The Cape Ann Museum was closed for the better part of last year and for good reason. It’s been undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. The museum re-opened this week sporting a new look. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen got a tour before the doors opened to the public.
For more than 100 years, the adventures of Peter Pan have captivated audiences, from the famous play starring Mary Martin in the title role to the beloved Disney movie. The classic tale was the brainchild of playwright J.M. Barrie. Now, the story of how Barrie came to imagine a world of fairies and lost boys is the basis of a new musical, based on the 2004 film “Finding Neverland,” as WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen explained.
I don't have enough thumbs to raise in appreciation for the new Finding Neverland. It was no surprise to receive their official announcement yesterday: this show is bound for Broadway. Be sure to catch it while you can and see the incredible Jeremy Jordan, who is sure to pick up awards for this performance.
Robin Williams was a singular performer. His wit, his timing and his range earned him the admiration of fellow comedians and dramatic actors alike. Actor and comedian Steve Sweeney had the privilege of meeting him.
The cartoon Astro Boy is one of Japan's most beloved figures, and in this age of anime, he's as heroic as ever. Now he's the subject of a Company One show, "Astro Boy & the God of Comics," that has WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen raving.
Some of the biggest books and movies aimed at young people in recent years have been rooted in fantasy: think "Twilight," "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games." But "The Fault In Ours Stars" deals with a hard truth of real life, telling the story of a teenage girl with cancer who falls in love with a boy she meets at a support group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.