On the Town: February 21, 2013

February 21, 2013

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In an unfortunate turn of events, it seems like Anne Hathaway, not Kyle Thomas Hemingway, will win an Academy Award this Sunday evening. A clerical error, I'm sure—I had my speech prepared and everything! This is just like that time that Suzanne Sugarbaker almost had to reliquish her crown as Miss Georgia World in episode 2.3 of Designing Women. Well, in the grand tradition of all the other peasants who have not won Academy Awards, I will do the next best thing—give you my personal nominations for some favorite Oscar categories—#BostonArts style! So, without further ado, I present to you #OnTheTown: Oscar edition!

Let me know your predictions for the big show this Sunday in the comments below!

HAYDN IN PARIS @ HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY

Handel and Haydn Society's all-Haydn program this weekend gets my vote for Best Foreign Language Film. Comprised of pieces the composer wrote both in Austria and Paris, the concerts will feature ultimate fierce queen Aisslinn Nosky, H&H's concertmaster, leading the ensemble in Haydn's Violin Concerto in G.

Haydn in Paris: Conducted by Harry Christophers; Featuring Aisslinn Nosky, violin. At Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston; handelandhaydn.org. Through February 24. @handelandhaydn

STONES IN HIS POCKETS @ LYRIC STAGE COMPANY

This comedic and moving tale of a quiet Irish town being completely taken over by a Hollywood film crew gets my bids for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, because only two actors play all 15 roles in the entire play! Stones In His Pockets will feature the talented and hilarious Daniel Berger-Jones and Phil Tayler as—well—everyone in this production helmed by Lyric Stage regular Courtney O'Connor.

Stones in his Pockets: By Marie Jones; Directed by Courtney O'Connor. At the Lyric Stage Company of Boston; 140 Clarendon Street, Boston; lyricstage.com. Through March 16. @lyricstageco

NEW BLUE AND WHITE @ MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

New Blue and White certainly gets my pick for Best Production Design. This new exhibit at the MFA showcases contemporary cobalt pigment-decorated ceramic works, a nod and remix of the millennium-old tradition that permeates nearly every corner of the globe. From decoration, to utility, even to fashion, an international set of artists tackle myriad issues in this not-so-simple art form.

New Blue and White: At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston; mfa.org. Through July 14. @mfaboston

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