Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, theater, dance, music, visual arts, and author events for the coming week.
By The Arts Fuse Staff
Dance on Film
June 6 and June 7
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
This series is part of the 8th annual Dance for World Community Festival week. The Harvard Square based José Mateo Ballet Theatre is presenting four films that explore the intersection of dance and social change around the globe: They Are We, Horizontes, A Time to Dance: The Life and Work of Norma Canner, and After the Curtain.
Prime Noir of the 1950s
June 8 – June 16
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
The 1950’s were the decade that saw some of the greatest examples of film noir and this series screens some of the essentials, ranging from the Sunset Blvd (directed by Billy Wilder) and Sweet Smell of Success (a disturbing Burt Lancaster, script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman) to The Big Heat (directed by Fritz Lang), The Crimson Kimono (helmed by Sam Fuller), The Killing (directed by Stanley Kubrick), and many others. Take the time, and the Brattle will provide you one helluva education in film. These are great entertainments.
June 11 at 7 p.m.
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, MA
The excellent Robert Aldrich retrospective continues through August 18. Here is how the HFA describes this week’s standout pick: “Aldrich situates the senseless, relentless carnage of the Vietnam War onto the stark stage of the American Western. Enlisted to hunt down a rampaging Apache leader and his gang, Burt Lancaster’s wizened scout clashes with the young Christian cavalry lieutenant whose simplistic idealism is easily confused upon confronting extreme racism and violence on both sides. Well aware of the convoluted contradictions of war and an impassable cultural chasm, McIntosh lives between the white and Apache worlds—judging no one, yet suffering no fools. As the allegoric action coils into a taut, bloody ring, the greater complexities within the subsequent confrontation perish unceremoniously amid a barren atmosphere of death.”
– Tim Jackson
Luminarium Opens for TEDxCambridge
June 9 at 7 p.m.
Boston Opera House
For the first time, TEDxCambridge brings its bi-annual TED Talks to the Boston Opera House, becoming the single largest TED event in the world (even larger than the official TED Talks in Vancouver). In honor of this tremendous achievement, Boston’s own Luminarium Dance Company was recently commissioned to create a new work embodying the concept of “innovation” as the sole opening act for TEDxCambridge’s Boston Opera House debut.
June 10 & 11 at 8 p.m.
The Dance Complex
Ryan P. Casey and Bill Evans host the third annual DanceNOW Boston event — it is part dance, part cabaret. This year’s performance features The Bang Group, Kelley Donovan, and Michael Figueroa.
Dance for World Community Festival
Saturday, June 11 from noon-6 p.m.
José Mateo Ballet Theatre
Each year, José Mateo Ballet Theatre brings an impressive lineup of all dance genres directly to the community. Viewers are welcome to wander from stage to stage, both indoors and out, as more than 90 regional performers present everything from ballet and baroque to African dance.
On Display: A Movement Installation
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Heidi Latsky challenges society’s persistent focus on perfection of the human body in her new installation On Display. Each day of the piece, more than 30 local performers dramatize different forms of interaction between dance and disability.
– Merli V. Guerra
The Taming by Lauren Gunderson. Directed by Nicole Ricciardi. Staged by Shakespeare & Company at the Elayne Bernstein Theatre, Lenox, MA, through July 30.
A political satire/farce with a cartoon premise: “Super-patriot Miss Georgia has something bigger in mind for the Miss America pageant than winning a crown. She wants to jump-start a movement to rewrite the Constitution. So she’s locked herself in a hotel room with two captive political opposites and the ensuing conflict plays out in hilarious fashion, complete with a screwball chase scene, underwear gags, and slyly developing sexual attractions.”
Muntergang and Other Cheerful Downfalls, created and performed by John Bell, Trudi Cohen, Stephen Kaplin, Jenny Romaine and Roberto Rossi, with musicians Jessica Lurie and Hannah Temple and puppeteer Sam Wilson. Staged by Great Small Works at the Charlestown Working Theater, Charlestown, MA, on June 5.
“A puppet show based on the lives and work of Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler, two radical hand-puppeteers from the early 20th century. It is a meditation on their incisive and funny satirical work, and on historical models of robust embodied practices for changing social power relationships. Muntergang is a bilingual puppet show in Yiddish and English which uses original Maud and Cutler scripts, graphics and songs, together with Great Small Works’ own handpuppets, projections, rod puppets, panoramic scrolls, handmade lighting instruments, flat cut-outs, acting, dances, and an original music score performed live.
