July 2010: The Cultural To-Do List
Seven events worth your time this month.
7/2 LOCAL BAND SHOWCASE
The downstairs space at the Middle East hosts a prime trifecta of Hub-bred indie-pop bands: Oranjuly celebrates the release of its jangly debut CD; the Everyday Visuals show off their soaring harmonies; and the Luxury slams out the sleek New Wave that earned the group an opening slot when Coldplay played the Garden in 2008. mideastclub.com.
7/3 FRANCESCA DiMATTIO AT THE ICA
DiMattio’s abstract style plays with dimension and perspective while blending pop art and architecture subjects. Her show, which opens tonight, uses the ICA’s location as a muse, featuring five wall-size canvases that focus on imagery of ships and the sea. icaboston.org.
7/18 "THE DREAM LIVES ON"
This multi-media retelling of the Kennedy saga opened at Symphony Hall in May with bold names like Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, and Ed Harris narrating. But anyone who has seen Alec Baldwin in The Departed knows that his version (today at Tanglewood) will offer something the other narrators can’t match: an interpretation with a pitch-perfect accent. tanglewood.org.
7/18 THE AMERICAN IDOL LIVE TOUR
The American Idol juggernaut stops at the Comcast Center in Mansfield as part of its concert series, giving Cape Cod native Siobhan Magnus a chance for redemption before a home crowd. Her best revenge could be a rendition of Sinatra’s "My Way," which Magnus would have sung had she not been eliminated from the competition’s final six. ticketmaster.com.
7/22 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S "OVO"
The international circus troupe brings its big top to Fan Pier with "Ovo" (Portuguese for egg), marking 17 years since the group’s first production on the waterfront. Their acrobatic take on the lives of insects features "crickets" bouncing on trampolines and foot-juggling ants – prime targets for any wharf rat. cirquedusoleil.com.
7/23 BERKSHIRE WORDFEST
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s grand old estate in Lenox, does the legendary author proud when it launches its literary festival today. The three-day event is truly a lollapalooza for bibliophiles, featuring appearances by such varied scribes as Roy Blount Jr., Susan Orlean, Ruth Reichl, and Kurt Andersen. edithwharton.org.
7/28 NICHOLAS NIXON AT THE MFA
MassArt professor Nicholas Nixon’s intimate black-and-white portraits trace his subjects’ physical changes over time, and explore his own family dynamic. A collection of his work, which has claimed space in the National Gallery of Art, opens tonight at the MFA, perhaps serving as a thoughtful counterpoise to an age of online oversharing. mfa.org.