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By Scott Roberto / June 25, 12:00 AM
Calendar of Events

A two-week primer on Boston's best events

Boston happily plays host to many talented musical performers and groundbreaking theatrical acts, and the next two weeks see some real crowd-pleasers. We've got groovy chart-topping classics, a Grammy Award-winner, and a magical mix of stage shows featuring vampires, the Brothers Grimm, and mysterious goddess-worshipping islands.

June 27: New Edition at Boston University's Agganis Arena

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More than 30 years after the release of their first album, the original members of Boston-bred R&B group New Edition return to the Hub for a show. Groove to chart-topping classics like “Candy Girl,” “Cool It Now” and “Stand The Rain” along with brand-new material.

Through June 28: OperaHub's Der Vampyr
Fans of Twilight and “True Blood” should flock to OperaHub’s updated revival of Heinrich Marschner’s 1820 gothic opera Der Vampyr. This free production, complete with modern-day references to popular vampire fiction, takes place at the Boston Center for the Art’s Plaza Theatre in the South End.


Through June 29: Into the Woods

Image by Mark S. Howard 

Lyric Stage Company in the Back Bay has hit on its hands with its production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods, which has already been extended twice. This fractured fairy tale, a mash-up of several familiar Brothers Grimm stories, has been hailed by critics and audiences alike.

July 2: Bruno Mars

 Photo by Laura Amooos

Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer/pop superstar Bruno Mars brings his Moonshine Jungle tour to TD Garden. With his retro style and charismatic showmanship, Mars has been playing to sold-out houses all over North America, so get your tickets now if you don’t want to be “Locked Out of Heaven.”

 Photo by Charles William Pelletier

Catch the latest gravity-defying fete from this Montreal-based acrobatic circus troupe at the Marine Industrial Park on the South Boston waterfront before it’s gone. Directed by Diane Paulus, the show, based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, tells the story of Prospera and her daughter Miranda as they deal with the presence of a group of shipwrecked men on their goddess-worshipping island.
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