April’s Out and About

Wed April 1

King v. Burwell & the Future of the Affordable Care Act

8 AM - 12 PM  / Must Register Online Before / Harvard School of Public Health

Wasserstein Hall / 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This Term, in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Affordable Care Act permits the government to extend tax-credit subsidies to citizens of states that have chosen not to establish their own insurance exchange. If the Court rules that these subsidies are not permitted under the law, the fallout will be extensive and possibly devastating to state insurance markets, and countless local, state, and federal actors will have to decide how to move forward.  This event will bring together scholars and practitioners in the fields of law, public health, and economics to evaluate the oral argument in the case and consider how the Court is likely to rule before exploring the likely impacts of a decision against the government and finally beginning to build groundwork for politically-viable fixes at all levels of public and private involvement.

Cake My Day! by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson

12 PM / Free / Northeastern University / Xhibition Kitchen / 11 Speare Place

Join us for this Xhibition Kitchen event, Free Cooking Demo and Cookbook Signing. Books are available at the event and the NU bookstore.

Contesting the Centennial: Civil War Memory at the 1976 World’s Fair

12 PM / Free / Massachusetts Historical Society

The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition was promoted as a fair to show off American greatness. But at the same time, the Centennial exposed the rifts in society. Given that the Civil War had ended only eleven years before, a celebration of American unity and power bore a certain irony. Issues of the Civil War pervaded the Centennial Exhibition, and this project explores the different ways in which Americans brought their particular memories of that war to Philadelphia. Website.

Meet the Author: Jessica Hagy

12 PM / Free / Northeastern University / Snell Library 90

Join writer and artist Jessica Hagy for a discussion of her work, The Art of War Visualized: The Sun Tzu Classic in Charts and Graphs. Hagy will discuss her illustrated adaptation of Sun Tzu's The Art of War. The original text consists of 13 passages that communicate several war strategies. Hagy has been able to help readers grasp the complex concepts conveyed by Tzu using almost 300 corresponding diagrams.

State of Terror: An Update on the Islamic State (ISIS)

12 PM / Free / Simmons College / SOM M223

Almost a year after it surged across Syria and Iraq spreading a brutal reign of terror, the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) continues to evolve as a serious threat to global security. Join us for an informal “brownbag” lunchtime discussion of the aims and activities of ISIS, and of international responses to this danger. Website.

Clinic with Gregorio Uribe

1 PM / Free  / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 393

Big band leader, singer, and accordionist Gregorio Uribe was born in Colombia, studied at Berklee College of Music, and is now based in New York, where he leads the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, a 16-piece orchestra that blends Colombian rhythms with big band arrangements. Website.

Forum Featuring Joe Lovano

4 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Zero Gravity Room

This Berklee Global Jazz Institute forum features Joe Lovano.

Missing Children and Orphan Clones

5:30 PM / Free / Simmons College / Kotzen Room

Join the Departments of English, Women's & Gender Studies, Communications, and the Cinema and Media Studies Minor for a guest lecture by Associate Professor Pamela Thoma from Washington State University. Her talk, “Missing Children and Orphan Clones: Gender, Family, and Reproduction in Popular Narratives of American Decline and Redemption,” will be held on Wednesday, April 1 beginning at 5:30pm in the Kotzen Room. Website.

Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln

6 PM / Admission $20 / Fellows and Members Free / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

Abraham Lincoln grew up in the shadow of the Founding Fathers. Seeking an intellectual and emotional replacement for his own taciturn father, Lincoln turned to the men of the founding—Washington, Paine, Jefferson—and their great documents for knowledge, guidance, inspiration, and purpose. Out of the vacuum created by their passing, Lincoln emerged from among his peers as the inheritor of the Founders' mantle, bringing their vision to bear on the Civil War and the question of slavery. Richard Brookhiser presents a compelling biography of Lincoln that highlights his lifelong struggle to carry on the Founding Fathers’ work. Brookhiser shows us every side of the man: laborer, lawyer, congressman, president; storyteller, wit, lover of ribald jokes; depressive, poet, friend, visionary. And he shows that despite his many roles and his varied life, Lincoln returned time and time again to the Founders. They were rhetorical and political touchstones, the basis of his interest in politics, and the lodestars guiding him as he navigated politics and the national scene. But their legacy with not sufficient. As the Civil War lengthened and the casualties mounted Lincoln wrestled with one more paternal figure—God the Father—to explain to himself, and to the nation, why ending slavery had come at such a terrible price.

Words Without Music

7 PM / Admission $30 (can buy tickets online ahead) / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

Prolific composer Philip Glass, widely credited as one of the most influential living figures in all of music, will discuss his long-awaited memoir, Words Without Music, which is soon to be released.

The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Gregorio Uribe Big Band

8 PM / $10 General Admission (can buy online ahead) / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

Big band leader/singer/accordionist Gregorio Uribe was born in Colombia, studied at Berklee College of Music, and is now based in New York where he leads the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, a 16-piece orchestra that blends Colombian rhythms with big band arrangements.

Jim Dalton and Maggi Smith-Dalton: A Celebration of American Music 6

8 PM / Admission $5-30 (phone sales or buy day of) / The Boston Conservatory

Studio 401 / 31 Hemenway St., Boston

Musical journey through America’s past featuring performances on voice, guitar, mandolin and banjo.  This year’s concert features special segments celebrating the birthdays of Ralph Towner and Dan Emmet, honoring the cause of the Women’s Suffrage, the end of the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and musical highlights from 1965.

Thurs April 2

Hot Topics in the Food System - Eco Opportunity Seminar

12:30 PM / Free / Harvard School of Public Health / Kresge 502

Margiana Petersen-Rockney, the Project Coordinator of the Food Literacy Project at Harvard University, will be speaking about Hot Topics in the Food System. Is "organic" or "local" better? Ever wonder what "all natural" means? What is the story with GMOs? What does "food justice" mean?Contact information:  David Havelick: dhavelic@hsph.harvard.edu

Bury Me Standing

1 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Berk Recital Hall

With a sound somewhere between Balkan folk music and American psychedelic rock, Bury Me Standing performs.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

5 PM / Free / Wheelock College / Earl Center for Learning and Innovation

The Colleges of the Fenway 2015 Environmental Forum Speaker Series and Webcast of NCSE Energy and Climate Change Conference presents a discussion on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology featuring Prabhu Rao, Chief Executive Officer, and McPhy Energy North America. The discussion will focus on “Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Applications in Transportation, Industry and Stationary Power Markets.” Website.

Dava Sobel: Author of Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter

5:30 PM / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

A conversation with the author of Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, and Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love, on the subject of writing scientific biography.

Stir: Barry Schwabsky and Marianne Nowothy

7 PM / Admission $5-$15 (Purchase online beforehand) / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Schwabsky, 2014 Gardner Artist-in-Residence, and Nowottny premiere new compositions of poetry and electronic music, following those on their 2012 CD, A Voice Hears You from Mysterious Places.

