Out & About in the Fenway (3/1-3/14)

Work by Wangechi Mutu, who will be giving the 20TH Anniversary Adderley Lecture at MassArt on March 3rd.
Out & About in the Fenway is a bi-weekly listing of fun events, activities, and happenings in the Fenway Cultural District. Welcome the month of March (and the eventual return of spring) by heading out and enjoying all that the Fenway has to offer!           SUNDAY MARCH 1 Sunday Concert Series: Benjamin Grosvenor March 1  /  1:30pm  ///  tickets are $12-$27 (museum admission required and included) Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  /  25 Evans Way Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will perform a program that includes Chopin, Franck, Rameau, Bach-Busoni, and others. Enjoy the galleries and the cloisters and then take in some wonderful music! Great American Songbook: The Music of Disney March 1  /  7:30pm  ///  tickets are $8 in advance or $12 at the door Berklee Performance Center  /  136 Massachusetts Avenue A Berklee student orchestra featuring some of Berklee's finest vocalists, players, and arrangers, along with guest appearances by Berklee faculty, will play music from Disney movies and television shows. Music from The Lion King, Peter Pan, Davy Crockett, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Frozen, and Toy Story, among others, will be featured.   MONDAY MARCH 2 Read Across America March 2  /  10am  /  open to the public Wheelock College Campus Center, Wolf Community Room  /  150 Riverway Come and read your favorite Dr. Seuss book to a group of local pre-school children and join us for other fun activities at the 6th annual Read Across America event. We’ll provide the books and free coffee. Read Across America is an annual, national event that promotes the importance of reading in the lives of young children. Volunteer for Read Across America! The support of the Wheelock community will help make a positive impact on literacy in the lives of young children!   TUESDAY MARCH 3 20th Anniversary Adderley Lecture: Wangechi Mutu March 3  /  6pm-7:30pm  ///  free and open to the public Auditorium, MassArt Tower Building  /  621 Huntington Avenue Originally from Kenya, Wangechi Mutu moved to the United States to study anthropology and art. Her multimedia works use dreamlike and provocative imagery to explore issues of gender and sexism, race, (neo)colonialism, and rampant consumption. The unique mix of elements in her collages, videos, animations, sculptures, and installations, which often feature a sci-fi twist, places her among the vanguard of Afrofuturism in visual art.   WEDNESDAY MARCH 4 Global Leaders Forum at Northeastern University March 4  /  3pm-4:30pm  ///  free and open to the public Fenway Center  /  77 St. Stephen Street This forum is titled "Foreign Policy Challenges to Europe: Ukraine and Syria," and it features Baroness Catherine Ashton, the former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and former Vice-President of the European Commission. A reception will follow. Hollis L. Albright, MD ’31 Symposium March 4  /  5pm-7pm  ///  open to the public, RSVP recommended Longwood Campus, Harvard School of Public Health In recognition of his lifelong achievements and to foster the values he cherished most, his children—Tenley E. Albright, MD ’61, and Nile L. Albright, AB ’61, MD—have established an endowed symposium, highlighting new scientific initiatives at Harvard Medical School. This event features keynote presentations on the future of medicine, science and technology. The Roots of Raggaeton with Wayne Marshall March 4  /  6:00pm  ///  free admission Berklee Media Lab  /  150 Massachusetts Avenue Wayne Marshall will discuss the history of reggaeton, from its roots in Jamaican and Panamanian reggae to the genre's transformation in Puerto Rico's hip-hop scene and circulation across Latin America and the world. Connecting musical aesthetics to intense debates about race, nation, and gender, Marshall will demonstrate how the shapes and forms of reggaeton have changed over the years, highlighting the ways that Spanish-language rap over Afro-Caribbean rhythms have underpinned a remarkable cultural and economic youth movement. Scriabin: Towards the Flame (5th concert)  March 4  /  8pm  ///  free admission New England Conservatory’s Williams Hall  /  30 Gainsborough Street This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of composer Alexander Scriabin. In a series of six concerts in Williams Hall, NEC piano students will perform Scriabin's entire output for solo piano, in chronological order.   THURSDAY MARCH 5 Stir: A Far Cry with Margot Rood and Eurythmy Spring Valley March 5  /  7pm  ///  tickets are $5-$15 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  /  25 Evans Way The Gardner’s Stir series is an adventurous mix of contemporary art, music, and performance. The Museum’s most innovative and experimental art forms converge for an entirely unique experience each time. Get in the loop with digital media, pioneering musical genres, groundbreaking perspectives, and much more. This particular event will include works by Mozart, Osvaldo Golijov, and Michael Tippett. The Pajama Game March 5  /  8:00pm  ///  tickets are $15-$30 The Boston Conservatory Theater  /  31 Hemenway Street The dangers of a workplace romance are explored to hysterical effect in this 1954 romantic comedy. Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7½-cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well. New Rituals Opening Reception March 5  /  7pm-9pm  ///  free and open to the public Godine Family Gallery, MassArt North Building  /  621 Huntington Avenue New Rituals is a survey of young Boston artists working with contemporary themes and practices.  The exhibition will be up through March 6.   FRIDAY MARCH 6 First Friday at the MFA March 6  /  6pm-9:30pm  ///  tickets are $0-$25 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  /  465 Huntington Avenue Enjoy art, music, cash bars with signature cocktails, and delicious tapas! The Pajama Game March 6  /  8:00pm  ///  tickets are $15-$30 The Boston Conservatory Theater  /  31 Hemenway Street   SATURDAY MARCH 7  Audiocast: Revelations—What Scholars Learn from the Mary Baker Eddy Collection March 7  /  2pm  Join Dr. David Holland, a Research Fellow at The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Associate Professor of North American Religious History at the Harvard Divinity School, and Mike Davis, Senior Researcher at The Mary Baker Eddy Library, for a conversation on how The Mary Baker Eddy Library collections are bringing about a new understanding of Mary Baker Eddy. To join the audiocast, click here Charles Dutoit Conducts Szymanowski’s King Roger March 7  /  8:00pm  ///  tickets are $35-$119 Boston Symphony Hall  /  301 Massachusetts Avenue For his second week of concerts, Charles Dutoit leads the BSO in what is sure to be one of the season's most important events-the first BSO performances of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski's moving opera King Roger. Set in 12th-century Sicily and loosely based on Euripides' The Bacchae, King Roger has long been championed by Maestro Dutoit, who led the Paris, New York, Japanese, and Canadian premieres of this rarely heard work, which, even beyond the conflict between Christianity and paganism built into the libretto, more broadly addresses the universal struggles between paganism and intellect, intellect and wisdom, darkness and light. The Pajama Game March 7  /  8:00pm  ///  tickets are $15-$30 The Boston Conservatory Theater  /  31 Hemenway Street   SUNDAY MARCH 8 Sunday Concert Series: Yoojin Jang (violin) and Renana Gutman (piano) March 8  /  1:30pm  ///  tickets are $12-$27 (museum admission required and included) Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  /  25 Evans Way Yoojin Jang and Renana Gutman will perform pieces by Westhoff, Schumann, Sibelius, and Bartok in this New England Conservatory debut performance! Enjoy the galleries and the cloisters and then take in some wonderful music! The Boston Conservatory Orchestra March 8  /  2:00 pm  /  tickets are $8-$12 (call the Harvard Box Office) Sanders Theatre at Harvard University  /  45 Quincy Street, Cambridge Bruce Hangen conducts a program featuring Bernstein, Copland, Creston, and Respighi at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 1:00pm. The Pajama Game March 8  /  2:00pm  ///  tickets are $15-$30 The Boston Conservatory Theater  /  31 Hemenway Street   MONDAY MARCH 9 Music for Food March 9  /  7pm  ///  donations encouraged New England Conservatory’s Williams Hall  / 30 Gainsborough Street Music for Food is a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief founded in 2010 by Grammy Award–winning violist Kim Kashkashian. Concerts raise funds and resources to foster awareness and fight against hunger, empowering all musicians who wish to use their artistry to further social justice. This particular program will feature works by Ridout, Mendelssohn, and Schubert.   WEDNESDAY MARCH 11 Visiting Artist Lecture: Ambreen Butt March 11  /  12:30pm  ///  free and open to the public MFA’s Alfond Auditorium  /  465 Huntington Avenue Ambreen Butt was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and received her BFA in traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting from the National College of Arts in Lahore. She moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1993 and attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, earning her MFA in painting in 1997. In 1999, she was the first recipient of the James and Audrey Foster Prize given by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, in addition to being an artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Women in the Arts March 11  /  6pm-9:30pm  ///  free with museum admission Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  /  465 Huntington Avenue Recognize Women’s History Month and celebrate women in the arts. Enjoy tours, music, gallery activities, a spotlight on artists from ArtLifting, and other special events throughout the evening.   