Shakespeare celebrations today

Celebrated Somerville bakery 7ate9,  has special Shakespeare cheesecakes for sale and one can receive a mini cheesecake for accurately reciting a Shakespearean sonnet from memory.  “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

There will be Bard birthday cake at in Harvard Square for the 9th annual Bookish Ball, with Shakespearean performances,  a Sonnet Slam, and live music by the Willow Flute Ensemble!

Actors from Shit-faced Shakespeare will have a busy day, performing in the Square, then performing all three of their shows:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado About Nothing at the Davis square theater.

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Catch Freezepop and friends @ the Sinclair on May 14th

Synthpop legends and local favorites Freezepop will be playing The Sinclair on May 14th.

It’s a SuperFreezepop lineup with The Duke, who will also be performing as the Symbian Project.  (Will we see a return of the French horn players who  accompanied him at the  Harmonix Amplitude release party this winter? Time alone will tell.)

Also appearing: The Static Dynamic and  CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background).

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Freezepop @ the Middle East downstairs in 2015

Catch a rising star!

Wally Shawn and Christopher Durang are among the playwrights who attended Harvard..  Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of a future talent at the 2016 Harvard Playwrights’ Festival, which features of readings featuring new works undergraduate playwrights performed by undergraduate actors. It runs through Sunday, and then again next week on Wednesday the 27th.

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Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play now playing at The Lyric Stage

Mr. Burns,  a Post-Electric Play examines storytelling, from the vantage point a post-apocalyptic setting.

The first act is set soon after a disaster that ended civilization–a frightened band of survivors try to distract themselves by remembering and retelling a Simpson’s episode. The second act occurs 7 years later, with the same group now attempting to put on a dramatic performance of that Simpson’s episode, complete with costume, props, and commercials. They struggle to evoke the carefree times that existed before the downfall of civilization. By the third act, 75 years later, story has transformed into myth, and we see a passion play recounting the struggles and hardships that people endured in a catastrophe that killed 99% of the population.

The play is written by Anne Washburn who wrote Communist Dracula Pageant, and who discusses her new play, Antlia Pneumatica (currently running at Playwrights Horizon in New York), in a recent New Yorker article.

You can get a sense of Mr. Burns from the this video from the NYC premiere:

 

IFFBoston films announced, tickets on sale Thursday

The Independent Film Festival Boston,  a highlight of the area’s  cultural calendar, and a sure sign of spring, today announced its 2016 lineup. The opening night film is The Hollars, a Sundance selection, and which, as Ty Burr notes in an an excellent Globe article on the fest,  is directed and stars Newton native and The Office alum John Krasinski. The festival opens on April 27th at the Somerville Theater, continues at the Somerville and the Brattle, and closes at the Coolidge on May 4th. There is also a two day film summit at at UMass Boston.

IFFBoston is noted for its very strong programing, this will likely be your first chance to see great films that premiered at Sundance, SXSW, and Toronto, but which haven’t been released yet.  IFFBoston also features strong films by local artists, and has excellent shorts programs, with screens of docs, narrative and animated shorts.  The closing film is indie fav Clea DuVall’s directorial/writing debut The Intervention.  Melanie Lynskey won an award at Sundance for her acting in the film.

Tickets are expected to go on sale to IFFBoston members on Thursday, but membership levels that include full passes to the festival are available now. Tickets sales to the General Public are expected to be on sale on the 11th.

 

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Boston ReelAbilities Film Festival

The fifth annual Boston ReelAbilities Film Festival runs from April 3rd through 14th, a venues throughout the Boston area.

One highlight: Do You Believe in Love? A documentary about an Israeli matchmaker who claims not to believe in love, but who has been remarkably successful in finding matches for people with disabilities.  Another film of special local interest:  Teach Me to Sea follows students from the Perkins School for the Blind on a five-day senior class cruise to Mexico.