Boston Calendar of Cultural Events 4/30/12 – 06/06/12

Art, Film, Music, Theatre and more ….

Nélida Nassar  04.30.2012

Monday, April 30, 2012 to Sunday May 6, 2012
New England Conservatory: Numerous Daily Free Concerts
http://necmusic.edu/calendar_event/2012-4-20

Monday, April 30, 2012 7.00 P.M.
Harvard Film Archives: Memoirs of Prison (Memórias do cárcere)
Directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos. With Carlos Vereza, Glória Pires,
Nildo Parente
Brazil 1984, 35mm, color, 185 min.
Portuguese with English subtitles
http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2012aprjun/santos.html#memoirs

Monday, April 30, 2012 7.00 P.M.
American Repertory Theatre: 8
The American Repertory Theater with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud to announce a one-night-only reading of “8,” a play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8.
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/node/6624

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7.30 P.M.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 7.30 P.M. 
Thursday, May 3, 2012 7.30 P.M.
Friday, May 4, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 2.00 P.M. & 8.00 P.M.
Sunday, May 6, 2012 2.00 P.M.
Huntington Theatre: The Luck of the Irish
Extended by popular demand
When an upwardly mobile African-American family wants to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of 1950s Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to act as their front.  Fifty years later, the Irish family asks for “their” house back.  Moving across the two eras, this intimate new play explores the complex impact of racial integration in Boston and the universal longing for home.
http://www.huntingtontheatre.org/season/2011-2012/The-Luck-of-the-Irish/

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7.30 P.M.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 7.30 P.M.
Thursday, May 3, 2012 7.30 P.M.
Friday, May 4, 2012 2 P.M. & 8.00 P.M.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 2.00 P.M. & 8.00 P.M.

Sunday, May 6, 2012 1.00 P.M. & 5.00 P.M.
ArtsEmerson: Hershey Felder in Maestro: Leonard Bernstein
Award-winning actor, playwright and concert pianist Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone) returns to Boston with his latest composer creation, Maestro: Leonard Bernstein. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star…for Leonard Bernstein, boundaries simply did not exist.
https://artsemerson.org/Online/

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7.30 P.M.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 7.30 P.M.
Thursday, May 3, 2012 7.30 P.M.
Friday, May 4, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 2.00 P.M. & 8.00 P.M.

Sunday, May 6, 2012 2.00 P.M. & 7.30 P.M.
ArtsEmerson: Fela!
A triumphant tale of courage, passion and love FELA is the true story of Kuti, who created a type of music, Afrobeat, and mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms(a blend of jazz, funk, and African rhythm and harmonies) with incendiary lyrics that opening attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that rule Nigeria and much of Africa.
https://artsemerson.org

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Goethe-Institut Boston: POLE
Electronic Music Concert
Pole (aka Stefan Betke) is one of the most important and influential electronic music producers of the last 15 years.
http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/bos/ver/en8814994v.htm

Thursday, May 3, 2012 7.00 P.M.
Museum of Fine Arts: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.
Remis Auditorium, 161
http://www.mfa.org/programs/music/ramblin-jack-elliott

Thursday, May 3, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Saturday May 4, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven No. 9 and
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms
The 2011-12 BSO season closes triumphantly with the last of three Bernard Haitink-led concerts, a program of two very different works for voices and orchestra.  Stravinsky’s beautifully austere Symphony of Psalms and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, one of the most beloved, familiar, and compelling works in the repertoire.  Italian-German tenor Roberto Saccà and German bass Günther Groissböck make their BSO debuts.
http://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/23017

Thursday, May 3, 2012 8.15 P.M. – 10.15 P.M.
Institute of Contemporary Art: Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti)
Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek. 2010, Italy, 110 minutes, 35 mm,
Italian (with English subtitles)
Festival favorite Ferzan Ozpetek (Ignorant Fairies; Saturn in Opposition) returns with a light-hearted tale of family obligation and repressed desire that is as playful and sunny as a weekend on the Italian Riviera. Loose Cannons is a witty, penetrating drama, beautifully acted by its ensemble cast.
http://www.icaboston.org/programs/film/28thLGBTFest/

Thursday, May 3, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Friday, May 4, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Café Gato Rojo: La Cantatrice Chauve
(Basement of Dudley House in Harvard Yard, near 1365 Mass. Ave, Cambridge)
latroupetix@gmail.com

Friday, May 4, 2012 7.30 P.M.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Sunday, May 6, 2012 2.00 P.M.
Boston University Theatre: Assassins
A warped and tuneful tour through history, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins explores the dark underbelly of the American Dream.
http://www.theatreinboston.com/playdetail.php?playID=241

Friday, May 4, 2012 7.45 P.M. – 9.10 P.M.
Museum of Fine Arts: Mosquita y Mari 
by Aurora Guerrero (US, 2011, 85 min.).
Remis Auditorium, 161
http://www.mfa.org/programs/film/mosquita-y-mari

Friday, May 4, 2012 8.00 P.M.

