2014 Happenings in Downtown Boston Not to be Missed

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Posted January 22, 2014 by Sarah Stanley in Theater & Arts
VIP swag from last May's Boston Calling.

You’ve seen every flick at the AMC Loews Boston Common and cheered on all the Boston-area sports teams (with the swag to show for it). Coming into the new year, you’re ready for a changeup on the event front. And, based on all that downtown Boston has in store for 2014, it’s safe to say that this year, you’re getting your wish.

From theater to music, the following are a few of the many, many happenings to plan for in the coming months:

Toe-tapping Fun at The Book of Mormon

Firstly, be sure to snag tickets to The Book of Mormon. Yep, after a smash run at the Opera House last spring, Boston has demanded the return of what has quite possibly been the hottest ticket in theater since the musical’s Broadway debut in 2011. It comes as no surprise that the musical has sparked plenty of controversy, considering not only its content—religious satire—but also the fact that it was written by notorious envelope-pushers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creaters of South Park.

The Book of Mormon is returning to Boston.

The Book of Mormon is returning to Boston. Photo Credit: Andre-Pierre du Plessis

Upon its release, The Book of Mormon was described by Vogue as “the filthiest, most offensive, and—surprise—sweetest thing you’ll see on Broadway this year, and quite possibly the funniest musical ever.” The Boston Globe said of last year’s production “For all of its raunchy envelope-pushing and scorched-earth satire, “Mormon” is bursting with affection for the old Broadway musical, an institution it does as much to reviatlize as to upend.”

Catch the show at the Boston Opera House from April 1 to April 27.

Boston Calling Back

2013 was the year Bostonians finally got their major music festival moment (and twice, at that). Yes, Boston Calling is nothing short of a phenomenon. Though it debuted less than a year ago, the event has already managed to attract big-name acts, secure the city’s most popular food vendors, and as for the swag they’re selling, put a behatted Boston terrier on anything, and I, for one, am in.

Given that tickets sold out at lightning speed, a third day has been added to the festival’s May 2014 installation, and is now running May 23-25. And, while the lineup won’t be announced until later this month, considering past headliners like Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, and Passion Pit, this year’s Boston Calling is sure to be an event not to be missed.

Celebrating Outside The Box

But, Boston Calling wasn’t the city’s only new festival in 2013. Also making its return this year is the Outside The Box festival. It’s the kind of event that Boston has been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for—a weeklong performing arts event held in public spots throughout the city.

Events range from interactive workshops to theater and musical performances, and beyond. As the name suggests, the festival’s offerings are limitless—the entire production’s end goal is to “not only . . . unify the community, but to make art accessible to everyone.”

This year’s Outside The Box festival is currently slated for July.

With even more events to come, 2014 promises to be a busy year for downtown Boston’s social calendar. My advice? Attend as many of these events as you possibly can. Because, after all, making the most of the city is what downtown living is all about.

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