Art

Jay Gonzalez speaks at MassCreative "Create The Vote" candidate forum at Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Oct. 15, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Gonzalez ‘Running For Governor To Help Artists And Everyone Else, All The Little Guys That Are Being Left Behind’

At the end of a “Create the Vote” candidate forum Monday with Jay Gonzalez—the Needham Democrat running against Republican incumbent…

Giant Coral Reef Arrives In Boston’s Fort Point Channel As Call For Help

This morning, if all goes according to plan, an artificial coral reef—conceived by Fitchburg artist Jerry Beck of The Revolving…

Tableau of man exchanging a note with a maid at a Paris mansion, c. 1760s. (Greg Cook)

What To Make Of The MFA’s Sumptuous ‘Casanova’ Exhibit In Our #MeToo Moment?

“Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts through Oct. 8 is…

Pioneer Village: Salem in 1630 in Salem's Forest River Park, Sept. 1, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Celebrate Halloween In Salem’s Curious 1630 'Pioneer Village'

Salem, Massachusetts, is a city filled with curious attractions, but one of the most curious is “Pioneer Village: Salem in…

Dina Gjertsen's "You Are Here For Now."

Gentrification Is A Big Threat To Somerville In Dina Gjertsen’s Tiny Dioramas

“Katie Gradowski called them ‘displacement dollhouses,’ which I thought was kind of cute,” Somerville artist Dina Gjertsen tells me about…

Stephanie Cardon’s installation “Unless” in the entrance atrium at Boston's Prudential Center. (Ryan McMahon/Now+There)

Public Art In Prudential Center Atrium Is A Call To Halt Global Warming

The title of Boston artist Stephanie Cardon’s public artwork “Unless”—installed in the main entrance of the Prudential Center shopping mall…

Ernest Howard Shepard, “Pooh and Piglet go hunting,” Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 3, 1926 pen and ink. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Exhibit Of Original Drawings For Winnie-The-Pooh Transports You To The Sweet, Sad Hundred Acre Wood

There are moments of delight and happiness in the tales of Winnie-the-Pooh—like the very first one, the comedy of the…

Ekua Holmes's "Roxbury Sunflower Project" at Freedom House, Aug. 30, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Checking In On Ekua Holmes's Blossoming 'Roxbury Sunflowers Project'

“I thought that this sunflower because of its special attributes would make a great symbol or emblem for Roxbury,” Ekua…

Courtney Sharpe. (Courtesy City of Boston)

Boston Arts Department Hires Cultural Planning Director

Boston’s Office of Arts and Culture has named Courtney Sharpe (pictured above) as the department’s new director of cultural planning.…

Minor Mishap Marching Band from Austin, Texas, in the Honk Parade, Oct. 7, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Honk Festival Parade 2018

In this afternoon’s Honk Parade, dozens of bands and activist and community groups marched from Davis Square in Somerville to…

The School of Honk plays as the Honk Parade reaches Harvard Square, Cambridge, Oct. 8, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Honk: Our Totally Biased Guide To This Weekend’s Festival Of Activist Marching Bands

The 13th annual Honk—the infectious street party and festival of activist bands—arrives in Somerville and Cambridge this weekend, featuring an…

Oompa performs at Somerville's Evolution of Hip Hop Festival in Union Square, Sept. 29, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Oompa And Cliff Notez Perform At Somerville Hip Hop Fest

Oompa and Cliff Notez performed at today’s Evolution of Hip Hop Festival in Somerville’s Union Square. Photos copyright 2018 Greg…

‘To Include All,’ Boston Music Awards Removes Gender From Vocalist Category

When the Boston Music Awards sent out ballots to nominating committee members this morning, there was a change. Instead of…

AS220's 2018 Foo Fest.

Wonderland's Totally Biased Guide To AS220’s Foo Fest This Saturday

AS220’s Foo Fest—the annual street shindig outside the alternative art space’s building on 115 Empire St. in Providence—is this Saturday,…

Latrell James performs at the 2017 Boston Music Awards. (Greg Cook)

Boston Art & Music Soul Festival Showcases Afro-Centric Culture And Imagines A New Boston

“I’m tired of people talking. You’ve just got to do it,” says Catherine Morris, founder, curator and executive director of…

The 2017 Boston Book Festival. (Courtesy)

Boston Book Festival: What To See At This Weekend’s Word Fest

Here’s our guide to what to see at this weekend’s Boston Book Festival. The annual event offers more than 125…

80+ Maine Writers Call On Sen. Collins To Reject Kavanaugh

In a joint letter, more than 80 Maine affiliated writers—including Pulitzer Prize-winners Richard Russo and Michael Chabon, Ann Beattie, Jonathan…

Ernest Howard Shepard, “Pooh and Piglet go hunting,” Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 3, 1926 pen and ink. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Exhibit Of Original Drawings For Winnie-The-Pooh Transports You To The Sweet, Sad Hundred Acre Wood

There are moments of delight and happiness in the tales of Winnie-the-Pooh—like the very first one, the comedy of the…

