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"Make Way for Ducklings" statues in Boston Public Garden outfitted with lacy collars in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Karyn Alzayer, Oct. 3, 2020. (Photo by Daud Alzayer)

Ducklings At Boston Garden Wear Lace Collars To Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Yesterday evening, the bronze “Make Way for Ducklings” statues at Boston’s Public Garden got outfitted in (faux) lace collars in…

Black Lives Matter mural at Broadway and Medford streets, Somerville, Sept. 27, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

'Black Lives Matter' Street Mural Painted In Somerville

Just Us Somerville, with the support of the City of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council, led a volunteer effort…

Joe "Metal Genius Joe" Mandarino's "Owl" in "Metal-ity" at ArtSpace Maynard, Sept. 25, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

'Metal-ity' At ArtSpace Maynard

“Great art can be found everywhere if you look hard enough,” ArtSpace Maynard Executive Director Jerry Beck says in a…

Silvia Lopez Chavez painting her mural for "Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans, Boston 2020," from PangeaSeed Foundation in collaboration with HarborArts at the Boston Harbor Shipyard in East Boston, Sept. 18, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

Photos: 'Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans' Murals At HarborArts In East Boston

“Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans, Boston 2020,” from PangeaSeed Foundation in collaboration with HarborArts at the Boston Harbor Shipyard in East…

Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Feb. 25, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

MFA To Reopen Sept. 26 With Smaller Staff And Fewer Galleries

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Boston plans to reopen on Saturday, Sept. 26, after having been closed since March 12…

"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…

"Unraveling" with Sonya Clark at Mead Art Museum.

Sonya Clark Wins Rappaport Prize For Her Art About 'Social Injustice And Racial Inequality'

Sonya Clark has been named the winner of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s 2020 Rapport Prize to honor “a distinguished…

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…

MFA Lays Off 57 And 56 More Volunteer For Early Retirement

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, closed since the evening of March 12 to help stem the spread of coronavirus, announced…

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…

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…

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…

“A Pale Light in the Black” by K. B. Wagers. (Harper Voyager)

In K. B. Wagers’s Sci-fi Adventure 'A Pale Light in the Black,' A Plot To Upend A Monopoly

A who-done-it sits at the center of K. B. Wagers’s sci-fi adventure novel “A Pale Light in the Black” (Harper…

Tomie DePaola, from “The Art Lesson," 1989.

An Interview With ‘Strega Nona’ Artist Tomie dePaola, Who Died Today At Age 85

Tomie dePaola—the New Hampshire artist and children’s book creator who won the Caldecott Honor for his 1975 book “Strega Nona”…

During World War II, a German Luftwaffe Heinkel He 111 bomber flys over the East End of London at the start of the Luftwaffe's evening raids on Sept. 7, 1940. (German Air Force photographer / Public Domain)

Erik Larson’s ‘The Splendid And The Vile’: Churchill And Leadership During A National Calamity

As best-selling historian Erik Larsons’ new World War II book “The Splendid and the Vile” (Crown Publishing) opens, the military…

Nona Fernández's "Space Invaders." (Graywolf Press)

'Space Invaders'—A Ghost Story Of Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet's Military Junta

A fugue of memories and dreams flow over us in Nona Fernández’s lyrical novella “Space Invaders” (Graywolf Press)—arriving in a…

Karen Krolak, artistic director of Monkeyhouse dance company, performs at the kickoff celebration for the 2020 "Malden Reads," one-city, one-book reading program, at the Malden Senior Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Monkeyhouse Dance At 'Malden Reads' Kickoff

Karen Krolak, artistic director of Monkeyhouse dance company, performs at the kickoff celebration for the 2020 “Malden Reads,” one-city, one-book…

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…

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

How To Present Theater After Coronavirus? A.R.T. Partners With Harvard Science Study

How can theater return as long as coronavirus threatens group gatherings? Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater and the Healthy Buildings Program…

Eric Berryman as Detroit Red (Malcolm X’s 1940’s nickname) in "Detroit Red" at ArtsEmerson, 2020. (Randall Garnick Photography)

'Detroit Red': Malcolm X Comes Of Age In Boston

For DigBoston, I recently previewed “Detroit Red,” a “theatrical exploration of the life of Malcolm X as he dwelled and…

Black Lives Matter March in Malden, Massachusetts, June 5, (© Greg Cook photo)

Resistance Calendar

This is a calendar of Boston and Providence area rallies, protests, talks and other events fostering resistance, social justice, and…

"Make Way for Ducklings" statues in Boston Public Garden outfitted with lacy collars in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Karyn Alzayer, Oct. 3, 2020. (Photo by Daud Alzayer)

Ducklings At Boston Garden Wear Lace Collars To Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Yesterday evening, the bronze “Make Way for Ducklings” statues at Boston’s Public Garden got outfitted in (faux) lace collars in…

