 15 — 30TH ANNUAL MOXIE FESTIVAL | Lisbon Falls, One Main St, Lisbon Falls, ME | moxiefestival.com JULY 20 THROUGH 22 — 47TH ANNUAL YARMOUTH CLAM FESTIVAL | Downtown yarmouth, Main St, yarmouth, ME | clamfestival.com AUGUST 1 THROUGH 5 — 65TH ANNUAL MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL | Harbor Park, One Harbor Park, Rockland, ME | mainelobsterfestival.com AUGUST 3 THROUGH 4 — 30TH ANNUAL WILTON BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL | Downtown Wilton, One Main St, Wilton, ME | wiltonbbf.com AUGUST 3 THROUGH 5 — 28TH ANNUAL CHARLESTOWN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL | Ninigret Park, 4890 Old Post Rd, Charlestown, RI | charlestownrichamber.com/ seafoodfestival.html AUGUST 25 THROUGH 26 — 27TH ANNUAL TASTE OF LITCHFIELD | Harwinton Fairgrounds, Locust Rd, Harwinton, CT | litchfieldfestivals.com SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH 2 — 18TH ANNUAL MOUNT SNOW BREWERS FESTIVAL | Mount Snow, 39 Mount Snow Rd, West Dover, VT | mountsnow.com
Music to our ears
Sure, there are almost too many good shows this summer to keep up with, but sometimes, all you need is a solid summer music fest. We got your weekend music plans right here. JUNE 14 THROUGH 17 — THE 38TH BLISTERED FINGERS FAMILY BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL | Bluegrass, lots and lots o’ bluegrass | Litchfield Fairgrounds, Litchfield, ME | $10-$25; $70 for weekend | blisteredfingers.com JULY 6 THROUGH 8 — GREATER NEW BEDFORD SUMMERFEST | International folk music — and arts — festival | New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, 13 Hamilton St, New Bedford | $20; $25 weekend pass | newbedfordsummerfest.com JULY 14 THROUGH 15 — GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL | Franklin County’s premier summer music event with two stages for live music, activities, food, and more | Greenfield Community College, One Col-
lege Drive, Greenfield | $60; $75 advance weekend | greenriverfestival.com JULY 22 THROUGH 24 — HOT STEAMED JAZZ FESTIVAL | Smokin’ piles of jazz, served hot and fresh | Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, One Railroad Ave, Essex, CT | ticket prices TBA | hotsteamedjazz.com JULY 27 THROUGH 29 — LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL
DE PARTME NT OF DE FE NS E PHOTO By S E AMAN SHANNON H E AV I N, US NAV y, RE LE AS E D
online for locations. Up next, Charlestown (Pier 4) on June 16 | foodtruckfestivalsofne.com
fests, this year’s — already sold out, bummer — line-up includes My Morning Jacket, Of Monsters and Men, Deer Tick, Conor Oberst, Tune-Yards, The Head & The Heart, and many more | Fort Ad-
ams State Park, Newport, RI | SOLD OUT | newportfolkfest.net AUGUST 2 THROUGH 5 — PODUNK BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL | It might be straight country, but this
thing draws a crowd with four days chock full of regional and national bluegrass | Dodd Stadium, 14
Stott Ave, Norwich, CT | $12-$94 | podunkbluegrass.net AUGUST 24 THROUGH 26 — AMERICAN FOLK FESTIVAL
| Four stages of multicultural folk music, plus art, food, and more | Bangor Waterfront, 40 Harlow St, Bangor, ME | $10 suggested donation | americanfolkfestival.com
Who needs Rio?
We’ve got our own version of Carnival out on the Cape this summer. And, uh, it’s Space Odyssey themed. Win.
| Largest free folk festival in the country, y’all! |
AUGUST 12 THROUGH 18 — PROVINCETOWN CARNIVAL: “PTOWN: A SPACE ODYSSEY” | Provincetown
of the summer’s most hotly anticipated music
throughout Provincetown | ptown.org/carnival.asp
Downtown Lowell, 338 Merrimack Street, Lowell | Free | lowellfolkfestival.org JULY 28 THROUGH 29 — NEWPORT FOLK FEST | One
Blistered Fingers Fest, Litchfield ME
turns into space station filled with parties, boat cruises, pier dances, live music, and more revelry galore. Better save your energy. All street festivities are free | Locations
Here there be sheep
Break out yer overalls, because these down-home town fairs and farm fests tend to get a little muddy. But the weather is fine for a little country bumpkin revelry, no? JULY 14 THROUGH 22 — ANNUAL MAINE POTATO BLOSSOM FESTIVAL | The mighty potato! Celebrate
it with mashed-potato wrestling, potato-blossom pageants, potato-picking contests, and more hearty activities | Downtown Fort Fairfield, 18 Com-
munity Dr, Fort Fairfield, ME | fortcc.org JULY 21 THROUGH 28 — BARNSTABLE COUNTY FAIR
| All the usual county fair . . . fare. Rides, games, animals, vegetables, food, and more | Barnstable
County Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy, East Falmouth | barnstablecountyfair.org AUGUST 17 THROUGH 18 — 250TH HARDWICK COMMUNITY FAIR | Colonial-style country fair with an agricultural theme. Recipe and lumberjack contests, pony rides, scarecrow contest, frog jumping, fresh produce and homemade good for sale, and more | Hardwick Town Common, Petersham Rd
and Barre Rd, Hardwick | hardwickfair.com
America the bee-yoo-ti-ful
Sure, this country’s seen some better days, but Lady Liberty knows we still love her. She’s a grand old dame and deserves to be toasted as such this Independence Day season with food, booze, parades, fireworks, and more food and booze, probably.
JUNE 28 THROUGH JULY 4 — 31ST ANNUAL BOSTON HARBORFEST (AND CHOWDERFEST) | City Hall Plaza, One City Hall Plaza, Boston | bostonharborfest.com JULY 3 — GLOUCESTER HORRIBLES PARADE AND HARBOR FIREWORKS | Parade starts at 6 pm at Gloucester High School and the grand fireworks display goes off at 9:30 pm over Gloucester Harbor, Gloucester | capeannvacations.com
JULY 3 THROUGH 4 — BOSTON POPS 4TH OF JULY SPECTACULAR | Concerts both nights and fire-
works at the Esplanade on the Charles River, Boston | july4th.org
JULY 3 THROUGH 4 — BLOCK ISLAND FIREWORKS, PARADE, AND STEAK FRY | Fireworks both days,
parade (July 4) starts at Legion Park, Block Island, RI | centralrichamber.com/fireworks.htm
JULY 3 THROUGH 4 — OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION | Old Sturbridge Village, One Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge | osv.org
JULY 4 — MANCHESTER BY THE SEA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE | Starts at 10 am at Manches-
ter-Essex High School, 36 Lincoln St, Manchester |
capeannvacations.com JULY 4 — PROVINCETOWN PARADE AND FIREWORKS | Parade begins at 11 am in the East
and the fireworks start at dusk in downtown Provincetown | ptownchamber.com/calendar-of-
events/#july JULY 4 — ROCKPORT FIREMEN’S PARADE | Starts at Rockport High School, Rockport | capeannvacations.com JULY 4 — BRISTOL FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS AND PARADE | “America’s Oldest 4th of July Celebration” in downtown Bristol, RI | july4thbristolri. com JULY 21 — 22ND ANNUAL AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL | American Independence Museum, One Ladds Ln, Exeter, NH | independencemuseum.org
JULY 29 THROUGH AUGUST 5 — NEWBURYPORT YANKEE HOMECOMING | Locations throughout downtown Newburyport | yankeehomecoming.com
Trot the globe this summer
But, you know, figuratively. Because plane tickets are really expensive. And we’re all broke. Luckily, you don’t need a passport or a disposable income to taste some other nations at these traditional ethnic festivals. JUNE 16 THROUGH 17 — GERMAN-AMERICAN CLUB’S OKTOBERFEST IN JUNE! | Boylston Schul-Verein, 8 County St, Walpole | germanclub.org/events/ger-
JUNE 21 THROUGH 24 — PROVINCETOWN PORTUGUESE FESTIVAL | Downtown Provincetown, Provincetown | provincetownportuguesefestival.com JUNE 27 THROUGH JULY 1 — ST. PETER’S FIESTA | St. Peter’s Square, Gloucester | stpetersfiesta.org JULY 13 — FRENCH CULTURAL CENTER’S 37TH BASTILLE DAY | 53 Marlborough St, Boston | frenchculturalcenter.org
JULY 19 THROUGH 22 — 29TH ANNUAL JAPANAMERICA SOCIETY & NEWPORT BLACK SHIPS FESTIVAL | Newport, RI | newportevents.com/ Blackships
JULY 21 — 19TH ANNUAL GLASGOW LANDS SCOTTISH FESTIVAL | Look Park, 300 North Main St, Florence | glasgowlands.org AUGUST 12 — CHINATOWN AUGUST MOON FESTIVAL | Chinatown Gate, 8-10 Hudson St, Boston | chinatownmainstreet.org
AUGUST 18 — WORCESTER LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL | City Hall, Worcester Common, Worcester |
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Charlton Flea Market
CHARLTON FLEA MARKET | 26 Trolley Crossing Road, Charlton, MA | charltonflea.com | General, year-round, flea market located at Ye Olde Trolley Crossing. The market is mostly antiques and collectibles. Groceries available as well. Visitors are advised to shop on Sunday, when both buildings are open. Outdoor market open Sat and Sun from 7 am to 3 pm. Indoor market open Sun only, same time. Free. Restrooms and a snack bar available.
DOUGLAS FLEA MARKET | 436 Northeast Main St, Douglas, MA | douglasflea.com | Indoor and outdoor
vendors selling antiques, collectibles, farm collectibles, new and used merchandise, hand-made crafts and produce. Market located in the historic dairy barn. Snack bar and restrooms. Free parking. Open Thurs 3-7 pm, weekends 9 am-5 pm and federal holiday Mondays 10 am-2 pm. Free Admission.
GRAFTON FLEA MARKET | 296 Upton St, Grafton, MA | 508.839.2217 | graftonflea.com | In operation for
more than 40 years, this indoor and outdoor market boasts hundreds of exhibitors on 14 acres, plus concession stands. Open seasonally every Sun from 6 am to 4 pm. Admission $1, free for children.
LANCASTER FLEA MARKET | 1340 Lunenburg Rd, Lancaster, MA | lmpflea.com | The 70-acre facility hous-
es hundreds of indoor and outdoor vendors selling crafts, antiques, collectibles, electronics, clothing, auto parks, and more. Don’t miss the “Lady Lancaster” cooked-to-order concession stand, where breakfast is served just the way you like it from 11:30 am until 3 pm, starting at just $1.99. Open Sunday 8 am-4 pm. Admission $2, $1 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under. Free parking.
RAYNHAM FLEA MARKET | 473 South Street West, Raynham, MA | 508.823.8923 | raynhamflea.
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com | There’s something for everyone in this
57,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor market, even if it’s just the five snack bars. Open Sun 8 am-5 pm. Admission $1, half-price for seniors, children 12 and under are free. Half-price early bird special until 9 am. Restrooms and full restaurant on the premises.
RIETTA RANCH FLEA MARKET | 183 Gardner Rd, Hubbardston, MA | 978.632.0559 | riettafleamarket. com | More than 500 dealers. General flea market
and fresh produce. Wheelchair-accessible. Open on Sun from 6 am to 3 pm, through Nov, rain or shine. Free admission/parking.
SOUTH END OPEN MARKET | 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA | sowaopenmarket.com | Referred to as the
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Album Release Signing June 12th!
SoWa Market, this hip outdoor shopping experience is like no other in Boston. Vendors change every week, offering original art, antiques, bread, produce, flowers, hand-made accessories, clothing, and much more. Open every Sun through Oct 28 from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission and parking.
TODD FARM FLEA MARKET | 285 Main St, Rowley, MA | toddfarm.com | The field at Todd Farm is full of
vendors selling antiques, jewelry, recordings, fishing rods, golf accessories, honey products, plants, and more. Open on Sun, when the field is dry, through Nov from 5 am to 3 pm. Free parking.
WELLFLEET DRIVE-IN FLEA MARKET | 51 State Hwy Rte 6, Wellfleet, MA | 508.349.0541 | wellfleetcinemas. com/flea-market | Up to 300 vendors. Food, restrooms, and playground available on premises. Beer garden opens for business at noon. Open on Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun, and all Mon holidays from 8 am to 3 pm through Aug. Admission varies from $1 to $3 per car-load and day.
Special events JUNE 16 THROUGH 17 — OLD DEERFIELD SUMMER CRAFT FAIR
rial Hall Museum, Memorial St (off Rtes 5 and 10), Deerfield, MA, Boston, MA | 413.774.3768 | www. deerfield-ma.org JULY 11 THROUGH 15 — BRIMFIELD’S HEART-O-THE-MART | This antique
show is 20 fields large and houses 500 vendors: if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, then it probably doesn’t exist. Admission $5. Opens at 9 am, but many line up early. No pets. | Brimfield Heart-
O-The-Mart, 28 Route 20, Brimfield,
Market, 10 Palmer Rd., Brimfield, MA | 413.245.9271 JULY 13 THROUGH 14 — J&J PROMOTIONS ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW | More than 700 DEERFIELD-MA.ORG
| This summer festival hosts family-friendly craft demos, live music and shopping. Find handmade quilts, dolls, baskets, dried flower arrangements, pottery, jewelry, and more. Open on Sat 10 am — 5 pm, on Sun until 4 pm, rain or shine. Admission $6, $1 for children under 12. | Memo-
The Lion The Beast The Beat The New Album Featuring the songs Never Go Back and Stars Available June 12th at Newbury Comics
Pets discouraged. | May’s Antique
Old Deerfield Summer Craft Fair MA | 413.245.9556 JULY 12 THROUGH 14 — MAY’S ANTIQUE MARKET | Approximately
600 exhibitors from all over the nation. Antiques and collectibles. May’s Antique Market offers a hearty selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Open from 9 am–7 pm, rain or shine. Admission $5.
dealers. Food pavilion with dining area. Open on Fri from 8 am–4 pm, and on Sat from 9 am–3 pm. Admission $5 on Fri, free on Sat. Parking $6 per car, $10 for larger vehicles. Rain or shine. No pets. | Brim-
field Heart-O-The-Mart, 28 Route 20, Brimfield, MA | 413.245.3436 AUGUST 3 THROUGH AUGUST 6— NANTUCKET HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION ANTIQUES SHOW | This an-
tiques show houses approximately 40 exhibitors. Evening preview on Aug 2. Open for sales on Fri and Sat from 10 am–5 pm, and on Sun until 4 pm. Call for ticket information. |
Bartlett’s Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Rd, Nantucket, MA | 508.228.1894
ON TOuR All YEAR gracepotter.com
Album Release Signing Newbury Comics 5:30pm The Garage Mall 36 JFK Street Cambridge, MA 02138 Ph. 617.491.0337
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Fort Phoenix Beach State reServation | Green St, Fairhaven, MA | 508.992.4524 | mass. gov/dcr/parks/southeast/ftph.htm | From I-195,
take Rte 240 south to Rte 6 west. The 23-acre beach park offers swimming in Buzzards Bay, scenic views, basketball and tennis courts, picnicking, and a gazebo. No lifeguards on duty. Fort Phoenix was the site of the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War, on May 14, 1775. The Elizabeth Islands are visible from the shore. Limited restrooms available. Open daily from 8 am to 6 pm. Free parking. SaliSBury State Beach | Off Rtes 1A and 110,
Salisbury, MA | 978.462.4481 | salisbury-beach. org/salisbury-beach.html | Salisbury has nearly
four miles of ocean beach. Facilities include wheelchair-accessible bathhouses with showers and toilets, a public-access boat ramp, and campgrounds. Boating and fishing are also available. Lifeguards on duty from 10 am to 4:45 pm. Parking is available for $7. Stage Fort Park | Hough St, Gloucester, MA | essexheritage.org | Half Moon Beach and Cressy’s Beach, at Stage Fort Park, are on Gloucester Harbor. They share a bathhouse, snack bar, and parking lot. Half Moon Beach is smaller and great for families, while Cressy’s is a more natural, rocky beach. Visitors can bring a grill for beach barbecues. Dogs are welcome in the park. Parking $10 on weekdays, 15$ on weekends. vineyard haven | Martha’s Vineyard Chamber
of Commerce, 24 Beach St, Vineyard Haven, MA | 508.693.0085 | mvy.com/Visitor_Information/ Beaches.aspx | Public beaches face Vineyard
Sound. All are open to and free for the public. — Lake Tashmoo Town Beach, at Herring Creek
on Lake Tashmoo, transformed from a lake into beach after the 1938 hurricane opened it up to the Vineyard Sound. Lifeguards on duty. — Owen Park Beach, off Main St, has gentle surf. Lifeguards on duty. Near the ferry and business district. — Tisbury Town Beach, on Owen Little Way, is next to the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.
Beaches stocked with snack bars, restrooms, activities on-site, recreation nearby, and more BarnStaBle and hyanniS | 141 Bassett Ln, Hyannis Youth and Community Center, Hyannis Port, MA | 508.790.6345 | hyannis.com | All beaches
are accessible from Rte 28. Listed below are sites with parking available for nonresidents. All are wheelchair-accessible. Beginning in late June, lifeguards are on duty daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Parking lots are open 9 am to 9 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day; fees are collected until 3:45 pm. Restrooms close at 4:30 pm. Parking $15 per day, $50 per week, $200 for the season. Handicap parking permits are $5. You must have a license to fish. — Craigville Beach, on Craigville Rd, has a snack bar and restrooms. Known for muscle builders. Moped rentals available. — Kalmus Park, off Beach Ocean St in Hyannis, has a bathhouse, a snack bar, and restrooms. Popular with windsurfers. Short walk from downtown Hyannis. — Orrin Keyes Beach (a/k/a Sea Street Beach), on Sea Street in Hyannis, is a quiet beach at the end of a residential street and attracts a local crowd. It has a bathhouse, a snack bar, and a
volleyball area. — Sandy Neck Beach, off Rte 6A in West Barnstable, gets its name from its six-mile shoreline. It offers a bathhouse, a snack bar, and restrooms. — Veterans Park, off Ocean St in Hyannis, has a bathhouse, a snack bar, a picnic area with grills, a playground, a volleyball area, and toilets. Family friendly. BrunSwick | Off Rte 24 (Cook’s Corner), Bruns-
wick, ME | 207.725.6009 | thomaspointbeach. com | Thomas Point Beach is a sandy beach
and nature preserve overlooking Thomas Bay. Besides the basic lifeguard, changing, toilet, and shower facilities, Thomas Point also has a playground, softball, volleyball, horseshoe play areas, bike trails, snack bar, gift shop, arcade, a lodge, and camping areas. Open daily from 9 am to sunset through September. Admission $3.50, children under 12 $2, free for children under 3 and seniors over 80, seniors $2 on weekdays. Check online for admission specials. demareSt lloyd State Park | Barney’s Joy Rd, South Dartmouth, MA | 508.636.3298 | mass. gov/dcr/parks/southeast/deml.htm | From Rte 195, take exit 12 south. This 1800-foot beach offers fishing, bicycling, walking, riding, and picnicking. The tame waters of Buzzards Bay make it ideal for families with children. Bathrooms and cold showers available. Open through Labor Day, 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 8 am to 6 pm weekends and holidays. No pets allowed. eaSton’S Beach | 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI | eastonsbeach.com | Equipped with an aquarium, snack bar, beach store, playground, carousel, bumper boats, and skateboard park, this white-sand beach is one of the most popular in the area for families with children. The
ever-popular “beach bounce” is closed for the season, but the carousel is open 10 am to 6 pm daily through Sept 5. Bathhouses, umbrellas, and surfboards are available for rental. Parking $10 per weekday, $15 to $20 on weekends; lots close at 9 pm. Season passes $40 for residents, $80 for non-residents. FreePort | Staples Point Rd, Freeport, ME | 207.865.4198 | visitmaine.com/region/portland/ freeport | Winslow Memorial Park Camping & Public Beach is a public beach with full-service facilities. It offers picnic areas, camp sites, a playground, hiking trails, fishing, and boating opportunities. Open from 8 am to 30 minutes after sunset through Columbus Day. Day-use fee for Freeport residents $2 and for non-residents $3. Parking $4, $10 overnight. hammonaSSet Beach State Park | 1288 Bos-
ton Post Rd, Madison, CT | 203.245.2785 | ct.gov/ dep/hammonasset | Two-mile beach, with
facilities for biking, picnicking, camping, fishing, and carry-in boating, plus concessions. Hammonasset also offers a walking trail, interpretive programs, and a nature center featuring regular programs and exhibitions. Open daily from 8 am to sunset. Parking $15, $22 on weekends, $7 daily if entering after 4 pm. hamPton State Beach | Rte 1A, Hampton, NH | 603.926.8717 | hamptonbeach.org | Stretching along two miles of New Hampshire coastline, this is the mostly land-locked state’s largest public waterfront area, featuring free nightly entertainment, fireworks displays, beachfront movie nights, and more. The Hampton Beach shoreline offers everything from rocky tide pools and gentle waters to a stronger surf. The Hampton Beach RV park offers saltwater fishing and a public dock. Snack bars, arcade
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games, and restaurants occupy the boardwalk. Firstaid station, bathhouses, and restrooms available. Metered parking available along the beach, and a brand-new parking facility at the Beach Fire Station offers daily rates of $5 - $10 on weekdays and $10 $15 on weekends. Overnight parking is $15. Weekly passes(24 hour parking, Sat-Fri) go for $75. horSeneck State Beach | Rte 88, Westport Point, MA | 508.636.8816 | mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/ hbch.htm | This two-mile beach is located at the western end of Buzzards Bay. A bathhouse with toilets and showers, a public boat ramp, and picnic tables are available. The breezy locale makes for excellent wind surfing. Fishing, bird watching, and bicycling are also great options. Regular camping season is from mid-May through mid-October. Lifeguards on duty. Open daily from 8 am to 8 pm.
promenade near the edge of Nahant Bay is open year-round for walking, jogging, and bicycling. A mile-long range of sand dunes runs parallel to Long Beach, and tide pools at Red Rock Park teem with marine life. Ball fields, racquetball courts, and tennis courts are available near the Nahant Rotary. The park headquarters at Ward Bathhouse offers a tot lot and restrooms. Public swimming at Long Beach and King’s Beach. Lifeguards supervise parts of Long Beach during July and August. Beach open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Fees assessed for parking at Long Beach between 8 am and 6 pm from May through Sept. On the MBTA, take the Blue Line to Wonderland and the bus #441 or #442. From Central Square, take bus #439 to the rotary near the bathhouse. nantaSket Beach reServation | Nantasket Ave
(Rte 3A), Hull, MA | 617.727.5290 | mass.gov/dcr/ parks/metroboston/nantask.htm | Luring tourists for
almost two centuries, Nantasket is one of Boston’s oldest beach reservations. Paragon Park, an oldfashioned amusement park, once drew teenagers from all over metropolitan Boston. Its carousel still stands — thanks in part to the fundraising efforts of Neutral Milk Hotel, oddly enough — along with a bandstand and food concessions. Typical summer events include concerts and public dancing lessons. Restrooms and outside showers are also available. Lifeguards on duty from late June through early Sept. Open year-round from sunrise to sunset. north Shore (nantucket) | Nantucket Island
Chamber of Commerce, Zero Main St, Nantucket, MA | 508.228.1700 | nantucketchamber.org/visitor/beach. html | All beaches face the Nantucket Sound.
— Brant Point is an easy walk or bike ride from town. Since there’s no lifeguard and a strong undertow, only experienced swimmers are advised to brave the waves. Brant Point Lighthouse area provides a calm spot to sit amid the rough waters. No public parking. — Children’s Beach is ideal for, surprise, small children. Park, playground, game tables, picnic tables, restrooms, and food service available. Free concerts on Thurs and Sun from 6 to 7:30 pm. T-shirt tie-dyeing on Fri at noon from mid July to Aug, sponsored by Nantucket Parks and Recreation Commission. — Dionis Beach is three miles from town by bike. Protected by a small range of sand dunes, it offers calm waters for swimming, with lifeguards, showers, and restrooms. — Francis Street Beach, a five-minute walk from Main St, features calm harbor waters for swimming and a jungle gym. Kayak rentals available. No lifeguard. No public parking — Jetties Beach is an easy bike ride from town, or NRTA shuttle service is available every half-hour. This beach has a beautiful boardwalk, and lifeguards, changing rooms, and a playground make it perfect for families. A concession stand, public tennis courts, volleyball nets, a bathhouse, and restrooms are also provided. Windsurfing, sailboat, and kayak lessons and rentals are available. old orchard Beach | Rte 1, Old Orchard Beach, ME | 207.934.2500 | oldorchardbeachmaine.com | Seven miles of soft and white sand along Rte 1. The carnival atmosphere, pier, bars, and takeout food attract mostly tourists. Throughout the summer, enjoy amusement-park rides, free concerts, street dances, weekly fireworks, arcades, beach sports, and Canadian tourists clad in Speedos. For the ocean savvy, canoe and kayak tours and rentals are available, as well as lobster-boat tours and deep-sea fishing. Lifeguards on duty. Bathhouse with showers and changing area. Street parking is available in varied locations. Private lots average $15. ScuSSet Beach State reServation | 20 Scusset
Beach Rd, Sagamore Beach, MA | 508.888.0859 | mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/scus.htm | Located
in Sandwich at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal, this 380-acre beach park offers swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, bicycling, and camping. Bathhouse, toilets, and a snack bar are available. Parking is very limited, so try to get there early, and carpool.
