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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
    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 Jamaica Plain. On Sunday, July 21, Centre Street from Lamartine St. to South 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
    Spend an evening creating your very own masterpiece with step- by- step instruction from Nicholas Hankins, Bob Ross Certified Instructor and host of The Joy of Painting with Nicholas Hankins: Bob Ross’ Unfinished Season. Whether you’re an experienced painter or picking up the brush for the first time, this is your chance to paint like the myth, the legend ...Bob Ross!

    See the canvas come to life as you spend three entertaining hours guided by Nicholas. You are the artist creating a beautiful Bob Ross- classic filled with those happy little clouds. Registration includes everything you need to create your masterpiece.

    And it gets better – October 29 is Bob Ross’ birthday! Celebrate Bob by doing what he loved- painting!

    About Nicholas Hankins
    Nicholas Hankins began painting along with Bob Ross on his local public TV station in 1993. He was just eleven years old when he got his first Bob Ross paint kit, saying he felt “an indelible excitement that day which has grown exponentially over the past three decades.” Nicholas is a Certified Bob Ross Instructor and host of the new how-to painting series The Joy of Painting with Nicholas Hankins: Bob Ross’ Unfinished Season.

    Ticket Includes:
    - Access to the Zoom Webinar
    - 3 hours of instruction by Bob Ross Certified Instructor Nicholas Hankins
    - Art kit which includes
    o (5) Bob Ross Oil Paints
    o (1) Bob Ross 'Secret Formula' Liquid White
    o (1) Bob Ross Landscape Brush
    o (1) Bob Ross Fan Brush
    o (1) Bob Ross Painting Knife
    o (1) Bob Ross Canvas
    o (1) Disposable Palette Paper

    Please note: Each person who is painting will need their own ticket. For example, if two people will be painting together, please register for two tickets so we can send you two paint kits. Paint kits are provided by our friends at Bob Ross Inc..

    Spread the joy of painting! You can add an additional kit (for an additional cost) and ship it to a separate address! Just purchase an additional kit and enter the shipping address for that person.

    Don’t delay! Tickets are limited and registration will only be open until October 7, 2024  to allow for timely shipment of kits shipped within the continental U.S.. For kits needing to be shipped to Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada, ticket sales end September 16.

    Shipping Details:
    - Ticket sales end October 7 for kits being shipped to the continental US, so sign up now!
    - Ticket sales end September 16 for Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada.
    - Select the right ticket! Note that there are two ticket types depending on where your kit will be shipped. Failure to select the right ticket will result in delay in shipping or even the possibility that your ticket will not be fulfilled.
    - Make sure that your address is submitted correctly (no typos!)
    - Tickets for kits shipped to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada will incur an additional shipping fee
    - Please note that kits shipped to Canada will come from the US and will incur customs and/or duty fees added by the Canadian Postal System
    - Ticket holders will receive their paint kits approximately 3 weeks after purchase for the continental US and approximately 6 weeks after purchase for kits shipped to Hawaii, Alaska and Canada.
    - Please open your kit when it arrives to ensure you are ready to paint on October 29! Upon the arrival of your kit, please open it up and ensure you have all the necessary materials before the event. If you have any questions regarding your paint kit, please let us know.

    This event is presented by GBH with support from The Joy of Painting with Nicholas Hankins: Bob Ross’ Unfinished Season, American Public Television, Create TV and Bob Ross Inc..

    Ticket purchases for this event support GBH programming.

    How it works:
    This virtual event will take place via Zoom Webinar. Zoom is free to the public but requires a computer download. You can download Zoom here. Your kit will arrive to you in the days before the event.

    By RSVPing for this event, you agree to receive timely news and updates on events, films, and special offers from GBH. Your registration information will be shared with Bob Ross Inc. for the shipment of the art kits.

    Photo of Bob Ross provided by Bob Ross Inc.. Graphic designed by GBH.
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More GBH Events

  • 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 Jamaica Plain. On Sunday, July 21, Centre Street from Lamartine St. to South 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.
  • In Person
    Author Brian Rashad Fuller shares his own story of navigating the world, overcoming his family struggles, and eventually entering an educational system that he believes is inherently racist, damaging, and unhelpful.
  • Virtual
    American Experience presents a virtual PAST FORWARD conversation exploring the role of international politics and nationalism at the Olympic Games. This conversation is inspired in part by our streaming films The Boys of '36 and Jesse Owens.

    In this conversation, panelists will examine the political motives behind competing at and hosting the Olympics. They will also question whether the Games themselves should be thought of as an event fostering peace or as a soft-power battleground for superpowers, examining the role of the United States in creating both of these perceptions. The conversation will seek to understand how the ambitions of individual athletes fit within a nation state's view of the Games as a means toward national glory, throughout history and today.

    Panelists:

    Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Winner of Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism's 'Excellence in Sports Journalism' Award, Zirin is also the host of Edge of Sports Television on The Real News Network and the Edge of Sports Podcast. He has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States,” by Robert Lipsyte. Dave Zirin is, in addition, a columnist for the Progressive.

