Category Archives: Art & Film

Hairspray Live on NBC tonight 8PM ET

pop cuture, musicalsI’ve loved every version of Hairspray, starting with the original movie written and directed by John Waters in 1988. The musical which came later to Broadway and was then remade into a movie musical lacks the emotional impact of the original, but I still love it.

Set your DVRs if you’ll be out so you can watch this fun musical which will be live on NBC tonight starting at 8PM ET / 7PM CT.

Manchester By The Sea starring Casey Affleck opens later this month

Casey Affleck, Kenneth LonerganLater this month be on the look out for Casey Affleck’s new film  from director Kenneth Lonegran, “Manchester By the Sea”. The movie was one of the biggest breakouts from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It is expected to score big during the Christmas holidays and just in time for the awards season.

“Manchester By the Sea” is a heartbreaking story about when Lee (Casey Affleck) is made legal guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) after his father Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly dies. Set in a Massachusetts’ seaside North Shore town, Lee has to face his community and ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams). Critics hailed performances from its stars, Affleck and Williams, and both have decent shots at earning an Oscar nomination.

How true was that Hollywood movie

moviesHave you ever watched a movie “based on a true story” and wondered how much of the truth was stretched or eliminated altogether to appease Hollywood? The website has used data to review every scene in several popular biographical films to evaluate their veracity.

Below are two movies that are included in the post.informationisbeautiful

Deep blue means the scene is  true and pretty much what happened
Light blue means the scene is mostly true but tweaks were made
Light red means the scene was pretty false; understandable dramatic license
Deep red means completely false – outrageous dramatic license taken
Grey means couldn’t be verified or sources may have been private (e.g. diaries)

See how true several other popular “based on a true story” moves are here.

Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey

make-way-for-the-ducklingsTo celebrate the 75th anniversary of the children’s book set in Boston, Make Way for Ducklings (1941), the MFA has created an exhibition that tracks the career of the book’s author and illustrator Robert McCloskey.

With art from Make Way for Ducklings at its center, the retrospective presents more than 50 works, including studies for other books written and illustrated by McCloskey. An exhibition highlight is the miniature bronze model for Nancy Schön’s Make Way for Ducklings sculpture, commissioned for the Boston Public Garden in 1985.

Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey
November 25, 2016 – June 18, 2017
Click here to learn more about the McCloskey exhibit

Above: Robert McCloskey, Drawing for Make Way for Ducklings (“There they waded ashore and waddled along till they came to the highway.”), 1941. Graphite on paper. Courtesy of The May Massee Collection, Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives, Emporia State University.

Saturday morning comic: Adam and Andy

gay cartoon, gay comic stripClick on the comic strip to enlarge

ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about this strip by visiting,  To see previous Adam and Andy cartoons link here.

Saturday morning comic: Adam and Andy

gay comic, gay cartoonClick on the comic strip to enlarge

ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about this strip by visiting,  To see previous Adam and Andy cartoons link here.

Dewey Square’s latest mural inspires and gives me hope

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Rose Kennedy Greenway art, Boston Public Art, Dewey SquareLast month I wrote about the Iranian artist, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, who was asked to paint a mural in Boston’s Dewey Square. The artist has made a name for himself painting large trompe-l’oeils in his homeland and the mural that the public was able to watch him create which spans an impressive 76′ x 70′ is a beautiful addition to the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Called, Spaces of Hope, the mural does not disappoint and is a welcome addition following what I thought was an uninspiring mural it replaced. You can read more about the artist and his first piece of public art here in the US by visiting the Rose Kennedy Greenway website here.

Below I’ve posted the murals in chronological order that have previously graced this facade in Dewey Square.BosArts, boston public art, Mehdi GhadyanlooI’m proud that this Iranian artist was commissioned and given this space to share his work. Good art like Ghadyanloo can help foster dialog and breakdown stereotypes; something I think our country needs to do more of if we are going to come together as one nation.