Art

African American Master Artists In Residence Program artists and supporters meet in the fourth-floor gallery at the studios at 76 Atherton St., Boston, Aug. 12, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Northeastern Delays Deadline For Landmark Black Arts Program To Vacate Boston Building, Some Artists Object To Negotiation Ground Rules

Under pressure from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Northeastern University has again pushed back the deadline for when it says school’s…

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…

Mary Nohl's home at Fox Point, Wisconsin, July 9, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Visiting Mary Nohl’s Enchanted Cottage On The Shore of Lake Michigan

“We wanted to believe a witch lived there,” Jim Stingl, a columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, recalled not quite a…

Artists in the African American Master Artists In Residence Program held a press conference at the 76 Atherton St. building on July 1 to oppose Northeastern University's moves. (Randy H. Goodman/Blackwire)

Mayor Pushes Northeastern To Give Landmark Black Artists Residency Program More Time To Vacate Boston Building

The landmark African American Master Artists In Residence Program at Northeastern University may have more time before the Boston school…

Artists in the African American Master Artists In Residence Program held a press conference at the 76 Atherton St. building on July 1 to oppose Northeastern University's moves. (Randy H. Goodman/Blackwire)

Northeastern Says Landmark Black Artists Residency Program ‘Must Vacate’ Jamaica Plain Building

Artists involved in the African American Master Artists In Residence Program at Northeastern University charge that on Sunday the Boston…

Diana Thater’s 2008 “Untitled Videowall (Butterflies)" (foreground) and her 1999 installation “Delphine." June 26, 2018 (Greg Cook)

Photos: Look Inside The Watershed, The ICA’s New East Boston Outpost

On July 4, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art will debut a satellite outpost on the East Boston waterfront, across the…

Art by Ben K. Foley. (Greg Cook)

Ben Foley Exhibits His Mind-Bending Illusions At Dorchester Art Project

Tomorrow night and Friday are the last chances to see Boston artist Ben K. Foley’s mind-bending exhibition “Your New {Cosmic}…

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…

Emma Levitt (left) and Samuel Potrykus at the offices of the Boston Compass at Dorchester Art Project in Boston, May 2, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Boston Compass—The Monthly Guide To The City’s Music Underground—Reaches Its 100th Issue

I wrote about the Boston Compass reaching a milestone in the latest Dig Boston: “Directing you to underground shows and awesome happenings!…

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

Somerville’s Once Nightclub Hit By Burglary, Wrecked Office

Once Ballroom—the Somerville nightclub and headquarters of the locally-grown food catering company Cuisine en Locale—was hit by a burglary and…

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…

"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,…

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…

"State House action to protect immigrant families in Massachusetts" at Massachusetts State House, Boston, June 20, 2018. (Greg Cook)

'Stop Trump's Child Concentration Camps': MA State House Rally To Protect Immigrants

A “State House Action To Protect Immigrant Families In Massachusetts” attracted thousands of people to the Massachusetts State House in…

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…

"Origami Crane Fold-In for Gun Violence Awareness" at Pleasant Street Tea Co. in Gloucester, May 27, 2018. (Courtesy)

Trying To Imagine The Unimaginable Number Of 37,000 Americans Dead From Guns In A Year

How can we imagine the unimaginable number of people who die from guns in the United States each year? Federal…

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…

Mary Nohl's home at Fox Point, Wisconsin, July 9, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Visiting Mary Nohl’s Enchanted Cottage On The Shore of Lake Michigan

“We wanted to believe a witch lived there,” Jim Stingl, a columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, recalled not quite a…

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…

“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 & 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…

Diana Thater’s 2008 “Untitled Videowall (Butterflies)" (foreground) and her 1999 installation “Delphine." June 26, 2018 (Greg Cook)

Photos: Look Inside The Watershed, The ICA’s New East Boston Outpost

On July 4, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art will debut a satellite outpost on the East Boston waterfront, across the…

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,…

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…

Mary Nohl's home at Fox Point, Wisconsin, July 9, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Visiting Mary Nohl’s Enchanted Cottage On The Shore of Lake Michigan

“We wanted to believe a witch lived there,” Jim Stingl, a columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, recalled not quite a…

Maria Molteni's “Storming the Court” mural on Ward Street in Salem's Point neighborhood, June 12, 2018. (Photo by David Valecillos of the Punto Urban Art Museum)

Maria Molteni Brings Art, Feminism And A Witch To The Basketball Court With Her New Salem Mural

Maria Molteni often operates at the intersection of art and craft and feminism and athletics. Her latest project is a…

Ekua Holmes. (Greg Cook)

What Happens If You Plant 10,000 Sunflowers At The Heart Of Boston’s Black Community?

Last Friday morning, Ekua Holmes (pictured above) was outside the Grove Hall Public Library in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood with folks from…

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…