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"When We Gather," with Samita Sinha (from left), Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Dell Marie Hamilton. (Courtesy)

'When We Gather' Honors Election Of Kamala Harris And Ritually Cleanses White House

“I really dreamed of a performance piece. And it was right after Kamala [Harris] was elected vice president,” explains Maria…

"Welcome to the New World" by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan. (Metropolitan Books)

In 'Welcome To The New World,' Syrian Refugees Land In Trump's America

A family of refugees from the Syrian war makes their harrowing escape to New Haven, Connecticut, in the non-fiction comic…

Remi Paillard (right) prepares to rehearse the Bread and Puppet Circus, Glover, Vermont, Aug. 22, 2015. (©Greg Cook photo)

Goodbye To Bread And Puppet's Remi Paillard

Goodbye to our friend Remi Paillard, a part of the Bread and Puppet Theater for decades. He died Monday. Here…

Thousands gathered in Boston's Peters Park to protest the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. May 29, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

The Year In Photos: Art And Activism And Coronavirus In 2020

Art and activism and coronavirus across Boston and New England in 2020. Previously: • Wonderland’s Most-Read Posts Of 2020 •…

Peter Agoos's “PPE for Antonio López Garcia's ‘DAY’” at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, March 22, 2020. (Courtesy Peter Agoos)

Wonderland's Most-Read Posts Of 2020

Below are Wonderland’s most clicked-on posts of 2020, the ones that brought in the most readers and bots. When I…

"Batbeast" snowplow design by Rhonda Ratray with help from her art students from Vermont School for Girls for the North Bennington, Vermont, highway department, October 2020. (Courtesy Rhonda Ratray)

Designing A Monster Snowplow For Vermont Winters

For a number of years now, artists from Vermont Arts Exchange in North Bennington, Vermont, have been painting designs across…

Disneyland 1963. From "Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter" by Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price, 2020. (Disney Editions)

'Holiday Magic At The Disney Parks'

“Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter” by Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline and…

Michael Bobbitt has been named the new executive director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, December 2020. (Craig Bailey | Perspective Photo)

Michael Bobbitt To Lead Mass Cultural Council

Michael Bobbitt—the artistic director at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown since March 2019—has been named the next executive director of…

Best Christmas Decorations Around Greater Boston

Below is Wonderland’s guide to dazzling holiday decorations around greater Boston, from Attleboro to Somerville (listed by community, in alphabetical…

Roz Raskin of the “cosmic pop” band Nova One. (Photo by Brittany Taylor)

Spend New Year’s Eve Eve With Nova One And FirstWorks’ ‘Urban Carnevale’

“Providence is my home and I plan to live and die here at the moment,” Roz Raskin, who fronts the…

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

Once Will Not Reopen At Somerville Venue Due To Covid, Owner Says

Once, the Somerville music lounge and ballroom, “will not reopen” at its current venue, owner JJ Gonson announced today. (Read…

Somerville Arts Council ArtBeat 2020 poster. (Design by Paula Champagne)

Our Guide To Somerville's ArtBeat--Now Part Pop-Up, Part Virtual

This year’s “ArtBeat” festival from the Somerville Arts Council adapts to coronavirus by expanding to a week of surprise pop-up…

Great Scott in Boston's Allston neighborhood.

‘It Is With A Heavy Heart Today That I Announce That Great Scott Will Not Reopen’

“It is with a heavy heart today that I announce that Great Scott will not reopen,” according to a message…

Nathaniel Hefferman plays "Groove Is In The Heart," April 2020. (via YouTube)

For Social Distancing, He Turned Himself Into A One-Man Honk Band

The music video begins with Nathaniel Hefferman, dressed in a Honk T-shirt, blowing the opening notes of Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is…

What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? performs “Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth”at the Boston Museum of Science’s Charles Hayden Planetarium, August 2019. (Jonathan Beckley photo)

This #MeToo ‘Medusa’ Isn’t The Gorgon You’ve Been Told About

One of the terrible things about the way the story of Medusa is usually told is that her iconic snake…

"Welcome to the New World" by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan. (Metropolitan Books)

In 'Welcome To The New World,' Syrian Refugees Land In Trump's America

A family of refugees from the Syrian war makes their harrowing escape to New Haven, Connecticut, in the non-fiction comic…

Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza. (Photo: © Scott Hoag / Penguin Random House)

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza: 'The Best Way To Protect Democracy Is To Participate'

The Trump mob’s Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, “was an outpouring of rage that a lot of people…

Disneyland 1963. From "Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter" by Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price, 2020. (Disney Editions)

'Holiday Magic At The Disney Parks'

“Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter” by Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline and…

"Winter Counts" by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco)

In ‘Winter Counts,’ A Native Detective-Vigilante Rights Wrongs On His Reservation

When residents of the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota feel that villains have slipped through the cracks of law…

Jef Czekaj (right) with Ollie. (Courtesy Jef Czekaj)

