May’s Out and About

Friday May 1st

Psychology Department Colloquium

3 PM / Northeastern University / 215 Shillman

Lecture: Dr. George Sperling, Distinguished Professor from the University of California, Irvine, Cognitive Sciences Department, and Member of the National Academy of Sciences, will be giving a talk entitled "Deriving computational models for temporal, spatial, and feature attention."

The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble

8 PM / Free / The Boston Conservatory / The Boston Conservatory Theatre

Conductor Eric Hewitt: NELSON: Rocky Point Holiday, VARÈSE: Déserts, FULMER: Rotaries, RESPIGHI: Roman Festivals

Celebrity Series: Alisa Weilerstein, cello / Inon Barnatan, piano

8 PM / (can buy online ahead) / New England Conservatory / Jordan Hall

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s breathtaking technique combine with passion and musicianship to make her one of today’s most exciting artists. Her frequent collaborator, Inon Barnatan, is a true poet of the keyboard: refined, searching, and unfailingly communicative.

Saturday May 2nd

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. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations.

Saturday’s Bread

12:30 PM - 4:30 PM / Wheelock College / Church of St. John

Saturday’s/Sunday’s Bread is a program that serves free hot meals to people in need in Boston every Saturday and Sunday at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin Street, Boston. Our mission is to provide these healthy meals in a safe and inviting atmosphere, free from Society’s prejudices and judgments. We ask only that those served, regardless of their situation, join us in perpetuating an environment free of racial, cultural or religious stereotypes. This is an interfaith, interracial, interdenominational activity of people concerned with the hungry in the Boston area.

May Day Mayday!

6 PM / Admission $20 (Must RSVP) / Massachusetts Historical Society

From its founding, Massachusetts has looked towards the sea. Merchant trade, fishing, and whaling were the engines that drove the New England economy. However, the bounty of the sea was not without cost. Shipwrecks, disasters, and heroic rescues are staples of maritime history. This special evening at MHS will feature three eminent historians telling stories of catastrophes at sea and reflecting on the evening’s tales.

Sunday May 3rd

The Walk for Hunger 2015

8 AM - 5 PM / Wheelock College

Each year, more than 2,000 Volunteers work together to make The Walk for Hunger fun, safe, and successful. Volunteer in the morning, the afternoon, or all day – it’s up to you. Whether you are beginning or continuing your commitment to helping hungry people, we have something for everyone! Volunteers are also welcome to raise money and get credit for walking all 20 miles! Raise $500 or more and automatically become part of the Heart & Sole Circle. When you become a Heart & Sole Volunteer, you will receive a special T-shirt and be listed in our annual report.

Sunday Concert Series: Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute

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

Community Chamber Concert

6 PM / Free / Boston Symphony Orchestra / Kresge Auditorium at MIT

MIT and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players invite you to attend the Boston Symphony Chamber Players Community concert.  Door open at 5:30 PM. Admission is free however a ticket is required.

The Wailin Jennys

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

Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

The Wailin' Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Heather Masse, three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound and forge unified folk-pop music.

Senior Showcase

7 PM / 9 PM / Free /  Reservations Required / The Boston Conservatory / The Boston Conservatory Theatre

Seniors of the musical theater B.F.A. program perform a revue of solo and duet works.

Monday May 4th

Biology Colloquia Series: Dr. Javier Apfeld

12 PM / Northeastern University / 90 Snell Library

Seminar: “C. elegans aging has (redox) potential”

The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

7 PM / Admission $20 / Berklee College of Music/ Coolidge Corner Theatre

The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra premieres its new original score for the silent film classic The Last Laugh, directed by F. W. Murnau and starring Emil Jannings.

Choral Festival: An Evening of Brahms

8 PM / Admission $8 in advance / $12 day of show / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

Berklee College of Music’s Women’s Choir, conducted by Sharon Brown and Ned Rosenblatt, will perform selections by Johannes Brahms.

