June 2010: The Cultural To-Do List

Six events worth your time this month.

| Boston Magazine |

6/1 Dave Brubeck and the Pops at Symphony Hall
While 90-year-old Brubeck can still pound the keys, this program with the Pops could have the audience feeling their age. Among the orchestral arrangements featured will be a rendition of Brubeck’s trademark "Take Five," performed for the 50th anniversary of his Time Out album’s topping the charts. bostonpops.org.

6/8 Sebastian Junger at the BPL
Junger’s latest book, War, departs from his two previous tomes, The Perfect Storm and A Death in Belmont, in that it doesn’t use Massachusetts as a backdrop. The Belmont native instead chronicles the exploits of an American platoon in Afghanistan, which revisits Junger’s most prominent theme: the human attraction to danger. bpl.org.

6/12 "Imprints": Photographs by Mark Ruwedel

Ruwedel unveils a collection of stills in his new exhibit at the Peabody Essex. The photos explore some of the alterations that past and current inhabitants, including dinosaurs and humans, have made to the landscape of the American Midwest. pem.org.

6/17-6/20 Nantucket Film Festival
The Nantucket Film Festival turns 15 this year, which is usually an awkward age. But this four-day movie extravaganza has successfully matured into a marquee event, attracting A-list entries, such as last year’s Oscar-sweeping The Hurt Locker, and the Hollywood stars that go along with them. nantucketfilmfestival.org.

6/18 Movies at the Hatch Shell
A summer tradition of watching the stars under the stars, Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell is celebrating its 26th year of allowing Hub parents to take their kids outside at night without a leash. Perhaps more important, given the iffy economy, they can also leave the house without their wallet. wbz.com.

6/19-6/20 James Taylor and Carole King
After 40 years, Taylor and King have decided to get the band back together here at the TD Garden. The duo’s Troubadour Reunion Tour – which takes its title from the West Hollywood venue where they once performed – will mark one of the rare times the two have shared a stage since 1970. tdgarden.com.

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