Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 7-13

Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival, Remember King at Boston Public Library, Banned in Boston, and more.

Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off at the high school on May 12.
Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off at the high school on May 12.

Opening Wednesday

Audible Art

Open your eyes and ears to the work of Kevin Beasley at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The New York-based sculptor uses clothing, foam, resin, and an unconventional element: sound. Pieces from the last five years make up the exhibition, including Phasing (Ebb), which incorporates house dresses and kaftans, and Strange Fruit (Pair 1) — Nike Air Jordans and speakers hanging from a rope. Through August 26. Adults $15, under 18 free.


Tunes and Tribute

Join a string quartet from the concert and education series Castle of Our Skins, which celebrates black heritage through music, to Remember King. The performance at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square precedes a speech by civil rights activist Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. 4:30 p.m. Free; register online for the speech.


Skits and Giggles

What are Governor Charlie Baker, Aero-smith bassist Tom Hamilton, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans doing at the House of Blues — together? Starring in Banned in Boston, a revue of comedic skits and musical satire featuring local celebrities. The 21-plus event benefits Urban Improv, which uses performance to empower youth in underserved communities. Cocktails at The Lansdowne Pub, 6 p.m.; performance, 7:45 p.m. Tickets from $250.

Opening Friday

Feather Report


If you enjoyed the over-the-top 1996 film The Birdcage, head to Riverside Theatre Works in Hyde Park to see the Tony Award-winning musical that inspired it. La Cage aux Folles tells the story of the gay owner of a drag nightclub, his partner and star performer, and their conservative in-laws-to-be. Through May 20. Tickets from $25.


May Flowers

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What do April snowstorms bring? Rain or shine, the annual Brookline Cherry Blossom Festivalkicks off at the Brookline High School quad at noon. After performances by traditional Japanese musicians and dancers, including taiko drummers, stick around for food, storytelling, and origami. Suggested donation from $10 for families, $5 students.

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