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House at 401 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus, 2018. (Greg Cook)

The Best Christmas Decorations (And A Lobster Trap Menorah) Around Boston

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

Shauna Duffy (left) and Shey Rivera at AS220's Foo Fest, 2018. (Photo: James Lastowski)

AS220 Artistic Director Shey Rivera Departs, Shauna Duffy Promoted To Executive Director

Shey Rivera—the artistic director of Providence art center AS220 since she took over from c0-founder Umberto Crenca in 2015—will depart…

Macon Reed's “Eulogy for the Dyke Bar” at Wayfarers Gallery in New York, 2015. (Courtesy Macon Reed)

‘Eulogy For The Dyke Bar’ Ponders The ‘Mass Closing’ Of Lesbian Bars

Macon Reed has said she created her immersive “Eulogy for the Dyke Bar” installation “to push people to really consider…

Purse made by Shawn Powell at San Quentin State Prison, California, 1941, in “Inmate Ingenuity" at the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists. (Greg Cook)

‘Inmate Ingenuity’: Prisoners Turn Cigarette Packs Into Dazzling Purses, Wallets, Toys

In 1941, Shawn Powell, a young man from Oakland, crafted a purse (pictured above) while serving a homicide sentence in…

"Medicine Wheel" at Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, Nov. 30, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Landmark AIDS Memorial Quilt Joins Annual Boston AIDS Vigil At BCA

Twenty sections from the landmark AIDS Memorial Quilt frame this year’s 27th annual “Medicine Wheel” AIDS vigil. The event begins…

Citgo sign in Boston's Kenmore Square, March 29, 2013. (Greg Cook)

Walsh To Veto Landmark Status For Citgo Sign As Real Estate Deal Protects It

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will veto the Boston Landmarks Commission’s vote to grant landmark status to the Citgo sign in…

Matthew Gonzalez

‘What Does Winning Look Like?’—Cooper Gallery’s Riveting Look At Blackness During Trump, #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo

Near the start of “Nine Moments for Now,” the riveting exhibition at the Cooper Gallery at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center…

Detail of Susan Erony "False god," 2018, photographs, acrylic, printed paper, burnt paper, charcoal, and Conté crayon on canvas. (Courtesy Trident Gallery)

‘Lost in America’ With Susan Erony: ‘It’s So Easy To Think Apocalyptically Now’

“Where in the world did I ever get the idea that people are supposed to be good?” The line is…

African American Master Artists In Residence Program artists and supporters meet in the fourth-floor gallery at the studios at 76 Atherton St., Boston, Aug. 12, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Black Arts Residency Program Continues Negotiations With Northeastern As Deadline To Get Out Passes

The Northeastern University’s Oct 31 deadline for the landmark African American Master Artists In Residence Program to vacate a school…

Minor Mishap Marching Band from Austin, Texas, in the Honk Parade, Oct. 7, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Honk Festival Parade 2018

In this afternoon’s Honk Parade, dozens of bands and activist and community groups marched from Davis Square in Somerville to…

The School of Honk plays as the Honk Parade reaches Harvard Square, Cambridge, Oct. 8, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Honk: Our Totally Biased Guide To This Weekend’s Festival Of Activist Marching Bands

The 13th annual Honk—the infectious street party and festival of activist bands—arrives in Somerville and Cambridge this weekend, featuring an…

Oompa performs at Somerville's Evolution of Hip Hop Festival in Union Square, Sept. 29, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Oompa And Cliff Notez Perform At Somerville Hip Hop Fest

Oompa and Cliff Notez performed at today’s Evolution of Hip Hop Festival in Somerville’s Union Square. Photos copyright 2018 Greg…

‘To Include All,’ Boston Music Awards Removes Gender From Vocalist Category

When the Boston Music Awards sent out ballots to nominating committee members this morning, there was a change. Instead of…

AS220's 2018 Foo Fest.

Wonderland's Totally Biased Guide To AS220’s Foo Fest This Saturday

AS220’s Foo Fest—the annual street shindig outside the alternative art space’s building on 115 Empire St. in Providence—is this Saturday,…

Latrell James performs at the 2017 Boston Music Awards. (Greg Cook)

Boston Art & Music Soul Festival Showcases Afro-Centric Culture And Imagines A New Boston

“I’m tired of people talking. You’ve just got to do it,” says Catherine Morris, founder, curator and executive director of…

Nathaniel Philbrick’s “In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown," 2018. (Viking)

In Nathaniel Philbrick’s New Book, How The French Navy Turned The Tide Of The American Revolution

The American Revolution is in its fifth year in Nathaniel Philbrick’s spirited new history, “In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius…

Ashley Bryan, “Oh, when the children sing in peace” for "All Things Bright and Beautiful," collage of cut colored paper on paper, 2006. (Courtesy)

Ashley Bryan: Pioneering Illustrator Of African Tales

In the 1950s, when Ashley Bryan first came by boat to summer on Maine’s Great Cranberry Island, he recalled, “I…

The 2017 Boston Book Festival. (Courtesy)

