Art

Illustrator Ed Emberley at "The Wonderful World of Ed Emberley" mural on Exchange Street, Malden, May 23, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Ed Emberley’s Classic How-To-Draw Book Inspires New Mural In Malden

Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book illustrator Ed Emberley visited Malden last night to celebrate the debut of a new mural inspired…

AS220's Empire Street building, Providence. (Courtesy)

Providence's Landmark Alternative Arts Space AS220 Aims To Raise $5 Million To Improve Its Core Empire Street Building

Last Wednesday night, at the University of Rhode Island’s Paff Auditorium in Providence, leaders of AS220 launched the public part…

Nicole Duennebier, "Landscape with Pink Folds," acrylic on panel.

Nicole Duennebier's Sumptuous Paintings Evoke The Old Masters—If They Painted Oozing Piles Of Meat

Nicole Duennebier is one of the most sumptuous painters around. Her new paintings evoke the elegance of 16th century Dutch…

Drawings from the Providence Comics Consortium Sketchbook Church at Ada Books. (Courtesy)

Providence Comics Consortium Invites You To Draw Mutants And Monsters At 'Sketchbook Church'

The Providence Comics Consortium’s “Sketchbook Church,” writes artist Walker Mettling, is “not church in the religious way, church in the Sunday…

Julie Burros, Boston Chief of Arts and Culture, 2014. (Courtesy)

Boston Arts Chief Julie Burros Leaving After 3.5 Years

Julie Burros—“Boston’s first Chief of Arts and Culture in more than 20 years,” according to the Mayor Marty Walsh administration—will…

Arts journalism forum at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, May 7, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Arts Publications Discuss Forming Super-Group To Support Arts Coverage Here

“I do not see why we can’t share our resources, our craftsmanship,” Bill Marx, editor of the online arts magazine…

Jonathan Ulman from Kelly Davidson's "Rock Parents" series.

‘Rock Parents’ Photos Show What Happens When Musicians Have Kids

When Kelly Davidson first began photographing for The Boston Phoenix newspaper in the late 1990s, she got assignments to shoot…

Cedric Douglas and two collaborators stood out on Boston's Boylston Street handing out roses to remember more than 1,000 black people killed by police in the United States the past five years. April 27, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Handing Out Roses Around Boston Common To Remember Hundreds Of Black Americans Killed By Police

On Friday afternoon, in the rain, Cedric Douglas and two collaborators stood out on Boylston Street, along the Boston Common,…

Painting mosaic-style animals designed by muralist Liz LaManche at the Starting Over Festival, Somerville, April 22, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: 'Starting Over Festival' In Somerville

I want to thank everyone who helped make and/or joined us for the “Starting Over Festival” at Somerville’s Quincy Street…

Cliff Notez performs at Hojoko at the Verb Hotel, May 18, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Cliff Notez Raps At Verb Hotel

“Thank for coming out to my protest tonight,” Cliff Notez said in introduction to his performance at Hojoko at the…

Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band performs at Somerville's Quincy Street Open Space as part of the annual PorchFest, May 13, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band Plays PorchFest

Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band performed at Somerville’s Quincy Street Open Space as part of the…

The Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band leads the "Boston Women's March," Jan. 21, 2017. (Greg Cook)

16 Bands To Check Out At Somerville’s PorchFest This Sunday

Somerville’s annual PorchFest is part hootenanny, part a giant open studios for bands. Some 300 bands acts are scheduled to…

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys perform at Kelly Davidson's "Rock Parents" exhibition at Once, Somerville, May 6, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys Play 'Rock Parents' Show

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys perform at Kelly Davidson’s “Rock Parents” exhibition at Once, Somerville, May 6,…

Jonathan Ulman from Kelly Davidson's "Rock Parents" series.

‘Rock Parents’ Photos Show What Happens When Musicians Have Kids

When Kelly Davidson first began photographing for The Boston Phoenix newspaper in the late 1990s, she got assignments to shoot…

Peter Bebergal's 2014 book “Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll."

Rock Historian Explores How The Occult And Underground Spirituality Energized The ‘Devil’s Music’

In the beginning, there was Elvis Presley shimmying as he sang the new rock ‘n’ roll for 1956 white America.…

"The Wiz" by Lyric Stage Company of Boston. (Courtesy)

‘The Wiz’ Returns With An All-People-Of-Color Cast And New Orleans Atmosphere

At the heart of the Lyric Stage Company’s production of “The Wiz” are questions of home, says director Dawn M.…

Stage Ensemble Theater Unit (SETU) rehearses Girish Karnad's 1995 play “The Fire and the Rain" at Belmont Town Hall, April 26, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Reimagining An Ancient Epic From India With An All-Female Cast In Our #MeToo Moment

What happens when you take India’s two-millennia-old epic the “Mahabharata” and retell it with an all-female cast? That’s the experiment…

Bread and Puppet Theater’s “The Basic Bye-bye Show" at Spontaneous Celebrations in Boston, April 21, 2018. (Greg Cook)

