On the Town: One Year Anniversary!

February 7, 2013

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Well, friends, we've made it—#OnTheTown turns one year old this week! It's the column's paper anniversary! It's been quite a year, we've been through so much together. It's super fun to share my arts-going antics with everyone who reads this blog (which luckily, since its initial publishing, has grown to include people other than my mom).

As it's #OnTheTown's birthday, I believe a birthday surprise is in order! While it is truly my pleasure to continue taking these little trips into #BostonArts-land with all of you, you'll also be hearing from a bunch of other people in the coming year as well—let's call them "Arts-tested, Kyle Thomas-approved." Keep your eyes out for them soon!

In the meantime, however, why not get on to this week's picks! Let me know what you're thinking about seeing this weekend in the comments below, or tweet me @khemingway!

THE GLASS MENAGERIE @ AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATRE

There is going to be more talent in this show than names dropped in the recent season premiere of Smash! Her Royal Highness Cherry Jones (#FunFact: a founding member back when the American Repertory Theater was a repertory theater) will be trodding the boards at the Loeb once again as the mother in Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie. Super-talent Celia Keenan-Bolger and super-hotties Zachary Quinto and Brian J. Smith round out the cast in this classic, iconic work.

The Glass Menagerie: By Tennessee Williams; Directed by John Tiffany. At the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge; americanrepertorytheater.org. Through March 17. @americanrep

VISITING MASTERPIECES: CÉZANNE'S THE LARGE BATHERS @ MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

Installed expertly beside the MFA's own Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? by Paul Gaugin, Cézanne's The Large Bathers feels right at home, on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Continuing the MFA's series of Visiting Masterpieces, iconic works that are installed in conversation with works from the MFA's own permanent collection, The Large Bathers' visit gives great insight into what was happening to painting at the turn of the 20th century in Paris. Also, if you need further coaxing, NAKED PEOPLE!

Visiting Masterpieces: Cézanne's The Large Bathers: At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston; mfa.org. Through May 12. @mfaboston

KARITA MATTILA, SOPRANO @ CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON

Karita Mattilla is my new hero, and not just for being one of the most celebrated opera stars of our day. She's my new hero because it has recently been brought to my attention that she has a torch song album (sorry, Renée, but it's good) AND sings Broadway. Most of Friday evening's program is early 20th century, making it the perfect complement to a visit to the MFA exhibit above (wink nudge).

Karita Mattila, soprano: Featuring Martin Katz, piano. At NEC's Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston; celebrityseries.org. @celebrityseries

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