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lynn ShoreS and nahant Beach reServation | Lynn Shore Dr, Lynn, MA | 781.485.2803 | mass. gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/lynnshores.htm | A
BoSton harBor iSlandS | Boston Harbor Island Partnership, 408 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA | 617.223.8666 | bostonharborislands.org | Swimming
is allowed at island beaches on Grape, Bumpkin, Peddocks, Spectacle, and Lovells islands. Lifeguards on duty only at Spectacle Island, which has a sandy swimming beach. The other shorelines mainly have cobbled beaches (the one at Lovells Island is popular). Camping, picnic tables, and hiking trails at some locations. Open daily from 9 am to sunset; check online or call for ferry schedule and cost. Ferries for the 2012 season start on May 5th. No docking for private boats. The Boston Harbor Islands are an official National Recreation Area under management of the National Park Service. Ask rangers about swimming locations and water quality caStle iSland | Day Blvd, Boston, MA | 617.727.5290 | mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/castle.htm | This popular 22-acre urban park isn’t really an island, but rather the eastern point of the peninsula that juts into Boston Harbor. Castle Island is dominated by Fort Independence, a five-bastioned granite structure built between 1834 and 1851, but it also offers a supervised swimming area, fishing, picnic tables, a tot lot, restrooms, first aid and life guard functions, and concession stands. Open year-round. Fort Independence is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Hours vary. Limited parking available. Plum iSland | Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (off Rte 1 and I-95), Newburyport, MA | 978.465.5753 | plum-island.com | Plum Island offers miles of long sandy beach with fishing holes and a strong surf. Refuge beach closed at least until July to protect the nesting piping plovers. Until then, there are hiking trails through marshes and dunes, observation towers, and other areas for bird watching. Bring insect repellent and arrive early — the parking lots can fill up by 8 am and the gates reopen only every two hours. Parking available for a fee at Sandy Point, the Wildlife Refuge, and private lots. Open year-round from sunrise to sunset.
Surf’s up . . . great swimming — and water sports — here
chatham | Chatham Community Center, 702 Main St, Chatham, MA | 508.945.5175 | town.chatham. ma.us | Chatham beaches face Nantucket Sound and
are accessible from Rte 28. Exit at Cockle Cove Rd, Ridgevale Rd, or Harding Beach Rd, and you’ll find gentle surf within walking distance of restrooms and a snack bar. The beach areas in the eastern part of town tend to have a stronger current, so check surf advisory beforehand. Lifeguards on duty from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Children under 10 must be supervised. Parking passes are available at the beach, but only cash is accepted. Parking by permit $15 per day,
$60 per week, $125 for the season. Select beaches, like Forest Beach, offer free, but limited parking. Lighthouse Beach has no lifeguards. chilmark | Town Offices, 401 Middle Rd, Chilmark, MA | 508.693.0085 | mvy.com | Menemsha Beach is the only public beach in Chilmark. It is located on Basin Rd, off North Rd, facing the Vineyard Sound. It’s a gentle beach with clear, bright water, and it offers the best sunset on Martha’s Vineyard. Restrooms available. Alcohol permitted. Close to many seafood markets and restaurants. Limited free parking. denniS | Rtes. 6A and 28, Dennis, MA | 508.398.3568 | dennischamber.com | Dennis beaches face either Cape Cod Bay (those off Rte 6A) or Nantucket Sound (those off Rte 28). Both sides have restrooms, lifeguards, snack bars, first-aid stations, and swimming areas with tame waters. The town’s only bathhouse is located at West Dennis Beach, on Nantucket Sound. Most beaches have boardwalks and mobile snack bars. Daily beach stickers are $20 for weekdays, $25 on weekends and holidays. Weekly passes cost $75. eaStham | Rte 6, Eastham, MA | 508.240.7211 | easthamchamber.com | Eastham has two National Seashore beaches, Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light Beach, on the Atlantic Ocean side off Rte 6. Coast Guard Beach is known for its great surf, and Nauset Lighthouse is a famous Cape Cod landmark. Both have restrooms and a snack bar. Lifeguards on duty from late June until the last week of August. Parking is $15 per day, $45 for a season pass. mooSe Point State Park | 310 West Main St, Se-
arsport, ME | 207.548.2882 | stateparks.com/moose_ point_state_park_in_maine.html | The beach may be
rocky, but there are plenty of swimming and tidal pools to be explored, not to mention hiking trails, a picnic area, and views of Penobscot Bay. Open through Sept 30. Included on Maine State Parks season pass, a minimal day-use fee is charged. narraganSett town Beach | 39 Boston Neck Rd,
Narragansett, RI | 401.789.1044 x658 | narragansettri. com/beach.htm | Located in the heart of Narragansett
is a half-mile of fine white sand with long-breaking waves ideal for body-surfing and surfboarding. Lifeguards are on duty. Open through Labor Day weekend. Restrooms, a snack bar, a bathhouse, pavilions, and a clubhouse available. Admission $6, free for children under 11. Parking $10 on weekdays, $15 weekends. Season parking passes for residents only. oak BluFFS | Beach Rd, Oak Bluffs, MA | 508.693.0085 | mvy.com/Visitor_Information/Beaches.aspx | All beaches are accessible from Beach Rd, and all are open to and free for the public. — Eastville Beach, at the bridge between Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven, is a popular fishing spot and close to downtown. — Oak Bluffs Town Beach has calm, shallow water. Beach begins near the Steamship Authority dock and ends at the first jetty heading toward Edgartown. Lifeguards on duty. Restrooms available. — Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach (a/k/a Bend-in-theRoad Beach) is connected to Oak Bluffs Town Beach by a small inlet, giving it clear, mild waters. Lifeguards on duty in the Edgartown section only. Ac-
cessible by bike trail. ScarBorough | Rte 1, Scarborough, ME | 207.730.4000 | scarborough.me.us | Scarborough is home to some of the most famous surf areas in the world, thanks to painter Winslow Homer, but there are also a few sunbathing spots within the rocky coastline. Parking lot hours are 8 am to 5 pm unless noted otherwise. — Higgins Beach, off Rte 77. Large waves make this beach popular with surfers and teenagers. No lifeguards or facilities, but you can get to Scarborough Beach on foot. Parking is $5. — Pine Point Beach, East Grand Ave. At the northern end of Old Orchard Beach, Pine Point has white sand, dunes, and dune grasses. It also offers a snack bar, toilets, and ample parking, for $5 per day or a season-long pass ($60) for both Pine Point and Ferry beaches. No lifeguards, though. — Scarborough Beach, Black Point Road (Rte 207) near Prout’s Neck. White sand beach with low sand dunes, changing rooms, toilets, lifeguards, and 285 on-site parking spaces. Parking fills quickly on weekends. Admission $4 adults, $2 children, free for seniors (65+). Open from June 16 through Aug 10, 9 am to 8 pm; Aug 11 through Sept 15, the beach closes at 7 pm. — Ferry Beach, Black Point Road (Rte 207). Long, wide beach with toilets and some parking (see above, Pine Point Beach, for fees). No lifeguards.
Scenic views Bar harBor Eagle Lake Rd, Bar Harbor, ME |
207.288.3338 | nps.gov/acad | At 290 yards, Sand
Beach at Acadia National Park is not a very large beach. But with rock walls on two sides and a perfect southern exposure, it is one of the most beautiful you will ever encounter ... as long as you don’t mind water temperatures that rarely exceed 55 degrees. There are restrooms but no concessions. Entrance passes for the park cost $10 to $20 per vehicle or $5 per individual and are good for seven days. glouceSter | Department of Public Works, 28 Poplar St, Gloucester, MA | 978.281.9785 | gloucester-ma.gov | Gloucester beaches are off the far northern reaches of Rte 128. Another way to get there is to take a ferry or train to the North Shore and then hop a Cape Ann Transportation Authority bus to East Gloucester. No alcohol, pets, or littering. They have a strict “Carry In, Carry Out” policy — leave only footprints. — Good Harbor Beach, Thatcher Road (Rte 127A), features a bathhouse and snack bar. Limited parking, $20 weekdays, $25 weekends and holidays. Parking is limited, so come early. — Half Moon Beach and Cressy’s Beach, at Stage Fort Park, are on Gloucester Harbor. They share a bathhouse, snack bar, and parking lot. Half Moon Beach is smaller and great for families, while Cressy’s is a more natural, rocky beach. Visitors can bring a grill for beach barbecues. Dogs are welcome in the park.
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Parking $10 on weekdays, $15 weekends and holidays. — Wingaersheek Beach, on Atlantic Street, is on the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay. It has interesting tide pools to investigate and kid-safe rocks to climb, and downtown Gloucester is within walking distance. Snack bar, bathhouse, and parking lot available. Limited parking, $25 weekends and holidays, $20 weekdays. Ferry Beach State Park | 95 Bayview Rd, Off Rte 9, Saco, ME | 207.283.0067 | stateparks.com/ferry_beach_ state_park_in_maine.html | This 117-acre park of white sand between the Saco River and Pine Point gets its name from the ferries that once lined the beach. Some black gum trees, rare at this latitude, grow here as well. Nature trails accompanied by a listening guide explain this phenomenon. The rest of the park’s facilities are fairly primitive, offering only a drinking fountain and pit toilet. Open from sunrise to sunset. Admission $4 for residents, $6 non-residents and $2 for seniors. Open through Sept. Singing Beach | 119 Beach St, Manchester, MA |
978.526.7276 | manchester.ma.us/pages/manchesterma_recreation/singingbeach | This beautiful beach
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is named after its singing sands and breezy tide. The parking lot is small and fills up quickly; non-residents can only park there Mon through Thurs starting June 11th, for $25 per day, but the Manchester Station on the Rockport Commuter Rail is a half-mile walk to the beach. The area boasts a recently renovated bathhouse and snack bar. Lifeguard on duty. Regulations against alcohol, nudity, and pets are strictly enforced. Open 9 am to 5 pm in early June; hours extend to 7 pm from June 11 through Labor Day. South Shore (nantucket) | Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, Zero Main St, Nantucket, MA |
508.228.1700 | nantucketchamber.org/visitor/beach.html | All beaches face the Atlantic Ocean (i.e., south).
— Cisco Beach is a four-mile bike ride to the end of Hammock Pond Rd Powerful surf, no facilities. Lifeguard on duty. — Madaket Beach, famous for its sunsets, is accessible by a shuttle from town or a six-mile bike ride on paved path. Heavy surf and lifeguards. Restrooms on site and food available nearby. — Surfside, located at the end of Surfside Rd, is the most popular spot on the island. A good family beach, it offers picnic areas, lifeguard, restrooms, showers, and a snack bar. The wide beach is perfect for beach games and surfcasting in the evening. Current can be strong. Ample parking for cars and only a two-mile bike ride from town. wellS | Rte 1, Wells, ME | 207.646.5826 | wellstown. org | The town of Wells boasts seven miles of oceanfront, much of it sandy and picturesque. Public restrooms are available and lifeguards are on duty daily, June through Labor Day. Parking is $16 a day ($8 after 12 pm) or $75 for 10 days; overnight parking is prohibited. — Wells Beach. Parking is available at the end of Mile Road and at the end of Atlantic Ave. — Drake’s Island Beach. A long, sandy beach that tends to be less crowded than Wells Beach. Limited parking in lot at the eastern end of Drake Island Rd. — Crescent Beach. A lesser-known section of beach located between Wells and privately owned Moody Beach. Parking at Gold Ribbon Ave lot, from Webhannet Dr.
Sunbathe at your own risk . . . crane Beach 290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA |
978.356.4354 | thetrustees.org/pages/294_crane_ beach.cfm | Take exit 20A off Rte 128 North and
follow to Rte 133 East. Then take Northgate Rd to Argilla Rd. The popular four-mile beach abuts the grounds of the Great House on Castle Hill (the Crane Estate), where rolling green lawns are open to the public. Toilets (appropriately), a bathhouse (ditto), a picnic area, and a snack bar are available. Bring insect repellent — the greenheads, especially in late July, bite hard, and make it almost unbearable to stay. In season life guards and rangers on duty. The beach and grounds are both open year-round from 8 am to sunset. Come early, as the parking lot often fills up by 11 am. Parking $25 on weekends, $15 on weekdays. Admission for bikers and hikers $2. Admission halved after 3 pm.
Salty water, saltier beachgoers . . . locals only mostly revere Beach Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA |
781.289.3020 | mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/ revere.htm | By subway, take the Blue Line to Revere Beach or Wonderland. By car, just take the Revere Beach Parkway. Revere has been an oasis to city dwellers for more than 100 years. It offers fishing, a bandstand for summer concerts, a tot lot, and plenty of fast-food restaurants (including the legendary Kelly’s). Lifeguards are on duty beginning in late June until early September. Open year round from sunrise to sunset. Plymouth Beach | Warren Ave (Rte 3A), Plymouth,
MA | 508.747.1620 x134 or | plymouth-ma.gov/Public_ Documents/PlymouthMA_EnvironManage/beach | The original site of Plymouth Rock, where the Pilgrims allegedly landed in 1620, this beach is located about three miles south of Plymouth Center. It draws a mostly local crowd. Restrooms, a bathhouse, and a snack bar are available. Open daily 9 am to 7 pm, through Sept 5. ScarBorough State Beach | Ocean Rd,
Narragansett, RI | 401.789.2324 north. | riparks. com/scarborough.htm | Take I-95 South to Rte 108
South. Beautiful, long beach, backed by dunes and marshes. Lots of big hair, gold chains, and tight swimwear on display here. Lifeguards on duty. Scarborough State Beach offers a pavilion, picnic tables, hot showers, and a concrete boardwalk with gazebos and an observation tower. Wheelchair-accessible beach and restrooms. Open daily through Labor Day from 9 am to 6 pm. Parking $20, $28 weekends.
Provincetown | Rte 6A, Provincetown, MA | 508.349.3785 | nps.gov/caco | Provincetown beaches
are part of the Cape Cod National Seashore and are accessible from Rte 6. An alternative to the $15 daily parking fee is the Provincetown shuttle bus, which travels 6A every 20 minutes and costs $2. Entrance fee for pedestrians is $3. — Herring Cove has a bathhouse, lifeguards, toilets, and a snack bar. The near left section of the beach is predominantly lesbian, the far left predominantly gay, and if you wander even further left, you enter the nude beach area. — Race Point Beach faces the ocean. But for the flying fishing lines, it is considered one of the most tranquil beaches on the Cape. Bathhouse and toilets are available, and there is wheelchair access.
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the big hurt Music news in brief BurnT Beef, Bono’s Billions, BloTTo BillBoard, anD BieBer’s Balls. _By D av iD T ho rpe BieBerwatch! Last we heard of the lad,
Scooter Braun confirmed — after extensive hands-on palpation and scrotal Ben Wa Balling, no doubt — that Bieber’s balls had dropped. Now, they’re freewheeling around town all willy-nilly, and he’s saying “swag” on tracks and punching photographers and shit. Rumor has it that he recently peeped a bra, and may imminently attempt to do sex on a lady. Watch this column for further genital speculation. I’m not fully down with the latest surge of Bono resentment; it’s a little nauseating that his private equity firm (his private equity firm) made a killing on its Facebook stock, but that’s just the fair payoff from a wise investment. Don’t lose sight of the real reasons to resent Bono’s wealth: resent it because he initially got filthy rich off garish arena rock tours and soulless chart-bait like “Vertigo” and “Beautiful Day”; resent it because he spends a fraction of it on designer dipshit wine-cooler-tinted shades (dude shops at Bartles & Frames). Several news outlets implied that the profit from Elevation Partners’ Facebook investment would go directly and immediately into Bono’s pockets, pushing him past Paul Mccartney as the world’s richest musician; Bono and Elevation’s representatives deny this, saying it will go back into businessey stuff. Still, the bean counters at NME couldn’t help throwing a few kicks to Bono’s ribs when Facebook’s stocks fell a few percent: “U2’s Bono could lose $342 million after Facebook shares plummet,” screamed a slightly gleeful headline — ha! That stupid broke idiot only made slightly less than two billion dollars instead of slightly more than two billion dollars!
The hottest beef in the rap game isn’t exactly fresh — it’s been aging like a fine steak for a while now — but it’s finally being served up sizzling: Clipse legend Pusha-t has dropped a withering dis on lil wayne, Drake, and the Young Money family, and Wayne has issued an immediate response. In case the vagaries of beef are foreign to your ear, let me Rap Genius these tracks for you really quick. In Pusha’s “Exodus 23:1” (a reference to a passage that warns against bearing false witness), Pusha-T implies that Drake and Lil Wayne are being screwed in business by their pyramid-scheme label structure; he tells them that they don’t have any real friends in the business; he suggests that they’d be better off selling drugs; he asserts that despite Lil Wayne’s self-styled gangster image, he’s never really been involved in serious crime. In “Ghoulish,” Lil Wayne provides a point-by-point rebuttal, as follows: fuck Pusha-T, I’m Lil Wayne, I’m Lil Wayne, I’m Lil Wayne, I am going to kill Pusha-T, I’m Lil Wayne. Let’s call it a tie. One point against Pusha, bringing us back to my conspicuously tortured beef metaphor from a couple paragraphs ago: he begins the song with the lines “Beef is best served like steak/well done, get a gun in your face.” Who in their right mind thinks steak is best served well done? Fire your chef, dude. ^
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In other drunken Billboard antics: the biz mag reported that the guitarist from 3 Doors Down will be leaving the band; “Guitarist Chris Henderson and drummer Greg Upchuch will continue to tour.” Upchuch? How would that be pronounced, exactly? I suspect this wonderful misspelling of the drummer’s name could be a subtle puke reference. Get help, Billboard.
Billboard reports that rihanna is set to release a third fragrance. While that sentence would sound disgusting in a non-celebrity context, we can quickly apprehend that they’re talking about a perfume; it’ll be called Nude, and she’s promoting it with — you may have already guessed it — naked pictures of herself. So giddy was Billboard at the news that they couldn’t help getting a little drunk: “The 24-year-old star is covered by her arms, ash [sic] she gives the camera a saucy stare.” The next paragraph explains the inebriated slurring: “The sure-tobe-delicious new perfume launches next year.” Yes: Billboard has been drinking perfume.
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LOUD AND pROUD SATUrDAy | We personally could not be more proud of the way Boston turns it out every year for Pride Week, especially for the annual Pride Parade, the height of the festivities and arguably one of the country’s biggest — and best — pride parades (look out New York!). This year’s theme is “Celebrating 30 Years of Worldwide Pride Movement” (in honor of the annual InterPride conference, which Boston is set to host this fall), so we’re thinking the fun level of today’s revelry is going to be ratcheted up even higher. The parade kicks off in Copley Square, and ends at City Hall where we get to keep the party going with a huge Pride Festival. copley square at clarendon and Boylston sts, Boston | noon | free | bostonpride.org/parade
good CHrIStIAn bItCH F FrIDAy | Bummer for KRISTIN CHENOWETH that her show GCB got canceled, but we’re sure the Grammy-winning singer, Broadway star, and comic actress won’t have much trouble finding work. Chenoweth brings her sassy, irreverent spark to every role, from GCB to her portrayal of a drunk ex-diva on Glee. But this real-life diva’s talents lie first and foremost in her voice (she played the original Glinda in Wicked). She owns the stage tonight at the Opera House.
Boston opera house, 539 washington st, Boston | 8 pm | $32-$234 | bostonoperahouse.com
bASS-tAStIC F SATUrDAy | Bass monster VICTOR WOOTEN — perpetual poll winner, long-time Béla Fleck Flecktone, and sideman to many others — takes his doublerelease of new albums, Words & Tones (vocal) and Swords & Stone (instrumental), on the road with singer Krystal Peterson and multiinstrumentalists J.D. Blair, Derico Watson, Anthony Wellington, Steve Bailey, and Dave Welsch. Expect instrumental derring-do marked by choreographed mid-song changeups. Hometown heroes CLUB D’ELF open. Paradise rock club, 967 comm ave, Boston | 8 pm | $22.50 | ticketmaster.com.
F strunG out + handGuns + teneBrae | August 3 at the Middle East downstairs, Cambridge | $18 | On sale Friday at 10 am | ticketweb.com
F GotYe | September 22 at the Bank of America Pavilion, Boston | $39.50-$45 | On sale Friday at 10 am | livenation.com
budS In bAndS F WEDnESDAy | This
is Brooklyn lady-fronted outfit FRIENDS’ second time playing Brighton Music Hall in less than three months. This time they’re headlining. Wanna bet they’re rocking the ’Dise in another 3 months? We’d make that wager, because if these kids are anything, it’s upwardly mobile. This particular group of Friends hit it hard, with dance-floor ready jams just angsty enough to appeal to fringe kids and beat-lovers alike.
Brighton Music hall, 158 Brighton ave, allston | 8 pm | $10 | ticketmaster.com
F GriZZlY Bear | September 22 at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston | $33.50 | On sale Friday at 10 am | ticketmaster.com
juSt EnougH rIgHt on tImE F THUrSDAy 14 | Union Square Roundtable just wrapped a four-year residency at P.A.’s and is embarking on the next chapter. It begins with “TOO MUCH TOO SOON,” featuring funnyman EUGENE MIRMAN (Bob’s Burgers), local singersongwriter KRISTIN HERSH (Throwing Muses), and zany musical duo COTTON CANDY (featuring Mark Robinson of Teenbeat Records) as house band, for a night that promises to be as quirky as we’ve come to expect.
Brattle theatre, 40 Brattle st, cambridge | 7:30 pm | $25; $20 students, seniors | brattlefilm.org
F the walkMen | October 19 at Royale, Boston | $23 | On sale Friday at noon | boweryboston.com
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F MICHAEL BRONSKI | Discussion and signing of A Queer History of the United States | Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge | June 7 @ 7 pm | 617.499.2000 F DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL | All-day, indoor-outdoor celebration showcasing dance as a positive force for social change | Harvard Square, Cambridge | June 9 from noon- 10 pm | harvardsquare.com
F PRIDE AND POETRY | Celebration of poetry by gay men hosted by Boston poet laureate Sam Cornish | Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston | June 9 @ 10:30 am | sites. google.com/site/prideandpoetry2012 F THE BIg qUIz THINg | Live trivia with $200 cash prize |
Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge | June 11 @ 8 pm | cluboberon.com F AKASHIC RECORDS | Funk and jazz | Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston | June 12 @ 9 pm | churchofboston.com F THE CRINgE + gABRIELA MARTINA + STEVE BRANSON TRIO | Jazz | Middle East corner, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge | June 14 @ 9 pm | mideastclub.com
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cRYstAL-bALLinG the best upcominG eVents the world and the surreal, imaginative, and profound possibilities of film animation. Some of the shorts offered are Tram from Prague’s Michaela Pavlatova, which in true, black-comic Czech fashion investigates the erotic possibilities of everyday routines; Chinti, in which Russian filmmaker Natalia Mirzoyan uses animated tea leaves to depict an ant’s determination in recreating the Taj Mahal; and from England, Francesca Adams’s Bertie Crisp, which demonstrates the ups and downs of being a bear married to a bunny. It takes place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline | 2:15 pm | $10 | 617.734.2501 or coolidge.org.
ThurSDAY 7 MAY THE FANS BE WITH YOU |
Imitation is the sincerest form of fanboy flattery, hence the rationale of STAr WArS: UNcUT, a project that divided up the original film into 15 second segments and distributed them to deserving devotees, inviting them to remake the scenes as they saw fit. It’s a kind of Exquisite Corpse with droids and light sabers. Some contributors added their own extra touches, including garnishes from the pop cultural universe such as Moe the Bartender and the Dude from The Big Lebowski. Needless to say, the quality is variable, but the intentions are as pure as a Jedi’s heart, and the overall effect is very entertaining, if not mindboggling. It screens at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge | 8 pm | $10 | 617.876.6837 or brattlefilm.org.