When A Gun, ‘Symbol Of The Free,’ Turns On A School—Bread and Puppet Theater’s ‘Basic Bye-bye Show’

“When a legally purchased gun, symbol of the free, turns on a school and takes 17 lives, are the free…

Bread and Puppet Theater performs "Basic Bye-Bye" at its Paper Mache Cathedral in Glover, Vermont, Aug. 19, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Responding To The Stoneman Douglas Massacre, Bread And Puppet’s Show Imagines Saying Goodbye To Guns

When “The Basic Bye-bye Show,” which Bread and Puppet Theater performs at Boston’s Spontaneous Celebrations from April 19 to 22,…

The Big Apple Circus' high-wire act featuring couple Nik and Erendira Wallenda. (Greg Cook)

Photos: High-Wire Walkers, Trapeze Artists, Acrobats—Big Apple Circus In Somerville

With high-wire walkers, trapeze artists and acrobats, the Big Apple Circus performs under a “Big Top” tent at Somerville’s Assembly…

Tenneh Silah (left) and Damon Singletary perform in Front Porch Arts Collective's "A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes" at Cambridge's Central Square Theater, March 19, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Front Porch Collective Aims To Change Boston: ‘We’re One Of The Few Major Metropolitan Cities That Doesn’t Have A Black-Run Theater Company’

“Thank you. You people are part of a movement,” Maurice Emmanuel Parent said as he stood on a chair in…

‘How Does It End?’ 22nd Annual Anti-Gun Violence Mother’s Day Walk For Peace In Dorchester

“Twenty-two years and still no resolution to our children being lost to gun violence,” said Elisha Ross of Dorchester, whose…

Photos from Vanessa Simmons's series "Celebrate Breastfeeding," which were on view at the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackaton.

At Breast Pump Hackathon, Asking Why Visions Of The Future So Often Ignore Mothers And Babies

The idea for the Make The Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon originated with a bad day in a bathroom at…

Cedric Douglas and two collaborators stood out on Boston's Boylston Street handing out roses to remember more than 1,000 black people killed by police in the United States the past five years. April 27, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Handing Out Roses Around Boston Common To Remember Hundreds Of Black Americans Killed By Police

On Friday afternoon, in the rain, Cedric Douglas and two collaborators stood out on Boylston Street, along the Boston Common,…

Carpenters union members protest a Nauset Construction retail and apartment project at 10 Essex St. in Cambridge's Central Square, April 13, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Carpenters Union Protests Nauset Retail And Apartment Project In Cambridge

Two men from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters protested today outside the Cambridge site where Needham-based Nauset Construction…

The front of the March For Our Lives: Boston, March 24, 2018. (Greg Cook)

‘Enough!’ Photos From The March For Our Lives: Boston

Tens of thousands of people participated in today’s March For Our Lives: Boston. The protest in support of gun control…

"No more silence, end gun violence!" Elementary students from Cambridgeport School protest guns on Broadway in Cambridge, March 15, 2018. (Greg Cook)

'Protect Children Not Guns'—Elementary School Students Protest In Cambridge

Dozens of elementary school students from the Cambridgeport School protested against guns on Broadway in Cambridge this morning. Photos copyright…

Cliff Notez performs at Hojoko at the Verb Hotel, May 18, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Cliff Notez Raps At Verb Hotel

“Thank for coming out to my protest tonight,” Cliff Notez said in introduction to his performance at Hojoko at the…

Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band performs at Somerville's Quincy Street Open Space as part of the annual PorchFest, May 13, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band Plays PorchFest

Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band performed at Somerville’s Quincy Street Open Space as part of the…

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys perform at Kelly Davidson's "Rock Parents" exhibition at Once, Somerville, May 6, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys Play 'Rock Parents' Show

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys perform at Kelly Davidson’s “Rock Parents” exhibition at Once, Somerville, May 6,…

Maypole dance at the Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place, Waltham, April 28, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place

The 31st annual Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place, Waltham, on April 28, 2018. Photos copyright 2018 Greg Cook. Help Wonderland…

Stage Ensemble Theater Unit (SETU) rehearses Girish Karnad's 1995 play “The Fire and the Rain" at Belmont Town Hall, April 26, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Reimagining An Ancient Epic From India With An All-Female Cast In Our #MeToo Moment

What happens when you take India’s two-millennia-old epic the “Mahabharata” and retell it with an all-female cast? That’s the experiment…

Ruckus Dance rehearses “Perpetual Loneliness" at the Dance Complex, Cambridge, April 26, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: ‘Perpetual Loneliness’ From Ruckus Dance’s Evening-Length Debut

“What I’m thinking about when I set the dance is how you can’t really personify loneliness. It’s a feeling. So…

‘How Does It End?’ 22nd Annual Anti-Gun Violence Mother’s Day Walk For Peace In Dorchester

“Twenty-two years and still no resolution to our children being lost to gun violence,” said Elisha Ross of Dorchester, whose…

Maypole dance at the Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place, Waltham, April 28, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place

The 31st annual Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place, Waltham, on April 28, 2018. Photos copyright 2018 Greg Cook. Help Wonderland…

Painting mosaic-style animals designed by muralist Liz LaManche at the Starting Over Festival, Somerville, April 22, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: 'Starting Over Festival' In Somerville

I want to thank everyone who helped make and/or joined us for the “Starting Over Festival” at Somerville’s Quincy Street…

"Starting Over Festival" poster by Kari Percival.

