To anyone who loves sociopolitical satire, dystopian science fiction and transgressive humor, check out the invigorating directorial debut of Boots Riley, heretofore best-known as the lead rapper of the politically active Oakland band the Coup.
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Saturday, July 14: The Lumberyard hosts a “night under the stars” featuring light bites, local brews and Truck: a movement performance inside a 17-foot U-Haul by Bridgman|Packer Dance.
Sunday, July 15: The tireless comedian, actor, best-selling author and preferred pitchman of whoever can afford him leaves the film sets behind and is currently back on the road doing standup with his newest hour of material, titled the “Irresponsible Tour.”
For culture fans, it isn’t really summer without live theater, whether it’s performed under the stars, in a tent or a shed or a converted barn or an air-conditioned former vaudeville house.
His show, while constantly reinforcing messages that helped children feel secure and loved and valuable, was anything but “safe.”
Friday-Sunday, July 6-8: A gravity-defying, family-friendly performance by the Brooklyn-based company known as the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, a/k/a SLAM or just Streb.
Four Quartets is the first authorized dance performance ever to be based on T. S. Eliot’s career-crowning work.
Saturday, July 7: The audience follows the performers around Opus 40 during the “Scottish play,’’ and the scenes take on different auras as they move through different parts of Harvey Fite’s sculpture.
Friday-Sunday, June 29-July 1: Lumberyard’s Under Construction Summer Festival begins with Urban Bush Women musical at Helsinki Hudson
Bard SummerScape runs from June 29-August 19: Peter Smith and Erin Markey, who play Peter and Wendy respectively, are both trans performers, which should add an interesting metaphorical dimension to this beloved tale of magically extended prepubescence.