Viewing: Culture Shack
  • July 28, 2014

    Beer for Beethoven

    Beer for Beethoven by Jacqueline Houton

    Classical music isn't confined to the concert hall. Lately, we’ve heard it performed in local bars and living rooms, and this Wednesday brings sweet strains to some new terrain: a brewery. … More>

  • April 25, 2014

    Cali Comforts

    Cali Comforts  by Jacqueline Houton

    Mad Men’s California sojourns have been a bit of a downer. A sunnier take on the state at midcentury waits at the Peabody Essex Museum in California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way. On view through July 6, the exhibit features 250-plus objects—a sleek 1964 Studebaker Avanti, bathing suits made from parachute silk, an ice crusher that looks like a weapon wielded by a comic book hero, early Barbie dolls, cheery ceramics, clean-lined furniture and other mementos of movements that aimed to democratize design, uniting craft and mas… More>

  • March 17, 2014

    Asking for "Permission"

    Asking for

    "This is not meant to be a general overview or survey," says Jen Mergel, the MFA's Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. "This is meant to be an exhibit with teeth." She's talking about Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection—one of our picks of spring’s must-see exhibits—which opens this week. But first, Mergel gave us the lowdown on the show's title, its reception at Art Basel Miami Beach and a few of its 46 featured artists (including one who’ll be in attendance… i… More>

  • March 14, 2014

    On the Map

    On the Map by Jacqueline Houton

    All the world’s a stage, but American stages aren’t always so worldly. “If [plays] are foreign, they’re maybe British or Irish—and they present Molière once in a while,” says Guy Ben-Aharon, 23. “Imagine how much more we’d understand what’s going on in Syria if we saw Syrian plays. They wouldn’t be just an image on CNN.” … More>

  • February 03, 2014

    Group Dynamic

    Group Dynamic by Jacqueline Houton

    For Sam Bodkin, founder of Groupmuse—a network connecting classical musicians with millennial audiences through BYOB house parties turned chamber concerts—Beethoven’s Große Fuge was a gateway drug. “My first year of college, I was sitting in the basement of one of my best friends,” a cellist who gave an impromptu performance, Bodkin recalls. “It was truly one of the formative moments of my life.” Bodkin started raiding the Newton Free Library’s classical section; soon he was hooked. “I decided I was going to devote my life to figuring out how t… More>

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