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  • Fredric T. Schneider Gift to Peabody Essex Museum

    Major Collection of Japanese cloisonne enamel

    By: PEM - May 26th, 2022

    “The gift to PEM of Fredric Schneider’s comprehensive collection establishes the museum as an international center for the study and appreciation of Japanese cloisonné enamel. His carefully-curated gift also includes collections of ephemera, photographs, rare books, interviews with Japanese specialists and other research materials, all of which will serve as tremendous resources for future scholars at PEM’s Phillips Library,” noted Karina H. Corrigan,

  • The Drag at Provincetown Theatre

    Banned on Broadway in 1927 Now a Smash

    By: PT - May 26th, 2022

    Heading into Memorial Day weekend after our smashing opening of Mae West’s 1927 banned-from-Broadway The Drag, the tickets are selling quickly, and the raves are pouring in…

  • Adapted Chekhov's The Seagull

    At Chicago's Steppenwolf

    By: NAGA - May 25th, 2022

    Steppenwolf Theatre’s new production of Seagull—adapted, translated and directed by Yasen Peyankov—is set in a large country house in the Russian countryside. The time is indeterminate and the dialog is modernized. But it’s still Chekhov, so everyone is miserable.

  • The Belle of Amherst

    A Remount by Palm Beach Dramaworks

    By: Aaron Krause - May 25th, 2022

    More than a year after co-producing a filmed production of "The Belle of Amherst," Palm Beach Dramaworks in South Florida presents the show live. The Belle of Amherst is a one-performer show about the life of Emily Dickinson. Dickinson, a world-famous poetess, lived from 1830-1886 in Amherst, Mass.

  • installation by Azza El Siddique

    At MIT List Visual Arts Center

    By: List - May 25th, 2022

    This summer, the MIT List Visual Arts Center debuts a site-specific installation by Azza El Siddique. The exhibition, which runs from June 30 to September 4, is the artist’s first solo museum presentation and marks the 25th exhibition in the List Projects series, which began in 2013.

  • Which Way To The Stage

    Robert W. Wilson Theater Space

    By: Edward Rubin - May 25th, 2022

    As the lights go up, standing in front of the stage door of Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, we find ourselves in the midst of an intense and rapid rat-a-tat-tat- conversation between Judy, a rather plain-looking, dressed down Judy (Sas Goldberg) and the obviously gay (he makes no bones about it), Jeff (Max Jenkins), two theater loving actors, and longtime best friends since college.

  • Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame

    Produced by West Bay Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - May 24th, 2022

    Despite the difficulty of casting Russian language opera, two are present in the American repertoire, “Eugene Onegin” and “Pique Dame” (“Queen of Spades” in English).  Although the former premiered 11 years earlier than the latter, they share the same DNA, including source material derived from Alexander Pushkin.

  • VOLT Festival in New York

    Plays by Karen Hartman at 59E59 Theaters

    By: Susan Hall - May 23rd, 2022

    Karen Hartman’s work launches VOLT at 59E59 Theaters, an unprecedented festival of three simultaneous off-Broadway premieres by a single author. Denver Theater Center presented the world premiere musical Rattlesnake Kate, book by Hartman with a score by Neyla Pekarek earlier this year.

  • The Elliot Norton Awards

    Presented by Boston Theater Critics Association

    By: BTCA - May 23rd, 2022

    The Boston Theater Critics Association's 39th Elliot Norton Awards stream live May 23 at 8 PM. Winners of over two dozen categories will be announced during the virtual ceremony. John Douglas Thompson receives the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence,

  • Variant 6 at National Sawdust

    Celebrating the Release of New Suns

    By: Susan Hall - May 22nd, 2022

    To celebrate the release of their first solo album, Variant 6, a noted a cappella ensemble, performed at National Sawdust on May 20th.  This extraordinary group has been heard often embedded in larger groups-The Crossing, Room Full of Teeth, Ekmeles and Seraphic Fire among them. All the members of the group are part of The Crossing. Now we get to hear these virtuoso artists up close and singular.

  • Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend

    Lineup for June 17-19 Festival

    By: Ed Bride - May 20th, 2022

    Event to feature jazz in the park, brunches, and headline performersKarrin Allyson, Houston Person, Michael Benedict and Bopitude  

  • Puppetopia Festival at HERE

    Master Puppeteer and Artist Basil Twist Presents

    By: Susan Hall - May 21st, 2022

    The Dream music puppet program was inaugurated at HERE in 1998. The iconic puppet drama  Symphonie Fantastique premiered that year.  its creator, Basil Twist now leads the program.  Puppetopia, presenting new work, returned to the stage in the spring 2022.  Each of the shows represented a twist on conventional puppetry.

