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GBH offers a wide variety of in-person and virtual events. From live music recordings, lectures and screenings to our virtual Book Club, tasting events and more, stay connected to our community. Whatever you’re interested in—news, history, the arts or music, we’ve got you covered. Fill your calendar with this rich diversity of events and be inspired, informed and entertained.

If you have questions about any of our events please reach out to Audience Member Services by phone 617-300-3300 or email info@wgbh.org

Featured Events

  • In Person
    Virtual
    GBH Music, JazzBoston, and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra present a special tribute to Duke Ellington to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the iconic jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader's birth.

    The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, one of the longest-running large jazz ensembles in the world, will showcase Ellington's works, such as Caravan, by Duke and Juan Tizol, Come Sunday, and I’m Beginning to See the Light featuring Aardvark vocalist Grace Hughes, for live audiences in Calderwood Studio and streaming for audiences at home.

    The performance will explore the music of Ellington and his long-time artistic collaborator, jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger Billy Strayhorn. Guests will hear Blues to Be There from the Ellington/Strayhorn Newport Jazz Festival Suite, Chinoiserie from The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse Suite, and It’s Freedom, from the Second Sacred Concert.

    Mark Harvey, the music director of the Aardvark Orchestra, will lead the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and acclaimed pianist Tim Ray.

    This event will be hosted by James Bennett II, a co-host of GBH’s The Culture Show and an arts and culture reporter for GBH News.

    This magical night is bound to sell out. Get your tickets today! You have two ticket options:

    * $50 in-person event experience from 7:15-9:15pm, includes wine and cheese pre-reception or

    * Virtual Tickets (Free) from 8-9:15pm. The performance can be streamed for free with an advanced RSVP

    Please note by registering for this event your name and email will be shared with GBH and JazzBoston.


    About Jazz Boston JazzBoston connects, promotes and advocates for the musicians, audiences and venues of Greater Boston’s dynamic and diverse jazz community. The nonprofit organization spreads the music and message of jazz and celebrates Boston as one of the world’s great jazz cities. Find more information at jazzboston.org.


    By RSVPing for this event, you agree to receive timely news and updates on events, films, and special offers from GBH.


    Photo credit: Kate Matson


    This event is presented with support from our sponsor The Goldstein Family Fund.


    Goldstein Family Fund logo
  • Virtual
    Delve into one of the darkest chapters in human history as Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum provides historical facts and answers your questions about Auschwitz, the largest and most lethal Nazi concentration and death camp. More than 1,100,000 people were killed behind its barbed wire fences.

    Michael Berenbaum is the Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, and a Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University. The author and editor of 24 books, he was also the Executive Editor of the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. He was Project Director overseeing the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the first Director of its Research Institute, and later served as President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which took the testimony of 52,000 Holocaust survivors in 32 languages and 57 countries. His work in film has won Emmy Awards and Academy Awards. He has developed and curated museum exhibits in the United States, Mexico, North Macedonia, and Poland; and his award-winning exhibition Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. has been seen in Madrid, Spain, Malmo, Sweden, New York, Kansas City, the Ronald Regan Library in California, and is now on view in Boston.

    GBH’s Ask the Expert is your chance to interact with specialists across various fields, offering opportunities to learn and explore new subjects. Hosted by GBH, this event encourages audience participation, allowing you to drive the conversation by posing questions directly to our expert. Best of all, it's free to attend!

    This event offers three ticket options:
    1) Attend the event: $0
    2) Attend the event + receive a copy of Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. book + GBH membership: $75
    3) Attend the event + receive a copy of the book (above) + a pair of tickets to view Auschwitz.  Not long ago. Not far away. in Boston (until 9/3) + GBH membership: $90

    Please note that books will be shipped out following the event. Tickets will also be distributed following the event.

    This event is presented in partnership with the Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. exhibit on view now at The Castle at Park Plaza in Boston.

    Photos: (from top left clockwise to bottom left)
    -A transport of Jews from Hungary arrives at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Poland, May 1944
    -Main entrance to the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center. This photograph was taken some time after the liberation of the camp in January 1945. Poland, date uncertain.
    -View of a section of the barbed-wire fence and barracks at Auschwitz at the time of the liberation of the camp. Auschwitz, Poland, January 1945.
    -A transport of Hungarian Jews lines up on the ramp for selection at the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center in German-occupied Poland. May 1944.
    Images provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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More GBH Events

  • In Person
    GBH will host Outspoken Saturdays, a spoken word poetry event for emerging artists. Every first Saturday of the month, the series will be created in collaboration with spoken word artist Amanda Shea.

    Registration is encouraged for this free event.

    Note: This event was originally scheduled to take place at the GBH Studio at the BPL but due to their broken air conditioning, this event will now take place at GBH’s main studios in Brighton. Please find details below.

