Cutrona’s “Political Lens opens” at Savin Hill’s Hall Space

Remember those Cracker Jack prizes, pictures that featured an image that seemed to move or change expression? Much more sophisticated versions of these “wiggle pictures” are currently on display at the HallSpace (950 Dot Avenue) through November 24.

Curator John Colan presents Richard Cutrona’s Political Lens, an exhibition of lenticular prints (printed images that have an illusion of depth, and as the viewing angle changes the image changes or moves). Some of the panels are as big as 5 x 10 feet.

Studying the images embedded within other images, gallery-goers can test themselves to see how many of the foreign world leaders they can identify versus how many of the US figures.

Richard Cutrona uses lenticular prints to explore the struggle the US has with international identity, by juxtaposing images of politicians and emotionally charged events, like pairing assassination victims, John F. Kennedy and Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.  
 
Cutrona notes, “By blurring the line between the data streams of contemporary mass media and the more meditative qualities of Middle Eastern Art, I open a dialog that addresses our ideas on the relationship between the United States, The Middle East and the rest of the world. The lenticular image momentarily strips away our ability to critically assess the visual information being presented to us. Constantly in flux, these pieces speak to the malleable nature of human perception.”

In her review the Globe’s Cate McQuaid said, “There’s a ricochet quality to the way the images play off one another…these works are fun.”

For viewing hours visit hallspace.org.

No “Messiah Sunday”

Dwindling support has spelled the end, at least for the foreseeable future, of a grand Advent tradition that began at St. William parish and continued until last year at Blessed Mother Teresa Parish when St. William and St. Margaret parishes merged. Thanks largely to support from Savin Hill residents, the event formerly featured a full orchestra playing classical popular and liturgical selections before, during and after an 11 am Mass at the 800 Columbia Rd church.

According to tradition-founder and music director Sheldon Lee, the number of donors had plummeted from 80 to around 12. Despite the packed pews and rave reviews, the parish could no longer afford the concert. Lee, however, does not rule out the possibility of reviving the tradition sometime in the future.

“Rhythm in the Night” Returns

Dorchester’s Sean C. Fielder and his Dot-based Boston Tap Company will bring back “Rhythm in the Night,” a tap, funk and hip-hop dance revue to the Main Stage Theater of Roxbury Community College on Sat., Nov. 17 at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $25. Fielder says, “Electrifying the stage with lightening fast feet and music that navigates from classical swing, salsa to hip hop and reggae, ‘Rhythm in the Night’ will have your feet tapping from beginning to end.”

This year, “Rhythm in the Night” will feature spoken word artist Louna Love and special guests Lil Phunk, Contemporarily Out of Order, Hands Down Tap Project, Stajez Dance Company, Christopher Scott, Hillary-Marie Michael, Kyle Wilder Dan Mitra, and Janelle Gilchrist. Besides Fielder, other locals appearing in the show are 3rd grader Dana A. Fisher II and Joe Gonzalez who has performed in Scotland, Denmark and India. Details at thebostontapcompany.com.