Also: a ticket giveaway to "Sweat" at the Huntington; a new installation to relieve your stress 
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The Artery

January 16, 2020

Hello ARTery Readers!

Were any of you stunned (or confused) to see the massive recreation of an Egyptian statue in City Hall Plaza on Tuesday? Mayor Marty Walsh announced that “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” will open on June 13. It's been almost six decades since the last time Tut's possessions were in Boston. 

While this certainly marks a milestone, it also brings up an old conversation about the colonial nature of museums and the theft of possessions from tombs and sacred sites. It's a complicated dialogue to engage in, a dialogue the MFA recently unearthed for its "Ancient Nubia Now" exhibit in which it attempted to rectify some anthropological misrepresentations of the Sudanese empire. It will be interesting to see how and if the "King Tut" exhibit grapples with this conversation as it makes its 10-city tour around the world. 

What are your thoughts on this? Do museums have the right to acquire objects they deem valuable? Or is it just an extension of political and cultural power? Let us know by replying to this email. 

— Arielle Gray, Arts Engagement Producer

Our Must Reads

Introducing 'Sound On,' A Series Presenting Emerging Local Musicians
ARTery readers, we're so excited to let you know about our new music series that will highlight the amazing musicians coming out of New England. We'll be publishing the first installment later this month. 

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An MFA Exhibition Tries To Correct The Record On Misrepresented Ancient Nubia
This new exhibit at the MFA is setting the record straight after almost a century of misrepresentation of Nubia in anthropology and museums. 

This Artist's Installation Relieves Stress With Clay Balls
Art serves many purposes. Well, renowned South Korean artist Kimsooja dreamed up a meditative exercise that's been spreading for months, with the public's help, at the Peabody Essex Museum.

'The Cake' At Lyric Stage Delivers Layered Characters And Awkward Transitions
All Jen wants is for her late mother’s best friend, Della, to make her wedding cake. But Della, a devout Christian, believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Elizabeth Banks Named Hasty Pudding's Woman Of The Year

Harvard University's famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe has named actor and director Elizabeth Banks as the group's 2020 Woman of the Year.

Right Out Of A Fairytale: How A Boston Filmmaker Popped The Question In Coolidge Corner Theatre
Need something to lift your spirits this week? This cute story about a proposal at Coolidge Corner Theatre will warm your heart. 

Things To...

Do: The Boston Festival of Films from Iran at the MFA (check out more of our weekend arts picks here)

Eat: Lobster Biscotto at Pammy's in Cambridge.

Watch: "The Witcher" on Netflix to satisfy your "Game of Thrones" withdrawal.

Listen: Slate's podcast, "The Decoder Ring," which is back for a new season.

Read: "Body Issues: Feminist Artists of the 1970s Used Art to Condemn Sexual Violence" at Artsy.
WBUR is giving away a pair of tickets to see "Sweat" at the Huntington Theatre Company.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-nominated Best Play by Lynn Nottage ("Ruined") comes alive in a moving and urgently relevant new production directed by Kimberly Senior ("The Niceties"). Based on interviews with the residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of close friends struggle to stay connected when their factory is at risk of collapse. In a neighborhood bar, each of them reaches for their piece of the American dream. Can their friendships survive this test? Nottage weaves a tale of trust and doubt, longtime bonds and short-term possibilities. The New York Times raves, “Superb… Nottage is writing at the peak of her powers.”

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P.S. WBUR members save $10 with their member code!

Schanelec gives you just enough plot to make you feel like you’re missing something, feinting at a grander design that calls to mind Jim Croce’s lyric about a jigsaw puzzle with a couple of pieces gone. 

— Sean Burns, "Harvard Film Archive Screens The Mysterious And Frustrating Films Of Angela Schanelec"


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 1/17:  Belmont World Film's 17th Annual Family Festival (WBUR CitySpace, Tickets: $6 - $50)

Saturday 1/18:  The Lasting Appeal of "Little Women" (WBUR CitySpace, Tickets: $5 - $20)

Thursday 1/23:  Rocka My Soul: Gospel Music From The Church To The Stage (WBUR CitySpace, Tickets: $5 -$20)

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

What We're Reading

'Slavery Doesn't End, It Just Evolves': Lawyer Portrayed In 'Just Mercy' Wants Film To Inspire Change Here & Now spoke with Bryan Stevenson, the crusading lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, who is the basis for the new film "Just Mercy."

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Psssst... The Live Arts Boston grant is now open for applications. The deadline is February 10. 
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