Matthew Reed Baker

The Must List: Monthly Events

SHOW: THE BLUE FLOWERFor this American Repertory Theater premiere, Beverly’s Jim and Ruth Bauer blend their talents in music, fine art, and filmmaking to chronicle the struggles of four friends in World War I-era Europe. Sound like a downer? Well,…

Hall Monitor

This month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its latest class of inductees. Among the 15 performers and groups vying for canonization are Dorchester’s own Donna Summer and the guys from the J. Geils Band, who first got…

A Great Start: MFA Masterpieces

MFA curators, local arts historians, and artists weigh in on the best that the MFA has to offer, from the most famous pieces to the ones that should be just as famous.

The New MFA Wing: The Lazy Person’s Primer

FAMILY TIES Curators recently discovered that the woman in Mrs. Richard Patteshall (Martha Woody) and Child (1679), attributed to Thomas Smith, was Paul Revere’s great-grandmother, and that the girl is most likely his great-aunt Ann. LOCATED IN: Brown-Pearl Room, lower…

The Making of a Masterpiece

Talk about an extreme makeover: In 1999, the MFA came up with a master plan to transform itself from a revered but intimidating archive of classic works to a user-friendly home for all art lovers. Entrances would be restored after…

The Trouble With Barney

SEUSSICAL AT THE COLONIAL. The Wiggles at the Orpheum. Sure, those kiddie shows may seem sweet, but they can leave some families awfully unsatisfied. "As a parent going to children’s theater, you feel like you’re babysitting," says Rob Orchard, head…