3:46 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Director Dan Fogelman On Making 'Danny Collins'

Folk musician Steve Tilman, whose lost letter from John Lennon pulled director Dan Fogleman out of writer's block and into the script for "Danny Collins."
Credit Shay Rowan /

Director Dan Fogelman sat down with WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen to talk about his new film, "Danny Collins," which opens Friday in Boston theaters. 

Read the transcript of the extended interview:

JARED BOWEN: So as you say, the caption at the beginning says, this is somewhat based on a true story. How did you learn about it?

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10:30 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Handel & Haydn, Shades of Sound, Secret Flower Sculptures, Danny Collins

Shades of Sound, presented by Boston Ballet and performed at the Boston Opera House through March 29th.
Credit Boston Ballet

Handel & Haydn Bicentennial An exhibition of materials from the H+H rich archives is on view at the Boston Public Library’s Copley branch through September 5th

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10:27 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Jared Bowen's Weekend Picks: Big Fish, Shockheaded Peter, Gardner Museum Theft

Big Fish Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, playing at the Calderwood Pavilion through April 11th.
Credit Craig Bailey / Perspective Photo

Big Fish Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion, through April 11

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5:31 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Gardner Museum Security Director: 'We'll Get The Paintings Back'

The FBI has been searching for the 13 missing pieces of art since 1990.
Credit FBI

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s security director, Anthony Amore, is never far from his work searching for the 13 missing pieces of art lifted from the museum a quarter century ago.

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7:15 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

WATCH: At The Gardner, The Inside Story Behind The Biggest Art Theft In American History

Édouard Manet, Chez Tortoni, about 1875, oil on canvas
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

It was 25 years ago tonight when thieves masquerading as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and pulled off the biggest art heist in American history. They stole 13 works now valued at more than $500 million. In the interim years, the museum’s director, Anne Hawley, has not spoken a lot about the case. But she recently sat down with WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen for her only TV interview on the subject.

See the missing works in the slideshow above. 

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10:59 am
Thu March 12, 2015

This Weekend: Jared Bowen Recommends, The Colored Museum, Grounded, Simon Says, '71

Capathia Jenkins, Ken Robinson, and Nathan Lee Graham. The uproarious and groundbreaking comedy by George C. Wolfe that redefined what it meant to be black in contemporary America, The Colored Museum plays March 6 — April 5, 2015 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre.
Credit T. Charles Erickson.

The Colored Museum Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at the BU Theatre through April 5th; Billy Porter’s Live From Lincoln Center special airs April 3rd on PBS.

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7:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

'The Colored Museum,' The Play That's Redefining Racial America

Shayna Small, Nathan Lee Graham, and Capathia Jenkins perform one of the 11 exhibits in the play. The Colored Museum plays March 6 — April 5, 2015 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre.
Credit T. Charles Erickson / Huntington Theatre Company


Just as the country is consumed with the events of Ferguson, Selma, and now Madison, Wisconsin, comes "The Colored Museum," a play that makes no apologies over what it’s really about.

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11:14 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Jared Bowen's Weekend Picks: The Lady of the Camellias, Honeymoon in Vegas, and More

The Lady of the Camellias: Presented by Boston Ballet, it plays at the Boston Opera House through March 8th.
Credit Boston Ballet

The Lady of the Camellias Presented by Boston Ballet, it plays at the Boston Opera House through March 8th

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12:44 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

At 200, Handel And Haydn Society's Music Remains Unchanged

Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society is celebrating its bicentennial this season making it the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the country. The times may have changed, but the music and the instruments have not.
Credit WGBH News

Everything about the Handel and Haydn Society is vintage: the name, the music and the instruments. Today, as it’s always been, H+H is rooted in musical tradition.

"Why it was called Handel and Haydn was simply," said Artistic Director Harry Christophers, "Handel was the old, Haydn was the new."

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4:58 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

'When The Stars Begin To Fall' Eyes South As Real And Fabled Place

Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art has gone south. Its latest exhibition, "When the Stars Begin to Fall," focuses on the many different aspects of the American South, featuring a range of artists from the celebrated to the incarcerated. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen has more.

11:08 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Intimate Apparel, Oceanside, LIFT/ Women Powerlifters

Amanda Ruggiero and Kris Sidberry of Intimate Apparel, playing at the Lyric Stage Company through March.
Credit Glenn Perry

Intimate Apparel Plays at the Lyric Stage Company through March 14th

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7:13 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Father Of Modern Iranian Sculpture's First US Show At Wellesley

Legendary Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli had never had a museum show in the United States before the Davis Museum at Wellesley College came out with a retrospective of the 77-year-old artist's work.

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6:37 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Vienna To Boston: Stolen Art Finds New Home At MFA

Commode with corner cupboards (commode a encoignures); Promised gift of the heirs of Bettina Looram de Rothschild
Credit Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

During World War II, the Nazis waged a relentless campaign to loot many of the great art treasures of Europe. The legendary Rothschild family was among the victims. And while much of what was stolen from them was recovered by Allied troops, it was decades later until all the art was returned to the family.

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5:45 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Oscar Contender: Rory Kennedy's Vietnam Documentary

Aboard the USS Kirk, crew members signal the Chinook to hover over the deck and drop its passengers out. April 29, 1975
Credit Courtesy of Hugh Doyle

 All eyes will be turned to the television this Sunday night to catch Hollywood’s glitterati attending the 87th Academy Awards, and WGBH News will watching, too.  Our interest is most keen for the results of “Best Documentary Feature”, where the locally-produced "Last Days in Vietnam," directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, is a contender.

