Clockwise: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In bubble-gum wrapper, c. 1968 (courtesy Addison Gallery of American Art); still of Michael Shannon, Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor, Brittany Anne Woodford and Jenny Lacey in Elvis & Nixon (2016) (photo: Steve Dietl / Amazon Studios & B - © 2016 Amazon Studios & Bleecker Street); Obehi Janice in "We're Gonna Die" (photo: Evgenia Eliseeva)

Get Cultured: 'We're Gonna Die,' 'Revolution Of The Eye,' & 'Elvis & Nixon'

April 22, 2016

Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston and delivers news from the region’s arts scene. 
 
WE’RE GONNA DIE, presented by Company One Theatre at the A.R.T.’s OBERON through April 29

Synopsis: Actress Obehi Janice delivers — through monologue, song and comedy — universal stories about loneliness, love lost, aging, and illness. A four-piece band backs Janice’s character as she takes the audience on an existential and infinitely rousing journey that’s ultimately life-affirming.

Jared says: "This is fascinating. I love when I have experiences like this…I wanted more…This is a show that will break your heart while also caressing it." 
 
REVOLUTION OF THE EYE: MODERN ART AND THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN TELEVISION, on view at the Addison Gallery of American Art through July 31

Synopsis: From “The Twilight Zone" to "Laugh-In," to “Batman,” avant-garde art influenced the early days of television, as this exhibition now in Andover shows through some 260 works, including CBS memorabilia, vintage TV clips, and works by some of the 20th century’s greatest artists, including Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alexander Calder.

Jared says: "I love shows like this that really excavate history and tell us a story that we don’t necessarily know." 
 
ELVIS & NIXON, in theaters Friday

Synopsis: It’s the story behind the most requested photograph in the National Archives: Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) shaking hands with President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) at the White House, the King hoping to serve his country by becoming a federal narcotics agent. 

Jared says: “A very enjoyable film."
 
Looking for more arts coverage? This week on Open Studio, Jared heads to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to talk to its new director, Peggy Fogelman, just as the museum opens “Off the Wall, Gardner and her Masterpieces,” on view through Aug. 15. Then, a conversation with Ruth Pointer of The Pointer Sisters about her new memoir “Still So Excited!”­­


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