Parviz Tanavoli On view at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College through June 7th

Parviz Tanavoli is regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists and certainly the highest-selling Iranian one for his sculpture, painting and jewelry. But in an oversight that Davis Museum Director Lisa Fischman calls “unthinkable” and “unforgivable,” he’s never had a major US museum exhibition until now. Tanavoli’s show at the Davis is glorious in presenting 60 years of work steeped in Iranian myth, poetry and song. Optimism pervades his work and considered in the context of what Tanavoli endured through the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war, it’s also art with tremendous emotional resonance.

The WizPresented by Fiddlehead Theatre Company, it plays at Dorchester's Strand Theatre through February 22nd 

Continuing its residency in Dorchester’s grand Strand Theatre, Fiddlehead Theatre Company continues its equally grand ambitions in staging the big, rousing musical, The Wiz. The 1974 musical spins through The Wizard of Oz story and mines a more contemporary twist as Dorothy and company “Ease on Down the [yellow brick] Road.” It’s fast become Fiddlehead’s hallmark to score tremendous singers as they do here in all the lead roles. While the production sometimes only plods along, it’s aided by wit, camp and genuine spirit.

The Last Five Years In theaters Friday including Coolidge Corner Theater

This cult hit musical by Jason Robert Brown goes from stage to screen without much tampering. It’s essentially a completely sung-through two-hander exploring the relationship of Cathy (Anna Kendrick) and Jamie (Jeremy Jordan). The conceit is a clever one—Cathy’s take on the relationship is told backward beginning with their break-up while Jamie moves forward from their first date. They cross in the middle as they get married. Jordan, last seen locally in the American Repertory Theater’s Finding Neverland, is compelling as the louse and Kendrick continues to be a musical theater stand-out after singing forays in Perfect Pitch and Into the Woods. And while all the nuances of a fully realized relationship are compellingly laid bare here, the film teeters on the tedious by the last note.

This week on Open Studio We sit down with Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli at the Davis Museum where his show has just opened and speak with renowned composer Tod Machover about his installation Vocal Vibrations which explores the healing quality of the human singing voice.

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