Jared Bowen's Arts Ahead: Isabella and Donuts

By Jared Bowen

Jan. 19, 2012


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. 

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. 

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