“Through the Wire” Lesson in Laughter

7 PM / Free / Emmanuel College / Administrative Building / Fenway Room

Join the screening of a TEDx talk delivered by Amma Marfo, Assistant Director of Student Activities!  Amma will be sharing some ideas about why we need to laugh and how it can get us through difficult times. Website.

Borromeo Quartet Early Evenings

8 PM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Pierce Hall

Fire and Ice: "The Heiliger Dankgesang" of Op. 132 and the "Grosse Fugue Op. 133" The Borromeo Quartet surveys the vastness of Beethoven’s creative imagination through these two extraordinary movements. Website.

Boston Trio

8 PM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Jordan Hall

The Boston Trio, NEC Preparatory School Ensemble-in-Residence, performs. The trio consists of violinist Irina Muresanu, cellist Astrid Schween, and pianist Heng-Jin Park.

Dom La Nena

8 PM / $12 in Advance / $15 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

Brazilian-born cellist and vocalist Dom La Nena performs her delicate, intricate compositions.

Fri April 3

The Hazel Dick Leonard Symposium

9 AM - 4 PM / Free / Simmons College / The Kotzen Room

The Hazel Dick Leonard Fellows have invited guest speakers from disciplines such as literature, dance, biochemistry, and political science to speak about their current research projects.

The Many Faces of Samba

1 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Oliver Colvin Recital Hall

Berklee faculty member Alberto Netto presents a clinic on spicing up samba grooves on the drum set. Website.

James Murphy: Solid Soloing Using the Glue Method

4 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Oliver Colvin Recital Hall

James Murphy, Berklee assistant professor and drum set player for the Blue Man Group Boston, will discuss and demonstrate his glue method of soloing, which he developed to connect set ideas at fast note rates without hesitation. Website.

Sat April 4

Seminars on Artist Psychology: Spirit

10 AM / Admission $25 / Friends of Fenway Studios / 30 Ipswich Street

SPIRIT. ‘Why do you imagine?’ Wonder & Idea-Paint.  These seminars are for the amateur as ‘one who loves’ art. The emphasis is not on mastery of techniques, but upon the personality of imagination, striving for self-discoveries.  Directed by Henry Gates psychologist & artist: D’min-ATR teacher of Creativity nine years/Clinician 32 years/in his fourth Boston studio; has Jungian and pastoral education and returns his “Access Aesthetics” here. Our time is an hour for talk, a break, and then an hour for play (an early word for art). Website.

History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

10 AM / Free / Massachusetts Historical Society

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms.

Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series: Rearranging the Gardner with Elizabeth Alexander

11 AM / Admission $5-$15 / Children and Members Free / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Drop by the studio from 11 am and 4 pm to work with guest artist Elizabeth Alexander as she creates a new work by removing priceless items from images of the Gardner Museum and reorders them into a new pattern. Learn about her unique process, try your hand at cut paper and collage art, and watch the images transition throughout the day. Elizabeth’s frequent collaborator Todd Bowser will be on hand creating a live sound piece that combines narration and sounds made by the cut image. Website.

Begin at the Beginning: Boston’s Founding Documents

1 PM - 3 PM / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

Join us for the second of our lively Massachusetts Historical Society/Partnership of the Historic Bostons co-hosted discussions exploring the origins of Boston and its founding documents. We’ll be reading John Winthrop’s journal – a key, if not the key, primary source for the Massachusetts Bay Colony. You don’t need to be an expert – just come with your observations and curiosity about early Boston’s leading citizen.

SuperGroup: 27 Club Memorial Concert

7 PM / Admission $100 / $75 / $50 / $10 (can buy tickets online ahead)

Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

The 2015 Right Turn SuperGroup, in partnership with Berklee, presents the 27 Club Memorial Concert with a stage full of musical luminaries.

Joseph / V Blackburn

8 PM / $10 in Advance / $12 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

Comprised of three sisters from Oregon, Joseph brings the listener soothing melodies and harmonies influenced by growing up in the mountains. V Blackburn also performs. Website.

The Boston Conservatory Composer’s Orchestra

8 PM / Free / The Boston Conservatory / 132 Ipswich Street

 Composer Eric Hewitt and the Boston Conservatory Composer’s Orchestra presents premieres of their students’ orchestral work.

Sun April 5

Sunday Concert Series: Cicely Parnas, cello, and Noreen Polera, piano

1:30 PM / Admission $12-$27 (can buy online ahead) / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Tamagawa Daigaku Taiko and Dance Group

3 PM / Admission $20 / $30 / $40 (can buy tickets online ahead)

Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

The Tamagawa Daigaku Taiko and Dance Group, led by a Kabuki master, performs.

Mon April 6

Talk by Edward Morris, The Canary Project

6:30 PM / Free / Massachusetts College of Art and Design / Library 12th Floor

Visit the library to listen to Edward Morris, co-founder of the Canary Project. The Canary Project creates art that raises awareness of climate change and environmental destruction. The talk will coincide with the opening for exhibition, Seeds of Knowledge: Sustainability Books and Posters from the MassArt Library.

First Monday at Jordan Hall

8 PM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Jordan Hall

We’ll pay tribute to our start by scattering performances of works done during that inaugural season throughout the current season of six concerts, featuring as much as possible the musicians who performed them back then. On this program, the Copland is a reprise from the first season. Website.

Tues April 7

Community Service Reception at State House

3 PM / Free / Wheelock College / MA State House / Nurse’s Hall

Wheelock is the recipient of the White House’s 2014 Presidential Award in Education on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Website.

Eritrean Refugee Journeys

6 PM / Free / Simmons College / The Kotzen Room

This presentation will draw on Connell’s extensive field research in 2014 and 2015 that ranged from North America, Europe and Israel to East and Southern Africa and, most recently, South and Central America. Using personal observations and individual refugee narratives he will put a human face on the crisis, describe its main corridors, and sketch out options to deal with it based on refugee engagement and empowerment. Website.

Halil

8 PM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Jordan Hall

The NEC Percussion Ensemble and director Frank Epstein have commissioned and given first performances of many new works, helping building a 21st century repertory for that instrumental grouping. Percussion Ensemble concerts, then, are a rich and varied mix of styles, colors, and textures. Tonight's concert is a case in point and features the world premiere of a new commissioned work by Larry Wallach. There are also works by Reich and marimbist/composer Nebojsa Zivkovic. Website.

Singers Night

8 PM / $8 in Advance / $12 Day of Show /Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

Each semester, between 120 and 180 voice students audition for the opportunity to be cast in Singers Night, one of the Voice Department's premiere shows. Website.

The Wind and The Wave / Red Velvet

8 PM / $10 in Advance / $12 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

The Wind and the Wave, a duo based in Austin, Texas, perform. Red Velvet also performs. Website.

Othello in the Seraglio

8 PM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Brown Hall

Robert Labaree, director of the NECIntercultural Institute, along with Dünya, presents Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch. Website.

Piano Masters Series: Yevgeny Subdin

8 PM / Admission $10-$15 (can buy online ahead) / The Boston Conservatory / Seully Hall / 8 Fenway, Boston

Young Russian Pianist Yevgeny Subdin has created an international sensation, enjoying a meteoric international career performing with major orchestras on the most prestigious series, and earning raves for his albums.

