May 2010: The Cultural To-Do List

Seven events worth your time this month

5/1-5/2 "The Muse and The Marketplace"
Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk headlines this confab put on by the Grub Street creative writing center, making the Park Plaza Hotel the first official tour stop for his latest novel, Tell-All. Hopefully it’ll be inspiring enough to cheer up any aspiring writers who suffer ego bruises from critiques by on-site literary agents and editors.

5/3 Evan Thomas
The Newsweek staffer will read from his new book, The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire 1898, at Porter Square Books. A tale that should ring familiar to Glenn Beck fans, it’s about a time when the media could control the American psyche, no matter the truth of the story.

5/4 Boston Pops Opening Night
The Boston Pops kicks off its 125th season tonight. Symphony-goers can expect lots of pomp and circumstance in addition to the music, with due respect paid to current conductor Keith Lockhart, as well as his two predecessors, John Williams, who conducted the Pops for 15 years, and Arthur Fiedler, who conducted it for 50.

5/6 Boston LGBT Film Festival
This venerable showcase kicks off its second quarter-century with 10 days of screenings at the MFA, the Brattle, and Fenway Health. Featuring romantic comedies, dramas, short films, and documentaries, it’s a grab bag of cinematic gold under the rainbow flag.

5/7 OK Go
When this power-pop quartet quickly sold out their show at the Paradise, they rebooked a few miles east at the House of Blues. Enthusiasm for the show may in part be due to the MIT Media Lab, which helped the band craft a two-story-tall Rube Goldberg structure for the video of "This Too Shall Pass," which recently went viral.

5/14 Johnny Baseball
We’re only six weeks into baseball season, and even the American Repertory Theatre has Sox fever. Tonight it opens this world-premiere musical about the Curse of the Bambino and its 2004 exorcism through the healing hands (or batting grip?) of Big Papi.

5/15 Diana Ross
The iconic diva kicks off a nationwide tour at the Wang Theatre tonight, the kind of production she hasn’t attempted in six years. Accompanied by live strings and horns, the shows reportedly will be heavy on the greatest hits – a tall order for whoever makes the set list, given Ross’s 18 number one hits and 50 years of recordings.