Boston’s biannual celebration of ArtWeek will be back on Apr. 29 to May 8 with more than 170 culture-culling events in the city and across Eastern Massachusetts and as far as the Cape and islands. The events range from crafting circles to open theater and dance rehearsals to discussions on the state of art and culture in Boston and beyond — and more than half of them are free to attend. The event was established in 2013 with a mere 26 events in the Boston area and has since established partnerships with the likes of (presenter) Highland Street Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and other local institutions and individuals that have helped the project grow tenfold.
"This unique concept allows people of all ages to experience art in a more hands-on, digestible way,” says Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center, which produces the event each year. "We’re proud to offer a huge variety of events, with many family friendly options that are either free or extremely affordable.”
With events spanning the state over the course of 10 days, we plucked out three that we can’t wait to check out. If you’re looking for a full list of events (and a fun PDF printout of the schedule), check out ArtWeekBoston.org.
Arts & Om
Nike will host yoga instructor Jacqui Mimno for an unforgettable evening of vinyasa under the chandeliers and frescoes of the Citi Wang Theater's Grand Lobby. The 60-minute session will be followed by a tour of the theater plus wine (yes) and a mix and mingle session with your fellow yogis. You can be sure your jaw will get a great workout from dropping all night long.
April 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Citi Wang Theater, 270 Tremont St., Boston. $15, tickets at artweekboston.org.
Cine-Retro: An Evening of French Classics
Francophiles and cinephiles unite for four-screening marathon of the "Le Gendarme” series — a French slapstick comedy starring Louis de Funes and Michel Galabru. You can snag a ticket to one, or a two-night marathon of all four, while the French Cultural Center provides comped refreshments and snacks and their in-house film expert to answer all your subtitle questions (warning: there are none) between films.
May 5 and 6, 6 to 10 p.m., French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St, Boston. Tickets start at $10 for members, $14 for non-members.
International Jazz Day
The New England Conservatory will ship out their student musicians in “colorfully marked minivans” to play impromptu pop-up shows all around the city from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Each student team will be equipped to spout the many benefits of jazz, and why its international day of celebration is so important. The evening will conclude with a free show at NEC’s Brown Hall featuring both students and faculty.
April 30, concert from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.. Brown Hall, 290 Huntington Ave, Boston. Free, tickets at jazzboston.org.