Wed April 8

When the Fourteenth Century” Lost its Place: Quebec after 1776

12 PM / Free / Massachusetts Historical Society

Quebec has often been referred to as "the fourteenth colony." The Quebec Act of 1774 featured among the enumerated grievances in the United Colonies' Declaration of Independence, and much of the colony served as the scene of one of the Continental Army's first military campaigns. Yet, the end of the army's siege of Quebec City on May 6, 1776 is often treated as the end of Quebec's relevance to the American Revolution. In this talk, Reynoso argues that the colony's relevance did not end when the siege did, and she explores different ways of approaching the study of Quebec and the revolution after May 1776. Website.

Antonio Serrano Performance Clinic

1 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Oliver Colvin Recital Hall

Attend this clinic and performance by Mediterranean Music Institute visiting artist and harmonica player Antonio Serrano. Website.

Diana Ramirez-Jasson

6 PM / Free / The Boston Architectural College / Cascieri Hall

Lecture by the Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. Website.

Mourning Lincoln

6 PM / Admission $20 / Fellows and Members Free / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

The news of Abraham Lincoln's death on April 15, 1865, just days after Union victory, astounded the war weary nation. Massive crowds turned out for services and ceremonies, and countless expressions of grief were printed in newspapers and preached in sermons. Public responses to the assassination have been well chronicled, but Martha Hodes is the first to delve into personal and private responses—of northerners and southerners, Yankees and Confederates, African Americans and whites, soldiers and civilians, men and women, rich and poor, the well-known and the unknown. Exploring letters, diaries, and other personal writings penned during the spring and summer of 1865, Hodes tells a story of shock, glee, sorrow, anger, blame, and fear. Black freedom, the fate of former Confederates, and the future of the nation were at stake for everyone, whether they grieved or rejoiced when they heard the news. In her new book, Mourning Lincoln, Hodes brings to life a key moment of national uncertainty and conflict that takes us far beyond the headlines to illuminate the nation's first presidential assassination on a human scale.

Entre 20 Aguas: A Tribute to Paco de Lucia

8 PM / $8 in Advance / $12 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

This show, a tribute to the great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, will feature Antonio Serrano, the harmonica player who played with Lucía for over 10 years. In addition to the music of Lucía, this diverse show will feature a variety of music from around the Mediterranean, arranged and performed by students under the direction of Mediterranean Music Institute (MMI) artistic director Javier Limon and MMI executive director Matthew Nicholl. This show, a tribute to the great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, will feature Antonio Serrano, the harmonica player who played with Lucía for over 10 years. In addition to the music of Lucía, this diverse show will feature a variety of music from around the Mediterranean, arranged and performed by students under the direction of Mediterranean Music Institute (MMI) artistic director Javier Limon and MMI executive director Matthew Nicholl. Website.

Thurs April 9

RISE: 2015: Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo

10 AM - 2 PM / Free / Northeastern University / Cabot Cage / 400 Huntington Avenue

Each year, in an effort to support Northeastern University’s commitment to use-inspired research and solution focused innovation, hundreds of students and faculty members embark on an exciting opportunity to showcase the research and innovative thinking of the Northeastern community at the Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE). This exhibit is a large sample of the breadth and depth of innovative thinking at Northeastern University as well as a celebration of scholarly research and fundamental discoveries that can be translated into real-world applications. Since its inception in 2012, RISE continues to break records and attract unprecedented visibility for the University’s innovation community.

Boston Public Library’s “Never Too Late” Concert Series

2 PM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Boston Public Library

Join performers from NEC for an afternoon of music in collaboration with the Boston Public Library’s Never Too Late series.

“Not Yet”: The Originality Crisis in American Revolution Studies

5 PM - 8 PM / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

One of today’s leading historians of the American Revolution, Holton is the McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of three books, each widely acclaimed. Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Meaning of the American Revolution (1999) received the Merle Curti Prize of the Organization of American Historians. Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (2007) was a finalist for the National Book Award in non-fiction. Abigail Adams (2009) earned the Bancroft Prize. Professor Holton will devote his talk to the problems historians in recent decades have encountered when writing about the Revolution and the prospects for a new understanding of the event. His own writings have focused on the Revolution’s social and economic contexts.

Collection Conversations: Glass: Light

6:30 PM / Admission $5-15 / Children and Members Free (can buy ahead online) / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Explore connections between the current special exhibition and works of art in the permanent collection in this half-hour gallery discussion led by Gardner staff. LIGHT: The interplay of light and glass has fascinated artists throughout the ages.

The Rhythm Future Quartet / The Wiles

8 PM / $10 in Advance / $12 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

The Rhythm Future Quartet performs their jazz and Gypsy jazz music, and the Wiles play old folk songs and new Americana. Website.

Perfect Pitch Concert

8 PM / $8 in Advance / $12 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

Perfect Pitch is the songwriting club's annual contest featuring Berklee's top vocalists singing songs by Berklee songwriters. Website.

Fri April 10

Portland Cello Project

8 PM / $14 in Advance / $16 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

Adept at mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions, the Portland Cello Project performs. Website.

Sat April 11

Slow Art Day

10:30 AM / Free / Museum of Fine Arts / Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Visitor Center

For one day a year, people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. The phenomenon is known as Slow Art Day, a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art.

Cassandra Wilson

8 PM / Admission $30 / $37 / $42 (can buy tickets online ahead)

Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

American jazz musician/songwriter/producer Cassandra Wilson celebrates Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday, applying her smoky-smooth delivery to the late master’s jazz hits.

Rodrigo Amarante / Big Search

8 PM / $15 General Admission (can buy tickets online ahead) / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

One of the masterminds behind Brazilian band Los Hermanos and founding member of the samba supergroup Orquestra Imperial, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Amarante will perform. Big Search will open the show.

The Boston Conservatory Women’s Chorus

8 PM / Free / The Boston Conservatory / Seully Hall / 8 Fenway, Boston

Join the Boston Conservatory Women’s Chorus and guest group The Boston City Singers Tour Choir as we celebrate the union of the master of words and masters of music such as Berlioz, Verdi, Brahms, and Beach.

Sun April 12

Boston Symphony Open House

11:30  AM / Free / Boston Symphony Orchestra / Boston Symphony Hall

Come to the BSO Open House. A free event for the entire community Sunday, April 12, 11:30am-4pm at Symphony Hall

Sunday Concert Series: Ji, piano

1:30 PM / Admission $12-$27 (can buy ahead online) / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Collection Conversations: Glass: Light

2 PM / Admission $5-15 / Children and Members Free (can buy ahead online) / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Explore connections between the current special exhibition and works of art in the permanent collection in this half-hour gallery discussion led by Gardner staff. LIGHT: The interplay of light and glass has fascinated artists throughout the ages.

Dweezilla on the Road

2:30 PM / Admission $75 (can buy tickets online ahead) / Berklee College of Music / David Friend Recital Hall

For the price of a fuzz pedal, attend this guitar master class and learn techniques from Dweezil Zappa, the son of Frank Zappa.

