Asaf Avidan Performing in Boston - April 2016

by World Music/CRASHarts
(Cambridge, MA)

ASAF AVIDAN
Sunday, April 17, 7:30 pm
The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston
100 Northern Ave., Boston
Reserved Seating
$28 / $25 World Music/CRASHarts members

Perhaps the most interesting voice in the Israeli music scene today, Asaf Avidan has become a huge sensation in Israel and Europe. Singing primarily in English, Avidan’s powerful voice is unmatched. He has been called "a hoarse angel," a "force of nature," and "the love child of Dylan and Joplin."

Purchase tickets at: https://tickets.worldmusic.org/TheatreManager/1/online?performance=1630

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MUSIC: R.D. King, Alec Hutson, Jack & Katie

April 8, 2016 7:30pm-10:00pm

Gallery 263
263 Pearl Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
$10 admission

Join us for a night of acoustic music featuring guitarist R.D. King, singer-songwriter Alec Hutson, and indie-folk duo Jack & Katie.

R.D. KING

R.D. King is a Boston-based human, composer, and acoustic guitar virtuoso. Listening to King’s music is an emotional and introspective journey that is difficult to parse into genre or tradition. Through composing and performing, King explores life, consciousness, and meaning, grappling with questions of individual and shared experience.

ALEC HUTSON

Alec Hutson is a locally born and bred, multi-talented musician and artist. His music will soothe your heart and your ears with a delightful combination of soul, folk, and funk. You can be sure to expect rich lyrics, soaring melodies, and a captivating performance from this nationally touring, up-and-coming musician.

JACK & KATIE

Jack and Katie are an acoustic duo from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Their songs delve into personal subjects with intimacy translated through voice and guitar.

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Fun Boston Dance Event: College Night Swing Dance

by Sarah
(Boston, MA, USA)

Take a Study Break and Swing the Night Away! Boston Lindy Hop and Boston Swing Central are co-hosting a College Night Swing Dance on Friday, April 22nd.

Guests of ALL ages are welcome to attend, especially college students from around the Boston Area!

No experience or partner required! BLH instructors will be giving a lesson from 8-9pm for beginners and anyone who wants to go over the basics. Even if you have danced before, we highly recommend coming for the lesson. Social dancing to follow until 12am with live music from Jessy Carolina!

See you there!
Special Student Price with Valid ID until 8pm: $10
After 8pm, Regular Student Price: $13
Regular General Admission: $15
Seniors: $13

Location: Boston Swing Central: 26 New Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Transportation: It is only a few minutes walk from the bus stop at Concord Ave & New Street (74 and 78 bus) or a 15 minute walk from the Alewife Red Line T Stop. It is also very easy and affordable to split an Uber or Lyft with friends.

**Please Note, If attending the 8pm lesson, please arrive 10 minutes beforehand, by 7:50. This allows everyone to get ready and the lesson to begin on time. Arriving late can be distracting to the instructors and other students.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1681069268819941/

Questions? Contact: info@bostonlindyhop.com or (617) 249-3715

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Medical Event at MIT: Lyme Innovation: How to Hack Lyme

by Laura Duerksen
(lduerksen@partners.org)

An afternoon of ignite speeches, team building, and learning! You will hear from Lyme disease experts and learn about unique challenges facing the field of Lyme disease. These complex problems include prevention, diagnostics, treatment, and rehabilitation. Time will be dedicated to networking, sharing ideas, and initiating team formation for the main hackathon event on June 17-19. Recognition and monetary awards will be given to teams with promising project ideas as judged by a panel of innovation, Lyme disease, and business experts.

Application Process Required.

When:
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 12:00p - 5:00p

Where:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

Admission:
FREE

Event website:
http://lymeinnovation.org/cambridge/
Registration:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lyme-innovation-how-to-hack-lyme-tickets-23914734615

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Boston Drinking Event, April 2016 - Boston Ski and Sports Club Freedom Pub Crawl

THE BOSTONIANS ARE COMING... THE BOSTONIANS ARE COMING...

It's time to channel your inner bar beast and conquer the best bars in historic Boston! Join BSSC (Boston Ski and Sports Club), BYPA and Bud Light as we heat up the Freedom Trail on a Spring afternoon with a bar crawl around Faneuil Hall.

Grab your friends & teammates or show up solo and join the crew for a solid day drinking adventure. Good times, great people, tons of high fives, dance-off's, drink deals, apps, and games with prizes along the way!

Adorn & accessorize yourself in Red, White & Blue. Prizes for the most patriotic attire!

Historically epic T-shirt for all registered crawlers
Drink promos & samplings at bars along the way
Giveaways & swag from our sponsors at Bud Light
Free apps &/or deals at every stop
Games & contests with prizes
Hour stops at: Paddy O's, Hennessy's, Sissy K's, Coogan's and more

Date: Saturday, April 23

Meeting Time: 11:30am*- 1pm

Crawl Time: 12-7pm (or stay & party!)

Individual Price: $15

BSSC Member Price: $10
Group of 4: $40

*Early check in at 11:30 - Crawl officially starts at noon!

How to Register:
Register online with a button below or call 617.789.4070
- See more at: http://www.bssc.com/index.cfm/page/Freedom-Pub-Crawl/cdid/24664/pid/15696#sthash.A7Yc0mf6.dpuf

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Plant Diversity: The Leitmotif of Botanical Gardens

by Pamela Thompson
(Jamaica Plain, MA)

Plant Diversity: The Leitmotif of Botanical Gardens
Richard T. Olsen, PhD, Director, US National Arboretum


1 Session: Monday, April 18, 7:00–8:30pm

Location: Hunnewell Building, Boston Arboretum

Plant diversity, whether for conservational or aesthetic value, is the recurring theme in botanical gardens that connects our displays, research, and visitor experiences to our missions. While the domestication of crop species has significantly altered their genomes from that of their wild crop relatives, the majority of horticultural crops are not that far removed from their wild relatives. Thus, we still explore, document, and cultivate the untapped diversity in the world’s temperate floras to enrich our gardens. Join Richard Olsen, Director of the US National Arboretum, as he considers what legacies remain from early plant explorations, how do we document and capture diversity, and where do we go from here, in a century that will see so much lost to globalization?
Fee Free Arboretum members and students, $10 nonmember

Register at:
https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1501&DayPlannerDate=4/18/2016
or call 617-384-5277.

