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  • MFA's Jan Fontein Two

    Addressing Issues of Racism in 1984

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 21st, 2020

    In 1983 the Museum of FIne Art organized a traveling exhibition A New World: Masterpieces of American Painting: 1760-1910. It toured the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Grand Palais in Paris, as well as being shown at the MFA. Artists and members of Boston's African American community protested that the exhibition did not include artists of color. In this 1984 interview former MFA director, Jan Fontein, discussed negotiatons to include the 19th century artist Henry Osawa Tanner. We also covered gaps in 20th century European and American art.

  • LES Festival of the Arts at Theater for the New City

    Pot Pouri of Events Provide Rich Tasting

    By: Susan Hall - May 23rd, 2020

    Theater for the New City has currently scheduled over 150 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and film makers for its 25th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, which will be mounted virtually for the first time May 22 to 24, 2020. All events and performances will be seen on the theater's website, Events will stream for three days, from 6:00 PM Friday, May 22 to 11:59 PM Sunday, May 24. Attendees will be able to select disciplines and artists from the website's online timetable and index.

  • Nina Stemme and Alan Gilbert from Sweden

    Live streaming Debussy, Wagner and Schubert

    By: Susan Hall - May 21st, 2020

    Live streaming from Sweden, where Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, artists sit six feet apart in an empty hall. Sweden, unlike many neighboring European countries, has not imposed quarantine on its population. Instead the government has called on citizens to "take responsibility" and follow the recommendations of the health authorities. "We are not doing business as usual in Sweden," said health minister Lena Hallengren. People over the age of 70 and those deemed "at risk" are encouraged to stay at home, and high schools and universities, which have been closed since mid-March, are being encouraged to offer distance learning courses. The concert halls have opened, to artists, not audiences.

  • How Jan Fontein Stabilized the MFA

    From Curator of Asiatic Art to Director in 1975

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 17th, 2020

    Because of the Raphael Incident, Perry T. Rathbone. was forced out as director of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1970. The board president, George Seybolt, who ousted Rathbone, then passed over acting director, Classical curator, Cornelius Vermeule, to unilaterally appoint a dark horse candidate, Merrill Rueppel. That ended with a curatorial coup from which Asiatic curator, Jan Fontein, emerged as acting director in 1975. He calmed troubled waters and acccomplished much through 1987. From April 1983, this is the first of two transcribed interviews.

  • Robert S. Cox UMass Archivist at 61

    Built on Activism and Papers from W.E.B. Du Bois to Ellsberg

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 21st, 2020

    Robert S. Cox, head of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the UMass Amherst Libraries for the past 16 years, died May 11 after an extended illness. He was 61 years old.

  • Corona Cookbook: Stuffed Squash

    Leftover Filling Great with Pasta

    By: Liz Cunningham - May 20th, 2020

    We have enjoyed amazing dinner parties with Liz and Brian Cunningham. Our loft neighbors and friends are hunkered down in Seattle until lord knows when. Knowing Liz they are dining well.

  • Corona Cookbook: Spicy African Peanut Delight

    In Memory of Anthony Bourdain

    By: Astrid Hiemer - May 17th, 2020

    We had just watched Anthony Bourdain’s series, A Cook's Tour, while he visited Morocco: Casablanca, Fez, and finally the last town before reaching the desert, the Sahara. His meals there reminded us of the soup or stew that you are about to prepare – it’s most delicious!

  • Spring Awakening

    A Time to Plant

    By: Cheng Tong - May 18th, 2020

    Hostas, bleeding hearts, astilbe, ligularia, snakeroot, spirea, lying dormant (yin) for the winter and now bursting forth (yang) as the seasonal change urges them on. They have not spent the winter “thinking” about this; they have simply done it. The Japanese red lace leaf maple gave it not a thought when buds peaked out and began to open. It just happened.

  • Kirill Petrenko Reimagines Puccini's Suor Angelica

    Young Artists in Berlin and Katarina Dalayman Star

    By: Susan Hall - May 16th, 2020

    The second part of Giacomo Puccini's Suor Angelica, is given a deep and satisfying production. Kirill Petrenko, seeking a way to share insights and experiences with young artists, gives us an unexpected and beautifully produced opera. The singing is first-rate throughout. The production, which includes danced gesture and videos, suits the story.

  • Ethiopia: Part Two

    Simien Mountains, Gondar, Bahir Dar

    By: Zeren Earls - May 15th, 2020

    Simien Mountains, known as "Roof of Africa", is an ecological hot spot for endemic species such as the gelada monkeys. Gondar highlights the architectural glory of the once capital of Ethiopia for 200 years. Bahir Dar is located in the southern shore of Lake Tana, which harbors many islands home to ancient monastic churches with completely painted interiors related to Ethiopian Orthodox liturgy.

  • Tanglewood Cancelled

    Special Programming This Summer

    By: BSO - May 15th, 2020

    Tanglewood is cancelled for live performances but will continue on line.

