Art

Yayoi Kusama pictured with her work "Love Is Calling" during her solo exhibition "I Who Have Arrived In Heaven" at David Zwirner gallery, New York, 2013. (Courtesy ICA Boston)

First Look Inside Yayoi Kusama's Psychedelic 'Infinity Room' At Boston's ICA

This morning, I got a first look inside Yayoi Kusama’s “Love Is Calling,” the 90-year-old Japanese artist’s psychedelic ‘Infinity Room’…

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,…

Fly Kids dance at the Crossing Water Festival, Remond Park, Salem, Massachusetts, Sept. 7, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Opening Night Of Crossing Water Festival In Salem And Beverly

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…

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…

Stephen Huneck's Dog Chapel, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Aug. 26, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Finding Love And Grief At Stephen Huneck's Dog Chapel

In front of the Dog Chapel is a sign reading: “Welcome/All Creeds/All Breeds/No Dogmas/Allowed.” A row of four sculptures of…

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…

DIY cart track, Ferris wheel and fort at MIT's East Campus, Cambridge, Aug. 29, 2019. (Greg Cook)

'Be Safe Don't Die!' Temporary DIY Carnival Rides Reappear At MIT’s East Campus

This week students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s East Campus residence hall have been constructing DIY carnival rides. A plywood…

Wadsworth Jarrell, Detail of "Revolutionary," 1972, screenprint. (Courtesy Kavi Gupta gallery, Chicago)

Wadsworth Jarrell, AfriCOBRA And Creating ‘Art That African People Can Relate To’

“African people are the forerunners, innovators, creators, the hip. African people are my motivation,” Wadsworth Jarrell, one of the founders…

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.…

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,…

‘Becoming Dr. Seuss’ Is A Drafting-Table-Side-Seat At The Creation Of Children’s Classics

I binge read Brian Jay Jones’s biography “Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination” (Dutton).…

"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…

Bread and Puppet Theater's "Diagonal Life Circus" at Cambridge Common, Aug. 31, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Bread And Puppet's 'Diagonal Life Circus' in Cambridge

Bread and Puppet Theater brought their “Diagonal Life Circus” to Cambridge Common yesterday afternoon, as the culminating performance of Cambridge…

Migrant workers in Vermont are arrested by federal immigration police in Bread and Puppet Theater's "Diagonal Life Circus," Glover, Vermont, Aug. 25, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Bread and Puppet Theater's 'Diagonal Life Circus'

Bread and Puppet Theater performed its “Diagonal Life Circus” at its home base in Glover, Vermont, at 3 p.m. each…

The library/archive in Double Edge Theatre’s “I am the Baron,” Ashfield, Massachusetts, Aug. 10, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Double Edge Theatre Reimagines ‘Baron Munchausen’ As A Visionary Adventure

“Idiots!” and “Balderdash!” Baron Munchausen hollers, interrupting the vaudevillians’ truncated staging of Homer’s “Odyssey” (Ulysses drowns). Clad in a red…

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…

“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…

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…

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki Vigil in Watertown Square, Aug. 4, 2019. (Greg Cook)

El Paso And Dayton Victims Remembered During Hiroshima Bombing Vigil

More than 60 people gathered in Watertown Square last night for a vigil remembering the 74th anniversary of the United…

City Life/Vida Urbana rally to support renters fighting hikes of nearly 50 percent at 33 Park St., Malden, Aug. 3, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Tenants Protest After United Properties Hikes Rents Nearly 50 Percent In Malden

“Sometimes it feels inevitable, but it’s not inevitable,” Steve Meacham, an organizer for the housing advocacy group City Life/Vida Urbana,…

Marilyn Artus stitches on the eighth stripe to the bottom of "Her Flag" at the Old State House, Boston, July 25, 2019. (Greg Cook)

'Her Flag' Women’s Suffrage Celebration In Boston

On Thursday, Marilyn Artus brought her national “Her Flag” women’s suffrage centenary celebration to Boston. To mark the hundredth anniversary…

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…

“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”…

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…

Fly Kids dance at the Crossing Water Festival, Remond Park, Salem, Massachusetts, Sept. 7, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Opening Night Of Crossing Water Festival In Salem And Beverly

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

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's "Diagonal Life Circus" at Cambridge Common, Aug. 31, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Bread And Puppet's 'Diagonal Life Circus' in Cambridge

Bread and Puppet Theater brought their “Diagonal Life Circus” to Cambridge Common yesterday afternoon, as the culminating performance of Cambridge…

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…

Fly Kids dance at the Crossing Water Festival, Remond Park, Salem, Massachusetts, Sept. 7, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Opening Night Of Crossing Water Festival In Salem And Beverly

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

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…

Wonderland Spectacle Co. Rainbow Banner. (Greg Cook)

Parade With Us, Nick Cave And Now+There 9/14

What brings you JOY? Seeking performers: Join us, Wonderland Spectacle Company, in artist Nick Cave’s JOY parade on Saturday, Sept.…

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…

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…

Steve Locke Abandons Planned Boston Slavery Memorial After NAACP Criticism

Boston artist Steve Locke says he is abandoning his proposed “Auction Block Memorial” for Boston’s Faneuil Hall due to criticism…

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…

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…