Introducing Boston NOW, a rich list of cultural events going on in Beantown right now. Here’s what’s happening in April:
FILM: IFFBoston and LGBT Film Festival
From April 23rd to the 30th, tap into your inner cinephile by attending the 2014 Independent Film Festival. Since 2003, IFFBoston has been committed to finding “the best local, national, and global films to share with our community…showcas[ing] our city to visiting artists, introducing them to savvy audiences and ideal locations for future films.” Films will be screened at the Brattle, Coolidge, and Somerville Theatres. For tips on “How to Fest” (to plan your schedule, acquire a Festival Badge for priority seating, or buy tickets online) click here.
If you can’t wait til the 23rd, you still have time to catch the final weekend of the 30th Annual Boston LGBT Film Festival. With over 110 films to choose from, there’s something for everyone to enjoy; venues include the MFA, the Brattle and Coolidge Theatres, as well as the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Paramount Center. For the full program of events, click here. To find out what other fun events and parties the festival has in store, click here.
SHAKESPEARE: 450th Birthday
April 23rd, 2014 marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, and I know a sweet cultural connoisseur like you will take due note. Bostonians can attend Actors’ Shakespeare Project‘s performance of As You Like It, attend a free discussion led by preeminent Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt at the Harvard Book Store, or hold it in until May 1st to go see the National Theatre Live screening of King Lear, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Simon Russell Beale, at the Coolidge Theatre. Buy your ticket soon, as these screenings of live theater performances tend to sell out quick. If these events aren’t enough, locals can enjoy the 7th annual Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration, a day-long event sponsored by Harvard Square’s many bookstores and several other organizations. Enjoy, as the event site describes, “modern day adaptations, take in a wild sword fight, or spot some roving actors putting on a play-within-a-play, all outdoors – the way Shakespeare intended!” Also: free cake and ice cream at Winthrop Park around 4!
For more ideas on how to celebrate and learn more about the Bard, check out this New York Times piece. At the very, very least, have a cupcake and read one of his plays or one of his poems this month; I promise, he’s a super cool poet and playwright.
Boston Theatre: imaginary beasts and Reel-to-Reel
My lovely editor Brian Balduzzi, of My Entertainment World’s My Theatre Boston branch, has already told you what Boston shows you must see in April. I’ll just add my two cents by especially pushing for imaginary beasts‘ production of Moliere’s Lovers’ Quarrels (I loved their production of Hairy Tales, these folks are really amazing), and Fort Point Theatre Channel’s double billing of Krapp’s Last Tape and The Archives (which I reviewed last weekend). Really, if you’re in Boston, I highly recommend you check out these innovative performances while you can. Boston is a great town for professional and fringe theatre alike, so stay tuned for PLENTY of updates.
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
The title of this section is pretty self explanatory, so I’ll keep this short. I will be posting a poem every day on this site during the month of April. For 30 ideas on how to celebrate National Poetry Month, check out this link. If you are mathematically inclined, check out one Slate writer’s suggestion that April should be Mathematical Poetry Month. If you are a student studying in Boston and are interested in the poetic voices of your peers, be sure to check out the 2014 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival, hosted at Boston College on April 22nd, free of charge and open to the public.
April is sure to be an awesome month for science as well as literature in Boston. From April 18th to the 27th, be sure to check out the Cambridge Science Festival, “a celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering and math.” Featuring a carnival, lectures, free admission to certain museums, and a Robot Zoo (say what?!), there’s plenty of opportunity to get your science geek on, be you child or adult. For a full schedule of activities, click here.
BOSTON ON A SHOESTRING
No monies? No problem! Though you may have noticed some of the events I have listed are free, Boston Magazine also has a nifty list of “13 Free Things to Do in Boston” this month. While I already mentioned the science and poetry festival, be sure to check out the link for info on other events at the Harvard Book Store, free concerts at Berklee College of Music, an Easter Eggstravaganza, and more! Do not let an empty wallet stop you from enjoying all that Boston has to offer.
Are there certain kinds of Boston cultural events you’d like to hear about that I failed to mention? Please let me know!