History is alive in New England in a way it is in few other parts of America. Whether you just moved here or you’re a native who’s never gotten around to it, Saturday will be a good day to investigate, because Historic New England is offering free tours in all of their properties, at locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island.
It’s hard enough being deaf, gay or struggling with addiction, but the hero of this new play by Craig Lucas is dealing with all three. Actor Russell Harvard, who played the grown-up H.W. in “There Will Be Blood,” plays Knox. All dialogue will be in both English in ASL, with a pair of side translators converting one into the other.
This Iranian-American comedienne will read from her new book “How to Make White People Laugh,” a collection of essays assessing what it means to be of her ethnic extraction in a post-911 and Trump-addled America. Though the book is full of humor, Farsad asks serious questions about the consequences of racial identity being determined through white eyes.
Urbanity Dance ends its season with this concert, performing new works from Boston’s own Marcus Schulkind, "Flashburn" by Houston-based choreographer Andy Noble and "HIT" by Carl Flink. The show’s theme is aftermath. “We want to explore what’s left, physically and emotionally, in the wake of tragedy and hardship,” states Urbanity director Betsy Graves.
This Turkish singer, well known in her homeland, is currently studying at the New England Conservatory. She has a wide-ranging appetite for styles, from Elizabethan music to Balkan folk, Sufi song and her own country’s tradition. Her voice has a transfixing power, vulnerable and commanding — if she’s not tapping into something deeply personal, then she’s a great actress as well.
Emerging from the still-thriving indie music hotbed of Brooklyn in 2011, DIIV, led by Zachary Cole Smith, took the wispy indie pop of the C86 bands of the 80’s and mixed it with the hypnotic krautrock genre, with a bit of Malian guitar gymnastics thrown in for good measure. Their latest album, “Is the Is Are,” continues to refine this basic recipe.
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” Live with the Boston Pops: Special 35th Anniversary Celebration
Friday and Saturday
301 Mass. Ave., Boston
Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops through a performance of John Williams’ rousing soundtrack to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” live alongside a screening of the 1981 classic. As in “Star Wars”, Williams’ score added crucial emotional depth to what was basically a campy, pulpy adventure romance—every bit as crucial as Harrison Ford’s portrayal of Indiana.
This is the area premiere of this new twisted fairy tale for adults from director Matteo Garron. It’s been praised for its sumptuous, wild, surreal visuals and its feminist bent, applying modern morals to the ancient form of the morality fable. If you like your fantasy dark, sexy and weird, this one ought to satisfy.
This fest features six stages with live music, dance, theater and spoken word performance for all ages, arts and crafts vendors of all sorts, and the People’s Sculpture Race, a long-dormant local tradition. Artists hustle their own kinetic sculptures—designed for spectacle as much as speed—toward the finish line. It’s both an entertaining sight and an amusing metaphor for the artistic life.