'Sequestered Storytime' With Somerville Children's Book Creator Jef Czekaj

“Sequestered Storytime with Jef Czekaj”—Somerville children’s book author and artist Jef Czekaj’s DIY television show for kids—represents one of the…

From "Dias de Consuelo" by Dave Ortega. (Courtesy)

In ‘Dias de Consuelo,’ Dave Ortega Recounts His Grandmother’s Immigration Story

This article was originally published at DigBoston: “Dias de Consuelo,” Dave Ortega’s nonfiction comic book account of his grandmother Consuelo…

Remi Paillard (right) prepares to rehearse the Bread and Puppet Circus, Glover, Vermont, Aug. 22, 2015. (©Greg Cook photo)

Goodbye To Bread And Puppet's Remi Paillard

Goodbye to our friend Remi Paillard, a part of the Bread and Puppet Theater for decades. He died Monday. Here…

Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline.

Donate To Puppet Showplace To Help Them Weather Alleged Embezzlement

Looking to help Puppet Showplace Theater after alleged embezzlement reported last month left their bank account “fully depleted”? The Board of…

Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline.

Puppet Showplace’s Bank Account ‘Fully Depleted’ After Alleged Embezzlement

Puppet Showplace Theater announced yesterday that their “bank account had been fully depleted” after an alleged embezzlement from the 46-year-old…

Mark Consiglio, president of the Boston Chapter of the Live Events Coalition, at some of the productions he's worked on. (Courtesy)

Rally Tuesday: ‘Live Events Economy Is In Shambles And There’s No End In Sight’

“Since the pandemic started in early to mid-March, we’ve been the first people that have been cancelled and had to…

J.D. Mollison in American Repertory Theater's "Moby-Dick." (Maria Baranova photo)

Harvard Study: Ways Theaters Can Adapt To Reduce Spread Of Coronavirus

How can theaters adapt to reduce the spread of coronavirus? That’s the daunting question that the “first edition” of the…

Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield. (© Barrington Stage)

Barrington Stage Plans Live 'Socially Distanced' Theater For August

Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield announced yesterday that it will postpone its planned summer season to summer of 2021 due…

2021 storming of the United States Capitol. (Photo by Tyler Merbler / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Trump Mob Attacks Capitol: Eyewitness Videos: Part 3

When a Trump mob attacked and overran the U.S. Capitol to try to stop confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory in the…

2021 storming of the United States Capitol. (Photo by Tyler Merbler / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Trump Mob Attacks Capitol: Eyewitness Videos: Part 1

When a Trump mob attacked and overran the U.S. Capitol to try to stop confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory in the…

2021 storming of the United States Capitol. (Photo by Tyler Merbler / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Trump Mob Attacks Capitol: Eyewitness Videos: Part 2

When a Trump mob attacked and overran the U.S. Capitol to try to stop confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory in the…

2021 storming of the United States Capitol. (Photo by Tyler Merbler / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Trump Mob Attacks Capitol: Eyewitness Videos: Part 4

When a Trump mob attacked and overran the U.S. Capitol to try to stop confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory in the…

2021 storming of the United States Capitol. (Photo by Tyler Merbler / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Trump Mob Attacks Capitol: Eyewitness Videos: Part 5

When a Trump mob attacked and overran the U.S. Capitol to try to stop confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory in the…

2021 storming of the United States Capitol. (Photo by Tyler Merbler / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Trump Mob Attacks Capitol: Eyewitness Videos: Part 7

When a Trump mob attacked and overran the U.S. Capitol to try to stop confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory in the…

Remi Paillard (right) prepares to rehearse the Bread and Puppet Circus, Glover, Vermont, Aug. 22, 2015. (©Greg Cook photo)

Goodbye To Bread And Puppet's Remi Paillard

Goodbye to our friend Remi Paillard, a part of the Bread and Puppet Theater for decades. He died Monday. Here…

Carey McDonald of Malden Police Alternatives and Accountability speaks at the Malden Rejects the Coup rally at Malden City Hall, Jan. 10, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Malden Rejects The Coup Rally: 'We Must Have Accountability'

“We stand strongly against white supremacy,” Shaina Lu of Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition told the crowd gathered at…

Thousands gathered in Boston's Peters Park to protest the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. May 29, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

The Year In Photos: Art And Activism And Coronavirus In 2020

Art and activism and coronavirus across Boston and New England in 2020. Previously: • Wonderland’s Most-Read Posts Of 2020 •…

Family members of Darryl Willis, who was fatally struck by a truck in Cambridge's Harvard Square on Aug. 18, place flowers on a ghost bike set there in his memory on Sept. 19, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

Ghost Bike Dedication For Darryl Willis In Harvard Square

“My dad was a character,” one of the daughters of Darryl Willis said at a memorial in Cambridge’s Harvard Square…

Honk parade, October 2015. (© Greg Cook photo)

Honk: As 2020 Festival Goes Virtual, Looking Back At Photos Through The Years

In advance of this year’s virtual Honk festival from Oct. 5 to 11, I’ve put together the video below for…

