On the Town: March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

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This week's blog is about spring. Specifically, where in God's name is it? Nobody seems to know. It's nearly April and I trudged through snow and rain inches deep to get to work this week. Global warming is, very apparently, quickly taking hold of us and showing no mercy. Fortunately, I have the perfect solution for you! When you go take in some #BostonArts this weekend, you'll be doing so from the climate controlled beauty of my number one favorite thing in the entire world: the indoors. Therefore, grab an umbrella, get into your hazmat suit, and bring some extra sunscreen for your face. It's spring.


Much like spring, the title character in The Sleeping Beauty has been placed under an evil curse and is asleep. The Grimm Brothers' tale gets a lavish treatment in Tchaikovsky's ballet at the Boston Opera House with sets and costumes direct from the Royal Ballet. Featuring that hummable melody that everyone remembers from the Disney film, as well as some ferociously fancy footwork, there is certainly something for everyone in this production.

The Sleeping Beauty: Music by Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky; Choreography by Marius Petipa with additional contributions by Frederick Ashton. At the Boston Opera House; 539 Washington Street, Boston; bostonballet.org. Through April 7. @bostonballet


Nova Scotia native Natalie MacMaster has been playing Cape Breton fiddle since she was nine years old. She is my second favorite Canadian violinist. World Music/CRASHarts will be presenting her in concert this weekend at Sanders Theatre, backed up by a five-piece band playing everyone's favorite jigs, reels, and airs—perhaps her fiery fiddling will be enough to finish melting the snow drifts all over the city!

Natalie MacMaster: At Sanders Theatre; 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge; worldmusic.org. March 23 only. @crasharts


"Frogs have so much spring within them" would be the seasonally-appropriate opening line of this fantastic musical from Natick native William Finn if it wasn't still winter. This semiautobiographical tale surrounds a musical theatre composer who suddenly takes ill and the healing power of art. A New Brain is a joyful and poignant celebration of life filled with some of Finn's finest writing. Moonbox Productions is making waves in the Boston theatre scene, you'll want to check this one out!

A New Brain: Music and Lyrics by William Finn; Book by William Finn and James Lapine; Directed by Allison Olivia Choat. At the BCA Plaza Theater; 539 Tremont Street, Boston; moonboxproductions.org. Through April 6. @moonboxboston