Art

Maira Kalman, Illustration for "Next Stop, Grand Central" (G. P. Putnam’s Sons). Courtesy of Julie Saul Projects, New York. © 1999 Maira Kalman.

Maira Kalman: ‘If You Don’t Digress And Go Off The Point, I Think You Miss The Point’

“There’s absolutely nothing you can’t talk to children about. They want to know the truth,” author and illustrator Maira Kalman…

Willie Alexander plays his keyboard in his Gloucester home, July 15, 2017. (Greg Cook photo)

The Secret Art Of The Godfather Of Boston Punk, Willie Alexander

“It’s here. It’s life. It’s everything. Bam!” Willie “Loco” Alexander tells me as we tour a retrospective of his paintings…

Shepard Fairey at "Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand" exhibition at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, Feb. 3, 2009. (Greg Cook photo)

Shepard Fairey Returns To Providence: ‘It’s Pretty Punk Rock To Try To Unite’

Shepard Fairey—one of the most famous street artists in the world, known for his “Obey” Andre the Giant graphics to…

Remembering the Pines Speedway with a Tape Art mural at Groveland’s Langley-Adams Public Library, July 2019. From “Drawing From Our Past: A Tri-Town Tape Art Festival." (Tape Art photo)

How Tape Art Made Murals For Rural Towns Without Big, Centrally-Located Walls

Note: I’ve been commissioned by the Essex County Community Foundation to help document/promote cultural projects from its Creative County Initiative,…

“The Sound of My Soul: Frank Stewart's Life in Jazz” at Harvard University's Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Sept. 16, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photographer Frank Stewart's Life In Jazz

“You didn’t get a whole lot of history lessons about African-American culture in school,” Frank Stewart told The New York…

MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) at Lesley University, Oct. 19, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

What We Saw At MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo)

MICE, the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, was founded in 2010 to focus on the artists—with creators selling their own works…

“Gardens of Light” illuminates the Chinese Garden at the Jardin Botanique de Montréal, September 2019. (© Espace pour la vie / Claude Lafond)

Dazzling Chinese Lanterns At Montreal’s Jardin Botanique

One of the highlights of Montreal each fall is the “Gardens of Light,” which illuminates the Chinese Garden at the…

Pedro “Monky” Rojas Mesa posters. (Greg Cook photo)

The Incandescent Chicha Posters That Revolutionarized Peruvian Design

In Peru in the 1980s, a new music exploded in popularity on the radio: Chicha. The word can refer drinks…

Artwork by Yu-Wen Wu of Boston.

Yu-Wen Wu Wins $15K Prize For Boston Women Artists

Yu-Wen Wu, a Taiwan-born, Boston-based artist, has been named the winner of the inaugural $15,000 Prilla Smith Brackett Award, administered…

Willie Alexander plays his keyboard in his Gloucester home, July 15, 2017. (Greg Cook photo)

The Secret Art Of The Godfather Of Boston Punk, Willie Alexander

“It’s here. It’s life. It’s everything. Bam!” Willie “Loco” Alexander tells me as we tour a retrospective of his paintings…

Lovely Hoffman and Pier Lamia Porter rehearse "Marie and Rosetta." (Courtesy photo)

Rediscovering African-American Rock And Roll Pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe

“Rebelling against constraint, she let her voice out in ‘Rock Me’ and ‘That’s All,’ and left the house ecstatic,” The…

Environmental Encroachment from Chicago performs in the Honk Parade, Oct. 13, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Honk Parade From Somerville To Cambridge

Honk!—the infectious street party and festival of activist street bands—paraded from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge…

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

As Boston Continues To Exclude Hip Hop, ‘Boston Answering’ Aims To ‘Uplift Some Of The City’s Finest Local Artists’

“A cultural response manifested into a show” is how this Saturday’s “Boston Answering” show at the Strand Theatre in Boston…

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)

Somerville PorchFest: Wonderland’s Totally Biased Guide To This Saturday's Music Fest

Somerville’s annual PorchFest is part hootenanny, part a giant open studios for bands. More than 200 bands acts are scheduled…

Rehearsal for “The Unicorn, The Gorgon and The Manticore” and “A Medieval Bestiary” performed by Metropolitan Chorale and Puppet Showplace Theater at First Church, Cambridge, May 3, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Unicorns! Gorgons! Manticores! In Metropolitan Chorale's Collaboration With Puppet Showplace Theater

Unicorns, gorgons and other fantastical creatures abound in the Metropolitan Chorale’s performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Unicorn, The Gorgon…

Maira Kalman, Illustration for "Next Stop, Grand Central" (G. P. Putnam’s Sons). Courtesy of Julie Saul Projects, New York. © 1999 Maira Kalman.

