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The best kid-friendly attractions in music, theater, art, dance, and television.

(Left to right) Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Lorrie Higgins, John Akomfrah, Jill Medvedow, and Joyce Linehan


ICA raises $1.1 million at annual gala at the Watershed

The event — led by the ICA director Jill Medvedow and gala co-chairs Erica Gervais Pappendick, Ted Pappendick, Charlotte Cramer Wagner, and Herbert S. Wagner III — was in celebration of artist John Akomfrah.

Boston, MA., 04/02/2019, Danae Pieroni, cq, gets a photo of herself jumping into a ball pit at The Happy Place---- a roving installation of quasi-art for the Instagram set which took over a former Marshall's on Boylston Street, and influencers and others toured the exhibit and had their photos taken to post with the Happy Place hashtag. Globe staff/Suzanne Kreiter

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‘Happy Place’ comes to Boston, and it’s hell

The candy-colored pop-up exhibition has drawn crowds in other cities with its dozen or so selfie-ready installations. But up close, it feels like a grotty, tacked-together horseman of a digital apocalypse.

Riley the museum dog gets his own book

“The Adventures of Riley the Museum Dog,” a coproduction of the MFA and the Globe, will go on sale April 4.

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Art Review

50 photographs, three windows, one Obama

The New Bedford Art Museum is showing work by former White House photographer Pete Souza.

Photography Review

Looking back at the Bauhaus: objects of their affection

“Arresting Fragments: Object Photographs at the Bauhaus” is at the MIT Museum.

Harvard Art Museums receive 70 sketchbooks by late artist Otto Piene

Piene’s widow made the gift.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics

Family Entertainment

Rubber ducks, cactus suits, vintage toys, and the surface of Mars

Kids of all ages will enjoy these art shows in Boston and beyond.

Winter arts guide 2019

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Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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Aretha Franklin recording gospel album Amazing Grace in 1972, as seen in documentary film

The Weekender: The Queen of Soul, the Mother of Dragons, the Moor of Venice, and a ‘Giant Peach’

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

“One Little Match,” 1948

Rube Goldberg: Truth telling for tender souls

The master cartoonist had a biting wit about social and political change, but his humor is a good entry point for learning hard truths.

Jake Fried’s “Free Fallin’”


Animation, with human charm

Curator Maya Erdelyi’s lively “The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions,” at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery, celebrates old-school animation techniques.

Left: “Hunterian Psalter”

Art Review

At Yale, from cabinet of curiosities to art museum

“William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Art Museum” looks at a pivotal individual.

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Chloe Barcelou

The 29-year-old creative is always dreaming up larger-than-life projects.

English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe performs on the stage of the Stop War Festival, in San Sebastian on March 27, 2016. / AFP / GARI GARAIALDE (Photo credit should read GARI GARAIALDE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.


Wrestling with a difficult book? Just relax.

Siri Hustvedt’s newest novel is “Memories of the Future.”

For this artist and community organizer, it’s all coming together

Jordan Seaberry, who is spotlighted in the “deCordova New England Biennial 2019,” addresses systemic injustice, family wounds, and moving forward in his powerful, imagistic paintings.

Mathias Kessler’s “Object of Unbelonging”


Provocative exhibit asks what ‘nature’ really means

In “Aera Synthetica,” artworks explore the fact that we’re part of nature. And we’re changing it, all too quickly.

Gendering bending fashion installation at the MFA. (Michael Blanchard via Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)


Gender bending fashion at the MFA: Men in skirts, women in tuxes, them in genderless gear

A new show at the Museum of Fine Arts traces fashion’s relationship to gender and the way we use it to express ourselves beyond the boxes offered to us.

“Waterloo Bridge,” (1903), oil on canvas, by Claude Monet.

Art Review

Claude Monet’s bridge to modernity

In a fascinating show, the Worcester Art Museum puts on view the Impressionist master’s paean to a rapidly-changing world.

A rendeA rendering of “20 Knots: Daffodils for Boston,” an installation coming to the Seaport before the Boston Marathon.
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Larger-than-life daffodils set to bloom in the Seaport District

The Seaport has commissioned artist Daniele Frazier to create “20 Knots: Daffodils for Boston” ahead of the Boston Marathon.

“Moulin Rouge: La Goulue,” Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1891

Globe Magazine

Things to do in Greater Boston this spring

Your seasonal calendar of events, music, theater, and more.

‘PLAYLAND’ reimagines bygone Boston spaces

Michael Brodeur is back in town. And this time, it’s for music.

Batsheva Dance Company is at Boch Center Shubert Theatre April 5 and 6.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

A still image from Bouchra Khalili’s video piece “22 Hours.”

Art Review

Seeing Black Panthers, Jean Genet, and a simmering revolution in ‘22 Hours’

Bouchra Khalili’s video piece at the MFA burnishes a historic moment ripe for our trying times.

Seth Meyers performs at the Wilbur Theatre Saturday and Sunday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Seth Meyers, sublime Monets, and savage ‘Veep’

The Globe’s guide to the best things to do this weekend.

“Temple of Vesta, Rome” 1842

Art Review

Two New York shows offer states of collapse, courtesy of the camera

The Metropolitan Museum offers daguerreotypes, the Morgan Library highlights from the National Gallery of Canada.

After stripping back a century of yellowing varnish and surface dirt, it was determined that the painting thought to be a fake Sandro Botticelli in fact came from the master’s own Florence workshop.

