Keeping Tabs: Events in and around Boston

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Park it here: There’s something about Shakespeare that makes actors and directors want to run outdoors and perform it in a park. Few are more successful at it than the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company which returns to the Boston Common with one of the Bard’s pastoral comedies. They perform “As You Like It,” through Aug. 3, at the Parkman Bandstand. Watch Rosalind school Orlando in the ways of mature love. Performances are free, just keep your eye on the weather. Shows start at 7 p.m. on Sundays; 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

High on ’grass: The Infamous Stringdusters burst onto the newgrass scene with “Fork in the Road,” a 2007 CD that won three International Bluegrass Association awards. Their new release, “The Infamous Stringdusters,” is a nod to the bluegrass tradition, but it also shows the sextet is interested in pushing the newgrass envelope. You get a chance to hear what they’re up to on Thursday, July 31, when the band plays Club Passim, in Cambridge. Tickets: $18 at the door. Call 617-492-7679.

 Summer lovin’: We say you can’t complain about the heat and the cold. You have to choose one or the other. We choose to complain about the cold, and keep our mouth shout even when summer gets so hot you can’t hold the steering wheel in your car. If you love summer, too, and if you’re miffed by the fact that it only last three months rather than 12, then check out “American Summer ’08,” a juried show at Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue, #45, in Boston. A variety of established artists and rising talents were chosen from the more than 300 slides, CDs and DVDs that were submitted from all over the country. These canvasses are little slivers of summer that never succumb to fall. The show closes Aug. 2. Call 617-423-4113.

Mann eventAimee Mann’s voice carries. One of the Boston acts to graduate to national success, Mann’s band ‘Til Tuesday had a nice run in the late 1980s. Mann is back with a new solo album, “@#%&! Smilers,” that’s been getting great reviews. It’s that signature folk hybrid, with gentle melodies and thoughtful lyrics. She plays the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Saturday, July 26. Tickets: $35, $40. Call 617-747-2261.

Paul of fame: Apparently Ellis Paul has written lots of “essential” music. His CD, “Essential,” has 34 cuts on it. You get the chance to meet him, and, yes, hear him perform some essential music, in an informal setting, when the folk force stops by the Borders at Downtown Crossing in Boston for a free performance and signing. He’ll be there at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 25, and you’ll get the chance to hear this lyric-based folk man and skillful guitar-player who’s won a boatload of Boston Music Awards.