Out & About in the Fenway (2/1-2/14)

Out & About in the Fenway is a bi-weekly listing of fun events, activities, and happenings in the Fenway Cultural District. Although the snow has been piling up outside, the Fenway Cultural District offers a variety of theater productions, musical performances, lectures, and exciting new exhibitions for the next two weeks. Stay warm!         MONDAY FEBRUARY 2ND Cabaret at Berklee College of Music February 2  /  8:00 p.m.  ///  free admission Cafe 939  /  939 Boylston Street Perfect for any lover of Broadway showtunes, Berklee hosts a beloved monthly cabaret—a student initiative to give musical theater enthusiasts a chance to perform favorite tunes in a professional and fun setting. WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 4TH SMFA Visiting Artist Lecture: Mati Diop February 4  /  12:30-2:00pm  ///  free admission Alfond Auditorium @ MFA  /  465 Huntington Avenue Diop lives and works in Paris and is both a filmmaker and actress. Her films conjure faraway places and feature characters who long for somewhere else, and, perhaps with it, the possibility of a different life. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5TH Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday Celebration February 5  /  8:00 p.m.  /// tickets are $12 Berklee Performance Center  /  136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston Although Bob Marley passed away in 1981, his legacy continues to influence the world of reggae. To honor Bob Marley, Berklee is hosting a multimedia performance featuring assistant professor Matt Jenson. The night will include Berklee’s Bob Marley Ensemble and original reggae band Liquid Revolution. Iphigenia in Tauris February 5  /  8:00pm  ///  tickets are $10-15 Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory  /  8 The Fenway Conflict on the Crimean peninsula goes all the way back to the Greeks. Iphigenia, the eldest daughter of the doomed House of Atreus, has been rescued from death at her father’s hand, to become a priestess of the goddess Diana in the kingdom of the Scythians. Charged with sacrificing any stranger who dares come ashore, Iphigenia struggles to overcome tragedy, oppression and her family’s bloody legacy to reunite with the brother she believed to be dead. Gluck’s ravishing score (premiered in 1779) was an operatic turning point, uniting music and drama to eschew the excesses of the Baroque stage. Sung in French with projected English supertitles. FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6TH FINAL DAY: Design for Resilience: Learning from Rebuild by Design Open through February 6  ///  free admission McCormick Gallery @ BAC  /  320 Newbury St Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-10:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-9pm First Friday at the MFA February 6  /  6:00pm-9:30pm  ///  tickets are $23-25 465 Huntington Avenue Spend the first Friday of February at the MFA and enjoy fine art, music, cash bars with signature cocktails, and delicious tapas! Iphigenia in Tauris February 6  /  8:00pm  ///  tickets are $10-15 Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory  /  8 The Fenway SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7TH BSO Family Concert: "Keeping Good Company" February 7  /  10:15 am & 12pm  ///  children 18 and under are free, adults are $20 Boston Symphony Hall  /  301 Massachusetts Avenue The BSO's Family Concert Series provides engaging, age-appropriate, educational orchestral concert experiences especially for children ages 3-8 and their families. From 9-10am, families can engage in pre-concert activities including instrument demos and an instrument playground! Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series: Japanese Calligraphy with Syoka Kana February 7  /  11:00am  ///  free with museum admission Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  / 25 Evans Way Drop by the studio from 11 am and 4 pm to work with guest artist Syoka Kana and learn about Japanese calligraphy. Watch live demonstrations and try calligraphy and India ink painting techniques for yourself to get a feel for this traditional, expressive art form. Iphigenia in Tauris February 7  /  8:00pm  ///  tickets are $10-15 Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory  /  8 The Fenway SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8TH Sunday Concert Series: Paavali Jumppanen, Jeffrey Means, and Hans Tutschku February 8  / 1:30pm  ///  tickets are $12-27 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  / 25 Evans Way Iphigenia in Tauris February 8  /  2:00pm  ///  tickets are $10-15 Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory  /  8 The Fenway TUESDAY FEBRUARY 10TH Pipes on the Plaza: Organ Concert at First Church of Christ Scientist February 10  /  12:15pm – 12:45pm  /  free admission First Church of Christ, Scientist  /  250 Massachusetts Avenue Come in from the cold and hear a live performance of great music on one of the largest pipe organs in the world. WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11TH Towne Art Gallery Talk: Puppet Showplace Theater Exhibit February 11  /  12pm-1pm  ///  free admission Towne Art Gallery at the Wheelock Family Theater / 180 Riverway Come to a gallery talk as the Towne Art Gallery celebrates Puppet Showplace Theater’s 40thanniversary by showcasing decades of work by the theater’s resident and affiliated artists. Historic puppet characters made by founder Mary Churchill and master puppeteer Paul Vincent-Davis will be presented alongside the work of New England-based puppet companies who have made Puppet Showplace their home. Visiting Artist Talk: Daniel Clayman February 11  /  6pm-7:30pm  ///  free and open to the public Held in the Auditorium in the MassArt Tower  / 621 Huntington Avenue The FA3D Department at MassArt is pleased to host Daniel Clayman as the first participant in the newly founded artist-in-residence program in the Glass Department for Spring 2015. Clayman