"Independence Day March" against injustice organized by Demilitarize Gloucester at Gloucester's waterfront, July 4, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Independence Day March Against Injustice In Gloucester

Dozens of people participated in the “Independence Day March” against injustice, a July 4 protest at Gloucester’s waterfront, organized by…

Disneyland 1963. From "Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter" by Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price, 2020. (Disney Editions)

'Holiday Magic At The Disney Parks'

“Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter” by Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline and…

Honk parade, October 2015. (© Greg Cook photo)

Honk: As 2020 Festival Goes Virtual, Looking Back At Photos Through The Years

In advance of this year’s virtual Honk festival from Oct. 5 to 11, I’ve put together the video below for…

"Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience" at the Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, Aug. 20, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

Chinese Lantern Spectacle Comes To Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo

“Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience” fills Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo with dazzling, giant sculptures of dragons, pandas, crabs, tigers, fish…

Boston Pride Parade, June 9, 2012. (Greg Cook photo)

Boston Cancels Parades And Festivals Through Labor Day

The city of Boston has cancelled all parades and festivals “this summer, up to and including Labor Day on September…

Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion Dance Troupe's Cubs performed at the Lunar New Year Festival at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum, Jan. 25, 2020. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum

Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum hosted its annual Lunar New Year Festival on Jan. 25. It featured performances by the Gund Kwok…

Pixie Dance of FJW Dance Studio performed at Chinese Culture Connection's annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Malden High School, Jan. 18, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Lunar New Year Celebration In Malden

Chinese Culture Connection hosted its annual Lunar New Year Celebration, to mark the start of the Year of the Mouse…

"Batbeast" snowplow design by Rhonda Ratray with help from her art students from Vermont School for Girls for the North Bennington, Vermont, highway department, October 2020. (Courtesy Rhonda Ratray)

Designing A Monster Snowplow For Vermont Winters

For a number of years now, artists from Vermont Arts Exchange in North Bennington, Vermont, have been painting designs across…

Disneyland 1963. From "Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter" by Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price, 2020. (Disney Editions)

'Holiday Magic At The Disney Parks'

“Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter” by Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline and…

Best Christmas Decorations Around Greater Boston

Below is Wonderland’s guide to dazzling holiday decorations around greater Boston, from Attleboro to Somerville (listed by community, in alphabetical…

Sign pained by Andy Mack Sr. for Moose Hill Orchards in Londonderry, New Hampshire—home of Mack’s Apples. (Courtesy Londonderry Arts Council)

Andy Mack's Farm Stand Signs Sell Apples, Spark Controversy

“It is the best place in town for a display, but it just happens to be our land,” Andy Mack…

Mural in progress at Wah Lum Kung Fu & Thai Chi Academy in Malden, Aug. 10, 2020. (Photo ©Greg Cook)

Wah Lum Mural Honors 'Unity And Solidarity'

In the spring, Wah Lum Kung Fu & Thai Chi Academy in Malden closed, like so many other businesses, to…

"Doña Patria" mural by Alexandre Keto at 102 Broadway, Somerville, completed October 2020. (Photo © Greg Cook)

Brazilian Carnival Celebrated In Somerville Mural

Brazilian carnival is the subject of the mural “Doña Patria” that Alexandre Keto completed in Somerville in October. The Sao…

"Groundhogs" by Wonderland Spectacle Co.

Groundhogs | Wonderland Spectacle Co.

For Groundhog Day, we visit Ms. G, the official groundhog of Massachusetts, as she looks for her shadow at Mass…

Fun In The Snow | Wonderland Spectacle Co.

Fun In The Snow | Wonderland Spectacle Co.

Join us on a winter Wonderland adventure: Make paper snowflakes. Build a snow person. Spot blue jays. Go sledding. Wonderland…

"Wild Turkeys in the City" by Wonderland Spectacle Co. (Kari Percival and Greg Cook), November 2020. (©Greg Cook photo 2020)

Wild Turkeys In The City | Wonderland Spectacle Co.

A new art and nature video for kids from Wonderland Spectacle Co.: When a family of wild turkeys visited our…

Leatherback turtle being reinstalled at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum, 2020. (Photo: Kathy Tarantola)

Curious Leatherback Turtle Returns To Peabody Essex After 2 Decades In Storage

For decades, the old leatherback turtle lurked large and curious in a dim corner of the Peabody Essex Museum’s natural…

Climb The Blue Hills | Wonderland Spectacle Co.

Climb The Blue Hills With Wonderland Spectacle Co.

In our new video, the Wonderland-Spectacle-Co.-Mobile heads to the Great Blue Hills, just south of Boston. Climb the hills with…

Wonderland Spectacle Co. | Rain (© Kari Percival & Greg Cook June 2020)

Wonderland Spectacle Co. | Rain

Enjoy a rainy day with Wonderland Spectacle Co. in our new video for kids and families. Play in puddles. Learn…