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Cousin Stizz (pictured at Boston Calling in 2018) celebrates the fourth anniversary of his mixtape “MONDA” with a livestream party July 12.Keith Bedford/Globe Staff/file


Pop, Folk & World

MANEKA Brooklyn-based guitarist-singer Devin McKnight, known for his work with Northampton indie rock band Speedy Ortiz, heads up this noisy, glitchy project. Livestream presented by Brooklyn venue Baby’s All Right at July 11, 8 p.m.

SOMERVILLE ARTBEAT TAKEOVER Somerville’s yearly public art extravaganza has adapted to these socially distant circumstances and gone partially virtual; as part of the eight-day festival, ONCE Virtual Venue hosts a local triple bill of psychedelic punks New Aura, experimental rock group the Mystery, and indie folk songbird Grace Givertz. July 11, 8 p.m.

COUSIN STIZZ Dorchester rapper Cousin Stizz celebrates the fourth anniversary of his mixtape “MONDA” with a livestream party. Presented by July 12, 8:30 p.m.




SUMMER OF BEETHOVEN Beethoven’s 250th birthday party may be postponed in real life due to coronavirus, but Handel and Haydn Society is celebrating all summer with live concert recordings released weekly and, as a special treat on Sunday, July 19, a livestream of H&H associate conductor Ian Watson and assistant concertmaster Susanna Ogata performing sonatas by Beethoven and Mozart at the gorgeous St. Ann’s By The Sea church in Kennebunkport, Maine.




STATE VS. NATASHA BANINA Only one performance left of this intriguing Zoom production, which has drawn well-deserved national attention as an example of an innovative approach to streaming theater. Darya Denisova, one of the most compelling actresses in the Boston area, is mesmerizing as a teenage Russian orphan on trial for attempted manslaughter. Directed by Igor Golyak and presented by the Needham-based Arlekin Players Theatre, “State vs. Natasha Banina” is Golyak’s adaptation of Yaroslava Pulinovich’s “Natasha’s Dream.” July 12 at 8 p.m. Free, with suggested donation. Reservations can be made at


TARTUFFE Moliere’s 1664 satire of religious hypocrisy and our susceptibility to con artists never goes out of style. This Moliere in the Park production, which features a diverse cast and a number of roles cast across gender, stars Raul Esparza (“Company”) as the pious charlatan of the title and Samira Wiley (”The Handmaid’s Tale”) as Orgon, Tartuffe’s wealthy dupe. Verse translation by Richard Wilbur. Directed by Lucie Tiberghien. Through July 12.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Donny Osmond, who played the title role onstage in this Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical many times, starred in this 1999 straight-to-video filmed staging. Also featuring Richard Attenborough as Jacob, Joan Collins (!) as Mrs. Potiphar, and Maria Friedman as the narrator. Available on the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! for 48 hours. beginning July 10 at 2 p.m.

THE FEW The original 2014 off-Broadway cast reunites for a reading of a play by Samuel D. Hunter (whose “The Whale” was presented by Boston’s SpeakEasy Stage Company that same year). Described by The New York Times as a “compassionate, gently hued drama about lonely lives,” Hunter’s play is set in 1999, on the cusp of the millennium. A man returns after four years to the newsletter he used to publish for long-haul truckers and finds that his onetime lover has made a lot of changes to the publication. There is plenty of professional and personal business to resolve. Featuring Gideon Glick, Tasha Lawrence, and Michael Laurence, and directed by the playwright. July 11 at 7 p.m. at, $5-$50. Benefit for Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.




JACOB’S PILLOW VIRTUAL FESTIVAL The venerable festival’s shift to digital content opens up a treasure trove of classic performances, Pillow Talks, and master classes. New performances are added each Thursday and are available to view through Saturday midnight, and if you catch a stream’s online premiere, you’ll have the opportunity to live chat with the artists and other viewers from around the world. This week’s opening presentation features Limón Dance Company, from a 2018 concert packed with the choreographer’s masterpieces. Through July 11,


Visual Arts

ART ON THE GREENWAY With at least some of our art institutions welcoming us back inside, don’t forget it’s summer and there’s plenty to see outside, a lot of which is new. The Rose Kennedy Greenway will host an online rollout of its summer programs, including new artworks on this ring of public parks that help humanize the urban jungle. July 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.,


NANCY BAKER CAHILL: LIBERTY BELL Cahill’s animated augmented reality project is on view at six historic sites around the country. In Boston, the fragmented, bell-shaped tangle of red, white, and blue sways above Fort Point Channel at the site of the Boston Tea Party, prompting questions about American freedoms and who they were intended for. The artwork is viewable on site with phones and tablets via Cahill’s free 4th Wall app. Through July 2021.





COMEDY STUDIO: VIRTUALLY THE SAME The Studio continues its streaming headliner shows with a killer lineup of local talent and comedians with local roots, featuring Brian Kiley, Lamont Price, Nonye Brown-West, Vinnie Pagano, and Ramon Rivas. July 11, 8 p.m. $10.

SUPER SECRET COMEDY SHOW The comedians on this streaming show stand on a stage surrounded by a 270-degree LED screen that shows them the audience they’re performing for, about as close as you can get to an in-person experience in Zoom. Viewers won’t know who the comedians are until the show starts, but the previous edition featured Taylor Tomlinson, Sam Morril, Tone Bell, and Brad Williams. Hosted by Hunter Hill. July 15, 8:30 p.m. $15-$25.

FOUR O’CLOCK FUNNIES Jane Condon leads this weekly 30-minute afternoon comedy break with fellow comics Kathe Farris, Kelly MacFarland, and Christine Hurley on the wiseHer Facebook page to raise awareness for the “Coaching Support for Health Care Workers” GoFundMe campaign. July 16, 4 p.m.



WOW: WIND ON WATER EXHIBIT This new public art exhibit includes 31 sculptures planted between the Shipyard Park at the northern tip of the Freedom Trail all the way to the Boston HarborWalk. Each consists of multiple, colorful pieces of sleek metal that move with the motion of the wind. It is the work of artist Lyman Whitaker. Until next year, free. 36 1st Avenue, Boston,


MORNINGS WITH MATT: SUMMER EDITION SINGER Matt Heaton jumps on Facebook Live every week to dance, sing songs, and read books with kids stuck at home. During the warmer season, Heaton is also bringing on more special guests and introducing Big Kid Time for older siblings. July 10, 10 a.m., free.

SCITUATE FAMILY DRIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHT Settle into the seats of your car for a showing of a surprise short film, followed by “The Sandlot.” Nona’s ice cream and CP’s wood-fired pizza will be available onsite. Everyone must wear masks and socially distance in lines for food stalls and bathrooms. July 15, 7:45 p.m., $50/car. 27 Hood St., Scituate,