I Was Most Alive with You, written and directed by Craig Lucas. Staged by the Huntington Theater Company, at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, through June 26.
“A family’s faith is severely tested when their adult son, a Deaf, gay, recovering addict played by Russell Harvard (Fargo, Spring Awakening), sees his carefully calibrated world fall apart after an accident. Performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language.”
Presto Change-O Book and Lyrics by Eric Price. Music by Joel Waggoner. Choreography by Chris Bailey. Directed by Marc Bruni. Staged by Barrington Stage Company at the St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield, MA, through June 11.
World premiere production of an “exciting new musical tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family.” Arts Fuse review
Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Music by Wayne Barker. Directed by Spiro Veloudos. Music Director, Catherine Stornetta, Choreography by Ilyse Robbins. Staged by Lyric Stage of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA, through June 26.
A prequel to Peter Pan: “An acclaimed new play (partly inspired by the theatricality of Nicholas Nickleby) that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic.” The show “chronicles the adventures of Molly, a girl charged to protect a cargo of stardust from falling into the wrong hands, and an orphan named Peter who eventually becomes The Boy Who Never Grew Up.” The cast includes some real pros — Margaret Ann Brady, Ed Hoopman, Margarita Martinez, Will McGarrahan, Marc Pierre, and Robert Saoud. Arts Fuse review
Brilliant Traces by Cindy Lou Johnson. Directed by Kyler Taustin. Presented by the Brown Box Theatre Project at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA, through June 12.
This two-hander is “set in a remote cabin nestled in the Alaskan wilderness. Sole occupant, Henry Harry, sleeps as a blizzard rages outside. When he is awakened by a pounding at the door, a dazed stranger stumbles in without explanation in her full bridal attire before falling asleep for two days. As Henry Harry cares for her, Rosannah dissects her reckless non-stop drive from an Arizona wedding chapel to Alaska. The two navigate each other within the confines of this tiny cabin as they begin to reconcile their own loneliness and grapple with wounded pasts, gnawing regrets, and desperate fears in whiteout conditions.”
The Birds and the Bees by Kate Snodgrass, Charlotte Meehan, and Adara Meyer. Directed by Melia Bensussen and Shana Gozansky. Staged by Sleeping Weasel at the Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, through June 11.
Should this be given an X-rating? “Kate Snodgrass’ The Last Bark, Adara Meyers’ Birds, and Charlotte Meehan’s Beesus & Ballustrada make up a trio of frighteningly funny, cross-generational plays that pushes the ‘feminine perspective’ on heterosexual love and existence (i.e., the birds and the bees) to dangerous new places.” The cast includes Boston standouts Karen MacDonald, Cliff Odle, and Steven Barkhimer
Twelfth Night: Twelfth Night (or What You Will) and What You Will (or Twelfth Night), by William Shakespeare. Directed by Eric Tucker. Nora Theatre Company presents the Bedlam stagings at the Central Square Theater, Cambridge, MA, June 9 through July 10.
Another thrilling theatrical venture from Bedlam. Two different versions of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy, both of them staged by the same director and performed by the same five-person cast, whose members share between them all 12 parts. Arts Fuse interview with Bedlam’s Eric Tucker.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Directed by Hatem Adell. Staged by It’s a Fiasco and presented under the auspices of Actors’s Equity Associations’s Members’ Project Code, at the Longfellow Park, Cambridge, June 9 through 12, at Danehy Park, Cambridge, June 16 through 19.
The woods of Cambridge stand in for the Birnam forest in this outdoor production of the Scottish play.
Wild Williams, Three late one-act plays by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Davis Robinson. Performed by Beau Jest Moving Theater. At the Charlestown Working Theater, Charlestown, MA, June 9 through 12.
A must-see for anyone interested in Tennessee Williams. “For the past ten years, the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival has pioneered efforts to re-examine Tennessee’s work and take a fresh look at these plays dismissed as too wild or too experimental. Beau Jest Moving Theater premiered three of these plays at the Festival, and now brings two of them together in Boston for the first time, along with a third rarely performed play. Wild Williams consists of The Pronoun I, The Remarkable Rooming House of Madame Le Monde, and Aimez-Vous Ionesco? These plays ruminate on the passing of time, of fraying friendships, and the struggle to survive. They are savagely funny. All three plays were written in the last years of his life and share themes and images that help give any interested Tennessee Williams fan a much-fuller picture of the man, the poet, and the creative output of a genius who refused to give up.” Beau Jest Moving Theater’s production of The Remarkable Rooming House of Madame Le Monde, which it performed at CWT in 2009, was a memorable treat. “Mature audiences only. Mature themes and language.”