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Boston Fundraising Event: The Food Project's Big Shindig

by Ross Condit
(Lincoln, MA)

Join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, and all that YOU have helped achieve to empower youth, strengthen communities, and steward over 70 acres of urban and suburban farmland in Greater Boston and the North Shore.

Come and be inspired by an evening of delicious food, youth stories, a lively raffle and auction, all while supporting The Food Project’s youth, food, and community. Click here to purchase tickets and learn more: https://shindig.thefoodproject.org/

For directions and parking, click here: https://shindig.thefoodproject.org/venue

Location:
Innovation and Design Building
23 Drydock Avenue, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

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Book Event: A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts

by Tricia
(Boston, MA, USA)

April 23, 2016
with author Joseph M. Bagley
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:30–3:30 PM Cost: FREE

History is right under our feet; we just need to dig a little to find it. Though not the most popular construction project, Boston’s Big Dig has contributed more to our understanding and appreciation of the city’s archaeological history than any other recent event. Join Joseph M. Bagley, city archaeologist of Boston, and author of A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts for a look at Boston’s fascinating hodgepodge of history—from ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts. From cannonballs to drinking cups and from ancient spears to chinaware, he will discuss a number of artifacts and their significance in the city’s history. Book sales and signing to follow.

To Register: http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/book-event-a-history-of-boston-in-50-artifacts?pass-through=true

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Boston April Art Event: Mark Kostabi: Contemporary Master

Join us for an evening with the legendary Mark Kostabi - a leading artist from the East Village art scene. Kostabi's colorful, dynamic works draw upon surrealist influences such as de Chirico. Kostabi is also an accomplished musician, and spends most of his time in Rome. He has designed several album covers for famous bands such as Guns N' Roses and The Ramones. His work is part of several museum collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Guggenheim.

Friday, April 15th
6-8pm

Martin Lawrence Gallery
77 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

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Boston VIP List Presents: We Love Boston!

by mariam
(boston)

Saturday, April 16th | 8 PM - 2 AM
 
This Saturday, show how much you LOVE Boston at The Greatest Bar. Celebrate Marathon weekend at the most Bostonian bar around. With four floors and three bars, it's Boston's hottest Saturday night destination!

TICKETS: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-love-boston-the-greatest-bar-tickets-24411653914 

DJ Jinx will be dropping the city’s hottest beats!
House, Top 40, & EDM
 
For VIP Tables, Parties, Bachelorette Parties, Birthdays, or to
Get Listed contact us at:

BostonVIPList@gmail.com
BostonVIPList.com
Follow us on Twitter: @BostonVIPList
On Instagram: @BostonVIPList
Like us on FaceBook: FaceBook.com/BostonVIPList
 
THE GREATEST BAR | 262 FRIEND ST | BOSTON

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PARALYMPIC EXPERIENCE ~ Spring 2016

by Adaptive Sports New England
(Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

This multi-sport clinic will feature world-class instruction and coaching for individuals with mobility impairments or visual impairments of all ages and at all levels of skill. Spend as much or as little time as you want at each sport, and meet the many organizations that provide adaptive sports to the Greater Boston and wider New England communities. Try wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, golf, archery, track & field, soccer, beep baseball, wheelchair softball and boccia. Meet Paralympic Medalists and Rio 2016 U.S. Team hopefuls. This is THE event on adaptive sports for residents of Greater Boston and the surrounding region this spring/summer. FREE and open to the public. Drop in format.

Details

Date:
April 24
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Website:
http://adaptivesportsne.org/paralympic-experience-agenda-what-to-expect/

Venue

Boston College High School
150 William T Morrissey Blvd
Boston , MA 02125 United States

Contact Information

Adaptive Sports New England
Phone:
617-982-2763
Email:
events@adaptivesportsne.org

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Tony Award winner 'ART' by Yasmina Reza presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

Hub Theatre Company of Boston opens its highly anticipated fourth season with Yasmina Reza’s Tony-award winning play ‘ART’ starring John Geoffrion, Bob Mussett and Victor Shopov at First Church in Boston, Friday, April 8 through Saturday, April 23, 2016. You won't want to miss the play Newsweek describes as "a marriage of Molière and Woody Allen."

What is art, what is friendship, and which is more important? Life-long friends Serge, Marc and Yvan are about to find out! After Serge spends a small fortune on an unusual piece of modern art, he expects Marc and Yvan to be as excited as he is. Instead, words fly and sparks ignite as the men square off over the canvas. Lines are drawn (both literally and figuratively) and their ensuing battle grows to encompass not just the painting but past failures and personal failings. With white-hot wisecracks and discerning commentary, ‘ART’ is a sophisticated, humorous and provocative evening of theatre.

IRNE award nominee Daniel Bourque directs a talented trio of Boston’s finest actors: John Geoffrion (IRNE award winner), Bob Mussett (IRNE award nominee) and Victor Shopov (IRNE and Elliot Norton award winner) in this wickedly contentious and wildly comedic play that will keep you pondering the significance of friendship and the value of art long after you leave the theatre.

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can! We don't decide the price, you do. Our 'sweet spot' would be about $20; if you are on a budget, pay less, and if you are able to pay more, please do!

Performances:
Friday, April 8th-8:00pm
Saturday, April 9th-8:00pm
Sunday, April 10th-5:00pm
Thursday, April 14th-7:30pm
Friday, April 15th-8:00pm
Saturday, April 16th-8:00pm
Sunday, April 17th-5:00pm
Thursday, April 21st-7:30pm
Friday, April 22nd-8:00pm
Saturday, April 23rd-8:00pm

Talk-backs to follow select performances.

