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Jared Bowen's Arts Ahead: Isabella and Donuts

By Jared Bowen   |   Thursday, January 19, 2012
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Jan. 19, 2012

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The new wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is now open to the public. (Courtesy Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)
 


BOSTON — At long last, the new wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum opens to the public on Thursday. Was it worth the wait? Absolutely. The new addition offers visitors a chance to experience the museum from a stunning new perspective. The $114 million expansion includes a concert hall, expanded café and gift shop, as well as space for art conservation and artists.

Piano’s Palace: Officially opens Thursday, Jan. 19. 
More info at gardnermuseum.org.

The new wing was designed by "starchitect" Renzo Piano. The 70,000 square-foot stretch boasts a one-of-a-kind music hall, new gallery space, a new point of entry, a new café and the ability to transform the Palace’s Tapestry Room just as Isabella Stewart Gardner left it. Visitors will be bowled over by the finished product.

Openings in theater and film this weekend. 

"Superior Donuts"
The Lyric Stage Company through Feb. 4.
In a shabby Chicago neighborhood, a downtrodden donut shop owner (Will LeBow) hires a street-savvy aspiring young writer (Omar Robinson) with hustle and bright ideas. Full of laughs and compelling characters. 

"Haywire"
Opens in theaters on Friday, Jan. 20.
Steven Soderbergh directs this dynamic action-thriller, which brings together a talented cast, including Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and Bill Paxton. Escape into a world of government operatives and international intrigue. A terrific, energetic surprise. 

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Opens in theaters on Friday, Jan. 20.
Adapted from the acclaimed bestseller by Jonathan Safran Foer, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” is a story that unfolds from inside the young mind of Oskar Schell, whose father dies in the World Trade Center on 9/11. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Viola Davis, John Goodman and Max Von Sydow. Forgo the film, which falls a little flat, and consider the book instead. 

Greener Architecture For The 21st Century

By Kara Miller   |   Friday, November 11, 2011
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LED light rings float inside the atrium at UNILEVER in Hamburg's HafenCity, designed by Behnisch Architekten. (Courtesy Matthew Noblett)


This week, architects, builders, and entrepreneurs join us for a discussion about green architecture. How can remaking homes, apartments, and public spaces benefit the planet and increase our interaction with the world around us?

An Apex green-roof installation is seen atop the Potter League For Animals building in Middletown, R.I. (Courtesy Apex Green Roofs)

What are the newest innovations in green building, and could they change the face of Boston and other cities?

We also look at whether these innovations can be broadly adopted — and what could stand in their way.

Guests:

A solar-shaded house form designed by LFA Architects. (Courtesy John Fernandez) 

Engineering Ground Zero

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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Caryn Babaian: Biology Teacher

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
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Season Preview

Thursday, October 7, 2010
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Center Stage

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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About the Authors
Jared Bowen Jared Bowen
Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. 
Kara Miller Kara Miller
As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

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