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,'., POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 1,2013 Page9 Socially Scene by 00Ingela Cornacchio Daniel Berger Jones and Pockets. Stones in His Pockets Lights Up the Lyric Stage .... When it opened in February the reviews were ravishing for this fall out of your seat comedy. You can catch the production of Stones in His Pocket at the Lyric Stage in Boston through March 164 . Stones in His Pockets is the hilarious and poignant story of a rural Irish village turned upside down by the arrival of an American film crew. When Charlie and Jake are cast as extras in the movie, they discover that Holly- wood's romanticized Ireland stands in stark contrast to the reality of their daily lives. This irresistible comedy has picked-up just about every major award that the industry has to offer includ- ing two Laurence Olivier Awards, an Evening Stan- dard Theatre Award, a New York Outer Critics Circle Award together with three nominations for Tony Awards. When a major Hollywood film studio descends on a village in rural Ireland the demand for extras from the local community is huge. As the story unfolds, two tal- ented actors bring to life more than 15 extraordinary characters. Marie Jones was inspired to write Stones in his Pockets after her often hilarious ex- periences as working as a film extra in Ireland. Marie Phil Tayler in Stones in His (photo by Mark S. Howard) created great comedy out of the lives of two ordinary Irish fellows, Jake and Charlie, working as extras on a big Hollywood film. Set in a village in County Kerry where many Hollywood mov- ies had been shot, including most famously The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, Stones in his Pockets poignantly ex- plores the aspirations of Jake and Charlie together with the inevitable clash of cultures between the local population and the incoming actors and crew. In a recent interview with the Boston Irish Reporter, di- rector Cour/mey O'Connor commented , "When I was in Ireland years and years ago, you wouId go to town after town and {they'd say}, 'Here's where we were invaded this time and here's where we were invaded that time.' What astonished me was the resilience of the Irish. At the end of the play, it's that sense of resilience that Charlie and Jake have. The idea that you carry what hap- pened with you. You carry the heartache with you. But you move forward." This one of a kind comedy is currently on stage in Boston through March 164 at the Lyric Stage located at 140 Clarendon Street in Boston. For tickets or fur- ther information you can call 617-585-5678 or visit www.lyricstage.com. Real Estate Matto Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 Lincoln Arts Project Presents Hush and Paint Job .... Artwork by Bill Dunlap, Paint Job, and art- work by Courtney McKenna & Mallory Biggins, Hush are now displayed on the first and lower level of the gallery through March 304 . Bill Dunlap is an artist who tends to move between Western Maryland and New York City. Most of the art- making happens in Mary- land. His work has been shown extensively across North America and Europe and is included in several permanent collections, in- cluding the library collection of the New York MoMA. He was recently the subject of a 10-page feature article in Juxtapoz Magazine, and will have his first retrospective this summer at the Univer- sity of Maryland Art Gallery. Paint Job is something of an experiment for Bill. He will be hanging two distinctly different styles of work to- gether, combining them to make something more in- teresting to see than any one of them alone would of- fer. One style is dark and loose figure painting --The other is a kind of loose geo- metric abstraction based on Appalachian quilt patterns. The figurative work ranges from portraiture to crucifix- ion to paintings inspired by pornographic images from the Internet. Born on the same day 26 years ago, Mallory April Big- gins and Courtney McKenna both studied fibers with a small group of women at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. They are now employed at the same art studio for adults with dis- abilities and have found their professional and cre- ative lives undeniably inter- twined. Each individually exploring her experience of the peaks and pitfalls of womanhood, Biggins and McKenna will present their work together in their first collaborative show, Hush. Courtney McKenna uses subtle and elegant embroi- dery to explore the meta- physical connections be- tween the interiors of a woman's body and the inte- riors of the homes they cre- ate. Quiet and suggestive, McKenna combines tradi- tional needlework tech- niques with naturally aged vintage linens which sum- mon thoughts of dish towels and petticoats -- cloth close to the body, and cloth close to I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Original artwork by Bill Dunlap can be found on display through March 30 th at the Lincoln Arts Project. (Photo courtesy of LincolnArtsProject.com) the home. McKenna's work speaks to the energy and con- centration we commit to things beyond ourselves, and the way the action of a woman's body is often dedi- cated to the good of the home. Mallory April Biggins' work is a material investigation into the ways women hold both a domestic touch and the ferocious potential for large-scale change. Biggins amplifies the voices of activ- ist icons like Mother Jones, Lucy Parsons and Emma Goldman into loud, bright pieces of fiber work buzzing with kinetic energy. Humbly functional objects like quilts, pillows and embroidered wall-hangings emblazoned with provocative slogans and aggressive speech illustrate the way a woman's domes- tic identity is so often mis- matched with her desire to be an agent of change. To snuggle up beneath a quilt loudly displaying Mother Jones' rallying cry is to illus- trate the mysterious di- chotomy of womanhood; that we are both the menders of stitched seams and, simul- taneously, the swift, fierce hands that shred them apart. You can find these fantas- tic pieces at the Lincoln Arts Project located 289 Moody Street, in Waltham through March 304 . For more details on gallery hours and admis- sion you can visit the site at www.lincolnartsproject.com or email info@lincolnarts project.com. 243 rd Anniversary Brings the Boston Massacre Back to Life ... Witness the event that sparked the Ameri- can Revolution at the Old State House on Saturday, March 2% This is a free for all ages family event that starts off with Little Redcoats and Little Bostonians at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Young visitors will experience what life was like for Bostonians and Brit- ish soldiers in Boston in the months leading up to the Boston Massacre. Trial of the Century begins at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm and will immediately follow Little Redcoats. Come inside to watch patriot lawyers John Adams and Josiah Quincy defend the British soldiers accused of murdering Bos- tonians. Audience members are invited to act as wit- nesses and jurors for this celebrated case. Free with museum admission in the Old State House. The Boston Massacre Re- enactment will take place at 7:00 pm. Become a part of this infamous event as it is reenacted in front of the Old State House in the very area where it took place in 1770. Decide for yourself if the sol- diers fired into the crowd in self-defense or cold-blooded murder. Before the action unfolds, hear from patriots, loyalists and moderates who will talk about the events and attitudes that led to that fateful night. This event is free. What better way to learn about Boston history than to get a firsthand look at it? This reenactment will take place on March 2 "d at the old State House located at 206 Washington Street in Bos- ton. If you're looking for in- formation on the event you can visit the website at www.bostonhitory.org. The Red Room Rocks in March .... A caf atmo- sphere located in the heart of Berklee has some class acts hitting the stage. Me vs. Gravity, Melanie Lynx and Carly Tefft will all take the stage on Friday, March 1 st at 8:00 pro. 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