On the Town: December 6, 2012

December 6, 2012

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Are you beginning to feel Christmas-y yet? Whyever not? Liza certainly is (she seems to be feeling all sorts of things in the video above, but that's another story). Continuing the series begun last week of the divas of Christmas past, present, and future, I present to you #OnTheTown: Holidays the Liza way.

Per usual, tweet me your favorite Liza Minelli moment at @khemingway!


Ring Them Bells

Traveling the world [to fall in love with the guy next door] is all in a day's work to Liza. Similarly, in 1941, photographer Edward Weston and his wife embarked on a cross-country project to create images to accompany a new edition of Walt Whitman's seminal work, Leaves of Grass. The subjects of his photos are wide-ranging, but have a particular focus on urban and man-altered landscapes, all of which look stunning!

Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass: At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston; mfaboston.org. @mfaboston


Losing My Mind (with Pet Shop Boys)

"Liza paces the stage, looking confused, trying to find the mind she lost among the footlights," is what Our Town's Stage Manager might have to say about Ms. Minnelli's onstage antics in the video linked above. Thornton Wilder's masterful Our Town concerns change creeping into a sleepy Vermont town at the beginning of the 20th century. The Huntington has brought David Cromer's award-winning New York production to Boston, featuring both actors from that staging and a local cavalcade of talent, featuring the director as the Stage Manager. I think this might be the theatrical production I have been most excited to see this entire theater season!

Patrons 35 and below always get $25 tickets to all performances.

Our Town: By Thornton Wilder; Directed by and featuring David Cromer. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; 539 Tremont Street, Boston; huntingtontheatre.org. @huntington


Don't Drop Bombs

As illustrated in her 1989 hit, Don't Drop Bombs, Liza's certainly no stranger to being a beauty in a relationship with a beast. Michael Lemiux and Victor Pilon's contemporary retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale has the innovative twist of being told in "4-D," a theater convention pioneered by the director duo. Projections interact with live performers to create an immersive experience in the gorgeous Cutler Majestic Theatre.

La Belle et La Bête: Conceived and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon; Text by Pierre Yves Lemieux; Translated by Maureen Labonté. At the Cutler Majestic Theatre; 219 Tremont Street, Boston; artsemerson.org. @artsemerson