Art

Painting Mark Alston-Follansbee's Toyota Camry art car in the driveway of his Waltham home, July 7, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Repainting Mark Alston-Follansbee’s Art Car

Last weekend, we helped Mark Alston-Follansbee in the annual repainting the exterior of his Toyota Camry. Over the years, his…

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum, Wilson, North Carolina, June 19, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Southern Journey: Visionary Art, Tourist Traps, Critters

I’m on a camping road trip to the American South to research visionary art environments and tourist traps, waterfalls and…

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Feb. 1, 2019. (Greg Cook)

MFA Hires Former Attorney General To Investigate Complaints That Students Faced Racist Treatment

Hoping that “an investigation by an external party could provide greater objectivity and clarity,” Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has…

"James Harold Jennings," Pinnacle, NC, 1984, by Roger Manley. From "Walks To The Paradise Garden."

‘Walks To The Paradise Garden’: A Long Lost Story Of Pilgrimages To Folk Artists And Visionary Worlds

“Walks to the Paradise Garden: A Lowdown Southern Odyssey” by Jonathan Williams, Roger Manley and Guy Mendes “provides one last…

Launching Otto Piene's "Sky Art" inflatable sculpture "Paris Star" at the Fitchburg Art Museum, June 2, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Launching Otto Piene's 'Sky Art' inflatable sculpture 'Paris Star'

A small crowd gathered in the field across from the Fitchburg Art Museum this afternoon to launch Otto Piene’s “Sky Art”…

Rob "ProBlak" Gibbs paints his "Breathe Life 3" mural at 808 Tremont St., Boston, May 24, 2019. (Greg Cook)

First Look At Rob 'ProBlak' Gibbs’ New Roxbury Mural 'Breathe Life 3'

“I grew up on Lenox Street, 69 B Lennox St., born and raised,” Rob “ProBlak” Gibbs tells me. “I was…

Craig Bailey's "The Faces of AIDS" portrait photographs at the Cooper Gallery at Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Nov. 8, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Craig Bailey’s ‘Faces of AIDS’ Photographs Of ‘My Friends That I Lost ’

In the 1990s, when Boston photographer Craig Bailey began taking the portraits that would become “The Faces of AIDS”—10 black…

Kay Nielsen, "Flowers and Flames," 1921, opaque watercolor and metallic paint, over graphite. (Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Everything To See This Summer: Scissors • Murals • Renoir • Woodstock • Corpses • Fairy Tales • Winslow Homer

Here is Wonderland’s guide to the best museum exhibitions to see around New England this summer…. If this is the…

Legoland Discovery Center in Somerville celebrates the Boston Bruins, May 28, 2019. (Courtesy)

A Teeny Tiny Bruins V. Blues Hockey Championship At Legoland Somerville

The Legoland Discovery Center in Somerville is routing on the Boston Bruins in their Stanley Cup pro hockey championship run…

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…

Jackie Shane, 1967. (Numero Group)

Transgender Soul Music Pioneer Jackie Shane Recorded Her Biggest Hit In 1960s Boston

Jackie Shane—the electrifying soul singer, black cult heroine, and transgender pioneer—died this week in Nashville at age 78. “Any Other…

“Space is the Place Film Still,” 1974, by Jim Newman. “Sun Ra and his mysterious mirror-faced companion in Golden Gate Park. The photo is from the opening sequence of the film in which Sun Ra wanders a lush unspecified planet and outlines his theory on how we can move through space propelled by music, a theoretical way of travel he calls ‘trans-molecularization.’” (Courtesy Portland Art Museum)

The Earth Expedition Of Sun Ra, Jazz Visionary And Afrofuturist Pioneer

“There’s no limit to the things that you can do,” go the lyrics to jazz visionary Sun Ra’s “Space Is…

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

Winners Of 2018 Boston Music Awards

Below are the winners of the 2018 Boston Music Awards, which were announced at Boston’s House of Blues on Dec.…

"James Harold Jennings," Pinnacle, NC, 1984, by Roger Manley. From "Walks To The Paradise Garden."

‘Walks To The Paradise Garden’: A Long Lost Story Of Pilgrimages To Folk Artists And Visionary Worlds

“Walks to the Paradise Garden: A Lowdown Southern Odyssey” by Jonathan Williams, Roger Manley and Guy Mendes “provides one last…

From "Off Season" by James Sturm. (Courtesy Drawn and Quarterly)

In Vermont Cartoonist James Sturm’s ‘Off Season,’ Things Are Only Getting Worse

“Off Season” (Drawn and Quarterly) starts off depressing and heads toward despair. In this new graphic novel from Vermont cartoonist…

Patricia Marx And Roz Chast's 'Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?' (Celadon Books)

Patricia Marx And Roz Chast's 'Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?'

