The Women Who Mapped the Stars production

Sarah Oakes Muirhead (Henrietta Swan Leavitt) in The Women Who Mapped the Stars at Central Square Theater. Photograph by A.R. Sinclair Photography.


The Women Who Mapped the Stars at Central Square Theater

By James Foritano There are times when a reviewer comes home after a late night to look at his theater ticket and feel like kissing it for the scintillating drama its admission provided. That’s how I felt, in spades, as I looked at author Joyce Van Dyke’s light blue ticket to her play, “The Women […]


NYC Met New Admissions Policy

NYC Met New Admissions Policy


WHAT’S UP? NEW ADMISSIONS POLICY AT THE MET

By Nancy Nesvet NEW YORK CITY — On March 1, the Metropolitan Museum of Art instituted an admission fee for the first time since its April 13, 1870 founding. It was a sad day for art, art lovers and those not yet aware of how enjoyable the art experience can be. Numerous artists, including Ai […]



A Portable Block Party: Funky Dawgz Brass Band at the Middle East

By Shem Tane On April 19, I saw Funky Dawgz Brass Band  at the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub in Cambridge, Mass. I ended up at this specific show through multiple recommendations from friends who couldn’t stop talking about the raw energy that the band blasts out of its trumpets, trombones, saxophones and tubas. My […]


IMAGE: Christie Lee Gibson (seated), Brian Church, in The Rosenburgs. Photograph by Kalman Zabarsky.

IMAGE: Christie Lee Gibson (seated), Brian Church, in The Rosenburgs. Photograph by Kalman Zabarsky.


The Rosenbergs (An Opera)

Presented by the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) and produced by Boston University and Brandeis University, The Rosenbergs (An Opera) is moving to its Brandeis University venue this Thursday, April 26, to run through its final matinee performance on April 29.


David Brewster, Peale’s Triangle, 2017, oil on board.

David Brewster, Peale’s Triangle, 2017, oil on board.


DAVID BREWSTER: EXPLORING MARYLAND’S SOCIAL LANDSCAPE

David Brewster, originally a Marylander, now practicing in rural Vermont, is one gutsy artist. His solo exhibition at The Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore shows his depiction of events and characters important to him that should be important to all of us. The Maryland Historical Society, honoring its mission of presenting work relevant to Maryland’s history, good or bad, brutal and violent, proves equally brave in presenting Brewster’s paintings.


(Clockwise from top left: “Boston Strong,” wall tower of 110 running shoes memorial assemblage; John Buron, “Eugene Roberts,” mixed media fabric/wall quilt banner; Jeff Grassie, “Invincible,” mixed media, wood, sculpture; Christopher DeRosa, “1897,” wood assemblage with electric lamp (photographs by J. Fatima Martins).

(Clockwise from top left: “Boston Strong,” wall tower of 110 running shoes memorial assemblage; John Buron, “Eugene Roberts,” mixed media fabric/wall quilt banner; Jeff Grassie, “Invincible,” mixed media, wood, sculpture; Christopher DeRosa, “1897,” wood assemblage with electric lamp (photographs by J. Fatima Martins).


THEMATIC DUETS IN A LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP: THE 26.2 MILE JOURNEY AT ATTLEBORO ARTS MUSEUM

“A Long-Distance Relationship: The 26.2 Mile Journey” is a hybrid art invitational created to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and celebrate the social importance of sport running as a unifying community activity. It also reveals human athleticism as a source of personal triumph with greater cultural relevance especially as it relates to gender and ability, and spotlights some ‘firsts’ within the sport, including Eugene Roberts who became the first unofficial wheelchair athlete to complete the Boston Marathon in 1970, crossing the finish line in a hospital-issued wheelchair; and, Robert Louise “Bobbi” Gibb, the first unregistered woman to run the entire Boston Marathon in 1966, as well as Sara Mae Berman, the unofficial women’s winner in the years 1969 through 1971. Women were banned from officially competing in the Boston Marathon until 1972.


Seydou Keita, Untitled, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, at The Armory Show, New York (photograph by Nancy Nesvet).


VOLTA AND FINAL THOUGHTS ON NEW YORK ART FAIRS, WINTER 2018

by Nancy Nesvet MARCH 13, 2019 — With the headlines changing at the speed of the wind blowing snow around New York and New England this week, it’s difficult for artists to keep up with making work reflecting daily politics. After the emphasis on the possible “wall,” treatment of LatinX at the Miami Fairs last […]


Greg Maraio, Anthony Goes and Gigi Watson (l to r) star in Walt McGough’s “Brawler (photography by Kalman Zabarsky).


WALT MCGOUGH’S BRAWLER AT THE BOSTON PLAYWRIGHT THEATRE

by James Foritano BOSTON, MA–It’s an unimposing facade and a small stage inside the Boston Playwrights’ Theater at 949 Commonwealth Avenue, so if you take your cues from looks and size, you’re not prepared at all for the tragic grandeur of “Brawler,” authored by Walt McGough, and directed in a world premiere collaboration with Kitchen […]


Daniel Gerroll, Patricia Kalember, Karen Pittman and Jim Poulos in The White Card (Photography by Gretjen Helene Photography).


THE WHITE CARD AT THE EMERSON PARAMOUNT CENTER

by James Foritano BOSTON, MA–Claudia Rankine’s The White Card, playing through April 1 at the Emerson Paramount Center on the Robert J. Orchard Stage, is about both the privileges of whiteness in a multi-racial society and the enervating struggles of a family in conflict and confrontation. Either one of these themes is huge enough to […]


Georg Kuettinger in front of his Laguna painting from his Diasec series, 2017, at the Python Gallery, Zurich, booth at SCOPE New York (photograph by Nancy Nesvet).


PHOTOGRAPHS AND PORTRAITS STEAL THE SHOW AT SCOPE NEW YORK

by Nancy Nesvet MARCH 9, 2018, NEW YORK CITY — Newly painted white walls and large spaces for exhibitors gave the SCOPE New York International Contemporary Art Fair the look of a high-priced gallery. The two-story space, in an old office building on West 18th St in New York from March 8 through 11, gave […]