    Location: GBH Studios, One Guest Street Brighton, MA 02135
    Directions and parking: https://www.wgbh.org/foundation/where-we-are/brighton-studios
    15 Guest Street Parking Ticket Validation: GBH will validate parking tickets for guests who park in the 15 Guest Street Garage. Please bring your ticket inside to the registration table when you arrive. Parking ticket validation will happen as guests arrive to the event.

  • In Person
    Virtual
    Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, attention on NATO has increased throughout the world. As its members prepare for the 75th NATO summit in early July, focus will intensify even more. In the U.S. we hear a lot of opinions about NATO, but how do Europeans feel about their security? The world will get key indicators of European political trends next month as 400 million people vote in European Parliamentary elections. Join us on the eve of these elections as the Consuls General of France and Germany discuss the future of NATO and the future of Europe.

    On June 3rd, WorldBoston will host Dr. Sonja Kreibich, Consul General of Germany to New England and Mustafa Soykurt, Consul General of France in Boston for a timely Great Decisions program, featuring an expert discussion, live audience Q&A, and time for networking and discussion with other globally-oriented participants in the Newsfeed Café.

    Partner:
    WorldBoston
  • Virtual
    Join Cambridge Forum for a discussion about ageism considering the many factors that make this a global issue of importance. It is as much about how the elderly see themselves as it is about how society views them, according to Professor Andrew Scott, author of the new book, The Longevity Imperative.

    Scott’s research focuses on the economics of longevity and ageing and is published in a wide range of leading academic journals. He has advised through a variety of roles a range of governments, institutions and companies. His award-winning book, The Hundred Year Life is a global bestseller having sold 1 million copies.
    Partner:
    Cambridge Forum
  • In Person
    Virtual
    GBH Music, JazzBoston, and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra present a special tribute to Duke Ellington to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the iconic jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader's birth.

    The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, one of the longest-running large jazz ensembles in the world, will showcase Ellington's works, such as Caravan, by Duke and Juan Tizol, Come Sunday, and I’m Beginning to See the Light featuring Aardvark vocalist Grace Hughes, for live audiences in Calderwood Studio and streaming for audiences at home.

    The performance will explore the music of Ellington and his long-time artistic collaborator, jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger Billy Strayhorn. Guests will hear Blues to Be There from the Ellington/Strayhorn Newport Jazz Festival Suite, Chinoiserie from The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse Suite, and It’s Freedom, from the Second Sacred Concert.

    Mark Harvey, the music director of the Aardvark Orchestra, will lead the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and acclaimed pianist Tim Ray.

    This event will be hosted by James Bennett II, a co-host of GBH’s The Culture Show and an arts and culture reporter for GBH News.

    This magical night is bound to sell out. Get your tickets today! You have two ticket options:

    * $50 in-person event experience from 7:15-9:15pm, includes wine and cheese pre-reception or

    * Virtual Tickets (Free) from 8-9:15pm. The performance can be streamed for free with an advanced RSVP

    Please note by registering for this event your name and email will be shared with GBH and JazzBoston.


    About Jazz Boston JazzBoston connects, promotes and advocates for the musicians, audiences and venues of Greater Boston’s dynamic and diverse jazz community. The nonprofit organization spreads the music and message of jazz and celebrates Boston as one of the world’s great jazz cities. Find more information at jazzboston.org.


    By RSVPing for this event, you agree to receive timely news and updates on events, films, and special offers from GBH.


    Photo credit: Kate Matson


    This event is presented with support from our sponsor The Goldstein Family Fund.


    Goldstein Family Fund logo
  • Virtual
    Delve into one of the darkest chapters in human history as Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum provides historical facts and answers your questions about Auschwitz, the largest and most lethal Nazi concentration and death camp. More than 1,100,000 people were killed behind its barbed wire fences.

    Michael Berenbaum is the Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, and a Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University. The author and editor of 24 books, he was also the Executive Editor of the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. He was Project Director overseeing the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the first Director of its Research Institute, and later served as President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which took the testimony of 52,000 Holocaust survivors in 32 languages and 57 countries. His work in film has won Emmy Awards and Academy Awards. He has developed and curated museum exhibits in the United States, Mexico, North Macedonia, and Poland; and his award-winning exhibition Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. has been seen in Madrid, Spain, Malmo, Sweden, New York, Kansas City, the Ronald Regan Library in California, and is now on view in Boston.

    GBH’s Ask the Expert is your chance to interact with specialists across various fields, offering opportunities to learn and explore new subjects. Hosted by GBH, this event encourages audience participation, allowing you to drive the conversation by posing questions directly to our expert. Best of all, it's free to attend!

    This event offers three ticket options:
    1) Attend the event: $0
    2) Attend the event + receive a copy of Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. book + GBH membership: $75
    3) Attend the event + receive a copy of the book (above) + a pair of tickets to view Auschwitz.  Not long ago. Not far away. in Boston (until 9/3) + GBH membership: $90

    Please note that books will be shipped out following the event. Tickets will also be distributed following the event.

