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Halloween display at 4 Lake St., Saugus, October 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Halloween Displays Around Greater Boston

Some highlights of Halloween displays around Greater Boston for 2021 (listed by community, in alphabetical order). If this is the…

Nilou Moochhala's meditation flags at Menotomy Rocks Park in Arlington, Oct. 23, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Nilou Moochhala 'Reflecting On Our Pandemic Experience' At Menotomy Rocks

For her public art installation “Reflecting on our Pandemic Experience,” Arlington designer, artist and storyteller Nilou Moochhala had “100 mixed…

Cat Alley, also known as Dean Avenue, is just off Elm Street in Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 29, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

'Cat Alley' Murals Honor Felines In Manchester, N.H.

Murals honoring cats fill the north side of Cat Alley, also known as Dean Avenue, just off Elm Street in…

Janet Zweig's “What Do We Have in Common?" on view at Boston Common, Oct. 11, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Janet Zweig's 'What Do We Have In Common?' On Boston Common

“Who owns the atmosphere?” “Who owns the street?” “Who owns the power?” “Who owns community?” These are some of the…

Moki Cherry, detail of "Spirit," 1976, textile appliqué. (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Moki Cherry’s Visionary Tapestries From Her ‘Total Art And Life Project’

Swedish artist Moki (Karlsson) Cherry and African American jazz trumpeter Don Cherry saw themselves as “modern nomads” as their toured…

Yayoi Kusama, "Dancing Pumpkin," 2020, at The New York Botanical Garden, 2021. Urethane paint on bronze. (Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner. Photo by Robert Benson Photography)

Yayoi Kusama's 'Cosmic Nature'

“My pumpkins, beloved of all the plants in the world,” Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has said. “When I see pumpkins,…

Norman LaLiberté's in his Nahant home and studio, Sept. 4, 2015. (©Greg Cook photo)

Goodbye To Nahant Artist Norman Laliberte

“We’re not here to do what has already been done,” Norman Laliberte said in a 2017 interview with Squash House…

“Layered Time: Shea Justice—Scrolls of Justice” at Spoke Gallery, Boston, Sept. 30, 2021.

Shea Justice's Visual Diary Of Sordid U.S. 'History As It Unfolds'

Boston artist Shea Justice’s scrolls unspool across the walls of Spoke Gallery in Boston, an illustrated stream-of-consciousness journal of the…

Elizabeth James-Perry's “Raven Reshapes Boston” garden at the Huntington Avenue lawn on Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, June 22, 2021. (Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

How Aquinnah Wampanoag Artist Elizabeth James-Perry’s Idea ‘To Garden Wherever We Need To’ Came To The MFA’s Front Lawn

Last year, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts reached out to Aquinnah Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry to develop a project. She…

A tribute to Elka Schumann during Bread and Puppet Theater's performance at Cambridge Common, Sept. 4, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Bread And Puppet's 'Domestic Resurrection Circus' At Cambridge Common

After cancelling last year’s visit to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Vermont’s Bread and Puppet Theater returned to once…

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater's puppet and mask archive stored in a Minneapolis warehouse. (Bruce Silcox/In the Heart of the Best)

In The Heart Of The Beast Puppet Theater To Sell Avalon Theatre, Disperse Archive

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater plans to sell its Avalon Theatre, the 300-seat 1930s art…

From “We Are Here” by Marc Levy and Marc Salomon of The Marcs: Paperhand Puppet Intervention performs their 2019 summer spectacle called “We Are Here” in North Carolina. (Courtesy of The Marcs)

Paperhand Puppet Intervention Featured In New Documentary ‘We Are Here’

“In my darkest doubtfulest moments, you know, we’re doomed, humans,” Donovan Zimmerman says at the beginning of the new documentary…

Elka and Peter Schumann in the pine forest at Bread and Puppet, Glover, Vermont, Aug. 18, 2018. (©Greg Cook photo)

Goodbye To Elka Schumann Of Bread And Puppet Theater

Elka Schumann, co-founder of Vermont’s legendary progressive activist Bread and Puppet Theater, died Sunday, afternoon Aug. 1, “surrounded by her…

Double Edge Theatre rehearses their new spectacle “Memories and Dreams” at the company’s farm-theater in Ashfield, July 19, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Double Edge Theatre’s ‘Memories and Dreams’

“Is this the beginning?” asks a man in a T-shirt who steps out of the audience of Double Edge Theatre’s…

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…

Gallery with enlargement of Jay Lynch’s cover for “Arcade No. 5,” 1976. In “Chicago Comics” at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, July 3, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

‘Chicago Comics’ Showcases Windy City Comics From The Past Six Decades

“Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now” at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art from June 19 to Oct. 3, 2021, is intended…