Maira Kalman: ‘If You Don’t Digress And Go Off The Point, I Think You Miss The Point’

“There’s absolutely nothing you can’t talk to children about. They want to know the truth,” author and illustrator Maira Kalman…

Sarah Gailey's "Magic For Liars." (Courtesy Tor Books)

In Sarah Gailey's 'Magic for Liars,' Investigating Murder At A School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry

In Sarah Gailey’s “Magic for Liars” (Tor Books), a drunk, broke private detective gets hired to solve a murder at…

Annalee Newitz's "The Future of Another Timeline."

Traveling Back In Time To Fight The Patriarchy In Annalee Newitz’s ‘Future Of Another Timeline’

Tess has time-traveled to 1992 to attend a riot grrrl concert at the start of Annalee Newitz’s new science fiction…

MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) at Lesley University, Oct. 19, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

What We Saw At MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo)

MICE, the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, was founded in 2010 to focus on the artists—with creators selling their own works…

Phyllis Galembo, "Deer and Bull, Semana Santa," 2012, from "Mexico Masks | RItuals." (Courtesy)

Dazzling Masks Of Contemporary Mexican Festivals Seen In Phyllis Galembo’s Photos

Since the mid 1980s, New York photographer Phyllis Galembo has documented the masquerade traditions of festivals and carnivals in Africa…

Kay Nielsen, Concept drawing for Disney's "Fantasia" featuring Chernabog, 1940, pastel and crayon. (Courtesy Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts)

Illustrator And Disney Artist Kay Nielsen's Glittering Fantasies And Difficult Life

The most famous creation of Kay Nielsen (1886-1957), one of the outstanding illustrators at the dawn of the 20th century,…

Bread and Puppet Theater performed "Diagonal Life: Theory and Praxis" at First Church in Cambridge, Nov. 7, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Bread and Puppet Theater's 'Diagonal Life’ Challenges Baby Jails, Global Warming, The Unthinkable

“Reality is either horizontal or vertical or both,” a woman explains early in Bread and Puppet Theater’s “Diagonal Life: Theory…

Boston Circus Guild rehearses "Cirque of the Dead" at Oberon, Cambridge, Oct. 16, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Boston Circus Guild Brings 'Cirque Of The Dead' To Oberon For Halloween

“The history of Oberon is clouded in mystery,” one of the paranormal investigators warns at the start of the Boston…

Lovely Hoffman and Pier Lamia Porter rehearse "Marie and Rosetta." (Courtesy photo)

Rediscovering African-American Rock And Roll Pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe

“Rebelling against constraint, she let her voice out in ‘Rock Me’ and ‘That’s All,’ and left the house ecstatic,” The…

Monkeyhouse dance troupe performs "8 Feet" in Malden, Oct. 6, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Monkeyhouse Performs '8 Feet'

The Malden dance troupe Monkeyhouse closed off part of Seaview Street in that city today to present “8 Feet,” a…

Green Street Studios, Cambridge, Oct. 2, 2019. (Greg Cook)

‘Visibility Dance’ Planned After Green Street Studios Announces Closing

Members of Cambridge’s dance community are planning “Circling the Dance Block – a Visibility Dance in Cambridge” for noon on…

Green Street Studios, Cambridge, Oct. 2, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Green Street Dance Studios To Shut Down Due To ‘Significant Rent Increase’

Dancers getting ready for a class at Green Street Studios this evening were surprised by today’s announcement that the Cambridge…

Shepard Fairey at "Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand" exhibition at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, Feb. 3, 2009. (Greg Cook photo)

Shepard Fairey Returns To Providence: ‘It’s Pretty Punk Rock To Try To Unite’

Shepard Fairey—one of the most famous street artists in the world, known for his “Obey” Andre the Giant graphics to…

