The Summer Arts Preview

A sizzling season awaits.


// At 83, dancer Carmen de Lavallade has stories to tell

The dancer is preparing a solo show for its world premiere June 20-22 at Jacob’s Pillow, where she made her debut in 1953.


// After renovations, a transformed Clark Art Institute

On July 4, the Williamstown institute reopens after a new building and renovation project that cost over $100 million.


// ‘Jacques Brel’ is alive in Gloucester

Patrons of Gloucester Stage Company who have clamored for “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’’ are getting their wish.

classical music

// Taking on Shostakovich at Tanglewood

The program that the Emerson String Quartet will bring to Ozawa Hall is unprecedented.

folk music

// Nikki Lane fits in with the outlaws

With a honky-tonk heart and a rock ’n’ roll spirit, the rising star in alternative country comes to Great Scott on June 25.

jazz music

// Expanded Newport Jazz Festival spotlights emerging talents

To mark the 60th anniversary, the festival has expanded to three full days.

world music

// The modern sound of Mauritania

Noura Mint Seymali’s group plays rock-inspired takes on traditional songs built around an ancient modal system that defines Mauritanian music.

Summer movies preview 2014

There are plenty of heavy-duty toys on the studios’ dockets in 2014, but comedies dominate the schedule.


// Summer movie releases

The emphasis on comedy in this summer’s offerings is cheering in more ways than one. Here’s hoping this summer delivers.

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