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The Artery

January 23, 2020

Hello ARTery Readers!

We sincerely hope that you're spending as little time as possible outside in this frigid weather! Don't forget we have this handy list of books for you to check out to get through the winter. 

We love making suggestions in our "Things To" section, where we offer up ideas for what to do, watch, read, listen and eat in Boston and beyond. But we'd love it even more if you gave us your suggestions! 

Send us that exhibit you think we should check out, that awesome restaurant we should try or that compelling podcast we should be listening to. Reply to this email with your suggestions, and we may include it in our newsletter (with a shout out to you, if you'd like)! 

— Arielle Gray, Arts Engagement Producer

Our Must Reads

In Fuller Craft's 'Secular Cathedral,' An Artist Pays Homage To Life's Sacred Ups And Downs
What happens when the personal becomes sacred? Stephanie Cole’s whimsical (and sometimes creepy) constructions explore daily household victories and tragedies.

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Arc Iris Delivers Existential Questions With Ambitious 'iTMRW'
What will our world look like in the year 2080? Art-rock trio Arc Iris tackles this existential question with their ambitious, sweeping sci-fi rock ballet, "iTMRW."

'Pass Over' At SpeakEasy Stage Is An Intense And Affecting Experience
"'Pass Over,' despite being grounded in some ugly realities, is not a realistic play. For goodness sake, it straddles millennia on a street corner," writes theater critic Carolyn Clay. 

Society Of Arts And Crafts Permanently Closing Exhibition And Retail Spaces
The Society of Arts and Crafts announced that it is closing its current Boston Seaport location. The nearly 125-year-old organization will redirect its focus to its CraftBoston shows. 

Organizers Of Planned King Memorial Hope To Break Ground In July

A planned memorial to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King may begin construction on the Boston Common in July. 

At Gallery 263, Hana Yilma Godine's 'Spaces Within Space' Creates Room for Interpretation
In this artist's solo show “Spaces Within Space” at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, the significance of Godine’s figures is left completely (and refreshingly) to the interpretation of the viewer.

Things To...

Do: Dorchester Winter Farmers Market, where you can stock up on some fresh, local produce (check out the rest our weekend arts picks here!)

Eat: Duck Breast Frites at the relatively new, South End restaurant, Black Lamb

Watch: The freshly released second season of "Sex Education," a hilarious, coming-of-age story about teenagers navigating their libido and sex lives. 

Listen: Mac Miller's posthumous album, "Circles" was released last week by his family. He was working on the album before his death in 2018. 

Read: Zora Neale Hurston's "Hitting A Straight Lick With A Crooked Stick," a collection of stories about African American folk culture, thought to be lost, and rediscovered in archives and forgotten periodicals. 
WBUR is giving away a pair of tickets to see Philadanco! at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre on Saturday, February 1.
Philadanco! is celebrated for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. Founded in 1970 in Philadelphia by Joan Myers Brown, Philadanco! is recognized worldwide for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances. The company will perform the Boston premieres of "Endangered Species" by Anthony Burrell, "Super 8!" by Ray Mercer and "Folded Prism" by Thang Dao, along with the return of "Enemy Behind the Gates" by Christopher Huggins. 

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A lot of the genre beats may be familiar to crime story aficionados, but the textures of “Les Misérables” are what feel fresh. This is a significantly darker-skinned, financially-deprived part of Paris than we’re used to seeing onscreen...

— Sean Burns, "Contemporary Cop Thriller 'Les Misérables' Riffs On Victor Hugo’s Timeless Themes"


Featured Event: Boston's Apollo 

2/13 - 5/17:  "Boston's Apollo" is one of three exhibitions opening this season—along with "Elements of Me" and "The Strange Taxi, Stretched." Each explore race and representation, while delving into black and brown lived experiences to expand the story of American Art. (Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Tickets: $15)

Friday 1/24:  Jeanine Cummins: "American Dirt" (WBUR CitySpace, Tickets: $5 - $20)

Tuesday 1/28:  A Writer’s Guide To Surviving Your First Book Deal (WBUR CitySpace, Tickets $5 - $20)

What We're Reading

Inside Ivyees 'Everything Honey,' The North End's First Business Owned By Person Of Color A shop called "Ivyees 'Everything Honey'" opened in 2018, becoming the first business in the North End owned by a person of color, Ivyee Lawson. 

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