Art

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.…

Ansel Adams, "Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park," about 1937, photograph, gelatin silver print. (Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Everything To See This Fall: Winnie-The-Pooh, Ansel Adams, Hungry Caterpillar, Noguchi

This fall museums across New England offer Ansel Adams photos, the original sketches for Winnie-the-Pooh, modernist designs by the sculptor…

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…

David Owen Beyers paints a mural at Dorchester Art Project, Boston, Aug. 28, 2018. (Greg Cook)

David Owen Beyers Paints Mural Inside Dorchester Art Project

David Owen Beyers has been painting a mural in one of the bathrooms at Dorchester Art Project in Boston. The…

The left side of the Gardner Museum's Farnese Sarcophagus. (Greg Cook)

Last Chance For Close Up Look At Gardner Museum’s ‘Most Important Work Of Ancient Art’

The story goes that the two-millennia-old Farnese Sarcophagus was so heavy that in 1901 Isabella Stewart Gardner had the marble…

Kara Elliott-Ortega, 2018.

Kara Elliott-Ortega Named New Boston Arts Chief

Kara Elliott-Ortega was today named the Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. Ortega has held the…

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…

Minu DaCosta "Earthbreed--Up Close & Personal"

Photos: 'Alterations: A Selection of Shrines' At Dorchester Art Project

In “Altarations: A Selection of Shrines”—at Dorchester Art Project, 1486 Dorchester Ave. Boston, from July 21 to Aug. 26, 2018—56…

‘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…

Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band plays at the "Save EMF" rally in Harvard Square, Cambridge, June 16, 2018. (Greg Cook)

‘Save EMF’ Building Rally: ‘What Mr. DiGiovanni Is Doing May Be Legal, But It’s Not Right’

“Displacement is not business, it’s disruption,” Sophia Belle, who had been a tenant of the EMF building, told a crowd…

School of Honk plays at Arlington Porchfest, June 9, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Arlington Porchfest

Seen at the annual Arlington Porchfest music festival on June 9, 2018. All photos copyright Greg Cook. Help Wonderland keep…

Boston Compass Centennial celebration at Garment District, Cambridge, May 31, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Boston Compass Centennial Celebration at Garment District

Boston Compass celebrated eight years of publishing and the arrival of its hundredth issue with the “Compass Centennial” party featuring…

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…

USDLDF Dragon and Lion Dance National Championships at Quincy High School Gymnasium, May 27, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Rare East Coast Demonstration Of Chinese Lions Dancing Across Tall Poles

“They’re basically rising their lives for our tradition,” Mai Du, championships director and federation co-founder, told the crowd that come…

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…

Steve Locke's “Three Deliberate Grays for Freddie (A Memorial for Freddie Gray)” at the Gardner Museum, Boston. (Courtesy Gardner Museum)

Steve Locke Addresses Freddie Gray, The Boston Library And Boston’s Complicity In Slavery In New Public Artworks

Late last month, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum installed a new public artwork, a giant banner hanging down the facade…

Gas workers, locked-out by National Grid in a contract dispute, protested at a company work site on Main Street in Malden, July 19, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Locked-Out Gas Workers Protest National Grid

Gas workers, locked-out by National Grid in a contract dispute, protested at a company work site on Main Street in…

“Together and Free: Rally Against Family Separation" marches from Boston City Hall to Boston Common, June 30, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Rally Against Family Separation: ‘This Is About Babies Scattered All Across This Country’

Tens of thousands gathered this morning for “Together and Free: Rally Against Family Separation,” which began with speeches at on…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Big Gay Dance Party in Union Square, Somerville, June 2, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Big Gay Dance Party In Somerville

Somerville kicked off Pride month with its second annual Big Gay Dance Party. The celebration this evening in Union Square,…

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…

Steve Locke's “Three Deliberate Grays for Freddie (A Memorial for Freddie Gray)” at the Gardner Museum, Boston. (Courtesy Gardner Museum)

Steve Locke Addresses Freddie Gray, The Boston Library And Boston’s Complicity In Slavery In New Public Artworks

Late last month, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum installed a new public artwork, a giant banner hanging down the facade…

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…

Liz Glynn's "Open House" on Boston's Commonwealth Avenue Mall, July 27, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Recreating A Gilded Age Ballroom Outdoors In Boston To Mull Our Economic Future

“Who has access to space, both public and private?” Liz Glynn says she wants to ask with “Open House,” her…

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…