Arts

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

BORN TO RUN: GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES CHIME IN ON ARTS MATTER DAY

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Back in July, at the Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity in Worcester, Martha Coakley talked herself in circles and Charlie Baker was a no show. With Election Day edging closer, Coakley (D) and Baker (R) have firmed up their respective stances on the arts. Continue reading

THOMAS PAGE MCBEE’S ‘MAN ALIVE’ WILL BE ASSIGNED TO YOUR GRANDCHILDREN IN HIGH SCHOOL

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By the time I say all this out loud, Thomas Page McBee will likely be a ubiquitous name in literary circles, and folks will scratch their chins as I remind them that before Man Alive was assigned to every high school student in the land, such stories of staggering transgender triumph hadn’t yet become part of the American narrative. Continue reading

IT’S ALL VERY COSMIC: THE DISPLACED HINDU GODS TRILOGY

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The trilogy is expansive and bursting with energy, each play exploring the inherent symbolism of the deities of the Hindu Trinity through the lens of human stories exploring themes of self-discovery and identity in an era of post-colonialism. Continue reading

ALL ABOUT DAPHNA: BOSTON CONSERVATORY ALUMNA TALKS HER LATEST ROLE IN “BAD JEWS”

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Daphna Feygenbaum is devout, passionate, driven, and manipulative. And Alison McCartan, who has stepped into Daphna’s shoes for SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of Joshua Harmon’s play “Bad Jews,” is three of these things—unless she is manipulative, and then maybe I’ve been duped. Continue reading

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

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