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Your Boston Weekend, April 16 — 19

With so much going on in Boston every weekend, how does the culture lover choose, or even find, the best of what Beantown has to offer? Let wbur.org do some of the sleuthing for you.

Women's winner Salina Kosgei, of Kenya, is crowned with the laurel wreath by Gov. Deval Patrick at the finish area at the 113th running of the Boston Marathon on April 20, 2009. (AP)
Women's winner Salina Kosgei, of Kenya, is crowned with the laurel wreath by Gov. Deval Patrick at the finish area at the 113th running of the Boston Marathon on April 20, 2009. (AP)

Marathon Monday
The 114th Boston Marathon

  • First Wave: Monday 9:17 a.m.
  • The legendary 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to downtown Boston
  • Free

It's the 114th iteration of the famous race and Greater Boston event! WBUR's Alex Ashlock has a preview of this year's competition and will offer further thoughts on Morning Edition early Monday. Visit the marathon's official site for more information.

Earth Day
Race Against Extinction

Run, walk, jog or skate to help save endangered species from extinction. Race Against Extinction partners with the World Wildlife Fund's Year of the Tiger (PDF) campaign.




Party For The Planet

A celebration of the Animal Kingdom with crafts, activities, environmentally-friendly exhibitors, and of course, lots of close-up views of the animals who call Franklin Park home.

Comedy
Russell Brand

Actor, radio personality and comedian Russell Brand does stand-up comedy on the Boston stage.


"Defending The Caveman"

The longest-running solo show in Broadway history explores relationships between men and women and the "gender gap."

Music In Strings
New England String Ensemble

The New England String Ensemble with Abigail Nims presents a program of works for string orchestra and mezzo-soprano, including pieces by Vivaldi, Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten. Concert preceded by a 45-minute discussion led by music director Frederico Cortese.




Travels With The Claremonts: Czechoslovakia

The Claremont Trio, with Emily Bruskin on violin, Julia Bruskin on cello and Donna Kwong on piano, perform a repertoire of Czechoslovakian chamber music at the Gardner's Sunday Concert Series.

Concerts
Young Talent In Action

The Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra presents two student concerts of performances by Ip Piano School students.


The Bubs Foundation hosts the annual Harmony Sweepstakes regional a cappella competition. The Beelzebubs will perform.

Beverage Appreciation
Beer Summit

With more than 50 brewers showing over 200 beers, attendees can sample local and microbrews to their hearts' content.


Over 250 wines ready for tasting at this unpretentious, non-intimidating expo of wine tasting.

Literature
Third Annual Bookish Ball & Shakespeare Birthday Bash

  • Saturday 12 to 6 p.m.
  • Central and Harvard Squares
  • Free

A Shakespeare parade from Cambridge City Hall to Harvard, children's activities, performances by the cast of A.R.T.'s "The Donkey Show" and the Actors Shakespeare Project and a smackdown of Shakespearean proportions at John Harvard's. The booksellers in Harvard join in on the fun by offering prizes and swag.




Christopher McDougall, "Born To Run"

Journalist and runner Christopher McDougall discusses his new book, in which he studies the science of running and the tribe of ultra-runners in Mexico's Copper Canyons, and trains for his own super-distance run.

Evenings Out
An Evening With Champions 40th Anniversary

  • Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.
  • Bright Hockey Center
  • $32, $12 for children and seniors, $8 for college undergraduates

Every year, An Evening With Champions benefiting The Jimmy Fund, brings world-class ice skaters for an exhibition in support of the quest for the cure.


An evening of drinks and dancing — with a live band and DJ — in support of Giving Opportunities to Others, an organization that provides underprivileged youth with opportunities for creative enrichment.


This program aired on April 16, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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