John Black

John Black

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Post 390's Farm To Post Dinner

Executive Chef Nick Deutmeyer and the team at Post 390 invite beer-loving Bostonians to a special Cooking with Craft Beer Farm to Post Dinner, featuring Bantam Cider, Idle Hands Craft Ales, Lamplighter Brewing Co., Jack’s Abby, and Berkshire Brewing Co.

On January 24, Post 390 welcomes Bostonians and beer-lovers for a special Farm to Post dinner celebrating five of New England’s top craft beer and cider producers. Guests will enjoy a multi-course menu from Executive Chef Nick Deutmeyer, highlighting a different Massachusetts-based brewery each course. Bantam Cider, Idle Hands, Lamplighter Brewing Co., Jack’s Abby, and Berkshire Brewing Co. will be featured in the dinner, and representatives from each will be onsite. The event starts at 6:00PM and will begin with a Cheese Tasting with five local cheeses and pairings, and passed hors d’oeuvres.

Post 390’s “Farm to Post” tasting series celebrates New England’s finest farms, producers, vineyards, brewers, and fisherman and highlight’s Post 390’s unique relationship with these talented purveyors. The series features rotating themes every month or so, and focuses on ingredients that are sourced locally, and produced sustainably.

Price is $55 per person (beer and cider pairings included). Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information please call 617.399.0015. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-to-post-cooking-with-craft-beer-tickets-41622888179.

For more information on Post 390’s Farm to Post Series visit www.post390restaurant.com

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Proof at Central Square Theatre

An enigmatic woman, her brilliant father, and an unanticipated suitor. After the discovery of a groundbreaking proof, Catherine is confronted with the question of how much of her mathematician father’s brilliance did she inherit – and is that the only thing he passed on to her? Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, David Auburn’s Proof is a moving exploration of the nature of genius, women in mathematics, and father-daughter relationships.

 

Proof will be at the Central Square Theatre January 18 – February 18, 2018

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SpeakEasy Presents Shakespeare in Love

Based on the Academy Award-winning film, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE tells the story of young Will Shakespeare, who is suffering a severe case of writer’s block as the deadline fast approaches to deliver his new play, Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate’s Daughter. Enter Viola, a headstrong noblewoman and admirer of Will’s, who disguises herself as a boy so she can skirt the law and appear (as a girl) in his play. But when the playwright and his muse fall in love, the plot undergoes some surprising rewrites. Mistaken identities, courtly intrigue, and backstage bickering are all part of the fun in this raucous romantic comedy of errors that reminds us that all the world’s a stage and love is unrehearsed.

 

SHAKESPEAERE IN LOVE will run through February 10, 2018, in the Virginia Wimberly Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Ticket prices start at $25, with discounts for students, seniors, and persons age 25 and under. For tickets or more information, call the box office at 617.933.8600 or visit www.SpeakEasyStage.com .                 

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Uncover What Lies Beneath the Veil

Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life. Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in the critically acclaimed one-woman show, Unveiled.

 

“I write plays because it's my way of inviting an audience into the homes of those who are often marginalized,” says playwright and performer Rohina Malik. “The simple act of telling a story can remind us of our shared humanity. That's the power of theater. Art, in its many forms, has the power to solve world problems. That’s why I believe we should do everything we can to nurture and protect the arts.”

 

“At this moment, the voices of people like Rohina Malik and the women of Unveiled need to be heard more than ever. And they need to be heard from directly,” says Greater Boston Stage Company’s Artistic Director Weylin Symes. “There is so much discussion today about the Muslim experience both here in the US and around the world, but it is all too rare that we get to hear about this experience first-hand. These thoughtful, sincere, and human stories let us see these women as people – real people. New Rep felt like a natural fit as a co-presenter for this piece as they so clearly share our desire to share important stories like this with their audience. Anything that makes these stories more available to Boston area audiences is a good thing.”

 

“In our current cultural and political climate, a play like Rohina Malik’s Unveiled could not be more relevant,” says New Rep Artistic Director Jim Petosa. “What she shares with us is truly unique, allowing us to explore the lives of five Muslim women living in a post-9/11 world. When we began to think about a season in which we examine the resilience of the human spirit, Unveiled was a natural fit. Through humor, wit, and pathos, Rohina has crafted a resounding and moving work that we are pleased to be co-presenting with our partners at Greater Boston Stage Company. It is our hope that audiences will come away from this production uplifted and with a deeper understanding of these women's journeys through today's often tumultuous society.”