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

MICE Comics Expo Highlights Massachusetts Creators

Pictured above: MICE Comics Expo in the Before Times. (©Greg Cook 2019) After MICE (the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) was…

From Jef Czekaj's “Little Ghoul Goes to School." (Balzer + Bray)

Going Back To School With Jef Czekaj’s ‘Little Ghoul’

Jef Czekaj”s latest humorous picture book for kids, “Little Ghoul Goes to School” (Balzer + Bray), conjures a school anxiety…

From "In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World," words by Henry David Thoreau, photos by Eliot Porter. (Chronicle Books)

Back In Print: Eliot Porter's First Book: Photos Of New England Wilds, A Call For Conservation

The title of Eliot Porter’s first book of photography, “In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World,” was a quotation…

Eric Carle

‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Author Eric Carle Has Died At Age 91

“Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative presentation of an insect’s appetite and metamorphosis,” The New York Times wrote of Eric Carle’s “The…

"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…

Courage boulder in Gloucester's Dogtown woods, Nov. 6, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

The Curious, Edifying Boulders At The Heart Of Gloucester’s Dogtown Woods

In the woods at the heart of Gloucester lies a ghost town, the remnants of an abandoned English colonial settlement today…

Sweetbay magnolias (Magnolia virginiana) in seed at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Oct. 16, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Magnolias In Fruit At Arnold Arboretum

For some months now, we’ve been studying the Great Magnolia Swamp at Ravenswood Park in Gloucester, which is overseen by…

Otters at Willowdale State Forest, Sept. 19, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Otters, Herons, Hawk at Willowdale State Forest

Otters, herons, a hawk, woodpecker, cormorants and frogs at Willowdale State Forest in Topsfield and Ipswich, Massachusetts. Photos from an…

Murmuration of tree swallows over Rumney Marsh, Saugus, Sept. 3, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

A Murmuration Of Swallows At Rumney Marsh in Saugus

A week and a half ago, we drove up to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge looking for thousands of…

Heron and swans along Mystic River, Medford, Aug. 15, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Wildlife Along The Mystic River

Here are photos from our kayak down the Mystic River today, from the Mystic Lakes to Wellington, as part of…

From "In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World," words by Henry David Thoreau, photos by Eliot Porter. (Chronicle Books)

Back In Print: Eliot Porter's First Book: Photos Of New England Wilds, A Call For Conservation

The title of Eliot Porter’s first book of photography, “In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World,” was a quotation…

Rara Bel Poze plays in a procession through Nubian Square, Roxbury, Boston, Oct. 9, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Honk Festival In Somerville, Cambridge And Boston

Honk, the annual festival of activist street bands, returned yesterday, after taking a year off from live performances to help…

The School of Honk band plays in the Cambridge Carnival Parade, Sept. 10, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Honk Band Festival Returns 10/9—In New Neighborhoods, With Covid Precautions

Honk, the annual festival of activist street bands, returns Saturday, Oct. 9, after taking a year off from live performances…

Gyovanni (Giovanni Houessou) sings at First Baptist Church at 633 Centre St. during the 2015 Jamaica Plain Porchfest. (©Greg Cook photo)

JP Porchfest Arrives With New BIPOC Leadership And Spotlight On Artists Of Color

“Big news from Jamaica Plain Porchfest,” read the headline of the email that arrived at the end of 2020. “Mindy…

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…

Halloween display at 4 Lake St., Saugus, October 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Halloween Displays Around Greater Boston

Some highlights of Halloween displays around Greater Boston for 2021 (listed by community, in alphabetical order). If this is the…

Nilou Moochhala's meditation flags at Menotomy Rocks Park in Arlington, Oct. 23, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Nilou Moochhala 'Reflecting On Our Pandemic Experience' At Menotomy Rocks

For her public art installation “Reflecting on our Pandemic Experience,” Arlington designer, artist and storyteller Nilou Moochhala had “100 mixed…

Cat Alley, also known as Dean Avenue, is just off Elm Street in Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 29, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

'Cat Alley' Murals Honor Felines In Manchester, N.H.

