Out & About in the Fenway (2/15-2/28)

Visitors explore the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Check out special programming for kids and families during school vacation week!
  Out & About in the Fenway is a bi-weekly listing of fun events, activities, and happenings in the Fenway Cultural District. With school vacation week just around the corner, the Fenway Cultural District has an abundance of family-friendly activities to help everyone stay warm and happy, even while the snow continues to pile up outside!         SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15TH Community Chamber Concert: Roxbury February 15th  /  3:00pm  ///  free admission, seat reservations required Boston Symphony Hall  /  301 Massachusetts Avenue Community Chamber Concerts build personal connections to the BSO and orchestral music, allowing community members to become more deeply engaged with the BSO over time. Each concert program lasts approximately one hour and is followed by a coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians. MONDAY FEBRUARY 16TH February Vacation Week Adventures at the MFA February 16-20  /  9:00am-3:00pm daily  ///  free with museum admission 465 Huntington Avenue Looking for exciting and fun activities for school vacation week? The MFA will be offering art making activities, stories, gallery tours, and performances that are perfect for families. School Vacation Week Activities: Journeys East February 16  /  11:00am  ///  free with museum admission Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  /  25 Evans Way February 16th-20th is a perfect time to visit the Gardner Museum. Each day, the museum offers projects and activities for all ages: a perfect way to spend February vacation week. This week, celebrate Asia on a journey East- look at screens, sculpture, letters, and much more from the other side of the globe! TUESDAY FEBRUARY 17TH February School Vacation Week Programming February 17 / 10:30am-2:30pm Mary Baker Eddy Library / 200 Massachusetts Avenue Learn how you can make a meaningful difference in someone else’s life—and have fun, too! Join the Library staff, along with kids from the Aaron’s Presents organization, for morning and afternoon activities. You’ll see how kids have turned their own ideas into solid projects that had an impact on their communities. We’ll help you create your own goodwill projects and crafts, inspired by the early life of our namesake, Mary Baker Eddy. You can investigate the Library’s newest exhibit, “Portraits of Global Caring.” And don’t forget to explore the Mapparium-free for all visitors 17 or younger! February Vacation Week Adventures at the MFA February 17  /  9:00am-3:00pm  ///  free with museum admission 465 Huntington Avenue School Vacation Week Activities: Journeys East February 17  /  11:00am  ///  free with museum admission Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  /  25 Evans Way The Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks Come to Terms with Genocide, Memory, and Identity February 17 / 12:00pm-1:00pm /// free and open to public- registration recommended A lecture by Thomas de Waal, Senior Associate – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Massachusetts Historical Society / 1154 Boylston Street In Great Catastrophe, the eminent scholar and reporter Thomas de Waal looks at the changing narratives and politics of the Armenian Genocide and tells the story of recent efforts by courageous Armenians, Kurds, and Turks to come to terms with the disaster as Turkey enters a new post-Kemalist era. The book throws light not only on our understanding of Armenian-Turkish relations but also of how mass atrocities and historical tragedies shape contemporary politics. A People’s History of the New Boston February 17 / 12pm / free admission Snell Library 90 at Northeastern University / 360 Huntington Avenue In this first Neighborhood Matters event of 2015 we welcome author and local activist Jim Vrabel. Vrabel’s new book, A People’s History of the New Boston, draws from more than a hundred interviews with community leaders, politicians, businesspeople, and others. He profiles activists who worked for school desegregation, tenants’ rights, and better employment opportunities, a diverse group of citizens “who engaged in a period of activism that was unlike anything seen in this city for possibly 200 years.” Spring Photo Lecture Series: Christian Patterson February 17  /  2pm – 4pm  ///  free and open to the public Auditorium in MassArt Tower Building  /  621 Huntington Avenue Christian Patterson is an artist from Wisconsin: photographs are the heart of his work and are sometimes accompanied by drawings, paintings or objects. His work Redheaded Peckerwood was published in 2011 to critical acclaim, won the 2012 Recontres d’Arles Author Book Award and is now in its third printing. In 2013 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Patterson is self-taught but lectures extensively about his work. Sinkane & Cookies February 17  /  8:00pm  ///  tickets are $18 Café 939, Berklee College of Music / 939 Boylston Street Sinkane, a Sudanese musician who has performed with Caribou, Yeasayer, and toured alongside Of Montreal, will perform a solo show. A formidable player on guitar, bass, keys, and drums, Sinkane is a one-man band. He will be joined by Cookies, a pop project by Ben Sterling. WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 