Arts

Dot native now tours with Alvin Ailey dance company

By 
Rachel Zarrell, Special to the Reporter
May. 26, 2011

Dorchester native Kirven James Boyd is now a principle dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company.Dorchester native Kirven James Boyd is now a principle dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company.

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

Boston Jazz week includes performances at local libraries

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
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

Kids get taste of ballet at Strand Theatre

By 
Staff
Mar. 14, 2011

Chris Harding of Neighborhood Network News on BNN-TV reported on Friday's free Boston Ballet performances at the Strand Theatre:

Students Treated to Boston Ballet at Strand Theatre from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.  Read more

Strand Theatre to host two free Boston Ballet shows on Friday

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 8, 2011

Boston Ballet at Strand: Soloist John Lam represents the dynamic talent that will take the Strand stage on Friday. Photo by Gene Schiavone.Boston Ballet at Strand: Soloist John Lam represents the dynamic talent that will take the Strand stage on Friday. Photo by Gene Schiavone.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

Contest winner sees rap career in his future

By 
Rachel Zarrell, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 24, 2011

Javon “Yung Fresh” Martin, a member of the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester, was named the Northeast region winner in the music tech category of the Club Tech Digital Arts Festival. He will advance to the national competition to vie for the title in his age group, 13-15. He will also be opening the Colgate University Springfest in April.Javon "Yung Fresh" Martin, a member of the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester, was named Northeast region winner in the music tech category of the Club Tech Digital Arts Festival. He will advance to the national competition to vie for the title in his age group, 13-15. He will also be opening the Colgate University Springfest in April.

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

Black History month performances to take the stage at Hibernian Hall

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
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

Dot Art huddles to plan future, seek new leader

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 10, 2010

The Dorchester Community Center for the Visual Arts is eyeing a new direction and a change in leadership. The local arts education program, also known as Dot Art, largely suspended operations and the longtime executive director stepped down earlier this fall. Only certain long-term projects have been kept going by volunteers.

A dozen supporters of the program met in Codman Square on Wednesday night to discuss the future of the program, which provides free or low-cost classes to children, teens and adults. Dot Art, started by sixteen residents in January 1998, provides classes and programs to around 1,200 participants a year, and collaborates with museums, schools and health care providers, according to the program’s website.

“I would say Dot Art is at a crossroads,” said Victoria Goldberg, chair of the board of Dot Art.  Read more

New organ in place for Messiah Sunday at Blessed Mother Teresa parish

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 8, 2010

This weekend debuts of a major new choral arrangement and of a bigger and better organ will be made during the 11 am “Messiah Sunday” Mass at Blessed Mother Teresa (BMT) Parish, marking 16 years that Music Director Sheldon Lee has been recreating a grand European Advent tradition in Dorchester parishes.  Read more

Strand’s grand potential on display this week

Monday’s family-friendly, Dorchester-themed Christmas celebration at the Strand Theatre hit all the right notes. The event was staged by the Boston Classical Orchestra, whose executive director, Sean Roberts, lives on Jones Hill and has taken a special interest in reviving the Columbia Road theatre.  Read more

Christmas cheer, musicians lift spirits at the Strand

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 7, 2010

Dorchester Christmas CelebrationDorchester Christmas Celebration

The Strand Theatre was the venue for last night's Dorchester Christmas Celebration, featuring the Boston Classical Orchestra under the direction of conductor Steven Lipsitt. Above, Lipsitt led the orchestra in a rendition of Jingle Bells, accompanied by the string ensemble from the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy. Members of the Boston City Singers helped to lead a memorable sing-along to conclude the evening's show, which was hosted by novelist and TV personality Kim McLarin.

The performance lasted about one hour and 15 minutes and drew a crowd of about 500 people to the theatre. Tickets were priced at $5-10 to attract families from the neighborhood. The Boston Classical Orchestra intends to make the Strand Theatre its second home, according to executive director Sean Roberts, a resident of nearby Jones Hill. Support for the concert has come from the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events and Boston Main Streets, along with corporate sponsors such as Mt. Washington Bank.  Read more