Plimoth Plantation Craft Center, The new craft center is now open.

Enter a modern living exhibit where visitors can see Native and European reproduction goods being created by hand. In the center guests can ask contemporary questions of the colonial and Native artisans, something that is not possible in the 17th-Century English Village, where interpreters never step out of their period characters. During my visit, Deputy Director Richard Pickering explained to me the importance of demonstrating crafting among the 17th century English settlers.

“It’s central to the work that we do…for our guests being able to talk to an artist about his or her work, whether it’s textiles or ceramics or the recovery of native technologies, it brings the past alive and it’s our process of discovery.”

Hollywood Glamour; Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen, On view at the Museum of Fine Arts through March 8th.

See designer gowns and exquisite jewelry from the 1930s and ‘40s—the most glamorous years of Hollywood film. The exhibition focuses on the iconic style of sultry starlets from the period, including Gloria Swanson, Anna May Wong, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, and Joan Crawford. Along with eye-catching gowns once worn by famous figures and the sparkling jewels that contributed to their allure from the MFA and private collections, photography by Edward Steichen along with period photographs, film stills, and film clips capture the style of the silver screen era. Enjoy a glimpse of Hollywood in the Golden Age of glamour.

Assassins, Playing at New Repertory Theatre through October 26th.

“The work of Stephen Sondheim has a transformative power,” says New Rep Artistic Director, Jim Petosa. “His skill in bringing to life intriguingly complex characters through music and lyrics is unmatched in contemporary musical theatre." That is no more apparent than in his explosive and controversial musical Assassins. Intertwining the lives of American history’s most notorious killers and would-be killers, Sondheim takes us on a journey into the psyche of these men and women and allows us a glimpse at what motivates them to seek immortality through violence.”

The Judge, The locally-shot film is in theaters Friday.

Two-time Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. is big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Oscar winner Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.


This week on Open Studio Jared previews the Boston Lyric Opera's La Traviata, playing through October 19th, and talks with New Yorker writer John Lahr about his new biography, Tennesse Williams: The Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh.

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