 

 

New Repertory Theatre and Greater Boston Stage Company present Unveiled, performed through January 28, 2018 in the BlackBox Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown and February 7-16, 2018 at Greater Boston Stage Company, 395 Main Street, Stoneham. Tickets for New Rep performances may be purchased by calling the New Rep Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visiting newrep.org. Tickets for Greater Boston Stage Company performances may be purchased by calling the Greater Boston Stage Company Box Office at Box Office at 781-279-2200 or greaterbostonstage.org.

 

Heralded by top film submission site FilmFreeway as “One of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals,” the 43rd Boston Science Fiction Film Festival lifts off again on February 9 for 11 days. For years, thousands have flocked to the historic Somerville Theatre in February to enjoy the world’s best science fiction cinema—independent and award-winning films, World, US and New England premieres, short subject films, speakers, workshops, kids’ sci-fi programming, and a marathon 24-hour finale spanning more than 100 years of cinema that annually fills the house (sometimes in pajamas and sleeping bags).

This year, the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival will recognize woman filmmakers through independent works, panel discussions, and workshops. Programming will be announced shortly. The Festival also will include Night of the Living Dead, midnight zombie-themed films and events, and a special screening of James Whale’s 1931 film Frankenstein, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking sci-fi novel, and more! Stay tuned for announcements.

Festival Director Garen Daly has run the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival for more than thirty years. The Festival began at the legendary Orson Welles Cinema in Cambridge, boasting such illustrious alumni as Tommy Lee Jones, the Welles’ first manager, Peter Bogdanovich, Neil Young, and Errol Morris. Over the years, the Festival has screened at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, the Dedham Community Theatre, and West Newton Cinema before landing for its present long-term gig at the landmark Somerville Theatre in Davis Square.

Daly is a recognized film commentator and his expertise in the field has been featured on WGBH, WBUR, and New England Cable News. In addition, Daly was recently named director of England’s Newcastle Film Festival, which will feature director and producer John Landis, Joe Dante, Neal Marshal, Mike Hodges, and Mike Figgs.

 

The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival is the nation’s oldest genre film festival. This year’s 43rd edition screens at the historic Somerville Theatre in Davis Square from Friday, February 9 through Monday, February 19, concluding with the annual 24-hour science fiction film marathon. See bostonscifi.com for a full schedule of events and films and additional details.

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Boxed Wine and Bigfoot

For 28 years, comedian Kathleen Madigan has been touring 250 nights on the road and squeezing in hour-long filmed specials and performances on every late night show ever made. From 25 appearances on the Tonight Show and multiple appearances on Letterman and Conan to recently riding around with Jerry Seinfeld in his internet series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Madigan is still having a blast and selling out theaters across the country.

Her most recent special “Bothering Jesus” is her fifth hour long standup special and will be her third special to be available on Netflix. “I love working with them. They’re the young people. Network TV will need to adapt quickly to even have a chance to stay in the game. Netflix gets it and makes it so easy for us. Instead of it being a battle of content and rules, it’s just fun. What it’s supposed to be,” she says.

So how is it, the Detroit Free Press asks, “that Madigan has yet to be cast as the wise cracking a) best friend b) office worker or c) martini-swilling mother-in-law in any of countless sitcoms? We’re thinking it’s because she’s so irreplaceable on the stage. She’s described as the funniest woman doing stand-up right now but no gender qualifier is necessary. Along with Lewis Black, Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan, she’s one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation.”

“I just want to tell jokes. I didn’t start doing open mic to become an actor on a sitcom or in a TV commercial. Those things never ever crossed my mind, “Madigan says. “For a few of us working, telling jokes was our main goal. I don’t have any more goals. Can’t you ever have a goal, reach it and enjoy it? Our society is being driven by type-A lunatics who say you have to set more goals. Well maybe they do but we all don’t. Have a seat, grab a drink and enjoy the fact you made it to the goal. Maybe that’s the Irish in me talking though.”

Madigan has performed internationally at festivals in theaters in Ireland, England, Hong Kong, Australia and has filmed six Montreal Gala Shows at the Montreal Comedy Festival for CBC TV. “I never realized how middle America I am until performing overseas. It all works but needs some tweaking when the crowd isn’t all Americans. It’s a good challenge and made me a better comedian.”

She’s won the American Comedy Award for “Best Female Comedian” and the Phyllis Diller award for “Best Female Comedian.” She has written and produced for Lewis Black’s “Root of All Evil” on Comedy Central and done multiple USO tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The USO shows are the best. Trust me, no crowd is as appreciative and fired up to see any entertainer. I’m glad I have the chance because God knows I don’t wanna have to do their job!”

Madigan is an advocate and fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis and Autism. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she splits her time between the road, LA and her Ozark home in Missouri.