Boston Book Festival: What To See At This Weekend’s Word Fest

Here’s our guide to what to see at this weekend’s Boston Book Festival. The annual event offers more than 125…

80+ Maine Writers Call On Sen. Collins To Reject Kavanaugh

In a joint letter, more than 80 Maine affiliated writers—including Pulitzer Prize-winners Richard Russo and Michael Chabon, Ann Beattie, Jonathan…

Ernest Howard Shepard, “Pooh and Piglet go hunting,” Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 3, 1926 pen and ink. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Exhibit Of Original Drawings For Winnie-The-Pooh Transports You To The Sweet, Sad Hundred Acre Wood

There are moments of delight and happiness in the tales of Winnie-the-Pooh—like the very first one, the comedy of the…

Sam Cornish reads at the Gloucester Writers Center in Gloucester, Massachusetts, June 29, 2016. (Greg Cook)

Goodbye To Former Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish

Sorry to hear about the passing of Sam Cornish, who was Boston’s Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2015. He died…

Tarish "Jeghetto" Pipkins’s "Just Another Lynching." (Courtesy of the artist)

Puppet Show About Lynching Asks Audience ‘Are They For Justice Or Do They Just Let Things Happen?’

The cardboard pickup truck drives through the audience, blinding people with its headlights, in Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins’s puppet show “Just…

Vigil for victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre at Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston, Oct. 29, 2018. (Courtesy David Dower/ArtsEmerson)

At ArtsEmerson, A Stage With 11 Empty Chairs To Remember Victims Of Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

If you walked into Cutler Majestic Theatre on Monday afternoon or evening, you would have found a stage with 11…

William Forsythe's "The Fact of Matter," 2009, at Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Oct. 30, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Immigration, Violence, Labor: ‘Political Metaphors’ Underlying Choreographer William Forsythe’s Interactive Sculptures

In “William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects”—an exhibition highlighting interactive sculptures by the celebrated Vermont choreographer—you’re invited to try to cross a…

At the pond during Double Edge Theatre’s “Leonora’s World,” Ashfield, Mass., Oct. 19, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Enter Leonora Carrington’s Surreal Paintings In Double Edge’s Outdoor Spectacle

In “Leonora’s World,” Double Edge Theatre’s “autumn outdoor spectacle,” the company invites you to enter the surrealist paintings of Leonora…

Finale of the 2017 Racines Black Dance Festival. (Maria Fonseca)

Racines Black Dance Festival Shows ‘How We Got To Today As People, But Through Music And Dance’

“I wanted to start this festival because Boston has this lack of education about people of color even though we…

Bread and Puppet Theater's "Grasshopper Rebellion Circus" at Cambridge Common, Sept. 8, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Bread & Puppet's 'Grasshopper Rebellion Circus' In Cambridge

Bread and Puppet Theater’s “The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus,” which they performed yesterday on Cambridge Common, offered slapstick and social criticism…

"Medicine Wheel" at Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, Nov. 30, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Landmark AIDS Memorial Quilt Joins Annual Boston AIDS Vigil At BCA

Twenty sections from the landmark AIDS Memorial Quilt frame this year’s 27th annual “Medicine Wheel” AIDS vigil. The event begins…

“Rally To Protect Mueller & Rosenstein - You Can't Fire The Truth" on Boston Common, Nov. 8, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Boston Rally To Protect Mueller Investigation: ‘Trump Is Not Above The Law’

“We are here today because we believe in the rule of law and we have a president who does not,”…

Tory Bullock's “The Gentrification Game." (Courtesy)

Tory Bullock’s ‘Gentrification Game’ Aims To ‘Let You Feel What Gentrification Feels Like’

Tory Bullock calls his latest project, “The Gentrification Game,” “A life-sized game for a life-sized problem.” On Oct. 25 and…

Giant Coral Reef Arrives In Boston’s Fort Point Channel As Call For Help

This morning, if all goes according to plan, an artificial coral reef—conceived by Fitchburg artist Jerry Beck of The Revolving…

Minor Mishap Marching Band from Austin, Texas, in the Honk Parade, Oct. 7, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Honk Festival Parade 2018

In this afternoon’s Honk Parade, dozens of bands and activist and community groups marched from Davis Square in Somerville to…

80+ Maine Writers Call On Sen. Collins To Reject Kavanaugh

In a joint letter, more than 80 Maine affiliated writers—including Pulitzer Prize-winners Richard Russo and Michael Chabon, Ann Beattie, Jonathan…

“Rally To Protect Mueller & Rosenstein - You Can't Fire The Truth" on Boston Common, Nov. 8, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Boston Rally To Protect Mueller Investigation: ‘Trump Is Not Above The Law’

“We are here today because we believe in the rule of law and we have a president who does not,”…

Amrutha Ananth dances classical Bharatanatyam during the Dawali celebration at the Gallery, Malden, Nov. 1, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Celebrating Diwali, The Hindu Festival Of Lights, In Malden

The Gallery on Main Street in Malden hosted a public celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali tonight. “Diwali is…

At the pond during Double Edge Theatre’s “Leonora’s World,” Ashfield, Mass., Oct. 19, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Enter Leonora Carrington’s Surreal Paintings In Double Edge’s Outdoor Spectacle

