3 days in Miami

I escaped the gray New England winter for a few blissful art-soaked days in Miami last month. I’m already scheming a return visit. The coffee culture alone (okay, that and the beach) made… Continue reading

Off-Kilter: the art of Karen Moss

My last post was about 1980s art at the ICA; let’s switch gears and move up to the present day and the artist Karen Moss (go to KarenMoss.com to see her portfolio). Off… Continue reading

Found dope: discovering Candy at the ICA

This is your last week to catch a fascinating retrospective at the ICA, This Might Have Been: Art, Love and Politics in the 1980s. Click here to read the ICA’s writeup about the… Continue reading

On Writing: 7 New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve written about New Year’s Resolutions before. You can click here to read them. This is a bittersweet time of the year. Things are coming to a close. We appreciate where we’ve been and… Continue reading

whatever happened to Mary Jane? The politics of pot & the new NORML

With Massachusetts poised to be the 18th state to legalize medicinal marijuana, the politics of pot are set to reach a new high. According to Ballotpedia, the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative, aka Question 3, will appear… Continue reading

Fashion as fine art: Zandra Rhodes, Mario Testino & Diana Vreeland dress up Boston

Despite its academic, nerdy vibe, Boston can be a pretty fashionable place, probably because it’s also such a creative place. And even though the words “fashion” and “Boston” typically don’t go together in… Continue reading

modern times

When my son isn’t horrifying me by watching the Walking Dead, he’s turning me on to some fabulous flicks by greats like Charlie Chaplin. I’ve always been a rabid Marx Brothers fan; I’ve… Continue reading

left to our own devices

My iPhone is the first thing I pick up in the morning, and the last thing I put down at night. It’s become tethered to my brain, an extension of my physical self,… Continue reading

reflections of an urban cyclista, part 2

Dear Mayor Menino, I’m seeing a lot of headlines roll by lately about cyclists getting killed, and it’s making me really upset. I applaud your efforts to make Boston a friendlier city for… Continue reading

Detropia & the new American city

The arts drive positive social and economic change, especially when it comes to urban renewal. Artists are the ones who move into areas that everyone else has abandoned, fix them up, and get… Continue reading