Sam Cornish reads at the Gloucester Writers Center in Gloucester, Massachusetts, June 29, 2016. (Greg Cook)

Goodbye To Former Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish

Sorry to hear about the passing of Sam Cornish, who was Boston’s Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2015. He died…

Jim Dunn reads at the 2018 Boston Poetry Marathon at Outpost 186, Cambridge, Aug. 12, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: 2018 Boston Poetry Marathon

Over the past year, the Gloucester poet Gerrit Lansing had been thinking a lot about death, poet Ruth Lepson recalled…

Winnie-the-Pooh House outside Harvard Science Center, Cambridge, October 2017. (Greg Cook)

The Man Who Took Care Of Winnie-The-Pooh’s House

Just north of Harvard Yard in Cambridge sits the Harvard Science Building. And just to its left, on its west…

Finale of the 2017 Racines Black Dance Festival. (Maria Fonseca)

Racines Black Dance Festival Shows ‘How We Got To Today As People, But Through Music And Dance’

“I wanted to start this festival because Boston has this lack of education about people of color even though we…

Bread and Puppet Theater's "Grasshopper Rebellion Circus" at Cambridge Common, Sept. 8, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Bread & Puppet's 'Grasshopper Rebellion Circus' In Cambridge

Bread and Puppet Theater’s “The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus,” which they performed yesterday on Cambridge Common, offered slapstick and social criticism…

Bread and Puppet Theater rehearses its "Grasshopper Rebellion Circus," Glover, Vermont, Aug. 19, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: In Bread & Puppet’s ‘Grasshopper Rebellion Circus,’ Slapstick And Giant Puppets Challenge ICE, Global Warming, Capitalism

This summer’s version of Bread and Puppet Theater’s celebrated circus—“The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus”—has been criticizing the federal Immigration Customs Enforcement…

Bread and Puppet Theater performs "Or Else" in the troupe’s Paper Mache Cathedral in Glover, Vermont, Aug. 17, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Bread & Puppet’s ‘Or Else’ Channels The Forebodings Of Fascism Across The Land

Bread and Puppet Theater’s “Or Else” is a show about dark times in the land, channeling a national sense of…

Paradox Teatro performs "Migraciones" at Bread and Puppet Theater's Papier-Mâché Cathedral, Glover, Vermont, Aug. 16, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Paradox Teatro’s Shadow Puppet Show 'Migraciones' Illuminates The Harrowing Journeys Of Refugees

“Refugee puppetry and poetry in English and Español,” is how Paradox Teatro has described their shadow puppet show “Migraciones.” “In…

Bread & Puppet’s ‘Out-Of-Joint Hamlet’ Unearths The Play’s Strongmen To Reframe Shakespeare For The Trump Era

Bread And Puppet Theater’s “Out-of-Joint Hamlet”—which the legendary experimental, activist puppet and mask troupe is performing in their Paper Mache…

Giant Coral Reef Arrives In Boston’s Fort Point Channel As Call For Help

This morning, if all goes according to plan, an artificial coral reef—conceived by Fitchburg artist Jerry Beck of The Revolving…

Minor Mishap Marching Band from Austin, Texas, in the Honk Parade, Oct. 7, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Honk Festival Parade 2018

In this afternoon’s Honk Parade, dozens of bands and activist and community groups marched from Davis Square in Somerville to…

80+ Maine Writers Call On Sen. Collins To Reject Kavanaugh

In a joint letter, more than 80 Maine affiliated writers—including Pulitzer Prize-winners Richard Russo and Michael Chabon, Ann Beattie, Jonathan…

Photos: ‘Tell Jeff Flake To Reject Kavanaugh’ Rally

“We stand with survivors. We believe Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford. Brett Kavanaugh is not fit to serve on the Supreme…

Dina Gjertsen's "You Are Here For Now."

Gentrification Is A Big Threat To Somerville In Dina Gjertsen’s Tiny Dioramas

“Katie Gradowski called them ‘displacement dollhouses,’ which I thought was kind of cute,” Somerville artist Dina Gjertsen tells me about…

Stephanie Cardon’s installation “Unless” in the entrance atrium at Boston's Prudential Center. (Ryan McMahon/Now+There)

Public Art In Prudential Center Atrium Is A Call To Halt Global Warming

The title of Boston artist Stephanie Cardon’s public artwork “Unless”—installed in the main entrance of the Prudential Center shopping mall…

Minor Mishap Marching Band from Austin, Texas, in the Honk Parade, Oct. 7, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Honk Festival Parade 2018

In this afternoon’s Honk Parade, dozens of bands and activist and community groups marched from Davis Square in Somerville to…

Photos: ‘Tell Jeff Flake To Reject Kavanaugh’ Rally

“We stand with survivors. We believe Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford. Brett Kavanaugh is not fit to serve on the Supreme…

Oompa performs at Somerville's Evolution of Hip Hop Festival in Union Square, Sept. 29, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Oompa And Cliff Notez Perform At Somerville Hip Hop Fest

Oompa and Cliff Notez performed at today’s Evolution of Hip Hop Festival in Somerville’s Union Square. Photos copyright 2018 Greg…

