Calendar of arts events for Sunday, July 1, to Saturday, July 7
SUNDAY, JULY 1
BROADMOOR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, 280 Eliot St. (Rte. 16), Natick, hosts an opening reception today from 2-4 p.m., for "Odonata - Dragonflies and Damselflies of New England," featuring photographs by Hopkinton artist Cheryl Rose. The exhibit is on view through July 31. Call 508-655-2296.
NATIONAL HERITAGE MUSEUM, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, unveils a new exhibit today titled "American Visions of Liberty & Freedom." The display features more than 200 objects from Revolutionary times to the present representing our sometimes-conflicting definitions of liberty. The show runs through Oct. 15. Admission is free. Call 781-861-6559.
AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER, 55 Nicholas Road, Framingham, welcomes Nawal today at 2 p.m., for a concert in support of her new album "Aman," combining influences from her native Comoros Islands and beyond. Admission is $15-$12. Call 508-405-2787.
SUDBURY SCULPTOR Janice Corkin Rudolf is among 36 sculptors to display her work at the New England Sculptors Association's Summer 2007 Exhibition taking place July 1-Aug 3 at the North Shore Art Association, 11 Pirate's Lane, Gloucester. Meet the artists at a reception today from 2-4 p.m. Call 978-443-2231.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL brings its latest live music show "Delirium" to the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston tonight at 8. Tickets are $39.50, $69.50 or $125. Call 617-931-2000.
THE COLONIAL INN, 48 Monument Square, Concord. Tonight at 7, it's the Folk Tradition with Fitz. No cover. Casual dining available. Call 978-369-9200.
BULLFINCHS, 730 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, hosts a Live Jazz Brunch featuring the bosa nova music of Receita de Samba today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Join Dan & Nat Bongiorno for an evening of acoustic blues tonight from 5:30-8:30. Call 978-443-4094.
ACTON JAZZ CAFE, 452 Great Road, holds a Sunday Jazz Brunch featuring the Paul Broadnax Trio today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cover is $10. A Jazz Jam follows from 4-7 p.m. Cover is $5. Call 978-263-6161.
MONDAY, JULY 2
THE MAZMANIAN GALLERY at Framingham State College's Student Union, 100 State St., displays "The City," featuring 18 pastel and ink drawings by Len Gerwick depicting the evolution of a mythical city spanning 18 centuries. The exhibit runs through Aug. 15. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 508-626-4985.
CONCERT ON THE NATICK COMMON Tonight from 7-9, on the Natick Common, it's the Gary Bernath Band. Admission is free to the program sponsored by Natick Recreation & Parks Department.
PREMIERE IMAGE GALLERY, 290 Eliot St., Ledgemere Plaza, Ashland, holds its annual Open Art Exhibit & Competition weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., through Aug. 11. Call 508-881-4730.
THE COLONIAL INN Tonight at 8, it's a Roots Music Jam Session featuring Tom Yates and Friends. No cover. Casual dining available. Call 978-369-9200.
TUESDAY, JULY 3
DUNIA GALLERY, 43 Nason St., Maynard, presents "Fauna as Folk," featuring painted wood by Cortni Frecha, through Aug. 4. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Thursday night until 8. Call 978-897-8850.
AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER Join Daryl Lowery and faculty from the Berklee College of Music tonight at 8, for a Jazz Jam. Admission is $6/$5. Call 508-405-2787.
THE COLONIAL INN welcomes Bruce Marshall tonight at 8. No cover. Casual dining available. Call 978-369-9200.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE BANDSTAND Tonight from 5-10, at Plains Park, Rte. 85, Milford, it's an Independence Day Spectacular Concert featuring the Claflin Hill Symphony Summer Winds, oldies with Wizdom and more. Fireworks follow. Admission is free. Call 508-478-5924.
JULY FOURTH BICYCLE DECORATING CONTEST takes place today at 9:30 a.m., at the Sudbury American Legion Post 191, 676 Boston Post Road (Rte. 20). Open to area children 14 or younger, participants will be judged on their patriotic theme, imagination and creativity. As well as decorating bicycles, children may adorn themselves, a pet and more. There is no charge to enter. The grand prize is an $100 savings bond. Other prizes include bicycle helmets and gift certificates. Call 978-443-8084 or e-mail email@example.com.
