September Staff Picks

Things You Autumn Check Out

Did you fall for our pun? No? Well, you’ll absolutely love all the art you can see in and around Boston this month.

What We’re Recommending:


Carnival of Dogs | Presented by Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

September 7

“Yes, it’s a dog’s world. People are having dogs instead of children. I must admit that I’m one of those people.  Even my parents are crazy about their ‘dog grandchild.’ Beach chairs, cameras that distribute treats,  dog strollers and celebrity dogs with social media profiles have all become part of our dog-crazed society. Dogs getting their own festival just feels like a natural progression. The Carnival of Dogs presented by TD Bank on September 7th at the Greenway’s North End Park promises a good way for ‘man’s best friend’ to spend a Saturday. The four-hour carnival boasts a variety of dog-friendly activities such as a dog caricaturist, a doggie treat bar, training advice, a Pooch Smooch Booth, and more! And if you’re looking to become a dog parent, the MSPCA-Angell will be there with information about adoption. Woof!”


Augment by Nick Cave | Presented by Now + There

Now – September 13

“If you haven’t seen it already, Augment is currently dominating the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. Fans of whimsy will enjoy walking through numerous inflatable sculptures during public viewing hours to get a taste of the Nick Cave’s two-month residency at the BCA. It’s a highly delightful pre-dinner stroll if you find yourself in the South End in the next few weeks.”


Historical and Contemporary History of Deer Island | Presented by Boston Harbor Now

September 14

“This unique event centers around the experiences of women and children during King Phillip’s War, a little known part of our local history. Resident artist Marsha Parrilla has been working with members of the Nipmuc, Massachusett, and Mashpee Wampanog tribes to create ‘Harbor Islands: Past, Present, Future’, a creative space to heal collective wounds and dream a better future for next generations. Besides a performance of Marsha’s work, there will be fun educational activities for families and a panel of all-local, Massachusetts Native women speaking on the work of the collaborative residency. This is a fantastic opportunity to support our local indigenous and Native communities, as well as learn more about the history of Native communities on the Harbor Islands. I hope you’ll join me for what I’m sure will be a moving afternoon.”


The Lifespan of a Fact | Presented by Gloucester Stage

August 30 – September 22

“My pick this month is The Lifespan of a Fact at Gloucester Stage. This show is a deep dive into morality and blurring the lines between truth and fiction, but also has a lot of wit and speed to it so it’s super engaging – almost like watching a debate happen in front of you. This production is also the New England premiere, which is always exciting for a new play!”


Passengers | Presented by ArtsEmerson

September 25 – October 13

“The 7 Fingers is perhaps the best-loved act that ArtsEmerson brings to Boston. This Montreal-based circus company is known for moving shows full of death-defying stunts, passionate performances, and stunning visual storytelling. Having seen their work in previous ArtsEmerson seasons, I am ready to be back in the beautiful Cutler Majestic Theatre watching these talented artists give their all. You don’t want to miss this new, thrilling journey from one of Boston’s most-beloved visiting ensembles.”


Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING | Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

September 24 – February 2021

“I absolutely love immersive art, so I have had LOVE IS CALLING on my calendar for months. The super Instagrammable exhibit is coming to the ICA for the long haul, but she arrives this September in all her light-up glory. Artist Yayoi Kusama is famous for her ‘infinity rooms’, illusions created with mirrors set opposite on another; LOVE IS CALLING is one of those rooms, known for having a kaleidoscopic effect on its viewers. This exhibit even features an audio recording of the artist reciting a Japanese love poem on loops. Mystical and whimsical, I can’t wait to check out this immersive installation myself.”

Check out all these picks and more on the ArtsBoston Calendar.

What arts or cultural event are you most excited for this month? Let us know on Twitter by tweeting us, @artsboston!

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Pictured above: Yayoi Kasuma’s LOVE IS CALLING in New York, NY. Photo by David Zwirner.

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