First Monday at Jordan Hall

8 PM / Free / New England Conservatory / Jordan Hall

First Monday arrived at Jordan Hall on October 7, 1985. 30 years later, we’re still celebrating the best of chamber music, with imaginative programming, splendid artists, and musical conversation under the direction (or should we say devotion) of Laurence Lesser, occupant of the Walter W. Naumburg Chair in Music.

Tuesday May 5th

James Folino: A Selection of Jazz Standards

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

Guitarist James Folino performs a set of modern interpretations of jazz standards.

Preventing Purple

4:30 PM / Northeastern University - Charlotte / 1120 / Global Room

Research shows a correlation between domestic violence and bullying. Children who witness family violence are more likely to be engaged in instances of bullying - as perpetrator, victim or both. Respectively, this behavior is often carried into adulthood further perpetuating the cycle. Join Northeastern University - Charlotte on  Tuesday, May 5 from 4:30 to 6:00pm for a discussion to stop the cycle. Hear from those personally affected and actively working to prevent domestic violence. Panelist expertise comes from local government and schools, the national basketball association and nonprofit sector.

“All Manner of Slavery Servitude Labour Service Bondage and Hire”

5:15 PM - 7:30 PM / Free / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

New England and Jamaica seemed worlds apart during the colonial period, on the surface at least. But is it possible that there was more than meets the eye? This paper investigates varying ways that people of color labored in Jamaica and New England, and how these unfree circumstances changed over time.

OhHeckYeah @ Northeastern

6 PM - 9 PM / Northeastern University / Krentzman Quad

Immersive street arcade.

Wednesday May 6th

Global Health Expo

12 PM - 3 PM / Free / Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health / Mass General Hospital

The 4th Annual Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Expo showcases the exceptional breadth of global health activities happening across the Mass General campus.

Slave Horse: The Narragansett Pacer

12 PM / Free / Massachusetts Historical Society

This project uses horses and the horse trade as a lens to explore a range of connections among people, colonies, and nations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Part of a larger book project on horses throughout the Atlantic World, it focuses specifically on the Narragansett Pacer, a mixture of Dutch, Irish, and English breeds that was bred in Rhode Island for a wider global market. As such, it was entwined with slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. The first truly “American” horse, the Pacer was extinct by the nineteenth century.

Kayla Zuskin

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

Guitarist K-LA presents an afternoon of colorful melodies and jams, featuring original and cover tunes spanning multiple genres.

Culturally Competent Social Work with Refugees

3 PM / Wheelock College

The Center for Scholarship and Research presents the latest in its Spring 2015 Speaker Series. Dr. Ashley Davis, Assistant Professor, Social Work, and Annie McGunagle, Honors Research Assistant, presents a talk titled “Culturally Competent Social Work with Refugees: Preliminary Findings and Implications for Practice.”

Professor Stephen Berry’s Book Party

5:30 PM / Simmons College / The Executive Dining Room / SOM 5th Floor

Join the Department of History and the Alumnae Association in celebrating the publication of Stephen Berry's A Path in the Mighty Waters: Shipboard Life and Atlantic Crossings to the New World (Yale University Press, January 2015).  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Fiel Sahir at the North End Library

6 PM / Free / New England Conservatory / North End Library

Join Fiel Sahir for an evening of solo classical guitar at the North End Library.

An Evening with David Duchovny

8 PM / Admission $25 (can buy online ahead) / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

David Duchovny, best known for portraying such iconic characters as Fox Mulder on The X Files and Hank Moody on Californication, will release his first solo album, Hell or Highwater, on May 12 with ThinkSay Records.

Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra Spring Concert

8 PM / Admission $8 in advance / $12 day of show / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra is an ensemble that is dedicated to playing student works by Berklee composers.

Thursday May 7th

Guitar Duo Perform at Brighton Branch Library

2:30 PM / Free / New England Conservatory / Brighton Branch Library

Join Paola Molina and Evelyn Molina for an evening of guitar duos at Brighton Branch Library.

Stir: David Wilson

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

The Language of the Birds. This intricate tale of mystery and wonder, filmed across Central Asia and Eastern Europe, is told as a fable of a traveler's journey to an unknown land. The film was shot entirely in infrared, which lends an ethereal quality to the landscape, and gives a sense of a tale told within a dream. This is the fourth film in the Museum of Jurassic Technology's Chain of Flowers series, and will be presented with live narration by Wilson, Gardner Artist-in-Residence.

