Caught in the Act

Arts Ahead: Sometimes Less Is More

By Jared Bowen

May 17, 2012


Vic (Chris Rock, left) and Alex (Rodrigo Santoro, right) in What to Expect When You're Expecting. Photo credit: Melissa Moseley

BOSTON — Consider how the simple pleasures in life can inform the arts, from the folk songs that gave people cheer and hope during the Great Depression, or the pastoral scenes of rural Cuba that inform the paintings of Orestes Gaulhiac or even the those rare moments when, as parents, we get it just right.

Woody Sez
Presented by the American Repertory Theater
Extended through June 3

One of the most influential songwriters and balladeers of the 20th century, Woody Guthrie is a musical hero of legendary proportions who transformed folk music into a vehicle for social protest and captured the adversity and hardship of a generation during the Great Depression. His music and activism paved the way for many great American music-makers including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and many more.
Woody Sez brings Guthrie to life in a joyous, toe-tapping and moving theatrical portrait that uses Woody's words and songs.

Hear a conversation about Woody Sez on The Callie Crossley Show.
cuban art
Painting by Orestes Gaulhiac

Orestes Gaulhiac
On view at Galeria Cubana
460 Harrison Avenue in the South End
Through June 17

An internationally acclaimed painter and ceramist, Orestes Gaulhiac is recognized for his diversity in style and technique. Gaulhiac’s focus is on the spirit and energy of the figures. His paintings come alive with captivating elements of romance, humor and mysticism.

Gaulhiac has had numerous one-man gallery shows since the late 1980s. They include the Galería Castillo Mayor in Lisbon, Portugal; Galería Jose Antonio Jimenez de las Cuevas in Puebla, Mexico; Casa de la Cultura Pirámide in Mexico City, Mexico and Galería Robert Saavedra in Los Angeles, California. He has also participated in several group shows internationally.

Watch Jared's preview of Gaulhiac's show in South Boston.

What to Expect When You're Expecting
In theaters Friday

Inspired by the perennial New York Times bestselling advice book of the same name, this is a hilarious and heartfelt big-screen comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood.

Stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Rodrigo Santoro, Ben Falcone and Joe Manganiello deliver a kaleidoscopic comedy as universal as it is unpredictable, with humor and uplift in all the unexpected trials and triumphs of welcoming a child into the world.


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Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. 


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