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What’s Hot in the City – August 26-31

Colette Greenstein
Colette Greenstein has been a contributing arts & entertainment writer for the Banner since 2009. VIEW BIO
What’s Hot in the City – August 26-31

This time of the year, the city is abuzz with a host of live performances from concerts and plays to theatre, art and even dining al fresco. Here’s a look at what’s hot in Boston this week!

This is the final week for Restaurant Week running through this Friday, August 30. For a list of restaurants, visit

This Wednesday, August 28, the incomparable Roberta Flack performs a free concert at City Hall Plaza as part of Mayor Menino’s “Wednesday Night Concert” series at 7 p.m.

In tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Landmarks Orchestra presents the “I have a Dream” 50th Anniversary Concert on the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Admission is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, it’s a night of reggae with Stephen Marley and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley performing together at the House of Blues at 8 p.m. General Admission: $35.00 and VIP Box: $55.00. It’s an all-ages show. Tickets are still available at

The House of Blues presents British soul singer Emeli Sandé this Friday, August 30 at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit

R&B singer Phil Perry returns to Boston for two shows at Scullers Jazz Club this Friday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. For information on tickets and dinner/show packages, visit

This Saturday, catch comedian and actor Nick Offerman from the movie “We’re The Millers” at The Wilbur with special guest Megan Mullally at 7pm. For tickets, go to

The Providence Summer Jazz Series presents international singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler at Pearl this Sunday, September 1 at 6 p.m. For tickets, go to

This is the final weekend for the collection of paintings, photographs and sculpture by 43 prominent African American artists in the exhibit “In Conversation: Modern African American Art” at the Peabody Essex Museum. The exhibit presents conversations about art, identity and the rights of the individual and ends on Monday, September 2. For more information, visit

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