Please note this show contains adult language

Donations of art supplies will be collected at each performance for local charities.

For more information visit our webpage at www.hubtheatreboston.org

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Swiss Social Soiree in Boston in April 2016

Saturday, April 16 2016
Hampshire House - 84 Beacon Street, 02108
6:00 PM — 9:00 PM
Enjoy cocktails and wines, hors d'oeuvres, and roesti station and raclette table,
all in a intimate setting at the Hampshire House.

Adult Ticket price: $55.00
Includes 2 drink tickets, hors d'oeuvres, roesti station and racelette table,
Swiss /American trivia wheel, fun, music, magic, prizes, tax, & gratuities.

Student Ticket price: $39.00
Includes hors d'oeuvres, roesti station and racelette table,
Swiss /American trivia wheel, fun, music, magic, prizes, tax, & gratuities.

http://hampshirehouse1.ticketleap.com/swiss-social-soiree/details

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Fun Event in Boston in April: Beginner Swing Dance 101 Class

Looking to meet people, learn how to dance, or just want some exercise? Lucky for you Boston Lindy Hop is offering a beginner swing dance class this April!

Swing 101 is a beginner-friendly class designed to get you comfortable social dancing. No previous experience or partner is required! In this class you will learn the basic movements and rhythms of Lindy Hop from our experienced swing dance instructors.

Note: Price is $30 normal & $25 for student w/id if you are pre-registered. Help us save you money and sign up online!

https://bostonlindyhop.com/classes/2016/April/swing-101/
Email: info@bostonlindyhop.com
Phone: (617) 249-3715

Location: Jeannette Neill Dance Studio
261 Friend St, Boston, MA, 02114

Date: April 23
Time: 2-4pm

Preregistered Cost: General $30, Students $25
At the Door Cost: General $35, Students $30

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3rd Annual Boston Design Week - Free April Events

Boston Design Week, a 12-day citywide design festival, returns for its third year March 30 – April 10, 2016, and will feature an array of more than 80 programs and events across the design spectrum. All programs are open to the public, and most are free of charge. Some free events do require RSVPs, and last year 20% of the events were Sold Out, so people are encouraged to sign up early.

Events are held throughout Boston and in numerous cities and towns in Greater Boston. Several events fall into the three special focus tracks for 2016: Designing Boston, Next! and Design and Social Impact, offering those with an interest an easy-to-follow way to enjoy the festival, searchable online, where full calendar of events is available.

- Event times vary, see online calendar for details
- Events will be held at multiple venues throughout the Boston area.
- For more information visit www.BostonDesignWeek.com

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A Brave Barrel of Oysters: Music of Samuel Pepys' London

April 4, 2016 at 7:30pm

Samuel Pepys, one of history’s most prolific diarists and a secretary of the Royal Navy during the reign of Charles II, was a man of his time and enjoyed all the cultural delights of the Restoration. He frequently heard some of the finest musicians of his day and often enjoyed music-making with the very same musicians in his drawing room after dinner. With music and dramatic readings from Pepys’ diaries, Seven Times Salt recreates the bustling energy of Restoration London, as described by English Literature’s quirkiest and most beloved “man on the street”.

Karen Burciaga - baroque violin
Daniel Meyers - recorders, flute, bagpipes
Josh Schreiber Shalem - bass viol
Matthew Wright - lute
with Michael Barrett - tenor, recorder
and Alastair Thompson as Samuel Pepys

$15 suggested donation
www.seventimessalt.com

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15th Annual Boston Tattoo Convention

by Natan Alexander
(Salem, MA)

The 15th Annual Boston Tattoo Convention- April 8th through 10th, 2016 at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02199

www.bostontattooconvention.com

The Boston Tattoo Convention is 3 days of incredible tattoos, unique vendors, burlesque and circus acts and live bands. Come get tattooed, shop for an artist, wander through our Fine Art Gallery, cheer for your favorite Ms. Boston Ink competitor or have a drink in the beer garden while checking out your favorite local acts.

Ticket Prices:
Single-Day Pass-$25 Advance/ $30 At the door
3-Day Weekend Pass-$45 Advance/ $55 At the door
V.I.P. Pass (3-day weekend access, poster, t-shirt)-$60 Advance/ $70 At the door

Times:
April 8th: 4pm-12am
April 9th: 12pm-12am
April 10th: 12pm-7pm

Questions? call 978-744-9393 or email info@bostontattooconvention.com


Produced by The Boston Tattoo Convention/Artistic Ventures Inc.
Natan Alexander
Salem, MA

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Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston Presents Good ole’ American Country with The Country Jamboree

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston will bring the beloved twang of classic American country to the stage on Sunday, April 17th with The Country Jamboree – a live concert recalling the songs of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynne and more. This one-day-only concert will relive the glory days of classic American country in a rousing performance that has been described as “like a night at the Grand Ole Opry.” To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.reaglemusictheatre.com, call 781-891-5600, or visit the theater box office at 617 Lexington St, Waltham, MA, 02452.

A celebration of the glory days of country music, The Country Jamboree is a show you’ll want to see again and again! The show features the iconic music of legends such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and more. The Country Jamboree has brought many a thrilled audience to their feet. A show you can’t miss! The Country Jamboree features Major McCain – Vocals; Miss Jeanne Monroe – Vocals; Lady Di St. James – Vocals; Jackson Jackson - Bass / Vocals; Luther Jackson - Pedal Steel; Dallas Tanner – Drums; Tex Baker – Piano and Buck McAllister – Guitar.

Tickets for The Country Jamboree at Reagle Music Theatre are $35 to $63 for adults; discounts apply for youth, seniors and groups. Student rush seats at 50% off are available one hour before curtain with a valid college ID. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.reaglemusictheatre.com, call 781-891-5600, or visit the theater box office at 617 Lexington St, Waltham, MA, 02452. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours on performance days until show curtain.

