Free falling into Boston’s art scene
See the work of Brandeis Prof. Sean Downey (FA) at the Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston’s South End. The show, titled “Wholly Idle,” features a new group of large scale paintings that critique the underlying circumstances of an image’s origins. Drawing on the history of mechanical reproduction, Downey makes powerful assertions on the role of image production as it is compared to lived experience. Wholly Idle is on display until Oct. 28; gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Celebrate the musicians of Jamaica Plain this Saturday at the seventh annual JP Music Festival. The festival, which boasts free admission, will consist of two stages spotlighting the vibrant local music scene and many food trucks. The lineup includes a wide range of styles and features those at the convergence of genres, including The Bella Lunatics, Mamadou and Bird Language. The JP Music Festival is on Sept. 9 from noon until 7 p.m. at Pinebank Baseball Field.
Head to the Boston Arts Festival this weekend to experience and support Boston’s up and coming artists and musicians. The festival, which is run by the organizers of the Beacon Hill Art Walk and Artists Crossing Gallery, will feature over 70 local artists, craftspeople and musicians. The festival will present a multitude of vendors, demonstrations and free music performances throughout the weekend. The Boston Arts Festival will be held at the Christopher Columbus Park in the North End on Sept. 9 and 10 from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy the music of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim at this one-night concert event, “Lenny & Steve: the Music of Bernstein and Sondheim,” created and performed by Maria Friedman with musical direction by Jason Carr. Friedman will perform the works from both Bernstein and Sondheim’s separate catalogs as well as feature the work from their joint masterpiece, “West Side Story.” “Lenny & Steve” will occur on Monday, Sept. 18 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.
See the work of contemporary Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, in the Museum of Fine Art Boston’s upcoming exhibition, Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics, as it is juxtaposed to traditional Japanese pottery and prints. The work is brought together by Nobuo Tsuji and handpicked with Murakami in conjunction with the MFA. Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics is on display at MFA Boston from Oct. 18 until April 1, 2018.