On the Town: July 26, 2012

July 26, 2012

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You are my life now.

We're gonna have to take it down a notch this week. No funny YouTube links. This is a serious post.

Yes, friends. I am feeling 50 Shades of Betrayed to hear about the awful/shocking/nobody really cares news that Kristen Stewart (that emo girl from Twilight) has cheated on Robert Pattinson (that shimmery hot emo vampire dude from Twilight giving pale people like me hope that we're still attractive). While, indeed, this means that the dreams of millions of teenage girls hoping for proposals of marriage from Pattinson are now rekindled, where does that leave the rest of us with actual taste? Therefore, I present to you #OnTheTown Opposite Day Edition: KStew and RPatz.

Per usual, tweet me @khemingway with your thoughts on this weekend's proceedings.

DON PASQUALE AT BOSTON MIDSUMMER OPERA

What could be more opposite of this week's media blitz than an opera concerning the holy institution of marriage? I'm sure Chick-Fil-A corporate would have something to say about the titular protagonist's desire to be married, only to be tricked in true opera buffa manner into a sham marriage to his estranged nephew's beloved! With stage direction by fierce Tony nominee Austin Pendleton, this is sure to be a fabulous summer delight.

Don Pasquale: Music by Gaetano Donizetti; Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini; Conducted by Susan Davenny Wyner; Stage direction by Austin Pendleton. Sung in English. At Boston University's Tsai Peforming Arts Center; 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston; 617-227-0442; bostonmidsummeropera.org. Through July 29. @bmopera

BOSTON SUMMER ARTS WEEKEND ON COPLEY SQUARE

Vampires generally stay inside, have expensive tastes, come out at night, and occupy literature of questionable quality. Therefore, I give you the absolute antithesis of this: A free, outdoor, daytime arts festival of the highest caliber! Occupying two—yes, two!—stages on Copley Square from this Friday through Sunday evenings (and all day Saturday), Boston Summer Arts Weekend promises to be the most exciting thing to hit Copley Square in...ever! (I'm not a fan of farmers' markets.) With acts like Suzanne Vega and the VIP after-hours Copley Club nights in the Oval Room of the Fairmont, how can you go wrong?

PS—If you attend the Copley Club on Saturday night, I'll be there! Come say hi!

Boston Summer Arts Weekend: Full details at bostonsummerarts.com. @summerboston

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