Boston for film, theater & art lovers

Quick links

  • Starting January 15, you’ll be required to show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms and entertainment spaces. See Boston covid policies for performance venues.
  • Audiences are cautiously returning to in-person events, where believe it or not arts-goers outnumber sports fans by four to one.
  • The arts scene is energized by college populations at Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Brandeis, Tufts, Emerson, Boston College and Wellesley.

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Local sources

Boston Common autumn
Boston Common

ArtsBoston Calendar – Theater, music, art and culture

Boston.com – Online edition of the Boston Globe

Boston Globe arts sections

Boston Magazine – Arts & entertainment coverage and annual Best of Boston list

Cambridge Day – News & entertainment, Cambridge and vicinity

Arts Fuse, by Bill Marx, monitors coming attractions in the week ahead.

Campus news: Berklee Groove, Harvard Crimson, The Heights (Boston College), The Tech (MIT), Tufts Daily, Wellesley News

Food & drink
Eater BostonZagat restaurant guidesChowhound Boston

Cape Cod & Islands
Vineyard Gazette, Martha’s Vineyard
The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket
Cape Cod Times, Hyannis
Provincetown Independent, Wellfleet, Truro, Ptown

Annual events
Boston Marathon – Third Monday of April (rescheduled to Oct 11 in 2021)

Radio

The BIRN Berklee Internet Radio Network
The River 92.5FM
WBUR 90.9FM – Boston’s NPR news station
WERS 88.9FM – Indie rock from Emerson College
WGBH 89.7FM – NPR station, plus performance videos on VuHaus
WUMB 91.9FM – Non-commercial public radio from UMass Boston

Movies

Showtimes today

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Kendall Square

Boston metro

By movie title

By theater

Indie & arthouses – What’s playing today at Kendall Square, the Brattle, Coolidge Corner, Lexington Venue, CinemaSalem and other arthouses.

Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket
By theater
By title

Curated series & festivals

Boston Underground Film Festival – Unconventional, to say the least, this “sensory bacchanalia from beyond the mainstream” happens each year in March at Brattle Theatre
Independent Film Festival Boston arrives in late April
Provincetown Film Festival – 5-day event in mid-June

Museums

Current exhibitions

Fabric of a Nation

Fabric of a Nation
With one-of-a-kind masterpieces, this show celebrates the artistry and intricacy of quilts and coverlets and the lives and shared history they document.

Love Is Calling

Love Is Calling
Part of ICA's "The Worlds We Make" exhibit, Yayoi Kusama's immersive Infinity Mirror Room is filled with vividly colored inflatable sculptures covered with the artist’s signature polka dots. Visitors to the darkened room hear a haunting sound recording of Kusama reciting a Japanese love poem.

Imagine Van Gogh

Imagine Van Gogh
Wander among giant projections of Van Gogh's paintings -- "Starry Night" and 200 more -- with an immersive audio sound track

Museum Directory

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Harvard Art Museums – 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA
Harvard Museum of Natural History – 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) – Themed shows, surveys and new commissions by contemporary artists in a sleek Diller Scofidio + Renfro building on the waterfront – 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston MA 617-478-3100. Watershed, ICA’s exhibition space in East Boston, is served by a free ferry.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – 25 Evans Way, Boston MA
List Visual Arts Center at MIT – 20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15, Atrium level, Cambridge MA
MIT Museum – 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Avenue of the Arts – 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Museum of Science – 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
Rose Art Museum at Brandeis– 415 South Street, Waltham MA 02453 (781) 736-3434
Outlying Areas
Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth – 53 Main Street, Hanover NH
Mass MoCA – 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams MA 01247 413.662.2111
Peabody Essex Museum – 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970

Theater

Theater Directory

American Repertory Theatre
Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138
OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Central Square Theatre – Permanent home of The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater – 450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA (617) 576.9278
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company – Free Shakespeare on Boston Common
Company One Theatre – Socially provocative performances, at Boston Center for the Arts
Huntington Theatre Company
Main: 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA: 527 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116
Lyric Stage Company – 140 Clarendon Street, Boston MA 02116
new rep theatre – (Operations suspended) Arsenal Center for the Arts – 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown MA 02472
SpeakEasy Stage Company – Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St. in the South End
More Boston theater sources:
ArtsBoston calendar, WBUR’s “The ARTery,” The Boston Globe, Boston Events Insider, Theater Mirror, Theatermania

Performance stages & concert halls

Atwood’s Tavern – Neighborhood restaurant/bar and music room with local and touring musicians – 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge MA (617) 864-2792
In Boch Center, Shubert Theatre and Wang Theatre host theater, music, Broadway shows and dance – 270 Tremont St, Boston MA (800) 982-2787
City Winery presents a steady stream of musicians in its restaurant/winery – 80 Beverly St, Boston MA 617-933-8047
Historic Emerson Colonial Theater re-opened Summer 2018 after renovation with world premiere of Moulin Rouge! The Musical – 106 Boylston Street, Boston MA
Lily Pad – Event space for avant-garde music and art in Inman Square – 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge MA (617) 395-1393
Tanglewood – Summer home of Boston Symphony Orchestra, plus rock, folk and popular entertainers – Lenox MA

Bookstores & music shops

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Brattle Book Shop – Specializes in rare and antiquarian books – 9 West Street, Boston MA 617-542-0210
Brookline Booksmith – Staff picks, author events and a Used Book Cellar – 279 Harvard Street, Brookline MA (617) 566-6660
Commonwealth Books – Old South- 2 Milk Street, Boston MA 617-292-0065
The Coop – 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA 617-499-2000
Grolier Poetry Bookshop – 6 Plympton Street, Cambridge, MA (617) 547-4648
Harvard Book Store – 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 617-661-1515
In Your Ear! – Orphaned records, CDs, cassettes and 8-tracks. Boston store: 957 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA (617) 787-9755 – Cambridge store: 72 Mt. Auburn St near Harvard Square, Cambridge MA (617) 491-5035
New England Mobile Book Fair – 82 Needham Street, 
Newton Highlands MA
 617-964-7440
Newbury Comics – Mecca for music lovers: New and used vinyl, toys, T-shirts, and extensive collection of concert posters – 332 Newbury Street, Boston MA (617) 236-4930 (Another store in Faneuil Hall)
Newtonville Books – 10 Langley Road – Newton Centre, Newton, MA (617) 244-6619
Trident Bookseller’s and Cafe – 338 Newbury Street, Boston MA (617) 267-8688
Village Vinyl & Hi-Fi – Vintage albums at bargain prices – 58A Harvard St, Brookline MA (617) 396-8958
Vinyl Index – “A vinyl library you can shop in” – One Bow Market Way, Somerville MA (617) 764-3667
Cape Cod
East End Books – 389 Commercial St, Provincetown MA (508) 413-9059
Provincetown Bookshop – 246 Commercial St, Provincetown MA (508) 487-0964
Yellow Umbrella – New, old & children’s titles – 501 Main St, Chatham MA
Martha’s Vineyard
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore – In the heart of Vineyard Haven. 35 Main St, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 (508) 693-2291
Edgartown Books – 44 Main Street, Edgartown MA 02539 (508) 627-8463
Nantucket
Bookworks – 25 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554 (508) 228-4000
Mitchell’s Book Corner – 54 Main Street, Nantucket, MA 02554 (508) 228-1080

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