Friday, February 10 I BIG RED DOOR & Other Stories Urbanity presents six works, four choreographed by director Betsi Graves, modeled as a series of short dance stories. In “Big Red Door,” doors become symbols for entrances and exits in life, snapshots in time. Graves draws inspiration from Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five,” building a post-modern take on time-travel, memories and dreams, births and deaths. In a second story, “Little Blue Dot,” Graves is inspired by GPS and Google Maps. Three soloists dive into journeys weighed with human emotion love, guilt and grief. The work questions whether looking at ourselves aerially alters our travel emotions. In an unusual collaboration, music for “Little Blue Dot” is composed by award-winning composer Mu-Xuan Lin and performed live by Lin and other musicians. A third chapter, “Green Grass Grows,” is an ensemble piece set to the music of Philip Glass. Through sweeping symmetry, Graves asks observers to explore the natural wonder of grass, the ultimate mediator between soil and sun. In a fourth tale, “Little Black Dress,” Graves turns to neoclassical movement to tell a story of feminine coming of age through cultural assimilation.
** This performance will also be appearing on Saturday, February 11 at Quinsigamond Community College. Pick up your tickets for this performance here.
Saturday, February 11 I Don’t Eat the Apples Double, double toil and bubbles, Archie’s parents turned into apples – and now he’s got troubles! Will he be able to turn them back before time runs out? Find out as The CoLab embarks on this mixed up tale of magic, courage, and a whole lot of apple strudel!
Saturday, February 11 I Roxbury’s Black History Tour Boston’s Black community has been on the move politically, socially, and artistically for centuries. The free Black community was once centered in the North End in the 1700s. As the population grew and new opportunities became available, the community moved first to Beacon Hill in the early 1800s and then the South End in the late 1800s. By the first half of the 20th century, the highlands of Roxbury eventually became the center of Black Boston, although the community has since continued to grow into Dorchester, Mattapan, and the suburbs. Join this informative and exciting trolley tour as it travels through three centuries of Boston’s historic Black neighborhoods. Follow the progression of the Black churches, gain an appreciation for the importance of the arts, and learn about the movers, shakers, and strivers of their time. As a special treat, attendees will briefly visit the Huntington Theatre Company and meet local actor Jason Bowen, one of the performers in the upcoming production of August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
Sunday, February 12 I All-Bach Organ Concert Bach’s chorales and settings of the “Passiontide” and “Easter” sections of his “Little Organ Book.” Each chorale will be sung before Bach’s descriptive arrangement is played. Also, Bach’s “Pièce d’Orgue, BWV 572,” and the “Trio Sonata #1 in E-flat, BWV 525,” the first of 6 Sonatas in which the organist’s hands play the parts of treble instruments while the feet assume the bass line. The program paints an aural picture of Bach’s world and faith, highlighting the personal drama of his music, as it depicts profound joy and deepest sorrow. At its center are the chorales and settings of the “Passiontide” and “Easter” sections of his “Orgelbüchlein,” or “Little Organ Book.” Each chorale will be sung (7 for “Passiontide” and 6 for “Easter”) before Bach’s descriptive arrangement is played.
Sunday, February 12 I Premium Harvard Square Food Tour Boston Foodie Tours finally made it to Harvard Square, and they couldn’t be happier. Their new tour partners rolled out the red carpet for this preview tour, and they’re looking forward to doing the same for you. The tour group meets at the Charles Hotel, where guests have the option of arriving early to enjoy a pre-tour drink at Henrietta’s Table, the home of one of Boston’s best brunches. First stop on the tour is the Russell House Tavern. Local foodies have been buzzing about it this year, and your tour guides will show you why. And speaking of buzzing, attendees will then visit the adoptive home of bees! Honey on tap, anyone? If you want to know about the next stop, just ask Cambridge-bred Matt Damon. Rumor has it that he knows all about this Harvard Square institution’s former “chairs club”. The tour will end at chef/owner Jody Adams’ 4-star restaurant, Rialto, where guests will enjoy pastry chef Susan Abbott’s marvelous desserts. Join Boston Foodie Tours and “Stroll. Sample. Savor. Repeat.” your way through Harvard Square’s best eats.
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