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Public Dialogue: Can Judaism Survive a Jewish State? On the First and Second Books of Maccabees

by The Maccabees Project
(Boston, MA)

Date and Time: 7:30pm, April 13, 2016
Location: Congregation Kehillath Israel / 384 Harvard Street / Brookline, MA

From 586 BCE until the rise of modern Israel in 1948, a politically autonomous Jewish state existed for just 80 years, in Judea under Hasmonean rule. How have experiences of political autonomy and foreign rule shaped Judaism?

Our features speakers Daniel Schwartz (Hebrew University), Robert Doran (Amherst College), and Jonathan Klawans (Boston University) will first consider the very different perspectives found in two ancient books: First Maccabees presents the Hasmoneans’ achievement of political autonomy as evidence of supreme piety; Second Maccabees, in contrast, emphasizes cultic practice and extreme personal devotion, but shows little interest in Hasmonean rule. Do the differences reflect disagreements about the nature of piety and its relationship to politics? Can a historical perspective help clarify problematic relationships between religious freedom, political power, and land in our own time?

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Please RSVP by emailing maccabeesproject@gmail.com to save your spot.

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Lexington Symphony Presents "The Essential Ring, Part I"

by Karen Sampson
(Lexington, MA)

Music Director Jonathan McPhee and the combined orchestras of Lexington Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire present

THE ESSENTIAL RING, PART I

A selection of the greatest music from Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle
Saturday, April 2, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.
Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

Presented in cooperation with the Boston Wagner Society

Music Director Jonathan McPhee has long been inspired by Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which has a lot in common with another literary work, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Not only are there similarities in the stories, which both center around a magic ring, but both are also epic works: Tolkien’s missive takes 52 hours on average to read, while Wagner’s Ring Cycle takes approximately 16 hours to perform. Maestro McPhee has taken all four Ring Cycle operas and distilled them into two magnificent three-hour performances, keeping all of the essential elements. This premiere of Part 1 — which consists of the first two operas in the Ring Cycle, “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walkure” — will feature a fabulous cast of international artists and the combined orchestras of Lexington Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire, who join together to meet the massive demands of Wagner’s “ideal” orchestra.

Featuring
Alwyn Mellor, soprano
Jane Eaglen, soprano
Joanna Porackova, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Studebaker, tenor
Sarai Cole, soprano
Frank Kelley, tenor
Alfred Walker, bass-baritone
Richard Paul Fink, bass-baritone
Pawel Izdebski, bass

Conductor’s Talk with Maestro Jonathan McPhee at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $65/$52/$39; students $20. Call 781-523-9009 or visit www.lexingtonsymphony.org.

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The Boston Comedy Marathon - Presented by The Mendoza Line

On Saturday, April 16 at the Dugout Cafe (722 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215), The Mendoza Line comedy collective is hosting its second annual Boston Comedy Marathon.

There will be three back-to-back shows--at 8pm, 9:30pm, and 11pm--featuring some of the best comics from Boston and beyond. This event is the perfect opportunity for locals and tourists alike to enjoy Boston comedy during their Marathon Weekend. Go to the Boston Comedy Marathon Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1704113683136413/.

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Free April Event in Boston: Design and Manufacturing New England

by Customer Service
(Boston, MA, United States)

All gathered under one roof, The UBM Advanced Manufacturing Group’s 2016 Boston event is comprised of 4 events that are situated in the same expo hall - BIOMEDevice Boston, Design and Manufacturing New England, Plastec New England and Embedded Systems Conference Boston.

Design and Manufacturing New England showcases the latest in product development and manufacturing solutions, including 3D printing, contract manufacturing, testing equipment, laser machine services, and more. The event features an expo hall filled with thousands of exhibiting suppliers, and a robust educational program. Register today to attend Design and Manufacturing New England 2016.

URLs:
Booking : http://atnd.it/48452-0
Website : http://atnd.it/48452-1
Facebook : http://atnd.it/48452-2
Twitter : http://atnd.it/48452-3

Price : Free

Category : Conferences | Engineering and Technology | Manufacturing

Date and Time : On Wednesday April 13, 2016 at 10:00 am (ends Thursday April 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm)

Venue details : Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, 02210, United States

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Free Presentation at Vilna Shul in Boston: The Irony of Victory: African American and Jewish Athletes and the Nazi Olympics

American athletes at the moment of their arrival in Berlin for the 1936 Olympics. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park

American athletes at the moment of their arrival in Berlin for the 1936 Olympics. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park

April 10. 2016
Time:
4 p.m.

Location:
The Vilna Shul
18 Phillips Street
Boston, MA 02114

Public Program United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In August 1936, the world turned its attention to Nazi Germany while it hosted the Summer Olympics. To divert attention from its antisemitic agenda and plans for territorial expansion, the regime exploited the games to dazzle spectators with an image of a peaceful, tolerant Germany.

Against the backdrop of racism in America, the story of the “Nazi” Olympics becomes much more complex. In the era of Jim Crow, black and Jewish athletes were facing job discrimination, economic hardship, and social marginalization, but were sent to Berlin as competitors, representing the very nation that oppressed them.

Join us for a discussion exploring the stories and varied actions of individual athletes—from those who boycotted the games in protest to those who, like Jesse Owens, competed and won, refuting the Nazi myth of “Aryan” supremacy.

Speaker
Susan Bachrach, Special Exhibitions Curator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Co-presented with: The Vilna Shul
The Vilna is a bustling cultural center located inside a nearly 100-year-old synagogue building, the last of its kind in Boston. It is T and MBTA accessible, and validated parking is available for $5 at the Charles River Plaza/Cambridge Street Garage at 165 Cambridge Street. Please bring your green ticket with you to be validated at the program.
As we are in the process of restoring our historic space, it is not yet fully accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to gain access to our building, please let us know and we will happy to help. For all other questions and concerns please call us at 617.523.2324.

