Caught in the Act

Weekend Arts Review: I Saw Katy Perry and I Liked It

By Jared Bowen

July 5, 2012

BOSTON — The new film documenting the rise of music sensation Katy Perry is surprisingly touching. Hear Jared's review on Morning Edition of that and other art in Boston that you shouldn't miss this weekend.

alt titleKaty Perry: Part of Me
In theaters Thursday

The unlikely Katy Perry has scaled the heights of pop music stardom to a place few have reached before her. So when the artist invited two young filmmakers to tag along (and “catch everything on film—nothing off-limits”) as she circled the globe on her record-breaking “California Dreams Tour,” the result is a backstage pass, front row seat and intimate look at the fun, glamorous and honest mad diary of Katy herself. 

alt titleSavages
In theaters Friday

Filmmaker Oliver Stone returns to his roots with this horribly, disgustingly violent, but pretty good film. Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable marijuana producer, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry—raising some of the best weed ever developed.  They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them.

alt titleJosiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite
On view at the ICA
Through October 14

The mid-career retrospective at the ICA, Some Pictures of the Infinite, tackles cosmic questions, tracing this persistent theme in the work of Josiah McElheny. Over the past two decades, the problem of infinity has driven McElheny’s efforts to represent the unrepresentable, as the infinite by definition must always elude stable grasp. The exhibition also examines images of time: archaeological time, linear and cyclical models, and the overwhelming span of cosmic time.

>>Read Jared's complete review and watch a video interview with McElheny.

alt titleDear Miss Garland
At the Stoneham Theatre
Through July 22nd

Kathy St. George presents anecdotes from Judy Garland's life and her movies as well as a hilarious one-woman Wizard of Oz in 8 minutes and renditions of many of the singer's hits. St. George bases the entire performance on her longtime absorption in Garland's life and work.

Kathy St. George talked with Jared Bowen on Greater Boston about paying tribute to her favorite actress, Judy Garland.

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


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