MODErN LOVE | As the old joke
goes, “What does a lesbian bring on a first date? . . . A moving van. Bah-dum ching! Follow that quick-to-commit logic to the other end of the story and you could end up with something like BREAK UP NOTEBOOK: A LESBIAN MUSICAL, opening tonight in celebration of Pride Week. The play, winner of the 2006 Ovation Award for World Premiere Musical, features graduate students in the Boston Conservatory’s MFA Musical Theater degree program and tells the age-old story of love lost through very modern devices including Match.com, 12-step programs, and various sexual adventures. That’s at the Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St, Boston | June 7-10; tonight @ 8 pm | $25; $15 seniors; $10 students | bostonconservatory. ticketforce.com.
FriDAY 8 BEAUTY IN MOTION | Seen
that Bare Essentials makeup commercial with the tagline “pretty is what you are, beauty is what you do”? Cheesy as hell, sure, but it’s also very true, and a notion that many women would do well to remind themselves of. That sentiment is likely at the heart of Six One Seven Dance Collective’s “SkIN DEEp: A pErFOrMANcE ExpLOrATION IN BEAUTY” tonight at the Armory. Six One Seven collaborated with guest artists to create this showcase of performance demonstrating various interpretations of beauty though music, theater, poetry, and spoken word. Beauty through accomplishment indeed. That’s at the Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville |
MonDAY 11 NIC OF TIME | At last it can be
F Fans of dreamy, soaring odes like “Somewhere Only We Know” will be pleased with KEANE’s latest effort, Strangeland (Island). The Sussex indie-crooners’ fourth studio album marks the band’s return to their roots: the simple, melodic indie-rock of 2004’s Hopes and Fears. They’re joined by fellow Brits MYSTERY JETS at the House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston | June 12 @ 7 pm | $35-$49 | livenation.com. June 8-9 @ 8:30 pm; reception pre-show @ 8 pm | $21-$24 | brownpapertickets.com.
SATurDAY 9 WATEr WOrLDS | Acclaimed
nature photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams’s black-and-white landscapes are instantly recognizable. So there’s a reason many of his prints are so often seen on walls belonging to discerning college students and young professionals alike — they’re classic. ANSEL ADAMS: AT THE WATER’S EDGE is an exhibit of his work with the title element: seascapes, babbling brooks, towering waterfalls, violent rapids, and placid ponds alike — all marked by Adams’s signature atmospheric touch. It opens today and is on display through mid-fall at the Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem | June 9-October 8 | $15; $13 students, seniors | pem.org.
HE’S GOT THE FUNk | BErNIE
WOrrELL might be best known as one of the founding members of Parliament-Funkadelic, but
the award-winning keyboardist and composer has a lengthy resume that extends far beyond grooving with George Clinton (as if that weren’t enough). Worrell has collaborated, recorded, and toured with the likes of Talking Heads, Keith Richards, Bootsy Collins, and Mos Def, to name a few. Tonight, you can catch him headlining his own gig, along with his orchestra, at Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St, Somerville | 9 pm | $15 | johnnyds.com.
SunDAY 10 STrEET FOOD! | It seems hard to
believe there was ever a time that people were skeptical of food-truck fare. No longer is “street meat” the greasy, questionably sourced stuff of late-night drunken food cravings, never to be eaten sober or before 2 am. No, today, food trucks are mobile meccas of gourmet dining, staples on the mid-week lunch scene in metropolises across the country. Testament to their ever-growing popularity are the FOOD TrUck FESTIVALS OF NEW ENGLAND this summer, the first of which kicks off today at UMass.
The fest features more than 50 local trucks, including Roxy’s, Momogoose, Redbones, Boston Superdogs, Cupcake Mojo, and more. That’s at the UMass Boston Campus Center, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston | noon-4 pm | $35 | foodtruckfestivalsofne.com.
pUT A rING ON IT | According to People, Beyoncé is the world’s most beautiful woman. At least, this year. And while that title is a matter of opinion (remember that brouhaha last year when People named Bradley Cooper “World’s Sexiest Man” and then all these rabid Ryan Gosling fans were all like oh no you didn’t?), it cannot be denied that Jay-Z’s number one girl is possessed of a singular talent. The ladies of Babes in Boinkland, the Glitter Bombs, and more pay tribute to that talent tonight in TO INFINITY AND BEYONcé, a burlesque performance featuring the music — and likely the booty shaking moves — of the title diva. That’s at Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge | 8 pm | $18-$23 | cluboberon.com. FEMME FILM | It might not be easy to pronounce, but WOMANIMATION! is a must-see event, celebrating female filmmakers from around
said — NIcOLAS cAGE: GrEATEST AMErIcAN AcTOr. To back up those immortal words, the Brattle presents a retrospective of his most memorable performances, which, given the crazy shit he’s done on screen, should be good. It starts tonight with Martha Coolidge’s Valley Girl (1983; 7:30 pm, Tuesday @ 5:30 + 9:30 pm), his first leading role, in which he plays a punk wooing the title girl. He’s a bit rougher around the edges in the Coen Brothers’ Preston Sturges-like wacko comedy, Raising Arizona (1987; Monday @ 5:30 + 9:30 pm, Tuesday @ 7:30 pm) in which he plays a rube who conspires to kidnap an infant. That’s at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge | $9.75; $7.75 students; $6.75 seniors | brattlefilm.org
TuESDAY 12 THAT’S LIFE | The meaning of
life? Yeah, you could say it’s a weighty topic. One that’s been plaguing humans since the dawn of time . . . or at least since the first caveperson put two sticks together, made fire, and a sentient thought sparked in his tiny caveperson brain. If anyone is up to the task of grappling with said question, however, it might be jILL LEpOrE. The Harvard prof and author has been doing as much throughout her career, both teaching history to her students and penning thoughtful pieces as a contributing writer for the New Yorker. She gets right down to the meat of it in her newest book THE MANSION OF HAPPINESS: A HISTORY OF LIFE AND DEATH (Knopf), a smart, funny, and not-a-little-angry look at the way the human life span has been controlled, managed, and ultimately cheapened. Lepore discusses the book at Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge | 7 pm | free | portersquarebooks.com.
WEDnESDAY 13 kILL EM’ WITH AWESOMENESS |
The last time that our pick for Mississippi in the Phoenix “50 Bands 50 States 2011” issue BASS DrUM OF DEATH was in town, they were playing the Middle East with the still relatively under-the-radar Japandroids. Now Japandroids are blowing up the Interwebz and our iPods with what many are already heralding as the best album of the year. So what have our favorite down-South duo been up to? Probably still wowing crowds with their brand of loud, head-busting garage-meets-surf rock. We’re excited to catch up with them tonight, hopefully to be wowed anew, when they storm through town with DZ DEATHrAYS to play Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston | 9 pm | $12 | ticketweb.com.
ThurSDAY 14 DIVErSITY IN FILM | The best way to kick off the busy summer film festival season is to take in the 14th ANNUAL rOxBUrY INTErNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, the largest such event celebrating people of color in New England. It opens tonight with The Last Fall by Matthew A. Cherry, a drama about a young NFL hopeful torn between the ups and downs of a pro football career and the love and responsibility of a family. It screens at the Museum of Fine Arts and will be followed by a Q&A with the director. The festival runs through June 17 with screenings at various venues, including the MFA, The Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Northeastern University, the Coolidge Corner Theatre, and the Haley House Bakery Café. The MFA is at 469 Huntington Ave, Boston | 7 pm | $11; $9 students; seniors | roxburyinternationalfilmfestival.org. cOOkIN’ | No, we’re not talking
pancakes and foie gras, we’re talking jazz, as in the cOOkErS, a fearsome all-star aggregation of post-bop veterans who, last time they were in town, tore the roof off Scullers with their hellacious blowing. The band do play material that harks back to their namesake — a legendary live album by Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan— but what makes them a vital entity is the mix of tunes by some of their key members: saxophonist Billy Harper, pianist George Cables, and bassist Cecil McBee. The band is rounded out by group founder David Weiss (trumpet), trumpeter Eddie Henderson, saxophonist Craig Handy, and drummer Billy Hart. That’s at Scullers, DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston | 8 + 10 pm | $28 | 617.562.4111 or scullersjazz.com.
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film One Hal Of a situatiOn ridley Scott’S titanic new alien metamorPhoSiS _By Peter Ke o ug h
XXX PROMETHEUS DiRecteD bY RiDLeY scott. WRitten bY john spaihts + Damon LinDeLof. With noomi Rapace, michaeL fassbenDeR, iDRis eLba, Logan maRshaLL-gReen, anD chaRLize theRon | 20th centuRY fox | 119 minutes AT BOSTON COMMON + FENWAY + FrESh PONd + hArvArd SquArE + EMBASSY + ArliNgTON CAPiTOl + SuBurBS
The best films in the Alien series, Ridley Scott’s original and James Cameron’s pluralized follow-up, didn’t bother much with pondering the meaning of it all. The only film that did so, Alien 3, is the worst. But in the first two the characters were too occupied with escaping unthinkable terror to stop and discuss the things that really bother a guy, like, why is this happening? Still, deep within, these films harbored the urge to probe ultimate questions. What they really wanted to be was 2001: A Space Odyssey. In Scott’s monumental and busy return to the franchise, he tries to do both: make us have deep thoughts even as he scares us shitless. The title, for example, refers to the myth of the Titan who stole fire from
the gods, gave it to humans, and lived to regret it. It could also allude to The Modern Prometheus, the subtitle of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the archetypal horror story in which the creature is driven to find out why his creator made him in the first place. Even if, as the scientist Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) suggests here, it was simply “because he could.” But first, let’s start with the dawn of man, as a giant guy who looks like a ripped version of Marvel’s the Watcher drinks something nasty. Next, we’re in a cave on the island of Skye in 2089, where Dr. Shaw (Noomi Rapace), beating Werner Herzog to the punch, has discovered a cave painting 35,000 years old. Turns out it’s just one of many such scattered about the earth, each with a diagram of a star system. And so, instructed by a hologram of the late Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce ), founder of the infamous Weyland Corporation, Shaw and Holloway, her colleague and boyfriend, ride the title star ship to the planet on the ancient maps. Their mission: unravel the mystery of life. Well, good luck to them. Before they encounter a truly spectacular, three-ring circus of a shitstorm, as they hobnob with the rest of the crew for a satisfying hour or
Aliens: A History AliEN | “be forewarned: sleep won’t come easily the night you see Alien. there hasn’t been a movie this scary since Jaws, and nothing else in the science-fiction genre can touch it; it turns your muscles into cole slaw. it’s also kind of dumb.” | stephen schiff, may 29, 1979 | Three chestbursters AliENS | “Warrant officer Ripley and a team of marines hitch up their flame throwers and grenade launchers to take on an entire army of oozing, teeth-baring creepycrawlies. james cameron understands what the makers of the Friday the 13th potboilers have long forgotten — that true horror buffs want a sense of revelation mixed into the brew. between the shocks and the thrills, the showdown between human good and supernatural evil, we want to taste a little awe.” | owen gleiberman, july 22, 1986 | Three and a half chestbursters AliEN3 | “as suggested by the title, Alien3 has taken the premise of its predecessors and made a
CAlliNg riPlEY Vain, treacherous, spiteful, compassionate — android david (michael Fassbender) has more personality than the rest of the crew combined. so en-route, the question arises: do we care about any of these people? The redoubtable Ripley is unavailable, having not yet been born, but the combination of plucky Shaw, still clinging to the cross her father gave her as a child even as her scientific research offers herore reasons to abandon it, and Vickers (Charlize Theron), the glacial, whip-cracking corporate overseer, almost adds up to Sigourney Weaver’s iconic alien asskicker. And predictably, the next most interesting character is the android David; though supposedly soulless, he has more personality than all the other members of the crew. Played by Michael Fassbender as a cross between C-3PO and Lawrence of Arabia (it’s David’s favorite movie), he shares the all-too-human qualities of vanity, treachery, spite, and compassion. No
wonder we root for him. Unfortunately, none of these points-ofview offer much focus for the onslaught of catastrophes, wonders, gross-outs, and sometimes witty, sometimes pat allusions to many other movies besides 2001 and the others in the series. It’s exhilarating, but also distracting. If someone is battling a beast equipped with scores of sprouting vaginae-dentatae, or if a zombie shows up at the front door and crushes your skull, or a giant phallic parasite engages in oral rape — not to mention a birth scene that rivals that of Alien — the search for truth seems secondary. Now if Scott could somehow have spliced the DNA of the first movie with that of the Kubrickian masterpiece that he just can’t shake, then he’d have an Alien that was truly strange. ^
The Phoenix has been reviewing Alien movies for longer than any of us can remember. So we shaved an intern’s head, armed her with a flamethrower, and sent her into our gooey archives vault; she didn’t make it back, but we recovered these scraps from old Phoenix reviews near a slime trail leading away from a femur bone.
formula of it. ‘now what do we do?’ is a recurring line of dialogue in the movie, and it probably echoes the filmmakers’ own refrain as they tried to come up with ways to make the audience jump. Which isn’t too often. . . . after all the dreary fuss and bother, Alien3 confronts the true horror — the purpose and meaning of human life — and finds it alien, all too alien.” | peter Keough, may 22, 1992 | Two chestbursters AliEN rESurrECTiON | “through the miracle of cloning — both the pseudo-scientific and the hollywood highconcept kind — Ripley and the big ugly bugs are back. Directed by jean-pierre jeunet, half the directing team behind the saucy, surrealist Delicatessen and City of Lost Children, Alien Resurrection is not so much a rebirth as a reconfiguration.” | peter Keough, november 26, 1997 | Three chestbursters AliEN vS. PrEdATOr | “predators have long used earth as an arena to stage their rite of passage, which is battling aliens who’ve
spawned in human hosts. throughout human history, it seems, predators have posed as gods and have even provided mankind with the cornerstones of civilization. so it’s been a trade-off. none of that matters now, though, as an intergalactic smackdown gets underway in a shape-shifting pyramid some 2000 feet below a polar ice cap. the ghoul-on-ghoul special effects do make their mark, but otherwise, in this contest, everyone’s a loser.” | tom meek, august 20, 2004 | One and a half chestbursters AliEN vS. PrEdATOr: rEquiEM | “paul W.s. anderson nearly killed both franchises with his first limp stab at pitting the parasitic ‘xenomorphs’ of the once-great alien series against a dreadlocked, vagina-dentata-mouthed refugee from the oncegood predator films. now along comes this continuation from special-effects veterans colin and greg strause to put them out of their misery.” | brett michel, December 31, 2007 | One half chestbursters
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Alien metAmorphoses A genetiC AnAlySiS oF the alien FRAnChiSe _By P e t eR K eou g h
Alien 3 
D: Ridley Scott
D: James Cameron
D: David Fincher
Alien: Resurrection 
cargo vessel investigates unknown signal; leaves with extra passenger.
Returned to civilization, Ripley helps investigate what happened to the colony on Acheron.
Ripley crashlands on a penal colony planet with a bun in the oven.
D: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Ripley and alien DnA merges; goes on killing spree.
Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? What the fuck is that? Why are we doing this again?
All of them
Times & Places
F2122 FUSCSS Nostromo (named for treacherous title character of a joseph conrad novel); uninhabited planet LV-426; shuttle Narcissus
F2179 FUSS Sulaco (probably named after the mining town in conrad’s Nostromo); Acheron (named after the “river of pain” in Greek mythology
F2179 Fplanet Fiorina 161, aka “Fury”
F2381 FUSM Auriga, owned by Wal-mart, which bought out Weyland-Yutani in 2340 Fthe Betty, unregisterated pirate vessel
F2089 Fisland of skye FPrometheus, research vessel owned by Weyland coporation Fmoon LV-223
Rookie hero learning on the job
57 years asleep in a cryo tank leaves a bad taste in her mouth
Virgin birth ... and second coming
With alien powers, ready to try out for for The Avengers
just a glint in Ridley scott’s eye
science officer makes an Ash of himself
bishop shows that not all robots are defective — some are defectors
“if i’m not top of the line, i’d prefer to be nothing.”
even robots got religion
michael Fassbender is even prettier than peter o’toole
jones, the cat
newt, traumatized orphan and scrappy little survivor
the human race?
the worst case of reflux ever
French-kissed by a xenomorph
A chest cracked open like a lobster during an autopsy
brad Dourif’s ponytail
the logical outcome of anti-abortion legislation
“You are my lucky star.”
“Get away from her, you bitch!”
“this whole planet is a basement.”
“must be a chick thing.”
“imagine how disappointed you would be to hear that from your maker.”
Fhome-made blow-torches and cattleprods
Fsend in the marines! Fsuction
Fmeat cleavers FRunning away Fmolten lead
Fcontraband weapons and terrorist tactics Fsuction
Fself-medication FDumb questions Fusing your head
F2001 FStar Wars FHalloween FDark Star Fhieronymous bosch FMcHales Navy
FRambo FPlatoon FThe Warriors FThem! FHogan’s Heroes
FWaiting for Godot FDay of Wrath FThe Seventh Seal FMonty Python and the Holy Grail
FFrankenstein FThe Fly FFirefly
FLawrence of Arabia F2001 FThe Mummy FThe Odd Couple Fthe books of Genesis and Revelation
Fshah of iran deposed FAyatollah holds American hostages in teheran Fsoviet invasion of Afghanistan Fhree mile island FFirst American case of AiDs
Firan-contra scandal FChallenger explosion FPlatoon wins best picture oscar
Fclinton elected for first term FWar in bosnia Fjohn paul ii pardons Galileo Fpresident bush (elder) vomits on chinese premiere
Ftimothy mcVeigh sentenced to death FTitanic wins best picture oscar Fclinton starts second term Fclinton bars funding for human cloning
take your pick.
Real-world enemy aliens
FAyatollah Fsoviet aggression F AiDs
FWall street FciA Fmilitary industrial complex
FWomen FDead cattle Ftechnology FReason FLife
Fmotherhood Fscience Fthe Federal government Fthe Alien franchise
Fcorporations Fnon-believers Fbig white guys
FAlienation of labor Feuthanasia FDarwinism
Fcapitalism vs. socialism FFeminism FReproductive rights
FRape Fmisogyny FAbortion FFundamentalism Fthe Apocalypse
Fpatriarchy Fterrorism FRevolution Fidentity Fhumanity
FAll those from the pevious films . . . in 3D
D: Ridley Scott
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Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Jane Fonda riffs on her Hanoi Jane past in this Bruce Beresford comedy.
film FShort Takes XX Bel Ami
102 minutes | KenDALL sQuAre + west newton The title is the term of endearment given to a charming young reporter by a series of influential Parisian women. Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel about cunning climber Georges Duroy combined juicy sensuality with stinging social commentary, as scumbag journalists played footsie with corrupt politicians. This British production, helmed by theater directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, seems more concerned with getting period details in place than preserving the story’s power. Georges, whose handsome face hides ugly motives, is a complex role, and Robert Pattinson just doesn’t have —sorry, Rob — the fangs to pull it off. A worthy adaptation would have a soupçon of The Sweet Smell of Success. This one too often presents Georges as a stooge. The actresses fare better. Uma Thurman gives a comic edge — as well as intellectual heft — to Madeleine, the brain behind the byline of more than one male writer; and Christina Ricci is effervescent as fun-loving Clotilde.
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whole school high (get it? High school?) so no one will notice. Director John Stalberg aims to craft something that is both a John Hughes-like high school movie and a Cheech-and-Chong–style drug hijinks film, but he’s not committed enough to either — the token female love interest gets about six lines of dialogue while Adrien Brody’s drug dealer Psycho Ed feels like an outtake from a funnier movie. Instead, we’re left with another pandering pot movie that, based on the exaggerated speed with which the brownies take effect, comes from people who couldn’t tell a blunt from a bong.
XXW mADAgAScAr 3: euroPe’S moST wAnTeD
ing on the script. Here the Punch and Judy penguins, the flamboyant lemur king, and the lion, giraffe, zebra, and hippo quartet find themselves in Europe where the latter four join a traveling circus in the hope of getting back home to the Central Park Zoo. The animation kicks it up a notch, making good use of the 3D, and the narrative in general moves at a good clip. Directed by the triumvirate of Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, and Conrad Vernon, the animated adventure also features a kid stuck in an elephant’s ass, a lemur having sex with a bear, and Frances McDormand as the dogged French animal control officer Chantal Dubois, making for a witty howl that stretches the age range of its audience appeal.
93 minutes | boston common + fenwAY + fresh ponD + hArvArD sQuAre+ ArLington cApitoL + suburbs
XX noBoDy elSe BuT you
The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) collaborat-
A dried-up French crime novelist (JeanPaul Rouve) finds sudden inspiration for a new mystery in the true-life story of a TV weathergirl (Sophie Quinton). She based her rise to celebrity on an obsession with
french | 102 minutes | KenDALL sQuAre
XW DouBle TrouBle mAnDArin | 100 minutes | boston common + suburbs David Chang’s inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan. In film after film, Chan has played a bumptious, sweet, and astoundingly athletic hero engaged in some of the most brilliant sight gags since Buster Keaton. Double Trouble, on the other hand, involves lots of mugging, screaming, clumsy action, and a tinge of xenophobia and misogyny. The fact that it stars Chan’s son Jaycee makes the comparison all the more invidious. He plays Jay, one of the troubled doubles of the title, a moody guard protecting a painting at a Taiwan art museum. He’s paired with Ocean (Xia Yu), also a security guard, but from Peking; he’s in Taipei as a tourist and is even dumber than Jay. After various witless misadventures, Ocean ends up helping Jay recover the painting when it’s stolen by “foreigners.” So, China united against the West? Only with the goofy outtakes at the end does the film measure up to the classics of Chan the elder.
XW HigH ScHool 97 minutes | boston common + suburbs A pot comedy that won’t reward even the most easily satisfied stoner, High School is just as inane and ignorant as the Reefer Madness-style films it aims to satirize. We follow Henry and Travis, a valedictorian and a burnout respectively, who find themselves on the wrong end of a zerotolerance drug test. The solution: get the
Marilyn Monroe, including her apparent suicide. Or, as in the case of MM, was it, perhaps, murder? There’s nothing really wrong with this film written and directed by Gérald Hustache-Mathieu, except that the actors are not especially charismatic, and the narrative, though well-plotted, lacks any sustained excitement.
XXX PeAce, love & miSunDerSTAnDing 96 minutes | KenDALL sQuAre When her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) asks for a divorce, New York corporate lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener) takes her teenage children, brainy vegan Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Werner Herzog-wannabe Jake (Nat Wolff), up to Woodstock to meet her estranged mother (Jane Fonda), an unreconstructed hippie who lets chickens roam the house, grows pot in her basement, and still practices free love. Soon uptight Diane is skinny-dipping (with her underwear on) with a carpenter-musician (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), while Zoe and Jake are having their own summer of love in this borderline-geriatric tourist town, albeit one in which Chace Crawford plays the ethical butcher. Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) lavishes love on the Hudson Valley, but it’s Fonda’s show, riffing on her Hanoi Jane past and aided by firsttime screenwriters Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski’s ear for how both smart people and New-Agers talk.
XW Snow wHiTe AnD THe HunTSmAn 116 minutes | boston common + fenwAY + fresh ponD + hArvArD sQuAre + somerviLLe theAtre + chestnut hiLL + embAssY + suburbs
XXX HySTeriA 95 minutes | KenDALL sQuAre + west newton Struggling physician Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) has struck pay dirt assisting Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), whose London waiting room is packed with bourgeois housewives suffering from “hysteria.” But when all that “vulvar massage” gives Mortimer a case of carpal tunnel, he turns to his best friend, gentleman inventor and “deviant” Edmund St. John Smythe ( Rupert Everett), whose electric feather-duster might do the trick. Tanya Wexler’s enjoyable, fictionalized
period piece, which has no connection to Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), begins as a smug comedy about repressed Victorians but turns into something more provocative — particularly for women who came of age in the era of do-me feminism — as Mortimer meets a settlement house director (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who teaches him that “paroxysms” aren’t a high priority when you don’t have food, shelter, or affordable health care.
This grim special-effects juggernaut mucks around in the darker regions of the fairy tale. The dominant presence is Charlize Theron’s evil stepmother, a manhater who offs the king and imprisons his daughter. Once grown, Snow White (Kristen Stewart) escapes to the Dark Forest. Hers is not the old clichéd path towards romance, but the new clichéd path towards becoming a kickass girl warrior. Her huntsman mentor (Chris Hemsworth) is a more movie-bound archetype, the dissipated rogue ready for redemption. Stewart succeeds in conveying Snow White’s compassion (her Inner Beauty) without mushiness. Director Rupert Sanders revels in all that can melt, ooze, disintegrate, or swoop together (the queen’s cloak is made of ravens). The dwarves, played by top-notch British actors whose heads are affixed to small bodies, are an oasis of personality. Too bad Snow White blows past them en route to her swashbuckling finale.