Bread and Puppet Theater's "Grasshopper Rebellion Circus" at Cambridge Common, Sept. 8, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Bread & Puppet's 'Grasshopper Rebellion Circus' In Cambridge

Bread and Puppet Theater’s “The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus,” which they performed yesterday on Cambridge Common, offered slapstick and social criticism…

Climate, Jobs, Immigrant Rights & Justice rally at East Boston Memorial Park, Sept. 8, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: 'Climate, Jobs, Immigrant Rights & Justice' Rally In East Boston

“We are here because we understand climate change affects everybody. Though some leaders have tried to come between us, for…

Bread and Puppet Theater rehearses its "Grasshopper Rebellion Circus," Glover, Vermont, Aug. 19, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: In Bread & Puppet’s ‘Grasshopper Rebellion Circus,’ Slapstick And Giant Puppets Challenge ICE, Global Warming, Capitalism

This summer’s version of Bread and Puppet Theater’s celebrated circus—“The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus”—has been criticizing the federal Immigration Customs Enforcement…

The School of Honk plays as the Honk Parade reaches Harvard Square, Cambridge, Oct. 8, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Honk: Our Totally Biased Guide To This Weekend’s Festival Of Activist Marching Bands

The 13th annual Honk—the infectious street party and festival of activist bands—arrives in Somerville and Cambridge this weekend, featuring an…

To win the Greasy Pole contest, walkers must make it to the end of a grease-slathered telephone pole to grab a flag off the end, June 29, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: St. Peter's Fiesta In Gloucester: Saints, Boats, Greasy Pole

Gloucester is celebrating its 91st annual St. Peter’s Fiesta this week. The festival is a celebration of the community’s commercial…

Latrell James performs at the 2017 Boston Music Awards. (Greg Cook)

Boston Art & Music Soul Festival Showcases Afro-Centric Culture And Imagines A New Boston

“I’m tired of people talking. You’ve just got to do it,” says Catherine Morris, founder, curator and executive director of…

Fox puppets, created under the leadership of Sara Peattie of the Boston Puppeteers Cooperative, at the Fox Festival Parade in Arlington, June 16, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Fox Festival Parade in Arlington

Kari Percival and Greg Cook (me) of Wonderland Spectacle Co. and our giant fox puppet had a wonderful time in …

Fox puppet by Wonderland Spectacle Co. (designed by Kari Percival) for Arlington's Fox Festival Parade, June 15, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Join Us In Arlington's Fox Festival Parade Tomorrow!

Join Kari Percival and Greg Cook (me) of Wonderland Spectacle Co. and our giant fox puppet in Arlington’s annual Fox Festival…

Cardboard Canoe Races at at Wright's Pond in Medford, June 10, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Cardboard Canoe Races in Medford

What was the secret to success in the Cardboard Canoe Races at Wright’s Pond in Medford today? “It’s the name…

Giant Coral Reef Arrives In Boston’s Fort Point Channel As Call For Help

This morning, if all goes according to plan, an artificial coral reef—conceived by Fitchburg artist Jerry Beck of The Revolving…

Dina Gjertsen's "You Are Here For Now."

Gentrification Is A Big Threat To Somerville In Dina Gjertsen’s Tiny Dioramas

“Katie Gradowski called them ‘displacement dollhouses,’ which I thought was kind of cute,” Somerville artist Dina Gjertsen tells me about…

Stephanie Cardon’s installation “Unless” in the entrance atrium at Boston's Prudential Center. (Ryan McMahon/Now+There)

Public Art In Prudential Center Atrium Is A Call To Halt Global Warming

The title of Boston artist Stephanie Cardon’s public artwork “Unless”—installed in the main entrance of the Prudential Center shopping mall…

Ekua Holmes's "Roxbury Sunflower Project" at Freedom House, Aug. 30, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Checking In On Ekua Holmes's Blossoming 'Roxbury Sunflowers Project'

“I thought that this sunflower because of its special attributes would make a great symbol or emblem for Roxbury,” Ekua…

The temporary bridge spanning the courtyard of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s East Campus residence hall, Cambridge, Aug. 28, 2018. (Greg Cook)

For One Week Only, A Fort, Bridge And Trebuchet Rise At MIT

Early this week, a handful of students were up on ladders with power tools finishing construction for a monumental bridge…

Victor "Marka27" Quiñonez's mural "Rebirth" at 2 Union Square, Somerville, Aug. 27, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Check Out These Three Murals Being Painted In Somerville

“The symbolism of the mural is inspired by a Maya mask that represents birth and death from 700 AD,” Victor…

Dogwood seedling from Starting Over Festival sprouting. May 31, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Dogwood Seedling From Starting Over Festival Sprouts

At the Starting Over Festival that I helped organize in Somerville on April 22, we gave out seedlings. A month…

Alewife migrating upstream at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam fish ladder in Winchester, Massachusetts, May 27, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Alewife Migrating Upstream Along Mystic Lake

Alewife migrating upstream at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam fish ladder in Winchester, Massachusetts, May 27, 2018. Photos copyright Greg…

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…