Arts

Spotlighting local artists, exhibitions, and galleries, dance, musicals, theatre, public art and everything in between.

TTYL: PERFORMANCE ART, UNCOMMONLY COMMON OBJECTS, AND AN IPHONE APP AIM TO GET VIEWERS TALKING AT THE MFA

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For those of us — myself included — who can’t seem to remember our Apple password when the occasion demands, the other six pieces are every bit as buzz-worthy as the tech-stallation … if not more so (sorry, Miranda). Continue reading

WOODS + COUNTRY: TWO DYNAMITE EXHIBITIONS OPEN AT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

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Before we get to the meat and potatoes of Peabody Essex Museum’s two new exhibitions, let us declare that a trip on the commuter rail to Salem can take less time than getting from the depths of Somerville to Jamaica Plain, or from Dorchester to parts of Cambridge. Continue reading

BLACK RADICAL IMAGINATION: EMERGING ARTISTS TELL NEW STORIES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

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“The linear structure has always kind of been a deterrent for people of color to express their stories. It’s a structure that’s been indoctrinated by the entertainment industry. Part of making this program was to oppose that, and the stereotypes we’re constantly boxed in, and the lack of ownership we have of over our identities on screen.” Continue reading

THE STRANGER: MEET THE WORD NERD BEHIND JAMAICA PLAIN’S NEWEST BOOKSTORE

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If there is one thing you’ll learn about Kate Layte upon first meeting her—aside from the fact that she has an uncanny ability to cite an appropriate literary reference for any conversation—it’s her passionate interest in supporting the community. Continue reading

THE FINAL FEAST: J. CANNIBAL REFLECTS ON 13 YEARS OF CULT FILMS + HORROR BURLESQUE

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“I’ve thought about hanging up my leopard print pants for a few years now, but felt that, if I were going to go out on a number, it had to be lucky number 13.” Continue reading

DIG THIS: CAT VIDEOS + DAVID SEDARIS + POOL (NO WATER)

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It’s that time of the week again when we get to tell you about cool things going on in the city. For instance: the largest Contemporary Art Museum under 100 square feet. Continue reading

SPECIAL: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF HUB HIP-HOP

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Like so much history about communities of color, the narrative of Boston hip-hop has been largely buried, ignored, forgotten. Thankfully, there remain innumerable artists, writers, fans, and even academics who, in the storytelling tradition rap music is rooted in, have kept dope alive via marvelous multimedia tributes. This whole package is dedicated to them. Continue reading

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