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Coward’S Private Lives roarS again
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_By Stev e v ineB er g It wouldn’t be a stretch to call Noël Coward’s 1930 Private Lives the funniest play of the 20th century. Repeated viewings don’t diminish its dazzle: even if you know it well enough to anticipate the dialogue, when good actors read them, Coward’s banter and epigrams tickle you all over again. At the Huntington Theatre Company’s production directed by Maria Aitken (at the BU Theatre through June 24), my pleasure was enhanced by theatergoers behind me who didn’t know the play and greeted the best lines with delighted surprise. The play is a high comedy with a brilliant premise: Amanda (Bianca Amato) and Elyot (James Waterston), divorced for five years, find themselves on their second honeymoons in adjacent hotel rooms on the French Riviera. Upon seeing each other, they beg their respective spouses to take them away from this danger zone, but Victor (Jeremy Webb) and Sybil (Autumn Hurlbert) refuse. The inevitable occurs: Amanda and Elyot’s passion for each other is reignited and they run off together. In act two, at Amanda’s Paris flat, they reembark on a romance that is no more stable now than it was the first time around. A shared combination of resolute unconventionality, razor wit, selfindulgence, and impatience with the pettiness of ordinary life makes these two extraordinary creatures both kindred spirits and a match made in hell. Elyot and Amanda are by nature incapable of satisfaction: they know too much, about life and about each other. Some productions of the play have underscored the tragedy of ruined lives underneath the comedy, with variable success. Aitken barely hints at this level in the text, so her Private Lives lacks the depth I’ve seen in some others, but it’s far worse to err in the other direction and risk dampening the comedy. This version is hilarious from start to finish. Its weakness is a farcical broadness
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that shows up in some scenes, though at least Aitken and the two stars develop distinctive kinds of physical comedy — an approximation of the playful cutting up that Amanda and Elyot might engage in to entertain each other and guide each other over the tension that keeps surfacing, threatening to wreck their unwedded bliss. Hurlbert and Webb are both excellent when they don’t push (more his flaw than hers), but their vocal performances are sturdier than their physical ones. The quarrel that brings the second act to a rousing finish isn’t very convincing, and it’s awkwardly staged. Coward couldn’t resist making Sybil and Victor into caricatures of the sort of people you can only imagine Elyot and Amanda landing on in a desperate rebound impulse. (Five years may have passed since their marriage collapsed, but, though they don’t realize it until their fateful reencounter, they’ve never stopped loving each other.) Sybil is clingy and hysterical, Victor pompous and overbearing; both are territorial and — lethally — conventional. Hurlbert and Webb do much more with their roles than actors usually manage to, especially Webb, who brings an unexpected tenderness and melancholy to his thirdact scene with Amanda, after he and Sybil have hunted her and Elyot down in Paris. Aitken’s production is beautiful to look at, especially in the second and third acts, when the play shifts to Paris. Allen Moyer’s set is fronted by a scrim based on Dufy; as it flies up at the beginning of act two, behind it Waterston and Amato lie cross-hatched in an embrace on the divan as a befogged mirror upstage center reflects the chandelier above them, which is also silhouetted on the stage left wall. (Philip S. Rosenberg’s lighting is superb.) The lovely costumes are by Candice Donnelly, who must have had a grand time designing gowns for the sleek, slender Amato. This Private Lives makes for a charming evening. ^
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Let there be words
CHOruS prO MuSiCA’S HAYDN CreATiON
LOuDON WAiNWrigHT iii AgeS ApprOpriATeLY
_BY LLOYD SCHWArTz
_BY J ONATHAN D ONALD SO N The reason why Loudon Wainwright III drives us crazy is the same reason why we love him so much. Few singersongwriters have such flimsy boundaries around their personal lives or such lack of self-censorship. On 1971’s Album II, the then-25-year-old singer sang of the shame and self-pity of sneaking an underaged girl into his motel room (“Motel Blues”), and the hard facts of adjusting to life with a new baby (“Be Careful There’s a Baby in the House” — written before famous firstborn Rufus was around). He also sang of the assorted objects on an airplane (“Plane, Too”). In contrast to the extra coat of editorial finish that contemporary wise-kid Randy Newman put on his early work, the equally astute Wainwright was a young soul with frayed ends and loose synapses, as awed with love and sex as he was with the sheer stupidity of life itself. “I think that the everyday world is full of ridiculous, funny, terrible things; so hopefully the album is a reflection of that,” says Wainwright by phone from California. We’re talking about his latest effort, Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story Sound Records), which the singer enthusiastically refers to as a “full-frontal assault” on the age-old subjects of death and decay. On “In the Here and Now,” Wainwright flips through the pages of his life story and wonders how he got to the present tense. For “Ghost Blues,” he imagines his own memorial. Like a mischief-maker at an Irish wake, Wainwright spikes these songs with the same bite and humor he has for the past four decades. The Wainwright children are along for the ride; not to mention Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Chris Smither, and even Dame Edna Everage on the novelty duet “I Remember Sex.” Wainwright uses the guests and the laughter as a counterweight to his own musings, making the record sufferable, even fun. At 65, you might expect to read something about how the prolific and mercurial tunesmith has come to terms with
NICE PICTURES The images in this video-accompanied Creation were occasionally charming, but the absence of a printed text created its own distraction. Haydn cared about words. One of his late marvels, The Creation, his oratorio based on the Genesis story (from both the Bible and Paradise Lost), was inspired by Handel’s English oratorios. Haydn published the libretto in both German and singable English, which we occasionally get in this country, though 18th-century diction and syntax (“with verdure clad the fields appear”) pose challenges for both singers and audience. Listeners need all the help they can get. Betsy Burleigh led Chorus pro Musica in a stirring and elegant, lilting and expansive performance, with members of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (the magical oboist Peggy Pearson, and the two violin sections seated antiphonally), and three unusually well-matched vocal soloists: bright and vibrant soprano Mary Wilson, firm-voiced tenor Zachary Wilder, and resonant bass-baritone Paul Guttry as three angels singing God’s praises, with Wilson and Guttry doubling as the touchingly devoted Eve and Adam. The two men were especially good at getting the words across (at least the consonants), especially in their lightly accompanied recitatives, though the full orchestra tended to drown out verbal subtleties. The chorus delivered maybe a quarter of the words — not the worst average, as these things go. Overall, the diction was good enough for anyone to follow the words on the page. But Burleigh decided not to include the words in the program. In an effort to attract a younger, more visually-oriented audience, with the encouragement of Chorus pro Musica tenor and board member David McCue, McCue’s nephew Joss Sessions, a 22-year-old Yorkshire video artist who told the Globe that he had never before listened seriously to classical music, was invited to create a series of video projections, which he would “perform” live, during the concert (and for which he refused remuneration). In a necessarily darkened
Jordan Hall, to keep the audience focused on the videos rather than on reading, there would be no text. “There were times,” Burleigh alerted us from the stage to the occasional absence of video, “when it made no sense to have the visuals distracting from the words.” But the absence of words created its own distraction. Even had the videos been dazzling, losing the text would be a high price to pay. How better in this piece to involve — to grab — an audience than to have them follow and engage with the words Haydn was setting? Sessions’s images were occasionally charming but they were also pretty predicable. The first choral outburst, “Let there be light,” had shafts of light followed by a kaleidoscopic sunburst. We got raindrops, snowflakes, and “boisterous” waves. The images for Haydn’s enchantingly musicalized birds and animals, down to the lowly worm, were more cartoon-like and literal, flying, trotting, galloping, and crawling across the organ pipes at the back of Jordan Hall’s stage. (But why were they were all moving only from left to right? Why were Eden’s animals all heading in the same direction, as if to Noah’s ark?) Two key projections were less successful. Why was the “verdurous” pastoral landscape projected in red, white, and blue? Worse, the noblest of God’s creatures, Adam and Eve, were flat, motionless, and inexpressive (and because they were projected against the organ pipes, they looked as if they were wearing striped pajamas). What did this add? Still, at the end, Sessions got an enthusiastic hand. During the performance I kept seeing the flicker of cell phone lights from people evidently trying to read their programs. There were indeed some younger people among all the gray hair. But there also seemed fewer people after intermission. In a performance this good, the actual words might have been more captivating than the projections. Did these videos actually reveal anything about Haydn? Is it ever a good idea to be different just to sell tickets? ^
aging or how he has finally matured, but that would be false. Wainwright has been thumb-wrestling with the grim reaper for at least 20 years. On his 1992 LP History, Wainwright worked through the death of Loudon Wainwright Jr., an amateur musician and well-known journalist for Life. “He was my father,” says Wainwright, reflecting on his dad’s profound influence, belying to some degree his own complicated relationships with his own children. “Your parents are the giants in your life.” On “Older Than My Old Man Now,” Wainwright dovetails a recitation of some of his father’s original writings into an original composition about his own humble existence (“Just because you survived/ Doesn’t mean you feel alive”). The fact that Wainwright’s father has popped up again shouldn’t be a surprise. Unlike many songwriters who eschew reality in favor of idealism, Wainwright has seen many shades of adulthood and aging. It’s not just a dozen rock-and-roll records and then the token old-man record. “That’s what I’ve been doing for 40 years, is writing about what’s been on my mind,” says Wainwright. “Up until now that’s been my identity and also how I earn a living. So when I think about getting older, or surpassing my father in terms of age, quite naturally I will write a song about it, as I pretty much have done my whole career.” And though he might not be taking the time any more to itemize the signs and accoutrements on an airplane, Wainwright does humorously itemize his medication on “My Meds,” where he also wonders whether a Thai massage might bring a happier ending than his pills. He might be maturing, but, true to form, he’s maturing differently than the rest of us. ^
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SurvEYIng thE ScEnE at PrImavEra Sound
SantIgoLd rEmaInS juSt out of PoP’S rEach
_BY LIZ PE L L Y
_BY d anIEL Br ocK man We, as music listeners, tend to think of the business of music creation as one of inspiration, perspiration, meditation, and perhaps inebriation. In reality, it’s a grind, mentally and physically, and the longer you play the game, the more susceptible you are to its attacks. We hear songs filled with fist-in-the-air power and assume that this is music’s psychic gift to us, when so often those moments of empowerment are an artist’s offering of strength to him/herself. Santi White, assuming the nom du guerre Santigold, has so far crammed two long-players with ode after ode to her own ability to persevere. Her gift is making universal the plight of the platinum-selling pop star, through the strange and incomprehensible transmogrification that has resulted in her bizarrely powerful tuneage. It makes sense that White’s music would be so resolutely about the business of making and selling music; after all, she has a long CV in the biz, having been an A&R executive (at Epic in the ’90s, she failed to convince her superiors to sign a then-unknown Mos Def). She didn’t step out as a solo artist until nearly a decade in the trenches, both in bands and as a for-hire songwriter. It was as the latter that she, at first, seemed on the verge of making her name, when top-notch tunes from her pen wound up on albums by mid-’00s almost-stars like Lily Allen and Ashlee Simpson. There is a direct line between the melodic bounce of her work in her mid-’00s Philly band Stiffed, the fluid catchiness of songs like Allen’s “Littlest Things” and Simpson’s “Outta My Head,” and the full-on dance-rock-pop that would propel her towards the top with her 2008 homonymous solo debut. The epiphany of Santogold manifests itself in the way that White presented defiant music that still foregrounded her own solo jitters, especially in the chorus of single “L.E.S. Artistes”: “I say I hope it
LI Z PE LLY
Visiting Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona felt like a sometimes-surreal glimpse into an indie rock myth: the breezy stages surrounded by the Mediterranean sea, dreamy pop bands playing at sunset, hip European music geeks speaking all different languages, late-night punk and electronic sets raging until 5 am. Now in its 11th year, Primavera has grown into an ultimate destination for music fest enthusiasts, a reputation validated by this year’s line-up — a mix of bigname headliners (the Cure, Jeff Mangum, Wilco), ’90s legends (Mazzy Star, Archers of Loaf, Refused, Yo La Tengo), plus dozens of new and upcoming acts. My experience at Primavera started on Thursday evening with Pegasvs, a Spanish duo comprising Sergio Pérez García and Luciana della Villa, playing through a captivating set of dark, dreamy Krautrockinspired electro-pop from their debut homonymous LP, released this year by the Barcelona-based Canada Records. It was easily one of my favorite sets of the fest. One of the unique aspects of Primavera is that — despite the festival’s enormous scope, internationally diverse line-up, and huge headliners — it makes space for some Barcelona bands. There were several Spanish bands billed on the fest (Pegasvs, Beach Beach, Aliment) and an entire section of vendor stalls dedicated to local record labels like Canada, La Castanya, Familic, and more. Another local highlight was Barcelona garage-rock band Mujeres, which any fan of Thee Oh Sees or Black Lips ought to check out. Recently at music festivals I’ve found myself conflicted between reunions by ’80s and ’90s indie legends and younger, emerging bands. Primavera Sound made it easy to find a balance between nostalgia trips and new-music discoveries. For the former, the All Tomorrow’s Parties stage was the spot: Lee Ranaldo, Mudhoney, Dirty Three, Shellac, the Pop Group. Friday
night, the reunion of slowcore pioneers Codeine, who are playing their first shows in 18 years, was made more epic by the view from the way top of that particular stage’s coliseum-style seating, overlooking a sea of thousands of festival-goers juxtaposed with a vast view of the actual sea. Of the festival’s eight or so stages, I spent a good deal of time between ATP and those curated by Pitchfork and Vice. In the former’s zone, Olympia quartet Milk Music impressed with their grungy high-energy rock, huge ’80s guitars, and generally likable West Coast vibes. Grimes played the tightest performance I’ve seen by her, and Denmark’s Iceage upped the punx overall. Trash Talk somehow managed to make a festival setting feel like a basement show (one member literally climbed up the rafters during their post-midnight set), and on the last night, Washed Out played a super smooth 3 am set as a fourpiece. Belfast, Ireland’s Girls Names played their stand-out ’80s-inspired jangly dream pop at sunset on Saturday night. I was so impressed that I went to see them again on the day after the festival, playing a Primavera-presented showcase at a park in the middle of Barcelona’s city center, full of orange trees and monuments. The two best sets overall were ones that could have been predicted weeks ago: Beach House, who were barely visible behind a blanket of white and pink lights, and Japandroids, with their high-energy punk jams. These two proved why their Bloom and Celebration Rock records, respectively, already seem destined for many year-end best-of lists. Like all festivals of its size, Primavera has a few drawbacks: it is indeed a corporate-sponsored event, and advertisements cover the walls. But it’s a rare festival where that can all easily be overlooked. The overwhelming scenery and flawless curation at Primavera tended to dispel those doubts. ^
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will be worth what I give up.” Clearly what White “gave up” was a normal life. Her first instinct was to duck the attention that a solo career brought — as she also sang in “L.E.S. Artistes,” “Tell it straight/I’m trying to build a wall.” And indeed, a large part of the Santigold essence is one of avoiding fame’s probe. To wit, White doesn’t conduct many interviews; after weeks of teasing, her management turned down a phoner for this piece. But White tends to speak with actions; in 2010 she, along with a number of other celebrities and musicians, including Jessica Biel and Lupe Fiasco, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of a project to bring attention to the global clean-water crisis. Listening to Master of My Make-Believe (Atlantic), the more assertive record she embarked on after that episode, it’s clear that the mountainvaulting experience had an effect on this oft-reticent performer. “People want my power, and they want my station” she crows in album-opener “Go!,” straddling thundering drums and stut-stut-stuttering synth stabs. For the rest of the record, she makes the case that her power is only hers to wield. A track like “Disparate Youth” is classic Santi in this sense, tossing aside “roadblocks in our way,” daring the listener to follow her as she proves to herself that the naysayers are wrong. Flitting percussion, light-as-air symphonic synths, and torrents of jittery guitar accompany White’s growl as she champions “a life worth fighting for.” Her trick, performed so seamlessly as to appear natural rather than the machinations of a showbiz pro, is to pivot herself as the underdog in her own story and allow the rest of us to bask in her triumph as if it were our own. In the pantheon of pop music, there really is no grander accomplishment. ^
TRUE ARTISTE despite her well-received 2008 debut, this year’s Master of My Make-Believe feels like Santigold’s coming out party.
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COllECTOr iTEmS CHRIS NORTH CONNeCTS lIfe’S ROAd MAPS headed west. The mission was twofold — to help a friend move on to new beginnings, then to drive back alone and be moved by new ideas. “It was an intentionally isolating experience,” North says. “I wanted to write some tunes.” The new record, due out June 8, is more conceptual than the fairly straightforward folk albums North has been releasing both with former band the Points North and his current Chris North Dream Quartet. Side A features “I Gave Life to Love,” continues with a psychedelic tropicalia dance remix of the track by Whitehaus alum Many Mansions, and closes with a recording of the Atlantic Ocean from Ipswich’s Crane Beach. Side B is devoted to “The Nature of Love,” its remix by Animal Hospital, another song titled “US 1” and a recording of the Pacific from Washington’s Crescent Beach. It’s a minimal project, given to a bicoastal sense of symmetry and heavy instrumentation concerned with space. The tracks are currently up on Bandcamp, to be followed soon by a second page exclusively for remixes by artists including Dinners, Jason Rozen of Seer Group, and Hunnie Bunnies. “For me, as somebody who had written some tunes not necessarily about distance but written over a long distance with kind of a misty traveler’s mentality, I thought it would be really cool to do a release with remixes of these tunes because of the interpersonal distance,” says North. North’s decision to solicit remixes from friends who specialize in wholly different
The best folk albums are road albums. They’re written on the road or for the road, they drop in names of states and interstates, they channel land and transience and distance. Whitehaus singer-songwriter Chris North has been inspired by travel for some time now — January’s Lovedream LP began with the epic “500 Miles” and went on to include a meandering psych-folk instrumental called “The Road to Yesterday” and a cover of the Scottish folk song “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.” But Near and Far All We Are, which North recorded last fall upon returning to Boston after a 21-day-long cross-country road trip, is miles away from anything he has released in the past. “I played a show in Boise, Idaho, and the day of the show I had some time to kill, so I decided to go for a hike by myself, and I had some great realizations,” says North over coffee in the original J.P. Licks, where he once worked. “That’s what the song ‘I Gave Life to Love’ is about — some of the realizations I had on the hike, things growing and dying.” Even though Hurricane Irene never fulfilled its promise of serious weather last summer, restless winds were blowing through Jamaica Plain. After five years in Boston, founding Whitehaus member, poet, and Cantab champion Brian S. Ellis decided to pack up and move to Portland, Oregon. North moved into the Whitehaus in his stead, and the next day hopped into a 2002 Honda Element with Ellis and fellow Whitehaus companion Sam Franklin and
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FOLK IMPLOSION “I thought it would be really cool to do a release with remixes of these tunes because of the interpersonal distance,” says Chris North. styles of music seems perfectly natural when you think about the diversity of the Boston music scene. Whether within the walls of the Whitehaus or the bill at T.T. the Bear’s Place, folk often sits comfortably beside synthpop and noisy drone. And when it comes to the folk tradition of taking a song and disseminating it within a larger community, the remix is just a modern version of the cover song. “A lot of people I know don’t like listening to folk music, and that’s fine,” says North. “I was excited that someone new would hear one of my tracks in a style that suits them.” North remembers the Pacific Ocean with a New Englander’s reverence — the sound of the waves; the squeaks of little barnacle creatures; the people dancing on
the shore with headphones on, all staring at the sun. He remembers a night in Normal, Illinois, when a woman stole his microphone after a show and later claimed that she thought it was her whiskey bottle. He’s back home now, with the Dream Quartet, his residency at the Haven, and his Whitehaus base. But he’s still writing traveling songs. “I’m still finding inspiration from that trip,” he says. “After you have some time to dwell about something and figure out how it fits into your life, it’s actually easier to write about.” ^
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FOUT belles oF the balls SAYINg gOOdBYe TO THe ROwdY lAdIeS Of TIjUANA SweeTHeART _ BY BAR RY T HO M PS O N perhaps metallica were onto something when they sang one of the stupidest lyrics ever, “my lifestyle determines my deathstyle.” we can discern much about tijuana sweetheart’s seven-year rampage of curbstompin’ rock-and-roll hooliganism from their next-to-last show Friday night at o’brien’s, where anyone who didn’t buy their tickets in advance was totally screwed. presumably, a similar scenario unfolded at their last show, the following day, also at the allston punk dive. “we are old and tired,” e-mailed drummer lowreck as explanation for the sweetheart’s departure. the venerable all-female quartet’s grand exit commenced with a bittersweet
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round of shots and ended with a few carousers appreciatively spitting beer at geetarist/vocalist the hellion. lowrecks’s ideas of “old” and “tired,” it appears, differ quite a bit from the conventional definitions. before smashing the anti-jock-bar rallying cry “Fuck the Kells” out of the proverbial ballpark, the hellion reflected upon penning that tune (her first ever) specifically so she could play it on o’brien’s urine-and-vomit-stained stage (o’brien’s has since re-modeled. now, the stage is more-or-less free of bodily fluids). the hellion’s victory over the Kells has proven ultimate in every possible way. not only did her band outlive the regrettable abscess on brighton avenue, but people will
actually miss tijuana sweetheart (born way back when as Vagiant). not even the nowaging yah-bros who drank at the Kells give a fuck that it’s gone. as for the other bands, in reverse chronological order: cocked n’ loaded unloaded a towering display of ’70s, arena-minded sleaze. i expected cult 45 to play psychobilly, because i had them confused with pulp 45. instead, they executed some next-level rock-and-roll delectableness. giant target played a song called “every Father is a motherfucker” that reminded me of jethro tull, and the Furiousity demonstrated how to teeter on pop-punkdom while tearing through a healthy quantity of guitar solos. ^
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off the record erosion XXW FAWN | COASTLINES | Quite scientific records | Jaded girl-
boy harmonies, gleeful three-chord riffs, healthy doses of punkish noise and emo melody: Coastlines, the debut LP from Detroit indiepop quartet Fawn, feels like a charming souvenir from a musical era two decades in the rear-view. But unfortunately, some of these songs are two decades stale: “Pixels” comes off like a perky Pixies B-side minus the charm, and “Pennies” can’t rise above its flat vocal hook and rote guitar chug. Meanwhile, there isn’t much whatsoever to be said for the production, which gives every track the same bland “Surf’s up!” sheen, eliminating variety, dynamics, and much-needed muscle. Fawn certainly have a lot working against them on Coastlines, but I’ll be damned if they’re not fun: opener “All the Lights” finds the band at their most aggressive,
with blaring counterpoint guitars playing tug-of-war above a cavern of impassioned, reverbed yelps. “No Wave” climbs skyward from droning full-band texture to a caterwaul of “ooh-aah” vocals and crunchy pop-punk guitar harmonies. And even the coldest of coldhearted bastards can’t deny the rapturous “Suicide,” a feedbackdrenched anthem that very nearly beats out Yuck (last year’s breakout ’90s--guitar-rock revivalists) at their own throwback game.
bands cashed in on the genre’s fruition with erudite riffage and rad tuneage, but such a cash-in eluded the stump-dragging trogs of Sleep, whose clunky riff-mastery and weed obsession made them the stupidest-sounding smart stoner-metal band around. Before imploding in ’96, they delivered this “fuck you” of an album song cycle — legend has it that it arrived at London Records as a DAT tape in a porcelain skull bong in a police helmet. London passed, and the world was deprived of the band’s masterwork for years — and what a shame, for Dopesmoker, an hourlong uninterrupted chug saga, is one of rock’s great concept albums. The lyrics, obsessed with pot and religious pilgrimage, are both sublime and ridonk; one ’90s bootleg version had a crucified pot leaf on its cover. “Drop out of life with bong in hand/And follow the smoke to the riff-filled land” were the opening lines to one of rock’s greatest musical journeys. My advice: take this, the album’s third legit release (which, by the way, sounds so balls you can practically hear the dank nugs), pop it in, turn out all the lights, face Mecca, and bow down.
