Dawn of the Planet of the Apes In Theaters Friday.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes is threatened by a band of humans who survived a devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. The CGI is incredible. The story will draw you in. One of the best movies of the summer. 

The Shot Heard Round the World: April 19, 1775 On view at the Concord Museum through September 21st.

Relive one of the most important days in history with an hour-by-hour account of the actions on April 19th, 1775 between British Regulars and Patriots. Through a chronological and geographical timeline of the day, with objects from Boston, Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Arlington (Menotomy), and Cambridge, learn about the militias that played a prominent role in the day-long engagement.

The objects used to tell the story are valuable for more that their age, because they show a remarkable level of awareness the colonists had about unfolding political events. Curator David Wood says he had many objects to choose from, among them Paul Revere’s lantern, a dispatch from John Hancock on the eve of battle and the drum that summoned the militia.

“These things were saved on purpose," Wood told me. "In other words, they aren’t accidental survivals the way household things might be saved by accident, these things were saved because of their association to this event and what surprised me was the sophisticated understanding at the moment of exactly what they’ve done. William Emerson, the Minister of Concord, in his almanac wrote on April 30th “this month remarkable for the greatest events of the present age. How could he know that? Well, they knew what they were doing.””

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Free concerts on Wednesdays at 7 pm at the DCR’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade from July 16th to August 27th.

Since 2001, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra has strived to ensure that great music is available to audiences across ethnic, economic, physical and cultural boundaries. Now smartphone users can take advantage of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra app to get weather and program updates and "at the event" exclusive notes about the pieces or partnerships. Music Director Christopher Wilkins clearly enjoys these summer performances as much as any. “When you are in a historic location or in a beautiful spot like the esplanade," Wilkins said, "the location influences the way you experience the music, it just makes you feel like this is a special moment, a special place to savor what we’re experiencing. ”

Friday on Open Studio: Jared visits the Concord Museum for a look at the exhibit The Shot Heard Round The World. He also talks with Christopher Wilkins, music director of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, about the summer season of concerts at the DCR’s Hatch Shell. Also, see Lucia Koch’s mirror and glass installation at the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio.

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