QUESTIONS/CONTACTS
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Registration Assistance
202.488.0460
calendar@ushmm.org
Ticket Price: Free

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Boston Horticulture Event in April: Magnolias for New England

by Pamela Thompson
(Jamaica Plain, MA)


Magnolias for New England
Andrew Bunting, Assistant Director of the Garden and Director of Plant Collections, Chicago Botanic Garden


1 Session: Tuesday, April 12, 7:00–8:30pm

Location: Hunnewell Building
For many New Englanders, magnolias blooming in April symbolize the much anticipated arrival of spring. Though a cold night can freeze the buds or blossoms and turn petals to a brown wilt, our anticipation for the coming season has already been unleashed and can’t be suppressed. That is the effect of this early-blooming flower after months of cold and snow. Andrew Bunting, magnolia expert and Assistant Director of the Garden and Director of Plant Collections at the Chicago Botanic Garden, presents an in depth look at the best ornamental magnolias for the New England area. Many are highlighted in his newly released book, The Plant Lover’s Guide to Magnolias.

Fee $5 member, $10 nonmember

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

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Boston Operetta in April and May 2016: The Merry Widow

As heady as champagne, Franz Lehár’s classic operetta The Merry Widow draws us into the opulent Paris of the legendary Maxim’s in this first-ever Boston Lyric Opera production. Featuring a lush design and a new book by director Lillian Groag, The Merry Widow is set in 1913 Paris in the last moments before the glittering City of Light would be overshadowed by war—a party at the end of the world.

April 29 - May 8, 2016
April 29 at 7:30 pm
May 1 at 3 pm
May 4 at 7:30 pm
May 6 at 7:30 pm
May 8 at 3 pm

Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre
265 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

http://blo.org/the-merry-widow/
boxoffice@blo.org
866-348-9738

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CraftBoston Spring 2016 in Boston's South End

CraftBoston Spring is a juried show of contemporary craft, featuring the work of 90 artists creating today's most remarkable handmade jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home decor. Shoppers will discover a a panorama of inspiring craft in the South End's historic Cyclorama — a charming 19th-century brick building that provides an intimate viewing experience. Spend a Spring afternoon learning about contemporary craft, meeting the artists, and finding something fabulous to take home. Just in time for Mother's Day!

CraftBoston is hosted by The Society of Arts & Crafts
617-266-1810
www.societyofcrafts.org/cbspring/springinfo.asp

Friday April 29, 2016, 10am-6pm
Saturday April 30, 2016, 10am-6pm
Sunday May 1, 2016, 11am-5pm

The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02216

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South Street Diner Celebrates Start of the Red Sox Season with All-You-Can-Eat Fenway Franks!

The Red Sox return to Fenway on Monday, April 11th to kick off the 2016 season with the home opener against the Baltimore Orioles, but opening day can be pretty hectic at the pahk. South Street Diner is giving Sox fans an alternative, cost-effective option to catch the game without having to fight the crowds and pay the Fenway Park prices.

From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., South Street Diner is serving up free all-you-can-eat steamed Fenway Franks with the purchase of only one beer! For the price of $2.50, you can chow down on the official hot dog of Fenway Park until you become the Green Monstah, while watching the game on the South Street Diner televisions, all without the headache and hassle of overpriced parking, traffic and Fenway Park prices.

To make this year’s home opener at South Street a true home run, the diner will be raffling off tickets to an upcoming game this season and all of those in attendance wearing Red Sox apparel will be automatically entered to win.

Monday, April 11, 2016
11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

South Street Diner
178 Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111

For more information, please visit www.southstreetdiner.com or call 617-350-0028.

ABOUT SOUTH STREET DINER:
South Street Diner (formerly the Blue Diner) was built in 1947 by the Worcester Dining Company to serve local factory workers. Over the years, the Diner has become a local landmark, a constant in Boston's after-hours scene and a final evening destination for local residents, students and visitors. When the clubs close, the Diner is the place to grab something to eat, hang out with friends, celebrity watch, and keep the party going. No visit to Boston is complete without a stop to the South Street Diner. Over the years, the Diner has been called "The PLACE for college students to start their Spring Break Tour" by Rolling Stone Magazine. The Diner has also been featured in numerous feature films, including: Hiding Out with John Cryer; Second Sight with John Laroquette; House Guest with Steve Martin; “21;” The Blue Diner for PBS and recently featured in the DC Comic ‘BatGirl.’

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ArtWeek Boston - April-May 2016 Event at Boston Public Market

ARTWEEK BOSTON (4/29 - 5/8)
Food and art go hand-in-hand - we eat with our eyes before our stomachs! Stop by the Market to participate in a week of engaging, food-centric art events as part of ArtWeek Boston, an award-winning bi-annual festival featuring more than 100 unique, unexpected, and creative experiences throughout the city.

FRIDAY, APRIL 29 (8am-8pm)
ArtLifting Gallery — Come celebrate the launch of ArtWeek at the Boston Public Market with the opening of our public gallery display featuring ArtLifting’s talented artists. ArtLifting is a benefit corporation that provides homeless and disabled artists the opportunity to earn their own income. This event is free and open to the public.

SUNDAY, MAY 1 (1:00pm-5:00pm)
Seafood Throwdown — (in the KITCHEN) Local chefs battle it out to prepare the “Best Seafood Dish” using a mystery item sourced from Boston Public Market vendor Red’s Best, while their local food stylist counterparts square off to artfully plate it up. Tickets are $5 for Trustees Members, $10 for non-members.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 (8:00am-7:30pm)
Still Life Drawing @ the Market— Professional, amateur, and aspiring artists alike are welcome to join us for a free Market-wide "food still life" open-studio. Visit food still life stations throughout the Market featuring centerpieces of Market vendors' beautiful and unique products, from traditional bowls of fruit to sea urchins, parrot tulips, and celeriac. This event is free and open to the public.

THURSDAY, MAY 5 (5:30pm-6:30pm)
Boston Lyric Opera Pop-up — Let talented divas entertain you while you dine! Join us for an unexpected concert featuring Boston Lyric Opera singers, food, and performance art. One day only, customers and visitors are invited to watch the food and music worlds collide. This event is free and open to the public.