Patricia Marx and Roz Chast have a delicious premise for their slim illustrated humor/advice book “Why Don’t You Write My…

"The Handmaid's Tale" television series. (Hulu)

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: A Walking Tour Of The Novel’s Cambridge Settings

Margaret Atwood was living in West Berlin in 1984, the city still divided by the Berlin Wall, when she began…

J. R. R. Tolkien, Dust jacket design for "The Hobbit," April 1937, pencil, black ink, watercolor, gouache. (© The Tolkien Estate Limited)

How Tolkien Envisioned ‘The Hobbit’ And ‘Lord Of The Rings’

In the fall of 1936, as the first edition of “The Hobbit” was in production, its author, J.R.R. Tolkien, gave…

From "Johnny Boo is King!" by James Kochalka. (Top Shelf Productions)

‘Johnny Boo Is King!’ In New Kids Graphic Novel From (Former) Vermont Cartoonist Laureate James Kochalka

“Johnny Boo Is King!,” the new graphic novel for kids from James Kockalka, the former Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont, begins…

Bread and Puppet Theater performs “Diagonal Life: Theory and Praxis” at Beneficent Congregational Church, Providence, May 10, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Bread and Puppet Theater’s ‘Diagonal Life’ Addresses Politics, Migration, Global Warming

Three large brown papier-mâché puppets arrive on the blue curtained stage early on in Bread and Puppet Theater’s “Diagonal Life:…

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…

“Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro," a rehearsal by Double Edge Theatre at their Farm Center in Ashfield, April 1, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Leonora Carrington’s Magic Realist Paintings Come Alive at Double Edge Theatre

“Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro”—presented by Double Edge Theatre at their Farm Center in Ashfield from April…

American Repertory Theater at Harvard's Loeb Drama Center on Brattle Street, Cambridge. (Greg Cook)

Is Harvard’s American Repertory Theater Leaving Cambridge?

A $100 million donation “will enable Harvard to imagine a 21st-century research and performance center in Allston,” the Cambridge university…

“Ajijaak on Turtle Island” by Heather Henson and IBEX Puppetry. (Photo: Richard Termine)

‘Ajijaak On Turtle Island,’ Heather Henson’s Puppet Spectacle With Indigenous Roots

“Ajijaak on Turtle Island”—by Heather Henson (daughter of Muppets creator Jim Henson) and IBEX Puppetry—is an environmental fable, Henson says,…

“Babylon: Journeys of Refugees” by Sandglass Theater: The Man from Syria. (Photo: Kiqe Bosch)

Sandglass Theater’s Refugee Stories: ‘Is It Our Responsibility To Help Everyone?’

Woven through “Babylon: Journeys of Refugees” by Sandglass Theater is a version of the American debate about immigrants and migrants…

"Stop The Abortion Ban" rally at Massachusetts State House, May 21, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: 'Stop The Abortion Ban' Rally At Massachusetts State House

“Keep abortion safe and legal” people chanted at a “Stop The Abortion Ban” rally at the Massachusetts State House in…

Macon Reed, "A Pressing Conference," 2017 to present, at Amherst College, 2019. (Photo: Greg Cook)

A Cartoon White House Briefing Room For Speaking Your Mind

At the end of Amherst College’s Eli Marsh Gallery in Fayerweather Hall is Macon Reed’s recreation of the White House…

Pirkle Jones, "Black Panthers from Sacramento, Free Huey Rally, Bobby Hutton Memorial Park, Oakland, CA," August 25, 1968. (Courtesy University of California, Santa Cruz)

Black Panthers 1968: Selections From A Major Photo Archive in San Francisco

“A lot of people tried to talk us out of it,” Pirkle Jones told The New York Times in December…

Mo Willems, "2018 On the Brain." (Courtesy R. Michelson Galleries)

How ‘Pigeon’ And ‘Elephant & Piggie’ Author Mo Willems Protested In 2018

Mo Willems has won Caldecott Honors three times for his picture books for children—beginning with 2003’s “Don’t Let the Pigeon…

Maghrib (evening) prayer during the “Candlelight Vigil for Victims of the New Zealand Mosque Attacks." at Cambridge City Hall, March 19, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Vigil for Victims of New Zealand Mosque Attacks: ‘That Could Have Been Me’

“That could have been me. That could have been my brother. That could have been my own family,” Farida Moustafa…

Youth Climate Strike at Massachusetts State House, Boston, March 15, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Youth Climate Strike: 'Climate Now, School Later'

“Hey, hey, ho, ho! Climate change has got to go,” chanted hundreds of people at the Youth Climate Strike at…

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum, Wilson, North Carolina, June 19, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Southern Journey: Visionary Art, Tourist Traps, Critters

