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Metric | Synthetica

Of all the Canadian acts that stumbled onto the scene in the early aughts, Metric have been the most consistent in putting out quality material.
MMI/Mom+Pop (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  June 08, 2012

Broken Social Scene | Forgiveness Rock Record

Recent “loudness wars” notwithstanding, dynamics in music have very little to do with actual volume.
Arts & Crafts (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 07, 2010

Puppet pageants

In the beginning, there was Kermit. Not Kermit the Frog — not just yet. That would come nearly 15 years later.
The influential art of Jim Henson and Peter Schumann
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2010

The New 3 R's

A Message From the Office of Devolution
By DAVID KISH  |  March 12, 2010

Los Campesinos! | Romance Is Boring

Toward the end of "In Medias Res," the first song on Los Campesinos!' third album, Gareth Campesinos (the entire Cardiff septet have adopted the surname) asks, "Is this something that would interest you?"
Arts & Crafts (2010)
By RYAN STEWART  |  January 22, 2010

A casket gets some airtime

Bert Harlow, woodworker and founder of the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts, made his own casket a few years ago. But he figured the pine box should get some use before he was nailed into it.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  January 01, 2010


The Most Serene Republic | . . . And the Ever Expanding Universe

The Most Serene Republic were the first group signed to Arts and Crafts that had no relationship to Broken Social Scene.
Arts and Crafts (2009)
By JAKE COHEN  |  July 03, 2009
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Liz Collins's Doll Cave at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through May 23) drapes the gallery with loosely-knit walls that look like spider webs or giant white granny shawls.
Spider webs and plastic baby dolls at AS220
By GREG COOK  |  May 15, 2009

Brava Larissa!

The end of an era loomed last night as Boston Ballet opened The Sleeping Beauty — what's likely to be the last story ballet ever to be staged at the Wang Theatre.
Boston Ballet opens The Sleeping Beauty
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 01, 2009

Music Seen: Anticon's 10th anniversary

Sure, Ray LaMontagne is huge and the Rustic Overtones saw their national time, but there is something to be said for a record label co-founded by Mainers that is more than a decade old and can still sell out the Knitting Factory in New York City.
Knitting Factory (Manhattan), December 18, 2008
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  December 31, 2008

Photos: Peter Simon's new book

Images from Peter Simon's new collection Reggae Scrapbook
By PETER SIMON  |  November 26, 2008


Peter the gadfly

Bread and Puppet Theater is the landmark political troupe that has been pricking US presidents and policies with a unique brand of street theater since JFK was in office.  
Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann is a national treasure. Maybe that’s why George W. Bush wants to bury him.
By GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2008

Boys’ life

The art features boy toys (no dolls, thank you very much), gadgets, and secret clubhouses.  
Childhood play becomes macho in Boston galleries
By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008

Scars & stripes

“Dude, that shit right there? That’s Iraq.”
American vets discover that their military uniforms — like their service — look better on paper
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  September 24, 2008

The Gadfly

Nestled in the verdant mountain valley of Glover, Vermont, way up in the northern part of the state, is a farm of rolling meadows, pine forests, and gray barns, all under vast skies.
Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann is a national treasure. Maybe that’s why George W. Bush wants to bury him.
By GREG COOK  |  August 27, 2008

Road trips

In the fall of 1883, Isabella Stewart Gardner — more than a decade before she would develop her museum on Boston’s Fenway — traveled to China.
Luisa does Isabella in China, Gohlke does America
By GREG COOK  |  July 01, 2008


Time out of mind

Luisa Rabbia created a slow-moving video work that offers a kind of travelogue of her own journey through Isabella Stewart Gardner's historic scrapbooks.
Luisa Rabbia at the Gardner, ‘Polar Attractions’ at the Peabody Essex, And ‘Meat After Meat Joy’ at Pierre Menard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 17, 2008

Creative compost

It's a vision of feral characters wandering a world jerry-rigged from recycled scraps of a collapsed plastic mass-produced disposable civilization.
Brian Chippendale’s masterful Human Mold
By GREG COOK  |  May 20, 2008

Cosplay chic

Why cosplay?
What to expect at Anime Boston this weekend
By MADDY MYERS  |  March 18, 2008


The same early-20th-century Vienna that eventually produced Freud, Schoenberg, and Wittgenstein was also the site of a renaissance in arts and crafts.
Textiles from the Wiener Werkstätte at the Busch-Reisinger, Solstice Soirée at the Gardner, Faculty Exhibition at BU, and Holiday Sale at Harvard’s Ceramics Studio
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  December 11, 2007

She's crafty

What would Grandma say?
Indie music and the internet have fueled an arts-and-crafts renaissance that would puzzle your grandmother
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 10, 2007


Trash talk

Trash night. Trash night, trash night, trash night. Abfallnacht , as they probably call it in Germany.
Who knew recycling, shorter showers, and organic spinach could cause such angst?
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 07, 2007

The King is dead (and rich)

It was 30 years ago next Thursday.
Long live Elvis’s ghost
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 08, 2007

All sewn up

Patchwork quilts, crazy quilts, quilts that tell stories, quilts that point the way to freedom, and quilts that just keep us warm are all part of the rich history of this art form.
A quilted movie at the Revolving Museum, Ernesto Pujol at the ICA, and ‘Touch But Don’t Touch’ at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 24, 2007

Life is but a dream

Children from theatrical families are often said to have been born in a trunk.
Aurélia Thierrée and Coleman Lemieux at Jacob’s Pillow
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 03, 2007

Editors' picks: Shopping

Miquette, Seven Story Market, Thames Street Glass, and more .
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State of the Union

Peter Schumann’s Bread and Puppet Theater rolls into town next week with a carnival of political art whose main event is the not-very-family-friendly puppet pageant The Battle of the Terrorists and the Horrorists .
Bread and Puppet takes on Bush’s horrorists
By GREG COOK  |  February 06, 2007

Stitching life together

You know the characters of a book have seeped into your soul when their emotions spark similar feelings in you.
Ann Hood works through her grief in The Knitting Circle
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 24, 2007

Finding a rhythm

In 1987, Providence writer and URI alum Ann Hood hit the best seller lists with her first novel, Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine .
Of knitting and novels
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 24, 2007

Vo Dilun is Cartoon Country

The front of the January 13 BeloJo, what with the big above-the-fold photo spread of Woonsocket’s battling mommies, was immediately dubbed the Parents’ Day Special at Casa Diablo.
Battling Woonsocket moms kick the New Year into high gear
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  January 17, 2007