FRIDAY, MAY 6 (6:30pm-8:00pm)
ArtLifting+ Fondue Night — (in the KITCHEN) ArtLifting representatives and artists will discuss their work while visitors sample fondue, admire and purchase original art, and experience a unique pairing of food and art in the City. Tickets are $5 for Trustees Members, $10 for non-members.

SATURDAY, MAY 7 (8:00am-8:00pm)
Artful Cards for Mom— Celebrate Mother’s Day by visiting our card making station to create a special, handmade note for your mom. This event is free and open to the public.

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SOFA KING FRIDAYS PRESENTS: Matthew Koma @ ROYALE

by mariam
(boston)

Friday, April 15th | 10pm

DRESS 
 
No shorts / hats / oversized baggy jeans / hoodies / boots / athletic wear
Proper ID Required / 21+
 
Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/matthew-koma-royale-41516-1000-pm-21-tickets-22420036934?aff=BostonVIP

Royale
279 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
 
Admission after midnight not guaranteed
*Management has the right to refuse entry / No refunds of any kind all sales are final. 

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Boston Book Event in April 2016: EMK Institute celebrates spring with Rose's Garden!

by EMK Institute
(Columbia Point, Boston, MA, USA)

Author and illustrator, Peter H. Reynolds, will join us for a reading and signing of his book, Rose’s Garden on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the EMK Institute in Boston. The signing will be followed by paper flower making, where participants can write how they want to "make a difference" on their flower petals, which will be planted in Rose's Garden at the EMK Institute.


If you can't make it Saturday, readings and paper flower making will be available at the EMK Institute throughout April school vacation week (4/16/2016 - 4/23/2016) between 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.


This event is for all ages and is FREE to the public. Please RSVP.


RSVP & event info: www.emkinstitute.org/explore-the-institute/dynamic-educational-experiences/kids-and-families/eventsandactivities
Where: EMK Institute, Columbia Point, 210 Morrissey Boulevard Boston, MA 02125
Website: www.emkinstitute.org
Telephone: (617) 740-7000
Email: info@emkinstitute.org

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Regis President’s Lecture Series: Pandemic Infections, Ebola, Enterovirus & Measles

Ebola, Enterovirus and Measles are infections that have currently been in the international and local media. What are the after-effects of these diseases? How are they prevented? How are they transmitted from person to person? What are the risk factors? Come hear the experts who have cared for these patients and studied the public health implications and epidemiology.
When:
Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 6:30p -
8:30p

Where:
Regis College - Fine Art Center, Casey Theatre
235 Wellesley Street
Weston, Massachusetts 02493

Admission:
FREE

Event website:
http://www.registowertalk.net/s/259/index_wide.aspx?sid=259&pgid=1451&gid=1&cid=2673&ecid=2673&post_id=0




Panelists include:
•David Hooper, MD, Chief at MGH Infection Control Unit and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
•Sheila M. Davis, DNP, ANP-BC FAAN, Chief of Ebola Response, Chief of West Africa Program, and Chief Nursing Officer at Partners in Health
•Alfred De Maria, MD, Medical Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Response and Services in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
•John Crawford Welch, CRNA, MSN, Clinical Consultant, Partners in Health.

Please register for the President’s Lecture Series on Health via email at: presidents.lectureseries@regiscollege.edu or call (781) 768-8080 by Friday, April 15.

This lecture series has been submitted to the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, for approval to award contact hours for nurses and social workers. American Nurses Association Massachusetts is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA. Application for Social Work and Radiologic Technologists continuing education credits have been submitted. Please contact hugh.clark@regiscollege.edu for the status of social work contact hours and david.gilmore@regiscolle.edu for the status of radiologic technologists contact hours.

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Shadow Play at Harvard: Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic

Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard presents 'Feathers of Fire'. A visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for ALL AGES, 'Feathers of Fire' stages the magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic 'Shahnameh'.

This is the largest shadow puppet play ever performed, featuring over 140 colorful shadow puppets, performers in elaborate masks and costumes, and digitally animated backgrounds, that are seamlessly choreographed together and projected onto a cinemascope-size screen to give the audience a feeling of “live animation.” Creator Hamid Rahmanian will speak to the audience after each show to share a “behind the scenes” glimpse of the technical aspects of the production. (70 minutes, in English).

See the trailer here: http://bit.ly/1WcJmLp

CMES will host four ticketed performances at the Fitzgerald Theatre, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, (map: https://goo.gl/maps/Qin8RvzFSrq):

Saturday, April 16: 3:00 & 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 17: 3:00 & 7:00 pm

To purchase tickets, click here: http://bit.ly/25jeFI4
(Prices range from $15-$40; senior (65+), student, and child (12 & under) discounts available)

For more info on this show, click here: http://cmes.fas.harvard.edu/feathers
Questions: elizabethflanagan@fas.harvard.edu

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"SECOND SHIFT Music Series" Performance: TOM CARTER

The "Second Shift Music Series" at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation features musicians with diverse backgrounds, each in some way reflecting the innovative, exploratory American spirit that our Museum celebrates.
April 21 – TOM CARTER, folk/drone/psych guitar
"Tom Carter is a modern titan… one of the most thoughtful, imaginative instrumentalists working today.” –– Pitchfork
"An uncanny ability to push his guitar playing to unearthly limits, while still retaining a spare simplicity that, while unusual and unorthodox, never ceases to remain completely engaging and steeped in majestic beauty." –– Tiny Mix Tapes
TOM CARTER is one of America’s great guitar iconoclasts, and one of its most powerful and communicative improvisers. His solo work sculpts a rich landscape of grit and beauty.
Born just south of the Mason-Dixon line Carter, the son of a newspaper man, spent his early years in various farm and mining towns in Maryland and Ohio. His influences include American pre-punk, British post-punk and Texas psychedelia.
In 1990 Carter formed the groundbreaking Charalambides with Christina Carter. The Wire describes the band’s forays into folk, psych and improvisation as “truly 21st century experimental ethnic music.”
- - -
Doors open at 6:00pm. The performance begins at approximately 7:00pm.
Admission is $20. A $30 ticket includes Beer & Wine.
WHEN
Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar
WHERE
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation - 154 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

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PLASTEC New England - April 2016 in Boston

The UBM Advanced Manufacturing Group's 2016 Boston event is comprised of 4 events that are situated in the same expo hall – BIOMEDevice Boston, Design and Manufacturing New England, Plastec New England and Embedded Systems Conference Boston.

