The Must List
Event: SoWa Open Market
The city’s top art and design market returns this month, setting up in the South End every Sunday through October. The bazaar showcases artists, jewelry designers, and even milliners — yes, the region’s top hat people are here. And if you get hungry, hit the gourmet food trucks: Try Clover’s popular chickpea fritters. Starts 5/1.
Words: David Sedaris
Whether recalling his tenure as a Macy’s Christmas elf or creating fables about baboon hairdressers, there’s nothing funnier than David Sedaris’s essays — except for David Sedaris reading those essays in person. His “readings” usually skew more toward theatrical performance, and at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre he’ll be reciting new and unpublished works. $38–$55, 5/7.
For this season’s grand finale at the Opera House, the Boston Ballet celebrates George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, two of the greatest 20th-century choreographers. Balanchine’s work is set to Mozart and Stravinsky, while Robbins — most famous for his work in West Side Story — gets the Debussy treatment. $25–$132, 5/12–5/22.
Kids: Boston Pops Family Concert
Sure, classical music is like broccoli for youngsters. But Keith Lockhart and pals are at least trying to dip it in chocolate sauce. This matinee at Symphony Hall features themes from Harry Potter and Star Wars, plus jazz, gospel, and a performance by the high school winner of the BSO’s youth concerto competition. $21–$91, 5/14.