A SteamCRUNK extravaganza and a tap-dance showdown are just two presentations that will be led by Dorchester/Mattapan performers during the upcoming 36th annual First Night Boston. Local artists join national celebrities like soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples and folk icon Suzanne Vega in entertaining hundreds of thousands during the country’s oldest, largest and most-often-copied New Year’s Eve arts celebration. Read more
This weekend Dorchester Open Studios (DOS) marks its 10th anniversary by expanding from a temporary-gallery-hopping opportunity to a wide-ranging celebration of the visual and performing arts.
Ambitious new programming includes readings in a variety of languages in Uphams Corner, an eclectic mix of live music and dance performances in Codman Square, and screenings of works by Dot filmmakers in Lower Mills. Read more
Sep. 1, 2011
Next Monday, September 5 at 7 p.m., the Pearl Street Studios in Savin Hill will host a free evening of fiction and poetry readings by Dorchester and UMass authors as the second installment of the “Write on the DOT” series. Readers will include Dorchester poets Sandra Kohler and U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo along with UMass-Boston MFA candidates Danielle Fontaine, Nathaniel Forsythe, Calvin Hennick, and Mitch Manning. Read more
Jul. 11, 2011
The Elma Lewis Playhouse in Franklin Park opens for its seventh consecutive year of summer entertainment on Tuesday, July 12. The city's ParkARTS program helped re-establish this live performance summer tradition by bringing a new stage to Franklin Park and inviting musicians and performers to entertain the crowd.
This summer, July through August, there will be a series of performances every Tuesday morning and evening to entertain both young and old. In the mornings, shows will be geared towards children and in the evening there will be entertainment for everyone. Read more
May. 26, 2011
More than a decade after first joining Boston Youth Moves, Alvin Ailey American Dance Company member Kirven James Boyd will dance in his hometown once again, in two showcase performances hosted by the program.
Boyd will join ten other Alvin Ailey dancers for Boston Youth Moves’ annual fundraiser, “Swellegance 2011 - A Spark Ignites: A Celebration in Dance,” June 3 and 4 at the Boston University Tsai Performance Center. The event also serves to honor dance legend and artistic director of the Ailey company Judith Jamison with Boston Youth Moves’ Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tony-award winning actress and Honorary Chair Chita Rivera will also be in attendance. Read more
Apr. 21, 2011
From April 29 to May 8 greater Boston will be celebrating “ the music that defies definition and recognizes no boundaries.” Officially proclaimed by the Mayor Menino and coordinated by the nonprofit JazzBoston, “Jazz Week ‘11: This Is Jazz” spotlights for the fifth year the vibrant local jazz scene with events in venues ranging from clubs, galleries and churches to libraries, universities and hotels. Read more
Mar. 14, 2011
Chris Harding of Neighborhood Network News on BNN-TV reported on Friday's free Boston Ballet performances at the Strand Theatre:
Mar. 8, 2011
Young Dorchester dancers will be “taking flight” as they bring audiences at the Strand Theatre to new artistic heights on Friday. A year ago the debut of the Boston Ballet at the Strand was so well received that Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen is bringing his renowned dance company back this Friday for free performances at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
The morning school showcase, developed specifically for the Strand, offers a dynamic introduction to a variety of dance forms through an interactive and diverse program, which includes performers from a Dot middle school.
All of the Strand’s 1400 seats are expected to be filled on Friday morning with students from 11 Boston Public Schools, mostly from Dorchester, including the Clap, Greenwood, Holland, Mather, and Murphy Schools. The Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School will turn out as well to support fellow students who will perform. Read more
Feb. 24, 2011
For up-and-coming Dorchester teen Javon “Yung Fresh” Martin, winning the music category at the Boys & Girls Club’s Digital Arts Festival is just a rung on his ladder to the top.
Martin, 15, used the studio at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club’s Music Clubhouse to combine a rap written by a few of the program’s 10- to 12-year-olds mixed with jazz sound bytes the club required be mixed in each song. The song - “Studio Heat Remix” - took first place in the northeast regionals last week.
“I got the samples and I made the beat, and then I told the kids the idea,” he said. “And they were like, ‘Cool, we want to do it.’” Read more
Feb. 17, 2011
This weekend Mad River Theater Works of Ohio comes to the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall with a pair of one-afternoon-only shows about African-American cultural heritage. The troupe performs “John Henry” on Saturday, 2/19 at 2:00 p.m. and “Wings of Courage” on Sunday 2/20 also at 2:00 p.m. Read more