 

Kathleen Madigan plays The Wilbur on Jan. 13. Showtime 7 PM. Tickets $32-$39

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Fuller Craft Museum Offers Free Pussyhats

Fuller Craft Museum Offers Free Pussyhats for the Upcoming Boston/Cambridge Women’s March and Beyond.

The aim of The Pussyhat Project was to outfit enough participants with pink hats to create a collective visual statement of unity at the Women’s March on Washington—the now ubiquitous “sea of pink.” An equally important objective was to provide those who couldn’t attend a March the opportunity to be represented and to support women’s rights by making and gifting a hat to a marcher. In keeping with that spirit, Fuller Craft has partnered with curator Beth Miller to present a special “Gifting” installation within our exhibition Revolution in the Making: The Pussyhat Project (January 21 – May 20, 2018). While supplies last, hats will be available for visitors to take and wear in support of women’s equality and social justice for all.

In anticipation of the January 20 Boston/Cambridge Women’s March, Fuller Craft Museum has made special accommodations for visitors to take a hat in advance of the January 21 opening reception for Revolution in the Making. While Revolution in the Making will not be open until January 20, we will have the hats provided by Beth Miller available for the taking on January 18 and January 19 at Fuller Craft. The Pussyhats will be available (on a first-come-first-served basis from the special gifting installation only) at no cost for anyone wishing to wear the hat in the January 20 Boston/Cambridge Women's March. We will have the display set up in the Great Room for visitors who pay museum admission, and in addition, there will be a small number at the front desk for those who don't wish to pay for entry.

Miller explains, “These hats continue the energy of the Women’s March and validate women around the country who are committed to resist and persist. This special exhibition area welcomes interaction. Visitors are invited to choose a hat to take for their own future actions of resistance and to wear in support of women’s rights. This action will reignite the efforts of the hundreds of craftivists in this exhibit, while spreading solidarity and intention as these hats are taken out into the world in the next act of activism.”

Upcoming Exhibition-Related Programming

Opening Reception January 21, 2018 2:00 – 5:00 pm

3:00 pm Panel Discussion (included with Museum admission)

“Make Against the Machine: Needlecraft and the Resistance.” Panelists: Jayna Zweiman, the Pussyhat Project co-creator; Virginia Johnson, owner of Cambridge stitch-lounge Gather Here; Adrienne Sloane, local fiber artist and craftivist; Sue Bleiweiss, member of The Artist Circle Alliance and Threads of Resistance organizer. Moderator: Beth McLaughlin, Chief Curator, Fuller Craft Museum

Make a Difference, Craftivism Event

March 18, 2018 2:00 – 5:00 pm

3:00 pm Screening of “Women’s March: A Documentary Film about Democracy and Human Rights” produced by TrimTab Media. (Sponsored by RISE Sharon.) Join the museum for a day of craft activism and experience how the act of making can be used to affect social change. Free activities include a Pussyhat knit-in, cross-stitch affirmations, postcard writing, and other change making workshops. Craftivist kits will be available. All ages welcome.

For more information or to register, visit www.fullercraft.org or call us at 508.588.6000.

 

Everyone has a past. Everyone has a secret. Everyone is a suspect. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the ultimate case of whodunit when MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS arrives on Digital February 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD February 27. 
 
Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast, including Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench and Leslie Odom, Jr., in this stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mystery based on the best selling novel by Agatha Christie. Everyone’s a suspect when a murder is committed on a lavish train ride, and a brilliant detective must race against time to solve the puzzle before the killer strikes again. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is a timeless classic that “will keep audiences guessing” (Peter Debruge, Variety).

Produced by Branagh along with Ridley Scott (Alien: Covenant), Simon Kinberg (Logan), Mark Gordon (Molly’s Game), Judy Hofflund (As You Like It) and Michael Schaefer (The Martian), MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is loaded with bonus material that dives into the making of the film including an eight-part documentary, eleven deleted scenes, commentary by Branagh and much more.

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Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents one of America’s most iconic artists in a new light. Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style is the first exhibition to explore O’Keeffe’s unified, modern aesthetic and distinctive self-styling by presenting her paintings with her never-before-exhibited handmade garments and photographs of the artist. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum and guest curator Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History, Stanford University, this critically-acclaimed, nationally touring exhibition is on view at PEM from December 16, 2017 through April 1, 2018.