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Of all the Canadian acts that stumbled onto the scene in the early aughts, Metric have been the most consistent in putting out quality material. Whereas some alum on labels like the vaunted Arts & Crafts have suffered lineup mishaps and breakups (the Stills), or have yet to explode beyond their home country (the Dears), or haven’t caught on due to being too left of center (the Hidden Cameras), Metric keep pushing the boundaries, expanding themselves musically and managing to keep building their fanbase while retaining that ever fickle original audience. Synthetica stays true to form, from opener “Artificial Nocturne,” where singer Emily Haines intones over a single, languid, synthesized accompaniment, “I’m just as fucked up as they say,” before the song shifts into a bouncy beat that owes a debt to Kasabian’s “Reason Is Treason.” That particular sonic change-up is indicative of things to come; throughout the album there’s beguiling pop like “Breathing Under Water,” synth-heavy excursions like “Dreams So Real,” and bouts of indie-quirk catchiness like “Clone” and “Lost Kittens” — the latter making it hard to resist swaying along to all of its glorious and simplistic whimsy. Concurrently, Metric have always had a dark side lurking just beneath the poppy surface. Here it’s evident on the title track, where even an airy acoustic breakdown can’t shake the feeling of discontent. “I can think for myself/I’ve got something no pill could ever kill,” Haines seethes slowly and defiantly over a quick moving, fuzzed out guitar salvo. Less polished than its predecessor, 2009’s Fantasies, Synthetica brings all the varied influences and styles together in perfect synchronization.
sixth full-length from Brooklyn band Liars is an album in the sense that it’s been recorded, has a release date, and is worth a review. But with so much improperly used space and so few tangible ideas, the result doesn’t feel like an actual album as much as it does a decent demo. Pronounced “wish you,” WIXIW deploys synthesizers and samplers to cook up Radiohead-esque tracks that could use a few jolts of inspiration. The starry-eyed “The Exact Colour of Doubt” sets the tone for WIXIW, which isn’t a good thing. Specks of ambient fuzz slooowwwly fade in, a semblance of melody takes shape, handclaps stop by, and Angus Andrews croons in a sullen voice. By the time the instruments crescendo and things seem finally to be going somewhere, time’s up — and it’s on to the quiet, pulsating “Octagon,” which squanders any previous momentum and sounds like it should have been an interlude. The stronger tracks stacked in the second half of the disc aren’t enough to offset the stop-start pace of the whole. Yes, there are some colorful, more fully realized moments toward the end, but all the mumbling and fussing it takes to get there is murder.
of the so-called glam era; and arguably the best record ever made about apocalypse, interplanetary lust, singer-songwriter role playing, and rock-and-roll-as-alien-outsider stuff. Stylistically, Ziggy is a terrific fusion of Bowie’s multiple personalities (not to mention his knack for presciently co-opting someone else’s thang), mingling hippie folk with T. Rex riffage. Though its surface is burdened with concept, its greatest asset is its songs. The giddy piano boogie “Star,” the woozy philosophical come-on “Soul Love,” and the big-guitar rush of “Suffragette City” are repeat-listen highlights. Granted, this has been reissued ad nauseum over the last two decades, but the real hallelujah here is the vinyl reissue. Mastered at Air Studios by Ray Staff, the 180-gram disc mutes much of the sharp, thin characteristics that have plagued previous CD versions. It’s accompanied by a DVD-audio edition, with 5.1 remixes and essential rarities “Velvet Goldmine” and “Sweet Head,” in which Bowie/ Ziggy boasts, “I’m your rubber peacock angelic whore.” That’s the kind of talk that will take you straight to the pantheon.
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finely crafted country ode to home and family from a couple of writers who know the territory. Mary Karr has explored the themes in bestselling memoirs boston (Lit, The Liar’s Club), and Crowell as a ® distinguished singer22-24 clinton st. • by faneuil hall songwriter +1-617-424-7625 • hardrock.com ©2012 Hard Rock International (USA), Inc. All rights reserved. and in his own memoir, last year’s Chinaberry Sidewalks. Karr and UNT986BO12_Boston_Phoenix_LiveMusic_3.25x4.indd 1 5/10/12 11:01 AM Crowell share a sense of geography — they met as adults but grew up about 100 miles apart in what Karr describes as the “East Texas Ringworm Belt” — and have the same love/hate/love relationship with the people and places of their formative years. But it always comes back to love. Kin is split equally between male and female voices, and covers alcoholic parents, the bonds of sisterhood, the pain of drifting apart from a childhood sweetheart, and the loss of innocence in leaving home. The characters, as portrayed by Crowell and guest singers Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, and Lee Ann Womack, are treated playfully or with sympathy. “I’m a Mess” is the kind of song Crowell has been perfecting for years. He knows the value of not just confessing your faults, but declaring them proudly, like a challenge met and defeated. The writing is as crisp as the playing, ornate but without added contrivance, a credit to producer Joe Henry. A tuneful 10-song novel.
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LIARS | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | July 24 @ 8 pm | 18+ | $15 | 617.562.8800 or thedise.com
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9 pm | Air Traffic Controller + Will Dailey CAFÉ 939 | Boston | 8 pm | The Pines + Brendan Hogan CANTAB LOUNGE | Cambridge | 8 pm | “Bluegrass Pickin’ Party” CHURCH OF BOSTON | Boston | Akashic Record GREAT SCOTT | Allston | 9 pm | Ramona Falls + The Darcys + Thieving Irons HOUSE OF BLUES | Boston | 8 pm | Keane + Mystery Jets
IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL
| Northampton | 7 pm | Aoife O`Donovan + John Fullbright JOHNNY D’S | Somerville | 7:30 pm | Electric Heaters + JQ Trio LIZARD LOUNGE | Cambridge | 9 pm | Hotels and Highways + Mia Dyson + Cahill MIDDLE EAST DOWNSTAIRS | Cambridge | 9 pm | Matt Skiba & The Sekrets MIDDLE EAST UPSTAIRS | Cambridge | 7 pm | Big Dee + Deon Chase + Avenue Fame + Reem + D Note MIDWAY CAFÉ | Jamaica Plain | Crazy Ex’s + Happy Little Clouds + Kristina Blanchflower O’BRIEN’S | Allston | 8:30 pm | Scott Lucas & The Married Men + Hookerclops PLOUGH & STARS | Cambridge | 10:30 pm | Attack of Le Pigeon RYLES | Cambridge | 8:30 pm | Mark Snyder Quartet | 9:30 pm | “Noche Latina Tuesdays” with DJ Alie SALLY O’BRIEN’S | Somerville | 8 pm | “Panda Bar” with Ethan Robberts & Cold Chocolate + Summer of Aden + Odessa Rose SCULLERS | Cambridge | 8 pm | Ellen O’Brien SMOKEN’ JOE’S BBQ | Brighton | 7:30 pm | Peter Parcek + Eddie Scheer’s Tuesday Night All- Stars TOAD | Cambridge | 7:30 pm | The Brothers McCann | 10 pm | The Blue Ribbons T.T. THE BEAR’S PLACE | Cambridge | 8 pm | Unknown Mortal Ochestra + Doldrums + DIIV ZUZU | Cambridge | 10 pm | “Zuesday” with DJ Leah V + SisterBitch
CLUB DIRECTORY ALL ASIA | 617.497.1544 | 334 Mass Ave, Cambridge ALLEY BAR | 617.263.1449 | 275 Washington St, Boston AN TUA NUA | 617.262.2121 | 835 Beacon St, Boston THE BEACHCOMBER | 508.349.6055 | 1120 Cahoon Hollow Rd, Wellfleet BEEHIVE | 617.423.0069 | 541 Tremont St, Boston BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL | 617.779.0140 | 158 Brighton Ave, Allston BULL RUN | 978.425.4311 | Rte 2A, Shirley BURRELL SCHOOL | 508.543.1605 | 16 Morse St, Foxborough BURREN | 617.776.6896 | 247 Elm St, Somerville CAFÉ 939 | 617.747.6038 | 939 Boylston St, Boston CANTAB LOUNGE | 617.354.2685 | 738 Mass Ave, Cambridge CHURCH OF BOSTON | 617.236.7600 | 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston CLUB PASSIM | 617.492.7679 | 47 Palmer St, Cambridge COLONIAL INN | 978.369.9200 | 48 Monument Sq, Concord COMEDY STUDIO | 617.661.6507 | 1236 Mass Ave, Cambridge COMIX AT FOXWOODS | 860.312.6649 | 350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT DICK’S BEANTOWN COMEDY VAULT AT REMINGTON’S | 617.482.0110 | 124 Boylston St, Boston DISTRICT | 617.426.0180 | 180 Lincoln St, Boston ESTATE | 617.351.7000 | 1 Boylston Pl, Boston
GIGGLES COMEDY CLUB | 781.233.9950 | at Prince Restaurant, 517 Broadway, Saugus GOOD LIFE | 617.451.2622 | 28 Kingston St, Boston GREAT SCOTT | 617.566.9014 | 1222 Comm Ave, Allston HOUSE OF BLUES | 888.693.2583 | 15 Lansdowne St, Boston HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA | 978.744.9653 | 76 Lafayette St, Salem IMPROV ASYLUM | 617.263.6887 | 216 Hanover St, Boston IMPROVBOSTON | 617.576.1253 | 40 Prospect St, Cambridge IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL | 413.586.8686 | 20 Center St, Northampton JOHNNY D’S | 617.776.2004 | 17 Holland St, Somerville LILY PAD | 617.497.0823 | 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge LIZARD LOUNGE | 617.547.0759 | 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge LUCKY DOG MUSIC HALL | 508.363.1888 | 89 Green St, Worcester MIDDLE EAST CORNER | 617.864.3278 | 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge MIDDLE EAST DOWNSTAIRS | 617.864.EAST | 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge MIDDLE EAST UPSTAIRS | 617.864.EAST | 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge MIDDLESEX LOUNGE | 617.868.MSEX | 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge MIDWAY CAFÉ | 617.524.9038 | 3496
GOOD LIFE | Boston | 9:30 pm |
“Beach Boys Party” with DJ Will C GREAT SCOTT | Allston | 9 pm | Bass Drum Of Death + DZ Deathrays JOHNNY D’S | Somerville | 8 pm | Msafir Zawose LILY PAD | Cambridge | 9:30 pm | Les Rhinocéros Quartet LIZARD LOUNGE | Cambridge | The Dennis Brennan Band MIDDLE EAST CORNER | Cambridge | 9 pm | Shubh Saran + Chris Kasper + Speechless MIDDLE EAST UPSTAIRS | Cambridge | Consider A Horse + Fort! The Band + Deadfish PARADISE ROCK CLUB | Boston | 8 pm | Lisa Hannigan + Joe Henry P.A.’S LOUNGE | Somerville | 8:30 pm | jla & the boyz + Elle Gomes + Kevin Allred PLOUGH & STARS | Cambridge | 10:30 pm | Last of the Independents RADIO | Somerville | 8 pm | Astronomer + The Love Below + Pharaoh + Raozamov RUMOR | Boston | “Rumor Wednesdays” with D Maryalice + DJ Boatslip + DJ Adilson RYLES | Cambridge | 8:30 pm | “Hot Salsa Wednesdays” with DJ Rob Suave | 9 pm | Federator No. 1 SCULLERS | Cambridge | 8 pm | Steve Smith & Vital Information SMOKEN’ JOE’S BBQ | Brighton | 7:30 pm | Cheryl Arena + Gordon Beadle + Ed Scheer + Alizon Lissance TOAD | Cambridge | 7 pm | Fandango | 10 pm | Baker Thomas Band T.T. THE BEAR’S PLACE | Cambridge | 9 pm | Widowspeak + 2:54 ZUZU | Cambridge | 10 pm | “Young Turks Rock Dance Party”
pm | Friends
See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. BEEHIVE | Boston | 8 pm | Bruce BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL | Allston | 9 CANTAB LOUNGE | Cambridge | 9 pm | “Candy’s Blues, Jazz & Rock Jam” CLUB PASSIM | Cambridge | 8 pm | Tim O’Brien + Rod Picott COLONIAL INN | Concord | Jimmy Mazzy & the Last Minute Men DISTRICT | Boston | “Classic Wednesdays”
See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. ALL ASIA | Cambridge | 6 pm | “Release” with DJ Savuth BEEHIVE | Boston | 9:30 pm | Brian Thomas & Alex Lee Clark Big Band BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL | Allston | 9 pm | Aoife O’Donovan
Washington St, Jamaica Plain MILKY WAY | 617.524.3740 | at the Brewery, 284 Armory St, Jamaica Plain NAGA | 617.661.4900 | 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge NICK’S COMEDY STOP - BOSTON | 617.482.0930 | 100 Warrenton St, Boston NICK’S COMEDY STOP - CAMBRIDGE | 617.438.1068 | 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge O’BRIEN’S | 617.782.6245 | 3 Harvard Ave, Allston OUTPOST 186 | 617.876.0860 | 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Cambridge PALLADIUM | 978.797.9696 | 261 Main St, Worcester PARADISE ROCK CLUB | 617.562.8800 | 967 Comm Ave, Boston P.A.’S LOUNGE | 617.776.1557 | 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville PHOENIX LANDING | 617.576.6260 | 512 Mass Ave, Cambridge PLOUGH & STARS | 617.576.0032 | 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge PRECINCT | 617.623.9211 | 70 Union Sq, Somerville RADIO | 617.764.0005 | 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville RALPH’S DINER | 508.753.9543 | 148 Grove St, Worcester REGATTABAR | 617.661.5000 | 1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge RISE | 617.423.7473 | 306 Stuart St, Boston ROYALE | 617.338.7699 | 279 Tremont St, Boston RUMOR | 617.422.0045 | 100 Warrenton St, Boston
BURREN | Somerville | Scattershot CAFÉ 939 | Boston | 8 pm | JBM CHURCH OF BOSTON | Boston | “Jon
Hope Work in Progress” with Blaze P + J the S + Roger + DJ Knockout CLUB PASSIM | Cambridge | 7 pm | Lori McKenna COLONIAL INN | Concord | John Fitzsimmons & Friends DISTRICT | Boston | “In Thursdays” ESTATE | Boston | 10 pm | “Glamlife Thursdays” GOOD LIFE | Boston | 9:30 pm | DJ Thami Mattola + DJ Sture GREAT SCOTT | Allston | 9 pm | Ryan Lee Crosby + Fedavees + Future Carnivores HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA | Salem | 9 pm | Delvis IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL | Northampton | 7 pm | Tim O’Brien + Todd Burge JOHNNY D’S | Somerville | 8 pm | The Mystix LILY PAD | Cambridge | 10 pm | Mike Gamble LIZARD LOUNGE | Cambridge | 9:15 pm | Love In Stockholm + The Bold Type LUCKY DOG MUSIC HALL | Worcester | 9 pm | Flock of A-Holes + H + Faux Ox MIDDLE EAST CORNER | Cambridge | 9 pm | The Cringe + Gabriela Martina + Steve Branson Trio MIDDLE EAST UPSTAIRS | Cambridge | Harkonen + Zozobra + The Atlas Moth + Whores MIDWAY CAFÉ | Jamaica Plain | 8:30 pm | Abby Brown PARADISE ROCK CLUB | Boston | 9 pm | Balkan Beat Box + Wave Sleep Wave + Mighty Tiny P.A.’S LOUNGE | Somerville | 8:30 pm | Jacoma Of the Sun + Kyklops + Obsidian Helix + ii nub PLOUGH & STARS | Cambridge | 10:30 pm | The Red Heroine PRECINCT | Somerville | Nat Osborn Band + Lyle Divinsky RADIO | Somerville | 8 pm | Dastardly + Toda + The 7SC RALPH’S DINER | Worcester | 9 pm | The Toasters + The Pomps + Elsewhere!
RYLES | 617.876.9330 | 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge SALLY O’BRIEN’S | 617.666.3589 | 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB | 617.562.4111 | 400 Soldiers Field Rd, at Doubletree Hotel, Boston SHOWCASE LIVE | 508.543.0609 | 23 Patriot Pl, Foxborough SMOKEN’ JOE’S BBQ | 617. 254.5227 | 351 Washington St, Brighton SPEED OF THOUGHT PLAYHOUSE CAFE | 508.809.4699 | 39 North Washington St, North Attleboro STEVE’S BACKSTAGE PASS | 508.824.3436 | 15 School St, Taunton SURFSIDE 5 | 978.463.9222 | 25 Broadway, Salisbury THINK TANK | 617.500.3031 | 1 Kendall Square, Bldg 300, Cambridge TIKI HIDEAWAY AT HOWARD JOHNSON | 617.267.3100 | 1271 Boylston St, Boston TOAD | 617.497.4950 | 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge T.T. THE BEAR’S PLACE | 617.492.2327 | 10 Brookline St, Cambridge UNDERBAR | 617.292.0080 | 275 Tremont St, Boston WALNUT STREET COFFEE CAFE | 781.596.1690 | 157 Walnut St, Lynn WELLFLEET BEACHCOMBER | 508.349.6055 | Cahoon Hollow Beach, Wellfleet WILBUR THEATRE | 617.248.9700 | 246 Tremont St, Boston WONDER BAR | 617.351.2665 | 186 Harvard Ave, Allston ZUZU | 617.864.3278 | 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge
REGATTABAR | Cambridge | 7:30 pm |
Two Man Gentleman Band RYLES | Cambridge | 9 pm | Shimon Ben-Shir Group SALLY O’BRIEN’S | Somerville | 8 pm | Flatt Rabbit SCULLERS | Cambridge | 8 pm | The Cookers SMOKEN’ JOE’S BBQ | Brighton | 8:30 pm | Hubcaps TOAD | Cambridge | 7:30 pm | Melvern Taylor & his Fabulous Meltones | 10:30 pm | Faces for Radio T.T. THE BEAR’S PLACE | Cambridge | 9 pm | Death Grips WOLF DEN AT MOHEGAN SUN | Uncasville, CT | 8 pm | Civil Twilight ZUZU | Cambridge | “Holy Calamity” with Big Digits
COMEDY THURSDAY 7
See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. COMEDY STUDIO | 8 pm | “Literary
cia Love + Alignon Mitra COMIX AT FOXWOODS | 8 pm | Ari Shaffir
DICK’S BEANTOWN COMEDY VAULT AT REMINGTON’S | 9 pm | Dave Rus-
so + Stacy Kendro + Emma Willmann GIGGLES COMEDY CLUB | 8:30 pm | Tony V + Pete Costello + Johnny Pizzi IMPROV ASYLUM | 8 + 10 pm | “Nostalg-sick” IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE | 8 pm | “ImprovBoston Mainstage” | 10 pm | “Camp” | 11:30 pm | “Nightcap” IMPROVBOSTON STUDIO | 7 pm | “Studio 40” | 9 pm | “CageMatch” KOWLOON KOMEDY | 8:30 pm | PJ Thibodeau + Scott Higgins + Don Zollo
LOTS OF LAUGHS COMEDY LOUNGE | 9 pm | PJ Walsh + Chris D + Mitch Stinson NICK’S COMEDY STOP - BOSTON | 8:30 pm | Paul Keenan + Scotty Lombardo + Christine Hurley
NICK’S COMEDY STOP - CAMBRIDGE | 8 pm | Tim McIntire + Sean Sullivan
See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. COMEDY STUDIO | 8 pm | Rick Jenkins
+ James Creelman + Mike Donovan + Alana Eisner + Alex the Jester COMIX AT FOXWOODS | 8 + 10:30 pm | Ari Shaffir
DICK’S BEANTOWN COMEDY VAULT AT REMINGTON’S | 8 + 10:15pm |
Dave Russo + Stacy Kendro + Emma Willmann GIGGLES COMEDY CLUB | 8:30 pm | Paul Gilligan + Pete Costello + Johnny Pizzi IMPROV ASYLUM | 4 pm | “Afternoon Delight” | 8 + 10 pm | “Nostalg-sick” | 11:59 pm | “Raunch” IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE | 6 pm | “Family Show” | 8 pm | “ImprovBoston Mainstage” | 10 pm | “Face Off” | 11:30 pm | “Nightcap” IMPROVBOSTON STUDIO | 7 pm | “Studio 40” | 9:30 pm | “Sketch CageMatch”
LOTS OF LAUGHS COMEDY LOUNGE | 9 pm | Paul D’Angelo + Chris D + Mitch Stinson
MGM GRAND THEATER AT FOXWOODS | 8 pm | Artie Lange + Dave Attell + Nick Di Paolo + Jim Norton
NICK’S COMEDY STOP - BOSTON |
8:30 pm | Paul Keenan + Scotty Lombardo + Christine Hurley | 8:30 pm | “The Degenerates with Joe Masse and Anu Kalra”
NICK’S COMEDY STOP - CAMBRIDGE | 8 pm | Tim McIntire + Sean Sullivan WILBUR THEATRE | 8 pm | “Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour”
See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. COMEDY STUDIO | 8 pm | Shaun Carter + Lillian DeVane + David Fogelman + Alingon Mitra + Roman Pierce COMIX AT FOXWOODS | 8 pm | “Boston Irish Comix”
DICK’S BEANTOWN COMEDY VAULT AT REMINGTON’S | 9 pm | “Open Mike Night”
IMPROV ASYLUM | 4 pm | “Afternoon
DICK’S BEANTOWN COMEDY VAULT AT REMINGTON’S | 8:30 pm | “ComIMPROV ASYLUM | 8 pm | “Nostalg-
sick” | 10 pm | “B.U.M.P.”
IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE | 8 + 10 pm | “Harold Night”
IMPROVBOSTON STUDIO | 9:30 pm |
NICK’S COMEDY STOP - BOSTON | 8:30 pm | “Firsty Thursday”
See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. COMEDY STUDIO | 8 pm | “Mystery Lounge!”
DICK’S BEANTOWN COMEDY VAULT AT REMINGTON’S | 8:30 pm | Larry Myles
IMPROV ASYLUM | 8 pm | “House
WILBUR THEATRE | 8 pm | Pam Ann
pm | Dave Hill
See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. BURRELL SCHOOL | 7:30 pm | Improv Soup
COMEDY STUDIO | 8 pm | Mike Donovan + Alana Eisner + DJ Hazard + Ali-
thursday, june 7celtic rocK / singer from great big sea
alan doyle dustin bentall
friday, june 8(7:30pm) legendary texan
(10pm) legendary soul man
tre williams & the revelations saturday, june 9(9:00pm) p-funK pioneer
bernie worrell orchestra sunday, june 10 jazz brunch 8:30 am - 2:30 pm open blues jam 4:30pm - 8:00 pm monday, june 11team trivia -8:30 pm $1.50 hot dogs 6 - 10 pm tuesday, june 12the good, the bad & the local $10 / 2 bands & spaghetti dinner
electric heaters / jq trio wednesday, june 13music from tanzanie
msafiri zawose thursday, june 14root rocK
friday, june 15(7:30pm) blues /rocK
david hull band (10pm) new england's only prince tribute
saturday, june 16(7pm) roots / blues
CoMINg SooN: 6/19- tsunami of sound 6/20- dave scholl trib. 6/21- monophonics 6/22 (7:30) Kelly willis & bruce robison (10pm) pressure cooKer 6/23 (7pm) girl howdy (10pm) booty vortex 6/27 -red june /boston boys 6/28- ours /a wish for fire 6/29 (7:30pm) sweetbacK sisters (10pm) playing dead 6/30 (7pm) the soul band www.johnnyds.com serving dinner tues–sat jazz brunch sat & sun 17 holland st. davis sq. somerville across from davis red line info: 617-776-2004 concert line: 617-776-9667
| “Open Comedy Jam” | 9 pm | “Stand Up Sundays”
Shaffir | 10:30 pm | “Funny Stuff Comix”
COMIX AT FOXWOODS | 8 pm | Ari
43 Years of great Music
IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE | 7 pm
See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. DICK’S BEANTOWN COMEDY VAULT AT REMINGTON’S | 8:30 pm | Mitch
R E S TA U R A N T & M U S I C C L U B
IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE | 7:30
See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. COMEDY STUDIO | 8 pm | Shawn Continued on p 102
343 Western Ave, Cambridge Reggae, Latin & Jazz
hoT springs reggae Call for info friday 06/08
live reggae dJ’s saTurday 06/09
reggae revival live reggae MusiC FOR INFO 617-492-7772
102 june 8, 2012 | the boston phoenix | thephoenix.com
Listings Continued from p 101 Aparo + RA Bartlett + Benny Bosh + Julie K. + John Knight COMIX AT FOXWOODS | 8 pm | “Boston Irish Comix”
DICK’S BEANTOWN COMEDY VAULT AT REMINGTON’S | 8:30 pm | Paul
IMPROV ASYLUM | 8 pm | “Vanity
IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE | 8
pm | “Comedy Lab” | 10 pm | “Hump Slot”
See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. COMEDY STUDIO | 8 pm | Chris D. +
Caitlin Durante + Matt Kona + Jeff Landry + Steve Macone COMIX AT FOXWOODS | 8 pm | Gary Gulman | 10:30 pm | “Comix Hypnotic Hysteria”
DICK’S BEANTOWN COMEDY VAULT AT REMINGTON’S | 8:30 pm |
IMPROV ASYLUM | 8 pm | “Nostalg-
sick” | 10 pm | “B.U.M.P.”
IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE | 8 +
10 pm | “Harold Night”
IMPROVBOSTON STUDIO | 9:30 pm |
NICK’S COMEDY STOP - BOSTON |
8:30 pm | “Jay Hollingsworth’s True Story Show”
POP CONCERTS THURSDAY 7
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS | 8 pm |
Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St, Lowell | $40 | 978.454.2299 or lowellauditorium.com
“BREAK UP NOTEBOOK: A LESBIAN MUSICAL” | Thurs-Sun | Boston
Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St, Boston | $10-$25 | 617.536.6340 or bostonconservatory.edu HAYWIRE | Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury | $7 | 978.462.5888 or BlueOceanHall.com PHISH | Thurs-Fri 7:30 pm | DCU Center, 50 Foster St, Worcester | $60 | 508.755.6800 or ticketmaster.com
KRISTEN CHENOWITH | 8 pm | Opera House, 539 Washington St, Boston | $56.50-$105.50 | 617.259.3400 or broadwayinboston. com
THE MACHINE [PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE] | 8 pm | Blue Ocean Music Hall,
4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury | $25 | 978.462.5888 or BlueOceanHall.com RED OBLIVION | Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown | $12; $8 students | 617.923.0100
“BREAK UP NOTEBOOK: A LESBIAN MUSICAL” | See listing for Thurs PHISH | See listing for Thurs
“A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF BILLY STRAYHORN” | Arsenal Cen-
ter for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown | $20 | 617.923.0100 PINO DANIELE | Pino Daniele | 8 pm | Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston | $45-$60 | 617.266.7455
“BREAK UP NOTEBOOK: A LESBIAN MUSICAL” | See listing for
JAN BELL AND THE MAYBELLES | YWCA Cambridge, 7 Temple St, Cambridge | $25 | 617.491.6050 or ywcacam.org YANNI | 7:30 pm | Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave, Boston | $35-$150 | 617.728.1600 or ticketmaster.com
“BREAK UP NOTEBOOK: A LESBIAN MUSICAL” | See listing for Thurs
BASIN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Thurs., June 7 • 8 PM
| Tue-Thurs | Basin Bluegrass Festival, Basin Rd (off Rte 73), Brandon, VT| $23-$50 | brandon.org
BASIN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL listing for Tue
DAVID BROMBERG QUARTET & LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III | David
Bromberg Quartet & Loudon Wainwright III | Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville | $34.50$37.50 | 617.625.5700 or somervilletheatreonline.com JEFF PITCHELL | Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston | free | 617.439.7000 or bhh.com THE SHANA STACK BAND | 7:30 pm | Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury | $7 | 978.462.5888 or BlueOceanHall.com
“WFNX PRESENTS THE SEAPORT SIX” WITH TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB + GROUPLOVE + DELTA
EAST R E S TA U R A N T & N I G H T C L U B
| Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave, Boston | 617.728.1600 or livenation.com BASIN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL | See listing for Tue
CLASSICAL CONCERTS THURSDAY 7
LEON FLEISHER | Bach’s Jesu, Joy
of Man’s Desiring, arr. Myra Hess; Takács’s Toccata and Fugue for the left hand; Kirchner’s For the Left Hand; Chaconne from the Bach/ Brahms’s Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor; Ravel’s La valse | 7 pm | Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St, Rockport | $78 | 978.546.7391 or rcmf.org
ASTON MAGNA | Selection of mad-
rigals by Monteverdi; Act III of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; Selections from Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth; Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 | Fri 8 pm | Slosberg Recital Hall at Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham | $15-$25 | Sat 6 pm | Tanglewood Music Center, Seiji Ozawa Hall, 297 West St, Lenox | $50 | 781.736.3331 or astonmagna.org
JORDI SAVALL WITH HESPERION XXI | Selection of Ottoman, AraboAndalusian, Jewish, and Christian music from medieval Spain and around the Mediterranean | 8 pm | Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St, Rockport | $45-$78 | 978.546.7391 or rcmf.org
BLUE HERON | Selection of 16th-
century Spanish love songs and motets | 8 pm | First Church, Congregational, 11 Garden St, Cambridge | $30-$50; $25 seniors; $10 students | 617.547.2724 or blueheronchoir.org
BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA | Selection of works by Gonzalo Grau and more, with the Boston Children’s Chorus | 6:30 pm | Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge | $10 | 617.496.2222 or ofa. fas.harvard.edu
BOSTON NEW MUSIC INITIATIVE
SPIRIT + CAKE + STEPHIE COPLAN & THE PEDESTRIANS + REPTAR
| Chamber works by Emily Cooley, Ezra Donner, Charles Halka, Aaron Kirschner, Michael Lee, and Peter Klatzow, with soprano Margot Rood and percussionist Jeff Stern | 8 pm | Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge | $10 | 617.497.0823 or bostonnewmusic.org CENTENNIALS | Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire; Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps | 8 pm | Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St, Rockport | $35-$59 | 978.546.7391 or rcmf.org
CONCORD BAND, CONCORD ORCHESTRA, AND CONCORD PLAYERS | Puccini’s La Bohème, with Robin Farnsley [Mimi], Ray
Bauwens [Rodolfo], Sarah Vincelett [Musetta], Tim Wilfong [Marcello], Thomas Dawkins [Schaunard], Michael Prichard [Colline], and Miles Rind [Benoit/Alcindoro] | SatSun 8 pm; Sun 2 pm | 51 Walden, 51 Walden St, Concord | $25 | 978.369.7911 or 51walden.org
LONGWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY RONNY FELDMAN | Vaughn-Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, with cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan; Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73 | 8 pm | Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston | $25-$75; $10 students | 617.667.1527 or longwoodsymphony.org ASTON MAGNA | See listing for Fri
GABRIELA MARTINEZ | Rach-
maninoff’s Moment musicaux Nos. 1 and 4; Beethoven’s Seven Bagatelles, Op. 33; Szymanowski’s Variations in B-flat minor, Op. 3; Schumann’s Carnaval | 5 pm | Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St, Rockport | $35-$59 | 978.546.7391 or rcmf.org
KAMMERWERKE WINDS CONDUCTED BY ALAN PEARLMUTTER |
Works for double woodwind quintet by Rossini, von Weber, Gounod, and Orff | 3 pm | Eliot Church, 474 Centre St, Newton | $15; $10 students, seniors | 617.244.3639 or kammerwerke.org
CONCORD BAND, CONCORD ORCHESTRA, AND CONCORD PLAYERS | See listing for Sat
BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA BRASS ENSEMBLE CONDUCTED BY CHRISTOPHER WILKINS | Selection
of works for brass, with 100 students playing violin | 6 pm | Dorchester Park, Dorchester Ave, Boston | Free | landmarksorchestra.org
7 HILLS RENAISSANCE WIND BAND | “A Parish Feast: Lassus and Pevernage” | 8 pm | St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 320 Boston Post Rd, Weston | Wed 8 pm | West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover | Thurs 8 pm | Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St, Boston | $20; $15 students, seniors | 978.475.3528 or sohipboston.org FRANCO LEON | Works for solo piano by Scarlatti, Mozart, Mahler, Satie, and Chopin | 7:30 pm | Bakalar Recital Hall, 25 Kennard Rd, Brookline | Free | 617.277.4593 or bmsmusic.org
MASTERWORKS CHORALE SUMMER SINGS CONDUCTED BY STEVEN KARIDOYANES | Mozart’s
Requiem | 8 pm | Noble and Greenough School, 10 Campus Dr, Dedham | $10; $9 seniors; $5 students | 617.858.6785 or masterworkschorale. org
ROBERT BAREFIELD AND WOOSUG KANG | Daniel Pinkham’s Carols & Cries; Louis Vierne’s Les Angélus | 12:15 pm | King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St, Boston | $3 | 617.227.2155 or kings-chapel.org
AMARYLLIS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE | Selection of works for flute and strings | 7:30 pm | Gore Place, 52 Gore St, Waltham | $10; $8 students | 781.894.2798 or goreplace.org FAYTHE FREESE | Works for organ by Tournemire, Duruflé, and Reger | 8 pm | Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 192 Broadway, Methuen | $12 | 978.685.0693 or mmmh.org TRIO LUMIERE | Works for cello, violin, and piano by Dvorák, Piazzolla, and Schubert | 5:30 pm | Church of St. John the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin St, Boston | Free | 617.227.5242 or stjev.org
7 HILLS RENAISSANCE WIND BAND | See listing for Tues
ASTON MAGNA | Johann Sebastian
Bach’s Concerto for oboe and strings; Johann Christoph Bach’s Lamento: Ach, dass ich Wassers gnug hätte; JS Bach’s Wedding Cantata; Wilhem Friedemann Bach’s Duo for two
violins; JS Bach’s Goldberg Canons; Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 | 8 pm | Slosberg Recital Hall at Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham | $15-$25 | 781.736.3331 or astonmagna.org A FAR CRY | Golijov’s Tenebrae; Invierno and Otoño from Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires; Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin, Op. 4, No. 11; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat, K. 449; Britten’s Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge | 8 pm | Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St, Rockport | $45-$78 | 978.546.7391 or rcmf.org
7 HILLS RENAISSANCE WIND BAND | See listing for Wed
DANCE THURSDAY 7
DANCEWORKS BOSTON | “Dance-
Works Boston Project,” featuring 15 original choreographed works | Thurs-Fri 8 pm | Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Comm Ave, Boston | $22 | 617.353.1597 or danceworksboston.com
DANCEVISIONS, INC. | “Here and There: A Celebration of Dancers,” featuring choreography by Margot Parsons | Fri-Sat 8 pm | Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave, Cambridge | $22; $18 students, seniors | 617.484.3783 or dancevisions.net SIX ONE SEVEN DANCE COLLECTIVE | “Skin Deep: A Performance
Exploration in Beauty” | Fri-Sat 8:30 pm | Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville | $21-$24 | 617.718.2191 or brownpapertickets. com DANCEWORKS BOSTON | See listing for Thurs
DANCEVISIONS, INC. | See listing
SIX ONE SEVEN DANCE COLLECTIVE | See listing for Fri
LIT EVENTS THURSDAY 7
DAN ARIELY | The Honest Truth
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge | Free | 617.661.1515 or harvard.com
PABLO MEDINA | Cubop City Blues reading | 7 pm | Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge | Free | 617.661.1515 or harvard.com JOHN PALFREY | Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems reading | 6 pm | Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Copley Square, Boston | Free | 617.536.5400 or bpl.org
NATALIE BAKOPOULOS | The Green Shore: A Novel reading | 7 pm | Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge | Free | 617.661.1515 or harvard.com
ALISON BECHDEL | Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama reading | 7 pm | The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH | 603.436.2400 DENI Y. BECHARD | Cures for Hunger: A Memoir and Vandal Love: A Novel reading | 7 pm | Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge | Free | 617.661.1515 or harvard.com KAREN KONDAZIAN | The Whip reading | 7 pm | Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge | Free | 617.489.0519 or harvard.bkstore. com
BRIAN MILLER AND MIKE LAPHAM | The Self-Made Myth reading and discussion | 7 pm | Back Pages Books, 289 Moody St, Waltham | Free | 781.209.0631 or backpagesbooks.com
TALKS SATURDAY 9
“ CONSERVATION OF SOME VERY SPECIAL PAINTINGS IN THE NEW BEDFORD WHALING MUSEUM: A SALUTE TO DESCENDANTS OF WHALING MASTERS” | With Dr.
Stuart Frank, Senior Curator of the New Bedford Whaling Museum | Wamsutta Club, 427 County St, New Bedford | $25 | wamsuttaclub.net
“ FROM RUSSIA WITH ART”
| With Olesya and Jerry Koenig | 10:30 am | Ethical Society of Boston, 56 Brattle St, Cambridge | Free | 617.739.9050 or BostonEthical.org
About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves reading | 6 pm | Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge | $5 | 617.661.1515 MICHAEL BRONSKI | A Queer History of the United States reading | 7 pm | Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge | Free | 617.489.0519 or harvard.bkstore.com RICHARD FORD | Canada reading | 6 pm | Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline | $5 | 617.566.6660 or coolidge.org
7 pm | First Parish Church of Cambridge, 3 Church St, Cambridge | Free | harvard.com
Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) reading | 7 pm | Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline | Free | 617.566.6660 or brooklinebooksmith.com CARLIN ROMANO | America the Philosophical reading | 7 pm | Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge | Free | 617.661.1515 or harvard.com
6:30 pm | Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St, Jamaica Plain | Free | 617.524.2053 or bpl.org
JENNY LAWSON (AKA THE BLOGGESS) | Let’s Pretend This Never
“ PRIDE AND POETRY: A POETRY READING” | With Boston’s Poet
Laureate Sam Cornish and Martin Rodriguez | 10:30 am | Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Copley Square, Boston | Free | 617.536.5400 or bpl.org
PROFESSORS STEPHEN BURT AND DAVID MIKICS | The Art of the Son-
net readings | 4 pm | Longfellow House - Washington’s Headquarters, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge | Free | nps.gov/long
FRANCESCA SEGAL | The In-
nocents: A Novel reading | 7 pm |
“ A TEST CASE FOR AMERICA: WASHINGTON, LONGFELLOW, AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY AT NEWPORT” | With Ted Widmer |
“ BLACK AMERICANS ON POSTAGE STAMPS” | With Kantigi Camara |
“ ON POINT LIVE WITH TOM ASHBROOK” | With Tom Ashbrook, and featuring special guest, Bill McKibben, noted author, educator and environmentalist. | 7 pm | Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington St, Boston | $75 | 617.824.8000 or artsemerson. org
EVENTS THURSDAY 7
BUDDHIST MEDITATION CLASS | “The Happiness Course,” with American Buddhist monk Kelsang Pawo | 7 pm | St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave, Jamaica Plain | $10; $5 students | 617.524.2999 or meditationinboston.org GREAT HOUSE TOUR | Hour-long tours of grand 59-room Englishstyle country house designed in the 1920s by Chicago architect David Adler | Wed-Thurs 10 am-4
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“UNDER OUR SKIN” SCREENING
| Lyme disease documentary | 6:30 pm | St. Cecilia’s Church, 18 Belivdere St., Boston | Free | 617.825.5626 or stceciliaboston.org
ROCK THE BOAT | Three decks of
dancing and entertainment, with a cash bar and live music from Bearfight and DJ Mike Gioscia | 8 pm | Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston | $22 | 617.385.5000 or bssc.com GREAT HOUSE TOUR | See listing for Thurs
MARITIME NEW ENGLAND BIKE TOUR | See listing for Thurs
SUNRISE YOGA | Open to the pub-
lic, led by certified instructors, and all skill levels are welcome | 8 am | InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave, Boston | Free | 617.217.5090 GREAT HOUSE TOUR | See listing for Thurs
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL | “Totem” traces
the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly | Sun 5 pm; Wed-Thurs 8 pm | Marine Park, Farragut St., Boston | $48.50-$153.50 or cirquedusoleil. com/totem YOGA IN THE PARK | Half hour class for children will be offered in the morning followed by an hour long class for adults of all levels; Cost includes museum admission | 10 am | DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln | $15 | 781.259.8355 or decordova.org
BOSTON NETWORKING CLUB COCKTAIL PARTY | Night of net-
working, cocktails, and light hors d’oeuvres | 6 pm | Hyatt Regency Hotel Boston, 1 Lafayette Ave, Boston | $20 | 617 912 1234 or bostoneventguide.com CIRQUE DU SOLEIL | See listing for Sun GREAT HOUSE TOUR | See listing for Thurs
TOO MUCH TOO SOON | Variety show featuring Eugene Mirman, Kristin Hersh, members of the Union Square Round Table, and house band Cotton Candy | 8 pm | Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge | $25; $20 students, seniors | 617.876.6837 or brattlefilm.org BUDDHIST MEDITATION CLASS | See listing for previous Thurs CIRQUE DU SOLEIL | See listing for Sun GREAT HOUSE TOUR | See listing for previous Thurs
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS THURSDAY 7
FLASH FORWARD FESTIVAL | Cel-
ebrating emerging photographers from Canada, UK, and US with guest speakers, art installations, gallery exhibitions, opening night celebrations, and more | Thurs-Sun | Fairmont Battery Wharf, 3 Battery Wharf, Boston | Free | 617.994.9000 or flashforwardfestival.com
SBN’S SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT | Bringing together
entrepreneurs, community organizers, local funders, nonprofit leaders, and academics to build local economy | 8 am | UMass-Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston | $150 | sbnboston.org
FLASH FORWARD FESTIVAL | See
listing for Thurs
DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL | Over 15,000 people
expected at this all-day, indoor-outdoor celebration showcasing dance as a positive force for social change | noon-10 pm | Harvard Square, Holyoke St, Cambridge | Free | harvardsquare.com HERBSTALK | Educational market celebrating herbs and their healing powers, with live music, children’s activities, raffle prizes, and more | 11 am-6 pm | Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville | $5 | 617.718.2191 | herbstalk.org FLASH FORWARD FESTIVAL | See listing for Thurs
FAMILY MUSIC FESTIVAL |
Family picnic games, face-painting, crafts, bake sale, concerts, and a musical instrument petting zoo | noon-3 pm | New School of Music, 25 Lowell St, Cambridge | Free FLASH FORWARD FESTIVAL | See listing for Thurs
DJ Frenchy | 9 pm | Fran’s Place, 776 Washington St, Lynn | $5-$10 | 781.598.5618 or gofrans.com MISS-LEADING LADIES | See listing for Fri
ROCK WEDNESDAYS | With DJ Vic-
ning 70s and 80s | 10 pm | Ramrod, 1254 Boylston St, Boston | Free | 617.266.2986 or ramrod-boston.com JP OUTDOOR BLOCK PARTY | Face painting, side walk art, music, Dogs & Drag Fashion Show, five DJs, limbo contest, best Hawaiian shirt contest, vendors, and more | noon-7 pm | Perkins St, Jamaica Plain | $10 | dykenight.com
for previous Thurs
music from Fast Times, spread from East Meets West Catering, beer and cocktails, and a silent auction and raffle | 6 pm | Exchange Conference Center, 1 Fish Pier St, Boston | $85 | 617.790.1900 or bit. ly/2012urbanblockpartyinvite
CLUB CLASSICS | Ace Boogie spin-
THE ATTIC | Retro, 90s, glam, and more from DJ Kuro | 10 pm | Ramrod, 1254 Boylston St, Boston | Free | 617.266.2986 or ramrod-boston.com
MIZERY LOVES KARAOKE | Kara-
GAY & LESBIAN THURSDAY 7
99 PERCENT STONE | The Theater Offensive’s panel discussion and performance in conjunction with the History Project’s “Pride: 40 Years of Protest and Celebration” exhibit | 6:30 pm | Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St, Boston | Free | 617.267.4430 or thetheateroffensive.org CIRCUS THURSDAYS | Hot Thursday night dance party with DJ Susan Esthera | 10 pm | Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston | No cover | 617.536.0966 or clubcafe.com GLAMLIFE | Featuring an appearance Sharon Needles from RuPaul’s Drag Race and music from Richie LaDue | 10 pm | Estate, 1 Boylston Pl, Boston | 617.351.7000 or bostonpride.org JACQUES’ ANGELS | Hosted by Kris Knievil with performances from Melinda Wilson and special guests | 10:30 pm | Jacque’s Cabaret, 79 Broadway, Boston | $6 | 617.426.8902 or jacquescabaret.com PAM ANN | Stand-up performance with air hostess alter-ego of Australian comedienne Caroline Reid | 8 pm | Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St, Boston | $27-$38 | 617.248.9700 or thewilburtheatre.com
oke hosted by Mizery | 10:30 pm | Jacque’s Cabaret, 79 Broadway, Boston | No cover | 617.426.8902 or jacquescabaret.com PSYCLONE TUESDAYS | All EDM music with Stevie Psyclone | 9 pm | Machine, 1256 Boylston St, Boston | Free | 617.536.1950 or machineboston.com
tor spinning only rock ‘n roll | 10 pm | Ramrod, 1254 Boylston St, Boston | Free | 617.266.2986 or ramrodboston.com
CIRCUS THURSDAYS | See listing JACQUES’ ANGELS | See listing for
BENEFITS THURSDAY 7
BRA DRIVE TO BENEFIT FREE THE GIRLS | Auction, competition
between donors, and live music from Lance Riley, Brian Burke and the Cloud Factory, and DJ V-Nice | 8 pm | Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville | Bra donations welcome | 617.623.9211 or freethegirls.com
“FUKUSHIMA 2011” SCREENING TO BENEFIT TEWASSA | Focused
on the distress of those who endured the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake | 6:30 pm | MIT Eastman Laboratories, 182 Memorial Dr, Building 6, Cambridge | Donation welcome | 617.868.8868 or tewassa.org
URBAN BLOCK PARTY TO BENEFIT BIG SISTER ASSOCIATION’S
MEET THE MAYOR
BOSTON PRIDE PARADE | Staple event of Pride Week celebrates and promotes equal rights for the region’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities | noon | Copley Square, Boylston + Dartmouth Sts, Boston | Free | bostonpride.org EPIC SATURDAYS | New England’s biggest gay dance party | 10 pm | House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston | $10 | 888.693.2583 LUSH WOMEN’S PRIDE PARTY | With four bars, two dance floors, pool lounge, pole and go-go dancers, and music from DJs Dena, Jodi, and LeahV | 7 pm | Machine, 1256 Boylston St, Boston | $20; $15 advance | 617.536.1950 or dykenight. com SATURDAY’S AT FRAN’S PLACE | Ladies night featuring music from
CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE NATURE CONNECTION | With urban-
folk/pop artist Patty Larkin | 8 pm | Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow St, Concord | $35; $30 advance | 978.369.2585 or natureconnection.org
GOATSTOCK 6 TO BENEFIT HEIFER INTERNATIONAL | Concert with
Astro Al, Tim Mungenast and His Preexisting Conditions, and Mission Creep | 7 pm | Nave Gallery, 155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville | $5 | 617.625.6600 or astroal.com
NEW BALANCE HEART BREAK HILL 5K RUN AND WALK TO BENEFIT FRANCISCAN HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN | With an optional Kids
Fun Run 100-yard dash around the stadium and a post-race party with food, music, and prizes | 9 am | Boston College Alumni Stadium, 2599 Beacon St, Chestnut Hill | $40; $30 advance | 617.552.8520 or franciscanhospital.org/5K
NIGHT OF MUSIC AND LAUGHTER TO BENEFIT LYNN SCHOOL’S BAND | With headliner Don White
and a silent auction | 6:30 pm | St. Michael’s Hall, 25 Elmwood Ave, Lynn | $25; $20 advance | 781.367.0697 or stmichaelshall.com
HALFWAY 5K ROAD RACE TO BENEFIT COPS FOR KIDS WITH CANCER | With over 1,000 par-
ticipants and food, drinks, and fun activities following the race | 10:30 am | Halfway Cafe, 95 Washington St, Canton | $25 | 781.821.0944 or thehalfwaycafe.com
NSTAR’S WALK TO BENEFIT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BOSTON | 2- or
7-mile stroll and a family fun filled afternoon of crafts, face painting, music, games, food, and celebrity and athlete meet-and-greets | 9 am | Hatch Memorial Shell, 1 David G Mugar Way, Boston | $25; $150 fundraising minimum | 617.727.5114 or childrenshospital.org/walk
ONE VOICE TO BENEFIT THE YWCA CAMBRIDGE | Celebration
DYKE MARCH AFTER PARTY |
With DJ Susan Esthera | 9 pm | Caprice Lounge, 275 Tremont St, Boston | $10 | 617.292.0080 or dykenight.com FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY | With DJ Jay Ine | 8 pm | Northern Nights, 649 Lynnway, Lynn | $5 | 781.595.1900 or northern-nights.net MACHINE FRIDAY | With DJs Darrin Friedman and Gay Jim, go-go boys, celebrity bartenders, and special guest hosts and performances | 10 pm | Machine, 1256 Boylston St, Boston | $10 | 617.536.1950 or machine-boston.com MISS-LEADING LADIES | With Kris Knievil, Destiny, Mizery, Lakia Mondale, and Fena Barbitall | Fri 10:15 pm; Sat 7 + 10:15 pm | Jacque’s Cabaret, 79 Broadway, Boston | $10 | 617.426.8902 or jacquescabaret.com
TEAM IN THE RODMAN RIDE FOR KIDS | 80’s-themed event, with
Der ek koUyoUMJiAN
pm; Fri-Sat 10 am-2 pm | Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich | $12 | 978.356.4351 or ttor.org
TERRI’S HOLE Mike FULhAM (foursquare.com/user/5628639) WHAT IS THIS? HOW IS BEING MAYOR OF “TERRI’S HOLE” DIFFERENT FROM MAYOR OF T.T. THE BEAR’S? so, there’s this backroom that terri pretty much owns during the heroes and xmortis nights. there’s a little cubby area where there’re a few tables and, right now, a disco ball. that has been labeled “terri’s hole.” Latex Lily now has to pry the mayorship from my cold, dead hands. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO KEEP THIS MAYORSHIP AND DEFEAT THIS RIVAL? if i can come in during the week and see more live shows, as opposed to just the dance nights, then i can own it.. WHAT’S MORE GOTH – SPIDERS OR DEATH? spiders are just creepy. Death invokes such a wide range of interpretations. You have Victorian death — the solemn darkness of it. You have the modern version, where you can have horror and guts and grime and whatnot. You have this wide range that applies to death. it can be something very formal, prim, proper, and elegant, or it can be this monstrous visceral thing that just covers you in slime. so i will take death over spiders. _Barry Thompson
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of women in bluegrass and folk with Red Molly, Jan Bell and the Maybelles, and Diva’s Daughters | 2 pm | YWCA Cambridge, 7 Temple St, Cambridge | $25 | 323.393.3482 or divaday.net
SCULLERS PHX June 7_SCULLERS
sCullers jazz Club BOSTON’S #1 JAZZ CLUB!
