Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowensums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston -- and what not to miss on your summer vacation.

SAVING KITTY, playing at Central Square Theater through August 2

Jared says: "It’s a terrific showcase for Jennifer Coolidge and her comedic skills."

Synopsis: You’ve never seen Massachusetts native Jennifer Coolidge ("American Pie," "Best in Show," "2 Broke Girls") in a role like this. She plays Kate Hartley, a wealthy, liberal, unfiltered New Yorker waiting with her husband for their daughter, Kitty, to arrive with her new boyfriend. Kate’s open to any type, except the one who shows up: an evangelical Christian. She works through her unexpected close-mindedness over dinner—and a lot of alcohol.

TRAINWRECK, in theaters now

Jared says: "It’s amazing to me that this is [Amy Schumer’s] first screenplay and how fantastic it is."

Synopsis: With this summer’s blockbuster comedy "Trainwreck," Amy Schumer has added screenwriter and leading lady to her repertoire. The script is semi-autobiographical (73 percent real and the rest movie magic, she jokes), starting with the moment her father (Colin Quinn) sits her down to say that monogamy is a failed state of being. Amy grows up to be a hard-drinking, bed-hopping men’s magazine writer. After sleeping with the subject of her new feature, a successful doctor (Bill Hader), she’s surprised to find herself falling hard for him.


Jared says: "Largely, I really appreciated it…Tom Cruise…even in his fifties, likes to do a lot of his own stunts."

Synopsis: In the fifth "Mission: Impossible," Tom Cruise is confronting The Syndicate, a group of vagabonds he and other agents believed were only a tall tale, without the help of the CIA. He travels across the world to stop them from blowing it up, diving into deep waters, jumping out of chains—and in one of many amusing and jaw-dropping moments—dangling off the side of a plane.

CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS, near the Space Needle in Seattle

Jared says: "You get to see his glasswork out in natural elements and alongside beautiful flowers and landscape, and it's gorgeous."

Synopsis: If you missed the Chihuly exhibition at the MFA in 2011, see the famous blown-glass sculptures at the artist's installation and botanic gardens in Seattle.

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