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Weekend Picks: Legends And Newcomers

June Wulff, Boston Globe arts reporter, joins us to share her ideas for what to do and what to see this weekend.

Weekend Pick #1: The New Sound Of Celtic Music

BCMFest (Boston’s Celtic Music Fest) showcases Greater Boston’s best musicians, singers, and dancers from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic traditions. (Courtesy)

Boston’s Celtic Music Fest showcases Greater Boston’s best musicians, singers, and dancers from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic traditions. (Courtesy)

What: Boston’s Celtic Music Fest

Where: Club Passim in Harvard Square in Cambridge

When: The 10th Annual BCMFest Kick-Off Concert, which showcases young talent, is Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The Dayfest, which includes family entertainment and four stages, is Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

How much: Friday’s concert: $28 and $25. Saturday’s Dayfest: $15 and $13.

Weekend Pick #2: The Prodigal Daughter

What: Speakeasy Stage Company’s production of “Other Desert Cities

Where: Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts

When: Friday, Jan. 11 through Saturday, Feb. 9

From left to right: Anne Gottlieb, Munson Hicks and Karen MacDonald in SpeakEasy Stage's production of "Other Desert Cities." (Saglio Photography, Inc.)

Anne Gottlieb, Munson Hicks and Karen MacDonald in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of “Other Desert Cities.” (Saglio Photography, Inc.)

How much: $25 to $57

More: Here’s a synopsis and some rehearsal sound, both courtesy of Speakeasy Stage Company:

“Other Desert Cities” tells the story of a young novelist who comes home at Christmas to tell her family that she is publishing a memoir that will dredge up a tragic family event, a wound her parents would prefer remain unopened.

In this scene,  the novelist (Brooke Wyeth played by Anne Gottlieb) reveals to her parents (played by Karen MacDonald and Munson Hicks) what her latest book is actually about:

Brooke’s parents warn her of the possible consequences of publishing the memoir:

Weekend Pick #3: Savion Glover

What: SoLe Sanctuary, Savion Glover’s newest dance performance, a homage to tap legends

Where: Boston Opera House

When: Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m.

How much: $37 to $72

More: Here’s what Glover says about his latest production:

Everything I do is dedicated to the great men and women of the art form — my teachers and pioneers and our leaders in the dance. Through this production, I’m looking fully acknowledge them and let the audience know that this is like an homage to them.

Anthony’s Pick: A Documentary About Identity

What:Idelible Lalita” by Boston filmmaker Julie Mallozzi

Where: Museum of Fine Arts

When: Running through Wednesday, Jan. 16

More: Here’s a synopsis from the film’s website:

“Indelible Lalita” is a poetic documentary about an Indian woman who completely loses her skin pigment as she migrates from Bombay to Paris to Montréal. Now 60 and appearing white, Lalita copes with her changing identity as she battles ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and heart failure. Grounded in her strong marriage and Hindu faith, she refuses to let her illness dampen her vibrancy. Lalita learns to let go of her body as the sign of her ethnicity and femininity – and ultimately realizes that her body is just a temporary vessel for her spirit.


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