FIREWORKS IN BELLINGHAM A concert with the A List, featuring former Tavares drummer Jackie Santos, begins tonight at 7, at the Bellingham High School football field, followed by fireworks at 9:30. Outback Steakhouse will be cooking burgers and chicken, with all proceeds going to the high school band.
CONCORD BAND performs a July Fourth Concert today at 3 p.m., at Emerson Field, 110 Stow St., Concord. Admission is free to the event that is part of the town's annual Picnic in the Park. If there is rain, the concert will be held at the Concord Armory, 33 Everett St. Call 978-897-9969.
NARA PARK, off Rte. 27 in Acton, is the site of Acton's annual July Fourth celebration. Festivities include a concert by the Help Wanted Band tonight at 7, followed by fireworks at 9:30. Admission is free. The rain date is July 7.
'RFK,' a portrait of Robert F. Kennedy written and performed by Jack Holmes, runs Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., at the Stuart Street Playhouse, 200 Stuart St., Boston. Tickets are $39.50. Call 800-447-7400.
THE COLONIAL INN Jimmy Mazzy and The Last Minute Men perform traditional jazz tonight at 8. No cover. Casual dining available. Call 978-369-9200.
ACTON JAZZ CAFE Tonight at 8:30, it's the KGB Trio featuring Jerry Bergonzi. Cover is $7.50. Call 978-263-6161.
THURSDAY, JULY 5
METROWEST FAMILY THEATRE, directed by Samantha Hammel, stages Disney's "High School Musical" July 5-7 at 7 p.m., and July 7 and 8 at 2 p.m., at the Ephraim Curtis Middle School, 22 Pratts Mill Road, Sudbury. Tickets are $12, $10 or $15 for premium seating. Call 978-443-2400 or visit www.mftsudbury.org.
METROPOLITAN WIND SYMPHONY kicks off its outdoor summer concert series at the National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett St., Lexington, tonight at 7:30, with a patriotic concert titled "Red, White and Blue." Admission is free. Call 781-861-6559.
CONCORD ART ASSOCIATION, 37 Lexington Road, presents "Adorned & Embellished" July 5-Aug. 17. The exhibit features an array of accessories created by 17 artists including handpainted silk scarves, whimsical hats, colorful bags, jewelry, mirrors and more. Meet the artists at a reception July 12 from 6-8 p.m. Visit www.concordart.org.
AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER Dan Cloutier hosts a Folk Open Mike featuring Lori Diamond tonight at 7:30. Admission is $6/$5. Call 508-405-2787.
MARLBOROUGH SUMMER CONCERT SERIES The Continentals perform tonight from 7-9, at Union Common, corner of Main and Bolton streets. Admission is free. If there is rain, the concert will be canceled. Call 508-624-6925.
FOOTHILLS CHILDREN'S THEATRE, 100 Front St., Worcester, kicks off its 2007 Summer Series today at 10 a.m., with "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride." Written by Peter Austin, the show follows Mr. Toad as he explores life in his new car. Performances continue July 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10/$8 (groups). Call 508-754-4018.
THE COLONIAL INN Tonight at 8, it's The Folk Tradition with Fitz. No cover. Casual dining available. Call 978-369-9200.
ACTON JAZZ CAFE BJ Magoon and friends host a blues jam tonight at 8:30. Cover is $5. Call 978-263-6161.
MA GLOCKNER'S, 155 Maple St., Bellingham. Tonight from 7-10, it's traditional jazz with the Blue Legacy Band led by saxophonist Stan McDonald. Admission is $10. Call 508-966-1085.
FRIDAY, JULY 6
FRAMINGHAM'S CONCERTS ON THE GREEN Tonight from 6:30-8:30, at the Framingham Village Green, it's The Glamour Girls. Call 508-632-5485.
FOLK ARTS CENTER OF NEW ENGLAND hosts a Balkan Dance Party with Rakiya tonight from 8-11, at the Trinity Church, 11 Homer St., Newton Center. Admission is $10/$8. Call 781-662-7476.
JAZZ AT SUNSET The Ecotarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. Tonight from 6:30-8:30, it's the Compaq Big Band. Tickets are $18/$15. Call 508-929-2703.
