On the Town: May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012

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Hello friends, Kyle Thomas at it once again, serving you fierce #OnTheTown realness.

Since history started being made, people have been messing with it (although, contrary to what you may think, the above photo has not been retouched—I can breathe in space). Sometimes, it doesn't end up very well, as illustrated in this instance where someone thought Handel's original score to Messiah just wasn't good enough (though, is the music or the fashion the bigger crime here?). Sometimes, however, it's super good, like that infamous time comedienne Deven Green redubbed Brenda Dickson's classic Welcome to My Home. Therefore, I present to you #OnTheTown: History Remixed.

Per usual, tweet me @khemingway with all the exciting things you're doing this weekend!


What if George Gershwin were alive and well and at the Paramount Theater? What would he say to us? AAAAH—ZOMBIE GEORGE GERSHWIN! Thankfully, we have Hershey Felder in town to answer that question for us! Hot off his acclaimed run at ArtsEmerson in Maestro: Leonard Bernstein, Felder is extending his stay in Beantown with another of his shows, George Gershwin Alone, in which he embodies the legend through song and storytelling. This fantastic solo turn has toured all over to much acclaim, don't miss its limited Boston engagement!

George Gershwin Alone: Music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin; Book by Hershey Felder; Directed by Joel Zwick. At the Paramount Center Mainstage; 559 Washington Street, Boston; 617-824-8400; artsemerson.org. Through June 10. @artsemerson


It doesn't get much more historical than the genesis of the universe. This fabulous Haydn oratorio is, technically, a remix of that. But let's take it one step further, shall we? Chorus Pro Musica has engaged video projection artist Joss Sessions to create a visual accompaniment that will flood the stage of Jordan Hall. When else do you get to see nifty things like this happen with classical music in Boston? Not often enough.

Haydn's The Creation: Performed with the Boston Philharmonic under the direction of Betsy Burleigh; Projection design by Joss Sessions. At New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall; 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston; 617-267-7442; choruspromusica.org. June 2 only.


Ah—printmaking. How historical. It'll be dead soon, and I'll be out of a job (I mean come on—even the Encyclopedia Britannica is no more). But until then, go see reThink INK! This fabulous exhibit of fine art printmaking inspired by the Boston Public Library brings together works that run the gamut from traditional to groundbreaking. A fabulous addition to your weekend!

reThink INK: Meet the artists. At the Boston Public Library's Copley Square branch; 700 Boylston Street, Boston; 617-536-5400; bpl.org/mixit. Through July 31. @bplboston