PLASTEC New England is the most comprehensive plastics event that you won't want to miss. Get hands-on access to the newest injection molding machines, 3D printers, molds and dies, materials, and much more. Register today to attend PLASTEC New England 2016.

URLs:
Booking: http://atnd.it/48446-0
Facebook: http://atnd.it/48446-1
Website: http://atnd.it/48446-2
Twitter: http://atnd.it/48446-3

Price:
Free* Expo Pass: USD 0

Category: Conferences | Engineering and Technology | Manufacturing

Date and Time: On Wednesday April 13, 2016 at 10:00 am (ends Thursday April 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm)

Venue Details: Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, 02210, United States

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Boston April Event: Race for the Cure Massachusetts

by Tessa Green
(Connecticut)

NAME: Race for the Cure Massachusetts

WHEN: April 9, 2016

WHERE: DCR Carson Beach, Boston

Susan G. Komen Southern New England® is celebrating its 24th annual Race for the Cure® in Massachusetts! The Race is a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk open to people of all ages. All proceeds from the Race support the local fight against breast cancer through community grants and research. Participants are encouraged to create teams consisting of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Breast cancer survivors are invited to join the Survivor Breakfast. Registration opens at 7:30 AM and the Race and walk begin at 9 AM. Register at www.KomenSouthernNewEngland.org.


EMAIL: raceMA@KomenSouthernNewEngland.org

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Boston Theater Event: BODY & SOLD

by Gavin Damore
(Abington, MA)

Posters created by BU College of Fine Arts Students

Posters created by BU College of Fine Arts Students

A reading of the award-winning play BODY & SOLD, based on interviews conducted by Deborah Lake Fortson with young survivors of sex trafficking in Boston, New York, and Minneapolis, comes to Boston Playwrights' Theatre on April 3rd at 2:00 p.m.

Reserve tickets at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9HX8MPS

Suggested donation: $10

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BIOMEDevice Boston - April 2016

The UBM Advanced Manufacturing Group’s 2016 Boston event is comprised of 4 events that are situated in the same expo hall – BIOMEDevice Boston, Design & Manufacturing New England, Plastec New England and Embedded Systems Conference Boston.

BIOMEDevice Boston is the largest medtech event covering every aspect in the end-to-end development process. From initial start-up and R&D through end-product marketing, discover the materials, technologies, ideas, equipment, and suppliers you need to bring your product from concept to market – all under one roof.

BIOMEDevice Boston also offers one day conference across two tracks. Some of the topics to include are designing for patient empowerment, integrating cyber security and the future of biomedical innovation.

Come to Boston to discover, test, and evaluate the latest medical device designs, discuss the manufacturing challenges currently being faced, and network with your peers during scheduled happy hours.

On Wednesday April 13, 2016 at 10:00 am (ends Thursday April 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm)

Category: Conferences | Science, Health & Medicine | Medical Devices

URLs:

Booking: http://atnd.it/47966-0
Facebook: http://atnd.it/47966-1
Twitter: http://atnd.it/47966-2
Website: http://atnd.it/47966-3

Price: Free

Speakers: Kevin Young, Mike Dunkley, Sridhar Iyengar, TJ Parker, Nirav Sheth, Michael McNeil, Rob Beatty, Ravi Kuppuraj, Kerry McDermott, Eric T. Pierce, Gregg Kirkpatrick, Lonny Kocina

Venue details: Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, 02210, United States

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Boston April Event: Theater Offensive presents climACTS! UNDERGROUND

by Danny Gessner
(Boston, MA, USA)

(Photo credit: Joel Benjamin)

(Photo credit: Joel Benjamin)

climACTS! is a unique party and fundraiser because it explores and celebrates the rich diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) lives through provocative themes and performances. This year's theme is UNDERGROUND so expect a night of gritty and sexy surprises.

Join event co-chairs Ricardo Rodriguez & Suhail Kwatra and hundreds of guests as we titillate your senses through a series of immersive performances and live installations.

Special Guests and OUT On The Edge award winners are The Five Lesbian Brothers, including Lisa Kron (Tony Award-winner for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical for Fun Home)

Performances by: Cuban-American performance artist Octavio Campos and an ensemble of sexy dancers and performers

Live Auction with Emcee David Brown
Music by DJ Brent Covington, DJ for FUZZ at The Alley Bar and Boyfriends.

Purchase tickets through our Eventbrite page (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climacts-underground-tickets-21286270809)

Funds raised will support The Theater Offensive's LGBT arts programming.
Visit our website (www.thetheateroffensive.org) for more information about The Theater Offensive.

WHEN
Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)

WHERE
Icon Nightclub - 100 Warrenton Street, Boston, MA 02116

PRICE
General Admission: $125
VIP Tickets: $200
Exclusive VIP/Sponsors' Reception from 6-7:30pm, complimentary bar during reception, heavy hors d'oeuvres, mingling with celebrity guests and performers, and all General Admission perks.

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Boston Financial Seminar: The “Money Talks” Tour

Just in time for Financial Literacy Month, join LearnVest for an evening of money straight talk.

You’ll meet financial planner Britt Barney, who heads up LearnVest’s New York planning team. She’ll walk you through the LearnVest Program and show you how to reach your financial goals.

