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June 2008 Events Calendar

Through July 10

Cirque du Soleil:
Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities 

Suffolk Downs
Under the Big Top
525 William F. McClellan Highway
Various times
Buy Tix

A mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down. KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities by Cirque du Soleil opens on May 26, 2016 in Boston, under the big top at Suffolk Downs. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a unique experience!

Through June 26

Huntington Theatre Company Presents:
I Was Most Alive With You

South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
527 Tremont Street, Boston
617 266-0800 | Various Times

At Thanksgiving dinner, Knox shares that he is grateful for three things he thought were a curse: being deaf, being gay, and being an alcoholic. After a terrible accident and what feels like the trials of Job, he and his family’s resilience is put to the test. Written both in English and American Sign Language, Craig Lucas’ funny, ambitious, and beautiful new play pulses with the exhilaration and ache of human connection.

June 8

The Burren Back Room Series Presents:
The Kane Sisters with Pat O'Connor and Eoghan O'Sullivan

247 Elm Street
Davis Square, Somerville
7:30 pm | 617 776-6896 | BUY TIX |
Backroom Schedule

Connema sisters Liz and Yvonne Kane (pictured) bring lithe to their slow, graceful fiddle tunes.  Pat Connor (fiddle) and Eoghan O'Sullivan (accordion) reach the very soul of the tradition. The Backroom Series was founded by musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello and is hosted by Brian O' Donovan of WGBH A Celtic Sojourn.

June 9-19

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston presents:

Robinson Theatre
617 Lexington Street, Waltham
781-891-5600 |

Set in a tight-knit fishing community on the New England coastline, Carousel revolves around the ill-fated love affair between charismatic Billy Bigelow, a travelling carnival man, and trusting Julie Jordan, a worker at the local mill. After a hasty marriage, Billy falls in with the wrong crowd and dies in the aftermath of a robbery gone horribly wrong. Sent to purgatory for 15 years after his death, Billy is given one day to redeem his soul before he is permitted to enter the Heavenly Gates. Trying to perform a single good deed, he seeks out his daughter, now a rebellious teenager destined to follow in his troubled footsteps. Billy reaches out to her, but is it too little too late, or will it be enough to change both their lives forever?

June 10

Lowell Summer Music Series Presents:
Patty Griffin

Boarding House Park
40 French Street, Lowell
7:30 pm | $41 in advance | $45 day of concert

Over nine albums, Patty Griffin has proven herself a writer of uncommon perception, with a genius for character-driven story-telling. Catch her live in Lowell as she sings from her new album, As Servant Of Love. In this, her 10th, album. Griffin grounds her themes of love and mystery in the experience and rhythms of the everyday, the stuff of life.  Servant Of Love takes on big ideas, but does so in the vernacular of folk tales, blues cants and jazz gestures. Her songs have been covered by a myriad of artists including Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, Joan Baez and Bette Midler.

June 11

Lowell Summer Music Series Presents:

Boarding House Park
40 French Street, Lowell
7:30 pm | $42 in advance | $45 day of concert

Opening Act: Marco Benevento. Since forming at Tufts University in 1992, Guster has become one of the leading indie/alternative bands, releasing seven critically acclaimed albums in 20 years, starting with Parachute in 1995. Evermotion (to be released on their own Ocho Mule label through Nettwerk Records) is the follow-up to 2010's Easy Wonderful, which earned the band its highest-ever chart debut on the Billboard 200 at #22, while reaching #2 on both the SoundScan Alternative and iTunes charts.

June 12

ICCNE Canton Summer Céilí

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
3:00-7:00 pm | $10 at the door
781 821-8291

Held the 2nd Sunday of every month with live Irish music by Billy O'Neill and friends, the ICC Canton Céilí is a great place for those who know how to Céilí and for those new to the dance.  It's a great place to meet new people and no partner is necessary. Come and enjoy set dancing, waltzes, quickstep, and other traditional dances. And enjoy a great workout!

June 13

The Irish Pastoral Centre Presents:
3rd Annual IPC Spring Golf Tournament

George Wright Golf Course
42 West Street, Hyde park
Registration 7:30 am | $125 per player
Sponsorship opportunities
617 265-5300 |

The entry fee of $125 includes an 18-hole round of golf, golf cart and dinner at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester. Since 1987, the IPC has been committed to assisting Irish immigrants to facilitate a positive transition to American life. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please consider supporting the IPC by participating in this golf outing or call directly if you are unable to attend but would like to contribute.