Boston Celebrity Series: Jane Monheit
An intoxicating jazz singer with a warm and supple voice and perfect pitch, Jane Monheit has the chops to do just about anything she chooses.  Audiences have long responded to her fearless honesty through her performances and over her 10-year recording career.  She sings like she knows what the song is about and has lived its story.  Jane Monheit is the real deal. Sanders Theatre.
http://tickets.celebrityseries.org/single/EventDetail

Saturday, May 5, 2012 1.30 P.M. – 3.00 P.M.
Museum of Fine Arts: Miwa: A Japanese Icon
by Pascal-Alex Vincent (France/Japan, 2011, 65 min.).
Remis Auditorium, 161
http://www.mfa.org/programs/film/miwa-japanese-icon

Saturday, May 5, 2012 3.00 P.M. 
Institute of Contemporary Art: Question One
Directed by Joe Fox. 2011, USA, 113 minutes
On May 6th, 2009 Maine became the first state in this country to legislatively grant same-sex couples the right to marry.
http://www.icaboston.org/programs/film/28thLGBTFest/

Saturday, May 5, 2012 7.00 P.M.
Harvard Film Archives: How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman
(Como era gostoso o meu francês)

Directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos. With Ana Maria Magalhães, Arduíno Colasanti, José Kleber
Brazil 1972, 35mm, color, 84 min. Portuguese with English subtitles.
http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2012aprjun/santos.html#how

Saturday, May 5, 2012 7.00 P.M. – 8.50 P.M.
Museum of Fine Arts: Leave it on the Floor 
by Sheldon Larry (US/Canada, 2011, 109 min.).
Remis Auditorium, 161
http://www.mfa.org/programs/film/leave-it-floor

Saturday, May 5, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Longy School of Music Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the AnimalsTarantella (named for the vigorous folk dance thought to cure spider bites).
Beethoven: Sextet in E-flat, Op. 81b for horns and strings.
Ned Rorem: Bright Music
Daniela DeMatos: Woodwind Trio premiere.
Those works portray a youthful optimism.
http://radiusensemble.org/bright-music

Saturday, May 5, 2012 7.30 P.M.
The Chamber Orchestra of Boston: Springtime in Paris
Boston First Church, Marlborough Street
A French-accented program featuring the music of Debussy, Fauré, Honegger and Poulenc. Baritone Paul Soper has performed at many prestigious venues among them the Boston Lyric Opera and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  He returns to enchant audiences with songs en Français.  A reception featuring French wines and cheeses provides the grand finale to the Chamber  Orchestra of Boston’s season.
http://www.chamberorchestraofboston.org/contact

Saturday, May 5, 2012 8.00 P.M.
The New England Philharmonic: The French Connection
Tsai Perfomance Center
This concert features an orchestral program with three French composers, (Jacques Offenbach, Hector Berlioz, and Maurice Ravel) as well as three composers with connections to Boston, (Donald Harris, Andy Vores, and David Rakowski). The Simmons College Concert Choir will also perform The Death of Ophelia.
http://www.nephilharmonic.org/

Saturday, May 5, 2012 7.30 P.M.
Sunday, May 6, 2012 7.30 P.M.
American Repertory Theatre: Woody Sez
Woody Guthrie is a musical hero of legendary proportion who transformed folk music into a vehicle for social protest and evoked the restless spirit of the Dust Bowl generation.
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/woody-sez

Sunday, May 6, 2012 2.00 A.M. – 3.00 P.M.
Museum of Fine Arts: Taking a Chance on God 
by Brenden Fay (US, 2011, 54 min.)
Alfond Auditorium, G36
http://www.mfa.org/programs/film/taking-chance-god

Sunday, May 6, 2012 2.30 P.M.
Institute of Contemporary Art: Sunday: United in Anger: A History of ACT UP
Directed by Jim Hubbard. 2012, USA, 93 minutes
The film explores the story of ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from the grassroots perspective – how a small group of men and women of all races and classes, came together to change the world and save each other’s lives.
http://www.icaboston.org/programs/film/28thLGBTFest/

Sunday, May 6, 2012 4:15 A.M. – 5.50 P.M.
Museum of Fine Arts: North Sea Texas 
by Bavo Defurne (Belgium, 2011, 96 min.).
Remis Auditorium, 161
http://www.mfa.org/programs/film/north-sea-texas

Sunday, May 6, 2012 5.00 P.M.
Institute of Contemporary Art: Funkytown
Directed by Daniel Roby. 2011, Canada, 132 minutes
Set during a tumultuous period of French-Canadian history, Funkytown follows the lives of eight people who are linked to a world famous Montreal nightclub called The Starlight in the late 1970s, when disco, casual sex, cocaine, and corruption reigned supreme.
http://www.icaboston.org/programs/film/28thLGBTFest/

Sunday, May 6, 2012 5.00 P.M.
Harvard Film Archives: Hunger For Love: Have You Ever Sunbathed Completely Nude? (Fome de Amor: Você nunca tomou sol inteiramente nua?)
Directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos. With Leila Diniz, Arduíno Colasanti, Irene Stefânia
Brazil 1968, 35mm, b/w, 76 min.
Portuguese with English subtitles
http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2012aprjun/santos.html#hunger

Sunday, May 6, 2012 7.00 A.M. – 8.30 P.M.
Museum of Fine Arts: Cloudburst 
by Thom Fitzgerald (Canada, 2010, 90 min.).
Remis Auditorium, 161
http://www.mfa.org/programs/film/cloudburst

Sunday, May 6, 2012 7.00 P.M.
Harvard Film Archives: Music According to Tom Jobim
Nelson Pereira dos Santos in Person
Directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Brazil 2011, digital video, color & b/w, 88 min.
Portuguese with English subtitles
http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2012aprjun/santos.html#

Originally Published in Berkshire Fine Arts

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