“For more than 70 years, Georgia O’Keeffe shaped her public persona, defied labels and carved out a truly progressive, independent life in order to create her art,” says Austen Barron Bailly, organizing curator and PEM’s George Putnam Curator of American Art. “O’Keeffe recognized that how she dressed and posed for the camera could signal an alliance between her attire, her art, and her home. Her aesthetic legacy of organic silhouettes, minimal ornamentation and restrained color palettes continues to capture the popular imagination and inspire leading designers and tastemakers of today.”

Through 125 works, Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style examines how the renowned artist adeptly crafted her image in the public eye. “O’Keeffe considered her clothed body as another canvas on which to proclaim her modernism,” says Bailly. “The exhibition expands our understanding of O'Keeffe, exploring how she expressed her identity and artistic values.” O’Keeffe’s androgynous persona, feminist outlook, stark fashion sense and skill as a seamstress combine to create a new understanding of her role as an artist and an individual.

Rejecting the staid Victorian world into which she was born, O’Keeffe absorbed the progressive principles of the Arts and Crafts Movement, which promoted the idea that everything a person made or chose to live with should reflect a unified and visually pleasing aesthetic. “O’Keeffe drew no line between the art she made and the life she lived,” notes guest curator Wanda M. Corn. “She strove to make her life a complete work of art, each piece contributing to an aesthetic whole.”

Throughout her life, O’Keeffe had strong opinions about how she wanted to look, no matter what the dress codes of the era dictated. O’Keeffe’s distinct aesthetic sensibility can be traced from her school age rebellion against prevailing feminine ornamentation; to her New York years in the 1920s and ‘30s when a black-and-white palette dominated much of her art and dress; to her later years in New Mexico, when her art and clothing changed in response to the Southwestern landscape. Whether sewn by O’Keeffe herself, custom made, or bought off the rack, she consistently favored the simple lines and abstract forms that also reverberated through her artwork and home design.

Photography played an enormous role in solidifying O’Keeffe as a pioneer of modernism as well as an immediately recognizable style icon. A multiyear, serial portrait project with her husband Alfred Stieglitz ultimately helped O’Keeffe become the most photographed American artist of the 20th century and contributed to a wider understanding of photography’s power to shape public image.

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Apri Ski...Without the Exercise

This January, Publico Street Bistro & Garden, will transform its interior courtyard and garden space into The Lodge at Publico, a whimsical and cozy apres ski inspired pop up concept.  Open Friday’s and Saturdays from January through March, this winter oasis will be outfitted in oversized flannel blankets, plush pillows, modern, faux moose and deer heads, retro signage, skis, sleds and an artificial snow machine that creates a true alpine ambiance in the middle of Boston. No matter how low temps may drop, Publico’s new, state-of-the-art retractable roof will keep guests warm and toasty alongside the space’s roaring fire pits and heated alcoves.  The Publico team will be outfitted in their most fashionable ski gear behind the atrium bar while patrons will be encouraged to dress the part even if they haven’t hit the slopes.

Executive Chef, Keenan Langlois, has created a lodge-inspired menu of post slope bites that include; Triple Diamond Slope Sliders (aged cheddar, grilled onions, $10,) White Heat Fried Mac & Cheese (sweet habanero peppers, hominy, manchego cheese, $8,) Grilled Vermont Shreddar Cheese & Tomato Soup (country bread, Vermont cheddar, homemade tomato soup, $8,) Alpine Arancini (cheddar jack, parmesan, tomato, $8,) White Mountain Pizza (parmesan cream sauce, broccoli rabe, mozzarella, toasted garlic, chili, $12,) and the classic Pizza/French Fries combo (crushed tomato, mozzarella, basil, fries, $15.)

Co-owner and Beverage Director, Teodora Bakardzhieva will help to thaw out a winter’s chill with some hot cocktails to the likes of; Hot Toddy (Teeling Irish Whiskey, Pimento Dram, honey, lemon, $12,) Hot Buttered Rum (Bacardi 8, house butter batter, $12,) Spiked Hot Chocolate (Grey Goose, housemade cocoa, Aztec chocolate bitters, $12,) alongside a Winter’s Mule (Stoli Vodka, Craneberry liquer, ginger beer, mint, lime, $12.) a non-alcoholic Bunny Slope Hot Cocoa will also be available for those who wish to warm up but not imbibe.  The quintessential apres ski Shot-Ski’s will also be available for groups of four people ($40.00.)

Throughout the season, Guests can also expect a series of special events and programming to the tune of lift ticket and gear giveaways, screenings of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games which begin in February and a pop up DIY hot cocoa bar with a delicious spread of treats and toppings.  The Lodge at Publico will officially open on Friday, January 5th with a grand opening celebration and remain open Fridays and Saturdays only, through March from 6pm – 12am.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant directly at 617.622.5700.