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MASS YOGA, HAUTE OPEN­INGS, SPEC­TAC­U­LAR ART: HERE ARE BOS­TON’S SIX CAN’T-MISS EVENTS THIS SEA­SON.

Boston Common - - CONTENTS - BY KELLY AN­DER­SON

Mass yoga, haute open­ings, spec­tac­u­lar art: Here are Bos­ton’s six can’t-miss events this sea­son.

LET IT RAIN

Step into MassArt’s new De­sign and Me­dia Cen­ter and look up—Rain­field (2016) hangs above. From artist Daniel Clay­man, the site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tion of more than 10,000 hand­made glass wa­ter droplets was built with the help of 18 MassArt stu­dents. “Just from an aes­thetic stand­point, I think it is beau­ti­ful,” says Clay­man. “The light in the atrium is ever-chang­ing.” 621 Hunt­ing­ton Ave., 617-8797000; massart.edu/rain­field

RIGHT ON TIME

Bos­ton, meet Detroit. Made-in-theMo­tor-City life­style brand Shi­nola has fi­nally made its way to Bos­ton, bring­ing its up­scale watches, note­books, and bi­cy­cles to a Pru­den­tial Cen­ter bou­tique. “We have had a very pos­i­tive re­sponse since open­ing in Bos­ton,” says pres­i­dent Jac­ques Pa­nis. “This is a com­mu­nity we know has dis­cern­ing taste.” The Shops at Pru­den­tial Cen­ter, 617-262-3400; shi­nola.com

ASHES TO ASHES

There are two sides to ev­ery story, and in Steve McQueen’s video in­stal­la­tion Ashes (2002–2015), two sides of a film are split be­tween one room. “The story that’s told is very beau­ti­ful,” says ICA cu­ra­tor Dan By­ers of the film that fol­lows a fish­er­man to his un­ex­pected fate. “And it’s told through a beau­ti­ful use of lyri­cal video.” The US de­but of a Venice Bi­en­nale fa­vorite,

Ashes marks the first time in

“EACH BAD EX­PE­RI­ENCE WE HAVE ADDS A BRICK TO THE WALL. THE IDEA IS TO BREAK THAT WALL DOWN.” —AMY LEY­DON

two decades that the Os­car-win­ning film di­rec­tor’s art is on dis­play in Bos­ton. Fe­bru­ary 15 through Fe­bru­ary 25, 2018, 25 Har­bor Shore Dr., 617-478-3100; ica­boston.org

LEAPIN’ LIZARDS!

Leg­endary ac­tor James Earl Jones, the re­cip­i­ent of two best ac­tor Tony Awards (not to men­tion life­time achieve­ment hon­ors from SAG and the Os­cars), stars in Ten­nessee Wil­liams’s The Night of the Iguana at the Amer­i­can Reper­tory The­ater. “[Wil­liams was] the rea­son that I went into the­ater,” says Michael Wil­son, di­rec­tor of the 1961 mas­ter­work that fol­lows a group of mis­fit trav­el­ers through a “sexy and funny” night in the Mex­i­can jun­gle. Fe­bru­ary 18 through March 18, 64 Brat­tle St., Cambridge, 617-5478300; amer­i­can­reper­to­rythe­ater.org

BUILD IT UP, TEAR IT DOWN

Part yoga class, part emo­tional re­lease, part Pink Floyd rock show… Wait, what? On March 25, Bos­ton yogi Amy Ley­don in­structs a mass yoga class to the tune of Pink Floyd’s The Wall (with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing light show, nat­u­rally). But it’s more than just a fan trib­ute, says Ley­don. “With each bad ex­pe­ri­ence we have, it adds a brick to the wall. The idea is to break that wall down.” Oberon, 2 Ar­row St., Cambridge, 617-5478300; amy­ley­donyoga.com

PLAY­ING WITH FIRE

South Bos­ton culi­nary leader Bar­bara Lynch’s new au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Out of Line, takes read­ers through her tu­mul­tuous life jour­ney, from hard-knocked child­hood to al­co­holism to the some­times-not-soglossy world of top-tier restau­rants. Says Lynch, “I’m hop­ing that my story of suc­cess will help oth­ers over­come what’s hold­ing them back.” Avail­able April 11, Barnes & No­ble, The Shops at Pru­den­tial Cen­ter, 617- 247-6959; bar­ne­sand­no­ble.com; bar­bar­a­lynch.com

Shi­nola chic! Mo­tor City hits Bos­ton in the form of ex­clu­sive, Amer­i­can-made watches, bi­cy­cles, can­dles—you name it—at the Shi­nola Bou­tique at the Pru­den­tial Cen­ter.

FROM TOP: Om against The Wall with Amy Ley­don’s Pink Floyd yoga; 12 Years a Slave di­rec­tor Steve McQueen ex­hibits his video in­stal­la­tion Ashes (2002–15) at the ICA; “I hope my story of suc­cess will help oth­ers over­come what’s hold­ing them back,” says star restau­ra­teur Bar­bara Lynch of her new mem­oir, Out of Line.

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