has worked with glass as his primary medium for thirty-five years. Although best known for his large scale and technically impressive works that challenge the traditional limitations of cast glass, he has also made recent forays into printmaking. Throughout his practice, he explores his interests in engineering and the behavior of light and often uses memory as an impetus for his work. Arts and Crafts Architecture: History & Heritage in New England February 11  /  6pm-7:pm (5:30pm reception)  ///  tickets are $10, RSVP requested A lecture by independent art historian Maureen Meister Massachusetts Historical Society  /  1154 Boylston Street Maureen Meister’s new book is the first comprehensive study of the Arts and Crafts architecture in the region. Focusing on the 1890s through the 1920s, she will explain how a group of Boston architects and craftsmen encountered English Arts and Crafts theorists, including John Ruskin and William Morris, and produced exquisite works of their own. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12TH Lolita February 12  /  3:pm-5:30pm  /// t ickets are $9-11 Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)  /  465 Huntington Avenue Due to strict censorship, Stanley Kubrick couldn’t quite convey the sexual relationship between Humbert Humbert (James Mason) and the teenage Lolita (Sue Lyon) as directly as author Vladimir Nabokov could, but he manages to skirt around the Hollywood Production Code through visual cues and double entendre. Peter Sellers shines as chameleon-playwright Clare Quilty in this fabulous black comedy. ________________   ONGOING/DAILY EVENTS Design for Resilience: Learning from Rebuild by Design Open through February 6  ///  free admission McCormick Gallery @ BAC  /  320 Newbury St Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-10:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-9pm Design for Resilience asks us to think, discuss, and take action as we consider how to better connect ourselves to our ecology and our infrastructure to ready ourselves for the future. What will Boston look like in 2050? What will our coastal cities look like in 2115? Dan Kornrumpf: Observing Energies Open through February 21 /// free admission Gallery 5, ADMN Building at Emmanuel College  / 400 The Fenway Daniel's paintings are biased, imperfect visual transmissions painted from life, of the friends, family, and acquaintances that are a part of his personal story. It is a way for him to connect to living; to connect to an inner narrative that stems from an understanding of one's role and experience in the world. These works are a response to his experience of looking, which while very personal, can also invoke a universal recognition. Puppet Showplace Theater: The 40th Anniversary Exhibit Open through February 21  /  Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 1pm-5pm, Saturday 2pm-5pm  ///  free admission Towne Art Gallery at the Wheelock Family Theater / 180 Riverway The Towne Art Gallery celebrates Puppet Showplace Theater’s 40th anniversary by showcasing decades of work by the theater’s resident and affiliated artists. Historic puppet characters made by founder Mary Churchill and master puppeteer Paul Vincent-Davis will be presented alongside the work of New England-based puppet companies who have made Puppet Showplace their home. The exhibit will also showcase innovative work by young and emerging artists. The Huntington Theatre Company Presents: The Second Girl Tuesday – Sunday (through February 21st) various times  ///  tickets vary Calderwood
 Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts  /  527 Tremont Street The world premier of Ronan Noone’s (Huntington Playwriting Fellow) story of two immigrant Irish servant girls coming to America and finding love and a sense of belonging. Colorfields Open through March 8th  /  Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday 12pm - 6pm, Wednesday 12pm - 8pm  ///  free admission Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Stephen D. Paine Gallery at MassArt /  621 Huntington Avenue Art historians have conventionally posited line above color. Drawing is often seen as rational and structured whereas color is about emotion and expression. Indeed, if something "colors your judgment," you have lost your objectivity and cannot be relied upon. Yet without color our surroundings would not only be devoid of the transcendent and the ecstatic, but would also lose much of their symbolic and cultural meanings. They would be colorless. Inspired by the eponymous movement, Color Fields is a multidisciplinary exploration and vibrant celebration of color. Petrochemical America: Project Room Open through March 15th  /  Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday - Sunday 12-5pm  ///  free admission Gallery 360 (located in the Ell Building), Northeastern University  /  360 Huntington Avenue This exhibition brings into focus the industrialized landscape of the Mississippi River Corridor that stretches from Baton Rouge to New Orleans—a place that first garnered attention as “Cancer Alley” because of unusually high reports of cancer and other diseases in the area. Petrochemical America represents a unique collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and landscape architect Kate Orff. Permanent War: The Age of Global Conflict Open through March 7th  /  Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am–5pm, Thursday 10am–8pm, closed Sundays  ///  free admission Mrs. E. Ross Anderson Auditorium & Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery at SMFA  /  230 The Fenway For the past quarter century, the theatre of war has been playing on an endless loop. through five themes—Mechanized Bodies; combat as Performance; living in a War Zone; conflict as Media entertainment, and landscape as cemetery—the 16 artists in this exhibition will explore how continuous conflict merges truth with propaganda, reality with image. Guest curated by Pamela Allara.   ___