Friday May 8th

Rachael Wolff

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

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Rachael Wolff will perform classic blues songs and some originals.

City Strings United’s Spring in the City: a Concert Gala

7:30 PM / Admission $60 (can buy online ahead) / Berklee College of Music / David Friend Recital Hall

City Strings United's Spring in the City: A Concert Gala features performances by City Strings United students as well as a special guest performance by leading saxophonist and vocalist Walter Beasley, a modern musical Renaissance man.

Celebrity Series: Stephen Hough, piano

8 PM / (can buy ahead online) / New England Conservatory / Jordan Hall

British pianist Stephen Hough combines an exceptional facility and tonal palette with a uniquely inquisitive musical personality. His musical achievements have resulted in many awards and accolades for his concerts and a discography of more than fifty recordings.

Saturday May 9th

Thematic Tour: Light, Dark, and in Between

10 AM / Admission $10 / Registration Required / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Velázquez, Sargent and Rembrandt all make masterful use of limited, monochromatic palettes. Join us for a closer look at paintings where light and dark create beautiful contrast, texture and reflection.

History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

10 AM - 11:30 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. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations.

Tuesday May 12th

Regulus Quartet Performs at the Whitehead Institute

12 PM / Free / New England Conservatory / Whtiehead Institute

Join violinist Zenas Hsu, violinist Haruno Sato, violist Jinsun Hong, and cellist Daniel Mitnitsky for a lunchtime concert at the Whitehead Institute.

A Girl and Her Greens by April Bloomfield

12 PM / Free / Northeastern University / Xhibition Kitchen

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

The Truth About Trust: A Scientific Perspective on Determining if We Can Trust Others

4 PM / Northeastern University / Cabral Center

Lecture: Psychology professor Dr. David DeSteno will speak as part of the Minds Over Matters: NUterm Faculty Speaker Series. The series features top scholar faculty every week in a presentation and discussion on topics of global and national importance, disciplinary innovation, and new discovery!

Open Studio: An Evening With Tiziana Filippini

4 PM - 7 PM / Free / Must RSVP / Wheelock College

This special Open Studio—our last for the 2014-2015 academic year—will feature visiting scholar and senior member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Municipality of Reggio Emila, Tiziana Filippini, as well as Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Program Developers Marina Boni and Melissa Tonachel, and Boston Public School early childhood teachers. Together, we will explore opportunities and challenges of bringing Reggio-inspired approaches and curricula to teachers and young children in Boston public kindergarten classrooms and other contexts.

Wednesday May 13th

Puritan Paradise: Eden in Massachusetts Bay & Beyond

6 PM / Free / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

Thomas More’s Utopia was inspired by paradisiacal descriptions of the New World, and associations between Eden and the Americas persisted throughout the colonial period. Many of the immigrants arriving in New England during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries looked to the biblical garden of Adam and Eve as a pattern of the ideal society they wished to build. Religiously-minded colonists modeled the English language after the Adamic tongue, cited Genesis during debates over natural law, and looked to the prelapsarian Eve as a physiological ideal. A belief in Eden’s historicity and the future return of paradisiacal conditions inspired Quakers to disrobe in public and led to the first judicial decision abolishing slavery in United States history. New England settlers striving to invent Eden’s perfections anew shaped American history and culture in lasting ways; their visions of paradise linger in the theology of prophets from Robert Matthews to Joseph Smith and in the enduring myth of the “self-made man.”

Thursday May 14th

John Cooper Clarke / Mike Garry

7 PM / Admission $20 (can buy online ahead) / Berklee College of Music / David Friend Recital Hall

John Cooper Clarke, whose career spans over five decades and makes its mark across poetry, music, TV, film, radio, literature, and fashion, performs. Mike Garry also performs.

Saturday May 16th

History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

10 AM - 11:30 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. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations.

