What is it like to see an opportunity and take it? Passion is what motivates us to want more, and we see that urge fulfilled whether we explore Sargent's experiments with watercolor, observe the details of life through a woman's camera lens, enter the thoughts of a mastermind or listen to the sounds evoked from an orchestra by its youngest leader in 100 years. 

John Singer Sargent Watercolors, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts through January 20th.

Catch this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see works by a beloved New England artist at the height of his artistic powers. Renowned in Boston, Sargent was internationally recognized as the greatest American painter of his age. The exhibition allows visitors to see Sargent reinvent himself as an artist for the 20th century as he mastered the watercolor medium.

She Who Tells a Story, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts through January 12th

In Arabic, the word rawiya means “she who tells a story.” See 12 women photographers from Iran and the Arab World in a first of its kind exhibit in North America. Featuring nearly 100 photographs and two videos, created almost entirely within the last decade, the images challenge stereotypes and provide insight into Middle Eastern political and social issues. The body of work refutes the conception that Arab and Iranian women are “oppressed and powerless,” instead reinforcing that some of the most significant photographic work in the region today is being done by women.

The Fifth Estate, opens in theaters Friday.

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, “The Fifth Estate” reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Andris Nelsons Arrives at the BSO. In his first Boston Symphony appearances since his May appointment as the orchestra’s next music director, Andris Nelsons begins with performances this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On the program is Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, with soloist Paul Lewis, and the Brahms Third Symphony. At 34 years old, Andris Nelsons is the youngest music director to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in over 100 years; he is also the first Latvian-born conductor to take on the post. Mr. Nelsons succeeds James Levine, who was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2011.

This week on Open Studio:
Our tour of the Andy Warhol show at the Rose Art museum; local writer Tina Sutton on her new biography: The Making of Markova about famed British dancer Alicia Markova and we go inside the Dance Theater of Harlem.