Five things to do the week of April 16-22
Patriots Day events, the Folk & Americana Music Series, April school vacation week ideas, and more.
Monday, April 16
Remember the Revolution
Kick off Patriots Day with battle reenactments at 5:30 a.m. on Lexington’s Battle Green and 8:45 a.m. at Concord’s North Bridge. Starting in Boston, the National Lancers re-create the rides of William Dawes, at 9 a.m. from John Eliot Square in Roxbury, and Paul Revere, at 10 a.m. from the Revere statue on Hanover Street in the North End. nps.gov/mima and nationallancers.org
Starting Tuesday, April 17-20
No School? No Problem.
Beat April vacation week boredom at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The MFA offers crafts, performances, and storytime Tuesday through Friday; the Gardner plans games, music, drawing, and more Wednesday through Friday. MFA $25, under 18 free; Gardner $15, under 17 free. mfa.org and gardnermuseum.org
Wednesday, April 18
It’s no Woodstock, but the Guthries will be there. The Boch Center’s new Folk & Americana Music Series launches with a shot of nostalgia. Series regular The Weight Band performs selections from The Last Waltz and welcomes two guest ensembles, The Guthrie Family and the Americana quintet The Mammals. At the Shubert Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $25. bochcenter.org
Saturday, April 21
At Masary Studios’ performances, you hear and see the music. The group brings its Sound Sculpture — illuminated blocks that change color and make noise — to the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester. Three musical ensembles from local youth organizations will set the stage for Masary Studios’ drum and marimba performance. 2 p.m. Free; register online. celebrityseries.org
Opening Saturday, April 21-29
Small Actors, Big Production
Big Brother is watching . . . and so are Mom and Dad. A full cast of kids performs George Orwell’s 1984, a Boston Children’s Theatre production of the dystopian classic about a society under constant control. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts through April 29. Recommended for people over age 13. Tickets from $20. bostonchildrenstheatre.org