Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, April 25-May 1

ArtWeek, a poetry festival, VegFest, and more.

New England VegFest comes to the DCU Center in Worcester on May 1.
New England VegFest comes to the DCU Center in Worcester on May 1. (Shutterstock)


Wednesday & Thursday, April 27-28

Everybody in LA has a screenplay in his or her drawer. Composer Cy Coleman and lyricist David Zippel, with a book by Larry Gelbart of M*A*S*H fame, spin this cliche into City of Angels, a musical that won five Tony Awards. Berklee’s Musical Theater Orchestra and Ensemble brings it to life. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12 advance, $17 day of. 617-747-2261;


Starting Friday, April 29

Make a brainprint, create a mural with Spanish painter Rufina Santana, or go to an eco arts festival. It’s all part of ArtWeek Boston, where everyone can participate in the artistic process. More than 170 events take place across Eastern Massachusetts, including workshops, exhibitions, tours, and demonstrations. Prices range from free to $50.



Friday through Sunday, April 29-May 1

If the poem’s the thing, downtown Salem is the place, as 150 top poets, including 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Greg Pardlo, Charles Simic, Marie Howe, Martha Collins, and up-and-comer Ocean Vuong, gather for the 2016 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. The event features nearly 100 readings and workshops, a small-press and literary fair, poetry slams, performances with music and visual art, and more. Admission $20, workshops $10. 617-402-0812;


Saturday, April 30

Celebrate Mass Audubon’s 100th birthday — it opened its first wildlife sanctuary in 1916 — by participating in the annual Mass Audubon Statewide Volunteer Day. From 9 a.m. to noon, help clean up at 14 sanctuaries, from the Cape to the Berkshires. It won’t be all work, no play, as some sanctuaries will hold nature history walks, nature center tours, and barbecues afterward. Visit to see where you can participate. 781-259-2185


Sunday, May 1


Where’s the beef? Not at the New England VegFest. The DCU Center in Worcester will be filled with lots of other food, though, including free 100 percent vegan samplings from area restaurants, along with cooking demos, a Veggie Circus, and speakers like The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living author Beverly Lynn Bennett. Full-menu offerings from participating vegan restaurants and bakeries available for a charge. 508-499-8342;

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