Boston Ballet Dances Night Away in Arnold Arboretum

When night falls on Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum the landscape is transformed -- towering trees assume ominous forms, leaves rustle, bushes stir. It is the perfect setting, the Boston Ballet decided, to shoot a promotional spot for its season opener, a ghost-filled, romantic ballet set in medieval Germany. “When we were brainstorming ideas for our fall ballet, ‘Giselle,’ we knew our key scene was going to be the forest,” said Kristin Carr, the company’s director of creative services. “The main character, Giselle, dies of heartbreak and is buried deep in a forest haunted by Wilis -- ghostly apparitions of folklore, girls who have died betrayed by their faithless lovers on the eve of their weddings.”

The company was drawn to the Arboretum’s Tilia collection, a grove of sweet-scented lindens planted at the turn of the 19th century, but the space was attractive for other reasons, too. Carr said the dance company looks for opportunities to take the ballet out of the studio, creating engaging content by making use of Greater Boston’s landmarks.

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New Documentary About Boston’s Latin Quarter Premiering August 12

A new documentary "Boston's Latin Quarter," which takes a close look at the Hyde and Jackson Squares neighborhoods, is debuting in Jamaica Plain on August 12. Colombian filmmaker Monica Cohen, a Jamaica Plain resident, spent much of the last year producing and directing the 30-minute, bilingual documentary. The film looks closely at how the Hyde-Jackson Square neighborhood on the border of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury has transformed during the past three decades and recently received the designation of being Boston's Latin Quarter from the Massachusetts Cultural District. In the documentary, the director examines issues such as the strengths of the immigrant communities, Latinx entrepreneurs, the role of Afro-Latin Arts/Culture, place-keeping, and problems of crime, violence and gentrification. Following the film, a panel including Cohen; Celina Miranda, Executive Director of Hyde Square Task Force; Damaris Pimental, owner of Ultra Beauty Salon; and Elaine Mondy, a Boston Latin Quarter residents, will discuss the issues raised in the film.

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Jóvenes en Acción is Bringing Arts to the Street on August 7

Jóvenes en Acción is bringing arts to the street during a free event on August 7th. The festivities will begin at 6 pm with an evening filled with performances and food on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St. There will also be free ice cream from J.P. Licks. This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force's Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series. For more information, please contact Sarah at sarah@hydesquare.org or 617-318-6610.

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Jamaica Plain Artist’s Work on Display in ‘Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate’

Jamaica Plain artist Morris Norvin is among the 60 artists participating in "Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate." More than 80 contemporary sculptures by members of New England Sculptors Association fill the grounds and the three galleries on the second floor of Historic New England’s Eustis Estate. The estate, in an 80-acre picturesque setting at the base of the Blue Hills, is the perfect backdrop for art that uses material related to landscape and the environment. The show runs through October 13 at the Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Ave., Milton. Hours are Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 4 pm.  

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Crowdfunding Campaign for Teatro en el Parque Performances and Cafe in Mozart Park This Weekend

Hyde Jackson Square Main Street looks to build upon its successful 2018 event series by welcoming an even more vibrant, social Café in Mozart Park prior to Friday and Saturday night's Teatro en el Parque live theater shows. Teatro en el Parque makes live theater accessible for residents with few opportunities to experience theater in a language and culture that reflect many within the neighborhood. This year’s performance by Escena Latina Teatro – “It is Forbidden to Commit Suicide in the Spring” (Prohibido Suicidarse en Primavera) – will take place on the evenings of July 18, July 19, and July 20. Although performed in Spanish, English language supertitles are projected on a large video monitor so that non-Spanish speakers may also enjoy the play and learn about Spanish theater. Bridging Communities at Teatro en el Parque aims to bring together both Spanish and non-Spanish speaking communities for engaging, fun evenings in Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain.

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