The Haitian Experience at Guantanamo

4 PM / Free / Registration Encouraged / Northeastern University / Haley House Bakery & Cafe

Northeastern University invites Roxbury residents and members of Boston’s Haitian and Haitian-American community for an evening of light fare and conversation at Haley House Bakery & Café. The evening will begin with a screening of a short documentary about the Haitian Refugee Crisis at Guantánamo (1991–94) created by the university’s public history graduate students.

Zappa Plays Zappa

7:30 PM / Admission $29.50 / $35 / $39.50 / $79 (can buy tickets online ahead)

Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

Dweezil Zappa honors his father by introducing a new generation to Frank Zappa's music.

String Master Series: Carol Rodland, Viola

8 PM / Admission $10-15 (can buy tickets online ahead) / The Boston Conservatory / Seully Hall / 8 Fenway, Boston

Artist-in-residence Carol Rodland performs with Conservatory faculty and students.

Mon April 13

Addressing Ebola Lecture: On the Ground Reality of Practice & Patient Treatment

12:30 PM / Free / Harvard School of Public Health / FXB G13 / 651 Huntington Ave.

Part IV of the Addressing Ebola Lecture Series: On the Ground Reality of Practice and Patient Treatment. Speaker: Rupa Kanapathipillai, MPH, DTM&H, Editorial Fellow at New England Journal of Medicine, Infectious Disease Physician.

Gaslighting

8 PM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Jordan Hall

Pianist/composer/improviser Ran Blake, who celebrates his 80th birthday on April 20, and trombonist Aaron Hartley celebrate their 10th year in coproduction of New England Conservatory's famed Film Noir series with "Gaslighting," a tantalizing mélange of scenes from Patrick Hamilton's original screenplay, Gaslight (also known as Angel Street, 1938), Gaslight (1940, directed by Thorold Dickinson) and Gaslight (1944, directed by George Cukor).

Tues April 14

FDA’s Impact on Pharmaceutical Innovation: A lecture by Neil Flanzraich

12 PM / Free / Harvard School of Public Health / Griswold Hall 110 / 1525 Mass Ave.

Please join us for a lecture by Neil Flanzraich, Chairman and CEO of Cantex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., discussing the balance between speed and safety in FDA’s regulation of pharmaceutical products.  Topics will include how FDA’s approach has ebbed and flowed over time, the various tools FDA has introduced to reach this balance, and the potential impact of FDA’s various approaches on products and companies, especially start-ups.  Neil Flanzraich graduated from Harvard Law School in 1968 and was appointed by Dean Martha Minow as an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) in fall 2012.

Colloquium: “Tell us What to do”: Developing Ecosystem Service Science

4 PM / Free / Northeastern University / Marine Science Center / MSC Bunker Lecture Hall

Join us for our regular colloquium series, this time with guest Dr. Katie Arkema, of the Natural Capital Project. Dr. Arkema, is a guest of MES Graduate Students.

Legacy Pollution Issues in Energy Development: The Cases of Manufactured Gas and Natural Gas

5:15 PM - 7:15 PM / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

Joel Tarr, Carnegie Mellon University: Patrick Malone, Brown University. This paper will present two case studies concerning the environmental impacts of past energy transitions and their legacy. The cases will focus upon the manufactured gas industry with Massachusetts examples and conventional natural gas development in western Pennsylvania.

BITR: Berklee in the Round

7 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

Berklee in the Round (BITR) is a concert that occurs on the second Tuesday of every month.

Wed April 15

Honky Tonk Dance Workship

10 AM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Saint Botolph Building: Room G14

Learn the basics of Honky Tonk dance in a fun and relaxed environment.  This workshop is hosted by NEC's Contemporary Improvisation Department. Website.

The Urban World of the Early Modern British Caribbean

12 PM / Free / Massachusetts Historical Society

This project examines the history of the early modern British Caribbean through its cities and urban residents. By analyzing the founding, development, and integration of the Caribbean's port cities as well as the enterprises of its urban residents, Draper demonstrates that the townscapes of these cities were the stages on which colonists adapted to the harsh environs of the West Indies. There, residents, visitors, and officials created artificial land, fortified settlements, forged extensive hinterlands, and fostered communication networks. By doing so, they helped transform the Caribbean into the most profitable region in early modern British America. Website.

Forum Featuring John Patitucci and Alan Pasqua

4 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Zero Gravity Room

This Berklee Global Jazz Institute forum features John Patitucci and Alan Pasqua. Website.

Naomi Pollock- Japanese Design: Buildings to Bento Boxes

6 PM / Free / The Boston Architectural College / Cascieri Hall

Lecture by American architect living in Tokyo who writes about Japanese Design. Website.

Mourning Lincoln & Racial Equality

6 PM / Admission $20 / Fellows and Members Free / Massachusetts Historical Society

Professor Stauffer will explore Frederick Douglass's and other black and white abolitionists' responses to Lincoln's assassination and the degree to which the assassination prompted Northerners to consider and accept full black citizenship.  He will also address the theme of forgiveness and its political dilemmas as it relates to assassination, while keeping Douglass at the center of the story. Website.

Tribute to Malcolm Rogers: Ancient Greeks

7 PM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Jordan Hall

NEC's stellar conductorless orchestra, coached by Donald Palma, pays tribute to outgoing Museum of Fine Arts director Malcolm Rogers (in photo) and celebrates the MFA's "reimagined" Greek galleries with works based on two great figures of Greek history and myth: Socrates and Apollo. Website.

Thurs April 16

Third Thursdays: Making Your Mark

5:30 PM / Admission $5-$15 (can buy ahead online) / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

How would you like to contribute to the city? This month, we partner with ONEin3 for an evening exploring ways that young professionals in Boston engage with civic, artistic, and social life.

This Changes Everything: An Evening with Naomi Klein

6 PM / Free / Northeastern University / Blackman Theatre

The University Scholars Program and Civic Engagement Program present author and activist Naomi Klein. Naomi Klein’s ambitious and provocative new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, has inspired debate and discussion worldwide. It was called by the New York Times “a book of such ambition and consequence that it is almost unreviewable…. The most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring.”

New World A-Comin’: Music of Duke Ellington & Gil Evans

8 PM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Jordan Hall

Ken Schaphorst conducts the NEC Jazz Orchestra in works by Duke Ellington and Gil Evans. Website.

Singers Showcase

8 PM / $8 in Advance / $12 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

Singers Showcase, Berklee's premier vocal event, offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers.

Fri April 17

The Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta

8 PM / Free / The Boston Conservatory / 132 Ipswich Street

Featuring Composition Competition winner David Vess. Website.

Sat April 18

Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI) Symposium 2015

8:30 AM - 5 PM / Free / Harvard School of Public Health / Knafel Gymnasium / 18 Mason Street, Cambridge

Speakers:  Lisa Alvarez-Cohen,  Jon Beckwith, Angela Belcher,  Briana Burton, Arturo Cassadevall, Dan Hartl, Katherine Lemon, George Weinstock.  Free and open to the public. This annual event features presentations by leading microbiologists at Harvard and other institutions and celebrates the richest biological reservoir of the planet, the microbial world. Website.

