The Big To-Do: Lin-Manuel Miranda Comes To Life, Titian’s Reunion At Gardner, Plus Advice From Real Housewives


James Gunn takes over another franchise with “The suicide squad”, and the result is … a 1.5 star review that is almost certainly more entertaining than the movie, a sequel to “Suicide Squad.” “The addition of Gunn, like the addition of a definite article to the title, means pretty much the same thing: a baroque villain, ostensibly means over two hours of superhero action which is also (a sin much more serious) noisy and tedious, ”Feeney writes.

An animatronic doll gives its name to “Annette,” which stars Adam Driver as a stand-up and Marion Cotillard as an opera singer. The first 45 minutes (out of 140) are “weird and piercing”, enough for the film to earn 2 stars from Feeney. “Then it gets considerably stranger and retreats from that border into territory that is both appalling and inexplicable. It’s a movie that wants to push the buttons of moviegoers, but it’s a movie that wears mittens.

At Jamila Wignot “Ailey” follows Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater founder from Depression-era poverty to international fame, but “[w]hen an overwhelming success in the 1970s, he felt unworthy and an impostor, ”writes Globe correspondent Peter Keough. The “provocative and moving” documentary captures a man who “transformed American dance and advanced the cause of civil rights through his deeply personal, tragic and triumphant art”.

“Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump” “Could pass for a clever copy of ‘The Office,’ ‘Parks and Recreation’ or a mock Christopher Guest documentary,” writes Keough – praise indeed. The six-episode docuseries capture “a local TV station in the title town of Nevada” as staff navigate the highs and lows of 2020. “Overall, it’s an endearing, hilarious and therapeutic diversion. . “

Writer-director Sian Heder immersed herself in deaf culture before starting work on “CODA,” a coming-of-age story set in Cape Ann, where the filmmaker spent his summers as a child. The term means “deaf adult child”. “I was intrigued by the idea of ​​this family, digging into the uniqueness of a culture we don’t often see onscreen,” the Cambridge native told Globe correspondent Kyung Mi Lee. “I look at the world with different eyes.

TV: “[P]maybe not since the 1950s Musical theater enjoyed a larger footprint on television, ”writes Don Aucoin of the Globe. The “new delicious”Schmigadoon!‘, which simultaneously manages to send and pay homage to golden age musicals like’ Brigadoon, ‘is just the most recent proof that Broadway is once again teaching television how to sing and dance.

In her daytime job as a Globe theater critic, Aucoin recently saw Harriet Harris on Barrington Stage Company’s’ Eleanor ‘and’ wondered how awesome it would have been if Bebe, the hilarious talent agent and scheming Harris played on “Frasier”, had obtained a fully-fledged derivative series. “For every ‘Rhoda’ there is a ‘Joey’ – but what about Dwight Schrute? Aucoin comes up with ‘some enticing hypotheses’.

Anita Jorgensen tested the lighting of “The Abduction of Europe” at the Gardner Museum.David L. Ryan / Globe Staff

VISUAL ART: The successful exhibition “Titian: women, myth and power”, which opens next week, came together during an international pandemic – and that was just one of the challenges the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum staff confronted. “Oh my God, it’s nothing short of a miracle,” museum director Peggy Fogelman told Globe art critic Murray Whyte. It tells the fascinating inner story.

Once a week, common art welcomes homeless, low-income and volunteer artists to a rented space where “we remember we are not alone,” Reverend Mary Eaton of the Common Cathedral told Globe correspondent Cate McQuaid. “We come to have joy.” According to artist-in-residence Allie Mattison, “Making art for the purpose of a final product went out the window. Now it’s more about process and building a collaborative community.

“Hair stories” to Newport Art Museum, “Intermingles with the many meanings of hair – as a signal of identity, as a measure of beauty and virility, as a memory of a lost loved one,” writes McQuaid. “At a time when wearing cornrows and dreadlocks can still break dress codes in some schools, the majesty and expressive potential of dark hair runs through this spectacle, claiming power and embodying sorrow.”

