Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, April 17-23

“WaistWatchers the Musical,” the Baseball Beanpot, April vacation at the Gardner, and more.

“WaistWatchers the Musical” opens at  the Regent Theatre in Arlington Friday, April 21.
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“WaistWatchers the Musical” opens at the Regent Theatre in Arlington Friday, April 21.

Parachute Away

Monday, April 17

Pop-rock favorite Parachute brings its upbeat music and lyrical storytelling to The Sinclair, supported by American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen. Parachute has toured with Kelly Clarkson, the All-American Rejects, and the Script, and released its fourth studio album, Wide Awake, last May. The band has been on the road almost continuously since, as both headliner and opening act. 8 p.m. Tickets $23 in advance, $25 at the door.

Arts Activism

Wednesday, April 19

Award-winning Boston-area playwright Kirsten Greenidge, Ethiopian-American musician Danny Mekonnen, and visual artists Heather Hart and Jina Valentine bring their disparate experiences to the panel discussion Black Artists Speak: Opportunity, Activism, and Community. Victoria George of ArtsBoston moderates the BU Arts Initiative event, part of the Black Lunch Table project, which Hart and Valentine launched in 2005. 7 p.m. Free, RSVP required.

Baseball Showdown

Wednesday, April 19

The Beanpot migrates off the ice and into Fenway Park, which plays host to the Baseball Beanpot, featuring Boston College, Harvard, Northeastern, and UMass Amherst. Proceeds benefit the Pete Frates #3 Fund, named after the former BC baseball captain whose ALS diagnosis helped inspire the Ice Bucket Challenge. The consolation game starts at 3 p.m., followed by the championship approximately 45 minutes after the opener concludes. Tickets $10.

Gardner Vacation

Wednesday-Friday, April 19-21


If your kids are getting vacation-week cabin fever, head to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for Sounds of Spring. They’ll make art in the studio, enjoy musical performances, and take part in activities throughout the museum’s main building. The activities start Wednesday at 11 a.m. and repeat Thursday and Friday. Tickets $15 adults, $12 seniors, $5 college students, members and under 18 free.

Laugh Diet

Starting Friday, April 21

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WaistWatchers the Musical promises to make you laugh so hard, you’ll get a good workout. The lighthearted show tells the story of four women navigating food, friendship, exercise, and more. The production, which incorporates original music with new tunes, is just off a 40-week national tour. It plays the Regent Theatre in Arlington through June 25. Tickets $45 and up.

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