Arts

Arts
6:36 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Will The Outside The Box Festival Return?

When Boston arts patron Ted Cutler looked at the summer calendar, he saw an opportunity for a new arts festival in Boston. Thus, was born the Outside the Box festival. Featuring over 200 acts, it was held last July on Boston Common.

ARTS
2:16 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Jamie Wyeth Retrospective At The MFA

The “Wyeth” name is one of the most famous on the American art scene. Needham native N.C. Wyeth created more than 3,000 paintings. Works by his son, Andrew Wyeth, hang on the walls of most major American museums.  And now, the Museum of Fine Arts is presenting the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Andrew Wyeth’s son, Jamie. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen recently spoke with Jamie Wyeth about the collection. 

Arts
10:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Arts This Week: Apes, Patriots, And Free Music

Credit www.dawnofapes.com

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes In Theaters Friday.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes is threatened by a band of humans who survived a devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. The CGI is incredible. The story will draw you in. One of the best movies of the summer. 

 

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ARTS
6:55 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Concord Museum Recalls 'Shot Heard Round The World' Hour By Hour

The infamous “Shot Heard Round the World” was a turning point in American history, one we all read about in school. But now, the Concord Museum is doing one better than the history books by creating an hour-by-hour account of the day that shot was fired. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen has our story.

BOOKS
2:48 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Must-Read Books Of The Summer

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or riding out a rainstorm in a cozy cabin, a good read is the perfect companion. A panel of local writers shared some titles worth devouring this summer. 

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FILM
2:47 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Must-See Movies Of The Summer

We’ve brought together a panel of critics who’ve curated the must-see movies of the summer, from the loud-and-proud blockbusters to darling little indies. 

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Arts
10:56 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Arts This Week In NYC: Violet, Cabaret and Hedwig

Sutton Foster and Colin Donnell in Violet.
Credit Joan Marcus / Roundabout Theater Company

It's a tough part of my job, really, to visit New York City and check out the theater scene. If you are inclined to make the same trek to the Big Apple—which I encourage—here are a few plays not to miss during your stay.

Violet Presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company, it plays through August 10th at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway.

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ARTS
1:30 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

MFA Gives Treasured Antiquities Back To Nigeria

Head; artist unidentified, African; Edo peoples; Benin kingdom, Nigeria; about 1750; terracotta, traces of pigment
Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

For years, a collection of Nigerian antiquities has been a treasured part of the Museum of Fine Art's African art holdings. But the MFA has announced it returned eight of those pieces to Nigeria, including two artifacts roughly 2,000 years old. After a year and a half of research, the MFA determined the pieces had been removed from Nigeria illegally.

ARTS
6:39 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays Open Art To Everyone

Massachusetts is home to dozens of art institutions and historical landmarks that bring in billions in tourism dollars, but the price of admission keeps some local residents from experiencing the cultural gems attract so many out-of-towners. That’s the reason behind Highland Street Foundation's “Free Fun Fridays.”

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Arts
1:59 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Arts This Week: Bulger vs. US, Fyvush Finkel and Fun Fridays

Mugshot of James "Whitey" Bulger.
Credit Federal Bureau of Investigation / Magnolia Pictures

Before you indulge in the deluge of summer blockbuster films, consider this documentary with its scathing presentation of the role law enforcement played in the Bulger case. Next, plan some early Friday departures to take advantage of the 60+ venues swinging open their doors free to the public through the summer months.

Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger, In theaters Friday.

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ARTS
6:06 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

'Give More Than You Take' A Unique Portrait Of The 1980s

The 1980s seem to be on its way to becoming an art movement. A time rife with huge social issues like the AIDS crisis, it's also come to define many artists who professionally came of age then. That's the case in the Institute of Contemporary Art's newest show titled “Give More Than You Take,” a retrospective of artist Jim Hodges.

Arts
3:08 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Madeleine Albright Gets Right To The Point— Even At Wellesley College

Serpent, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1860

From lizards and snakes to mushrooms and monkeys, from antique eagles to homemade hearts, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s collection of pins is on display at Wellesley College.

The exhibition, “Read My Pins,” has toured the nation and stopped at Albright’s alma mater for a special visit. WGBH spoke with Secretary Albright, famous for her diplomatic usage of brooches and pins, about some of her favorites and the stories behind them.

Pins With a Purpose

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Arts
3:06 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Arts This Week: Madeleine Albright's Pins, Dramatic Drone Warfare

Former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A surprisingly inviting look at the art of diplomacy and an intense play about living in a world of drone warfare highlight this week's arts picks.

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ARTS
6:42 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

'Pattern Of Life' Portrays Drone Pilot's Personal Story

Lewis Wheeler, right, plays a drone pilot who communicates with a Pakistani villager (played by Nael Nacer, left) in his dreams.
Credit New Repertory Theatre

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Arts
7:44 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Arts This Week: Gidion's Knot, Hodges And Kunstkammers

Olivia D’Ambrosio and Deb Martin in Gidion's Knot
Credit Bridge Rep Theater Co.

There's an unintentional theme of the peculiar in the Arts to present this week. A play of an unexpected parent-teacher conference for a child who has died is fraught with tension and opens up to the larger conversation around bullying and culpability. An artist's work on view at the ICA gives visitors the immersive experience of burial and his dead mother's favorite perfume. A coatroom in the MFA becomes an alcove for curious collections and the Seattle Symphony leaves many puzzled after a pop song performance.

