Swan Lake, Presented by Boston Ballet it is performed through November 16th at The Boston Opera House.

Boston Ballet presents the world premiere of Mikko Nissinen's Swan Lake, the classic fairytale of the Swan Queen Odette, Prince Siegfried, and the sorcery, betrayal and love that unites them for all eternity. This is the second collaboration between Mikko Nissinen and award-winning designer Robert Perdziola, with new prologue and scenic details that recall the emotion and impact of Petipa and Ivanov's original ballet. Nissinen told me he's happy to finally present this classic ballet his way.

“As a young dancer, I danced so many roles in a production and over the years danced so many different versions of it, and I’ve seen how many versions from stage—this was the opportunity to make the little changes that I always wanted. I saw the story slightly different. It’s very classical, so it starts a little differently. The tastes and what to overplay, what to underplay, has been rebalanced,” Nissinen said.

Bad Jews, Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion through November 29th.

Hear the story of two cousins who wage war over a coveted family heirloom after the death of their beloved grandfather. At odds are Daphna Feygenbaum, an aggressively devout young woman who wears her Jewishness like a righteous badge of honor, and her cousin Liam Haber, an equally opinionated young man who has spent much of his life distancing himself from his cultural traditions. When the combatants are forced to spend the night in close quarters, the result is a wickedly funny brawl over religion and culture.

Goya: Order and Disorder, On view at the Museum of Fine Arts through January 19th.

Francisco Goya (1746–1828) witnessed a time of revolution and sweeping change in thought and behavior in Europe. As 18th-century culture gave way to the modern era, Goya’s penetrating gaze sought new means to capture human experience, both as he observed it, and as his imagination and artistic gifts transformed it. The new exhibit takes an innovative approach, organizing the extreme variety of the artist’s output thematically. Frederick Ilchman, Chair of the Art of Europe and co-curator of the show, explained the show's title to me.

“Goya lived in extraordinary times. He was witness to the time of the American Revolution, French Revolution, the Napoleonic invasion of Spain, torture, famine, major institutions like the church rising and falling…so there’s a lot of disorder in Goya’s lifetime. But any artist, any writer, tries to put order on things. He tried to compartmentalize the world, tried to understand what’s going on,” Ilchman said.

Interstellar, In theaters Friday.

Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway star in a moving film about human time on Earth coming to an end. A team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.


This week on Open Studio I pay a visit to Fenway Studios, a limited-equity artists’ cooperative, and the oldest continuous artist building in the country. Then I sit down with Abe Rybeck and Kaamila Mohammed to learn more about The Theater Offensive's production of River See, playing at Pilgrim Church in Dorchester November 13 -16.

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