Arts

Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” at the Strand

By 
Staff
Nov. 4, 2013

Boston Baroque's Orchestra will present a free concert on Sunday at the Strand Theatre.

In sync with Boston Baroque's exciting 40th Anniversary Season, the Grammy-nominated orchestra will present a free concert at the historic 1400-seat Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester on Sun., Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. The concert, sponsored and hosted by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and the City of Boston's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events is also made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Free For All Concert Fund.  Read more

‘State of Grace’ captures city’s post-bombing spirit

Nat Anglin, a 28-year-old rapper who performs as “Natural,” long ago made the streets of Boston his musical muse. His songs and videos are liberally laced with B-caps and big-ups to Big Papi. Natural belongs to a school of homegrown MCs who rep Boston with conscious abandon – knowing full well that such boosterism could stymie some national break-out moment.

It’s never fazed Anglin, a Milton-reared baseball player and fan with deep Dorchester roots who works part-time as a bartender and teacher. When bombs blew apart lives and limbs on Boylston Street last April, Anglin didn’t have to conjure up some abstract artistic connection to the carnage.  Read more

Spotlight’s on visual art in weekend’s Open Studios

Dorchester Open Studios: April Clay is one of several artists exhibiting at the Walter Baker Artists Lofts in Lower Mills this weekend. Image courtesy DACDorchester Open Studios: April Clay is one of several artists exhibiting at the Walter Baker Artists Lofts in Lower Mills this weekend. Image courtesy DAC
This weekend the new board of the Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) is opening several new venues and tweaking some old traditions during the 2013 Dorchester Open Studios (DOS), which showcase the creative spirit of the visual and performing artists of the city’s largest neighborhood. All 15 sites will be open noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday (October 19 and 20) during this 12th annual DOS.

“This year’s Dorchester Open Studios promises to be one of the best we’ve seen in many years. We’re excited at the opportunity of having several new sites exhibit the works of local artists,” says J. Gustavo, DAC Board President. “My commitment to the success of Open Studios and Dorchester artists is but a simple representation of Dot pride and community collaboration that is expressed across our entire board of directors.”  Read more

Strand hosts star-crossed lovers: Romeo and Juliet now on stage

Jason Bowen and Julie Ann Earls star in the Actors’ Shakespeare Project production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, now being staged at the Strand Theatre through November 3. Photo by Stratton McCrady

“As a person of color and as an actress, I can say, ‘It’s always nice when you’re at the theater to see a little something of yourself up on the stage.’ ”

At least that’s the experience of Codman Square resident Miranda Craigwell, who will be playing Lady Capulet as the Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP) returns to Uphams Corner this weekend for a month-long, multiracial production of “Romeo and Juliet.”  Read more

Comedienne struts Dot roots in one-woman show

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 18, 2013

Kiley Fitzgerald: Dot native performed her one-woman show “I Am My Mother’s Daughter” last week at the ImprovBoston stage in the North End. Photo by Mike DeehanKiley Fitzgerald: Dot native performed her one-woman show “I Am My Mother’s Daughter” last week at the ImprovBoston stage in the North End. Photo by Mike Deehan

Kiley Fitzgerald has gone from school plays on the stage of the old St. Mark’s School to Chicago’s Second City theater and around the Caribbean as comedic cruise entertainment. A new performance brings Fitzgerald back home to Boston, and though the theater may be in the North End, Fitzgerald’s stories and memories are plucked straight from her time growing up in Dorchester.

Fitzgerald stars in “I Am My Mother’s Daughter,” her new one-woman show centered around her youth and family’s experience in the neighborhood.  Read more

Will next mayor make or break the Strand Theatre?

Strand Theatre: Columbia Rd. landmark goes unused most days.

What will the next mayor of Boston do with the Strand Theatre, the Uphams Corner landmark that debuted as a movie palace in the waning days of World War I? Like a Charlie Chaplin character flickering across its earliest screen, the Uphams Corner landmark stumbled and lurched across the 20th century and, on more than one occasion, damn-near plunged hat-first into an abyss of debt and decrepitness. And, like the ‘Little Tramp’ himself, the Strand has proven to be an enduring and endearing figure – with the promise of new audiences and a heroic revival that has been years in the making.  Read more

On Woodrow Ave., a hidden gem in Boston’s live jazz scene

By 
Mark Redmond, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 15, 2013

Band leader Kurtis Rivers, left, is shown performing at the Ramsay/Toy Post with guitarist Alain Pacowski and frequent guest Mike Maleson on trumpet. Photo by Mark Redmond

From her table in the back corner of Ramsay/Toy VFW Post #8872 on Woodrow Avenue, Post manager Marie Carrington spends Sunday evenings inspired by the sounds of Dorchester saxophonist Kurtis Rivers and his band. Carrington calls this her “Sunday night prayer meeting,” and she is looking forward to celebrating six years of Sunday jazz at the Post on August 18.

Carrington was introduced to Rivers by a friend, and her love of jazz and his pursuit of a regular performance venue resulted in a weekly residency that has become a hidden gem in the Boston jazz world.  Read more

Cinderella visits the Strand in her original form: Opera

Cinderella at the Strand: The cast from the Boston Opera Cooperative is shown in dress rehearsal on Tuesday. Photo by Justin BatesCinderella at the Strand: The cast from the Boston Opera Cooperative is shown in dress rehearsal on Tuesday. Photo by Justin Bates

A pair of matching bracelets and not of the more familiar glass slippers is the key to reuniting heroine and hero in a tuneful operatic version of Cinderella, starting tonight at the Strand. The Boston Opera Cooperative (BOC) returns to Uphams Corner for a four-performance run of La Cenerentola, Gioachino Rossini’s opera, the plot of which is more complicated and humorous than the better-known Disney version of the famous Perrault fairy-tale.  Read more

The Strand lands Fiddlehead as new ‘resident’ company

The city of Boston has formed a partnership with the Fiddlehead Theatre Company, which will be officially named the “resident theatre company” at the Strand Theatre during a public event scheduled for today. The designation will boost year-round activity at the landmark, city-owned theatre and guarantee that a minimum of two, high-caliber musicals will hit the stage for multi-week runs in the coming year.  Read more

Berklee College offers free concert of jazz, Caribbean music at Strand

Berklee Groups in Free Performance at Strand Theatre from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Berklee College of Music will present a free, three-in-one concert of jazz and Caribbean music at the Strand Theatre on Friday evening at 7:30 that will showcase three Berklee groups featuring students from all over the world, including Brazil, Korea, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  Read more