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Puppets, politics, and art

Spent yesterday afternoon combining several of my passions: experiencing art and learning about American politics. The Bread and Puppet theater group is in residence this week at the Boston Center for the Arts, and their new show utilizes cooking as a tool and metaphor for exploring American political greed, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in Gaza, and the need for less consumption.

One of their most vivid theatrical statements (there were many): Use less or do without. Good food for restless minds and wallets.

My friends Jeanne and David brought their young kids. Hazel was terrified of the ten-foot tall puppets and the raucous band. Jonah seemed more pensive, taking it all in while finding joy when an even taller (literally twenty-foot) puppet of Uncle Sam towered over us on stilts.

Eye-opening, self-proclaimed “cheap” art. Two more shows today; skip out on Super Bowl mindlessness and get down to the BCA.


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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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