DEAN’S PICKS FOR SUMMER 2011

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Si Cuba Festival
New York City/Brooklyn
Now thru June 2011 – Many events are free and open to the public.
http://sicuba.org/ for a a list of all events
A New York celebration of Cuban arts & culture, showcasing of the diversity of Cuban culture from the traditional to the modern.

Side by Side by Sondheim
Washington DC
Now thru June 12
signature-theatre.org
Signature Theatre present unforgettable songs from the leading composer of musical theater, whose songs speak to us all.

Follies
Washington DC
Now thru June 19
kennedy-center.org
A bittersweet look through the eyes of experience at the follies of youth.

Propeller Theatre Company Presents Richard III
Boston, MA
Now thru June 19
http://www.huntingtontheatre.org/
Set in a gothic Victorian hospital, Shakespeare’s most villainous king embarks on a fiendishly entertaining and diabolic adventure to scheme and murder his way to the throne.

Propeller Theatre Company Presents The Comedy of Errors
Boston, MA
Now thru June 19
http://www.huntingtontheatre.org/
A family friendly performance, this story of two sets of identical twins that separated at birth and reunite 25 years later is filled with mistaken identities, physical comedy and a mariachi band.

Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
Released Worldwide May 23
http://www.ladygaga.com/
The highly anticipated album from pop music’s reigning queen.

My Morning Jacket “Circuital”
Released May 31
http://www.mymorningjacket.com
Recorded in a church gym, the next album from My Morning Jacket returns to the rock roots the band is known for.

Wellmont Theatre
Montclair, NJ
http://wellmonttheatre.com/
An old movie theater has a new life, presenting live entertainment events in New Jersey.  Events year round.  Upcoming events including Brian Wilson – June 9, Peter Frampton – July 12 and Denis Leary & Friends – July 15.

Big Apple Circus
Mill River Park, Samford, CT
June 10 – July 4
http://www.bigapplecircus.org/
The circus is back in town, bringing lasso twirlers, contortionists and a herd of mini horses.  The Big Apple Circus Band will be providing live music that will have everyone dancing in their seats.

Northside Festival 2011
Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
June 16 – 19
www.NorthsideFestival.com
Four day showcase of music and creative communities around the world.  Featuring performances by Guided by Voices, Sharon Van Etten, Beirut and many, many more!

BAMcinemaFest
Brooklyn, NY
June 16 – 26
http://bam.org/
In it’s third year, BAMcinemaFest is a collection of the most dynamic and innovative new work from festivals around the world.  The festival will feature 26 feature films, short films, outdoor screenings, parties, live music and much more.

Broadway Bares XXI
Roseland Ballroom, New York City, NY
June 19
http://www.broadwaybares.com/
A benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares, a hotly anticipated annual event since 1992, combines burlesque and the razzle-dazzle of Broadway.

Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue Skinned Savior
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY
June 24 – October 2
http://www.brooklynmuseum.org
First major exhibition to focus on Vishnu, one of Hinduism’s major deities.  Over 150 paintings, sculptures and ritual objects made between the 4th and 20th Century are on display.

NSO Pops Ozomatli
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
June 25
http://www.kennedy-center.org
Grammy Award winning Ozomatli joins the National Symphony Orchestra for a special evening performance with a Latin flair.

Caracalla Dance Theatre: Zayed and The Dream
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
July 15-16
http://www.kennedy-center.org
A dance musical that has traveled around the world, this follows the journey of seven horsemen as they travel through the sands of time in search of the “destined one.”

Iris
Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Opening July 21
http://www.cirquedusoleil.com
Cirque du Soleil takes a journey through the history of cinema and the heart of the movie making process in their own fantastic and acrobatic way.