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  • 10X10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage Company

    Tenth Season of Popular Festival Now Virtual

    By: BSC - Feb 22nd, 2021

    The annual mid winter 10X10 New Play Festival new play festival is back for its tenth year. This time virtual from Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield. The plays are generally fun. Ones your don't care for are gone in ten minutes and there are nine more to consider. There are always hits and misses and it's fun to participate and debate.

  • MASS MoCA Workers Form a Union

    Pandemic Eroded Job Security

    By: Maida Rosenstein - Mar 08th, 2021

    MASS MoCA staff petitioned the National Labor Relations Board today, March 8th, for a union election. The unit includes curators, art fabricators, educators, facilities, other front-facing staff, and more.

  • The Art of Sacrifice by Anthony Clarvoe

    Produced by Remote Theater

    By: Victor Cordell - Mar 08th, 2021

    While no others loomed so large in the public’s fascination, “The Queen’s Gambit” was certainly not the first performance work to feature chess as a central theme.  Among others was Anthony Clarvoe’s play “The Art of Sacrifice” which was first produced in 2006. This production is captured with Zoom technology.  Director Desdemona Chiang has chosen to use conventional Zoom format with actors facing separate fixed cameras.  With this limitation, actors appear as talking heads delivering competing monologues.

  • Close to You at MASS MoCA

    Six Artists Opens April 3

    By: MoCA - Mar 03rd, 2021

    MASS MoCA presents Close to You, a group exhibition that gathers the work of artists who probe the capacity of the visual arts to conjure feelings of closeness — both to others and to ourselves. On view from Saturday, April 3, through January 2022, in the Michael & Agnese Meehan Gallery, the exhibition features the work of Laura Aguilar, Chloë Bass, Maren Hassinger, Eamon Ore-Giron, Clifford Prince King, and Kang Seung Lee.

  • Pat White Keeps New Federal Theatre Alive and Well

    Multi-talented Executive Producer

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 02nd, 2021

    Patricia “Pat” White is a mainstay of the New Federal Theatre (NFT). For twenty-five years she has handled all the details of running the producing company. This allows founder Woodie King Jr. to read scripts until 2 o’clock in the morning.

  • Safe House

    An Immersive Theatrical Experience in Sarasota

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 03rd, 2021

    Audiences will find a missing person in the show Safe House, a hybrid between a film and a live show. Sarasota's Urbanite Theatre's production runs through April 4.

  • Zoom Readings at the Mount

    Celebrating Women's History Month

    By: Mount - Mar 01st, 2021

    This March, journalist Julie Scelfo will be hosting conversations about extraordinary women from the nineteenth century who have helped shape the American story with their achievements. The events will occur free on Zoom.

  • James Turrell's Skyspace

    Opens at MASS MoCA May 29

    By: MoCA - Feb 25th, 2021

    Skyspace will augment one of the world’s most comprehensive experiences of installations by James Turrell while realizing a vision the artist had when visiting the museum’s campus in 1987. The Skyspace will join a long-term exhibition of Turrell works at MASS MoCA, which includes one work from each of the six decades of the artist’s career.

  • MFA Acquires Holocaust Trove

    48 Photographs by Henryk Ross

    By: MFA - Feb 22nd, 2021

    “This extraordinary collection of images reminds us of photography’s power to preserve and amplify the full emotional range of lived experience. Together, these 48 photographs serve as both memory and documentary evidence of the extremes of war. They are powerful and memorable,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director. “Imagine the journey: passed from the photographer to a fellow prisoner in the Lodz Ghetto, hidden and brought to New York City in a small envelope, passed from one generation to another after a lifetime of care, and now preserved permanently in one of America’s great collections of photography. That, too, is powerful and memorable.”

  • John Musto Premiere from Copland House

    Alexis PIa Gerlach and Michael Boriskin Perform

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 23rd, 2021

    On the fourth Monday of every month, the Copland House brings us Underscored,  zoomed performances from Aaron Copland’s study. Contemporary composers are featured. This must attend musical event is presented in collaboration with the Graduate Center of the City University  of New York. Founder and pianist Michael Boriskin introduced the premiere of John Musto’s Cello Sonata.

  • Tosca at San Francisco Opera

    On Screen Outdoors

    By: Victor Cordell - Feb 23rd, 2021

    Last weekend, SF Opera offered four screenings in the drive-in movie format at Fort Mason.  The filming was the company’s 2009 fine production of Puccini’s brilliant “Tosca.”  A review of the film of a 12-year-old stage production that has completed its drive-in run may seem fatuous. However, it could be of interest to those who might consider viewing a future streaming of the production or buying an electronic copy.

  • Meditations on The Natural by Andy Moerlein

    At Boston Sculptors

    By: Boston Sculptors - Feb 23rd, 2021

    The works featured are inspired by Andy Moerlein’s fascination with ancient practice of collecting and displaying unusual and often awkward stones. Brought indoors and placed on pedestals, these stones (Scholars Rocks, Viewing Stones) are transformed into icons of personal or imagined journeys. These rocks have influenced philosophers and artists for thousands of years.

  • Compensation in South Florida

    A Word Premiere Production by Island City Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 23rd, 2021

    In Compensation, the characters experience a profound yearning for family and connection. The world premiere production by Island City Stage, near Ft. Lauderdale, is streaming online through Feb. 28. Compensation is a lean, focused, heartfelt, and sometimes funny piece.