Lobster Girl, written and directed by Weylin Symes with original music and lyrics by Steven Barkhimer. Staged by Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main Street
Stoneham, MA, June 9 through 26
“When Hank invites his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter, Cora, out for the day on his lobster boat off of Cape Ann, things go swimmingly until his assistant lets it slip that wedding bells will soon chime. That’s when the seas start to get a bit choppy.” The cast includes, among others, Barkhimer, William Gardner, Ceit Zweil, and Brigit Smith.
The Maids by Jean Genet. Directed by Jim Byrne. Staged by the Provincetown Community Theater Project at the Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, June 10 through July 10.
Genet’s infamous 1947 tale of sexual gamesmanship “follows the elaborate role playing by two chambermaids (Solange and Claire) … Genet based the play on a real-life tabloid story about the murder of a wealthy woman by her maids. Genet was obsessed with the story and used it as framework to explore the existence of political and sexual outcasts as well as themes of class hatred. Within the play, there is a continual drawing of curtains, revealing and masking the complex problems of social and sexual identity.”
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, adapted by Lee Hall from Alan Warner’s novel The Sopranos. Directed by Vicky Featherstone. A co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre, Newcastle presented by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas at the Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT, June 10 through 25.
The American premiere of a critically admired musical that “follows six Catholic school girls on the cusp of change when love, love, pregnancy, and death all spiral out of control in a single day.” The show is “about losing your innocence and finding yourself, featuring music by Handel, Back, and 70’s classic rock back Electric Light Orchestra.”
Body & Sold by Deborah Lake Fortson. Directed by Jacqui Parker. Presented by Hibernian Hall and Tempest Productions at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Boston, MA, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. and at June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Another presentation of Fortson’s powerful look, drawn from the words of young runaway men and woman, at the sex trafficking industry in America today. The drama includes a talkback session with local experts. Arts Fuse feature
Blinders by Patrick Gabridge. Directed by Korinne T. Richey. Staged by Flat Earth Theatre at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA, June 10 through 26.
Trump would seem to go well beyond the wildest dreams of the most imaginative political satire, but in this play Gabridge is going to give it a try: “The world is in awe of a scientific miracle: two genetically identical humans, unrelated but more twin than twins, exactly the same in every way! No one can tell them apart – except journalist Karen Sayer, whose declaration to the brainwashed public that they don’t look anything alike destroys her career and throws her sanity into question. As the duplicates parlay their commercial success into a bid for President of the United States, Karen’s quest for truth takes her on an unexpected mission with some unlikely allies and even stranger enemies.”
– Bill Marx
The distinguished pianist Andy LaVerne joins his friend, saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, for Bergonzi’s regular Monday-night hoedown, with trumpeter Phil Grenadier and drummer Luther Gray, at the Lily Pad, then for a special duo concert at the New School of Music on Tuesday.
Allan Chase’s Quintet La Strega
June 7 at 8:30 p.m.
Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA.
Always worth catching are the bands led by the inquisitive saxophonist and composer Allan Chase (a formidable presence on alto, soprano, and baritone). Here he’s fronting his Quintet La Strega, with guitarists Jim Kelly and Rick Peckham, electric bassist Fernando Huergo, and drummer Mike Conners. Chase describes it as “Original music by the members of the band — grooves, blues, modes, chords, and melodies.”
Eric Rosenthal Quintet/Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet
June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA.
Two collections of stellar musicians from Boston’s rich experimental jazz and free-improv scene offer this third iteration of a nifty double bill. Drummer Rosenthal fronts a group with pianist Eliot Cardinaux, flutist Matt Somalis, cellist Junko Fujiwara, and bassist Bruno Raberg. Keyboardist Karayorgis convenes saxophonist Seth Meicht, trombonist Jeb Bishop, bassist Nate McBride, and drummer Luther Gray.
Dave Bryant Quartet
June 9 at 8 p.m.
Outpost 186, Cambridge, MA.
Former keyboardist for Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, Dave Bryant convenes a string ensemble for this one: violinist Gabriel Solomon, cellist Jeff Song, and bassist Jane Wang.