Thurs., June 7
8pm & 10pm B3 Organ
& THE GROOVER QUARTET
Feat. Peter Bernstein, Vincent Herring & Joe Farnsworth
Fri. & Sat., June 8 & 9
8pm & 10pm
LINDA EDER One of the greatest contemporary voices of our time. Tues., June 12
Weds., June 13
8pm & 10pm
ELLEN O’BRIEN Award-winning vocalist. STEVE SMITH
& VITAL INFORMATION
Thurs., June 14
8pm & 10pm
W/Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee, & Billy Hart
Fri. & Sat., June 15 & 16
8pm & 10pm
DJANGO REINHARDT Special guest
FESTIVAL ALL-STARS Edmar Casteneda “Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz” from France. DOUBLETREE SUITES BY HILTON – BOSTON Storrow Dr. & Mass Pike Exit Call for Tickets & Info at: 617-562-4111
Dinner/Show Packages Available. Also In-Club menu
Order on-line at www.scullersjazz.com
STEP ON BOARD TO BENEFIT THE UNITED SOUTH END SETTLEMENTS | Honoring the contributions to the South End/ Lower Roxbury with food from around the neighborhood and a raffle | 6 pm | Harriet Tubman House, 566 Columbus Ave, Boston | $90 | 617.375.8108 or uses.org/step
MARTINIS & MASTERPIECES TO BENEFIT THE ARTS & BUSINESS COUNCIL OF GREATER BOSTON | Live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres created by local chefs, and a silent auction featuring art and gift packages | 5:30 pm | Mohr and McPherson Café, 460 Harrison Ave, Boston | $150 | 617.350.7600 or artsandbusinesscouncil.org
GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT THE PLYMOUTH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA | Shotgun start, lunch
reception, games and contests, post tournament reception, silent auction, and more | 1 pm | Southers Marsh Golf Club, Southers Marsh Ln, Plymouth | $125 | 508.830.3535 or plymouthphil.org
A NIGHT WITH FRIENDS: SPLASH INTO SUMMER TO BENEFIT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF BOSTON’S FRIENDS COUNCIL | Hors d’oeuvres, open bar, silent auction, and raffle | 7 pm | Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, 10 Avery St, Boston | $110 | 617.994.4747 or bgcb.org
THU Endless Wave • Ghost Box Orchestra 06.07.12 Soccer Mom • Hex Map 9pm Doors • 18+ • $8
FRI Anderson Comedy Group • The Gas 06.08.12 The best in local comedy and beyond 7:30pm • 18+ • $5.00
FRI the pill • DJs Ken & Michael V. 06.08.12 10pm • 21+ • $5.00 SAT Bowery Boston Presents: An Evening 06.09.12 with Simone Felice (full band) 9pm • 21+ • $10 ADV / $13 DOS
SUN Witch Mountain (Portland doom) Lord Dying (fr. Portland) • Elder 06.10.12 Magic Circle 9pm Doors • 18+ • $8
moN King Tuff • Habibi • Bozmo 06.11.12 9pm • 18+ • $9.00 TUe CQ Presents: Ramona Falls • The Darcys • Thieving Irons 06.12.12 9pm • 18+ • $10.00 wed The Fenway Recordings Sessions 06.13.12 Bass Drum of Death • DZ Deathrays DJ Carbo 9pm • 18+ • $12.00
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Museums + Galleries Spiridoula Politis, Sacred Spiral
Play by Play ongoing
ADDison gALLeRY oF AMeRiCAn ART AT pHiLLips ACADeMY |
978.749.4015 | 180 Main St, Andover | andover.edu/addison | Tues-Sat 10 am-
fWASHINGTON STREET ART CENTER | 617.623.5315 | 321
Washington St, Somerville | washingtonst.org | Sat noon4 pm | June 9-30: Spiridoula Politis, Bartosz Majczak, and Mauro Reategui Perez: “visions:snoisiv” | Reception June 9: 6-10 pm openings CAHoon MUseUM oF AMeRiCAn ART | 508.428.7581 | 4676 Falmouth Rd,
Cotuit | cahoonmuseum.org | Tues-Sat 10
am-4 pm; Sun 1-4 pm | Admission $8; $7 seniors; $6 students | June 12-July 22: “Italia: The Influence of Italy on American Artists” CopLeY soCieTY oF ART | 617.536.5049 | 158 Newbury St, Boston | copleysociety.org | Tues-Sat 11 am-6 pm; Sun noon-5 pm | June 14-Aug 21: “Co|So Artists’ Small Works: Juxtapositions” | June 14-Aug 22: Nancy Colella: “Beach Peeks” | “Summer Members’ Show 2012: New England Perceived” noRMAn RoCKWeLL MUseUM | 413.298.4100 | 9 Rte 183, Stockbridge | nrm.org | Daily 10 am–5 pm | Admission $15; $13.50 seniors; $10 students with ID; free for ages 18 and under when accompanied by an adult | June 9-Oct 28: Howard Pyle: “American Master Rediscovered” peABoDY esseX MUseUM | 978.745.9500 | 161 Essex St, Salem | pem.org | Tues-Sun and Mon holidays
10 am-5 pm | Admission $15; $13 seniors; $11 students; free for ages 16 and under | June 9-Oct 8: Ansel Adams: “At the Water’s Edge” QUiDLeY AnD CoMpAnY gALLeRY | 617.450.4300 | 38 Newbury St, Boston | quidleyandco.com | Tues-Fri 10 am-6 pm; Sat 10 am-5 pm | June 10-July 9: “In Good Company”
RHoDe isLAnD sCHooL oF Design MUseUM oF ART | 401.454.6500 | 224
Benefit St, Providence, RI | risdmuseum. org | Tues-Sun 10 am-5 pm | Admission
$10; $7 seniors; $3 college students and youth ages 5-18; free every Sun 10 am–1 pm | June 8-Oct 21: Dan Walsh: “UnCommon Ground” WAsHingTon sTReeT ART CenTeR | 617.623.5315 | 321 Washington St, Somerville | washingtonst.org | Sat noon-4 pm | June 9-30: Spiridoula Politis, Bartosz Majczak, and Mauro Reategui Perez: “visions:snoisiv” | Reception June 9: 6-10 pm WooDRUFF’s ART CenTeR | 508.477.5767 | 1 Market St, Mashpee | woodruffsartcenter.com | Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm; Sun 11 am-5 pm | June 14-Sept 4: “The Upper Cape Through The Artists Eye” | Reception June 14: 6-8 pm
ART’s noT DeAD Here’s the shortlist of highlights from the area’s museums and galleries. To see more, scan the code — or visit bit.ly/ArtsNotDead for complete art listings.
5 pm; Sun 1-5 pm | Through July 31: “In Character: Artists’ Role Play in Photography and Video” | “Life Lines: The Art of Elizabeth Enders” | “Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography” ALBRigHT ART | 978.369.7300 | 32 Main St, Concord | albrightartgallery. com | Sun-Tues 10 am-6 pm; Wed-Sat 10 am-8 pm | Through July 15: Helen Popinchalk: “CMYK Animal Stories” ART MARKeT pRoVinCeToWn | 508.413.9090 | 148 Commercial St, Provincetown | artmarketprovincetown. com | Mon + Wed-Sun 10 am-9 pm | Through July 1: Richard Dorff: “Translucencies” | Suara Welitoff: “Things like time” BRiCKBoTToM gALLeRY | 617.776.3410 | 1 Fitchburg St, Somerville | brickbottomartists.com | Thurs-Sat noon–5 pm | Through June 30: Maggie Carberry and Jill Valle: “Noble Savage, Simple Soul: Personal Landscapes Seen Through a Child’s Eyes” CAC gALLeRY | 617.349.4380 | 344 Broadway, Cambridge | cambridgema. gov/cac | Mon + Wed 8:30 am-8 pm; Tues + Thurs 8:30 am-5 pm; Fri 8:30 am-noon | Through June 15: Roberta Paul: “Move Me” gALLeRY seVen | 978.897.9777 | 7 Nason St, Maynard | gallerysevenmaynard. com | Tues-Fri 10 am-6 pm; Sat 10 am-5 pm | Through July 21: “Seductive Surfaces: A Juried Exhibition of Fine Art Fiber” HARVARD ART MUseUMs | 617.495.9400 | 485 Broadway, Cambridge | harvardartmuseums. org | Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm | Admission $9; $7 seniors; $6 students | Through Aug 18: Jasper Johns: “In Print: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print”
isABeLLA sTeWART gARDneR MUseUM | 617.566.1401 | 280 the
Fenway, Boston | gardnermuseum.org |
Wed-Mon 11 am-5 pm | Admission $15; $12 seniors; $5 students with ID; free for ages under 18 | Through Aug 20: “Community Creations”
soUTH RoTUnDA gALLeRY AT THe HYnes ConVenTion CenTeR | 900
Boylston St, Boston | janeohara.com | By appointment only | Through July 15:
Jane O’Hara: “Consider the Beast” spoKe gALLeRY | 617.268.6700 | 110 K St, Boston | mwponline.org | WedFri noon-5 pm | Through June 29: Sophia Ainslie, Illona Anderson, and Paul Stopforth: “Then and Now”
WiLLiAMs CoLLege MUseUM oF ART | 413.597.2429 | 15 Lawrence
Hall Dr, Williamstown | wcma.org | Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm; Sun 1-5 pm| Through July 29: “Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972– 1987” | Through Aug 19: “Teaching with Art: Life and Death in Ancient Rome” | Through Sept 16: “Museum Models: Students Take On Celebrated Architects” | Through Dec 30: “Room for Reflection”
CLosings BeLLA LUnA ResTAURAnT |
617.524.6060 | 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain | milkywayjp.com/bellaluna.html
| Sun-Tues 5-11 pm; Wed 5 pm-midnight; Thurs-Fri 5 pm-1 am; Sat 11 am-1 am | Through June 10: Joey Mars, Andy Jacob, Kris Smith, Ethan Manach, and Mat Millett: “Helltown Workshop” LinCoLn ARTs pRoJeCT | | 289 Moody St, Waltham | lincolnartsproject.com | Wed-Fri 4-9 pm; Sat 2-8 pm | Through June 9: “Zine Show”
opening THe AMeRiCAn pLAn | Happy
Medium Theatre presents Richard Greenberg’s drama set in the Catskill Mountains in the early 1960s. Robyn Linden stars as Lili Adler, a young woman hoping to escape the control of her mother Eva (Audrey Lynn Sylvia). Lili meets a young man named Nick Lockridge (Nick Miller) and falls in love, but Eva learns of the relationship and will not stand for it. Melanie Garber directs. | June 8-16 | Factory
Theatre at the Piano Factory, 791 Tremont St, Boston | $5-$17 | 617.817.6600 or brownpapertickets.com
BReAK Up noTeBooK: A LesBiAn MUsiCAL | Neil Donohoe helms this
Boston Conservatory staging of Patricia Cotter and Lori Scarlett’s comedy musical, adapted from Cotter’s hit play of the same name. 33-year-old Helen Hill has recently been dumped, and she now re-enters the dating pool once more with the hope of finding the girl of her dreams – no matter how many bad dates it takes to find her. Music directed and conducted by Steven Ladd Jones. | June 7-10 |
Boston Conservatory, 8 the Fenway, Boston | $25; $15 seniors; $10 students | 617.912.9222 or bostonconservatory.edu
CAR TALK: THe MUsiCAL!!! | Underground Railway Theater and Suffolk University co-produce Wesley Savick’s new musical based on the NPR radio show Car Talk, with permission (albeit not artistic involvement) from the show’s co-hosts. Our hero Rusty Fenders has a terminally ill ‘93 KIA; he runs into a woman named Miata C. LaChassis who has just the right mechanic in mind. The production features original music by Michael Wartofsky. | June 14–August 12 | Central
Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge | $20-$50 | 866.811.4111 or centralsquaretheater.org
CRUeL BoTAnY: AT pLAY in THe gARDens oF HARRY KonDoLeon AnD FeDeRiCo gARCiA LoRCA | Matthew Woods directs this Imaginary Beasts staging of two plays about gardens and romantic entanglements. Federico Garcia Lorca’s The Fairy Garden and Harry Kondoleon’s The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in the Garden features Austin Auh, Sam Eckmann, Molly Kimmerling, Jacqueline McCoy, Joey Pelletier, Juan Carlos Pineda, Micah Tougas, Jesse Wood. | June 8-23 | Black Box Theatre at Boston
Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston | $20; $15 seniors; $13 students | 617.933.8600 or bostontheatrescene.com
pLAYWRigHTs’ pLATFoRM: 40TH AnniVeRsARY sUMMeR FesTiVAL | Playwrights’ Platform hosts several nights of one-act plays, culminating in an awards ceremony based on audience votes. Playwrights featured in this year’s showcase include Regina Eliot-Ramsey, Christopher King, Lawrence Kessenich, George Smart, Roberta Kosberg, Paul Antokolsky and Theresa Rebeck in Series A (performed on June 7-9), and Ludmila Anselm, Ron Radice, Sandra Weintraub, George Masselam, Scott Welty, Hortense Gerardo, Amy Tibbetts and Theresa Rebeck in Series B (June 1416). | June 7-16 | Boston Playwrights’
Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston | $17; $15 seniors | 866.811.4111 or playwrightsplatform.org
RoUnD AnD RoUnD THe gARDen | Eric C. Engel directs Gloucester Stage in their reprisal of Alan Ayckbourn’s third installment in his “Norman Conquests” trilogy of plays. Adrianne Krstansky stars, alongside Academy Award-nominee Lindsay Crouse, Barlow Adamson, Steve Barkhimer, Sarah Newhouse, and Richard Snee. | June 14–July 1 | Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St, Gloucester | $40; $35 students, seniors | 978.281.4433 or gloucesterstage.com
T: An MBTA MUsiCAL | Jeffrey Mosser helms the reprisal of Melissa Carubia and John M. Manship’s comedy musical about the MBTA, voted the Best Fringe Musical of 2011. This version of the play includes more songs and scenes, but still follows the plot of the original play, which was about a group of Boston subway travelers who discover a magical map that will help them learn the underground mysteries of the T. | June 8-15 | Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge | $25; $18 students, seniors | 866.811.4111 or cluboberon.com/ events/t-mbta-musical
noW pLAYing AVenUe Q | If you grew up on Sesame Street only to graduate from college to the School of Hard Knocks, then Avenue Q is the street where you live, where sweet candor and anxiety about the future are filtered through upbeat ditties, life lessons, and a steam of puppet sex so hot it would make Elmo blush. But Avenue Q’s appeal extends beyond 20-somethings living on hope and handouts from their parents; it won 2004 Tony Awards for best musical, book, and score, and ran on Broadway for six years. But for that appeal to last beyond the genius concept (courtesy of composer/lyricists Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx) and the first 10 minutes, the show must be performed with considerable skill. Though three of its characters are people, the rest require singer-actors in perfect synch with the felt-and-fur folks they animate. Spiro Veloudos’s production at the Lyric Stage, if a bit rambunctious, is also credible, hilarious, and soulful, its biggest charmer Erica Spyres as winsome if hirsute Kate Monster, and a Mae West of a Muppet named Lucy the Slut. Who could resist a Sesame Street for just-grownups? | Through June 9 | Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street, Boston | $25-$60 | 617.437.7172 or lyricstage.com
BYe BYe LiVeR: THe BosTon DRinKing pLAY | The Oberon pres-
ents the Boston chapter of Bye Bye Liver, a show about drinking culture, from wine snobs to wildly fun (and occasionally terrifying) booze parties. The performance also incorporates audience interaction with social games like “Would You Rather” and “Never Have I Ever.” | Through August 31 | Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge | $20 |
866.811.4111 or cluboberon.com
geoRge geRsHWin ALone | Actor, playwright and Steinway concert artist Hershey Felder stars in his oneman biographical play about American composer George Gershwin. The play includes many of Gershwin’s famous pieces such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and a complete performance of “Rhapsody in Blue.” Joel Zwick directs. | Through June 10 | Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington St, Boston | $25-$79 |
617.824.8000 or artsemerson.org
CUpCAKe | Guy Ben-Aharon helms
the world premiere of a new musical with a book by Bradley Seeman, music by Michael Wartofsky, and lyrics by David Reiffel. The comedy centers around a baker named Tom who just wants to sell cupcakes from a street cart, the police officer who won’t allow it, and Tom’s local
fans, who are willing to fight for their right to sweets. | Through June 24 | Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Jamaica Plain | $25-$35 | 617.536.0966 or
LoVe peRson | Company One pres-
ents the Boston premiere of Aditi Brennan Kapil’s four-part love story told in Sanskrit, American Sign Language, English and email. M. Bevin O’Gara directs the play, which stars Sabrina Dennison, Jacqueline Emmart, Nael Nacer and Scarlett Redmond. | Through June 23 | Boston Center
for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont Street, Boston | $30-$35; $15 students | 617.292.7110 or companyone.org
MoTHeRHooD THe MUsiCAL | Trin-
ity Repertory Company hosts the national tour of this new comedy musical written by Sue Fabisch of Menopause the Musical fame, staged by the same directing team: Lisa Shriver directs and choreographs, with Johnny Rodgers on music direction. The musical’s story follows four very different moms who bond throughout their journeys through pregnancy, child rearing, and eventually, empty nest syndrome. | Through July 1 | Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence | $44 |
401.351.4242 or trinityrep.com
pRiVATe LiVes | The Huntington
Theatre Company presents Noël Coward’s comedy about divorcés who meet while on their second honeymoons, both with new spouses in tow. Maria Aitken directs the fiveperson cast of Bianca Amato, Autumn Hurlbert, Paula Plum, James Waterston, and Jeremy Webb. | Through June 24 | Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston | $25-$89 | 617.266.7900 or huntingtontheatre.org |
Steve Vineberg’s review page 90
RoLLeR DisCo THe MUsiCAL | Jen Wineman directs Eli Bolin, Sam Forman and Wineman’s unauthorized musical theatre parody of the 1979 film Roller Boogie, about a roller-skating dance contest, star-crossed lovers, and real estate fraud. This parody version of the story features songs with titles like “Skating is Sexy,” “Love on Wheels,” and “Chase Scene!”| Through August 30 | Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge | $25-$45 | 866.811.4111 or rollerdiscothemusical.com
XAnADU | Neither the 1980 stinker
film that starred Olivia NewtonJohn nor the ebulliently camp 2007 Broadway musical being given its Boston premiere by SpeakEasy Stage Company is about love in the age of Coleridge. The movie is about love on skates. The stage piece resembles Mamma Mia! in that it’s built on an infectious pop score, but instead of inventing a cheesy plot, it makes fun of the one already in place. In librettist Douglas Carter Beane’s meta-theatrical, self-reflexive mix of vaudeville, schmaltz, and grandeur, Clio, Greek muse of history, bursts from a sidewalk mural in Venice, CA. Paul Daigneault helms a cast that adds to the triple threat of acting, singing, and dancing a fourth intimidation of roller-skating. McCaela Donovan, as the foxy Clio, might give Dorothy Hamill a run for her money. And David Connolly’s choreography — an ingenious mix of Greek chorus and disco — might be the star of the show. | Through June 9 |
Roberts Studio Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston | $25-$52 | 617.426.5000 or speakeasystage.com
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snoW WHItE & tHE HUntsMAn tHE RoCKY HoRRoR PICtURE sHoW | Sat: 12:30 am
ARtsEMERson FILM sERIEs
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BERnIE | 2:15 [no Sat-Sun], 7:15 [no
2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:55 | Fri: 11 am
Thurs], 9:40 [no Mon] | Sat: 2:20 | Sun: 11:50 am
HYstERIA | 1:50, 4:10, 6:35, 9:10 | Sat-
PLEAsE CALL to ConFIRM BooKIngs And FoR REMAInIng tIMEs doUBLE tRoUBLE | 10:10 am, 1:10,
1:45 [no Mon, Wed], 4:20 [no Mon, Wed], 7 [no Mon], 9:40 | Mon, Wed: 12:20| Mon: 3
Paramount Center, 559 Washington St, Boston | 617.824.8000 | $10: $5 students
175 Tremont St | 617.423.3499
4:10, 7:10, 10:10
MAdAgAsCAR 3: EURoPE’s Most WAntEd | 10 an, 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8,
MAdAgAsCAR 3: EURoPE’s Most WAntEd 3d | 11:30 am, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 | Fri-Sat: midnight
PRoMEtHEUs | noon, 3:15, 6:25, 9:20
| Fri-Sat: 12:20 am
PRoMEtHEUs 3d | 11 am, 2:15, 5:15, 8:15 | Fri-Sat: 11:20
PRoMEtHEUs: An IMAX 3d EXPERIEnCE | 10:30 am, 1:30, 4:30,
tHE AVEngERs tHE AVEngERs 3d tHE AVEngERs: An IMAX 3d EXPERIEnCE BAttLEsHIP tHE BEst EXotIC MARIgoLd HotEL BULLY CHERnoBYL dIARIEs dARK sHAdoWs dARK sHAdoWs: tHE IMAX EXPERIEnCE tHE dICtAtoR FoR gREAtER gLoRY tHE FIVE YEAR EngAgEMEnt HIgH sCHooL tHE HUngER gAMEs MEn In BLACK III: An IMAX 3d EXPERIEnCE snoW WHItE And tHE HUntsMAn tHInK LIKE A MAn WHAt to EXPECt WHEn YoU’RE EXPECtIng
Boston PUBLIC LIBRARY
Copley Square, Boston | 617.536.5400 | Free admission FAtHER oF tHE BRIdE | Mon: 6 PREsUMEd InnoCEnt | Thurs: 2
290 Harvard St | 617.734.2500 MoonRIsE KIngdoM | noon [no Fri],
tHE BEst EXotIC MARIgoLd HotEL |
FoLLoW ME: tHE YonI nEtAnYAHU stoRY | 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 | Sun: 11:40 am JIRo dREAMs oF sUsHI | 4:40 FRIdAY tHE 13tH UnCUt | Fri-Sat: after midnight
tHE sAndMAn | Sun: 11 am “WoMAnIMAtIon!” | Sun: 2:15 BoogIE nIgHts | Mon: 7 “ARtZ: MEEt ME At tHE CooLIdgE... And MAKE MEMoRIEs” | Thurs: 10 am
1 Kendall Square | 617.499.1996 BEL AMI | 1:20, 3:45, 6:45, 9:15 | Sat-Sun:
tHE BEst EXotIC MARIgoLd HotEL | 1:05, 3:50, 6:40, 9:25
Sun: 11:20 am
tHE IntoUCHABLEs | 1:40, 4:15, 6:50,
9:35 | Sat-Sun: 11 am
MoonRIsE KIngdoM | 1, 2, 3:30, 4:30, 6:30, 7, 9, 9:30 | Sat-Sun: 10:45 am, 11:30 am noBodY ELsE BUt YoU | 1:35, 4, 7:05, 9:30 | Sat-Sun: 11:10 am PEACE, LoVE, & MIsUndERstAndIng | 1:30, 4:05, 7:05, 9:20 | Sat-Sun:
PoLIssE | 1:10, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30
Boston CAMBRIdgE BRAttLE
40 Brattle St, Harvard Square | 617.876.6837 CHILdREn oF PARAdIsE | Fri-Sun: 6 |
BEYond tHE BLACK RAInBoW | FriSun: 9:45 | Fri-Sat: midnight
VALLEY gIRL | Mon: 7:30 | Tues: 5:30,
RAIsIng ARIZonA | Mon: 5:30, 9:30 | Tues: 7:30
VAMPIRE’s KIss | Wed: 5:15, 7:30, 9:30
168 Alewife Brook Parkway | 617.661.2900
MAdAgAsCAR 3: EURoPE’s Most WAntEd | 12:50, 3:10, 3:30, 5:20, 7:35, 7:50, 9:45
MAdAgAsCAR 3: EURoPE’s Most WAntEd 3d | 1:05, 5:40, 10 PRoMEtHEUs | 1:30, 4:20, 7:30, 10:15 PRoMEtHEUs 3d | 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55 tHE AVEngERs | 12:45, 3:45, 7, 7:25, 10:10, 10:15
tHE dICtAtoR | 7:30, 9:40 MEn In BLACK III | 12:55, 3:30, 7:05, 9:30 tHE PIRAtEs! BAnd oF MIsFIts |
12:45, 2:55, 5
snoW WHItE And tHE HUntsMAn |
Capitol, 204 Mass Ave | 781.648.4340
MAdAgAsCAR 3: EURoPE’s Most WAntEd | 5 [no Sat-Sun] | Sat-Sun: 12:45
MAdAgAsCAR 3: EURoPE’s Most WAntEd 3d | 5:30, 7:30 | Fri-Sat: 9:30 | Sat-Sun: 1:30, 3:30
PRoMEtHEUs | 8 | Sat-Sun: 5 PRoMEtHEUs 3d | 4:30, 7:20 | Fri-Sat: 10 | Sat-Sun: 1:45
tHE AVEngERs | 4, 7:45 | Sat-Sun: 12:30 dARK sHAdoWs | 5 [no Fri-Sun], 7:40 |
MEn In BLACK III 3d | 4:45, 7:20 | Fri-
Sat: 9:50 | Sat-Sun: 2:15
Community Theatre, 580 High St | 781.326.0409
tHE BEst EXotIC MARIgoLd HotEL |
11:50 am, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10 | Fri-Sat: 9:30 MoonRIsE KIngdoM | 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:45 | Fri-Sat: 9
LPF stUdIo CInEMA 296 Cabot St, Beverly | 978.969.2476
no FILMs tHIs WEEK
1, 4, 7:10, 10:05
West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St | 617.964.6060
PLEAsE CALL to ConFIRM BooKIngs And FoR tIMEs MAdAgAsCAR 3: EURoPE’s Most WAntEd | 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 MAdAgAsCAR 3: EURoPE’s Most WAntEd 3d | 1, 4, 7, 10 PRoMEtHEUs | 12:50, 4:05, 7:20,
HARVARd FILM ARCHIVE
HYstERIA | 1:10, 3:30, 6:15, 8:35 | Sat-
PRoMEtHEUs 3d | 12:10, 12:30, 3:24,
201 Brookline Ave | 617.424.6266
3:45, 6:40, 7, 9:55, 10:15
tHE AVEngERs tHE AVEngERs 3d BAttLEsHIP CHERnoBYL dIARIEs dARK sHAdoWs tHE dICtAtoR tHE HUngER gAMEs MEn In BLACK III MEn In BLACK III 3d snoW WHItE And tHE HUntsMAn tHInK LIKE A MAn WHAt to EXPECt WHEn YoU’RE EXPECtIng
MUsEUM oF FInE ARts
465 Huntington Ave, Boston | 617.369.3300 | $9: $8 students, seniors CRAFt | Fri: 4 tHE PRIZE | Fri: 7:30 | Sat: 10:45 am WE stILL LIVE HERE | Fri: 6 | Sat: 1 |
Sun: 11:30 am
MoURnIng | Sat: 2:30 | Sun: 1 FAt, BALd, sHoRt MAn | Sun: 3 | Wed: 5:15
toLL BootH | Wed: 7:15 | Thurs: 5 tHE LAst FALL | Thurs: 7
WHAt to EXPECt WHEn YoU’RE EXPECtIng | 1:10, 3:45
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge | 617.495.4700 | $9: $7 students, seniors: free for ages 8 and under stRAIgHt to HELL REtURns | Fri: 7 sEARCHERs 2.0 | Sat: 7 tHREE BUsInEssMEn + EdgE CItY |
HIgHWAY PAtRoLMEn | Mon: 7
HARVARd sQUARE 10 Church St | 617.864.4580
PLEAsE CALL to ConFIRM BooKIngs And FoR REMAInIng tIMEs MAdAgAsCAR 3: EURoPE’s Most WAntEd 3d PRoMEtHEUs PRoMEtHEUs 3d | 2:15, 5, 7:45,10:30 tHE AVEngERs tHE AVEngERs 3d dARK sHAdoWs tHE dICtAtoR MEn In BLACK III
BEL AMI | 1:20, 3:40, 6:20, 8:30 BERnIE | 6:05 [no Thurs] tHE BEst EXotIC MARIgoLd HotEL | 12:50, 3:30, 8, 8:35 | Sat-Sun: 10:30 am Sun: 10:40
tHE IntoUCHABLEs | 1, 3:35, 6:10, 8:30 tHE KId WItH A BIKE | 1:30 MonsIEUR LAZHAR | 3:35 [no Tues], 8:25 [no Thurs]
AnItA | Sun: 10:35 am tHE LoRAX | Sat-Sun: 11:05 am
soMERVILLE tHEAtRE 55 Davis Square | 617.625.5700
tHE dICtAtoR | 5:15, 7:45, 9:45 | Sat-
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Embassy Cinema, 16 Pine St | 781.736.7852
Unless otherwise noted, all film listings this week are for Friday June 8 through Thursday June 14. As always, it’s best to call the theater before heading out.
