Apr. 17, 2014
In the midst of ramped up coverage of the Marathon and the Marathon bombing tragedy, a small group of Boston area artists gathered near the Boylston Street finish line on Tuesday evening to raise a contrarian view about the meaning of the slogan “Boston Strong” in the context of neighborhood violence.
Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla, a former Dorchester resident, was one of three artists to put together a show called “Boston Strong?” to spark discussion about the coverage of the Marathon bombings and the comparative lack of coverage of the victims of crime in the city’s neighborhoods, including Dorchester.
“One thing about my work is it is making commentary about how our culture is pretty violent in general with terrorism or domestic violence or street violence,” Gane-McCalla said.
Her piece, in which drawings of people covered newspaper articles of violent events, stood beside those of artists Shea Justice and Jason Pramas at the Community Church of Boston’s Lothrop Auditorium at 565 Boylston St., one block from the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square. Read more
Boston Public School students and the general public will get to see the results of the Strand Theatre’s recent multi-million dollar renovation tomorrow as the Boston Ballet (BB) returns for its 5th annual visit to Uphams Corner with an 11 a.m. performance for BPS students and another at 7 p.m.for the general public.
In partnership with the city of Boston and the BPS, the program features dances by Boston Ballet, BB II, BB School students, and students from BB’s Education & Community Initiatives (ECI), including Dot’s own Boys in Motion from the Lilla G. Frederick Middle School. Read more
Dorchester is home to some seriously talented kids and teens – and not just in our classrooms and on our sports fields. We have amazing singers, actors, dancers, and performers here, too. And if you’re of a mind, this weekend would be a great time to show them some much-needed support.
There are several performances on tap over the new few days that are open to the public. Read more
Feb. 11, 2014
“So, I can be a curator even though I’m only 14?” exclaimed the high school student.
Yesterday evening, more than 100 guests flocked to the second floor gallery of the Massachusetts Archives on Columbia Point for the opening reception of “A Story We Share: Massachusetts Artists Celebrating Black History and Culture.” While an exhibit by black artists during February is rarely front page news, what is remarkable is that this show has been curated by three Boston Arts Academy (BAA) high school students, all of whom happen to be Dorchester or Mattapan residents. Read more
Jan. 16, 2014
An 18-month partnership between the Boston Foundation, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and several community-based partnerships has led to a public art installation competition in Uphams Corner.
The Uphams Corner Art Commission project drew 29 applicants from across the nation, a roster that has been narrowed to five local artists, artist teams, artisans, and architects. The finalists were chosen by a panel of monthly advisor groups composed of residents, community stakeholders, and MBTA officials. Read more
During his often-quoted “I Have a Dream” speech, civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used the following musical metaphor: “With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”
Given the slain leader’s knowledge of and appreciation for music, tributes to Dr. King have often included musical selections ranging from classical pieces that he learned to love from his piano teacher mother Alberta and from his Boston Conservatory-educated wife Coretta to beloved spirituals and hymns such as “Balm in Gilead” and “Take Me By the Hand, Precious Lord.” Read more
One of the more memorable moments of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s inauguration ceremony at Boston College’s Conte Forum on Jan. 6 occurred during a musical interlude featuring Yo-Yo Ma, the 59-year-old Chinese American cellist who lives in Cambridge. Many in the audience anticipated that Ma might seek to tickle the mayor-elect’s Irish heartstrings, given that the official program book promised a “traditional Irish melody” as part of his medley, which also included George Crumb’s Toccata and Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3.
As he took the stage, more than a few boyos in the forum were elbowing each other with wisecracks of the “Yeah, Marty’s a huge Yo-Yo Ma fan” variety. But, when Ma eased into his interpretation of the mournful ballad “Danny Boy” — the smart talk ceased and the deep breaths began. Read more
This week, six-year-old Roberta Owens-Pearl, who attends the Condon School, will be among nine young Dorchester residents charming audiences in the José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s (JMBT) 26th Anniversary “Nutcracker” Tour, which, after stints in Duxbury and Cambridge, will end up at the Strand. Roberta will be appearing on the same stage that her father, George S. Pearl, Jr., and her namesake grandmother appeared on in a 1991 production of a Tyler-Perry-ish torn-between-two-worlds drama.
Now her Blue Hill Avenue neighbors and other Dot residents will get to see Owens-Pearl and the rest of this acclaimed company that first performed at the Strand in 1987. Generous funding means more than a thousand people will see the show for free. With support from ArtPlace America and the Kresge Foundation, the Boston Foundation has partnered with key leaders in Uphams Corner to fund cultural groups including JMBT through ArtPlace Uphams Corner.
Hundreds of complimentary tickets are being given to such Dot groups as Dorchester House, Lena Park CDC, Project R.I.G.H.T., Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts, Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester as well as to the Mattapan Community Health Center. Read more
“Since I was little I liked to dance. It shows me who I am,” says Zayda Adams one of seven Dorchester youth who successfully auditioned to appear in this year’s Urban Nutcracker.
Featuring more than 30 professional dancers and 75 youth, the Urban Nutcracker is living up to its theme of “celebrating dance meets diversity,” particularly for those Dorchester youth relishing the experience of live performance side by side with stars.
A showcase for ballet, hip-hop, tap and flamenco, the Urban Nutcracker is showing through December 22 at John Hancock Hall. Discounted tickets are available at mayorsholiday.com/home4 or can be purchased at the door. Read more
Opening Thursday night at the Strand is a lavish musical that ends with Queen Victoria herself saving the day and declaring “anyone can be a princess.” Young ladies may find that this revival of the 2004 musical “A Little Princess” lends wings to their dreams of tiaras and coaches, but three black Dorchester males are reporting that it is giving them practical experience in re-enacting their African roots.
The Nov. 21 show is the first of 14 performances of “A Little Princess” as presented by the Fiddlehead Theatre Company, declared earlier this year by Mayor Menino as the 2013-14 resident theatre company of the Strand. This “heart-felt musical for the whole family” runs through December 8. Fiddlehead is offering a special discount $10 for Dot residents this weekend only; those interested should check with the box office.
Last year Fiddlehead proved it could mount a Broadway-sized production in Uphams Corner when, with assistance from the Boston chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, it staged the hit show “Ragtime.” In addition to garnering respectable reviews, Fiddlehead’s “Ragtime” averaged 550 spectators a night over its 12-performance run, selling out a few times and breaking even over all by attracting large multiethnic audiences. Read more