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Surf's up at the Regent Theatre in Arlington Three bands will be pumping out the songs of summer at the Regent Theatre in Arlington Aug. 24. Hold on, let’s make that more specific. Three SURF bands: The Canadian quartet the Surfrajettes as well as local favorites the Beachcombovers and Tsunami of Sound. The gals who make up the Surfrajettes were out on the road, but we managed to track down and chat with a couple of founding members of the guy groups: guitarist and West Roxbury resident Tommy White of the Beachcombovers, and [...]

A sixer of Oktoberfest recommendations It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the celebration of Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese, or as it is most commonly known – Oktoberfest.Oktoberfest will be celebrated this year from Sept. 16 through Oct. 3. That means Oktoberfest-style beers are hitting liquor store shelves now – I just saw quite a few this past weekend.Oktoberfests are lagers with a light toasted-biscuit flavor, full-flavored with just a little sweetness. A [...]

DOG DAYS: Share your cute pet pictures We're deep in the dog days of summer so it's a perfect time to share your cute pet pictures with us. Is your kitty the cat's meow?  Is your hamster a ham?  How photogenic is your ferret? Whether your Siamese is cat-napping the hot and hazy days away, or Fido is chillin' by the pool, capture your cute critters on camera and send your pet pictures to readerpix@wickedlocal.com.  Please include a caption with your pet's name, breed, age and the town [...]

Stay Tuned: Millennials navigate work life on... Freeform’s new drama, “The Bold Type,” follows three 20-something best friends who live in New York City and work for a women’s magazine called “Scarlet.” The network calls the show its “love letter to modern feminism” because the women are ready to “smash the patriarchy — one selfie at a time.” It does tackle issues beyond fashion and romance but as far as being a “love letter to modern feminism,” [...]

Shakespeare & Co. launches new outdoor... After a long absence, Shakespeare & Company returns to outdoor theater with a topnotch production of “The Tempest,” playing through Sept. 3 in the Roman Garden Theatre, in the heart of the company’s campus in Lenox.

GET REEL: Why are so many Brits in American... Why do so many British actors and actresses play Americans in the movies?The snooty answer is they’re better than American actors and actresses.The politically correct answer is they’re better trained than American actors and actresses. That’s because many Brits come from theatrical backgrounds. If you’re a casting director looking for talent, this attribute just might top the modeling, TV and sports star backgrounds of many American thespians. [...]

Bringing chamber music to the masses Newburyport Chamber Music Festival director David Yang is bringing the festival closer to its mission, "community-oriented chamber music," as he puts it, for the 16th annual series, which opens Aug. 10.

Magic mixed with a dose of reality in... BOSTON - The delightful musical “Finding Neverland” tells the tender story of how the creator of “Peter Pan” found the inspiration for his fantastical tale, about a boy who could fly and would never grow up, in the family of a young widow and her lively family.After Wednesday’s show at the Boston Opera House, I left the theater reflecting on the imaginative stagecraft and wonderful performances, but also thinking about how the character of playwright [...]

'Burn All Night' makes the music memorable It takes a while to learn the craft of writing a play. The first effort by any playwright usually ends up in a cardboard box in the attic, or in the shredder.Andy Mientus’ first play will wind up at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. His new musical, “Burn All Night,” plays Aug. 18 to Sept. 8 at ART’s Oberon theater, in Harvard Square.“We’ve had lots of cosmic strokes of luck with this show,” says Mientus, who wrote the [...]

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Wind River' a chilling tale of... “Wind River” is a tough, gritty thriller inspired by actual events.

MOVIE REVIEW: Dance documentary 'Step' shows... It's non-stop people helping people that makes “Step” such a surefire heart-warmer.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Brigsby Bear' bizarrely... The tale is told with a disarming gentleness and eerie goodwill, which only adds to the creepiness they expose lurking in the consumer-friendly mind control that is children's TV.

Winchester couple makes great music together Jazz will meet classical, classical will meet blues, and the sounds of it all will range from hauntingly beautiful to joyously exciting when clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and his wife, marimbist Mika Stoltzman, lead a quintet at the Regattabar in celebration of their new CD “Duo Cantando.”Speaking by phone from their home in Winchester, Richard said that he started on clarinet in grade school, played the alto saxophone for a short stint, then went back to focus on the [...]

SNEAK PEEKS: What's new in theaters Annabelle: CreationIf you liked “Annabelle,” word is you’ll go gaga for this prequel, which traces the origins of the killer doll and its harassment of a polio-stricken girl and her mates at a Catholic-run orphanage. Anthony LaPaglia stars.The Nut Job 2: Nutty by NatureDid anyone really want to see a sequel to a kid’s movie that scored a lowly 10 on Rotten Tomatoes in 2014? Well, for the dozen or so of you who answered yes, here it is. Will [...]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Glass Castle’... Hollywood sure has made a trunk-load of dysfunctional family stories, maybe because we “normal” people get some sort of satisfaction or sense of relief knowing that our own family situations can’t possibly be as bad as what we see in “Ordinary People” or “August: Osage County” or so many others. That kind of reaction might be even stronger when audiences realize that “The Glass Castle” is a true story, one that traverses a couple [...]

'Film Night' brings drama, adventure to bucolic... When a back ailment prevented conductor John Williams from leading the “Tanglewood on Parade” concert in Lenox two summers ago, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons stepped in and stepped up (to the podium) on short notice.“They did the ‘Star Wars’ score,” says Tony Fogg, BSO artistic administrator and director of Tanglewood. “And Andris conducted it magnificently.”Williams, who coordinates “John [...]

Tom Brady, Ben Affleck among look-a-like... BOSTON - The Dreamland Wax Museum in Boston has gone viral with a fumble since it opened last week. Sports fans have ridiculed the figure of Tom Brady. "People are saying it looks nothing like Brady," said co-owner Pedro Santana, who tried to counter the criticism by posting a color photo next to the wax figure last Thursday. "But I think it looks like him in this photo."Nonetheless, Santana accepted the challenge and vowed [...]

Happy 1st birthday, Exhibit 'A' Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company is turning 1 and they’re having a party.The Framingham brewery's first anniversary party will be held at the 81 Morton St. brewery on Sept. 9, from noon to 10 p.m.The party will be inside and outside, and will feature barbecue from The Porch Southern Fare, of Wakefield, soft-serve ice cream and live music.Children and dogs are both welcome, but the dogs will have to remain outside.There are two ticket tiers. A [...]

Book Notes: Meet detective Renee Ballard in... “The Late Show” by Michael Connelly. Little Brown and Company, 2017. 405 pages. $28.Michael Connelly, well known for his Harry Bosch LAPD detective novels and the classy TV series, “Bosch,” has gifted readers with a likable female protagonist in his new book, “The Late Show.”It should come as no surprise to Connelly fans that Detective Renee Ballard is smart, competent and uncompromising. Or that her employer, the LAPD, is hard, mean and [...]

Stay Tuned: Time shifting melodrama on... On “Somewhere Between,” a mother is given a chance to stop her child’s murder after she wakes up one week before the event. The how and why of her groundhog week is a mystery as are the many, many coincidences that take up much of the plot. It’s mostly silly and melodramatic but it meets the (low) bar set by summer escapism TV.The first two episodes are a flurry of strange coincidences. Nico (Devon Sawa), a former detective turned private investigator, goes to [...]

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