Feb21 THRU Feb 26
As we draw nearer to Valentine’s Day, it bears reminding that relationships aren’t all heart-shaped Mylar balloons and long-stemmed roses. Sometimes, love hurts—and sometimes when it hurts, it isn’t love at all. That’s the idea behind local photographer Rachel Tine’s new exhibit Invisible Fractures: The Enduring Trauma of Emotional Abuse. On view at the Piano Craft Gallery through Feb. 26, it combines stirring photographs of 22 victims of emotional abuse with audio clips of the survivors’ stories. Profits from sales of Tine’s prints will benefit local domestic violence shelter Casa Myrna, and staff will be on hand to provide information and resources at the opening on Feb. 3, which also includes booze and bites from Lord Hobo Brewing Co., Bantam Cider, Emma’s Pizza and Sofra Bakery & Cafe, plus an after-party at Hojoko.
Feb21 THRU Feb 26
Who says you can’t buy love? Beginning Feb. 8, all 37 Boston Sculptors Gallery members will share nearly 100 works of art in LOVE/LUST—and each piece is up for grabs, with those smitten able to walk away with whatever they fancy for five Benjamins or less. The works include Steve & Alison, which had artist Christina Zwart getting up close and personal with two pals to create a plaster cast of the couple embracing. And Vixen is struck by Cupid in Dennis Svoronos’ Reindeer Games (pictured), featuring a pair of motorized lawn ornaments. Love is in the air through Feb. 26, but you should mark your calendar for Feb. 12, when the Boston Conservatory Honors String Quartet drops by the gallery for a new monthly collaboration with other local musicians.
Feb21 THRU Feb 26
Contrary to what Gilmore Girls would have you believe, mother-daughter relationships aren’t all brainy banter and mixups that can be resolved with quick-fire quips over coffee. Consider Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a drama that centers on a twisted mother-daughter duo whose dysfunctional relationship is heightened by their isolation in a small Irish village. Marie Mullen won a Tony Award for her portrayal of the lonely spinster daughter Maureen nearly two decades ago—and now she’s starring in the Druid Theatre Company’s 20th anniversary production, only this time she’s stepping into the shoes of Mag, the manipulative matriarch out to thwart Maureen’s chance at romance. Original director and fellow Tony winner Garry Hynes is likewise returning to helm the mama drama, which finds new life on ArtsEmerson’s Robert J. Orchard Stage through Feb. 26.
Feb21 THRU Mar 4
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then we’re betting that the ones on display in MassArt’s DRAW/Boston write one hell of a memoir. The new exhibit compiles personal sketches from more than 40 artists from around the globe to explore their creative processes and most intimate thoughts. Originally curated for Beijing’s Inside/Out Museum, the exhibit also features Demonstration Drawings, an interactive, live mural by Argentinian artist Rirkrit Tiravanija that explores hot-button political issues. Visitors are welcome at weekly group drawing nights in the galleries, so take a peek inside the artists’ sketchbooks for inspiration when the exhibit makes its North American debut at MassArt from Jan. 23 toMarch 4.
Feb21 THRU Mar 4
- Tickets start at $25
Company One’s latest production comes with stage directions for the audience: Start your night with cocktails and eye candy at Gallery Kayafas, the South End spot that’s hosted cutting-edge photography for more than a decade. Then head downstairs to Matter & Light, a destination for contemporary art that opened in April. It’s also serving as the stage for Really, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s intimate drama set in the studio of a charismatic photographer, absent from the scene, whose mother and girlfriend are sorting through the images he left behind. Receiving its New England premiere and running through March 4, the play explores the limits of art and the truths a camera can’t capture—but with just 45 seats, you’re guaranteed a good vantage point.
Feb21 THRU May 7
Beginning Jan. 29, the Museum of Science is giving visitors something they can sink their teeth into. Its latest temporary exhibit investigates an ancient Aztec currency, intercontinental slave trade and a modern $90 billion business as it traces the harvesting, transit, marketing and consumption of Forrest Gump’s favorite boxed good and the stuff of dentists’ nightmares. Chocolate: The Exhibition spans 5,000 square feet and 200 objects, allowing visitors to stroll through a rainforest with a life-size cacao tree replica, learn about a chili-spiked, frothy drink invented by the Mayans, relive the moment when the bitter morsel met its sugary match in 16th-century Spain and peek at today’s Ghanaian and Mexican farmers and their equatorial plantations. Perch on a bonbon (pictured above) to get a taste yourself—Chocolate is on display in the museum’s Blue Wing through May 7.
Chefs Tony Maws of Craigie on Main and Kirkland Tap & Trotter, Steve “Nookie” Postal of Commonwealth, Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks Q and Tiger Mama, and Will Gilson of Puritan & Company will compete to serve up the best french fries in this food fight to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. 2 to 4 pm.
As we enter winter’s dreariest stretch, it’s tempting to stay in with Netflix and flannel PJs. But we suggest moving your tuchas for Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen. Presented by the Jewish Arts Collaborative, the celebration of Jewish food is taking a Sephardic theme in its eighth year, serving fresh takes on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors courtesy of spots like Mamaleh’s Delicatessen, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Juliet and the Fireplace, where chef Jim Solomon is working on a dish dubbed “The Spanish Inquisition Remembered” with garlicky cocido de garbanzo and spinach over couscous. Ruka, Backbar, Privateer Rum, Jack’s Abby and Citizen Cider will provide the booze, so head to the Back Bay Events Center for a nosh on Feb. 26.
SERV (Society for Event Planners: Restaurant Venues) presents a special conversation between Bryan Rafanelli (founder and CFO of acclaimed event planning and design company Rafanelli Events) and Garrett Harker (restaurateur behind spots like Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard) that features a discussion, a Q&A session and a light breakfast. The event begins at 9:30 am.
Photo Credit: Allan Zepeda
This intimate cooking classes led by Trade chef Jody Adams features welcoming coffee and scones, followed by a class on cooking French cuisine and a3-course lunch with wine pairing. Attendees will receive recipe cards to take home to recreate the dishes.
Newbury Street boutique Max & Riley hosts this shopping event where guests are invited to shop the Rachel Zoe Collection for a good cause, meet Rachel Zoe in person and enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks, as well as a fashion presentation. $50 from each ticket will benefit the Massachusetts General Hospital for Neurofibromatosis. Ticket price also includes a $50 gift card to be used to shop at the event.
This intimate cooking classes led by Trade chef Jody Adams features welcoming coffee and scones, followed by a class on cooking Spanish cuisine and a3-course lunch with wine pairing. Attendees will receive recipe cards to take home to recreate the dishes.
The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the 30th Annual Beyond Shelter Benefit. Sample fare from 20 Boston area restaurants, dance to music by the Berklee College Bob Marley Ensemble, play some games, win fun silent and live auction items, and try your luck with their raffle. For tickets and more information go to http://bit.ly/2klaQiN
Oct7 THRU Oct 8
Grammy Award winner and world-renowned, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer/director/musician, Bruno Mars, revealed details behind his massive upcoming global headline tour – The 24K Magic World Tour. This show comes to Boston for two shows, October 7 and 8, 2017.
You can buy tickets online at livenation.com.
The 24K Magic World Tour marks Mars’ first full-length tour since 2013’s hugely successful Moonshine Jungle World Tour, an international blockbuster that sold 2 million tickets worldwide across 155 sold-out dates.
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