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ARTS
6:01 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

'The Arts Factor' Reveals Financial Impact of Cultural Community

It’s clear that the arts are a force in this region, but for the first time ever, the full financial picture is coming into focus. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen briefs us on “The Arts Factor,” a report released today by the non-profit ArtsBoston.

ARTS
8:30 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Broadway's Big Night: Takeaways From The Tony Awards

Actress Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony award on Sunday. Jared Bowen interviewed her in 2012 when she was in "Porgy and Bess" at the A.R.T.
Credit WGBH News

The Tony Awards are a celebration of one of New York City’s most prominent tourist attractions. But in recent years, Broadway’s biggest night has also been a banner night for Boston. That trend continued last night, as the award for Best Play went to “All the Way,” the story of LBJ’s struggle to push through the Civil Rights Act.

See WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen's take on the Tony's.

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Arts
4:34 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Turner's Maritime Paintings At PEM

Thomas Moran, Fiercely the red sun descending/Burned his way along the heavens (1875-1876). North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, purchased with funds from the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest)

The Peabody Essex Museum sets us sail for summer with its newest show, Turner & the Sea. This is a first-ever look at the British master’s half-century long attraction to ocean.

The sea has always had an allure for many, from the sailors looking for adventure to those seeking solace, from poets to painters. But there is one artist, says curator Daniel Finamore of the Peabody Essex Museum, who captured it like no other. That is famed British painter J. M. W. Turner.

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ARTS
5:54 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

'The Fault In Our Stars' A Movie Younger Readers Have Waited For

"The Fault in Our Stars" is a movie about teenage love hatched in a cancer support group, and it may end up being one of the biggest movies of the summer. 

Arts
5:26 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Arts This Week: Smart Patients, Smart Moms, Smart People

McKinley Belcher III as Jackson Moore and Eunice Wong as Ginny Yang in Smart People
Credit T. Charles Erickson

Two courageous teens rely on love to face cancer, director Diane Paulus expresses all she is glad she learned from her mother in a new Cirque du Soleil performance, and playwright Lydia Diamond treats issues of prejudice with comedy, smartly.

Smart People Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion through June 29th.

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Arts
11:33 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Arts This Week: Prospero, Turner And The Stormy Sea

Teller's magic brings us a new Prospero in the A.R.T's The Tempest
Credit American Repertory Theater

Two men looking at the sea—one learns to harness its strength, even as he is jailed by it. The other learns to render it on canvas for others to see its power and might. 

The Tempest, Plays at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center through June 15th.

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Arts
6:20 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Boston Ballet Back On Its Fiscal Toes

Lia Cirio and Lasha Khozashvili in Emeralds ©The George Balanchine Trust.
Credit Rosalie O'Connor Photography

The Board of the Boston Ballet announced today the appointment of its new Executive Director, Meredith (“Max”) Hodges. Together with Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, Hodges is expected to lead the company on its continued upward trajectory as a world-class ballet company.

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Arts
11:54 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Arts this Week: Sondheim, Stephen King and Foodtrucks

Credit Mark S. Howard

Sondheim's outrageous co-opting of our beloved fairy tales never gets old, and in this rendition of Into the Woods, the Lyric Stage Company rises to the musical challenges . It's sure to delight. Meanwhile, setting Stephen King to music was a mistake in the 1980s, and despite the Speakeasy's attempt to contextualize the story within how our society now views bullying, the play remains difficult to deliver.

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Arts
12:42 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Arts This Week: Modern Dance and Modernized Monsters

Rehearsal for Le Grand Continental at Copley Square
Credit Celebrity Series of Boston

The Boston Ballet under the artistic direction of Mikko Nissinen is delivering fantastic and ultra modern performances, while outside, the dreams of many to dance in public are realized because one choreographer is willing to take his training on the road. Plus, Godzilla saves the day again, and looks good doing it. 

Pricked Presented by Boston Ballet, it plays at the Boston Opera House through May 18th.

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ARTS
6:41 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Evolution Of Dance: Contemporary Performances In Boston

There's a fit of contemporary dance taking hold of Boston this week, from the esteemed Boston Ballet to a company of amateur dancers kicking it up in Copley Square. 

ARTS
6:32 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

'Fed Up' Documentary Fights Food Industry

If you chow down on donuts or pig out on pastries, you’re probably at least somewhat aware of the health consequences. But foods that might seem “good for you” could be just as harmful. The new documentary “Fed Up” aims to pull back the curtain on the food industry. WGBH News arts editor Jared Bowen has more. 

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Arts
12:01 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Arts This Week: Sontag, Fed Up and Neighbors

Moe Angelos in Sontag: Reborn at The Paramount
Credit ArtsEmerson

Sontag: Reborn Plays at ArtsEmerson’s Paramount Center through May 18th.

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Arts
3:29 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Mr. Showoff: Eugene Lee Designs From Providence To Broadway

Framed sketches of the set for Wicked in Eugene Lee's home.
Credit Jared Bowen

The Tony-winning set designer Eugene Lee is the man responsible for the indelible look of Broadway productions Oz and Wicked, as well as the television sets for Saturday Night Live and the new home for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. For decades, Lee has imagined the worlds that our favorite theater and television personalities inhabit, all from the bastion of creativity that is his Providence, RI home studio.

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