Hungarian-born veteran Boston pianist and composer Laszlo Gardony’s Life in Real Time was one of the best CDs of 2015. That CD — varied and tuneful, from New Orleans second-lines to hard-bop flagwavers and a keenly felt “Motherless Child” — featured three saxophonists. Gardony returns to Scullers with one of them, revered Boston reedman Bill Pierce, and Gardony’s longtime rhythm-mates, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel.
New Black Eagle Jazz Band
June 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Regattabar, Cambridge, MA.
The New Black Eagles have been doing the New Orleans trad thing since 1971, with its early-jazz references to Armstrong, Ellington, and Jelly Roll Morton. They understand that it doesn’t do any good to be well schooled unless you also know how to cut loose.
Bromley Heath Jazz and Art Day
June 11, noon to 6 p.m.
Bromley Heath Amphitheater, Jamaica Plain, MA.
The 3rd annual iteration of this free event features an afternoon of dance and music by community youth groups as well as live painting sponsored by MassArt’s sparc! the ArtMobile. The ringers, however, are the Makanda Project, pianist/arranger John Kordalewski’s tribute to the late Makanda Ken McIntyre, which has become a thing of its own. The Makandas are scheduled to play at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. They are saxophonists Kurtis Rivers, Joe Ford, Arni Cheatham, Sean Berry, and Charlie Kohlhase; trumpeters Jerry Sabatini and Phil Grenadier; trombonists Bill Lowe and Alfred Patterson; bassist John Lockwood, drummer Warren Smith, and Kordalewski on piano.
World Music and Roots
Sisters and Irish fiddlers Yvonne and Liz Kane first came to attention as members of Sharon Shannon’s band. Since then they’ve been fixtures on the Celtic touring and recording scene but, perhaps more importantly, they’ve taught hundreds of students the musical traditions of Ireland’s West Coast.
Somewhat improbably, Somerville’s rock-oriented ONCE has made itself the focus of the local Balkan music scene. Friday’s bash features no fewer than five local favorites, including the Cocek! Brass Band, Bella’s Bartok, and the Somerville Symphony Orkestar. On Saturday, the same venue hosts the Bulgarian American Center’s annual party with music by Ensemble Ludo Mlado (Boston) and Ensemble Dimitrovche (Toronto), plus plenty of food and dancing.
La Original Banda El Limón
Wonderland Ballroom, Revere, MA
One of Mexico’s more versatile outfits, this showband is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Expect corridos, rancheras, cumbias, and ballads — all played to a dance floor filled with fans who weren’t alive when the group was initially formed.
Somerville Squeezebox Slam
June 12, Noon to 6 p.m.
Seven Hills Park, Somerville, MA
The 5th edition of this free accordion festival has one of its best lineups to date.There’s everything from klezmer masters Ben Holmes and Partick Farrell to the Brazilian-inspired Forró Zabumbeca with Paddy League.
– Noah Schaffer
Rock, Pop, and Folk
The progressive rock world lost one of its masters when keyboardist Keith Emerson died on March 10, 2016. To honor him, his former bandmate Carl Palmer (Arts Fuse interview) is touring with a show called “Remembering Keith and the Music of Emerson, Lake & Palmer.” Perhaps as an acknowledgement of Emerson’s irreplaceability, the drummer will recreate ELP classics accompanied by guitar and bass but no keys.
The name DIIV is not some Roman numeral that would be somewhere in the 500s if it were real. Rather, it is the respelling that founder Zachary Cole Smith devised for his band Dive upon learning that there was already a Belgian group with the same name. Denied the opportunity for songwriting opportunities as the guitarist for Beach Fossils, Smith formed DIIV to serve as an outlet for his own compositions. The band’s 2012 debut album Oshin received mixed but mostly positive reviews in 2012. It’s more ambitious 2016 follow-up Is the Are Is, which includes 17 songs and runs for 63 minutes, has received a similar critical reception.
This English new wave quartet is unlikely to ever have bill collectors hassling them thanks to the 1982 song “I Melt With You”. The original members reunited seven years ago and are now recording a new album that fans can pre-order via its PledgeMusic campaign.
Boston-based synth-pop band Bearstronaut will celebrate the June 10 release of its first album (Telecoast) with a show at The Sinclair on the same day. Two new songs are available for purchase now on iTunes, where one can also pre-order the whole kit and caboodle.
