Forecast: April

PERFORMANCES
04/23 BOSTON BALLET REPRISES A FAN FAVORITE

Boston Ballet‘s take on the story of Sleeping Beauty as imagined by Charles Perrault (shame on you for thinking Disney!) may not be as haunting as the company’s more contemporary works, but the family-friendly show, set to Tchaikovsky, earned stunning reviews when it premiered in 2005.

19 Clarendon St., Boston, bostonballet.org.

 

EXAMINATIONS 04/25
Ever dream of guarding a road crew? The state civil service exam for law enforcement jobs is held today.

mass.gov/civilservice.

 

ATTRACTIONS
04/25 IF YOU ATTEND ONLY ONE SHEEPSHEARING FESTIVAL THIS YEAR…

Fast becoming a New England tradition, the Sheepshearing Festival on the grounds of the historic Governor Gore mansion (the so-called Monticello of the North) begs a little explanation for the uninitiated: The outdoor fair features the farm animals who live on the estate, as well as music, food, wagon rides, and herding-dog demonstrations.

52 Gore St., Waltham, goreplace.org.

REGATTAS
04/27 FAN PIER GETS A MASSIVE MAKEOVER

Known in nautical circles as the "Everest of sailing," the Volvo Ocean Race is a nine-month, round-the-world spectacle that makes its North American stop at Fan Pier. That’s where sponsor Puma will position massive shipping containers to build a full-service race village (shown below) with retail space, a bar, and spectator seating. The boats are expected to arrive today from Rio de Janeiro, and depart on 5/16 for Ireland.

volvooceanrace.org.

 

LECTURES
04/29 LEWIS LAPHAM CONFRONTS THE FUTURE OF MEDIA

This high-minded man of letters visits the Boston Athenaeum to chat about the evolving information landscape. The long-serving editor of Harper’s (who now helms the immodestly titled Lapham’s Quarterly) is a fitting choice for such a lecture: He’s a venerable print icon who’s got a new radio show as well as plans for a blog.

10 1/2 Beacon St., Boston, bostonathenaeum.org.

BEST PARTS
The high points of this month’s cultural highlights

POETRY
Completed just weeks before his death, JOHN UPDIKE‘s last collection, Endpoint and Other Poems, arrives on 4/5. In perhaps its most poignant passage, the author writes of mortality, offering a bleak (if incorrect) prediction of the public reaction to his death: "The wide response will be, I know, / ‘I thought he died a while ago.’ / For life’s a shabby subterfuge, / And death is real, and dark, and huge. / The shock of it will register / Nowhere but where it will occur."

ART The biennial BOSTON CYBERARTS FESTIVAL kicks off 4/24 at venues across the city. The coolest exhibit should be the virtual-reality installation of a three-dimensional Berlin Wall (shown above) at the Goethe-Institut Boston in the Back Bay.

JAZZ When Miles Davis recruited Chelsea-born keys player CHICK COREA and guitarist JOHN MCLAUGHLIN to join him in 1969, both were mere twentysomethings on the brink. Reunited for the first time since their years with Miles, they come to the Berklee Performance Center on 4/30 as giants of the jazz-fusion scene. The high point to keep your ear cocked for: when their collective talents are showcased on a stripped-down, guitar-and-piano-only cover of Thelonious Monk’s "’Round Midnight."

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