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12:01 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Why The 'Selma' Soundtrack Deserves An Oscar

"Within the Black experience, whether historical or contemporary, music is never simply a background. Music is the foreground and it matters!"

Selma is powerful, provocative, conversation starter on race relations in our nation. While pundits and critics focus on the portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson and others bemoan the lack of awards, don’t sleep on the music!

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12:02 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Parviz Tanavoli, The Wiz, The Last Five Years

Parviz Tanavoli, Lion and Sun, 2013. Silkscreen, 70 x 100 cm. Collection of the artist.

Parviz Tanavoli On view at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College through June 7th

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6:21 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Progress Through The Lens Of Gordon Parks

"Untitled," St. Louis, Missouri; Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006); 1950; Photograph, gelatin silver print
Credit Photograph by Gordon Parks. Courtesy and © The Gordon Parks Foundation / Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Acclaimed photographer Gordon Parks' assignment for Life Magazine to depict the realities of life under segregation had the making of a searing series. But the story was never published, and the pictures never saw the light of day, until Museum of Fine Arts Curator Karen Haas unraveled some of the mystery. 

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6:55 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

After 25 Years Amid Breathtaking Art, Gardner Director Anne Hawley Stepping Down

Anne Hawley has headed the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for 25 years. She recently announced that she would step down at the end of the year.
Credit Courtesy of Gardner Museum

After 25 years at the helm, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Director Anne Hawley announced she's stepping down at the end of the year. But she still has the energy and enthusiasm of a brand-new arrival.

"I love this place, and I think it’s going to have an even greater future because I think museums are public spaces where people who are so worn down by the constant assault of media from their devices or from the wear and tear of everyday life can come and find themselves again," Hawley said.   

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10:53 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Gordon Parks, When The Stars Begin to Fall, Father Comes Home From The Wars

Gordon Parks, Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan, 1950.
Credit Photograph by Gordon Parks, courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Gordon Parks Foundation

Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott On view at the MFA through September 13th

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2:20 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Before Women's Lib, Opera Divas Weighed Down By Diamonds And Haute Couture

Melrose, Mass.-born Geraldine Farrar, the daughter of a men's clothier, would come to wear haute couture as she performed throughout Europe and America.
Images courtesy of Kathleen McDermott; produced by Amanda Kersey

Until the early 20th century, few women could make art and travel the world. Still fewer could do it with enough flair to become famous and stockpile a fortune in jewels while fostering gender equality. But a number of women born into families of musicians or trained in singing managed it—at least while their voices held out—as opera divas. MassArt fashion historian and artist Kathleen McDermott has put a striking touch on surviving images of 26 of them in "A Diva Story-Book, 1700-1920."

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10:05 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: The Second Girl, Breath And Imagination, Jupiter Ascending

MacKenzie Meehan, Kathleen McElfresh, and Christopher Donahue in the Huntington Theatre Company production of the moving Irish drama The Second Girl by Ronan Noone, directed by Campbell Scott, playing January 16 – February 21
Credit T. Charles Erickson

The Second Girl Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion through February 21st

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12:26 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

deCordova Museum Presents Contemporary Artists' Takes On 'Walden'

It was 170 years ago when Henry David Thoreau famously went into the woods, living the spartan life and eventually producing his treatise Walden. In its latest show, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum commissioned a group of artists to reconsider Thoreau in Walden, revisited

3:10 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

'The Second Girl' A New Twist On A Eugene O’Neill Classic

"Long Day’s Journey into Night" is Eugene O’Neill’s harrowing play about a broken-down family. Below stairs, the servants now get their due in playwright Ronan Noone’s latest work, "The Second Girl," which imagines their world. 

6:35 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Remembering 'Sidewalk Sam,' Who Brought Color To Boston's Streets

After receiving an elite art education and showing work in galleries, Boston artist Bob Guillemin left that lifestyle to paint the city's streets, which he did for decades.
Credit Wendy Maeda / Courtesy of The Boston Globe

Bob Guillemin could very well have spent his life in hallowed museum and gallery halls, but he preferred life on the street. For decades beginning in the 1970s, he chalked and painted on pavement, earning the nickname Sidewalk Sam. It was an effort to pry art away from its lofty perch and bring it out into the open air for everyone to see.  

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10:45 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Arts This Week: Motown The Musical, Herbie Hancock, Black or White

Motown: The Musical, presented by Broadway in Boston, playing at the Boston Opera House through February 15th.

Motown: The Musical Presented by Broadway In Boston, it plays at the Boston Opera House through February 15th

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5:49 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Harvard Brings Damaged Rothko Murals Back To Light

What’s old is new again at the Harvard Art Museums, thanks to some very creative use of technology. A conservation team has brought new life to a priceless series of artworks that were thought to be damaged beyond repair some 35 years ago. 

5:15 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Remembering Boston Artist John Wilson

Artist John Wilson’s talent was evident virtually from the moment he began sketching Roxbury streetscapes. His career since was both storybook and searing as the African American artist witnessed decade after decade of social injustice. The Boston native died Thursday at his home in Brookline at the age of 92. 

12:56 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Arts Report: A Future Perfect, Walden Revisited, Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol

A Future Perfect, Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, playing at the Calderwood Pavilion through February 7th
Credit Craig Bailey / Pespective photo

A Future Perfect Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion through February 7th

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6:53 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Sitting Down With 'American Sniper' Star Sienna Miller

The movie "American Sniper " got six 2015 Academy Award nominations, including best picture and best actor. The film is based on the true story of the man known as the most lethal sniper in Navy SEAL history. Actress Sienna Miller plays that man’s wife, Taya Kyle, in the film, and WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen recently sat down with her to talk about the experience.