She may not have quite the widespread name recognition of Joan Jett or Lita Ford, but Cherie Currie was the lead singer of The Runaways, the late-70s female teenage punk band that would launch the careers of all three of them. Currie was also the author of the 1989 autobiographical book Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story, the later updated version of which served as the basis for the 2010 movie The Runaways, in which Dakota Fanning portrayed Currie. Her appearance at Brighton Music Hall on Saturday will benefit the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth and feature performances by several other artists.
Founded in Minneapolis in 1985, this dependable alt-country quintet has been led throughout most of its existence by Mark Olson and Gary Louris. Although Olson left in 1996 and the band did not record anything between 2003 and 2011, Olson and Louris were back together in The Jayhawks for 2011’s Mockingbird Time. Olson quit again shortly thereafter, leaving Louris as the lone leader for this year’s Paging Mr. Proust. However welcome Olson may always be to rejoin, The Jayhawks’s new song “Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces” amply demonstrates that they are doing just fine as a quartet.
Like Cherie Currie, John Doe was a singer in a highly influential Los Angeles punk band, namely, X. However, The Runaways broke up the year before X’s first record came out. Outside of the band that he co-fronted, Doe has had success as an actor, author, and solo artist. The tireless 63-year-old released a new collection of songs called The Westerner in April and will be playing back-to-back shows at Atwood’s Tavern next Sunday and Monday.
– Blake Maddux
Mozart’s Lucia Silla
Presented by Odyssey Opera
June 8, 10, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. (3 p.m. on Sunday)
Boston University Theater, Boston, MA
Mozart’s early opera, written when he was just sixteen, closes Odyssey’s short summer season. Yeghishe Manucharyan sings the title role; while Michael Maniaci and Katy Lindhart are Cecilo and Giunia, respectively. Gil Rose conducts.
Concert in the Round
Presented by the Lexington Symphony Orchestra
June 11, 7 p.m.
Cary Hall, Lexington, MA
The LSO closes its season with its annual “up close and personal” concert at Cary Hall. Music director Jonathan McPhee conducts.
– Jonathan Blumhofer
Zaira Meneses & Friends
At Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA
Noted classical guitarist Zaira Meneses and friends offer a concert of Latin Romantic and Classical music for solo guitar.
Charles Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette
June 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., June 12 at 2 p.m.
At Walden Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street, Concord, MA
Opera51 celebrates the 10th anniversary season of operatic fundraising performances at 51 Walden by presenting this dramatic masterpiece in a fully staged and costumed performance with full orchestra. Gounod’s opera, premiered in Paris in 1867 and a favorite in opera houses around the world ever since, will be sung in French with English surtitles.
June 10 at 7:30 p.m.
At the Old South Church/Gordon Chapel, 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
At St. Paul Church Brookline, 15 St. Paul Street, Brookline, MA
On The Renaissance Men’s program: Thomas Tallis’s Lamentations of Jeremiah along with Daniel E. Gawthrop’s The Promises of Isaiah the Prophet, Darius Milhaud’s Psaume 121, Patricia Van Ness’s Psalm 3, and Pablo Casal’s O Vos Omnes.
Youth Pro Musica: Sure on this Shining Light
June 11 at 7 p.m.
At the Eliot Church, 474 Centre Street, Newton, MA
On the program: selections from Thompson’s Frostiana, Rutter’s Mass of the Children (performed with the Masterworks Chorale), and Tom Vigneri’s There Will Come Soft Rains, and more.
– Susan Miron
Blood and Honey
June 8 – November 6
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Glued together after World War II from pieces of the vanished Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, Yugoslavia endured Nazi occupation and Communist rule before it broke apart in the 1990s. In this exhibition, photojournalist Ron Haviv documents the chaotic outbreak of bloody civil wars and ethnic conflicts. Specializing in photographing wars and humanitarian crises since the end of the Cold War, Haviv is best known for this work. It begins with Yugoslavia’s disintegration in 1991 and moves onto showing the self-inflicted horrors generated by the country’s constituent ethnic groups: Serbs, Croats, Bosnians, and Kosovar Albanians. Gathered in book form, these photographs are considered one of the most powerful accounts of the era, offering views of what was happening on the front lines as well as dramatizing the plight of refugees.
Robert Indiana: Now and Then
June 10 – October 8
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
One of the founders of the Pop Art movement, Robert Indiana (born Robert Clark) lost his lease in 1978 on his studio in New York City. He then moved (full-time) into a looming Victorian Odd Fellows Hall on the Maine island of Vinalhaven. Now in his late eighties, Indiana is locally considered a Maine artist. This exhibition at Lewiston’s Bates College established a bit of a link between Indiana and Lewiston native Marsden Hartley, a prime influence on Indiana who also used Vinalhaven as an artistic retreat. The Bates show features over 70 works and debuts the artist’s latest series, “Like a Rolling Stone,” which connects Indiana with 1960s music icon Bob Dylan. The series also illustrates how Indiana works a theme on canvas and paper, in prints, and in three dimensions.