“May, June and July were the strongest months I have had in the past 30 years,” Rice Polak gallery owner Marla Rice told McQuaid. As the Provincetown Arts Community Emerges from last month’s COVID-19 outbreak, hard-learned lessons from last year and more are paying off. According to Fermin Rojas, a year-round resident filmmaker and art collector, “It comes down to each person’s individual comfort zone. “

PARENTS: The globe Family style The project tackles your thorniest pandemic-era dilemmas, including living with all of the under-12s not yet eligible for the vaccine. Through a weekly newsletter and column, he explores questions about the health, education and well-being of children in these uncertain times. Register to receive the newsletter here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The 27th annual Exhibition of jury members is the largest of the four shows of the Griffin Photography Museum ‚ with works by 58 artists who “reflect, but not be limited to, what appears to be a clear set of preferences: for the self-aware artist, the pictorial, the layering of image planes, the lighting dramatic, blurry and visual deception in general, vague and / or heavy titles, ”writes Mark Feeney.

The National Park Foundation “invited amateur photographers to submit their favorite shots from a decade of adventure in national parks and federal recreation lands ”, and the results are“ breathtaking ”, report Globe correspondents Diane Bair and Pamela Wright. Mute your devices and discover the winners of the Share the “Best of the Decade” 2020 experience competition.

THE MUSIC: The 1978 Billy Joel single “My life” is a neat encapsulation of what makes a lot of Joel’s work resonate, even in 2021… Wednesday’s Fenway Park show ended with “Piano Man,” “a nice meta-commentary that was also a way to bring down the house once more “.

LOVE LETTERS: Ready for a new start? Aren’t we all? The theme for season 5 of the “Podcast “Letters of love”, hosted by Meredith Goldstein of The Globe, is “New Beginnings”. The episodes tell stories of new, rekindled, reinvented and hopeful love. The last opus takes on trying to find out if – and when – you have met “the good one”. Listen here.

The Lords of the Boston Floor
The Lords of the Boston Floor

DANCE: Free breakdance events abound this weekend, culminating in “the 40th anniversary celebration of Boston’s oldest and most esteemed breaker team, the Lords of the floorWrites Globe correspondent Karen Campbell. Expect a spectacle. “[C]people love to see amazing kids dancing, ”said Floor Lords President Alex Diaz. “We kind of have a saying, ‘Once a story lord, always a story lord. “”

In his Jacob’s pillow start, Dallas Black Dance Theater displays his “spectacular and virtuoso style of contemporary movement” in “Like Water” by Darrell Grand Moultrie, “Night Run” by Christopher L. Huggins and “Face What’s Facing You!” »By Claude Alexander III. All three “works are well-crafted dances full of meaning and ambiance,” writes Globe correspondent Janine Parker.

FOOD AND DINING ROOM: Pandemic isolation added a twist to familiar stories of grandchildren learning to cook family recipes: video. “It’s hard to feel connected to Indian culture, especially since I don’t speak any Indian language fluently,” Globe correspondent Maya Homan writes. “But this last year of cooking class with my Aaji gave me more than a few extra recipes in my arsenal. These dishes are part of my heritage.

One bowl meal are a light, easy, adaptable and healthy way to eat, ”writes Sheryl Julian, former editor of Globe food. After going through rice, grains and rice vermicelli, she celebrates summer flavors and textures on a base of angel hair pasta. “A favorite combination is charred broccoli, grated carrots, sliced ​​cucumbers sprinkled with salt and left for an hour to ‘marinate’, a few slices of something on the grill, all topped with tomatoes and greens.” Sold!

BOOKS: “For better or for worse, the “Real housewives” franchise has rewritten the rules of what reality TV could be, ”writes Christina Tucker, Working On It columnist. What does this have to do with self-help books? Housewives Marguerite Joseph and Dorinda Medley honored the genre with their wisdom, and Tucker intervenes, “Do people seek advice from these women? And if so, why ? Lucky for you, I have answers!

THEATER: In “Capture”, playwright Therese Rebeck uses behind-the-scenes drama in a restaurant kitchen to explore universal issues. “At some point it becomes a personal matter and a serious artistic question,” she told Globe correspondent Christopher Wallenberg. “How do you survive as an artist? Production of the Gloucester Stage Company’s 2018 piece opens Friday.

LOOK AGAIN: You only have until Sunday to enjoy Free Shakespeare on Common – Don Aucoin praised John Douglas Thompson, who plays Prospero in Commonwealth Shakespeare Companythe production of “Storm,” for bringing “distinctive undertones and a sense of new discovery to a heavily played role” – but Shakespeare’s outdoor season isn’t over yet. Brown Box theater project is back with “A lot of noise for nothing” over three weeks of “13 outdoor stage performances and workshops at four libraries across the state,” Globe correspondent Necee Regis reports.

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