I’m on a camping road trip to the American South to research visionary art environments and tourist traps, waterfalls and…

Fox Festival Parade in Arlington, June 15, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Fox Festival Parade in Arlington

My partner Kari Percival and I, of Wonderland Spectacle Co, were delighted to help lead the Fox Festival Parade held…

Lantern Walk at Fellsmere Pond, Malden, June 1, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Lantern Walk at Malden's Fellsmere Pond

Lantern Walk at Fellsmere Pond, Malden, June 1, 2019. Photos copyright 2019 Greg Cook. If this is the kind of…

Moonrise Fae dance in the Mermaid Promenade at Cambridge Arts River Festival in Central Square, June 1, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Mermaid Promenade at Cambridge Arts River Festival

The Mermaid Promenade danced down Massachusetts Avenue and Sidney Street during Cambridge Arts’ 40th annual River Festival in Central Square…

Liverpool fans celebrate the UK soccer team's Champions League Final victory at Cambridge's Phoenix Landing, June 1, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Celebrating Liverpool's Champions League Victory In Cambridge

Fans dressed in the red of the Liverpool, UK, soccer team crowded into the Phoenix Landing in Cambridge yesterday to…

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…

ArtBeat in Somerville, 2017. (Rachel Strutt)

ArtBeat Somerville: Wonderland’s Totally Biased Guide To This Weekend's Festival

The theme of this Saturday’s ArtBeat festival from the our friends at the Somerville Arts Council is “Consumed,” inviting you…

Fox Festival Parade in Arlington, June 15, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Fox Festival Parade in Arlington

My partner Kari Percival and I, of Wonderland Spectacle Co, were delighted to help lead the Fox Festival Parade held…

Lantern Walk at Fellsmere Pond, Malden, June 1, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Lantern Walk at Malden's Fellsmere Pond

Lantern Walk at Fellsmere Pond, Malden, June 1, 2019. Photos copyright 2019 Greg Cook. If this is the kind of…

Moonrise Fae dance in the Mermaid Promenade at Cambridge Arts River Festival in Central Square, June 1, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Mermaid Promenade at Cambridge Arts River Festival

The Mermaid Promenade danced down Massachusetts Avenue and Sidney Street during Cambridge Arts’ 40th annual River Festival in Central Square…

A Good Friday Stations of the Cross pageant for Easter performed in the neighborhood around Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross, April 19, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Roman Catholic Easter Pageant Reenacts Jesus’ Execution

Roman Catholics in Boston marked Good Friday today, the prelude to Easter, with a live Stations of the Cross, or…

Celebrating Holi in an event organized by the Boston University Hindu Student Council, March 30, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Celebrating Holi, The Hindu Festival Of Colors, At Boston University

Holi is “the Hindu Festival of Colors which celebrates the arrival of Spring,” the Boston University Hindu Student Council writes.…

Rob "ProBlak" Gibbs paints his "Breathe Life 3" mural at 808 Tremont St., Boston, May 24, 2019. (Greg Cook)

First Look At Rob 'ProBlak' Gibbs’ New Roxbury Mural 'Breathe Life 3'

“I grew up on Lenox Street, 69 B Lennox St., born and raised,” Rob “ProBlak” Gibbs tells me. “I was…

“Resonance,” a mural by Super A (Stefan Thelen), in progress on Boston's Greenway in Dewey Square, April 29, 2019. (Greg Cook)

First Look At The New Mural Going Up On Boston’s Greenway

On Saturday, Dutch artist Stefan Thelen—known by his anti-superhero identity Super A—began painting a mural depicting a barn swallow crashing…

Optical illusion crosswalk painted by Nate Swain at Medford’s Brooks Elementary School, April 20, 2019. (Greg Cook)

This New Crosswalk Is An Optical Illusion To (Hopefully) Slow Cars

The question was how to slow traffic around Medford’s Brooks Elementary School to make it safer for students. Last year,…

Eileen de Rosas’s temporary mural on Arlington’s Fox Library. (Greg Cook)

Fox, Bear And Deer Mural Is Part Of The Public Art Sprouting In Arlington

Families of fox and bears and deer meander around the brick exterior of Arlington’s Fox Library in Eileen de Rosas’s…

Design for “The Embrace” by Hank Willis Thomas and MASS Design Group for Boston Common. (Courtesy King Boston)

Monumental Hugging Arms Selected As Memorial To MLK On Boston Common

“The Embrace”—a pair of monumental hugging arms—has been selected to become a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta…

Joan Jonas "Blue to Blue" banner on facade of Gardner Museum, Feb. 1, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Pioneering Video And Performance Artist Joan Jonas Draws At The Gardner

During Joan Jonas’s 2017 residency at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the pioneering 82-year-old video and performance artist found herself…

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…