Holiday Mountain / Ishi

8 PM / $10 in advance / $12 day of show / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

Holiday Mountain, a Berklee alumni band, is a vibrant celebration of individuality, movement, sweat, glitter, and community.  Ishi also performs.

Tuesday May 19th

Dear June

12 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Summer Street

Dear June, a country folk duo from Boston, performs a blend of unique harmonies and compelling lyrics.

Panel Discussion: Slavery in Early Massachusetts

5:15 PM - 7:30 PM / Free / Massachusetts Historical Society

This session will consider two papers. “‘Is this where Titus lived?’ Researching and Interpreting African-American Presence in 18th-Century Rural New England,” by Barbara A. Mathews, and “The Body of Liberties and Bodies in Bondage: Dorcas the Blackmore, Dorchester’s First Church, and the Legalization of Slavery in the Anglo-Atlantic World,” by Gloria McCahon Whiting.

Noah Guthrie /  Dan Tedesco

8 PM / $12 in advance / $15 day of show / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

Bluesy pop singer-songwriter Noah Guthrie has been taking the U.S. by storm to promote his debut album, Among the Wildest Things. Modern-day troubadour Dan Tedesco also performs.

Wednesday May 20th

Mr. Ripley’s Utopia

5:30 PM - 7 PM / Free / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society / Brook Farm

Lecture and tour at Brook Farm (670 Baker Street in West Roxbury, entrance shared with the Gardens at Gethsemane). Brook Farm, the utopian community established by George and Sophia Ripley in West Roxbury, lasted only from 1841 to 1847, but it became the country’s most celebrated experiment in Transcendentalism as a social movement. By opening the benefits of education and the profits of labor to all, the Brook Farm Association sought to prepare a society of liberal, intelligent, and cultivated men and women, whose relations with each other would permit a simple and wholesome life, apart from the competitive pressures found beyond the boundaries of the Farm.

Welcome to Night Vale

8 PM / Admission $27.50 / $32.50 (can buy ahead online) / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

Don't miss this special live performance of Welcome to Night Vale, a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale.

Thursday May 21st

Dear June

12 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Summer Street

Dear June, a country folk duo from Boston, performs a blend of unique harmonies and compelling lyrics.

Third Thursdays: All That Glitters

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

Soak up the glow of artwork in the galleries and outdoor spaces. Cash wine bar around the Courtyard. Café G open for snacks, dinner, and drinks.

Quiet Company

8 PM / Admission $12 (can buy ahead online) / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

Through the release of three LPs and endless touring, the Austin, Texas band Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally with their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic indie rock.

 Welcome to Night Vale

8 PM / Admission $27.50 / $32.50 (can buy ahead online) / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

Don't miss this special live performance of Welcome to Night Vale, a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale.

Friday May 22nd

Dear June

12 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Summer Street

Dear June, a country folk duo from Boston, performs a blend of unique harmonies and compelling lyrics.

Marvin Zelen Memorial & Leadership Award

1 PM - 4 PM / Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health / Amphitheater

Celebrating a legacy of leadership, innovation, and influence. Marvin Zelen Memorial & Leadership Award Please join us for a very special event to honor the life and work of Dr. Marvin Zelen. The Zelen award lecture will be presented, followed by a memorial service and reception.

Steven Wilson

8 PM / Admission $27 / $37 (can buy ahead online) / Berklee College of Music / Berklee Performance Center

One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, Steven Wilson comes to the Berklee Performance Center in support of his fourth solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Saturday May 23rd

Thematic Tour: Light, Dark, and in Between

10 AM / Admission $10 / Registration Required / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Velázquez, Sargent and Rembrandt all make masterful use of limited, monochromatic palettes. Join us for a closer look at paintings where light and dark create beautiful contrast, texture and reflection.

Memorial Weekend Classic Soul Jam

8 PM / Admission $69 / $79 / $89 (can buy ahead online)

This concert will feature Blue Magic, Bloodstone, and Soul Generation.

Tuesday May 26th

Red Velvet

12 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Summer Street

Heavily influenced by Stevie Wonder, Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Civil Wars, and Parliament, Red Velvet is an acoustic duo drawing from proud Southern roots, Northeastern tenacity, and fiery hair all around.