History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

10 AM / Free / Massachusetts Historical Society

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms.

Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu: Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection

2 PM / Admission $5-$15 (can buy ahead online) / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Olnick and Spanu will discuss how they began collecting Murano glass, what factors inform their decisions about what works to purchase, and what they see as their personal mission as collectors.

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

8 PM / Admission $27 / $54 / $84 / $104 / New England Conservatory of Music / Jordan Hall

The magnificent Overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser is a dramatic, conflicted collision between idealized religion and idealized passion.  Considerable heat is generated on both sides.  Neither side wins, but all of the music – both the devout and the torrid – is unforgettable. Website.

The Boston Conservatory Chorale

8 PM / Free / The Boston Conservatory / 8 Fenway, Boston

The Boston Conservatory Chorale’s final concert of the 2014-2015 season will present music that juxtaposes the sacred and the profane.

Sun April 19

Sunday Concert Series: A Far Cry

1:30 PM / Admission $12-$27 (can buy ahead online) / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

NUDANCO’s 13th Spring Showcase: “Raising the Barre”

3 PM / 7 PM / Free / Northeastern University / Blackman Theatre

NUDANCO features a wide variety of styles of dance including contemporary, tap, hip hop, lyrical, jazz, and Irish step. All pieces are student choreographed and performed by the talented dancers of NUDANCO. This is sure to be a fantastic performance, as NUDANCO prides itself on increasing the quality of every show and raising the bar with each passing semester.

Tues April 21

Trio Antiguo at the Boston Children’s Museum

11 AM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Boston Children’s Museum

Join guitarist, Jonathan Kim, violinist, Shishi Zhou, and guitarist and Christopher Schoelen for a morning of Renaissance music at the Boston Children’s Museum. Website.

Comic History: Making Your Own History Comic

2 PM - 4 PM / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

Come to MHS during the school vacation week for a hands-on history program. Noted historian John Bell will tell participants the story of the riots that followed the passage of the Stamp Act in 1765 from an eighteenth century child’s point of view; young boys participated in marches to the Liberty Tree and witnessed the ransacking of Thomas Hutchinson’s mansion. After the talk, local comic book artists associated with the Boston Comics Roundtable, Fulcrum Publishing, and the Massachusetts Historical Society will help the young historians make their own historical comic depicting the story of the Liberty Tree and the Stamp Act Riots. Finished comics will be part of a temporary display.

Colonial Comics

6 PM / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

Colonial Comics by Fulcrum Publishing is a graphic novel collection of twenty stories focusing on the colonial period from 1620 through 1750 in New England. These illustrated stories focus on tales you cannot find in history books; includes stories about free thinkers, Pequots, Jewish settlers, female business owners and dedicated school teachers, whales and livestock, slavery and frontiers, and many other aspects of colonial life. Editor Jason Rodriguez will speak about the process of putting the collection together, ensuring historical accuracy, and selecting the topics to be covered.

Indian Fusion: The Rasas of Incredible India

8 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

Come experience an evening of colors, music, dance, poetry, and movement celebrating the spirit, tradition, richness, and diversity of Indian art and culture. Website.

Wed April 22

Forum Featuring Joe Lovano

4 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Zero Gravity Room

This Berklee Global Jazz Institute forum features Joe Lovano.

Mingus in Song and Dance

8 PM / $8 in Advance / $12 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

Various Berklee faculty members perform to celebrate the 93rd birthday of renowned jazz bassist Charles Mingus. Website.

Thurs April 23

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Book Presentation: Sir Michael Barber

4 PM / Free / Harvard School of Public Health / Kresge 502

Sir Michael Barber will discuss his latest book, How to Run a Government: So that Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don't Go Crazy. Website.

Mildred Jefferson and the Right to Life Revolution 1976

5:30 PM / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

Dr. Mildred Faye Jefferson was an African American Republican who became a pivotal leader of the American conservative movement when she presided over the National Right to Life Committee, the largest anti-abortion organization in the United States, from 1974 to 1978. As president, Jefferson prioritized a lobbying campaign to cut federal Medicaid funding of abortion for poor, minority, and underage women. This paper focuses on Mildred Jefferson and the anti-abortion Medicaid campaign to illustrate how conservative minority women employed categories of race, class, gender, and sexuality to break down existing political coalitions and forge new alliances, paving the way for the Reagan Revolution of 1980.

Spring into Design

6 PM - 9 PM / Admission $300 (must purchase in advance)

The Boston Architectural College / Innovation and Design Building / 23 Drydock Avenue, Boston

Fundraising Gala to benefit the Boston Architectural College with the theme of urban sustainability and what that means for our community and the future of design.  A night of entertainment by local musicians, a food and beverage showcase from local / sustainable producers, and a silent auction.

Collections Conversations: Glass: Form & Function

6:30 PM / Admission $5-$15 / Children and Members Free (can buy ahead online) / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Explore connections between the current special exhibition and works of art in the permanent collection in this half-hour gallery discussion led by Gardner staff. FORM & FUNCTION: Useful, decorative, or both, glass appears in many different forms in the Gardner collection.

Words and Music Festival

8 PM / $8 in Advance / $12 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

Berklee’s Composition Department sponsors a songwriting competition featuring finalists in three categories, as well as a performance of Schoenberg’s groundbreaking song cycle, “Pierrot Lunaire,” performed by an all-star Berklee faculty lineup.  Website.

Fri April 24

Art in Bloom: Bubbles and Blossom Preview Party

 6 PM / Admission $50 / $30 for Members (can buy ahead online) / Museum of Fine Arts

Get a sneak peek at the arrangements and celebrate spring with a festive evening of bubbly and light bites.

Boston Baroque

7:30 PM / Admission $35 / $60 / $80 / $95 / New England Conservatory of Music / Jordan Hall

Boston Baroque closes the season with Handel’s opera Agrippina featuring Metropolitan Opera rising star soprano Susanna Phillips in the title role and Australian sensation and much sought after countertenor David Hansen as Aggripina’s son Nerone.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy

8 PM / Admission $92.50 / $77 / $60.50 / $43.50 (Must Reserve Seats)

Berklee College of Music / Symphony Hall, Boston

Grammy Award–winning conductor Arnie Roth leads the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra through a captivating and specially conceived program of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy for this triumphant return to Boston's celebrated Symphony Hall.

Vanessa Collier / Thaddeus Hogarth

8 PM / Admission $18 (can buy online ahead) / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

Saxophonist, vocalist, and songwriter Vanessa Collier is a Berklee alumna returning to celebrate her debut album, heart soul & saxophone. Harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter Thaddeus Hogarth is an associate professor of guitar at Berklee and will also perform.

