Stage Review

Courtney Love is attraction, but songs carry ‘Choir Boy’

Todd Almond and Courtney Love in “Kansas City Choir Boy” at Oberon.

Cory Weaver

It’s not a backhanded compliment to say that “Kansas City Choir Boy” has its moments.

Frame by Frame

Seldom-seen bust displayed to honor curator’s sacrifice

The Museum of Fine Arts will show a funerary bust from Palmyra to honor the memory of Khaled al-Asaad, a Syrian archeologist killed by ISIS.

Kwong Chi Tseng’s “Niagara Falls, New York.”

Photography Review

Davis Museum looks at photography looking at the world

“Measuring the World,” at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum, looks at photography looking at the world.

Jesus Garcia and Kelly Kaduce in Boston Lyric Opera’s adaptation of “La Bohème.”

Opera Review

A Puccini classic reimagined in Paris of 1968

One has to applaud Boston Lyric Opera for the boldness of its new production. Forget about Paris of 1830. It’s now May 1968, and revolution is afoot.


Barr Foundation awards $500,000 grant to Dance Complex in Cambridge

The Barr Foundation is awarding a $500,000 grant to Cambridge’s Dance Complex, to be used for operating support and renovations to turn a storefront space in its historic Odd Fellows Hall home into a dance studio and event venue.

Kathe Kollwitz’s “Die Witwe II (The Widow II),” from her “Krieg Cycle” at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.

Art Review

Kollwitz’s war images reveal grief and trauma

Kathe Kollwitz’s “Krieg Cycle,” among the greatest 20th-century evocations of war and its human cost, is on view now at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.

Frank Gohlke’s “The Sudbury River — Ashland, Massachusetts, October 1989.”

Photography Review

Show at PRC offers visual diversity

“Special Editions” runs at the Photographic Resource Center through Nov. 1.

Black Mountain College examined, exalted at ICA

Black Mountain College, an unorthodox school whose faculty members and participants had an oversize impact on American art, is examined in a new ICA show.

Ruby Rae Spiegel, at home, in Los Angeles.

Yale grad’s acclaimed play ‘Dry Land’ centers on idea of DIY abortion

Ruby Rae Spiegel’s play “Dry Land” is receiving its Boston premiere with Company One at the Boston Center for the Arts.

// Meow Meow brings postmodern cabaret act to Boston

With “An Audience with Meow Meow,” coming to the Cutler Majestic Theater, the question arises: Just who is this Meow Meow and what makes her purr?


// Sikander’s animated art evokes worlds of uncertainty

Shahzia Sikander combines ancient and modern techniques in her work, creating animations that teem with layered meanings and disparate messages.

stage review

Actress Paige Faure is a fine fit in ‘Cinderella’

Faure is luminous as Cinderella in the charming if tonally inconsistent touring production now at the Boston Opera House.

Stages | Terry Byrne

Charlestown Working Theater celebrates 40th with diverse season

Forty years of continuous theater — especially in the same space — is rare in Boston.


ICA abandons expansion effort into neighboring office tower

A sky bridge would have connected the museum with additional gallery space across the street.

Stage review

// A race through time in ‘Einstein’s Dreams’

Albert Einstein’s “dreams” are dramatized by three actors and an onstage musician.

fall arts preview

// A lot to see and do this fall

The best local arts events this season, from film festivals to shows, as well as movies and books to check out.

fall arts preview 2015

// Critics’ picks for fall arts events

Globe writers offer noteworthy exhibits, attractions, and concerts to see this season, including Courtney Love and Todd Almond in “Kansas City Choir Boy.”


// Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

Critics’ picks for noteworthy events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

Local galleries


// Frozen time, altered perspectives in new photo shows

At Samson, Todd Pavlisko meditates on photography’s capacity to freeze fleeting moments; at Adelson, three photographers offer disparate viewpoints.