  • Rene Fleming Sings Strauss on Carnegie Stream

    Live from Carnegie Hall Twice Weekly

    By: Susan Hall - May 15th, 2020

    Rene Fleming and Rufus Wainwright entertained us on Thursday. Next week Yannick Nezet-Seguin on Tuesday and a tribute to Lynn Harrell on Thursday. From the Super Bowl to Broadway, Fleming has spread her lovely voice across unusual venues and in unusual projects like the impact of music on health.

  • Corona Cookbook: Veal Stew

    With Time on Your Hands

    By: Alan Smason - May 13th, 2020

    Alan Smason is a New Orleans based home cook. He is a colleague from American Theatre Critics Association. This recipe may be prepared Kosher.

  • Corona Cookbook: Rhubard Pudding Cake

    It's Rhubard Season Yet Again

    By: Arthur DeBow - May 12th, 2020

    It's rhubarb time. This is an old New England recipe that I have made a few changes to.

  • Corona Cookbook; Yorkshire Pudding Beef

    One or Two Times a Month

    By: Arthur De Bow - May 12th, 2020

    The artist and arts administrator, Arthur DeBow, is a renowned home cook with many Facebook fans. This is a meal he prepares one or two times each month.

  • Corona Cookbook: Bavarian Dinner

    Pork with Sauerkraut, Beer and Tarragon

    By: Harry Bikes - May 12th, 2020

    Here is a foolproof recipe from may old running buddy. We served it to friends and it's now a go to dinner for my BFF. The key is to lay in s stash of tarragon my any means necessary.

  • Music in Berlin and Amsterdam

    Meeting the Demands of Covid 19

    By: Susan Hall - May 12th, 2020

    The Berlin Philharmoniker, perhaps the world’s greatest orchestra, has opened their digital concert world for free. This allows us to safely enjoy their music, although of course we are denied the pleasure of live. Their annual European Concert was to have been performed in Tel Aviv. Instead they are at their home in Berlin, celebrating their founding on May 1 in 1882.

  • MFA Pledges $500,000 for Diversity

    Settlement Negotiated by Attorney General

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 11th, 2020

    There were incidents of racism when a school group visited the Museum of Fine Arts on May 16, 2019. Attorney General Maura Healey has negotiated an agreement between the Museum of Fine Arts and Boston’s Helen Y. David Leadership Academy. The settlment comes with an apology as well as a commitment of $500,000 to address issues of racism

  • The Mount On Line

    Free Programming

    By: Mount - May 11th, 2020

    The Mount the home of Edit Wharton in the Berkshires announces a schedule of free programs. It is requires registration at

  • Victoria Bond at the Cutting Edge

    Composer, Conductor and Musical Polymath

    By: Susan Hall - May 10th, 2020

    Victoria Bond was born to be a musician. Her grandfather was a composer and conductor. Her father was an operatic bass, and her mother, a concert pianist. She found the piano herself. When her kindergarten teacher scolded her mother for pushing Bond too hard, her mother explained that she was trying to hold her back, but could not.

  • Steinberg/ATCA Award Winner Announced

    E.M. Lewis' How the Light Gets In Wins

    By: Aaron Krause - May 14th, 2020

    The Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association 2020 New Play Award award announced. The honor recognizes playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City. E.M. Lewis' How The Light Gets In receives top award. The runners-up are Chandler Hubbard's Animal Control and Lee Edward Colston II's The First Deep Breath. The M. Elizabeth Osborn Award went to Dan McCabe, for his play, The Purists.

  • Al Hirschfeld On Line Exhibition

    Socially Distant Theatre

    By: Hirschfeld Foundation - May 11th, 2020

    The Al Hirschfeld Foundation is proud to announce the first in a series of online exhibitions exploring the work of one of the most iconic artists of the last century. On May 11, the Foundation will open a special exhibition for these times: "SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: The Solo Show As Seen By Hirschfeld", a collection of 25 drawings, paintings, collages, and prints documenting a half century of one person shows. This special digital exhibit will be online for six weeks through June 20.

  • Corona Cook Book: Hungarian Goulash

    Ungarisches Gulasch

    By: Astrid Hiemer - May 10th, 2020

    'How about Hungarian Goulash?' - he asked: 'Yes, that's a very good idea!' Hungarian Goulash is a German National dish and, of course, in Eastern European countries* as well. I grew up eating 'Ungarisches Gulasch' with boiled potatoes and green beans, perhaps, or another vegetable and a side salad. (Was it really first prepared in Hungary and when? Just as the Hamburger was coined by Americans. 'I am a Hamburger,' my cousin told an American. 'You are eating burgers!')

  • Young Arts Foundation Presents Conrad Tao

    Gifted Listener Tao at Home

    By: Susan Hall - May 09th, 2020

    YoungArts brings us artist’s self-designed concerts from home. In the interior soundscape of his home, Conrad Tao presents his own compositions and Arnold Schoenberg’s among others. His electronic composition, sometimes mixed with the piano and at others alone, provides an extension into other sound universes. The outside world is omni-present through a window which extends the room into trees and skies.

  • Corona Cookbook: Strawberry Rhubarb Pear Galette

    When Life is Bitter Sweet

    By: Pippy Giuliano - May 08th, 2020

    When life gets bitter-sweet Pip opts for the sweet. It's rhubarb time in Norwood Heights. She tried this for this last night and reports that it was a hit.

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