MoonRIsE KIngdoM | 1:20, 4:30 | FriSat: 7:10, 9:40 | Sun-Thurs: 7:30 PRoMEtHEUs | 1:05, 3:50 | Fri-Sat: 6:40, 9:25 | Sun-Thurs: 7 tHE AVEngERs | 1, 4:10 | Fri-Sun: 7:30 | Mon-Thurs: 7:20 tHE dICtAtoR | 3:40 | Fri-Sat: 9:45 FIRst PosItIon | 1:25 | Fri-Sat: 7:20 | Sun-Thurs: 7:50 MEn In BLACK 3 | 1:15, 4:20 | Fri-Sat: 7, 9:30 | Sun-Thurs: 7:40 snoW WHItE And tHE HUntsMAn | 1:10, 4 | Fri-Sat: 6:50, 9:35 | Sun-Thurs: 7:10
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“ SMART AND ENTERTAINING! A Southern California dream of the sort concocted by James Ellroy in ‘L.A. Confidential’. The ravishing cinematography adds to the spell.”
–Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES
husband’s operation. Then, when he denounces her, she becomes a prostitute to support her child. | b&w | 93m | South Boston Branch
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XXX ANITA | 2009 | Visit thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. |
Spanish | 104m | West Newton: Sun
B XW BATTLESHIP | 2012 | Visit
thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | 131m | Boston Common +
Fenway + suburbs
BEL AMI | 2012 | Betsy Sherman’s
review is on page 88. | 102m | Kendall
Square + West Newton
XXX BERNIE | 2011 | Visit thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | 104m | Coolidge Corner +
XXW THE BEST EXOTIC
MARIGOLD HOTEL | 2012 | Visit
thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | 124m | Boston Common +
Kendall Square + Coolidge Corner + West Newton
BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW | 2010 | Retro-indebted sci-fi
“Hilar ious and Heartfelt! n enchanted ride of a movie. dream cast.” A
MASTERPIECE GOOD OKAY NOT GOOD STINKS
THE BOSTON GLOBE
Utterly real, vividly dreamt!” WESLEY MORRIS
debut from writer/director Panos Cosmatos. A deranged head of a research lab (Michael Rogers) becomes obsessed with one of his subjects (Eva Allan) and her extraordinary powers. Hopelessly sheltered in intense confinement, the girl must journey through the darkest depths of the institute if she hopes to escape her twisted captor. | 110m | Brattle: Fri-Sun XXX BLONDE VENUS | 1932 | Marlene Dietrich is at her most polymorphous perverse in the “Hot Voodoo” number, where she emerges from a gorilla outfit wearing a blond afro with a glittering arrow through it while black dancers in kitsch-African costumes cavort to jungle drums behind her. It’s uproarious stuff, and the rest of this Josef von Sternberg picture is also very peculiar. Dietrich plays a devoted wife and mother who takes up with a powerful, nightclubbing politician (Cary Grant) to pay for her
XXXX BOOGIE NIGHTS | 1997
| Emerson College dropout Paul Thomas Anderson’s sophomore sizzler (his first film the 1996 noir Hard Eight), a grand, comic epic about the porn-film industry of the late ’70s and early ’80s, oneups Scorsese, Altman, Tarantino, and any other film-geek icon you want to name. And it’s a breakout vehicle for Dorchester’s Mark Wahlberg, as a 17-year-old busboy who’s discovered by porn auteur Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds, reviving his career), rechristened Dirk Diggler, and taken into Horner’s ad hoc family — which includes the maternal Amber Waves (Julianne Moore), big-brotherly Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly), and sisterlike Rollergirl (Heather Graham), who never takes off her skates, even during sex. All serve Horner’s dream to make porn films that are artistic. The second half of the film chronicles the decline of Horner’s dream and his stable, as home video puts porn theaters out of business and the heretofore sweet and naive Dirk lets success and drugs go to his head. Anderson tells both sides of his tale with equal virtuosity and without flinching or moralizing — proving that there’s still pleasure to be had in giving yourself over to a dazzling storyteller. | 155m | Coolidge Corner:
XXW BULLY | 2011 | Visit
thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | 99m | Boston Common
C XW CHERNOBYL DIARIES | 2012 |
Visit thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | 90m | Boston Common +
Fenway + suburbs
XXXX CHILDREN OF PARADISE
[LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS] | 1945 | This most famous of the collaborations by director
Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, set in Paris during the Victor Hugo era, is a heady, enthralling mix of high romantic gesture, existentialism, and theatrical metaphor. The unmatchable Arletty plays Garance, who rejects the too-demanding mime Baptiste (Jean-Louis Barrault), travels around the world as the mistress of a rich man she cannot love, and returns to watch her former lover performing, night after night, as she sits, veiled, in a box seat. Barrault has a memorable intensity, but the best scenes in the picture are between Arletty and Pierre Brasseur, as the egocentric actor Lemaître, who’s astonished to find he’s capable of loving Garance deeply enough to feel jealous of Baptiste. Maria Casarès plays the woman who lands Baptiste but not his heart. | French | b&w | 187m |
XXXX THE CLOCK | 1945 | The
success of this utterly winning wartime romance is a tribute to the delicacy and wit of director Vincente Minnelli. Robert Walker plays a corporal on a two-day leave in New York. A pretty secretary (Judy Garland) trips over his extended leg, and they spend the next 48 hours seeing the sights, falling in love, and getting married. The movie is a valentine to New York: there are scenes on Fifth Avenue, in Central Park, in the Metropolitan Museum, at the Astor Hotel, in Penn Station, and in the subway, and the settings give the film its distinctive flavor. The openair freshness is reminiscent of the feeling of Renoir’s early-’30s Paris films; it’s amazing to learn that all of The Clock was in fact shot on studio sets. Walker and Garland are wonderful together, and there are delightful appearances by Keenan Wynn (as a drunk) and James Gleason and Lucille Gleason (as a milkman and his wife). | b&w | 90m
| South Boston Branch Library: Tues
CRAFT [RISCADO] | 2010 | An actress moonlighting as a celebrity impersonator (Karine Teles) gets her big break when she auditions for a movie role, gets the part, and
the director goes as far as to change her part to reflect her real life circumstances. Gustavo Pizzi directs. | Portuguese | 85m | MFA: Fri
D XXX DARK SHADOWS | 2012 |
Visit thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | 113m | Boston Common +
Fenway + Harvard Square + Chestnut Hill + Arlington Capitol + suburbs
XXW DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER |
1971 | Unfortunately, Sean Connery
as 007 wasn’t, but after he’d opted out of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (passing up the best Bond Girl in history, Diana Rigg), a bushel of diamonds brought him back for one last outing (unless you count Never Say Never Again). A fortune in stolen diamonds has been stolen; 007 tracks them to Amsterdam, where he gets friendly with the aptly named Tiffany Case (Jill St. John), then heads for Las Vegas to roll the dice against Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray), who’s impersonating Howard Hughes–like millionaire recluse Willard Whyte (Jimmy Dean). Las Vegas classes down James instead of the other way round: it’s no fun to see him shooting craps instead of playing chemin de fer, and there’s a nervous-nelly taste of homophobia in the depiction of gay-couple baddies Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith) and Mr. Wint (Bluce Glover). Plus in the end, Tiffany seems more interested in the diamonds. With Bernard Lee as M, Desmond Llewelyn as Q, Lois Maxwell as the redoubtable Miss Moneypenny, Lana Wood as Plenty O’Toole (no prizes for guessing where she fits in), Norman Burton as Felix Leiter, and Leonard Barr as Shady Tree; Guy Hamilton directs, and Shirley Bassey sings the title song. | 119m | West End
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| 2012 | Visit thePhoenix.com/ movies for a full review. | 94m | West
F FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN [GORDO, CALVE, Y BAJITO] | 2011 | Carlos
Osuna’s animated feature is focused on Antonio Farfan (voiced by Álvaro Bayona), a lonely middleaged notary perpetually suffering from low self-esteem thanks to his appearance. His luck takes a turn however when he joins a self-improvement group and there he meets his new boss, an affable man who just happens to be fatter, balder, and shorter than Antonio. | Spanish | 91m | MFA: Sun + Wed FATHER OF THE BRIDE | 1991 | Remake of the 1950 comedy of the same name from director Charles Shyer. As George and Nina (Steve Martin and Diane Keaton) prepare for their daughter’s (Kimberly Williams) wedding, it becomes increasingly obvious that George is not yet ready to let his little girl go. | 105m | BPL: Mon XXXW FIRST POSITION | 2011 | Visit thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | 90m | Embassy
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XXX THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT | 2012 | Visit
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XXW FOLLOW ME: THE YONI NETANYAHU STORY | 2012 | Visit
thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | 87m | Coolidge Corner X FOR GREATER GLORY | 2012 | Visit thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | 135m | Boston Common Z FRIDAY THE 13TH | 1980 | Sean Cunningham’s stalk-and-kill thriller is transparently derivative (mainly of Halloween, of course, but also of Carrie and Deliverance), and in an open, straight-faced way that sometimes borders on the droll. For the most part, however, it’s just a nerveless, failed scare movie that comes to life only during the gory murder sequences contrived by shock-effects wizard Tom Savini, who made his name by splattering heads for George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. With Betsy Palmer as the owner of Camp Crystal Lake, which reopens many years after a series of deaths and disasters. | 95m | Coolidge Corner:
H XXW HEADHUNTERS | 2011 | Visit thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | Norwegian + Danish | 100m |
HIGH SCHOOL | 2012 | Jake
Mulligan’s review is on page 88. | 93m | Boston Common + suburbs
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [EL PATRULLERO] | 1991 | Roberto
Sosa stars as Pedro Rojas, a young policeman who quickly rises up the ranks of Mexico’s Federal Highway Patrol, before being sidetracked by the temptations of bribes and drug smuggling. Alex Cox directs. | Spanish | 94m | HFA: Mon XXW THE HUNGER GAMES | 2012 | Visit thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | 142m | Boston Common +
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HYSTERIA | 2011 | Ann Lewinson’s
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XXXW MONSIEUR LAZHAR | 2011 | Visit thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | French | 94m | West
XXX MONSOON WEDDING |
2001 | Like most weddings, the
one in Mira Nair’s film is stressful and chaotic in its preparation and a little bit false and tacky in its execution, but its pleasures prove genuine and deep. Father-of-thebride Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah) worries that he’s getting ripped off by buffoonish, vaguely disreputable wedding planner P.K. Dube (Vijay Raaz) as he prepares for the arranged marriage between his daughter Aditi (Vasundhara Das) and Texas-based engineer Hemant Rai (Parvin Dabas), who will meet for the first time days before the nuptials take place. Neither is he on good terms with his Australian nephew Rahul Chadha (Randeep Hooda), or his own teenage son, chubby Varun (Ishaan Nair), who prefers cooking and dance to more “manly” endeavors. Aditi, for her part, will pursue almost to her wedding night an affair with her married boss. Then there’s the question of why cousin Ria (Shefali Shetty) shrinks from rich Uncle Tej (Rajat Kapoor) even when he offers to pay for her dream of taking part in a writing program in an American university? Nair (Salaam, Bombay!; Mississippi Masala) mixing the bitter with the sweet, going a little heavy on the latter in a film about the power of combining opposites. But love has the last word, as nearly every character finds the appropriate mate despite his or her worst inclinations. Most appealing is the transformation of the benighted P.K., who takes time out from frantic phone calls to make eye contact with a maid with the unlikely but apt name of Alice (Tilotama Shome); what he does then with some flowers and candles makes for the most touching and unexpected moment in the film. | English + Hindi + Punjabi |
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K XXXW THE KID WITH A BIKE |
2011 | Visit thePhoenix.com/movies for a full review. | French | 87m | West Newton
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MOURNING | 2011 | This dark
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N Gerald Peary’s review is on page 88. | French | 102m | Kendall Square
THE LAST FALL | 2012 | Under the
pretense that his NFL career is over, Kyle (Lance Gross) returns to his hometown and reconnects with his high school sweetheart (Faith Davis). But when a team comes calling, Kyle is forced to make an onthe-spot and life-altering decision. Matthew A. Cherry directs. | 90m |
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XXW MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS | 2012 | Visit thePhoenix.com/
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R XXX RAISING ARIZONA | 1987
| In this gonzo-domestic slapstick jamboree from Joel and Ethan Coen set in the cartoon-mythic New South, Nicolas Cage’s H.I. McDunnough is a drawling, sleepyeyed crook given to knocking over convenience stores. Then he gets hitched to a policewoman, Edwina (Holly Hunter), but don’t look for the happy ending just yet — when the two discover she can’t have kids, they kidnap one of five quintuplets born to the local unpainted-furniture king, Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson). With John Goodman, William Forsythe, and Frances McDormand. | 94m | Brattle:
XX THE ROCKY HORROR
PICTURE SHOW | 1975 | This horrorcamp extravaganza still draws midnight crowds. Its story of two dorky, all-American kids (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) who find themselves indoctrinated into the pansexual ways of Dr. FrankN-Furter is no more outrageous than La Cage aux Folles, but only a curmudgeon would deny the magnetism of Tim Curry, whose lip-smacking rendition of “Sweet Transvestite” remains one of the high points in all of cult movies. Jim Sharman directs. | 100m |
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S THE SANDMAN | 2011 | One
morning, Benno (Fabian Krüger) wakes up to find sand in his bed. Initially opting to ignore it, he must address the issue once the amount of sand begins to increase each morning. Despite his deep-seated hatred for his neighbor Sandra (Irene Brügger), Benno opts to ask her for a possible solution when her reoccurring appearance in his dreams is the only connection he can draw to the sand. Peter Luisi directs. | German | 88m | Coolidge
from Nicolas Cage sparks this dark comedy from director Robert Bierman. A publishing executive is visited and bitten by a woman he believes is a vampire. As he attempts to come to terms with the fact that he may be becoming one himself, he tries to play to every familiar vampire movie stereotype. | 103m | Brattle: Wed
and their newly acquired treasure is not safe. Courtney Love, Jim Jarmusch, and Dennis Hopper also appear. | 91m | HFA: Fri
T XXW THINK LIKE A MAN | 2012 |
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THREE BUSINESSMEN | 1998 | Following a chance meeting in an abandoned hotel dining room, two traveling art dealers, one a brash American (Miguel Sandoval) and the other an uptight Brit (Alex Cox, who also directs), set off “to find a decent meal. Their search, punctuated by endless conversation, leads them through five countries over the course of the night and following day.| 80m | HFA: Sun TOLL BOOTH [GISE MEMURU] | 2010 | A toll booth worker struggles with both the day-to-day monotony of his work and his home life with his ailing father. Things take a turn, however, when he is relocated to a desolate country road and begins a flirtatious relationship with a woman who drives by every day. Tolga Karacelik directs. | Turkish | 96m | MFA: Wed-Thurs
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SEARCHERS 2.0 | 2007 | Alex Cox’s tribute to the decline of cinema follows Mel Torres and Ed Pansullo, a pair of has-been Hollywood actors attempting to track down and punish a tyrannical screenwriter (Sy Richardson) for terrorizing them on the set of their first film. Along their roadtrip through the American western wilderness, the duo philosophize over the current state of movies. | 96m | HFA: Sat SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN | 2012 | Betsy
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STRAIGHT TO HELL RETURNS | 1987/2010 | Re-edited to include
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Q&A with gAil collins
“I find it funny — or at least weird — to hear people from Texas talk about how paranoid they are about the federal government infringing on them. They’ve been running the country for 30 years.”
talkin’ texas gAil collins gets inside the lone stAr stAte _By chr is FArA one Texas is a landfill of political insanity that’s fast declining into a privatized wasteland for all but its wealthiest residents. In her morbid yet hilarious new polemic As Texas Goes . . . How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (Liveright), New York Times columnist and seismic wordsmith Gail Collins offers a slightly more subtle criticism of the Lone Star State’s greed and hypocrisy. Still, the emerging picture — summed up by that of an arrogant governor Rick Perry, sporting boots nicknamed “‘Freedom”‘ and “‘Liberty,” giving the ranch away to corporations while boasting his Texas pride — is as brutal as it is depressing. I asked Collins about the unfortunate influence this haven for kleptocrats has on the upper 49, and whether it’s okay to laugh at how Texas has already had an impact on the country everywhere from schools to the economy.
how much of this is about perception, and how different is your perception of texas as an outsider than that of even a progressive from a major city there? If you live in an empty place —
where your neighbor is a mile away — your sense about your need to be selfsufficient and to protect yourself is going to be substantially different than if you live in a city. My argument doesn’t work under the assumption that [empty places] are evil and [crowded places] are virtuous. . . . It’s important to remember that this is totally an outsider’s book. I would never argue that I know Texas better than anyone who’s lived there for their entire life. With that said, I find it funny — or at least weird — to hear people from Texas talk about how paranoid they are about the federal government infringing on them. They’ve been running the country for 30 years. They’ve led us into everything from the savings and loans scandal to the Tea Party.
is texas the best example of how exhausted the 99 percent gets when the 1 percent gets every single thing it wants every single time? It’s a model
for how you can grow a country in which there’s very little chance for upward mobility, and with people working for little money with little safety net with little movement toward the top. That’s the way it may be there, but the idea that it should be a model for the whole country seems crazy to me.
rick perry is sort of a star throughout this book. how much were you either
laughing or horrified when he was being considered a lead candidate? I started the book before he became a presidential candidate, so it was fascinating to me that the country thought a guy who wouldn’t even debate his opponent in a contest in his own state was going to be able to survive debates with guys like Gingrich and Santorum. Every time he’s ever run for anything his entire message was just, “Texas is great!” When he ran against Kay Bailey Hutchison, she would be talking about programs, and he would just say, “Don’t mess with Texas!”
do you feel a hopelessness in thinking about texas? No. I don’t. The odds are
not stupendous, but Texas could still get it together. It’s already a majority-minority state, and as far as racial segregation, when it comes to immigration they’re not as nuts as, say, Tea Partiers elsewhere. If they could get their act together and do something about schools — if they could carry that out in a sane way, and make it a commitment so deep that it involves raising and spending tax money — the state could turn. The odds are not great, but where Texas goes the country goes, so it’s worth hoping.
crazy shit happens every day in texas. what would you add to this book now that’s happened since you finished the project? I’m still recovering from what I found when I was down there. Stuff happening now is interesting, but so is what happened in the ’20s and ’30s, when the federal government intervened to help build infrastructure that led to the state’s modern day transformation. That’s as interesting now as ever, considering Texas industry’s desire to be left alone, and how that’s become the core value of the Republican party in America.
is it okay to laugh at this stuff? take for example the utter lack of factual sexual education in texas high schools, and the alarming teenage pregnancy rate. I have found over the
years that it’s my great mission to use humor in order to help people digest stuff that they might not otherwise want to read and digest. I started my career covering the Connecticut state legislature, which, as you might imagine, is something that takes some effort to get people to read about. With this book, it’s not about getting people to laugh at Texas. It’s about getting them to think about these issues. ^
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