Top grads from Boston art schools

Boston 04/19/2014 - Artist Chase Brannock works on his untitled black-and-white mural at the Museum School studios. Photo by Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe (arts) Reporter: Cate McQuaid

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A look at some of the most promising of this year’s master of fine arts candidates from local programs.

Brooke Hardman (left) and Mara Sidmore in a scene from “As You Like It.”

Stage review

‘As You Like It’ a comic ramble in the woods

Robert Walsh directs a fluid, funny production of “As You Like It” in Medford by the Actors’ Shakespeare Project.

In ‘Sila,’ perspectives on climate change inspired by the Arctic

The world premiere of the first of Chantal Bilodeau’s planned eight-play cycle opens at the Central Square Theater.

Sinha Capoeira school practice (top) in Brookline

Gear up for spring edition of ArtWeek

More than 140 arts groups and community partners are involved in the event, which aims to bring buzz to the Greater Boston cultural scene.

Portrait of Aubrey Beardsley by Frederick H. Evans (above) and George H. Seeley ‘s “Apple Tree and House,” both at the MFA.

Photography REview

At the MFA, making photography a fine art

The way in which ambitious photographers actively sought to change the attitude towards photography as an art form is the burden of “Truth and Beauty.”

In portrait of late artist Jon Imber, life and love endure

A one-hour film chronicles the career, remarkable family life, and the late creative flowering of a renowned Somerville artist diagnosed with ALS.

Diane Paulus addressed the company of the ART production of “Witness Uganda.”

Jimmy Ryan

Names

Diane Paulus on Time magazine’s most influential list

Time named the American Repertory Theater artistic director to its 2014 list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Photography review

Nature that’s personal

Four new shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography present nature serene, contemplative, or both, in black and white. They run through June 8.

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The Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell with its new production, “The Complete History of Comedy (abridged).”

ART adds Parks’s Civil War drama to 2014-15 season

“Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” is a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks.

Stage review

Boston Children’s Theatre keeps ‘Homework Machine’ humming

The world premiere of the musical “The Homework Machine” runs through Sunday at the Roberts Studio Theatre.

stage review

ArtsEmerson’s ‘The Wholehearted’ packs a punch

This intriguing new solo show explores the turbulent life of fictional boxer Dee Crosby, played by Suli Holum.

Local galleries

Galleries

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Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti’s show displays her carefully constructed color photographs.

Events

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/NewEruptions1.jpg The week ahead: Performing and visual arts

A guide to area productions worth seeing, including José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s “New Eruptions.”

Special section

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From action-packed art to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Celebrity Series, here are family-friendly events in the Boston area.

Special section

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A look at what New England museums have to offer, including high-tech changes at Harvard’s Semitic Museum, directors’ favorites, and odd attractions.

Visual art

Don Aucoin

Theater critic

Aucoin is the Globe’s theater critic, and has covered everything from television to politics to the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal.