Arts

‘Fiddlehead’ ups the pace at the Strand

“Ease on Down the Road” … “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” … “Written in the Stars” are just a few of the hit musical songs that will be echoing through the mirrored halls of the Strand over the next year as the Fiddlehead Theatre Company (FTC) presents three Broadway blockbusters as part of its upcoming second season as the Resident Theatre Company at the city-owned former movie palace.  Read more

‘Freedom’ is the artist's charge in Town Field project

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 19, 2014

Town Field: A view from aboveTown Field: A view from aboveWith just a week for artists to put their hat in the ring for a $250,000 installation at Fields Corner, only out-of-town artists have submitted their qualifications.

“This is a great budget and a great opportunity,” said project manager Jean Mineo last Friday. “Maybe people are waiting until the last day.”

Mineo said between 30 and 40 applications have come forward from artists from around the country, but none from the Boston area.

The project will be a permanent installation at Fields Corner’s Doherty Gibson Park, better known as Town Field. It was initiated by Nam Pham, executive director of the Dorchester-based Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID).

It’s title will be “Freedom.”  Read more

TONIGHT: WGBH/PBS film Freedom Summer premieres at Strand Theatre

By 
Staff
Jun. 17, 2014

Admission is free, but reservations are required

The latest installment of WGBH/PBS’ The American Experience series — Freedom Summer— debuts with an exclusive screening at the Strand Theatre on Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. The hour-and-a-half long screening focuses on the Freedom Riders, Jonestown, and The Murder of Emmett Till— all extraordinary events in the Civil Rights experience from 1964.  Read more

Chamber Music returns to roots for season-opening concert

By 
Mallory Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 8, 2014

Emily Bruskin, Julia Bruskin, and Andrea Lam will perform as the Claremont Trio at a benefit season-opening performance of the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music series on May 17.

Back in 1973, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music launched its debut season with an intimate concert inside a Victorian home on Ocean Street, bringing the works of Beethoven, Janacek and Ravel to Dot’s doorstep.

Next Saturday, a revitalized Ashmont Hill Chamber Music returns to its original roots with a season-opening benefit concert at the same Ocean Street locale— only a few doors down at number 60 Ocean.  Read more

On bombing’s anniversary, area artists confront the meaning of ‘Boston Strong’

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 17, 2014

Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla : Collage contrasts coverage of neighborhood violence with marathon. Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla : Collage contrasts coverage of neighborhood violence with marathon. 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 Ballet’s annual visit to Strand features two shows at new-look theatre

Boston Ballet at the StrandBoston Ballet at the StrandBoston 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

Let’s support our young performers

Wicked: Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy theatre company. Photo by Adrienne KaszanekWicked: Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy theatre company. Photo by Adrienne Kaszanek
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

High school students curate Black History artists’ exhibit

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 11, 2014

Black History Art Installation: Rocky Cotard, a Boston Arts Academy senior from Mattapan, curates the art exhibit, “A Story We Share: Massachusetts Artists Celebrating Black History and Culture, at the Commonwealth Museum and Massachusetts Archives on Columbia Point. The public is invited to the opening celebration on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.  For further information call 617-727-9268.Black History Art Installation: Rocky Cotard, a Boston Arts Academy senior from Mattapan, curates the art exhibit, “A Story We Share: Massachusetts Artists Celebrating Black History and Culture, at the Commonwealth Museum and Massachusetts Archives on Columbia Point. The public is invited to the opening celebration on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. For further information call 617-727-9268.
“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

Five compete for Uphams art display commission

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
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

Musical salute to Dr. King will feature Boston Children’s Chorus

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