  • Large Works by Philip Malicoat

    Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    By: PAAM - May 20th, 2022

    Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is pleased to present Philip Malicoat: Large Works. On view June 10 - July 24, the exhibition is curated by two of the artist's granddaughters, Breon Dunigan and Robena Malicoat. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, June 10 from 6-8pm.   

  • Vincent Giaranno Realist and Muse at Clark Gallery

    Quotidian Striving for Sublime

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 19th, 2022

    Since Courbet the notion of realism has taken on many nuances from then to now. The current exhibition of hyper realism, pulchritide and kitsch by Vincent Gairrano at Clark Gallery is a stretch and arguably a bridge too far.

  • Monument, or Four Sisters (A Sloth Play)

    By Sam Chanse, Produced by Magic Theatre

    By: v - May 19th, 2022

    I know.  Your first question will be “What’s with that name?”  Each of the three elements in the title reflects something of significance in the play.  It wouldn’t be my choice, but at least you can say that it represents the many layered nature of the narrative. 

  • Woodstock's Half Million

    Excavating What Was Left Behind

    By: Woodstock - May 19th, 2022

    For two weeks in June, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will turn into an archeological dig site for students from Binghamton University. Their goal? Uncover the untold stories of Woodstock, and provide insight into the entire experience of the iconic festival.

  • Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

    Four Finalists for Design for Espace Riopelle

    By: Riopelle - May 19th, 2022

    The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is moving a step closer to the realization of the future Espace Riopelle with the unveiling of the candidates selected by the jury to move on to the final stage of the architectural design competition launched last March.

  • for colored girls who have considered suicide

    Ntozake's Classic Lives at the Booth Theater

    By: Rachel de Aragon - May 19th, 2022

    "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf " is having a brilliant re-incarnation. The stage is lit only by the abstract chiaroscuro photos projected on soft screen, like the hazy landscape. A quiet light  reveals Lady In Brown (Tendayi Kuumba)  as this  rhythmic dance poem begins.  “Dark phases of womanhood , of never having been a girl..”  Her movements are as powerful and sensuous as the words,  with a spiritual nod to African roots.  

  • Phil Kline Coming to MASS MoCA

    Bang on a Can Member is a Musical Omnivorei

    By: Susan Hall - May 17th, 2022

    Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA present LOUD Weekend, a fully loaded eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental, and electronic music over three days throughout the museum’s expansive campus. Phil Kline will be featured.  With Jim Jarmsuch he will be improvising on loud guitar,

  • Water by the Spoonful

    A New City Players Production in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - May 16th, 2022

    Water by the Spoonful is a powerfully symbolic play about moving on from emotional pain and addiction. New City Players' strong production ended on Sunday, May 15.

  • New York City Opera in Bryant Park

    Four Free Performances

    By: NYCO - May 12th, 2022

    New York City Opera will present a season of four free, live performances this summer as part of their Park Series in Bryant Park’s Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America. Each performance features City Opera's brightest stars as well as members of the City Opera orchestra and will begin at 7pm on the Bryant Park Stage.

  • Joshua Henry at Barrington Stage Company

    10th Anniversary of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center

    By: Barrington - May 10th, 2022

    Barrington Stage Company (BSC), celebrates the 10th Anniversary and Re-Opening of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center with Broadway’s Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys, Hamilton, Carousel) in an Encore Concert, Joshua Henry Up Close, on Sunday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Victoria Bond's Gulliver Travels to New York

    Doug Fitch Discusses His Sets

    By: Susan Hall - May 12th, 2022

    On May 13, Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival and Mostly Modern Projects co-present staged scenes from Victoria Bond's puppet operetta How Gulliver Returned Home in a Manner that was Very Not Direct. The production features puppets created by Doug Fitch, the renowned visual artist, designer and director, and libretto by Stephen Greco, prize-winning screen-writer and novelist, complementing the music by Victoria Bond. Fitch also directs the production.

  • The Dishwasher Dialogues

    Down and Out in Paris in the 1970s

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 11th, 2022

    The Dishwasher Dialogues is a tale of being down and out in Paris in the 1970s. George James Light and Rafael Sinclair Mahdavi share tales of staying alive working at Chez Haynes a soul food restaurant. It reads like a hipster's Beggars Opera. Literally this is a saga from rags to almost riches.

  • X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X 

    Pulitzer Prize Winner by Composer Anthony Davis

    By: BMOP - May 11th, 2022

    The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Odyssey Opera, two of today’s leading innovators on the classical musical scene, present the New England premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis’s seminal opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X (1986) on June 17, 2022, at the Strand Theatre, a short distance from the house where Malcolm Little lived in his teenage years in Roxbury. This sprawling, genre-bending biographical opera unfolds the astonishing life of one of the most misunderstood men in history.

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