Arts, Dance and Theater

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picnics in the Berkshires

Culture and Picnicking in the Berkshires

Our followers must know by now that our summer is not complete  without a visit to the Berkshires – a mountainous region in Western Massachusetts (about 2.5-hour drive from our suburb south of Boston) with plenty of beautiful nature to see in any season. Our favorite time to visit is summer because it is the …

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Boston for the Holidays (2019)

December is a big month for family weekend celebrations in and around Boston with lots of holiday LIGHTS and music. LIGHTING OF THE TREE.  The first order of business is of course to Light the main Boston Tree in the country’s oldest Boston Common Park (December 5th this year) (you do know that our tree …

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The Nutcracker Season is Open at Boston Ballet (our visit report and backstage video)

As much as I like to lead my family along on my weekend agenda, they are all grown-up enough now to have their own!  So this year, my daughter was the one who decided that we are going yet again to The Nutcracker at Boston Ballet.   We were lucky to be invited to the Opening …

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Giselle opens the season at Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet opened new season  with Giselle, one of the most romantic classical ballet of all times.  This staging – first in 10 years – has been led by Larissa Ponomarenko, former Boston Ballet prima ballerina and current Ballet Master (and a favorite Boston Ballet’s Giselle). I first saw Giselle in 1989 at Mariinsky Theater …

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Family Summer Fun around Boston

Tanglewood Summer for Families (with Video)

SUMMER  2020 update: Tanglewood Festival is happening online, but grounds are open for visits with prior registration. I used to think of a Tanglewood concert (in Massachusetts Berkshires) as a romantic date night idea. Over the last couple of summers however, attending a Tanglewood concert has become our family’s tradition (it is still part of …

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Family Outing at Coppelia (by Boston Ballet). There is spring somewhere!

I could not believe my eyes when I opened the curtains on a Saturday morning this weekend (at the end of March!) and saw the new snow on the ground! But any flurries in the forecast have settled down in time for our mom-daughter outing to the Boston Ballet’s Coppelia.  Even if the weather is …

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Kids Holiday Matinee at the Boston Pops

Kids Holiday Matinee at the Boston Pops: What to Expect

As a family, we try to take advantage of Boston’s world class cultural attractions every chance we get.   Attending Boston Pops Orchestra’s Kids Holiday Matinee at the Symphony Hall seemed festively appropriate for December holidays, but when we first attended a couple of years ago, we had no idea what to expect.   So we put together …

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Kids’ Weekend in the Berkshires

BOSTON SUMMER 2018: Open Air Performances in and around Boston

4th of July  “officially” starts a busy summer of concerts and performances within 1-2 hour drive from Boston.  Here is my best of summer Open Air Events in and around Boston (many are free to the public). 1.  Harborwalk Sounds  series brings the city’s most talented young musicians and dancers to Boston waterfront for Institute of Contemporary …

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Choose Your Date And Celebrate End Of Season At Boston Ballet

For me, attending Boston Ballet’s performances is not only about admiring one of the leading and oldest American ballet companies, but also about spending time with my loved ones.  I carefully “plan” my Boston Ballet season by choosing which family member I will invite on which ballet outing with me.  I shared Romeo & Juliet with …

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Parts In Suite And Romeo & Juliet: Two Productions Open The Spring Season At Boston Ballet

I love it when Boston Ballet has two rotating productions for us to enjoy (and appreciate versatility of the dancers!)  This spring we are treated to the Parts In Suite mixed program of contemporary choreography and the full-length classic of Romeo & Juliet (music by Sergei Prokofiev, choreography by John Cranko); both ballets are running …

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