Murals honoring cats fill the north side of Cat Alley, also known as Dean Avenue, just off Elm Street in…

Janet Zweig's “What Do We Have in Common?" on view at Boston Common, Oct. 11, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Janet Zweig's 'What Do We Have In Common?' On Boston Common

“Who owns the atmosphere?” “Who owns the street?” “Who owns the power?” “Who owns community?” These are some of the…

Ekua Holmes (left) and London Parker-McWhorter talk about there temporary, printed murals "Honoring the past, seeding the future,” at Breeze’s Laundromat at 345 Blue Hill Ave., Boston, Sept. 8, 2021. (©Greg Cook Photo)

‘Seeding The Future’ With Ekua Holmes And London Parker-McWhorter’s New Grove Hall Mural

“We not only garden with seeds and plants and flowers, but we garden in our communities with souls and minds…

International Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach, Aug. 10, 2021. (©Kari Percival photo)

Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival

The 2021 International Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach celebrated the 125th anniversary of the country’s first public beach. From…

Courage boulder in Gloucester's Dogtown woods, Nov. 6, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

The Curious, Edifying Boulders At The Heart Of Gloucester’s Dogtown Woods

In the woods at the heart of Gloucester lies a ghost town, the remnants of an abandoned English colonial settlement today…

EmEmery Blagdon's “Healing Machine” at the Art Preserve of the Kohler Arts Center at Sheboygan, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rich Maciejewski, courtesy Kohler Arts Center)ery Blagdon's “Healing Machine” at Kohler Art Preserve at Sheboygan, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rich Maciejewski, courtesy Kohler Arts Center)

Kohler's Art Preserve: Exploring The ‘World’s Largest Collection’ Of Visionary Environments

Ruth Kohler first heard about the home of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and his wife Marie in January 1983. Eugene had recently…

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…

Sculptures decorate 9 Dwight St., Boston, Jan. 4, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Sculptures Of Poodles, Angels, Eagles Make This Row House Stand Out From Staid Neighbors

For some years, I’ve wondered about a row house at 9 Dwight St. in Boston’s South End. It stands out…

Arnold Arboretum, Boston, May 5, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Arnold Arboretum: How Frederick Law Olmsted And Charles Sargent Created A National Historic Landmark

“A visitor driving through the arboretum will be able to obtain a general idea of the arborescent vegetation of the…

Rara Bel Poze plays in a procession through Nubian Square, Roxbury, Boston, Oct. 9, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Honk Festival In Somerville, Cambridge And Boston

Honk, the annual festival of activist street bands, returned yesterday, after taking a year off from live performances to help…

Occupy Boston at Dewey Square, Nov. 11, 2011. (©Greg Cook photo)

10th Anniversary Of Occupy Boston

Today is the 10th anniversary of the beginning of Occupy Boston at Boston’s Dewey Square, opposite the Federal Reserve Bank…

Otters at Willowdale State Forest, Sept. 19, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Otters, Herons, Hawk at Willowdale State Forest

Otters, herons, a hawk, woodpecker, cormorants and frogs at Willowdale State Forest in Topsfield and Ipswich, Massachusetts. Photos from an…

A Muppet motorcyclist rides with Cruiser Club Boston south along Route 1, through Saugus, Sept. 19, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Muppet Motorcyclist

A Muppet motorcyclist was riding with Cruiser Club Boston south along Route 1, through Saugus, this morning as they headed…

Cambridge Carnival parade, Sept. 12, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Cambridge Carnival Parade Returns For First Time In Three Years

Cambridge Carnival, the annual celebration of Caribbean culture, returned with a smaller, in-person version of the festival after live events…

Murmuration of tree swallows over Rumney Marsh, Saugus, Sept. 3, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

A Murmuration Of Swallows At Rumney Marsh in Saugus

A week and a half ago, we drove up to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge looking for thousands of…

Rara Bel Poze plays in a procession through Nubian Square, Roxbury, Boston, Oct. 9, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Honk Festival In Somerville, Cambridge And Boston

Honk, the annual festival of activist street bands, returned yesterday, after taking a year off from live performances to help…

The School of Honk band plays in the Cambridge Carnival Parade, Sept. 10, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Honk Band Festival Returns 10/9—In New Neighborhoods, With Covid Precautions

Honk, the annual festival of activist street bands, returns Saturday, Oct. 9, after taking a year off from live performances…

Cambridge Carnival parade, Sept. 12, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Cambridge Carnival Parade Returns For First Time In Three Years

Cambridge Carnival, the annual celebration of Caribbean culture, returned with a smaller, in-person version of the festival after live events…

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…

Rara Bel Poze plays in a procession through Nubian Square, Roxbury, Boston, Oct. 9, 2021. (©Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Honk Festival In Somerville, Cambridge And Boston

Honk, the annual festival of activist street bands, returned yesterday, after taking a year off from live performances to help…

Occupy Boston at Dewey Square, Nov. 11, 2011. (©Greg Cook photo)

10th Anniversary Of Occupy Boston

Today is the 10th anniversary of the beginning of Occupy Boston at Boston’s Dewey Square, opposite the Federal Reserve Bank…

“Her Flag” created by Oklahoma artist Marilyn Artus and collaborators. (Courtesy National Museum of Women in the Art)

‘Her Flag’ Celebrating Centennial Of Women’s Suffrage At National Museum of Women in the Arts

A flag celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which ensured women’s right to vote within…

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…

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…

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…