  • New Federal Theatre Celebrates Black History Month

    Plays by Laurence Holder, Jeff Stetson and Mfundi Vundla

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 21st, 2021

    New Federal Theatre is presenting three classic plays during Black History Month. The troupe has mastered the streaming form, using individual, adjoining screens for the actors and cleverly breaking the 4th wall of streaming, the line that divides one screen from another. Malcolm X and Rev. Martin Luther King can even arm wrestle in this form.

  • Gail Samuel Named CEO of BSO

    Appointment Will Impact Tanglewood

    By: BSO - Feb 18th, 2021

    As the Julian and Eunice Cohen President and CEO of the BSO, Gail Samuel will lead the Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and Tanglewood, and will oversee a robust, rapidly evolving slate of initiatives intended to expand the reach and relevance of orchestral music in the Boston area and beyond.

  • The Belle of Amherst

    A co-production Between Two Southeast Florida Companies

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 19th, 2021

    Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables and Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach will pair up to produce a play about Emily Dickinson. The co-production of The Belle of Amherst will stream from April 2-6. A crew will film the production on Palm Beach Dramaworks’ mainstage. No audience members will be present.

  • Thoughts on a New BSO CEO

    Gail Samuel Arrives from Los Angeles

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 18th, 2021

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra is taking a big step toward its future with the appointment of Gail Samuel to succeed Mark Volpe this June, just in time for Tanglewood. 

  • Glenn Kaino: In The Light of a Shadow

    MASS MoCA Show Opens in April

    By: MoCA - Feb 18th, 2021

    The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) announces Glenn Kaino: In The Light of a Shadow from April 3, 2021 through September 4, 2022. Curated by Denise Markonish, the show will take over MASS MoCA’s signature Building 5 galleries, with a series of immersive installations that create a sense of wonder and hope while issuing an urgent call to action. 

  • Bang on a Can

    March-May Programming

    By: Bang on a Can - Feb 18th, 2021

    Bang on a Can announces a dynamic slate of new virtual programming taking place from March through May 2021, all streaming at All shows are free to watch, but viewers are encouraged to consider purchasing a ticket to help support the performers and commissioned composers.

  • Benny Andrews: Portraits, A Real Person Before the Eyes 

    Michael Rosenfeld Gallery Exhibition and Catalogue

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 16th, 2021

    The work of Benny Andrews (November 13, 1930 – November 10, 2006) is complex, compelling and problematic. The son of Georgia sharecroppers he matured to be a true polymath in the art world. Today he is regarded as a leader in the development of African American art. He was also a part of the movements of figurative expressionism and the Rhino Horn group. This is the third exhibition and an extensive catalogue from Michael Rosenfeld Gallery which represents the estate.

  • New Federal Theatre is Fifty

    Woodie King Jr,'s Iconic Contribution

    By: Linda Armstrong - Feb 16th, 2021

    Theater royalty recognizing theater, television and movie royalty was the fantastic vibe when the New Federal Theatre recently celebrated its Golden 50th Anniversary and successfully operating from 1970 to 2020 and of course, it will keep on keepin’ on! It was a celebration fit for a king and it was for a king, Mr. Woodie King Jr., founder of New Federal Theatre and a man I love to call Mr. Theatre.

  • Long Distance Affair

    An Immersive, Intimate Theatrical Experience.

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 15th, 2021

    Long Distance Affair takes you on a virtual trip across the world to view short plays. Miami's Juggerknot Theatre Company and New York's PopUP Theatrics run the program. Travel to Lagos, Nigeria; Mumbai, India; Mexico City, Mexico; Los Angeles, Calif., Portland, Oregon; and Beirut, Lebanon. The current run of Long Distance Affair continues through Feb. 21.

  • Opera Philadelphia's Channel Introduced

    David T. Little's Soldier Songs an Inventive Triumph

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 16th, 2021

    Without foregoing any production value, and in fact capitalizing on new opportunities, Opera Philadelphia has been leading the field in contemporary productions that attract new audiences. Over the past decade daring experiments have been undertaken, always with careful consideration. A warehouse was the setting for the production of an opera about Andy Warhol (reminiscent of a Factory?). Composers in residence have been encouraged to test the limits of an operatic stage, like Philip Venables’ Denis and Katya, designed as a social media transmission.

  • New York Theatre Ballet Streams Dance and Talk

    Between the Acts on Sundays

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 12th, 2021

    The marvelous New York Theatre Ballet is offering Sunday conversations on dance in their Between the Acts Series.  Agnes de Mille was featured recently.  Diana Byer, the founder of the troupe, spoke with Anderson Ferrell and Diana Gonzalez-Dudert from the De Mille Working group, Broadway dancer and actor Dirk Lumbard, and NYTB’s Elena Zahlmann. Diana Byer, the company's founder, president, and artistic director, has said: "...Right now ballet is dominated by a very athletic style, and it's important that there's not just one style out there. I'm really committed to keeping this other way of working alive, a way that's more about the meaning of a gesture, the feeling of the music, or a story.'

  • Jazz Pianist Chick Corea at 79

    From Chelsea to the Berkshires

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 12th, 2021

    The jazz pianist, Chick Corea, has died at 79 not long after the diagnosis of a rare cancer. His impact and influence was enormous with a career that included almost 90 albums for which he was awarded 23 Grammys as well as three Latin Grammys. He grew up in Chelsea a blue collar Boston neighborhood. We last heard him in the Berkshires at Tanglewood in 2016.

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