Arts

Crowd-pleasing Big Apple Circus delivers big fun at City Hall Plaza

Music and dance thematically link routines from around the world in “Play On,” the largely new 31st annual edition of the Big Apple Circus, currently at City Hall Plaza.

A few performances during the first half still need tuning up, like the singing of British ringmistress Carrie Harvey and the low-wire boogy-ing of Sarah Schwarz. But the identical twin La Salle brothers have always incorporated jazz dancing into their mirror-image juggling and acrobatic routine, making their “Double Time” a perfect fit for the overall musical motif.  Read more

Grants allow art teachers to travel and expand their own horizons

Jozeph Zaremba, a longtime Dorchester art teacher will at last get in touch with his artist roots – by studying in Florence.

“Wow! I am so excited to receive a Teachers as Artists grant!  It allows me to become a student again and validates the importance of art in teaching and learning,” he said this week.  Read more

'Velvet Teddy Bear' gets sneak peek at Strand

Ruben Studdard, the American Idol champion who now headlines the touring musical "Ain't Misbehavin'" came to Dorchester on Monday to check out the Strand Theatre, where he and his fellow cast members will take the stage for four performances starting April 10.  Read more

Ashmont’s Anna Ross wins prize for poetry

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 26, 2009

A Dorchester poet who used her writing skills to cope with a series of miscarriages has just won New Women's Voices Prize in Poetry from Finishing Line Press for "Hawk Weather," her first poetry chapbook. The title poem by Anna Ross celebrates the fierce majesty of birds of prey and explores the links between beauty, loss, and death — themes that reappear throughout the collection.
A few years ago the Ashmont resident learned from an ultrasound that there was no longer a heartbeat in the fetus she was carrying.  Read more

Talent sought to take Strand stage with Ruben

Ruben Studdard: Won the "big one" in 2003.Ruben Studdard: Won the "big one" in 2003.Don't worry: Simon Cowell won't be on hand to critique your skills or lack thereof. But, if you think you've got the vocal chops to take the stage with Ruben Studdard, your big break may be here.  Read more

Talent sought to take Strand stage with Ruben

Don't worry: Simon Cowell won't be on hand to critique your skills or lack thereof. But, if you think you've got the vocal chops to take the stage with Ruben Studdard, your big break may be here.  Read more

Ruff styles: Eclectic furnishings

Churning out everything from huggable seahorses to 6 by 7 foot acrylic chandeliers, Dorchester's Shane Ruff epitomizes the new breed of artists who have both the creativity to produce a wide variety of public-pleasing works and the skills to get their goods seen and sold.  Read more

Renovated Strand ramps up to present bigger shows, films

The Strand Theatre may be on the verge of a breakout year, with a flurry of new productions set to take to the refurbished Uphams Corner stage in the coming months.

The Menino administration, which has led an ambitious effort to re-cast the historic, city-owned theatre as an urban arts destination, have fingers crossed that names like Reuben Studdard and Mozart will bring music-lovers back to Columbia Road.

Stoddard, the 2003 American Idol champion, leads the cast of "Ain't Misbehavin'" onto Columbia Road for a two-day run in April.  Read more

Black History celebrated on canvas

Ralph Beach's large scale portrait of "Obama" is just one of the many contributions of Dorchester-based artists who are represented in a current Black History Month exhibit at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery.

BHCCAG Director Laura Montgomery curated "P A I N T BLACK on CANVAS:Boston African American Painters," a show featuring 11 city artists, more than half of whom have Dorchester roots. Besides Beach, they include Cagen Luce, Cynthia Maria Bogues, Darrell Ann-Gane McCalla, Radiant Jasmin, and Barbara Ward.  Read more

Dot artists make holiday pitch 'Think of us when choosing your gifts'

Ekua Holmes' painting "Free" is one of the paintings that will be on exhibit at this weekend's Franklin Park art show. Image courtesy Franklin Park Coalition/ Ekua Holmes

"Buy local."  The slogan works for veggies, fruits, and dairy products. Why not for holiday gifts? At least that's the pitch from visual artists from Dorchester and near-by neighborhoods who make at least part of their living from sales of their work.  Read more