Forecast: April 2010: The Cultural To-Do List

Seven events worth your time this month

| Boston Magazine |

As much as anybody, we denizens of the Hub ought to appreciate the meteoric rise of indie-rock darlings Vampire Weekend, who take the Orpheum stage tonight. Despite their New York roots, these guys have Ivy League style and an even more impressive lyrical obsession with Boston and the Cape.

With a rotating membership and no conductor, this 17-member group of young string musicians is more hip collective than buttoned-up orchestra. Tonight they premiere a piece by Cantabrigian Howard Frazin at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.

Boston Ballet returns from its post-Nutcracker hiatus with its premiere performance of this dollhouse fantasy choreographed by George Balanchine, which wraps up 4/18. Can’t wait for the show? The company has a first for you: a blog all about creating the production from scratch, complete with costume sketches, dancer interviews, and rehearsal videos.

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Jonathan Mirin’s one-man show takes its name from the length of the human digestive tract — fitting, since the play chronicles his battle with Crohn’s disease. Performing at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Mirin manages to find comedy in his struggle as he bounces between 20 different characters during this celebrated hourlong production.

David Sedaris takes his deadpan recollections and observations to Symphony Hall, but don’t expect any of his family memories to include younger sister and Somerville resident Tiffany: She’s the only one of the five Sedaris siblings who has asked to be kept out of his bestsellers.

Northampton singer-songwriter Martin Sexton adopted Boston’s rising bluesy quintet the Ryan Montbleau Band as his backers and opening band on his spring tour, which rolls into the House of Blues tonight. Scrappy local dreamers should take inspiration from the fact that both Sexton and Montbleau spent their early days busking in Harvard Square.

Go on and let your kids have their fun making ice cream with liquid nitrogen and building their own solar cell. It’ll give you time to have your genetics examined — all the better to determine whether it was you or your spouse who is to be credited with passing the smarts on to your progeny.

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