When the night wraps, we want you to understand our perspective on:
● How to prioritize your financial goals (like student loans vs. buying a home)
● How to create a budget that helps you achieve those goals
● How to identify your blind spots to help keep you protected along the way

You’ll get to join like-minded people committed to building better money habits, and network away. Plus, enjoy light bites and drinks.

This event is part of a 10-city series: The Money Talks Tour. To see the full event series lineup, go here. https://generalassemb.ly/education/learnvest-presents-the-money-talks-tour


Free Admission

Address:
WeWork South Station
745 Atlantic Ave.
Boston , MA 02111

When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM

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27th Annual MassArt Auction - Boston March 2016 Event

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), the nation's only freestanding public college of art and design, will hold its 27th MassArt Auction on Saturday, April 9, 2016 in the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt. Over 300 works of art in a range of media from emerging to established artists, including MassArt alumni and students, will be available for bid in the silent and live auction.

The 2016 live auction boasts 36 pieces by internationally renowned artists including Takashi Murakami, Shepard Fairey, and Julian Opie; MassArt faculty Abe Morell, Laura McPhee, and Fred Liang; and MassArt alumni Eric Aho, Ambreen Butt, and Nicole Chesney among others. New disciplines have also been introduced into the selection of work for auction this year such as a fibers installation by alumna Sheila Pepe and a kinetic sculpture by Anne Lilly.
All proceeds from this spectacular night provide vital scholarship aid and academic programs support for MassArt students.

Doors open at 6:30 PM; Live Auction begins at 8:00 PM

OPENING RECEPTION: March 30, 2016, 6-8 PM (Admission to Opening Reception included with Auction sponsorship or advance ticket purchase.)

PUBLIC PREVIEW DAYS: March 31 - April 7, 2016, 12-7 PM (Closed Sunday, April 3 and during private events)

Tickets: $300 in advance/ $350 at the door; please visit massartauction.org

Contact information: auction@massart.edu/ 617-879-7014

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MUSIC at Gallery 263 in April: Calen Perkins & Ashley Storrow Duo, Kaiti Jones

April 9 @ 8:00pm-10:00pm
Gallery 263
263 Pearl Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
$10

Gallery 263 is proud to host a variety of regional artists. Tonight, we welcome singer-songwriters with a connection to Maine: Calen Perkins & Ashley Storrow with Kaiti Jones.

CALEN PERKINS

Calen Perkins is a versatile singer-songwriter and guitarist with a hearty appetite for catchy melodies, infectious rhythms and emotive lyrics that describe his socially conscious worldview, penchant for travel and longing for connection.

Coming from a background in classical music studied on the clarinet and piano, he has spent time living in both New England and California, traveling extensively in Latin America and Europe, and working with at-risk youth at several non-profits, all of which contribute to the themes of his songs and his unique perspective as a writer. Calen regularly performs duo with fellow Mainer, Ashley Storrow.

KAITI JONES

Kaiti’s voice is simultaneously earthy and ethereal, carrying the listener a few feet off the ground on a cloud of rich, sophisticated melodies and rhythms while whispering truth and contemplating the human condition through thoughtful well-crafted lyrics. It’s not background music at all, rather it’s the rare kind that makes you want to drop everything and L-I-S-T-E-N. In person Kaiti is down-to-earth and downright endearing. If you like H.E.M., Karen Peris (The Innocence Mission) or Marketa Irglova you will love Kaiti Jones! In a sea of female singer/songwriters, Kaiti is a special treasure whose best days are yet ahead.

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Songhoy Blues Performing in Boston, April 2016

by World Music/CRASHarts
(Cambridge, MA)

Blending Malian desert grooves with hard-driving rock guitar licks, Songhoy Blues has been winning audiences around the globe with its infectious energy and electric live performance. The band’s well-received debut album, Music in Exile, was produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K‚naan). Songhoy Blues signed with Atlantic Records—becoming the first African act the major label has signed in over 40 years and is also prominently featured in the documentary film They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile.

Saturday, April 16, 8:00 pm
Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Ave., Boston, MA.
$15 General admission, 18+
Purchase tickets at https://tickets.worldmusic.org/TheatreManager/1/online?performance=1628

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Boston April Event: Free Geneology Association New Visitor Tour

by Tricia
(Boston, MA, USA)

April 30 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive.

With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records--and expert staff to help you navigate it all-- NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate.

Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

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Boston Minstrels' 25th Anniversary Concert

On Saturday, April 23rd, the Boston Minstrels, who have brought over 1,500 performances to people struggling with homelessness, will celebrate its 25th anniversary, with a full band – The Soul City Band - dancing, and special guests. Open to the public, the celebration begins at 6:00 pm at the American Legion Post 440, at 295 California Street in Newton.

The Minstrels, a 100-member group of singers and musicians, play over 70 gigs a year. Their motto is “Making Music with Heart” and they transform every homeless shelter they play, bringing energy, pop and rock songs, and a feeling of community.

Brighton resident and founding member of the Minstrels, Tim McHale, on vocals and plugged-in guitar, is the consummate song leader who invites everyone to participate. Individual residents often come up to one of the eight microphones and sing lead on a song (with 10 to 15 Minstrels behind him/her, providing support and harmony.) Other residents dance in the audience and become percussionists, playing the tambourines, drum sticks, maracas, etc. that the Minstrels hand out. The group plays songs that are familiar to almost everyone, and is prepared with songbooks for those who may not be. Typical tunes include “Just My Imagination,” “Dancing in the Street,” “Give Me One Reason,”and “Imagine.”

“The Minstrels’ positive energy, combined with their approach of connecting to people through music, creates an indescribable sense of joy for our guests,” said Scottie Wait, Director of Volunteer Programs at the Pine Street Inn where the Minstrels have played for 25 years. “The Minstrels’ make them feel included, and even give many of our guests hope for a brighter tomorrow.”

For more information about the fundraiser on April 23rd and to get involved, please visit: www.bostonminstrel.org. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Jim Evans at JWE729@hotmail.com.

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