‘Fake’ Botticelli turns out to be real deal

Art experts in Britain have discovered that a painting thought to be a fake Sandro Botticelli in fact came from the master’s own Florence workshop.

“Block 1” is among the works in “Wendy Richmond: Like the Back of My Hand.”


In Wendy Richmond’s hands, a profound message

The artist’s affecting new sculptures evoke the perils of the flesh.

Perspective | Magazine

Perspective: Why I can’t embrace ‘The Embrace,’ Boston’s new memorial to the Kings

For too long, remembrances of Martin Luther King Jr. have failed to do what King did in his lifetime.

Fairy Tales, Revolution series, Ceramic, 9 x 11 x 8 inches, 2017

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Huma Bhabha’s exhibit “They Live,” at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Art review

Violence and verve, on view at the ICA

There’s a continuum of carnage in Huma Bhabha’s artwork. It’s also exuberant, dynamic, and playfully alive.

Nadia Huggins’s “No. 25 Circa No Future”

Art Review

A fresh view of the Caribbean, beyond the sunshine daydreams

A show at the Portland Museum of Art captures the complexities not visible in tourist brochures.

“John Ruskin” 1876-77, by Charles Herbert Moore

Critic’s notebook

Ruskin at 200: a Victorian genius and his art

A very eminent Victorian remains a force for how we understand art and society.

3-20-19: Boston, MA: Derek Dunn during a dress rehearsal of the Boston Ballet production of

Things to Do

The Weekender: Frightening ‘Us,’ funny ballet, Phish-y music

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

One of the rooms in the Happy Place pop-up exhibit. The exhibit, which has appeared in LA, Chicago, and Toronto, is known as a type of mecca for Instagrammers.

Happy Place, the ‘most Instagrammable pop-up in America,’ is coming to Boston

Happy Place, a pop-up exhibit known for being the perfect place to take selfies, will take up in the former Marshalls space in the Back Bay in April.

“Home” by Siddharth Choudhary.


Colorful artworks capture home, from Mumbai to Massachusetts

Siddharth Choudhary, who grew up in India, creates punchy digital drawings that reflect how places intersect in our psyches.

Yayoi Kusama pictured with her work LOVE IS CALLING, 2013 during her solo exhibition I Who Have Arrived In Heaven at David Zwirner, New York, 2013. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice


ICA announces details of Yayoi Kusama exhibition

The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston will present Yayoi Kusama’s “LOVE IS CALLING” starting Sept. 24, according to ICA director Jill Medvedow. 

Vik Muniz’s “Sarah Bernhardt.”

Art Review

The plastic fantastic, in two art exhibits

From the heartbreaking to the holy, “Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials” and “Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane” explore the medium.

Robert Gentile said Monday, on the 29th anniversary of the Gardner art heist, that he knows nothing about the theft.

Conn. man linked to Gardner theft is freed from prison

Robert Gentile maintained Monday that he knows nothing about the still-unsolved theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The heist took place 29 years ago today.

Stage Review

Alessandro Sciarroni juggles time at the ICA

His “UNTITLED_I will be there when you die” deploys four jugglers in a perpetual-motion meditation where time never stops; neither do the performers.

Huma Bhabha, Four Nights of a Dreamer, 2018.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of March 18-24

Huma Bhabha: They Live sculptural exhibit at the ICA, a bike travel film festival in Arlington, Maker Supply Market, and more.

Stills from “Effluxion” by Wenjing Zhang of Sacred Heart School.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

For Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners, challenging times inspire bright ideas

More than 3,000 works won Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

FILE - In this June 2, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande performs at Wango Tango in Los Angeles. Grande will return with a new tour in 2019 nearly two years after a terrorist attack during her concert in the United Kingdom. Grande announced Friday, Oct. 26, that her 42-date Sweetener World Tour will kick off March 18 in Albany, N.Y. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

The Ticket: What’s happening this week in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

A production still from Matthew Barney’s “Redoubt.”

Art Review

With ‘Redoubt,’ a cosmic reset button for Matthew Barney

The film, more than two hours of dialogue-free loose narrative, is a sparse paean to the Sawtooth mountain range, the big nature of the artist’s youth.

My Instagram: Julia Emiliani

A Wayfair illustrator, Julia Emiliani combines design with more traditional artistic elements to make her work pop.

for Antiques 04/05 - Purchased for only $10 at a Southern California antiques shop in the early 1970s, this vintage movie poster for the MGM 1932 cult classic,

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Believe it or not, cartoonist Bill Griffith says, ‘Zippy the Pinhead’ was based on a real person

The cartoonist’s classic character was inspired by a man named Schlitzie Surtees.

Boston, MA - 3/15/2018 - Vocalist Al Barr performs with Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues in Boston. (Ben Stas for The Boston Globe)

Things to do

The Weekender: Dropkicks (and left hooks), prowling bros, and a rising son

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Photography review

Questions of identity — public, personal, and beyond

A review of photography shows at City Hall and at Lesley University, in Cambridge.

Chanel Thervil’s “Enigma: Reactions to Racism” at Urbano Project


In ‘Enigma,’ reactions to racism make for a vibrant, sobering show

Painter Chanel Thervil interviewed millennials about their experiences of racism, and her mixed-media installations orbit around their portraits.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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// The Kennedy Institute opens

Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

Harvard Art Museums

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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.