Sat April 25

Family Concert: Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO)

12 PM / Admission $20 / Children Free (can buy online ahead) / Boston Symphony Orchestras / Boston Symphony Hall

The BSO's Family Concert Series provides engaging, age-appropriate, educational orchestral concert experiences especially for children ages 3-8 and their families. BSO Family Concerts are designed to build connection to the orchestra, orchestral music, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Symphony Hall. The BSO offers three Family Concerts per year, one of which is performed by the BSO and conducted by Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins, the other two of which are performed by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Pieranna Cavalchini and James Mcleod: A Closer Look: Glass

2 PM / Admission $17-$27 / Must Reserve in AdvanceIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum

An intimate discussion about the exhibition in Hostetter Gallery, followed by a master glassmaker demonstration in MassArt’s glass studio. This program runs approximately 2 hours. Pieranna Cavalchini is Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art at the Gardner Museum. James McLeod is an associate professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Terence Blanchard E-Collective / Ravi Coltrane Quartet

8 PM / Admission $40 / $50 / $60 (can buy online ahead) / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

Don't miss this exciting double bill with trumpeter Terence Blanchard and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane.

Cobi Mike / Joe Marson

8 PM / $10 in Advance / $12 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

Cobi Mike, an American music producer and singer-songwriter, performs. Joe Marson will open the show. Website.

Sun April 26

Collections Conversations: Glass: Form & Function

2 PM / Admission $5-$15 / Children and Members Free (can buy ahead online) / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Explore connections between the current special exhibition and works of art in the permanent collection in this half-hour gallery discussion led by Gardner staff. FORM & FUNCTION: Useful, decorative, or both, glass appears in many different forms in the Gardner collection.

BSO Chamber Players

3 PM / Admission $22 / $29 / $38 / New England Conservatory of Music / Jordan Hall

French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the Boston Symphony Chamber Players on Sunday, April 26 to close out the 2014-15 Chamber Player’s season with a program highlighting great French music.

String Masters Series: Strings Chamber Fest

8 PM / Admission $10-$15 (can buy online ahead) / The Boston Conservatory / Seully Hall / 8 Fenway, Boston

The 2014-2015 String Masters Series concludes with a celebration of chamber music, performed by Boston Conservatory faculty and honor students, as well as the Boston Conservatory’s cello octet, BoCoCelli, led by Rhonda Rider (cello).

Mon April 27

Dudefood by Daniel Churchill

12 PM / Free / Northeastern University / Xhibition Kitchen / 11 Speare Place

Join us for this Xhibition Kitchen event, Free Cooking Demo and Cookbook Signing, Books are available at the event and the NU bookstore.

Music for Food

7 PM / $25 Suggested Donations / $10 Students / New England Conservatory of Music / Williams Hall

Music for Food is a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief founded in 2010 by Grammy Award–winning violist Kim Kashkashian. Concerts raise funds and resources to foster awareness and fight against hunger, empowering all musicians who wish to use their artistry to further social justice.

An Evening of Americana

8 PM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Jordan Hall

From sunrise to roses, the American voice heard in this program often looks to nature for inspiration. Website.

Tues April 28

Due Credit: Chinese Workers and the Central Pacific Railroad

5:15 PM / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

It is commonplace to remember Chinese labor on the transcontinental railroad as part of a pageant of national belonging. But if we focus on imperialism and capitalism, rather than belonging, how might we remember Chinese migrant labor on the Central Pacific differently? This talk will consider Chinese railroad labor in relation to the history and politics of imperialism, race, and freedom, in a context of global Chinese and South Asian indentured labor migrations. Chinese workers’ migration debts, as well as their racialization and community institutions, provided means of labor control, exploitation, and differentiation that were at the heart of Central Pacific Railroad business strategies. These strategies displaced risk and violence onto Chinese workers in order to concentrate profit and power at the upper echelons of corporate decision-making.

Wed April 29

Forum Featuring Adam Cruz and Danilo Perez

4 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Zero Gravity Room

This Berklee Global Jazz Institute forum features Adam Cruz and Danilo Pérez. Website.

Picture Freedom

6 PM / Admission $10 / Fellow and Members Free / Massachusetts Historical Society

In the decades leading up to the end of U.S. slavery, many free Blacks sat for daguerreotypes decorated in fine garments to document their self-possession. People pictured in these early photographs used portraiture to seize control over representation of the free Black body and reimagine Black visuality divorced from the cultural logics of slavery. In Picture Freedom, Jasmine Nichole Cobb analyzes the ways in which the circulation of various images prepared free Blacks and free Whites for the emancipation of formerly unfree people of African descent. She traces the emergence of Black freedom as both an idea and as an image during the early nineteenth century. Through an analysis of popular culture of the period—including amateur portraits, racial caricatures, joke books, antislavery newspapers, abolitionist materials, runaway advertisements, ladies’ magazines, and scrapbooks, as well as scenic wallpaper—Cobb explores the earliest illustrations of free Blacks and reveals the complicated route through visual culture toward a vision of African American citizenship.

Cabaret

7:30 PM / $8 or $13 in Advance / $12 or $17 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

The Musical Theater Ensemble and the Musical Theater Orchestra present this Tony Award–winning show featuring the music of Kander and Ebb. Website.

Mahler: Ninth Symphony

8 PM / Free / New England Conservatory of Music / Jordan Hall

Conductor Hugh Wolff returns to Mahler with this performance of the "Ninth Symphony" by the NEC Philharmonia. Wolff has selected Mahler's final completed work to close out his season as NEC's Calderwood Director of Orchestras. A profound contemplation of the splendors of life composed just a year before his death, the "Ninth" found Mahler at the peak of his artistry and embracing existence with all his heart.

The Boston Conservatory Conductors’ Choir

8 PM / Free / The Boston Conservatory / Seully Hall / 8 Fenway, Boston

Join the Conductors’ Choir in the final performance of their inaugural season as they present an evening of sacred music by Purcell, Schutz, Bach, Billings, and Mozart.  My Soul Cries Out will explore the nature of our need as humans to connect to something larger  than our daily world.

Thurs April 30

Cabaret

7:30 PM / $8 or $13 in Advance / $12 or $17 Day of Show / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

The Musical Theater Ensemble and the Musical Theater Orchestra present this Tony Award–winning show featuring the music of Kander and Ebb. Website.

The Female Essence

8 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

The Female Essence is a show crafted around five different, dynamic female artists who want to share a piece of their musical personalities.

The Boston Conservatory Percussion Ensemble

8 PM / Free / The Boston Conservatory / The Boston Conservatory Theatre / 31 Hemenway Street, Boston

Featuring works by Gunn, MacDonald, Sekhon, Berger, Silverman, and Harrison. Website.

Bernard Haitink Conducts Schumann, Mozart, and Brahms ft. Pianist Maria Joao Pires

8 PM  / Admission $36-$135 (can buy ahead online) / Boston Symphony Orchestra / Boston Symphony Hall

For the final concerts of the season, Bernard Haitink is joined by the eminent Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires-in her first BSO appearances since 1999-for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, from the series of great Vienna concertos the composer wrote at the height of his career there. The A major concerto, K.488, is one of the most chamber-musical and intimate of these works. Opening the program is Robert Schumann's dramatic Manfred Overture, composed in 1848 as part of incidental music for Byron's drama of the same name. Grappling with the shadow of Beethoven's symphonies, Brahms famously delayed completing and releasing his Symphony No. 1 to the world until after his fortieth birthday. It bears several deliberate touches of homage to Beethoven but is fully Brahmsian in its spirit and effect.