June 17

Lowell Summer Music Series Presents:
Mary Chapin Carpenter

Boarding House Park
40 French Street, Lowell
7:30 pm | $44 in advance | $50 day of concert

The Things That We Are Made Of offers listeners a significant gift - an unguarded look into the beating heart of one of the strongest singer-songwriters of our time. "I feel as if I'm still trying to come up with a reliable way of talking about what this album is about," Carpenter says. "I haven't finished thinking about it. It's part of an ongoing conversation that I'm having with myself about my life. But if you're not trying to connect in some way to the world, what else is there? All I can hope for is that people connect to it. That's the most rewarding part of doing this work - believing that you're speaking to what we all feel."

June 18

Tanglewood Presents: Earth, Wind & Fire

Koussevitzky Music Shed
7:00 p.m. |

Earth, Wind & Fire, America's seventh top-selling musical group of all-time, was born in Chicago in 1969 and is still going strong in its fifth decade, making music that crosses years and decades and now connects the 20th and 21st centuries. Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Earth, Wind & Fire has earned eight Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards alongside numerous other accolades including the prestigious Soul Train Legend Award.  EWF has sold more than 90 million albums worldwide and is one of the world's top touring bands.

June 18

Lowell Summer Music Series Presents:
Peter Frampton

Boarding House Park
40 French Street, Lowell
7:30 pm | $59 in advance | $65 day of concert

Grammy Award Winning Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive! is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and remains one of the top-selling live records of all time. Frampton's latest album Acoustic Classics is available now, featuring stripped-down versions of his classic hits including Baby, I Love Your Way, Lines On My Face, Do You Feel Like I Do, Show Me The Way and more.

June 19

Tanglewood Presents:
Brian Wilson Pet Sounds

Koussevitzky Music Shed
2:30 p.m.

Beach Boys legend and cofounder Brian Wilson will be featured in a performance of the entire album Pet Sounds, as part of a 50th anniversary celebration of the work widely regarded as one of the best albums of all time. Brian Wilson performed at Tanglewood with the Beach Boys three times in the 1980s; this concert marks his first solo performance at the venue. 

June 20-27

Inroads Ireland's

2918 Stevens Street, Madison, WI 53705
$2,499 per person | 1-888-220-7711
Full trip itinerary here

Trace a path through the amazing west of Ireland. Savor Connemara's Twelve Bens (peaks) and uncover the castles of pirate clans. Marvel at Achill Island's Atlantic coastline and secluded beaches. Visit Counties Mayo, Galway, and Sligo. In the Georgian town of Birr, find its great telescope, once largest in the world at the Birr Castle. Unearth Irish revivalists who saved much of Ireland's traditions. Traverse drumlins to a passage tomb - perhaps the oldest celestial calendar.

June 21

Tanglewood Presents: Jackson Browne

Koussevitzky Music Shed
7:00 p.m.

Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He has released fourteen studio albums and four collections of live performances. His new studio album, Standing In The Breach, is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2007.

June 23

Lowell Summer Music Series Presents:
Indigo Girls

Boarding House Park
40 French Street, Lowell
7:30 pm | $36 in advance | $40 day of concert

Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s. 

June 24

Tanglewood Presents:
Chris Botti

Seiji Ozawa Hall 
8:00 p.m.

Grammy-Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti returns to Tanglewood on Friday, June 24 for a performance in Ozawa Hall. A gifted instrumentalist, talented composer, and charismatic performer, Botti has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation. Coming to prominence in the mid-1990s, Botti established a reputation as a versatile musician, excelling in both jazz and pop music.

June 27-July 4

Inroads Ireland's GO SOUTH Tour

2918 Stevens Street, Madison, WI 53705
$2,399 per person | 1-888-220-7711 | | Reservations | Itinerary

For an authentic Irish experience, travel with Inroads Ireland’s tours off the beaten track in small groups (max of 14 people) on Ireland’s back roads. The one week mini-coach tour takes you to the very best of southern Ireland where you’ll discover ancient monastic settlements with intricately carved Celtic crosses, round towers, and the Cliffs of Moher. Explore centuries old castles & experience a mystifying solar alignment within a tranquil stone circle. Enjoy a traditional Irish music session while relaxing in a cozy pub. Stay in small towns like Baltimore, Kenmare, and Dingle in locally owned guesthouses and help support local economies. You’ll walk the land, capture the spirit, and have Ireland forever in your heart. This is Ireland done right!

June 28

Celtic Woman:
Destiny North American Tour

Lowell Memorial Auditorium
50 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA
7:30 pm | 866-722-8881 | Group Sales: 978-934-5751 | Buy Tix

Irish music sensation Celtic Woman brings its newest musical journey across North America in 2016. Named Billboard Magazine's #1 World Music Artist six times, the all female ensemble has sold over eight million albums with platinum sales in nine countries since its debut on Public Television in 2005. The breathtaking new Destiny Tour comes to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on June 28.

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