Black Lives Matter March in Malden, Massachusetts, June 5, (© Greg Cook photo)

Resistance Calendar

This is a calendar of Boston and Providence area rallies, protests, talks and other events fostering resistance, social justice, and…

Black Lives Matter mural at Broadway and Medford streets, Somerville, Sept. 27, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

'Black Lives Matter' Street Mural Painted In Somerville

Just Us Somerville, with the support of the City of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council, led a volunteer effort…

Silvia Lopez Chavez painting her mural for "Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans, Boston 2020," from PangeaSeed Foundation in collaboration with HarborArts at the Boston Harbor Shipyard in East Boston, Sept. 18, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

Photos: 'Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans' Murals At HarborArts In East Boston

“Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans, Boston 2020,” from PangeaSeed Foundation in collaboration with HarborArts at the Boston Harbor Shipyard in East…

Black Lives Matter March in Malden, Massachusetts, June 5, (© Greg Cook photo)

Resistance Calendar

This is a calendar of Boston and Providence area rallies, protests, talks and other events fostering resistance, social justice, and…

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…

A Night of Prayer for Racial Justice at Malden High School, June 26, 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Night Of Prayer For Racial Justice In Malden

“A Night of Prayer for Racial Justice” gathered about 80 people outside Malden High School last night. Organizers said on…

Photos: Black Lives Matter March in Malden

Thousands of people participated in the Black Lives Matter March in Malden, Massachusetts, this afternoon. It began at the high…

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

Thousands In Boston Protest George Floyd's Murder By Minneapolis Police

The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police promoted thousands to gather in protest at Peters Park in Boston’s South…

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 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…

The Rendille of northern Kenya’s Kaisut Desert: "Throughout the [Herr Heroon, or bull] ceremony, warriors gather in small groups to perform leaping dances, expressing their unity as a generation. When two warriors leap together the dance is called woyee," Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher write in "African Twilight: The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent," 2018. (Rizzoli)

Carol Beckwith And Angela Fisher, Photographers Of African Traditions, Speak At Harvard Dec. 5

For four decades, American born Carol Beckwith and Australian Angela Fisher have journeyed over 300,000 miles across the African continent,…

"24 Hour Vigil – Day With(Out) Art -World AIDS Day" art installation at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama on Tremont Street on Sunday, Dec. 1. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Annual AIDS Vigil at Boston Cyclorama

The 28th annual “24 Hour Vigil – Day With(Out) Art -World AIDS Day” art installation took place at the Boston…

"Make Way for Ducklings" statues in Boston Public Garden outfitted with lacy collars in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Karyn Alzayer, Oct. 3, 2020. (Photo by Daud Alzayer)

Ducklings At Boston Garden Wear Lace Collars To Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Yesterday evening, the bronze “Make Way for Ducklings” statues at Boston’s Public Garden got outfitted in (faux) lace collars in…

Black Lives Matter mural at Broadway and Medford streets, Somerville, Sept. 27, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

'Black Lives Matter' Street Mural Painted In Somerville

Just Us Somerville, with the support of the City of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council, led a volunteer effort…

Joe "Metal Genius Joe" Mandarino's "Owl" in "Metal-ity" at ArtSpace Maynard, Sept. 25, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

'Metal-ity' At ArtSpace Maynard

“Great art can be found everywhere if you look hard enough,” ArtSpace Maynard Executive Director Jerry Beck says in a…

Silvia Lopez Chavez painting her mural for "Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans, Boston 2020," from PangeaSeed Foundation in collaboration with HarborArts at the Boston Harbor Shipyard in East Boston, Sept. 18, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

Photos: 'Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans' Murals At HarborArts In East Boston

“Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans, Boston 2020,” from PangeaSeed Foundation in collaboration with HarborArts at the Boston Harbor Shipyard in East…

"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…

“Roxbury Love” (Mandela) mural painted in 2014 by Richard “Deme5” Gomez and Thomas “Kwest” Burns at Warren Street at Clifford Street in Boston, Sept. 1, 2016. (© Greg Cook photo)

'Roxbury Love' Mural Demolished, Video Shows

“It’s a shame this wall may be on its way to being demolished once building is bought and redeveloped like…

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…

Purgatory Chasm, Sutton, Massachusetts, May 26, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Descending Into Purgatory Chasm

An article from Wonderland’s series about Miserable Places: Despite Purgatory Chasm’s dismal-sounding name, most visitors have found the gorge stirring.…

Stone Zoo in Stoneham, March 20, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Boston Zoos Begin Reopening May 28

Franklin Park Zoo in Boston will reopen on May 28, followed by Stone Zoo in Stoneham on May 30, Zoo…

DeWitt Godfrey's "Lincoln," 2012, at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Sept. 15, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Trustees To Reopen DeCordova, Naumkeag, World's End, Fruitlands, Crane Beach

The Trustees of Reservations will reopen deCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, the grounds of the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Naumkeag…

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…