March Staff Picks
Spring Things To See
Whether March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb or not, here are some great things to take a look at this month.
What We’re Recommending:
“The multicultural arts and culture center Hibernian Hall will be hosting an exciting preview of their upcoming season with ART ON THE ROX on Thursday, March 5th. Featuring dance, theater, and music, the evening’s program will include performances by VLA Dance, Castle of Our Skins, Roxbury Preparatory High School, and the cast of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Don’t miss on this sneak peek of what’s in store this season!”
March 6 & 8
“This month, journey back in time and across the pond to Musicians of Old Post Road’s early spring concert, The Lure of London. In the Baroque era, musicians from Italy flocked to the British capital to engage in the lively performing arts scene there. This concert tells their stories through a lyric flute concerto, a lively capriccio for strings, and two sonatas. You don’t want to miss this delightful offering from this fantastic chamber ensemble!”
Now – March 8
“My very first show as a performer was an equity production of Fiddler on the Roof in 1998. I can still dance with a bottle on my head to this day. Since then, I’ve choreographed Fiddler and played Motel the tailor. Fiddler on the Roof will always have a special place in my heart. I’m particularly excited about the new tour presented by Broadway in Boston. Although I didn’t get to see the Broadway production, just one number on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade had me moved to tears. Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shecther has infused a new life to the already-beautiful staging by Jerome Robbins. Seeing new shows is great, but sometimes you just want a little ‘tradition’.”
“One of my favorite parts of the summer is attending SoWa Market on Sundays, and I’ve really been missing it these chillier months of the year. However, I just found out that SoWa Artists Guild also has winter programming as well, so I don’t wait for warm weather to enjoy the South End’s artist community’s work! You can tour the artists’ studios and even purchase art to take home with you directly from the guild’s artists. It’s a great way to support our local arts community and maybe even find some cool pieces for your home!”
“When I was growing up, I loved ballet. My mom had studied it and signed me up for lessons when I was 4 or 5. However, even as I expanded my dance repertoire to tap, jazz, and even hip hop, I had no idea about the rich cultural fabric of movement from around the world, even from my father’s country of origin, India. That’s why I’m so happy to see Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre engaging with a wide variety of cultures with their Dance Saturdays program. They’re kicking off the whole series with Transcendence, a whole evening of performances dedicated to the many dance traditions of India. I hope to see you (and maybe even show you some of my moves) there!”
March 11 – April 5
“I’ve seen roughly seven thousand productions of Merchant of Venice in my time, but that’s because it’s such a phenomenal show that still resonates so much. Actors’ Shakespeare Project is one of my go-to’s for great Shakespeare productions in the Boston area, and I know this production directed by Igor Golyak will be a powerhouse of emotional storytelling.”
March 20 – April 19
“When Boston is blessed with a Kirsten Greenidge play, we must see the Kirsten Greenidge play. It’s that simple. The acclaimed local playwright (Luck of the Irish, Milk Like Sugar) and director Kimberly Senior (The Niceties) have crafted an exciting new production that deals with family conflict in a hilarious and nuanced manner.”
Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent | Presented by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Now – May 17
“In 1916, John Singer Sargent met Thomas Eugene McKeller, a young Black elevator attendant, at Boston’s Hotel Vendome. McKeller posed for most of the figures—both male and female—in Sargent’s murals in the Museum of Fine Arts. The painter transformed McKeller into white gods and goddesses, creating soaring allegories of the liberal arts that celebrated the recent expansion of the city’s premier civic museum. Sargent then gave the preparatory drawings of McKeller to Isabella Stewart Gardner (Women’s History Month shout out!), ensuring their preservation in perpetuity. This exhibit brings together Sargent’s drawings and related historical materials to tell the story of McKeller’s life, and I for one cannot wait to check it out! There are many facets to explore beyond the exhibit itself, too. Check out this video of the 3 year research process and McKeller’s family involvement in revealing the story of Thomas’ life.”
Check out all these picks and more on the ArtsBoston Calendar.
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Pictured above: Cast of Fiddler on the Roof national tour performs.