Ongoing

BITR: Berklee in the Round

Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

Berklee in the Round (BITR) is a concert that occurs on the second Tuesday of every month.

MFA First Fridays

6:30 PM / 21+ Event / Admission $23-$25 (can buy ahead online)

Museum of Fine Arts / Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Courtyard

 Join us for fine art, music, cash bars featuring signature cocktails, and delicious tapas available for purchase.

Winesdays

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM / Last Wednesday Every Month / Admission $25 / Museum of Fine Arts / Bravo Restaurant

Don’t just drink wine…learn to taste it. With the help of an expert, savor a new selection from a featured winery each month. Join us in Bravo on the last Wednesday of every month for Winesdays.

Beginner Ballroom Dance Lesson

Thursdays 9 PM - 11 PM / Free / Northeastern University / Curry Student Center / Dance Studio B

Come join NU Ballroom Dance Club for a free dance lesson! Every Thursday night at 9PM, NUBDC teaches a different beginner ballroom dance lesson in Curry Student Center Dance Studio B (on the second floor).

National Pride (and Prejudice)

11/15/14 - 4/12/15 / Admission $23-$25 (can buy ahead online) / Museum of Fine Arts / Edward H. Linde Gallery

The American Flag, Stonehenge, Chairman Mao Zedong: instantly recognizable, powerful symbols of the nations that produced them. But what instills pride in one citizen may be a call to protest for another, or may represent a complex combination of thoughts and feelings. The seven works in this installation take a critical look at such images to spark dialogue around provocative issues of national identity. They challenge long-held assumptions about these symbols with a combination of humor, beauty and biting commentary, highlighting the close link between politics and contemporary art. A new acquisition, Jeremy Deller’s off-the-wall video portrait of British culture, English Magic (2013), is accompanied by works by Dave Cole, Burhan Dogançay, Matthew Day Jackson, Lyle Ashton Harris, Catherine Opie and Stan Nanchez.

Visiting Masterpiece: Gustav Klimt’s “Adam and Eve”

1/17/15 - 4/27/15 / Admission $23-$25 (can buy ahead online)

Museum of Fine Arts / Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery

Adam and Eve (1917–18) will be on loan from the Belvedere Museum in Vienna as part of the MFA’s Visiting Masterpiece series, giving visitors a taste of the artist’s signature style, including his sensuous approach to the nude, his bold experiments with pattern, color, and finish, and his exploration of human consciousness and desire. The work will be juxtaposed with the MFA’s life-sized study of a nude couple, Two Nudes (Lovers) (1913), painted by Klimt’s Viennese friend and colleague, Oskar Kokoschka. No more than five years separate the two paintings, which share many features—ambitious scale, daring experiments with form and finish, and, above all, a fascination with sexuality. Each is, in its own way, a product of Freud’s Vienna, but also of a singular artist with a singular vision.

Obento and Built in Space: Japanese Boxed Lunch and Architecture

2/17/15 - 4/20/15 / The Boston Architectural College / McCormick Gallery

Exhibition examining the material and social culture of bento boxes and how they inspire architects and designers to think about the potential of emptiness, craft, portability, and sustainability.

God Save the People! From the Stamp Act to Bunker Hill: Exhibit

2/27/15-9/4/15 / Mon - Sat / 10 AM - 4 PM / Free / Massachusetts Historical Society

To tell the story of the coming of the American Revolution in Boston, this exhibition follows the evolution of colonial thought and political action through the letters and diaries of men and women caught up in the conflict, together with political cartoons, newspapers, maps, artifacts, and portraits. Website.

 Nan Hass Feldman: Seeing the Sun the Other Way Around: Memories of Travel

3/18/15 - 6/19/15 / Open Reception 4/9/15 4 PM - 6 PM

Friend of Fenway Studios / The Art Gallery at North Hill / 865 Central Avenue, Needham

Exhibition by Nan Hass Feldman.

Lee Mingwei: Sonic Blossom

3/11/15-4/9/15 / Admission $23-$25 (can buy ahead online) / Museum of Fine Arts / William I. Koch Gallery

For this participatory installation—the first extended exhibition of performance in MFA history—Lee will audition and train Boston-area soloists to offer spontaneous one-on-one performances of short Lieder (art songs) by Franz Schubert. Wearing a custom-designed costume, the singer will approach one visitor at a time throughout the galleries. If the visitor chooses to accept a song, he or she will be guided to a special chair and music stand in the William I. Koch Gallery. The artist describes the experience of being chosen as “like a butterfly landing on your shoulder,” a serendipitous moment to embrace and remember.

Inside the Box: Massachusetts State Time Capsule Revealed

3/11/15-4/22/15 / Admission $23-$25 (can buy ahead online)

Museum of Fine Arts / Kristin and Roger Servision Gallery

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the contents of the Massachusetts State House time capsule before it is reburied.

The Importance of Being Earnest

3/31/15 - 4/4/15 / 8 PM / Free / Northeastern University / Curry Student Center / Studio Theatre

Oscar Wilde’s wittily subversive comedy has delighted millions since its premiere in 1895. Dapper Jack Worthing and his mischievous best friend Algernon fall in love with two ladies who insist on marrying a man named Ernest.  Mistaken identities, secret assignations, epic epigrams, and a misplaced baby in a handbag combine to create one of the most fabulous plays of the modern era. Website.

Cogan Family Foundation: April School Vacation Week Adventures

4/21/15 - 4/24/15 / 10 AM - 4 PM / Free for Children / Museum of Fine Arts

During April vacation week, join us for art-making activities, performances, tours, storytelling, and more. All ages and abilities welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Website.

Come Back, Little Sheeba

3/27/14 - 4/26/15 / Various Times / Admission $15-$88 (Reserve Seats Ahead Online)

Huntington Theatre Company / Roberts Studio Theatre

When Doc and Lola Delaney rent a room in their cluttered Midwestern home to Marie, a vivacious college student, her youthful energy stirs up forgotten dreams and missed opportunities. Visionary director David Cromer, the creative force behind the Huntington's acclaimed production of Our Town, returns to the Roberts Studio Theatre for this intimate and heartrending portrait of a marriage.

Portraits of Global Caring: Exhibit

4/1/15-12/31/15 / Tues-Sun 10 AM - 4 PM / Admission $4-$6 / Mary Baker Eddy Library

PORTRAITS OF GLOBAL CARING unifies artwork from young people around the globe with feature stories in the news. It highlights individuals from all walks of life, in all regions of the world, who are addressing problems and bringing about positive change--and it connects them to a surrounding artscape of diverse cultures, environments, and perspectives.

The Colored Museum

4/1/15 - 4/5/15 / Various Times / Admission $15-$87 (Reserve Seats Ahead Online)

Huntington Theatre Company / BU Theatre

The Colored Museum presents 11 hilarious “exhibits” of African-American culture — from the depths of the Celebrity Slaveship to the spinning heights of Harlem. Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe’s groundbreaking comedy has electrified, discomforted, and delighted audiences of all colors, skewering stereotypes and redefining what it means to be black in contemporary America. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Billy Porter, it features a wonderful cast with terrific music and dancing, and is a great night out at the theatre.