'Starting Over Festival' Celebrates Turning Over A New Leaf In Spring

Somerville’s tiniest urban wild will be home to the “Starting Over Festival,” a free Arbor Day and Earth Day festival…

The Krampus Society of New England's Krampus Ball in Providence, Dec. 16, 2017. (Thomas Dragone)

Partying With The Krampus Society of New England’s Favorite Christmas Demon

The Krampus Society of New England hosted their 2017 Krampus Ball—in celebration of their favorite Christmas demon—at Providence’s Mediator Stage…

Intergalactic Night at Stone Zoo's ZooLights, Dec. 10, 2017. (Greg Cook)

How Li’l Kylo Ren Met Big Kylo Ren At Stone Zoo’s Intergalactic Night

The 4-year-old was so excited to go to the Stone Zoo’s Intergalactic Night. In addition to the Stoneham zoo’s annual…

Illustrator Ed Emberley at "The Wonderful World of Ed Emberley" mural on Exchange Street, Malden, May 23, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Ed Emberley’s Classic How-To-Draw Book Inspires New Mural In Malden

Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book illustrator Ed Emberley visited Malden last night to celebrate the debut of a new mural inspired…

Cedric Douglas and two collaborators stood out on Boston's Boylston Street handing out roses to remember more than 1,000 black people killed by police in the United States the past five years. April 27, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Handing Out Roses Around Boston Common To Remember Hundreds Of Black Americans Killed By Police

On Friday afternoon, in the rain, Cedric Douglas and two collaborators stood out on Boylston Street, along the Boston Common,…

Statue of "Red" Auerbach at Faneuil Hall. (Greg Cook)

For Black History Month, Boston Police Celebrate Statue Of White Boss

On Sunday, Universal Hub reported, the Boston Police Department tweeted a photo of the bronze statue of “Red” Auerbach outside…

Jupiter from the Museum of Science's "Community Solar System" at Boston's South Station, Dec. 20, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Have You Seen Jupiter At South Station? Have You Seen Uranus In JP?

Some weeks back I found myself struggling to phrase what suddenly seemed like a delicate question: Have you seen Uranus?…

Detail of Judith Barry's banner for the Gardner Museum. (Courtesy of the artist)

New Public Art At Gardner Museum Aims To Bring Attention To Refugee Crisis

On Tuesday morning, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hung a new three-story tall banner on its Evans Way façade. “Global…

Founders Memorial by John Francis Paramino, 1930, on Boston Common at Beacon and Spruce Streets. (Greg Cook)

Boston Has Lots Of Monuments To White Guys. How Can The City Do More To Honor Other Folks?

Boston has long been criticized for having too many bronze monuments to white guys. Or in the words of Boston…

A young American alligator in “Crocs” at Boston’s Museum of Science. (Greg Cook)

Do Crocodiles Make Good Pets And Other Important Facts We Learned At The Museum Of Science’s New ‘Crocs’ Exhibit

Crocodiles, alligators and other crocodilians have flourished for more than 200 million years and now they’ve come to Boston’s Museum…

‘SoFi,’ a soft robotic fish developed by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to independently swim alongside real fish in the ocean. (MIT CSAIL)

Fish, Meet Your New MIT Robot Overlord!

With the headline “Soft robotic fish swims alongside real ones in coral reefs,” the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this week…

Boiling maple sap down to syrup in the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary sugar house in Topsfield, March 2014. (Greg Cook)

Where To Go Maple Sugaring Around Boston

Our guide to where to get your classic New England spring sugar fix. One of the great harbingers of spring…

“Les Bêtes dansent ou le sortilège discret de la nature sauvage” (“The Dancing Beasts or the Discreet Spell of the Wild”) by La Liga Teatro Elastico at the Festival de Casteliers, Montreal, March 8, 2018. (Marc Gibert / Adecom)

Puppet Wolves Hunt A Deer Through The Streets Of Montreal To Reconsider Legends Of The Big Bad Wolf

MONTREAL—It was snowing lightly last Thursday afternoon as the performance of “Les Bêtes dansent ou le sortilège discret de la…

“The Snowflake Man” by PuppetKabob. (Courtesy)

‘Snowflake Man,’ A Tiny Performance About A Vermont Pioneer Of Microscopic Photography

During a snowstorm in January 1885, Wilson ”Snowflake” Bentley, a Vermont farmer turned scientist, is said to have become the…

The "Mirror Maze" at the Boston Museum of Science. (Greg Cook)

Visit ‘Mirror Maze’ For The Dazzling Hall Of Mirrors, Stay For The Geometry

The professed aim of “A Mirror Maze: Numbers In Nature”—the new exhibit on view at Boston’s Museum of Science through…