5 things to do this weekend, including Boston Ballet's 'Swan Lake' and the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival

After an eventful Boston Calling that saw last-minute cancelations and severe weather, I'm happy to provide a few low-key options for your weekend plans, from the world premiere of an opera to "Swan Lake" at the Boston Ballet. Also, Pride Month is officially underway, so I've also included an event that showcases LGBTQIA+ composers. However you choose to spend your time, be sure to take a moment to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

Guerilla Opera 'I Give You My Home'

Friday, June 3-Sunday, June 5

This weekend, Guerilla Opera will premiere a site-specific chamber opera at the Nichols House Museum inspired by landscape architect and suffragist Rose Standish Nichols. Composed by Beth Wiemann and directed by Cara Consilvio, the opera tells the story of a professional woman at the turn of the century and her work in the Women's Peace Movement. Attendees have the opportunity to attend a tea reception following each performance. The full show, including the reception, lasts about an hour. For those attending opening night, June 3, there will be a champagne toast to Guerilla Opera's 15th anniversary season.

Puppet Showplace Theater's 'Spring Into Summer'

Saturday, June 4

To celebrate its 48th birthday, Puppet Showplace Theater is hosting an afternoon of puppetry, workshops and interactive art installations in Emerson Garden in Brookline. The family-friendly event kicks off with puppet making and a performance from Harry LaCoste and his puppet pals called "The Caboose is Loose." There will also be a balloon twisting demonstration and a giant puppet demo with a musical puppet parade capping off the day.

Coolidge Corner Arts Festival

Saturday, June 4

After a two-year hiatus, the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival is back! Located at the Babcock Street Parking Lot between Harvard Street and John Street in Brookline, the festival features 75 artists from around New England working in a variety of mediums, including photography, glass, fiber, jewelry and more. Painter Liz Prescott is this year's jury prize winner and will also have her work on display during the day's festivities. In addition to the art, attendees will hear a live DJ, can feast at a collection of food trucks, and for those over the age of 21, there will be a wine and beer garden.


Boston Ballet 'Swan Lake'

Through Sunday, June 5

Boston Ballet presents artistic director Mikko Nissinen's "Swan Lake," a classical ballet of romance, enchantment and sacrifice at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Tchaikovsky's 146-year-old score is accompanied by Nissinen's adaptation and additional choreography and costume and scenic design by Robert Perdziola. For those unable to attend in person, a virtual performance will be available to stream June 9-19.

Lia Cirio in Mikko Nissinen's "Swan Lake." (Courtesy Rosalie O'Connor/Boston Ballet)
Lia Cirio in Mikko Nissinen's "Swan Lake." (Courtesy Rosalie O'Connor/Boston Ballet)

Lowell Chamber Orchestra 'A Rainbow of Repertoire'

Sunday, June 5

The Lowell Chamber Orchestra is celebrating Pride Month with a concert highlighting LGBTQIA+ composers from the Lowell and around the world, including a world premiere by composer Julia Moss featuring mezzo-soprano Julianna Smith titled "The World is Too Much with Us." The two-hour event is free and open to the public. Following the concert, there will be light refreshments.

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Dianna Bell is senior editor of arts and culture for WBUR.



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