During an altercation in 2000, 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) was struck by nine bullets and hospitalized for three weeks. After recovering and pursuing a career as a professional rapper, 50 Cent was discovered by Eminem and signed to Interscope Records. His debut commercial release Get Rich or Die Tryin' went multi-platinum and led 50 Cent to become one of the more recognized rappers of his generation. He's held vocal squabbles with Ja Rule, Fat Joe and Jadakiss, amongst others, proving that his ability to shame and embarrass other rappers is formidable and nearly unmatched.
The Blind Shake is a garage rock band fronted by brothers Jim and Mike Blaha, who play guitar and baritone guitar respectively. Complete with drummer Dave Roper, the three-piece outfit owns a surf-tinged, minimal punk style that it has cultivated over several records, starting with 2005's Rizzoraph. From the 2009 EPSoft Zodiacto the 2011 LP Seriousness, The Blind Shake toured the US meticulously between records, playing any basement and bar that would host its music. With its relentless tour regime, the group earned a massive national following that has only grown with each subsequent release.
O'Carolan Etcetera, Boston's North Shore-based ensemble of musicians, brings to life the legacy of the acclaimed 18th century Irish harpist from whom they derive their name, Turlough O'Carolan. At the historic Gore Place, they'll perform selections from three centuries of traditional instrumental music: early English dance tunes that Jane Austen would have known, Irish jigs and Scottish airs, toe-tapping reels from old New England, and -- not to be missed -- French-Canadian tunes played on the hurdy gurdy. With Adrienne Howard on fiddle and hurdy gurdy, Cindy McIntire on silver flute, Irish wooden flute and tin whistle, and Richard Luecke on acoustic and classical guitar, it's a night of music that transports you to another time and place. Musicians who play traditional instruments are invited to bring them along and join in on a one-hour post-concert jam session.
Academy and Tony Award-winning writer Tom Stoppard ("Shakespeare in Love") brings his brilliant wit and wordplay to "The Real Thing". Investigating the mystery of love, the nature of honesty and the joys of language, Stoppard creates a modern love story that celebrates the highs and lows as well as the realities of modern love. Using a "play-within-a-play" device to explore the power of words to create and destroy love, Stoppard follows the romantic permutations of two creative couples as they come to terms with the truth of their feelings. In its original run on Broadway, "The Real Thing" won the Tony Award for Best Play -- and it also won the Tony for Best Revival of a Play on its return in 2000.