By Kris Wilton | Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Zadie Smith (photo credit: Dominique Nabokov/Penguin Group)
September 18, 2012
This is a great month for literary fiction readings around town–the best in years, at least as far as memory serves. Harvard Book Store’s hosting Paul Auster September 17 and Junot Diaz September 26; Diaz also doing several other readings in the area this fall. Porter Square has newcomer Justin Torres reading from his powerhouse debut We the Animals on September 18. But I’m most excited about Zadie Smith, reading September 19 at the Cambridge Public Library’s main branch, in an event also organized by Porter Square Books.
Smith’s been a big name since her acclaimed 2000 debut White Teeth, and she gained attention around here after partially setting her next novel, On Beauty, in the area. A Gen X success story, Smith’s known for the rich portraits she paints of her native London and for prose that is funny, incisive, street-smart, polished, and unleashed, all at the same time. It’s this combination of smarts, sass, and sense of humor that’s so refreshing, and that makes her readings especially fun. (Also, it doesn’t hurt that she’s got a fabulous accent.)
Her newest novel, NW, released September 4, takes place in the working-class neighborhood of Kilburn, in North West London, where Smith grew up. The book follows four Londoners trying to find their way in the city and in life, taking on class, milieu, societal expectations, and the particular dislocation of finding yourself in a world very different from the one you grew up in. I can’t wait to hear her bring it to life.
By Kris Wilton | Friday, September 14, 2012
Paul Klee (1879–1940), Wall Plant (Mauerpflanze), 1922.
September 15, 2012
Paul Klee is the kind of artist who seems to show up in every museum, most memorably in the form of petite, almost childlike paintings featuring richly hued backgrounds, cryptic symbols and oddball figures.
But as a new exhibition at Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art shows, those works make up just a sliver of Klee’s output. In reality, the Swiss-German artist explored a range of styles, techniques and subject matters throughout his prolific career, from primitivism to cubism to color field; drawing to etching to painting to writing.
By WGBH Music | Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The David Wax Museum swept into WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio in Boston and quickly demonstrated why so many are fast to fall in love with this energetic, indie, Americana folk, roots rock music sensation. This song, "Born With A Broken Heart", is from the album "Everything is Saved", named "Song of the Year" by the Boston Music Awards.
“I remember rummaging in the basement and liked the scary stuff on the covers. At first, I stuck to the stories in Night Shift but soon picked up The Bachman Books. It was comforting for me to know that there were other people out there with weird ideas in their heads. And of course, then I read it and became a fan for life.”
That’s Kevin Quigley, writer and die-hard Stephen King fan. Since discovering the literary genius of King in the early ‘80s, Quigley has dedicated his writing life to studying King’s craft and has most recently joined fellow authors Brian James Freeman and Hans-Åke Lilja to release The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Trivia Book, a testament to all of King’s movie work and one guaranteed to make your head spin. Read More
By WGBH Music | Monday, October 15, 2012
Born in Galicia, Spain, Carlos Nuñez began playing the bagpipes at the age of eight. He met Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains (now celebrating 50 years as a group) when he was a teenager . He later became known as the "7th member" of the band. He travels worldwide, sharing Celtic, Berber, Flamenco and Breton music with his audiences and he has collaborated with legendary musicians like Ry Cooder, Sharon Shannon, Sinéad O'Connor and Altan. In Europe, Nuñez plays to sold out stadiums and arenas. He has toured throughout the world and continues to wow audiences with his high-spirited music.
By WGBH Music | Monday, October 1, 2012
John Mayer describes her music as, "gorgeous, just gorgeous." With a voice that will stop you in your tracks, Liz Longley is an undeniable "rising acoustic sensation" according to Dig Boston. The Washington Post declares she is "destined for a bigger audience."
Longley is a recent graduate of the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. She now lives in Nashville, TN, and is working on a new album scheduled to be released in early 2013.
She stopped by Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, on a gorgeous late summer afternoon to perform her award winning song "When You've Got Trouble".
Come often to the new WGBHArts blog for all that’s fresh, relevant and fun this arts season. Stick with us as we cover the large and small arts events happening around New England. WGBHArts bloggers trek far and wide to take you from the mainstream to the hidden gems in your own communities. We’ll be the first in line for the latest in theater, dance and film. We’ll thumb through books for the best reads and we’ll survey museums and galleries for the newest openings. Let WGBHArts be your guide.
About the Authors
Kris Wilton Kris is a freelance arts journalist who has contributed reported pieces and reviews to outlets including the Huffington Post, Slate.com, Artinfo.com, Modern Painters, Art+Auction, Art New England, New England Home, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, Bostonist.com, ARTnews, Philadelphia Weekly, Emerging Photographer, Photo District News, and RL Magazine.
WGBH Music The official Youtube music channel for WGBH, featuring new videos each week from the same producers who bring you Classical New England, A Celtic Sojourn, Eric in the Evening and more.
WGBH serves New England, the nation, and the world with educational content that informs, inspires, and entertains.
Stacy Buchanan Stacy is California born and raised, and happily living in Boston. By day, she’s a seasoned digital marketer, social media enthusiast and pop culture consumer. After studying special effects makeup and film for over 20 years, she is also full-time film buff and by night, produces content for horror publications, focusing on classic and contemporary horror films.