ARt Review

At MFA, Picasso’s explosive energy, concentrated

Picasso’s “Femme en vert (Dora),” left, and “Femme assise (Dora).”

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

In a concise, concentrated show of matched works on identical subjects, the MFA illuminates Picasso’s fierce creativity, productivity, and variety.

“Two Dancers Entering the Stage” (c. 1877-78), by Edgar Degas. The artist sometimes portrayed “stage-door Johnnies” to whom dancers at the time were often forced, by economic necessity, to make themselves sexually available.

Sebastian Smee

Like Misty Copeland’s Degas photos? There are hard truths behind them.

Many view Degas’s ballet pictures as if the works were some sort of grand affirmation of their art. They’re really not.

Matthew Spencer plays Winston in “1984.”

Big Brother at center stage in ‘1984’ at ART

The creators of the stage production have bigger questions in mind than whether Orwell’s masterwork proved to be prescient.

Steven Lipsitt, music director of the Boston Classical Orchestra.

Boston Classical Orchestra to close and new ensemble to begin

The much loved orchestra will file for bankruptcy, but its music director and many players will carry on as the Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society.

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Trevor Noah

A joke from ”The Daily Show” host, who plays the Wilbur Theatre Friday through Sunday.


From political stumbles to lipstick robots

A review of the week in things.

A real-life version of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Bedroom.”

Art Institute of Chicago rents out Van Gogh’s bedroom on Airbnb

The room is a stunningly accurate representation of the artist’s “The Bedroom,” an 1889 work.

Rus Gant, lead technical artist of the Giza Project, added detail to the finish of the chair of Queen Hetepheres at the Semitic Museum at Harvard.

A throne fit for an Egyptian queen — recreated at Harvard

Researchers used 3D computer modeling to replicate the most luxurious known piece of royal furniture from the Old Kingdom.

Photography review

// At Worcester, photography gets the blues

The Worcester Art Museum looks at photographs made with the cyanotype process.

Adobuere Ebiama and Maurice Emmanuel Parent in the Underground Railway Theater production “The Convert.”

Stage REview

Amid a clash of cultures, ‘The Convert’ probes meaning of identity

Danai Gurira’s play leaves the Underground Railway Theater audience with more questions than answers.

Sebastian Smee

How to shovel snow and love it at the same time

Finding the wonder in a winter wonderland.


// For Valentine’s Day, a comic zombie opera: ‘La Zombiata’

The production, set to open Valentine’s Day weekend, is a comedic sendup of operatic tropes and traditional notions of romantic love.


Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Babson extend partnership

CSC will remain Babson’s resident theater company for at least three more years.

Kimono controversy erupts anew at MFA panel

Passions were raw as roughly 200 people convened to address fallout from last summer’s controversial “Kimono Wednesdays” program.

Stage Review

// Love and mortality in Fiddlehead’s ‘Rent’

The production has a kinetic energy and gritty spirit that meshes with the life-and-death urgency — and the unabashed melodrama — inherent to Jonathan Larson’s musical.

Frame by Frame

// Motherly love in ‘The First Steps’

The painting, made in France just a few years before the Revolution, is attributed both to Jean-Honore Fragonard and his sister-in-law Marguerite Gerard.

Stage Review

// Melinda Lopez presents difficult decisions in ‘Back the Night’

Melinda Lopez’s new play asks whether a lie — perhaps more than one — can serve the greater good.

Eye-opening Australian Aboriginal art at Harvard

A new show of Australian Aboriginal art at the Harvard Art Museums showcases items of rare beauty, while raising difficult questions about history and society.

Lopez’s ‘Night’ plunges into the darkness of campus violence

The writer of “Sonia Flew” and “Becoming Cuba” has written a drama about two friends dealing with repercussions of an assault.

The Public stage | don aucoin

Bernie’s underdog tale? We can relate.

The socialist senator from Vermont draws strength from subtle cultural connections shaped by film, theater, and sports.

2015: The year in arts

// The year in arts and movies

Boston Globe critics look back on 2015.

Local galleries


// ‘On Exactitude in Science’ traces history, loss, conflict

Smart and intimate show at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts mines walls (and sidewalks, and stoops) for secrets.

Special section

Museums special section

// What’s happening in local museums

Exploring how we keep museums vital today, plus a look at Vermeer groupies, late-night museum-going, and, of course, things to see and do.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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// The Kennedy Institute opens

Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

Harvard Art Museums

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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.