18TH February Vacation Week Adventures at the MFA February 18 / 9:00am-3:00pm  ///  free with museum admission 465 Huntington Avenue February School Vacation Week Programming February 18  /  10:30am-2:30pm Mary Baker Eddy Library  /  200 Massachusetts Avenue School Vacation Week Activities: Journeys East February 18  /  11:00am  ///  free with museum admission Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  /  25 Evans Way Green City, Clean Waters: The Philadelphia Story February 18  /  5:30pm-7pm  ///  free admission Fishbowl at Boston Architectural College  /  320 Newbury Street Mark Focht, First Deputy Commissioner for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, will present his keynote address titled, "Green City, Clean Waters: The Philadelphia Story." The lecture will focus on the innovative and strategic green stormwater management practices of the City of Philadelphia. Join us to hear about how Focht helped the city accomplish a revitalization and stewardship plan that has beneficially impacted the way urban communities handle stormwater. From Focht we will also hear about the important partnerships and public outreach that have contributed to the success of his leadership and Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters Plan. Visiting Artist Talk: Dr. Margaret Livingstone Wednesday February 18 / 6:30pm-8:00pm /// free and open to the public Tower Lobby at MassArt / 621 Huntington Avenue Dr. Margaret Livingstone is a Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School with a keen interest in the ways in which vision science can understand and inform the world of visual art. She is the author of the groundbreaking book, "Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing," which demonstrates how the cellular structure of our eyes and brain determines how we see and process artworks. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 19TH  February Vacation Week Adventures at the MFA February 19  /  9:00am-3:00pm  ///  free with museum admission 465 Huntington Avenue February School Vacation Week Programming February 19  /  10:30am-2:30pm Mary Baker Eddy Library  /  200 Massachusetts Avenue School Vacation Week Activities: Journeys East February 19  /  11:00am  ///  free with museum admission Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  /  25 Evans Way Stéphane Denève conducts Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Milhaud and Poulenc featuring violinist James Ehnes February 19  /  10:30am  ///  tickets are $30-$104 Boston Symphony Hall  /  301 Massachusetts Avenue French conductor Stéphane Denève returns for this program of works all premiered in Paris in the early 1920s. The Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project February 19  /  4:00pm  ///  free admission Berk Recital Hall, Berklee College of Music  /  1140 Boylston Street Cuban jazz pianist and composer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora will present a recital of her favorite works from the American and Latin song books as well as originals. Third Thursday at the Gardner: Wanderlust February 19  /  5:30pm ///  tickets are $5-15 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  /  25 Evans Way Feeling the lust for travel? Explore Isabella Gardner’s global adventures and enjoy the sounds of ZilZALA Middle Eastern Ensemble with the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir. This event offers a cash wine bar and Café G will be open for snacks, dinner, and drinks. FRIDAY FEBRUARY 20TH February Vacation Week Adventures at the MFA February 20  /  9:00am-3:00pm  /// free with museum admission 465 Huntington Avenue February School Vacation Week Programming February 20  /  10:30am-2:30pm Mary Baker Eddy Library  /  200 Massachusetts Avenue School Vacation Week Activities: Journeys East February 20  /  11:00am  ///  free with museum admission Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum / 25 Evans Way Stéphane Denève conducts Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Milhaud and Poulenc featuring violinist James Ehnes February 20  /  1:30pm  ///  tickets are $30-$104 Boston Symphony Hall  /  301 Massachusetts Avenue  SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21ST Lunar New Year Celebration at the MFA February 21  /  10am-4:45pm  ///  free admission 465 Huntington Avenue Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to ring in the Year of the Goat! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. Our Write to Fly February 21  /  2:00pm  ///  free admission, reservations required Boston Conservatory Theater  /  31 Hemenway Street The Boston Conservatory presents new works by dance division senior students. Stéphane Denève conducts Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Milhaud and Poulenc featuring violinist James Ehnes February 21  /  8:00pm  ///  tickets are $30-$104 Boston Symphony Hall  /  301 Massachusetts Avenue SUNDAY FEBRUARY 22ND Sunday Concery Series: A Far Cry February 22  /  1:30pm  ///  tickets are $12-27 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  /  25 Evans Way The Gardner presents a special performance by their Resident Chamber Orchestra. The group will play a program called “Nordic Winter” which will feature pieces by Reich, Britten, Grieg, and others. Our Write to Fly February 22  /  2:00pm  ///  free admission, reservations required Boston Conservatory Theater  /  31 Hemenway Street The Boston Conservatory presents new works by dance division senior students.  