Environmental Encroachment from Chicago performs in the Honk Parade, Oct. 13, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Honk Parade From Somerville To Cambridge

Honk!—the infectious street party and festival of activist street bands—paraded from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge…

Domenic Esposito's Opioid Spoon on view at the Cambridge Public Library, Sept. 16, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Giant Opioid Spoon Arrives At Library To Protest Companies Behind Drug Crisis

In June 2018, an 800-pound, 4-foot-high, 10-foot-long aluminum spoon appeared in front of the headquarters of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma…

The Boston Climate Strike heads up Park Street to the Massachusetts State House, Sept. 20, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Boston Climate Strike Demands Action To Halt Global Warming

Thousands rallied at Boston City Hall Plaza for the Boston Climate Strike today and then marched to the State House.…

“MIT Rally Against Jeffrey Epstein” and “They Knew: Speak-out against MIT-Epstein Scandal” outside Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Stratton Student Center, Sept. 13, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Protesters Demand MIT President Resign Over Role In Epstein Scandal

“Reif, you can’t hide! We demand that you resign!” hundreds of protesters chanted at an “MIT Rally Against Jeffrey Epstein”…

The Cambridge Carnival Committee led a “March for Peace” down Cambridge's Massachusetts Avenue in response to the cancellation of the 2019 Carnival. Sept. 4, 2019. (Greg Cook)

At Protest Over Canceled Cambridge Carnival, Organizers Call For Scaled-Back Festival In Late September

“Preserve our culture!” shouted Cambridge Carnival supporters as they marched down Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge’s Central Square this evening. “Keep…

Bread and Puppet Theater performed "Diagonal Life: Theory and Praxis" at First Church in Cambridge, Nov. 7, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Bread and Puppet Theater's 'Diagonal Life’ Challenges Baby Jails, Global Warming, The Unthinkable

“Reality is either horizontal or vertical or both,” a woman explains early in Bread and Puppet Theater’s “Diagonal Life: Theory…

MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) at Lesley University, Oct. 19, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

What We Saw At MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo)

MICE, the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, was founded in 2010 to focus on the artists—with creators selling their own works…

Boston Circus Guild rehearses "Cirque of the Dead" at Oberon, Cambridge, Oct. 16, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Boston Circus Guild Brings 'Cirque Of The Dead' To Oberon For Halloween

“The history of Oberon is clouded in mystery,” one of the paranormal investigators warns at the start of the Boston…

Environmental Encroachment from Chicago performs in the Honk Parade, Oct. 13, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Honk Parade From Somerville To Cambridge

Honk!—the infectious street party and festival of activist street bands—paraded from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge…

Alex Noel's 2,294.5-pound pumpkin, which won the35th anniversary All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, inside the Fruits & Vegetables Barn at the Topsfield Fair, Oct. 6, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Topsfield Fair: Wonderland's Guide To The Marvelous Agricultural Festival

The annual Topsfield Fair, which runs from Oct. 4 to 14 in Topsfield, Mass., is known for its giant pumpkin growing…

Monkeyhouse dance troupe performs "8 Feet" in Malden, Oct. 6, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Monkeyhouse Performs '8 Feet'

The Malden dance troupe Monkeyhouse closed off part of Seaview Street in that city today to present “8 Feet,” a…

“Gardens of Light” illuminates the Chinese Garden at the Jardin Botanique de Montréal, September 2019. (© Espace pour la vie / Claude Lafond)

Dazzling Chinese Lanterns At Montreal’s Jardin Botanique

One of the highlights of Montreal each fall is the “Gardens of Light,” which illuminates the Chinese Garden at the…

Environmental Encroachment from Chicago performs in the Honk Parade, Oct. 13, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Honk Parade From Somerville To Cambridge

Honk!—the infectious street party and festival of activist street bands—paraded from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge…

Alex Noel's 2,294.5-pound pumpkin, which won the35th anniversary All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, inside the Fruits & Vegetables Barn at the Topsfield Fair, Oct. 6, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Topsfield Fair: Wonderland's Guide To The Marvelous Agricultural Festival

The annual Topsfield Fair, which runs from Oct. 4 to 14 in Topsfield, Mass., is known for its giant pumpkin growing…

The Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race course includes 100 yards of the Merrimack River, Sept. 21, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race Braves City Streets, Mud, Merrimack River, Art

The Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race is “a competitive parade of the arts and science. Otherwise known as the triathlon of…

Nick Cave's Joy parade, presented with Now+There, in Boston, Sept. 14, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Nick Cave's 'Joy Parade' In Boston

Artist Nick Cave’s “Joy Parade” today escorted the Chicago artist’s inflatable sculptures (pictured above) from the Boston Center for the…

Sunset, Storytelling and Stargazing atop Waitt’s Mount, Malden, Massachusetts, Sept. 7, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Sunset, Storytelling And Stargazing In Malden

Sunset, Storytelling and Stargazing was held atop Waitt’s Mount in Malden, Massachusetts, tonight. It was hosted by Malden Reads: One…

Shepard Fairey at "Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand" exhibition at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, Feb. 3, 2009. (Greg Cook photo)

Shepard Fairey Returns To Providence: ‘It’s Pretty Punk Rock To Try To Unite’

Shepard Fairey—one of the most famous street artists in the world, known for his “Obey” Andre the Giant graphics to…

“Gardens of Light” illuminates the Chinese Garden at the Jardin Botanique de Montréal, September 2019. (© Espace pour la vie / Claude Lafond)

Dazzling Chinese Lanterns At Montreal’s Jardin Botanique

One of the highlights of Montreal each fall is the “Gardens of Light,” which illuminates the Chinese Garden at the…

Helen Bur finishes painting her mural on the Cabot Theatre, Beverly, Massachusetts, July 20, 2019. (Greg Cook)

New Murals On Beverly’s Cabot Theatre Aim To Illuminate All The Creativity Going On Inside

NOTE: I’ve been commissioned by the Essex County Community Foundation to help document/promote cultural projects from its Creative County Initiative,…

Mural on It's Raining Pets, Salem, Massachusetts, Sept. 7, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Mural At Salem's It's Raining Pets

Mural at It’s Raining Pets, a dog grooming business in Salem, Massachusetts, Sept. 7, 2019. If this is the kind…

Pascal Michel paints his mural on the side of Highland Creole Cuisine, 2 Highland Ave., Somerville, Aug. 28, 2019. (Greg Cook)

First Look At Three New Somerville Murals

“I wanted to share this idea of home, with the community, with the city of Somerville,” Imagine (Sneha Shrestha), a…

Karyn Alzayer caged the "Make Way for Ducklings" statues In Boston's Public Garden to protest abuse of immigrants, Aug. 2, 2019. (Photo: Daud Alzayer)

Artist Cages Duckling Statues In Boston Public Garden To Protest Abuse Of Immigrants

Well before dawn last Friday morning, Karyn Alzayer snuck a group of miniature cages into Boston’s Public Garden via “a…

Herring swim up the fish ladder at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam in Medford as part of the fish’s annual upstream migration, May 22, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Herring Migrating Upstream In Medford

The Mystic River Watershed Association held a River Herring Open House on May 22, inviting visitors to watch herring swimming…

Woodpecker, March 12, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Woodpecker

Photo copyright 2019 Greg Cook. If this is the kind of coverage of arts, cultures and activisms you appreciate, please…

Mars photo booth at “Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience" at Boston’s Museum of Science. (Greg Cook)

The 5-Year-Old’s Guide To ‘Space’ At Boston’s Museum Of Science

Twice this fall, the 5-Year-Old visited “Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience,” which is on view at Boston’s Museum of Science through Jan.…

Jewel beetles in the “The Rockefeller Beetles” exhibition at Harvard's Museum of Natural History in Cambridge. (Greg Cook)

The Dazzling ‘Rockefeller Beetles’ Debut At Harvard’s Natural History Museum

The earth is home to 450,000 species of beetles, Brian Farrell, the Harvard University professor and curator of entomology, told…

Northern Strand Bike Trail between Lincoln Avenue and Summer Street in Lynn, Massachusetts, Oct. 10, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Fall Bike Ride: Through Lynn Marshes Via The Northern Strand Community Trail

Between Lincoln Avenue and Summer Street in Lynn, there is a dirt stretch of the “Bike to the Sea” Northern…

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…