Boston NOW: June 2014 Part One

Theater and food trucks and drag queens, oh my! Summertime has hit Boston, and there’s tons to do, people, so snap to it.

Here’s what’s happening in June:

Huntington Theatre Company: Smart People

SmartPeople815.gifHuntington Playwrighting Fellow Lydia R. Diamond, author of the 2010 success Stick Fly, is back with a sharp comedy. As summarized on the Huntington’s website: “Are our beliefs and prejudices hard-wired into us? Four Harvard intellectuals – a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race – search for love, success, and identity in a complex world.”

Although my review of this show will probably not be up until the second week of June, tickets are going fast: so why wait?

A/N 6/16/2014: Go see this show before it closes July 6th. GO SEE THIS SHOW. Here’s why.

Company One and Boston Center for the Arts: XX PlayLab

xx_playlab_banner_2013_2014Looking for another reason to hang around Boston’s beautiful South End? Check out the FREE festival weekend XX PlayLab, Company One’s collaboration with the Boston Center for the Arts on June 6th and 7th. Staged readings, panel discussions, sneak-peeks, and talk-backs are an excellent way learn about, support, and propel the work of female playwrights. Reserve free tickets here.

Here’s my review of the event.

Somerville Food Truck Festival

Food trucks are a quintessential part of urban Boston life, and I don’t know very many people who don’t sample some meals from a food truck weekly. But what if I told you that, for a $5 entry fee (cash only), you could access 20-plus food trucks in one location, including Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Frozen Hoagies, Bon Me (my personal favorite), Maine’ly Lobstah,
The Happy Taco,  Sweet Tomatoes, and The Latin Spoon? I assume your stomach would start growling.

For a complete 2014 schedule, see below. Now if only Brother Trucker could somehow bring back my beloved Go Fish…



It’s that fabulous time of year. Here’s what’s up, excerpted from the Boston Pride website:

“Boston Pride Kicks off Pride Week 2014 with its 20th annual Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, June 6th at noon. Sponsored by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Flag Raising at City Hall is the first official event of Pride Week. This year’s Pride Week theme is “Be Yourself, Change the World,” and encourages the LGBT community to embrace what makes each individual unique and to use those qualities to change the world for the better. The flag raising will also recognize this year’s Grand Marshals: Governor Deval Patrick, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Honorary Marshal John Mitzel (deceased.) The ceremony will also recognize the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising in New York which was the catalyst for the LGBT rights movement.”

For the complete calendar of events, click here. The Pride Parade will be on Saturday, June 14th, details here.

But what should you def NOT miss during this rainbow-colored week? Well, if you are on top of your entertainment, you watch or at the very least know of the blessing that is RuPaul’s Drag Race. Season Six’s sickening winner, Bianca del Rio, will be at The Estate on June 12th (which means I’ll miss my usual karaoke night at Machine. Not that those bears will miss me; they’re probably super confused at why I go there in the first place).

Seriously, this bitch is one of the funniest people alive. I can’t WAIT for June 12th.

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