William Fitzsimmons / Denison Witmer

8 PM / $15 in advance / $18 day of show / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

William Fitzsimmons, an American singer-songwriter best known for his songs "Passion Play" and "Please Don't Go," performs. Denison Witmer opens the show.

Wednesday May 27th

Purity and Power: The American Sugar Empire in the Gilded Age

12 PM / Free / Massachusetts Historical Society

In the late nineteenth century, American dreams of empire were built on sugar. The Bostonian sugar magnate Edwin Atkins, a key architect of that empire, owned New England refineries, Atlantic shipping lines, and Cuban plantations. By following Atkins’s machinations from the White House to the customs house, we can see how U.S. attempts to govern labor and nature overseas were linked to the most contentious issues of Gilded Age political economy: corruption, free trade, and monopoly power.

Fruitlands

6 PM / Free / Must RSVP / Massachusetts Historical Society

Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Orchard House, the Alcott family home in Concord will give a living history presentation of Louisa May Alcott. Looking back on her time at Fruitlands, the author of Little Women will give us the behind the scenes stories from her life: family friendships with Thoreau and Emerson; her unconventional upbringing in poverty; and the family love that inspired her to write an American classic. From the youngest reader to the most sophisticated Alcott scholar, audiences have acclaimed Turnquist’s performances. The interactive presentation is an inspiring experience is open to all ages.

Math Boot Camp

6 PM / $600 / Must Register / Simmons College

This workshop is designed to refresh and strengthen your business math skills. Topics include percentages, decimals, fractions, ratios and basic algebra. You will work on problem solving skills, test taking skills and building math confidence.

Matthew Stevens

8 PM / Admission $12 (can buy ahead online) / Berklee College of Music / Cafe 939

New York City-based guitarist and composer Matthew Stevens is considered one of the most promising artists in jazz today through his associations with NEXT Collective, Christian Scott, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Walter Smith III, among others.

Thursday May 28th

Red Velvet

12 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Summer Street

Heavily influenced by Stevie Wonder, Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Civil Wars, and Parliament, Red Velvet is an acoustic duo drawing from proud Southern roots, Northeastern tenacity, and fiery hair all around.

Friday May 29th

Honeysuckle

12 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / The Lawn on D

Honeysuckle, a psychedelic folk trio, performs.

Saturday May 30th

History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

10 AM - 11:30 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. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations.

Ongoing

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

11/15/14 - 5/10/15 / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Exhibition. For decades, MFA visitors who read the small print have been familiar with the names of Jean and Fred Sharf. “Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf” has appeared at the bottom of hundreds upon hundreds of the labels next to artworks in our galleries. And what a range of works! Late 19th-century Japanese prints, American folk art, drawings by fashion designers, jewelry, architectural renderings, and concept drawings for automobiles. Fred and Jean have never had conventional taste, and they have always followed their passion. In the process, they’ve blazed paths that many other collectors and museums have followed.

Gold and the Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia

7/19/14 - 5/14/15 / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Exhibition.  This dazzling exhibition focuses on the Museum’s world-class collection of jewelry from Ancient Nubia (located in what is now Sudan). The Nubian adornments housed at the MFA constitute the most comprehensive collection outside Khartoum. As the conduit between the Mediterranean world and lands south of the Nile Valley, Nubia was known for its exotic luxury goods—especially gold. “Gold and the Gods” focuses on excavated ornaments from an early 20th-century expedition by the Museum with Harvard University, dating from 1700 BC to 300 AD, including both uniquely Nubian and foreign imports, prized for their materials, craftsmanship, symbolism, and rarity. “Gold and the Gods” includes more than one hundred treasures, including a gilt-silver mummy mask of Queen Malakaye and the famous Hathor-headed crystal pendant. The MFA is the only US museum able to mount an exhibition devoted solely to Nubian adornment drawing exclusively on its own collection.

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

3/18-15 - 6/19/15 / 4 PM - 6 PM / Fenway Studios / The Art Gallery at North Hill

Exhibition.