THE COLONIAL INN Join the Tom Yates Group for rockin r&b tonight at 8. No cover. Casual dining available. Call 978-369-9200.
ACTON JAZZ CAFE welcomes Syncopation tonight at 7, for an early dinner show. Cover is $7. Vibraphonist Natalie Dietrich performs from 9:30-midnight. Cover is $11. Call 978-263-6161.
FSCOTTGALLERY, 29 Hudson Road (Rte. 27), Sudbury. Tonight from 8-10, it's Friday Night Live featuring art and live music. No cover. A Drum Circle led by Ricardo Frota will be held from 7-8. Call 978-440-8898.
SATURDAY, JULY 7
SATURDAY MORNING DISCOVERY SERIES continues today at 11 a.m., outdoors at Union Common, corner of Bolton and Main streets, Marlborough, with Nick Page and his Sing Along Zestfest. Admission is free. If there is rain, the event will be held at the Johnson Auditorium, Walker Building, 255 Main St., Marlborough. Call 978-562-1646.
AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER Join 23-year-old trumpeter Alex Toth & The Lazybirds tonight at 8. Admission is $15-$12. Call 508-405-2787.
A BENEFIT DINNER AND CONCERT to support AIDS orphans and water projects in Kenya will be held tonight at 6, at Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road, Framingham. The evening features an African buffet dinner and a concert by the Revs. Velma Lovelace and Wendy Michael. The guest speaker will be Peter Ogego, Kenyan ambassador to the United States. Tickets are $50 or $100 for benefactor. Visit www.ahfhope.org or call 617-378-1006.
ALGONKUIN THEATRE COMPANY launches its Shakespeare in the Parks 2007 series with "Richard III" tonight at 5, at Whitin Park, 60 Main St., Whitinsville. Performances continue tomorrow at 3 p.m., at Whitin Park; July 14 and 15 at Daniels Farmstead, 286 Mendon St., Blackstone; July 21 and 22 at Kampersal Field, South Street, Holliston; and July 28 and 29 at River Bend Farm, 287 Oak St., Uxbridge. Admission is free. Bring a picnic and enjoy the show. Call 508-272-0111.
INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND INSTITUTE kicks off a Summer Concert Series tonight at 7, at St. Mark's School, 25 Marlborough St., Southborough, with a program featuring music by Mendelsohn, Kodaly and Schumann. Admission is free. Call 508-786-6000.
THE OLD MANSE, 269 Monument St., Concord, celebrates Nathanial Hawthorne's 203rd birthday today from noon-3 p.m., with a birthday cake and 45-minute guided house tour that takes visitors back to the 19th century and introduces them to members of the Hawthorne family. Admission is $10/$6. Call 978-369-3909.
NEW REPERTORY THEATRE, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, previews "Side By Side By Sondheim," a revue of Stephen Sondheim's most beloved songs, tonight at 8 and tomorrow at 3 p.m. Performances continue July 9 at 8 p.m., and Wednesday-Sunday through July 22. Tickets are $30-$50. Call 617-923-8487.
TOWER HILL BOTANIC GARDEN, 11 French Dr., Boylston, hosts "Loving Lilies," its 48th annual lily show, today from 1-5 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Garden admission is $8/$5. Call 508-869-6111.
BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, welcomes comedian Zach Galifianakis tonight at 8. Tickets are $28.50. Call 617-931-2000.
LIFE IS GOOD holds its annual Summer Festival featuring spirited athletic competition, classic ballpark food, live music and family activities today from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Fenway Park in Boston. Tickets are $20/$10. Proceeds benefit disadvantaged urban youth. Visit www.lifeisgood.com.
FIREFLY'S UNPLUGGED, 235 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham. Join John Burrows and the Cocabanana Trio tonight from 8:30-11:30. No cover. Call 508-820-3333.
THE COLONIAL INN Sweet Willie D teams up with the Workingman's Blues Band tonight at 8. No cover. Casual dining available. Call 978-369-9200.
ACTON JAZZ CAFE hosts the Ken Clark Trio tonight for shows at 7 and 9:30. Cover is $7 for the early dinner show and $11 at 9:30. Call 978-263-6161.