    This event is presented in partnership with the Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. exhibit on view now at The Castle at Park Plaza in Boston.

    Photos: (from top left clockwise to bottom left)
    -A transport of Jews from Hungary arrives at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Poland, May 1944
    -Main entrance to the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center. This photograph was taken some time after the liberation of the camp in January 1945. Poland, date uncertain.
    -View of a section of the barbed-wire fence and barracks at Auschwitz at the time of the liberation of the camp. Auschwitz, Poland, January 1945.
    -A transport of Hungarian Jews lines up on the ramp for selection at the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center in German-occupied Poland. May 1944.
    Images provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • In Person
    Virtual
    Excess traffic is bad for residents, businesses, and visitors – while the city’s extensive transit network needs investment. Sound familiar?

    The difference: after years of advocacy and planning, the Board of NYC's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently approved the city's congestion pricing program to start June 30, 2024. With approximately 60% of 25,000 public comments showing support for the policy, it's evident that the New York region is ready for change.

    Join StreetsblogMASS and GBH Forum Network for a panel discussion on congestion pricing. Should we consider congestion pricing in Massachusetts? What can we learn from New York? Is this an opportunity to spur investment in transit, put Massachusetts back on track to meet our climate goals, and create a more equitable region? How will Massachusetts be able to deal with any adverse impacts other cities have encountered?

    We’ll hear from journalists and advocates in MA and NYC to gather insights and perspectives.
    Partner:
    StreetsBlog Massachusetts
  • Virtual
    Researcher and author Timothy A. Wise explains why industrial agriculture (Big Ag) is more a threat to the planet and humanity than a solution to hunger.
    Based on his book Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food, he explains numerous issues associated with corporate agriculture, including the impact of excess fertilizers, pest toxins, and GMOs. He also describes the best farming strategies that will feed the planet and help to restore global environment, economies and health.


    Partner:
    Science for the Public
  • Virtual
    Historic preservationist and Civil War reenactor Joseph McGill Jr. has logged more than 200 nights sleeping in slave dwellings at historic sites in twenty-five states and the District of Columbia. In this enlightening personal account, he tells the story of his groundbreaking Slave Dwelling project. His quest to share the experience of the enslaved took him throughout the South, but also the North and the West, where people are often surprised to learn that such structures exist.

    With journalist Herb Frazier, McGill reveals the fascinating history behind these sites and sheds light on larger issues of race in America
    Partner:
    American Ancestors
    Boston Public Library
  • Virtual
    Our immense universe began at the unimaginably tiny quantum scale, and to understand the formation of matter, physicists collide subatomic particles. The Large Hadron Collider has produced many discoveries, but it has limitations in the range of data it can capture. Dr. Tulika Bose, who has been prominently involved in the work of the LHC, says “We really should be looking at new physics at a much higher scale. We need to go beyond the kind of energies we’ll have at the HL-LHC.” In this presentation, she explains the accomplishments of the LHC, its limitations, and the next exciting plans under consideration in this research.
    Partner:
    Science for the Public
  • In Person
    Bring your smartest friends to the GBH Studios at the Boston Public Library for a nerdy night of NOVA science trivia! Get ready for creative categories and exciting prizes as we test your knowledge of the natural world, space, the history of science, and more!

    Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Newsfeed Café.

    The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP in advance.

  • In Person
    GBH is proud to be the exclusive public media partner of Open Streets Boston! Join us and grab your bike, rollerblades, skateboard, or walk through the car-free streets of Roxbury. On Saturday, June 22, Warren St. to West Cottage St. will be filled with live art, music, kid's activities, food trucks, resource tables and the opportunity to connect with neighbors and support local businesses!

    The event is free and open to everyone! Over 200 community partners, local businesses, and organizations are excited to connect with you.
  • Virtual
    Drawn from never-before-published records and letters, this heralded work of history offers an intimate account of the horrors witnessed and endured during the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Join us to hear more from the award-winning author Michael Davenport about his research, see rare photographs, and listen to tragic tales of loss and survivors’ experiences on the morning of April 18, 1906. 

    More than 118 years ago, San Francisco, the largest city in the Western U.S. shook, crumbled, burned, and was completely devastated in an incomprehensible show of force by nature. In less than a minute, shockwaves shook the city, buckled its streets, shattered water mains, collapsed buildings on slumbering residents, and crushed hundreds. Then came the devastating fires, a second round of destruction that lasted weeks. From archival sources and hundreds of previously unpublished letters, many from private family collections; Matthew J. Davenport weaves a harrowing tale of the fateful day. Meticulously researched and gracefully written, The Longest Minute is both a harrowing chronicle of devastation, and a portrait of a city’s resilience in the burning aftermath of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906.



    Partner:
    American Ancestors