Feb. 28 will mark CitySpace at The Lavine Broadcast Center's third anniversary — and we're celebrating by giving patrons access to free in-person and virtual tickets* to all events in February!
As we approach an important three-year milestone generating and fostering public conversation, artistic performance and cultural expression on the CitySpace stage, I am proud of the quality and variety we have brought to the community. Whether virtual or onsite at our state-of-the art facility, CitySpace has helped transform WBUR into a multimedia organization. Our winter season, supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, has programming for everyone.Amy Macdonald, CitySpace Director
Since its opening in 2019, more than 20,000 people have attended more than 200 events at CitySpace. We'll continue to bring unique programming and exciting guests to the stage with February's lineup, which kicks off with "Ones To Watch," a new peformance series spotlighting up-and-coming artists in Boston. Learn more about the events headed to our space and get your free tickets below!
February 4 | Ones to Watch: Taking the Puerto Rican cuatro to new heights with Fabiola Mendez
Fabiola Mendez is the first student to graduate from Berklee College of Music with the Puerto Rican cuatro as a principal instrument. She joins us to perform both traditional Puerto Rican cuatro music and contemporary jazz songs with her band. In-person attendees will get to meet Mendez at a complimentary post-show reception.
February 15 | Tell Me More! Advice columnists Jenée Desmond-Harris, Meredith Goldstein and Margo Howard
Technology, social media and now the pandemic have drastically changed the dating scene. On Point senior editor Dorey Scheimer moderates a post-Valentine's Day discussion exploring how dating, love and attitudes toward sex have evolved over the decades. Whether you're single or "boo'd up," we want all your burning questions for our illustrious panel of advice columnists!
February 18 | Live in concert: HEESU, WBUR’s Massachusetts Tiny Desk favorite
WBUR's arts and culture team will host a concert with their favorite artist from among more than 150 Massachusetts bands who entered NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. This year, it singer-songwriter HEESU, a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music from South Korea. We're so ready for you to hear more from her after falling in love with her infectious song, "Me."
February 24 | The Great Wager: President Nixon's 1972 risky visit to China and the art it inspired
As WBUR launches its new audio series “The Great Wager,” about President Nixon’s diplomatic trip to meet Mao Zedong, Here & Now co-host Scott Tong and New York Times Beijing Bureau Chief Jane Perlez discuss the political impact of the historic visit and the creative journeys it inspired. They'll be joined by Peter Sellars, director of the Metropolitan Opera’s “Nixon in China,” and Gish Jen, author of “Thank you, Mr. Nixon.”
February 27 | Ones to Watch: Honoring the legacy of Bach with cellist Jonah Ellsworth
Cellist Jonah Ellsworth, hailed as one of the greatest of his generation, joins Open Source host Christopher Lydon for a Sunday afternoon of music and conversation in honor of Bach’s six "Cello Suites." Ellsworth will perform selections throughout the event and in-person attendees will get to meet him at a complimentary post-show reception.
February 28 | Curated Cuisine: Bake it ‘til you make it with Valerie Lomas and Louise Miller
If you love baking — or love eating baked goods — make sure to join us for a conversation with Vallery Lomas, winner of "The Great American Baking Show" and author of "Life Is What You Bake It," and Louise Miller, baker and author of "The City Baker’s Guide To Country Living." In-person attendees will definitely get to enjoy a sweet treat! Plus, both books will be available to purchase at the event.
In the year ahead, CitySpace is gearing up for new events focused on science, women leaders, the environment and music in addition to bringing back our annual children's podcast festival. Sign up for our monthly events newsletter to get the scoop on what's happening next at CitySpace and experience WBUR on stage or virtually at home.
*Tickets to The Moth StorySLAM on Feb. 9 at CitySpace and Feb. 22 at Arts at the Amory are not free.