In “Leonora’s World,” Double Edge Theatre’s “autumn outdoor spectacle,” the company invites you to enter the surrealist paintings of Leonora…

Garden of plastic flowers along the Northern Strand Bike Trail, just north of Laurel Street in Saugus, Massachusetts. Oct. 10, 2018. (Greg Cook)

The Plastic Garden Along The Saugus Bike Trail

Just north of Laurel Street, along a dirt section of the “Bike to the Sea” Northern Strand Community Trail in…

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…

Minor Mishap Marching Band from Austin, Texas, in the Honk Parade, Oct. 7, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Honk Festival Parade 2018

In this afternoon’s Honk Parade, dozens of bands and activist and community groups marched from Davis Square in Somerville to…

Lighting the Lobsta Trap Menorah for the third night of Hanukkah at Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester, Dec. 4, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Lighting The World’s Only Lobster-Trap Menorah: ‘We Need Light In Darkness’

“This is a time when we need light in darkness,” Rabbi Steven Lewis of Gloucester’s Temple Ahavat Achim told the…

"Medicine Wheel" at Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, Nov. 30, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Landmark AIDS Memorial Quilt Joins Annual Boston AIDS Vigil At BCA

Twenty sections from the landmark AIDS Memorial Quilt frame this year’s 27th annual “Medicine Wheel” AIDS vigil. The event begins…

Forestdale School float in Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions, Nov. 24, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Malden Celebrates Winter Holidays With Military-Themed Parade

Malden held its annual Parade of Holiday Traditions yesterday. As usual Ward 7 City Councilor Neal Anderson’ annual wintery float…

The School of Honk plays as the Honk Parade reaches Harvard Square, Cambridge, Oct. 8, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Honk: Our Totally Biased Guide To This Weekend’s Festival Of Activist Marching Bands

The 13th annual Honk—the infectious street party and festival of activist bands—arrives in Somerville and Cambridge this weekend, featuring an…

To win the Greasy Pole contest, walkers must make it to the end of a grease-slathered telephone pole to grab a flag off the end, June 29, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: St. Peter's Fiesta In Gloucester: Saints, Boats, Greasy Pole

Gloucester is celebrating its 91st annual St. Peter’s Fiesta this week. The festival is a celebration of the community’s commercial…

Latrell James performs at the 2017 Boston Music Awards. (Greg Cook)

Boston Art & Music Soul Festival Showcases Afro-Centric Culture And Imagines A New Boston

“I’m tired of people talking. You’ve just got to do it,” says Catherine Morris, founder, curator and executive director of…

Citgo sign in Boston's Kenmore Square, March 29, 2013. (Greg Cook)

Walsh To Veto Landmark Status For Citgo Sign As Real Estate Deal Protects It

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will veto the Boston Landmarks Commission’s vote to grant landmark status to the Citgo sign in…

Citgo sign in Boston's Kenmore Square. (Greg Cook)

Boston Shouldn’t Give Kenmore Square’s Iconic Citgo Sign Landmark Status

There’s no question that the Citgo sign that shines above Kenmore Square is one of the landmarks of Boston. But…

Halloween: Melrose: 223 Washington St., Oct. 19, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Where To Find The Creepiest Halloween Decorations Around Boston

Halloween is a most wonderful time of year—that season when the lengthening nights make us suspect that the boundaries between…

Garden of plastic flowers along the Northern Strand Bike Trail, just north of Laurel Street in Saugus, Massachusetts. Oct. 10, 2018. (Greg Cook)

The Plastic Garden Along The Saugus Bike Trail

Just north of Laurel Street, along a dirt section of the “Bike to the Sea” Northern Strand Community Trail in…

Giant Coral Reef Arrives In Boston’s Fort Point Channel As Call For Help

This morning, if all goes according to plan, an artificial coral reef—conceived by Fitchburg artist Jerry Beck of The Revolving…

Dina Gjertsen's "You Are Here For Now."

Gentrification Is A Big Threat To Somerville In Dina Gjertsen’s Tiny Dioramas

“Katie Gradowski called them ‘displacement dollhouses,’ which I thought was kind of cute,” Somerville artist Dina Gjertsen tells me about…

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…

Alewife migrating upstream at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam fish ladder in Winchester, Massachusetts, May 27, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Alewife Migrating Upstream Along Mystic Lake

Alewife migrating upstream at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam fish ladder in Winchester, Massachusetts, May 27, 2018. Photos copyright Greg…

A young American alligator in “Crocs” at Boston’s Museum of Science. (Greg Cook)

Do Crocodiles Make Good Pets And Other Important Facts We Learned At The Museum Of Science’s New ‘Crocs’ Exhibit

Crocodiles, alligators and other crocodilians have flourished for more than 200 million years and now they’ve come to Boston’s Museum…

‘SoFi,’ a soft robotic fish developed by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to independently swim alongside real fish in the ocean. (MIT CSAIL)

Fish, Meet Your New MIT Robot Overlord!

With the headline “Soft robotic fish swims alongside real ones in coral reefs,” the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this week…