Jay Bolotin: The Book of Only Enoch
June 10 – October 8
Bates College Museum of Art, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell Street Lewiston, ME
After studies at RISD and work in the 1970s as a songwriter with musicians Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and Dan Fogelberg, Jay Bolotin turned to printmaking in the early 1980s. Drawing on elaborate woodcuts and other relief printing methods, Bolotin’s work has developed into a complex method of story-telling, which often re-narrates myths and Bible stories. “The Book of Only Enoch” relates the tale of a Jewish boy from Kentucky named for a “lost” book in the Hebrew Bible. The twenty large-format prints and selected printing plates in the show, created between 2011 and 2014, explore a fantastic world of invented flora, fauna, people, and places.
Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
June 10 – August 7
Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont
An underground practice in Japan, where it is associated with its major patrons — urban mobsters and other denizens of organized crime, Japanese tattoo art is a complicated and sophisticated form that draws on deep roots in much older visual traditions. The United States and other countries are caught up in a tattoo craze in which the forms of Japanese tattoo are often imitated but without understanding their original context. This exhibition of photographs attempts to present Japanese tattoo art as the work of internationally acclaimed and passionate artists, steeped in a rich and accomplished visual culture. The show features the work of such major figures as Horitaka, Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo, Shige, Junii and Yokohama Horiken.
– Peter Walsh
Voyager: Travel Writings
June 6 at 7 p.m.
Harvard Book Store, Cambridge MA
Now in his seventies, the novelist has traveled all across the globe. In his latest book, Banks recounts his globe-trotting, from hippie festivals in North Carolina, to an elopement in Scotland, reflections on the landscapes of the Caribbean, the Andes, and the Himalayas.
Write On! Submitting to Literary Magazines: Why It Matters and How to Do It
June 7 & June 18
The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley MA
$100 for two-part series, registration required
The plethora of outlets for literary work can be intimidating and forbidding for the novice writer. With literally thousands of journals and magazines to choose from, it’s useful to have someone to explain the process. Oliver has edited at some nationally reputed magazines, and will begin a two-part series on how the submission process works, how publication happens, and everything in between.
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
In Conversation with Deborah Blum
June 8 at 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA
The intrepid journalist investigates the science behind the battlefield, dodging paintball fire from the Marine Corps Paintball Team and staying up all night with the crew of a nuclear submarine. After Roach’s conversation with the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, you won’t look at modern war the same way again.
But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About The Present As If It Were The Past
June 9 at 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA
The popular social critic and culture geek comes to town to read and discuss his latest book, which takes a backwards look to the future in order to see the present more clearly. Inspired by interviews from the eclectic likes of David Byrne, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Jonathan Lethem, and Junot Diaz, Klosterman questions what will still be relevant five hundred years from now.
Commander in Chief: FDR’s battle with Churchill, 1943
June 9 at 7 p.m.
Porter Square Books, Cambridge MA
FDR and Churchill’s famous friendship has been the subject of many previous studies. But amid the brandy and cigar filled camaraderie, FDR also fought with his British counterpart over decisive questions of Allied war policy, such as whether or not to keep moving north after the invasion of Sicily or to save time and energy for the invasion of France.
The Inevitable Understanding: 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
June 10 at 7 p.m.
Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner MA
There’s no way around it- the technological revolution is already upon us. Kelly offers a guide to the future by outlining a dozen ways in which new technological innovations will further change the way we learn, buy, work, and communicate.
In The Darkroom
June 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge MA
In an event co-sponsored by The Baffler, the renowned feminist author tells the story of reconnecting with her irresponsible, distant father and the bewildering fact of his choice for gender reassignment surgery, stunned at his bold and unremitting claim to be “a complete woman now.”
Barkskins: A Novel
June 16 at 7 p.m. (Doors 6:30)
First Parish Church, Cambridge MA
The popular and prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain comes to read and sign copies of her latest novel. It’s the story of two seventeenth century Frenchmen who plan and execute deforestation on an epic scale. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a monumental achievement, one that may be remembered as her finest work.”
– Matt Hanson