Living Ubuntu: The Youth Speak Exhibit

4/13/15 - 5/21/15 / 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.”

Come Back, Little Sheba

5/1/15 8 PM / 5/2/15 2 PM & 8 PM / Admission $88 (can buy online ahead)

Huntington Theatre Company / Calderwood Pavilion

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.

Bernard Haitink conducts Schumann, Mozart, and Brahms ft. pianist Maria Joao Pires

5/1/15 1:30 PM / 5/2/15 8 PM / Admission $33-$145 / 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.

Winsor and Roxbury Latin Upper School Musical: Pippin

5/1/15 - 5/2/15 / 8 PM / Admission $10 (can buy online ahead) / The Winsor School

The Winsor Upper School is eagerly preparing to present their Spring Musical production of Pippin. This Tony Award winning, darkly magical musical by Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked and legendary Broadway director/choreographer Bob Fosse, explores a young prince’s search for an extraordinary life of meaning, significance and glory. This production features twenty-six student actors, dancers, singers, magicians, tumblers, gymnasts and musicians from both the Winsor School and Roxbury Latin.

Exhibition: Diaspora Dreams

5/1/15 - 5/26/15 / Free / Massachusetts College of Art and Design / Parker Hill Branch Library

CACP’s Community Exhibitions Initiative (CEI) presents Diaspora Dreams, an exhibition of paintings by Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla and Aminata C. Dakowa. Each artist is inspired by personal ancestry and narratives, both historical and contemporary, within the African Diaspora.

Amaury Faye

5/4/15 - 5/8/15 / 12 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Brewer Plaza

Amaury Faye is a young, talented jazz musician from France who has performed there as well as in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Israel, and the United States.

Community Arts Initiative Elemental

5/9/15 - 10/11/15 / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Exhibition. Through “Elemental,” the MFA’s tenth Artist Project, Zelson sought to bring creative ideas back to basics, suggesting that art is easier to comprehend and to create if you have the tools to appreciate its fundamental elements. Groups explored fundamental elements of works of art, and then set out to create their own. “Elemental” is as much about the individual creations and artists as it is about collaboration, community, education, experience, difference, and harmony—and how they all come together to create a work of art.

Alexander Anderson

5/11/15 - 5/15/15 / 12 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Brewer Plaza

Jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Alexander Anderson performs.

Guerilla Opera Pedr Solis

5/15/15 - 5/16/15, 5/21/15 - 5/23/15 8 PM / 5/17/15 2 PM

Admission $10 / $15 (can buy online)The Boston Conservatory / The Zack Box

A world premiere opera by composer Per Boland based on The Tower by Hugo von Hofmannsthal and the life of Norwegian author Pedr Solis. The author finds himself in a crisis and soon the events of the story start bleeding into his own life.

Etienne Monsaingeon

5/18/15 - 5//22/15 / 12 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Brewer Plaza

Originally from Paris, French pianist Etienne Monsaingeon has developed his musical language through listening to artists such as Brad Mehldau, Keith Jarrett, Maurice Ravel, and Modest Mussorgsky, among others.

Ken Smith: Fenway Deity

5/20/15 - 9/28/15 / 11 AM  / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Fenway Deity is part of the Garden Deities series created by Ken Smith. The large inflatable installation, with a psychedelic spiral pattern and gold chain, will hang from the historic façade of the Museum facing the Boston Fens.

After All the Terrible Things I Do

5/22/15 - 6/21/15 / Admission $61 / $72 / $83 (can buy online ahead)

Huntington Theatre Company / Calderwood Pavilion

An ordinary job interview at a local bookstore becomes much more as store-owner Linda and aspiring writer Daniel realize that their connections go far deeper than a shared love of literature. Together they will have to face the trauma of their past — but can they find forgiveness? Artistic Director Peter DuBois directs this deeply felt and intimate new play about bullying and second chances.

Zerlina Devi

5/25/15- 5/29/15 / 12 PM / Free / Berklee College of Music / Brewer Plaza

Originally from Bali, Indonesia, pianist Zerlina Devi is also a vocalist, composer, and arranger whose passion is performance.