Tell All, and Be Mortified

Friday, March 2, 2012
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Jared Bowen's Arts Ahead: Keep it Real

By Jared Bowen   |   Thursday, March 1, 2012
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March 1, 2012


Altan Dugaraa, Sarah Wroth and Yury Yanowsky by Gene Schiavone

BOSTON — Fans of the performing arts can contemplate what makes a work of art this weekend, with three events: ballet that reveals the pure essence of the dance, circus acrobats that take the body's performance to the extreme without any fanfare, or play about a painting and its inherent value.

Play with Fire
The Boston Ballet interrupts its season with three incredible, cutting-edge works, including Jorma Elo’s Sharp Side of Dark, a revival of Jirí Kylián’s Bella Figura, and a Company premiere of Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, featuring music of The Rolling Stones. 
At the Boston Opera House through March 11

Circa's CIRCA
Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston
At the Paramount Theatre through March 4th

Circa is a performance troupe from Brisbane, Australia that currently consists of 14 members. With no elaborate sets or gymnasticscontraptions, performers use their own bodies and mesmerizing skills to conjure classic circus showmanship with a touch of Vaudeville. CIRCA explores the modern circus: no clowns, no animals, no flames.  Just raw human skill and acrobatic feats with ropes, aerial feats, hoops and trapeze acts. 

Bakersfield Mist
Presented by New Repertory Theatre
At The Arsenal Center for the Arts (Watertown) through March 18th

Maude Gutman bought the ugliest thrift store painting she could get her hands on as a gag gift, but when it's rejected, Maude tries to offload it at a yard sale. She learns it just might be the “find of the century,” an undiscovered Jackson Pollock painting. Lionel Percy, a renowned art expert, arrives at Maude’s trailer to investigate the painting’s potential, and the two embark on a fiery debate over class, truth, and what we personally perceive as valuable.

Jared Bowen's Arts Ahead: Something for Everyone

By Jared Bowen   |   Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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Feb. 16, 2012BERRIGAN
Caitlin Berrigan, Cultural Mobility / Spectrum of Inevitable Violence, at the deCordova Biennial. Image courtesy of the artist.

BOSTON — Contemporary Art fans can't go wrong: witness knitting bombers in action or eye some acupuncture photography at the deCordova. Theatergoers can choose from ballet, musicals, revivals and premiere performances. This Sunday afternoon, take in some Broadway love songs and keep that Valentine's Day mood around a little longer!

The deCordova Biennial
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
through April 22nd
Highlighting 23 artists from across New England, the exhibition showcases art in a variety of media — sculpture, painting, video, performance and striking photography — with no intended theme, but certainly a thread of artists addressing the economy.

"Simply Sublime"
Boston Ballet
at The Boston Opera House through February 19th
Florence Clerc’s world premiere staging of Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides, Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, and George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements.
The third of these performances alone is worth the effort. The company's James Whiteside is definitely coming into his own.

New Repertory Theatre announces its 2012-2013 season under new Artistic Director, Jim Petosa
Charles Mosesian Theater
Master Class March 31, - April 21
Amadeus April 28 - May 19
Sondheim's Marry Me a Little Jan. 6 - 27
Race, a Boston Premiere Oct. 14 - Nov. 4
The Kite Runner Sept. 9 - 30

Isn't It Romantic?
Reagle Music Theater of Greater Boston
February19th at 1 PM
Broadway darlings Rachel York and Brent Barrett rekindle their electric spark and bring their gorgeous voices to some of the greatest love songs ever written for the stage and screen.  

Watch The Latest 'Downton Abbey'

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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"Downton Abbey" continues with the household preparing for the war's end. While the family looks forward to having a private home again, cousin Isobel has other ideas for Downton. In other events, a wounded officer makes a startling claim. 


Downton Abbey Begins A New Season

Friday, January 6, 2012
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Go Behind The Scenes Of Zen

Friday, July 15, 2011
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