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What’s Hot in the city this first week of May

M.I.A. and JaRule at House of Blues, Boston Ballet's Pricked - and more this week!

Colette Greenstein
Colette Greenstein
Colette Greenstein has been a contributing arts & entertainment writer for the Banner since 2009. VIEW BIO
What’s Hot in the city this first week of May

On Monday, May 5, M.I.A. performs with special guest A$AP Ferg at the House of Blues at 8 p.m. Tickets: $43.40 and $94.30. Go to to order.

On Wednesday, May 7, HOT 96.9 presents their Throwback House Party featuring JaRule along with Treach and Kay Gee from Naughty by Nature at the House of Blues. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show: 8 p.m. Tickets: $31.65. Buy online at A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Lieutenant Walsh – Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund.

It’s Opening Night at the Pops with conductor Keith Lockhart and special guest Jason Alexander this Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Tickets: $41-$128. Order online at

David Binder’s documentary “Calling My Children,” about a Boston-area family devastated by AIDS, screens this Wednesday evening beginning at 6 p.m. in the Rabb Lecture Hall at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. A conversation with and a photo exhibition by David Binder will follow the screening. Admission is free and open to the public.

This Thursday, May 8, the Boston Ballet presents their latest production, “Pricked,” at the Boston Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29, $55, $74, $104 and $137. Visit for show times and to purchase tickets.

The 6th Annual Women in Comedy Festival begins this Thursday and runs thru Sunday, May 11, featuring Amy Sedaris, Wendy Liebman, Maria Bamford, Kelly McFarland and more at various venues in Boston and Cambridge. For a list of performers and show times, go to

As part of its 25th Anniversary Celebration, Scullers Jazz Club presents Grammy Award winner Ramsey Lewis this Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night. Show: $45; Dinner & Show: $85. To purchase tickets,