TUESDAY FEBRUARY 24TH Pipes on the Plaza: Organ Concert with Colin Lynch February 24  /  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! Spring Photo Lecture Series: Corinne Noordenbos February 24  /  2pm – 4pm  ///  free and open to the public Auditorium in MassArt Tower Building  /  621 Huntington Avenue Corinne Noordenbos has been a photographer for over 40 years. She was born in Amsterdam where she still lives and works. Her work examines daily life, often from a personal perspective: she explores motherhood and Alzheimer’s through works that evoke recognition and juxtapose individuality and universality. WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25TH SMFA Visiting Artist Lecture: Ernst Karel February 25  /  12:30pm – 2:00pm  ///  free admission Alfond Auditorium at the MFA  /  465 Huntington Avenue Karel’s multidimensional audio work includes electroacoustic improvisation and composition, location recording, sound for nonfiction film, and solo and collaborative sound installations. Robert M. Gay Memorial Lecture: James Wood February 25   /  5:00pm – 7:00pm  ///  free admission School of Management Building, 5th floor  /  Simmons College  /  300 The Fenway In 2009, James Wood won the National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism. He was the chief literary critic at The Guardian, in London, from 1992 to 1995, and a senior editor at The New Republic from 1995 to 2007. His critical essays are collected in “The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief”; “The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and “The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays.” He is also the author of a novel, “The Book Against God,” and a study of technique in the novel, “How Fiction Works.” He is Professor of Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26TH Charles Dutoit conducts Stravinsky, Debussy and Brahms featuring violinist Julia Fischer February 26th  /  8:00pm  ///  tickets from $30-$104 Boston Symphony Hall  /  301 Massachusetts Avenue After a multi-season “residency” with the BSO, Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit leads violinist Julia Fischer in the great Brahms Violin Concerto. This performance will also take place on February 27th (1:30pm) and February 28th (8:00pm). FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27TH Exhibition Opens: God Save the People! From the Stamp Act to Bunker Hill Feburary 27 (through Sept 4)  /  10:00am-4:00pm  ///  free and open to the public Massachusetts Historical Society  /  1154 Boylston Street To tell the story of the coming of the American Revolution in Boston, this exhibition follows the evolution of colonial thought and political action through the letters and diaries of men and women caught up in the conflict, together with political cartoons, newspapers, maps, artifacts, and portraits. Charles Dutoit conducts Stravinsky, Debussy and Brahms featuring violinist Julia Fischer February 27  /  1:30pm  ///  tickets from $30-$104 Boston Symphony Hall  /  301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston Conservatory Chamber Series February 27  /  8:00pm  ///  free admission Seully Hall at The Boston Conservatory / 8 The Fenway This performance features an interesting and eclectic selection of chamber music duos performed by Boston Conservatory faculty members from different disciplines. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28TH MFA Film: A Clockwork Orange February 28  /  11:00am – 1:15pm  ///  tickets are $9-11 Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161) at the MFA   /  465 Huntington Avenue A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick (1971, 136 min.). Malcolm McDowell gives an iconic performance as Alex, a violent "droog" who commits unforgivable atrocities. Alex’s magnetic personality and love for Beethoven’s symphonies creates a profoundly disturbing effect on us: we root for this character despite his actions. He further garners our sympathies after the government performs inhumane experiments on him, which suppresses his penchant for violence. Kubrick’s central argument that individual freedom must be granted no matter what the consequences are is why the film remains influential and socially significant today. Charles Dutoit conducts Stravinsky, Debussy and Brahms featuring violinist Julia Fischer February 28  /  8:00pm  ///  tickets are $37-$145 Boston Symphony Hall  /  301 Massachusetts Avenue _______________________   ONGOING EVENTS 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 Second Girl Tuesday – Sunday (January 16th through February 21st)  /  various times  ///  tickets prices 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 8  /  Mon thru Sat 12:00pm - 6:00pm, Wed 12:00pm - 8:00pm  ///  free admission Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Stephen D. Paine Gallery  /  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 15  /  Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm  ///  free admission Gallery 360 (located in the Ell Building) at 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 7  /  Monday–Saturday, 10am–5pm; Thursday, 10am–8pm; closed Sundays Mrs. E. Ross Anderson Auditorium & Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery at the 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.