Andris Nelsons Conducts Beethoven and Shostakovich ft. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff

4/2/15 8 PM / 4/3/15 1:30 PM / 4/4/15 8 PM / Admission $33-$145 (can buy online ahead)

Boston Symphony Orchestra / Boston Symphony Hall

The marvelous German violinist Christian Tetzlaff joins Andris Nelsons and the BSO for Beethoven's peerless Violin Concerto, which, through its lyricism, intensely musical virtuosity, and expansive scope elevated the genre of the violin concerto to ambitious new heights. Shostakovich-a Beethoven devotee-purportedly wrote his Symphony No. 10 as a response to Joseph Stalin's death in 1953. Considered one of his finest, most characteristic orchestral works, the musically and emotionally rich Tenth seems partly to have been an exorcism of his conflicted personal feelings toward the Soviet dictator.

COF Earth Day Celebration 2015

4/2/15-4/25/15 / Various Events 

Join us for our 2nd Annual Colleges of the Fenway Earth Day Celebration. Earth Day 2015, hosted by Simmons College, will include food, music, vendors, paper bowl making, and a unique art installation by Massachusetts College of Art and Design student Christy Chow.

Andris Nelsons Conducts Schuller, Mozart, and Strauss ft. Pianist Richard Goode

4/9/15-4/11/15, 4/14/15 8PM / Admission $$36-$145 (can buy online ahead)

Boston Symphony Orchestra / Boston Symphony Hall

The legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Gunther Schuller's recent orchestral work Dreamscapebegins this program. According to Schuller, this sparkling, witty, symphony-like work, commissioned by the BSO for Tanglewood's 75th anniversary and premiered by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in 2012, came to him wholly in a dream-hence its title. Its personal aspects and use of quotation make it a neat companion for Richard Strauss's novelistic tone poem Ein Heldenleben ("A Heroic Life"), which references several of the composer's earlier pieces in an amazingly virtuosic orchestral display. In between, the acclaimed Mozartian Richard Goode joins Maestro Nelsons and the orchestra for Mozart's elegantly soft-spoken final piano concerto.

Wheelock World Service Weekend

4/10/15-4/12/15 / Free / Wheelock College

Wheelock World Service Weekend aims to unite students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the College in a weekend of service to their communities. By coming together to perform volunteer activities in different parts of the country and the world, on one weekend, Wheelock community members will make a powerful collective statement about the College’s commitment to service. Wheelock World Service Weekend will strengthen our ties to each other while contributing to our mission to improve the lives of children and families. We need your help to make Wheelock World Service Weekend a success! Please help us inspire a world of good!

Living Ubuntu: The Youth Speak Exhibit

4/13/15-4/21/15 / Various Times / Free / Wheelock College / Towne Art Gallery

Living Ubuntu: The Youth Speak is the 9th annual exhibit of Ubuntu Arts, which is an ongoing initiative of the Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy Program at Wheelock College. Through the process of creation and exhibition of individual and collaborative youth art, we aspire to be “part of the solution.”

Catch the Cabaret

4/15/15-4/18/15 / 4/25/15-4/26/15 / 8 PM / Free / Reservations Required

The Boston Conservatory / The Zack Box / 8 Fenway, Boston

Capstone performances by Graduate Musical Theatre MFA Students.  Not appropriate for children under 10 years old.

Limitless

4/17/15 8 PM / 4/18/15 2 PM / 4/18/15 8 PM / 4/19/15 2 PM / Admission $25-$30 (can buy online ahead)

The Boston Conservatory / The Boston Conservatory Theatre / 31 Hemenway Street, Boston

Dance Division students perform works by internationally recognized choreographers: “Battlefield” by Robert Battle, “Swing Concerto” by Danny Buraczeski, “To Have and To Hold” by Shapiro and Smith, and the premiere of a new work by Darrell Moultrie (“Witness Uganda” Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter World Tour).

April School Vacation Week Programming

4/21/15-4/24/15 / 10:30 AM - 2 PM / Children Free / Mary Baker Eddy Library / The Library Atrium

Learn how you can make a meaningful difference in someone else’s life—and have fun, too! Join the Library staff, along with kids from the Aaron’s Presents organization, for morning and afternoon activities. You’ll see how kids have turned their own ideas into solid projects that had an impact on their communities. We’ll help you create your own goodwill projects and crafts, inspired by the early life of our namesake, Mary Baker Eddy. You can investigate the Library’s newest exhibit, “Portraits of Global Caring.” And don’t forget to explore the Mapparium—it will be free for everyone under 17! Website.

Color in Motion

4/22/15 - 4/24/15 / 11 AM Admission $5-$15 / Children and Members Free (can buy ahead online)

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Be inspired by the special exhibition of French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. Investigate the intersection of dance, color, and nature in the galleries and gardens.

Bernard Haitink Conducts Ravel and Mozart ft. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet

4/23/15 8 PM / 4/24/15 1:30 PM / 4/25/15 8 PM / 4/28/15 8 PM / Admission $30-$104 (can buy online ahead)

Boston Symphony Orchestra / Boston Symphony Hall

BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink ends the BSO's 2014-15 season with two weeks of concerts. First, he and the orchestra are joined by dazzling French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet for Ravel's 1931 Piano Concerto in G, featuring thrilling outer movements and one of the most meltingly beautiful slow movements in the repertoire. Mother Goose, an earlier Ravel score illustrating the stories of Tom Thumb, Beauty and the Beast, and others, began life as a four-hand piano suite written for children, was orchestrated in 1911, and expanded into the complete ballet score the following year with added interludes. Mozart wrote his Linz Symphony in emergency conditions: arriving in the Austrian city on October 30, 1783, without a symphony in hand, he had the four-movement work ready for performance four days later with nary a seam showing. In keeping with the French/Classical theme that underscores this program, Three Studies from Couperin (2006) by the brilliant English composer Thomas Adès offers his modern orchestral take on harpsichord music by the great French master.

Coolsville, a concert musical

4/24/15 8 PM / 4/25/15 2 PM / 4/25/15 8 PM/ 4/26/15 2 PM / Admission $25-$30 (can buy online ahead)

The Boston Conservatory / The Boston Conservatory Theatre / 31 Hemenway Street, Boston

Set to the music of two time Grammy award-winning vocalist Rickie Lee Jones, Coolsville is a poetic theatrical vision of life as seen through the eyes of a children’s playground.  Past and present converge on in this multidisciplinary musical event featuring songs such as ‘Chuck E’s in Love,’ ‘The Last Chance Texaco,’ and ‘Satellites.’

Art in Bloom

4/25/15-4/27/15 / 10 AM - 4:45 PM / Free / Museum of Fine Arts

Join us for this exuberant spring festival of fine art and floral design, with offerings of guided tours, workshops, and high tea among MFA treasures. Garden clubs and professional designers from across New England create floral arrangements inspired by the MFA’s works of art. Website.