The Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) is inviting the public to stop by on Saturday (Feb. 16) and explore the brand-new, still-evolving Erick Jean Center for the Arts (EJCA) at 157 Washington Street in Codman Square. This weekend’s “soft” opening‑ from noon to 3p.m.— is largely to let Four Corner neighbors and interested Dot residents get a peek at the space and an idea about future programming. The Mayor and other local bigwigs have been invited to a grander official opening sometime in the spring which will feature musical performances on the plaza and many more solid details on DAC programming.
Visitors this Saturday can admire the inaugural gallery show by Dot’s prolific Destiny Palmer, have cookies and a hot beverage, pick up a schedule of classes and events, and catch a few class demos including one by local drummer Brandon Guillermo. Read more
Jan. 18, 2013
The Dorchester Historical Society has just re-published the journal of a young woman’s account of life here in the 1870s. The society will mark the book’s release a week from Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m., at the Carpenters Center, 750 Dorchester Ave. The free celebration will be held in conjunction with an illustrated talk by Andrew Saxe titled “The Ascent and Revival of the Railroad Suburb,” on the history and architecture of the houses of 18th and 19th century Dorchester, a town that Alice Stone Blackwell would have known well. Read more
Jan. 10, 2013
Statues of Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Barack Obama and his grandmother, and Emily the Sacred Cow are now permanently on display on the fifth floor of Columbia Point’s Healey Library. Original sculptures (or fiberglass copies of them) by Lado Goudjabidze, the internationally acclaimed artist from the Republic of Georgia, are part of a windfall of art and archival materials donated to UMass Boston last July as part of the recent dissolution and sale of the famous-in-some-circles Peace Abbey in Sherborn, MA. Read more
Jan. 10, 2013
Originally from Haiti, she started rapping when she was about 9 years old. But it wasn’t until she was a college student that she decided to pursue a music career. Now, Dutch ReBelle is poised for a breakout year that could put her and Boston on the national hip-hop stage once again.
She’s at work on her second full-length album, Vodou, due out in spring 2013, and just recently released the official video for her latest single, “Sunday Morning.” The release is getting strong reviews within Boston’s tight hip-hop community, building on the positive reception to her mix-tape and first album, “Married to the Music,” released last year.
ReBelle is also getting attention and critical acclaim for her contributions to the Boston trio Famous Nobodies, whose latest video for the single "What You Want" was just released this week. Read more
Jan. 3, 2013
This Friday and Saturday the Boston Teen Acting Troupe (BTAT) will present the multi-awarding satirical comedy “Art” at Boston College High School’s Bulger Performing Arts Center. Originally written in French by Yasmina Reza, the English-language version by Christopher Hampton went on to win multiple awards, including the Tony for Best Play of 1998.
Though all the actors are BC High students and the play is presented on the school’s campus, the production is not sponsored by the school. Read more
Dec. 27, 2012
This New Year’s Eve, indoors or out, everywhere you turn, you’ll find Dorchester residents sharing their creative talents to offer a wild welcome to 2013, from the flying dragons created at Codman Academy to a time-travelers’ ball orchestrated by an Ashmont Hill SteamCRUNK band.
This Monday, Dec. 31, First Night, Boston, America’s oldest, largest and most-often-copied New Year’s Eve cultural celebration, jam-packs the hours between noon and midnight with art, music, dance, fireworks and ice sculptures (including “Unity 2013” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”). Over 1000 artists will be featured in 200 exhibitions and performances in 40 Hub locations, entertaining hundreds of thousands.
One of the best-attended free public events will be the Panorama Magazine Grand Procession, which leaves from the Hynes Convention Center (HCC) at 5:30p.m. for the Common. Organizers describe this year’s theme, “From the Harbor to the Common, the subway to the street, our city is a study in contrasts, with elements from nature meeting the built environment at every intersection of our daily lives.”
The teens at Codman Academy interpreted this theme with “Flying Fire Dragons,” that possibly lurk underground, “made from large piles of total random materials,” according Sara Peattie of the Puppeteers Collaborative. Franklin Field/ Franklin Hill Dorchester “Healthy Boston” built “glowing house” lanterns for the parade. Read more
Whether singing while manipulating a lascivious Muppet or while lying on his back center stage for most of two and a half hours, the versatile Savin Hill actor Phil Tayler, currently playing the lead in Moonbox Productions’ “Of Mice and Men,” is ending this year as he started it –starring in a well-received production of a play with a strong social message.
Equally at home in musicals and straight dramas, Tayler garnered kudos in April as the doomed title character in Moonbox’s revival of Adam Guettel’s 1996 musical “Floyd Collins,” based on a true 1925 tragedy about a cave-explorer trapped underground while a media circus exploded above him. BroadwayWorld.com said, “Tayler spends long stretches immobilized on a small ledge of the rock-like tiered set, but has no problem conveying the pain and frustration that Floyd feels. He is a strong singer and expresses a range of feelings from exuberance to despair in his songs.” Read more
Nov. 1, 2012
The most famous and most valuable painting ever to visit Dorchester is currently on display at the JFK Library and Museum. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has loaned the larger-than-life-size Pablo Picasso canvas “Rape of the Sabine Women” (1963) to the Columbia Point landmark through Jan. 6, 2013.
This multimillion dollar masterwork, created shortly after the 13-day Cuban missile crisis of 1962, is on display to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s announcement of a blockade of Soviet vessels upon the discovery of Russian missiles with nuclear warheads in Cuba. Read more
Gregg Bernstein drew his inspiration for a new mural he’s painting this week in Lower Mills from an old postcard. Bernstein, the man behind many of Boston’s largest and most celebrated wall murals, has been commissioned to paint the scene by the owners of The Sweet Life, a restaurant and café that opened at the corner of Richmond Street and Dorchester Ave. in September. Read more
On Sept. 15 at the new Taj Boston Hotel, controversial playwright/librettist Terrence McNally received the Beacon Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts.
The festivities continue this week as “Ragtime,” the 1997 Broadway musical for which McNally received a Tony Award for Best Book, opens at Dorchester’s Strand Theatre on September 28 and runs through October 7. Producers chose the ethnically diverse Uphams Corner as a particularly fitting neighborhood in which to present this exploration of America’s proverbial status as “melting pot” and “land of opportunity.” Read more