Just because the American Independence Day is past doesn't mean you need to stop celebrating. Why not honor our French friends by going to a Bastille Day party?
Bastille Day Party
Friday, 7 p.m.
Between Berkeley St. and Clarendon St., Boston
We’re pretty confident that this annual celebration of francophone culture is the most excitement Marlborough Street gets all year. As always, two French-speaking musical acts will perform. This year it’s the eclectic French group Paris Combo and the American hot jazz group Hot Sardines. And of course, there will be plenty of French food and beer and wine for revelers.
Travelogue: Songs from the Road
Friday through Sunday
Community Music Center of Boston
34 Warren Ave., Boston
The Open Theater Project’s 2015 Resident Musical Theater artists, including Molly Gervis, Hollyann Marshall, Leah Carrow and Hilary Costa, will perform a selection of travelling songs from Broadway musicals as well as singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Ben Folds, Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Frank Santos, Jr.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
The Wilbur Theater
246 Tremont St., Boston
Frank Santos, Jr. is a local maestro of stage hypnosis, a very mysterious phenomenon. What exactly makes randos from the audience make total fools of themselves on stage? Nobody’s really sure. A skeptic would say people just want an excuse to be silly. Maybe, but if Santos does actually have Svengali powers, we’re glad he’s using them for harmless fun.
Thursday through Sunday
The Lawn on D
420 D St., Boston
We’re not sure if the Lawn on D had wind of this year’s rabbit infestation (the cutest infestation ever, to paraphrase Mitch Hedberg), or if plans to show this travelling installation, consisting of five giant white bunnies that glow in the dark, might have just summoned it. Either way, it worked out very nicely—now go down there and take your obligatory selfie.
Dancing In The Streets: Chun Jou Tsai
Friday, 8:30 p.m.
City Hall Concourse
93 Highland Ave., Somerville
Somerville Arts Council presents Taiwanese dancer Chun Jou Tsai, performing, along with seven companions, an original work entitled “the Dream Project”, in which Tsai creates a bodily reflection of Chinese calligraphy, mixing Chinese long-sleeve dance with Western improvisational dance to portray a Buddhist poem about persevering toward one’s dreams, especially when they seem hopeless.