THURSDAY MARCH 12 Jean-Michel Othoniel: Secret Flower Sculptures March 12  /  Exhibition opening at 11am  ///  tickets are $5-$15 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  /  25 Evans Way The Gardner museum presents a new exhibition featuring Jean-Michel Othoniel, a 2011 Artist-in-Residence. Secret Flower Sculptures will highlight Othoniel’s obsession for the hidden meanings of flowers, and his desire to capture their essence and beauty in sculpture, drawing, and photography. Robert Storr: The Versailles Water Theatre Grove March 12  / 7pm  ///  tickets are $5-$15 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  /  25 Evans Way This lecture by Robert Storr is an introduction to the work of Jean-Michel Othoniel as it relates to art of our time. Storr will also highlight the new fountain sculptures created for the Palace of Versailles. Scriabin: Towards the Flame (6th concert)  March 12  /  8pm  ///  free admission New England Conservatory’s Williams Hall  / 30 Gainsborough Street This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of composer Alexander Scriabin. In a series of six concerts in Williams Hall, NEC piano students will perform Scriabin's entire output for solo piano, in chronological order. Kaleidoscope: An Open-Genre Battle of the Bands March 12  /  8:00pm  ///  tickets are $8 in advance or $12 at the door Berklee Performance Center  /  136 Massachusetts Avenue Berklee’s Songwriting Department, along with the Record Company and Notable Productions, will host Berklee's first all-original Battle of the Bands. The bands competing are Full Effect, Zaid Tabani, Arreanna Jaye, Sound Struggles, Kyle Thornton & the Company, and the Rare Occasions.   SATURDAY MARCH 14 Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra March 14  /  8pm  ///  tickets are $40-$60 Berklee Performance Center  /  136 Massachusetts Avenue Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Donald Harrison, an alto saxophonist and New Orleans native, explore the common roots of jazz as seen in the early music of New Orleans, Louisiana and Havana, Cuba. The CubaNOLA Arts Collective uses the power of live music, dance, festivity, and diversity to promote cultural wellness and equity. CubaNOLA features arrangements of early charangas, rags, and contemporary works.   ________________________    ONGOING EVENTS The Colored Museum Tuesday through Sunday, March 6 through April 5  /  various showtimes  ///  ticket prices vary BU Theatre  /  264 Huntington Avenue/Avenue of the Arts Climb aboard for a madcap and stinging journey through 11 hilarious looks at African-American culture — from the depths of the Celebrity Slaveship to the spinning heights of Harlem. Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe's landmark comedy has electrified, discomforted, and delighted audiences of all colors, skewering stereotypes and redefining what it means to be black in contemporary America. Obento and Built Space: Japanese and Boxed Lunch Architecture Through April 20  /  Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00am-10:30pm, Sat - Sun 9am-9pm  ///  free McCormick Gallery at Boston Architectural College  /  320 Newbury Street This exhibition examines the material and social culture of bento boxes and how they inspire architects and designers to think about the potential of emptiness, craft, portability, and sustainability. Using miniature environments that individuals carry with them as a touchstone for good design, we explore formal and experiential principles. We share the story of one manufacturer of bento boxes and the art of making a carefully crafted boxed lunch in relation to the recipient, to the season, and to the maker's intent. Color Fields 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. Gaining Perspective: A Visual History of MassArt Open through March 8  /  Mon thru Sat 9am – 5pm  ///  free admission MassArt Tower Building, 11th Floor  /  621 Huntington Avenue A celebration of MassArt's unique history and significant impact on the world through the visual arts, design, inventions, teaching, and achievements of the college's renowned alumni and faculty. In addition to the objects, artwork, and photographs in Gaining Perspective, the public is encouraged to participate in a photo booth installation by Cindy Bishop '13M, in which the participant’s photo is placed into a historical photograph at MassArt. Petrochemical America 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. Four Voices—Children’s Book Illustrators Open March 3 through April 2  /  Tuesday through Thursday 1-5pm, Saturday 2-5pm  ///  free Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock Family Theatre  /  180 Riverway This exhibition presents the works of acclaimed children’s book illustrators Deborah Freeman, Kevin Hawkes, Grace Lin and Tyler Parker.  The exhibition will show both finished and in process works and will highlight 4 creative and luminous visual interpretations of children’s book literature.