It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to round up some ideas for your weekend. We’re thinking movie turned musical (on skates, no less), 15 hours of film about film, and opera in the most unlikely of places.
Ok, guys, I guess I'll just grab my Chanel and come back another time when you're less busy...
Hello all, it's Kyle Thomas, once again here to be your personal arbiter of taste and sophistication #OnTheTown! Having grown up much too fabulous for my humble, small-town beginnings, I'm absolutely acquainted with the feeling that I'm the largest person(ality) in the room (Any of you who have attended an Opus Affair event in the past 2 ½ years know what I'm talking about—those who haven't, your opportunity is just around the corner!). Being larger than life is no easy task, however. To give you some examples of this concept (other than Big Ang's lips), I present to you #OnTheTown: Larger than Life.
While you're experiencing larger than life adventures for yourself, why don't you tweet me @khemingway about them? I'd love to hear all about them!
Both in scope and sheer physical size, this exhibition is larger than life. Painter and printmaker Alex Katz' sprawling oeuvre from the 60s to the present comprises this collection (this dude is 84 and still working!) and his bold use of color and simple lines and shapes make his works irresistibly fun and the perfect way to hail in the summer. Speaking of summer, this Friday, May 4, the MFA is hosting a Beach Party for their MFA First Fridays series in honor of the exhibition!
Alex Katz Prints: Curated by Edward Saywell. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston; 617-267-9300; mfa.org. Through July 29. @mfaboston
A giant, talking plant bent on world domination that eats people. (Come, now, I've been called much worse.) This musical farce set in B-movie-land recounts the tale of orphan Seymour who becomes an overnight media sensation thanks to his strange and interesting plant. Little does anyone know this plant will one day consume the entire cast—all narrated by a Greek chorus of wailing Motown street urchins. This production has a lot of heart, most of all from leading man Blake Pfeil, who had me howling at unexpected moments throughout.
Little Shop of Horrors: Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman; Music by Alan Menken; Direction and choreography by Russell Garrett; Musical direction by Todd C. Gordon. At the Charles Mosesian Theatre at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown; 617-923-8487; newrep.org. Through May 20. @newrep
The Mothra of classical music, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is widely considered the greatest composition of all time. The first symphony to use voices (four soli and a chorus), the ninth features that universally hummable melody, "Ode to Joy." Paired with this venerable piece is Symphony of Psalms, a Stravinsky work commissioned back in the day by the BSO in celebration of its 50th anniversary. A fine season closer for the BSO and one surely not to miss!
Stravinsky and Beethoven: Conducted by Bernard Haitink. At Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston; 888-266-1200; bso.org. Through May 5. @bostonsymphony