    Kendra Gage is an Assistant Professor in Teaching in History at the University of California, Riverside. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the department of History. Her research and teaching focus on 20th Century America, Sports and Olympics History, the American West, Black Feminist Thought and the Civil Rights Movement. She is currently reworking her manuscript for publication Creating the Black California Dream: Virna Canson and the Black Freedom Struggle in the Golden State's Capital, 1940-1988," which uses the life of Virna Canson as a lens for incorporating Sacramento's activities within the larger historical framework of the Civil Rights Movement.

    The discussion will be moderated by Adriane Lentz-Smith. Adriane is an Associate Professor of History at Duke University, where she teaches courses on the Civil Rights Movement, Black Lives, Modern America, and History in Fact and Fiction. A scholar of African American history as well as the histories of the twentieth-century United States and the US & the World, Lentz Smith is the author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I (Harvard University Press, 2009), as well as numerous other scholarly articles and reviews.

    This event will be live-streamed on our YouTube and Facebook pages.

  • Virtual
    When Women Ran Fifth Avenue: Glamour and Power at the Dawn of American Fashion is a glittering portrait of the golden age of American department stores and of three visionary women who led them. Journalist Julie Satow draws back the curtain to reveal the masterminds behind the creation and shopping experience at Hortense Odlum’s Bonwit Teller, Dorothy Shaver’s Lord & Taylor, and Geraldine Stutz’s Henri Bendel.

    The twentieth century American department store was a palace of consumption where every wish could be met under one roof – afternoon tea, a stroll through the latest fashions, a wedding (or funeral) planned. It was a place where women, shopper and shopgirl alike, could stake out a newfound independence. Whether in New York or Chicago or on Main Street, USA, men owned the store buildings, but inside, women ruled. In this hothouse atmosphere, three women and their department stores rose to the top, Hortense Odlum (Bonwit Teller), Dorothy Shaver (Lord & Taylor), and Geraldine Stutz (Henri Bendel). They took great risks and forged new paths for the women who followed in their footsteps. Her new book captures the department store in all its glitz, decadence, and fun, and showcases the women who made that beautifully curated world go round.

    Join us for this stylish account, an illustrated presentation by the author followed by a discussion with fashion curator Petra Slinkard.
    Partner:
    American Ancestors Boston Public Library
  • 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 Hyde Park. On Sunday, August 11, Hyde Park Ave. and River St. to Fairmount Ave. and Davison 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!
  • In Person
    The GBH BPL studio 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. Join us!

    Registration is encouraged for this free event.
  • 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 East Boston. On Sunday, September 15, Meridian St. from Maverick to Porter & Bennington St. from Porter to Day Square 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!
  • Virtual
    Calling all fans of This Old House and craft beer! We invite you to attend this unique 90-minute tasting experience. Guests will be sent a kit containing a selection of four independent, craft beers celebrating the season of Oktoberfest. Whether you're versed in many brew styles or just beginning to learn more about the finer points of artisan craft beer, this entertaining virtual event will expand your knowledge of the history and process that goes into creating these special brews. Each beer has been hand-picked by Certified Cicerone® Hal Mooney, the founder of Your Beer Friend, and the evening’s host.

    This exclusive private Zoom will feature This Old House host, Kevin O’Connor, and Charlie Silva, General Contractor. Engage with them as they taste along with you and Hal. The talented This Old House duo will share unique anecdotes from their arsenal of stories amassed working on the show. Swap tasting notes in the chat with them as you savor the four distinct brews we’ll be sampling during the event.

    We hope you, or whoever you're giving this beer kit gift to, is excited to come along on this craft beer journey with us and the duo from This Old House!

    Ticket purchases for this event support GBH programming.

    Your ticket includes:

    - 4 cans of craft beer (enough for two to taste) that will be shipped directly to your door

    - Access to the virtual tasting led by Hal Mooney along with This Old House’s Kevin O’Connor and Charlie Silva

    - 90 minutes of beer education which incorporates your beer-related audience questions

    IMPORTANT NOTES: Kits cannot be shipped to Canada and the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Vermont, Utah, Rhode Island and West Virginia. We also can not ship to any PO boxes.

    Guests must be 21 years old to participate in alcohol related events.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    - Deadline to register for this tasting event is Tuesday, August 20 at 5pm ET, so we can ship your kit in time for the event.

    - You will need to show identification and sign upon delivery to prove you are 21+ years of age. (The beer will not be delivered without proof of ID)

    - This kit includes 4 cans of beer, each can serves tasting pours for 2 people

    Photo Credit: Connie Chornuk
  • 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!

    Registration is encouraged for this free event.
  • In Person
    Virtual
    Join rock pioneer June Millington and acclaimed indie artist Emm Gryner for an enlightening discussion and performance.

    June Millington—guitarist and founding member of all-female rock band Fanny—will converse with Emm Gryner—independent singer/songwriter, bassist, and pianist—about Fanny, music, and activism. The main content will conclude with a musical performance.

    This program is part of our Lowell Lecture Series and our “Revolutionary Music: Music for Social Change” programmatic theme.
    Partner:
    Boston Public Library
  • 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 Allston/Brighton. On Sunday, October 20, Harvard Ave. and Brighton Ave. from Cambridge to Comm Ave 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!
  • 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!

    This month, we’re getting spooky in space as we travel to the darkest corners of our solar system in search of answers to the mysteries (and horrors!) of the cosmos.

    Registration is encouraged for this free event.