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We will offer several quality live events throughout the Greater Boston area in the month of June. In partnership with various local organizations, WBUR is hosting a series of events to enrich the local community through programs that reflect its audiences’ values and diversity.

In June, WBUR will offer the following events:

June 1, 6 p.m. -Cocktails with Clio

Here and Now host Robin Young will interview Jill Lepore, Professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer for The New Yorker and bestselling author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman and Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. The event is to honor and support the Center for the Teaching of History at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Guests will also experience a cocktail reception and a seated dinner.

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $300.

June 1, 6:30 p.m.-BBF and Boston Literary District Present: Going to the Chapel and Staying Married

The Boston Book Festival and the Boston Literary District present a special discussion between writer Ada Calhoun and Boston Globe columnist and entertainment reporter Meredith Goldstein on what it takes to maintain a successful marriage. Calhoun offers a humorous collection of essays on the art of staying married called “The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give,” inspired by her New York Times Modern Love essay. Meanwhile, Goldstein’s daily “Love Letters” advice column has provided insightful romantic wisdom for the last eight years. Alysia Abbot, director of the Boston Literary District will serve as moderator.

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $15.

June 2, 5:30 p.m. -Food Truck Fridays at the Heritage Museums & Gardens

On June 2 and 23, WBUR and Heritage Museums & Gardens will host two evenings of music, fun activities and food offered by several of the city’s most popular local food trucks. Visitors to these events will also have exclusive access to the museum’s special spring exhibit, Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views, as well as enjoy the annual Rhododendron Festival. Featured food trucks include:

  • Cape Cod Cannoli
  • The Pineapple Caper Catering
  • Pizza Barbone
  • Foodzilla on Wheels
  • The Local Scoop

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $10 for non-members.

June 3, 11 a.m.-2017 Cambridge Arts River Festival

In celebration of arts and culture, the annual Cambridge Arts River Festival presents a series of high-quality, community-based arts programming for the benefits of artists, residents and visitors to Cambridge. Feature events include concerts by hundreds of local and nationally renowned musicians, unique public art installations, family entertainment, craft activities, specialty food purveyors and interactive dance, theater, storytelling and poetry performances.

The event is free and open to the public.

June 3, 8 p.m.-Israeli Stage’s Day of Atonement

Morning Edition host Bob Oakes has a vocal guest appearance in Days of Atonement, a dark comedy by playwright Hanna Azoulay Hasfari about the lives of four estranged sisters. The event features post-talkbacks  after each performance moderated by WBUR produceers, including:

  • Iris Adler, Executive Director for Programming, Podcasts and Special Projects at WBUR on June 3
  • Jessica Alpert, Managing Producer for Program Development on June 4
  • Amory Sivertson, Associate Producer for New Programming on June 8

Tickets for the performance are $43.50.

June 4, 2 p.m. -The Guys Next Door

Join Erin Trahan, a contributor to WBUR’s The ARTery, for a timely screening of the award-winning documentary “The Guys Next Door” in honor of National Pride Month. Erin will also moderate a post-screening panel discussion about the evolution of the American family in the era of LGBTQ rights.

Tickets for the performance are $10.25 for children and seniors, and $12.25 for adults.

June 6, 6 p.m. -Jessamyn Stanley In Conversation with Robin Young

Here and Now host Robin Young will interview Jessamyn Stanley to discuss her book, “Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body.” Jessamyn is an international renowned yoga teacher and award-winning social media influencer who offers an unprecedented new beginner’s guide to yoga for people who have felt their body was too “different” to start the practice.

The event is free and open to the public. 

June 8, 5:30 p.m.-BBF Presents: “It’s Alive!” Frankenstein’s Lessons for Scientists and Creators

The Boston Book Festival presents a panel discussion on the classic novel “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus” by Mary Shelly. This discussion is in conjunction with the release of a new critical essay anthology published by MIT Press, “Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds.” The panel discussion will feature:

  • Ed Finn, co-editor of Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds
  • Donald Ingber, founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
  • Daniela Rus, director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT,
  • Charlotte Gordon, literary biographer
  • Steve Gullans, the managing director of Excel Venture Management and coauthor of “Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Shaping Life on Earth”

Guests will also experience a cocktail reception featuring complimentary appetizers designed by Café ArtScience.

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $25, or $40 with additional purchase of “Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds.”

June 9, 7 p.m. -David Baron Discusses “American Eclipse”

Former WBUR and NPR science reporter David Baron will discuss his new book, “American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World.”

The event is free and open to the public.

June 14, 6 p.m.-A Conversation with Jasmine Baetz and Lisa Houck

WBUR Arts Engagement Producer Louise Kennedy will moderate a discussion with contemporary artists Jasmine Baertz and Lisa Houck, whose work has been showcased in two exhibitions at the Boston Athenaeum and the Nichols House Museum. The artists will discuss their careers, their studio practices and the development of the unique concepts and ideas in their work. Guests will also experience a reception after event.

Registration is required for this event.

June 18, 12 p.m.-How to Fix the World Festival

Greg Cook, a contributor to WBUR’s The ARTery, presents a community festival of dance, music and art. “How to Fix the World” will draw on diverse, local talent who use their art to address current social challenges and imagine new ways that people can improve the world. Guests will also have the opportunity to attend workshops and engage with various activist groups and non-profit organizations.

The event is free and open to the public. 

June 22, 6 p.m.-Ma Speaks Up: And A First Generation Daughter Talks Back

Michael Patrick MacDonald, a contributor to WBUR’s The ARTery and author of “All Souls: A Family Story from Southie” will join author Marianne Leone on her newly released novel, “Ma Speaks Up: And A First Generational Daughter Talks Back.” They will discuss the art of memoir-writing and the transformation of personal loss into a voice and platform of empathic civic discourse and grassroots activism. 

This event is free and open to the public.

June 22, 7 p.m.-Beth Macy In Conversation with Lisa Mullins

All Things Considered host Lisa Mullins will join bestselling author Beth Macy to discuss her latest novel, “Truvine,” about an instance of racism in the Jim Crow South that changed the lives of two brothers born to a sharecropper family.

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $5.

June 23, 7:30 p.m.-Blood on the Snow

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty moderate a performance of “Blood on the Snow,” a historical play which reenacts one of the pivotal events of the American Revolution. Following the play, Jack will interview play director Courtney O’Connor on her work and career.

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $35.

June 26, 6 p.m.-Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson in Conversation with Tom Ashbrook

Join On Point host Tom Ashbrook as he interviews Andrew McAfee and Eric Brynjolfsson, co-founders of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and authors of The “Second Machine Age.” They will discuss their careers and their new book, “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future.”

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $5.

For these and many other scheduled events, please refer to the WBUR calendar page for additional event and ticketing information.


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