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It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to round up some ideas for your weekend. We're thinking movie turned musical (on skates, no less), 15 hours of film about film, and opera in the most unlikely of places.

Guest:

  • Graham Wright, host and founder of Opus Affair, an arts salon that meets monthly in Boston

Ryan Overberg and McCaela Donovan in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of "Xanadu." (Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo, Courtesy of the SpeakEasy Stage Company)
Ryan Overberg and McCaela Donovan in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of "Xanadu." (Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo, Courtesy of the SpeakEasy Stage Company)

What: Xanadu, the musical

Where: SpeakEasy Stage Company

When: May 11 to June 9

Price: $25-$57

More: Here's a quick summary from the SpeakEasy Stage Company:

Based on the cult film of the same name, this riotous new musical follows the efforts of a magical Greek muse named Kira who descends to Earth to help a struggling artist achieve his dream of opening a roller disco.


What: The Story of Film: An Odyssey, a documentary series made up of 15 one-hour episodes

Where: Museum of Fine Arts Boston

When: May 16 to 27

Price: $63 for MFA members, seniors and students / $77 for  general admission

More: Read the New York Times review and watch another trailer


Co-director Kathryn McKellar, roster singer Graham Wright and co-director Kristina Riegle. (Ashley Jo Photo. Courtesy of Opera On Tap.)
Co-director Kathryn McKellar, roster singer Graham Wright and co-director Kristina Riegle. (Ashley Jo Photo. Courtesy of Opera On Tap.)

What: Opera On Tap

Where: Jacob Wirth's

When: Saturday, May 26, 7-11 p.m.

More: Opera On Tap's self description:

Opera on Tap is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to break down the stereotype that opera is a stuffy or elitist art form by bringing it to bars. Local singers let their hair down and bring you into what feels like an after hours backstage party, singing some of opera's best known and little known pieces in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.


Anthony's Pick: 

What: Making Spaces and Places, a family day at the ICA — take a tour of the museum, explore a diorama of the city of Boston, and take part in urban design innovation workshops

Where: Institute of Contemporary Art

When: Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Price: Free for families (up to 2 adults per family accompanied by children ages 6–12)

More: Check out the full schedule.

This segment aired on May 24, 2012.

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