Arts

Historical Society showcases Dot artists past and present

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 4, 2012

Last Friday at “Dorchester Artists: Past and Present,” Kyara Andrade, at left, a contemporary Dot artist, chatted with Karen MacNutt, daughter of deceased Dot artist Glenn Macnutt, whose “Mother and Child” canvas is seen behind them. The painting depicts Ms. MacNutt as a baby. Photo by Andrea Kunst

As part of its second annual Dorchester Descendants festivities last weekend, the Dorchester Historical Society (DHS) threw open its doors for a double-barreled, century-spanning art display at the William Clapp House, the DHS headquarters at 195 Boston Street.

The three-day “Dorchester Artists: Past & Present” featured works by painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and cartoonists who lived at some point in their lives in the neighborhood. Works by artists largely from the nineteenth century were selected by DHS President Earl Taylor and hung in the “second best parlor” while an unjuried show of contemporary pieces was coordinated by Andrea Kunst, Chair of the Board of the Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC), in the “best parlor.”  Read more

DotArt’s ‘Snazzy Jazzy’ gala has its most Cape Cod flair ever

Next Thursday’s Snazzy Jazzy Arty Party promises to be Dot Art’s  biggest fundraising event yet, according to organizers. It will certainly be the one with the most Cape Cod flair ever.

In past years the swanky soiree was held in private homes in places like Melville Park. This year supporters will be reveling at Dot’s  First Parish Church on Thursday, June 21, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Read more

O’Neill play 'Murph' heavy with familiar pol references

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
May. 3, 2012

Catherine O'Neill: Playwright leaned on in-depth knowledge of Boston's political culture.Catherine O'Neill: Playwright leaned on in-depth knowledge of Boston's political culture.The political drama 'Murph' wrapped up its run at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre last week, with its director hinting that the play could eventually make a return to the stage.

The play, written by Dorchester's Catherine O'Neill, packs the constant drama of the Massachusetts State House into 90 minutes of fast-paced dialogue and unraveled secrets, with winks and nods for the Beacon Hill insiders in the audience.  Read more

Walter Sickert & Army of Broken Toys fuel steamy sci-fi theater ride

Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys: Pictured clockwise from  left, Mike Leggio, Jojo Lazar, Edrie, T.J. Horn, Rachel Jayson, Meff, and Walter Sickert. Photo by Hans Wendland Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys: Pictured clockwise from left, Mike Leggio, Jojo Lazar, Edrie, T.J. Horn, Rachel Jayson, Meff, and Walter Sickert. Photo by Hans Wendland

Okay, so they’re transplants who’ve yet to experience their first Dot Day. They’re still new enough to the neighborhood that they marvel at the speed and efficiency of the Red Line from Ashmont into town.

Yeah, that new.

But, this week, we’re claiming Walter Sickert, band co-founder Edrie, and their assorted Army of Broken Toys band-mates as unequivocally ours. After you see their current production — a steamy, immersive, sci-fi theater ride called 28 Seeds that is now being staged at the Boston Center for the Arts through May 12— you’ll want to claim them, too.  Read more

Underground potential: Is your ‘hood home to Boston’s next break-out artist?

By 
Melissa Tabeek, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 22, 2012

Shea Rose performs on the Red Bull Soundstage at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas last week.: Photo courtesy Rox www.roxnrollin.comShea Rose performs on the Red Bull Soundstage at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas last week.: Photo courtesy Rox www.roxnrollin.comBoston’s neighborhoods have launched their share of music superstars into orbit in past decades. Donna Summer, the original disco diva, hailed from Dot. Gang Starr’s legendary MC Guru (aka the late Keith Elam) honed his rap chops in Four Corners. And, of course, New Edition and New Kids on the Block served as the twin pillars of boy band stardom in the 1980s and 90s.

The landscape that spawned those artists has changed dramatically. Local artists are now able to utilize tools such as social media, pirate radio stations, and the Internet to market their music and create hype for themselves, rather than having to depend on a record company or promoter to do it.

This autonomy has made it easier not only for musicians to share their music and build a fan base, but to capitalize on opportunities also. Through a Twitter competition among Red Bull Soundstage artists, Shea Rose — an up-and-coming singer who has lived in Dorchester, Braintree, and now Mattapan — was able to rally her fans to help her win an all-expenses paid trip to Austin, Texas, to this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. She performed at the Red Bull Soundstage at the Universal Music Group Showcase.  Read more

Liz Carney takes up DotArt challenge

By 
Meena Ramakrishnan Special to the Reporter
Mar. 8, 2012

Liz CarneyLiz CarneyComing back to Dorchester means a lot to Liz Carney and even more for the Dorchester Community Center for the Visual Arts, or DotArt, as its more commonly called. After a year-long search for the right match, the non-profit center has found the perfect fit in Carney as the new executive director.

Much of the youth-oriented programming has been scaled back since founding director Leslie MacWeeney stepped down. The organization was largely volunteer-driven with fewer classes being offered. But Carney is determined to get the center back on its feet with new classes in the spring, future partnerships and summer fundraising.  Read more

OFD actor gets star shine in action flick Safe

Jay Giannone: Stars as Detective Kolfax in new flick Safe, coming out next month.Jay Giannone: Stars as Detective Kolfax in new flick Safe, coming out next month.Heard the one about the rapper-turned-actor from the mean streets of Dorchester?

No, not Mark Wahlberg. Although you’re not far off.

We’re talking about Dot native Jay Giannone— who was one of Wahlberg’s true life entourage mates during his wilder days in the early 90s. Giannone — who scored small parts in “The Departed” and “Gone Baby Gone” — will hit the big screen next month in a new action-thriller flick called “Safe.”  Read more

Arts on the Point’s latest sculpture is the artist’s tribute to Van Gogh

Mark di Suvero’s sculpture “Sunflowers for Vincent” is the latest public art added to UMass-Boston’s Arts on the Point collection. The 7-ton piece was installed on the Columbia point campus on December 15. Mark di Suvero’s sculpture “Sunflowers for Vincent” is the latest public art added to UMass-Boston’s Arts on the Point collection. The 7-ton piece was installed on the Columbia point campus on December 15.

Dorchester’s impressive collection of public art recently got even more impressive. A bright yellow assemblage of reclaimed steel and aluminum, 30 feet long and 10 feet tall, was erected late last year on Columbia Point.

Thus UMass Boston added its second major sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Mark di Suvero to Arts on the Point, the university’s public arts initiative. One of the largest and most important collections of modern sculpture at any American university, Arts on the Point also boasts pieces by such modern art luminaries as Dennis Oppenheim, Roy Lichtenstein, William Tucker, Luis Jiménez, and Willem de Kooning.  Read more

Local singers, dancers part of city’s MLK tributes

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 12, 2012

Dorchester's Khamari Barnes will be one of the featured singers at Monday’s MLK tribute concert at Jordan Hall.

Rolling around next Monday is the only national holiday to honor a former Dorchester resident. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived here while he pursued his doctoral studies at BU, and in 1952 even served as Interim Pastor at Dot’s Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Dorchester and the rest of Boston will host a variety of arts commemorations of the slain activist and Nobel Peace Prize honoree in addition to the usual prayer breakfasts and service opportunities.  Read more

First Night festivities are laden with fingerprints of Dot participants

The Dorchester based group Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys — the winner of the Boston Music Award 2010 Live Artist of the Year— will perform on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Hynes Convention Center as part of First Night Boston. Photo by Justin MThe Dorchester based group Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys — the winner of the Boston Music Award 2010 Live Artist of the Year— will perform on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Hynes Convention Center as part of First Night Boston. Photo by Justin M

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