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“What’s hot” in the city

Colette Greenstein
Colette Greenstein has been a contributing arts & entertainment writer for the Banner since 2009. VIEW BIO

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

Cedric The Entertainer brings the laughs to The MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods this Friday, July 12 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available through

On Saturday, July 13, The Lowell Summer Music Series presents Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald at the Boarding House Park beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48 in advance and $60 day of show. For tickets, see

Also this Saturday, celebrate Latin arts in Boston with Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-nominated Puerto Rican salsa singer Jerry Rivera from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Hall Plaza. This event is free and open to the public.

Every Saturday is “Entourage Saturdays” at Venu Night Club featuring DJ Fingaz and El Sid spinning top pop, dance and rock remixes in the Main Room and in the International Room DJ ENice spins your favorite international, salsa and house music. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.; 21 and over to attend. For more information, visit

Comedian Tammy Pescatelli performs at The Wilbur Theatre on Tuesday, July 16, for two shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For tickets, visit

The Haley House Bakery Café presents an opening reception for Haitian painter and master of “naïve” art, Victor-Jean Claude on Thursday, July 18 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Listen to music under the stars in the Calderwood Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts on Wednesday, July 17, featuring Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara. Diawara combines elements of jazz and funk with the rocking rhythms and plaintive melodies of her ancestral Wassoulou tradition. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $24 for MFA members and $30 for nonmembers. For more information, visit

Interested in a road trip? Check out jazz saxophonist Eric Darius at the Providence Summer Jazz Series accompanied by Daniel McClain at the Pearl Restaurant and Lounge in Providence on Saturday, July 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.

If you’re a Francophile or just appreciate French film, the 18th Annual Boston French Film Festival is running now through July 28 at the Museum of Fine Arts. For more information, visit