On the Town: November 22, 2012

November 22, 2012

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Can't be hateful, gotta be grateful!

Hello friends! As many of you may be aware, today is Thanksgiving! Amidst the parade, the puppies, and the potatoes, my new best friend Nicole Westbrook would like to remind you to to be grateful, not hateful, this holiday season. With that, I'd like to present to you the #BostonArts that I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving! What else are you going to be doing this Thanksgiving—watch football? (If you are, you might be reading the wrong column...)

#OnTheTown: The one with the turkey drumstick microphone!

Tweet me with the #BostonArts you're most grateful for at @khemingway!

 

THE POSTCARD AGE @ MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

I'm thankful for staying in touch with friends and family! Apparently, before the advent of the cellular telephone, the telephone, the Internet, and all of these other modern conveniences we take for granted, people sometimes communicated via "postcard." These fun little items, now mostly relegated to arts marketing and political campaigning, enjoyed a worldwide craze in the decades surrounding the turn of the 20th century. This exhibition comprises about 400 postcards of all sorts—and each and every one of them is gorgeous in its own right!

Admission to the MFA is free on Wednesday evenings from 4pm–close.

The Postcard Age: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection. In the Torf Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts; 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston; 617-267-9300; mfa.org. Through April 14, 2013. @mfaboston

 

MONTEVERDI'S ORFEO @ BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

I'm thankful for knowing better than to look back at my beloved lest she die while bringing her back from the underworld! One of my favorite late autumn traditions, the BEMF Chamber Opera, is back this year with Orfeo starring hottie tenor Aaron Sheehan in the title role! If you need more convincing than Aaron's talent and good looks, the entire rest of the cast is top-notch, and this annual [Baroque] singing and [Baroque] dancing musical event is one I make a point never to miss.

Monteverdi's Orfeo: Musical direction by Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs; Stage direction by Gilbert Blin. At Jordan Hall; 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston; 617-661-1812; bemf.org. November 24 & 25 only. @bostonearly

 

THIS WILL HAVE BEEN: ART, LOVE & POLITICS IN THE 1980S @ ICA BOSTON

I'm thankful for my first amendment right to freedom of speech! I'm also thankful that a bunch of awesome, groundbreaking artists in the 1980s exercised theirs to make fantastic works of art. Some of these works are being featured in the ICA's currently-running retrospective of awesome 80s art, titled This Will Have Been. With some fantastic political, envelope-pushing themes connecting all of these works, it promises to be a wonderful snapshot of the art world at this time in history. And in the words of fierce queen Cher Knight, if you don't like something there, pause, have a glass of wine, and go back. You'll be glad you did.

Admission to the ICA is free on Thursday evenings from 5–9pm.

This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s: At the Institute of Contemporary Art; 100 Northern Avenue, Boston; 617-478-3100; icaboston.org. Through March 3, 2013. @icaboston

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