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Love in a Neil Jordan film is almost always impossible: a guy falls for another man’s wife, or for his own mother, or (unwittingly) for another guy, or for the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Mysterious mer-woman takes up with a fisherman
| June 25, 2010
Boston Underground Film Festival 2010
Now in its seventh year, the Boston Underground Film Festival has a knack for showing you things you've never seen before (not to mention things you can never un-see, such as the sentient penis jackhammering its way through sheetrock in last year's head
BUFF 2010 pays homage to cinematic fromage
| March 19, 2010
The Institute of Contemporary Art gets down and dirty this spring with Mexican artist Jerónimo López Ramírez, who's better known as DR. LAKRA — or, as they might say in his home of Oaxaca, "Dr. Delinquent."
Puppets, painted poetry, and the Kennedys
| March 12, 2010
Martin Pearlman's edition of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beate Vergine, with inserted antiphons to suggest an actual service, remains a masterpiece of historical research and inspired guesswork.
The BSO and Boston Baroque at their best
| February 26, 2010
Leonard Feeney, a defrocked Jesuit priest and pretty much of a legend in this city as a result of the “sermons” he preached on the Common every Sunday without fail for eight years, from 1949 to 1957, attracting sometimes as many as a thousand people to
A Heretic Courted By The Church
| October 09, 2009
Unlike its predecessor, the over-hyped Rent , Spring Awakening is the genuine item: a Tony-winning amalgam of theater and pop music that smells like teen fusion.
Spring Awakening at the Colonial; Jerry Springer: The Opera at SpeakEasy
| May 08, 2009
Squares in squares
Squares in squares
| March 25, 2009
Slideshow: X-ray reveals secrets of Tintoretto's painting
Jacopo Tintoretto’s painting Nativity , in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, has long puzzled scholars because of its odd composition.
“Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice” at the MFA.
| March 16, 2009
Big in every way
Men in inky darkness. Men without women (save for the Blessed Virgin). Men in splendor, men in ecstasy, men without smiles. Men as saints but not as sinners.
‘El Greco to Velázquez’ at the MFA
| April 15, 2008
Last man standing
In his 1954 novel I Am Legend , Richard Matheson conjured up a terrifying scenario: a man-made plague has killed most of humanity.
Once a cautionary tale about human folly, has the doomsday myth become just more fun and games?
| December 12, 2007
Mutiny in Heaven
It is a truth now well established that the idea for a series of books about a schoolboy wizard did not , in fact, originate with its author, J.K. Rowling (as she has naively claimed), but was piped up red-hot and stinking from Below.
Philip Pullman ’ s fantasy novels are condemned as a crash course in militant atheism. But one BU professor thinks otherwise.
| December 06, 2007
In search of Kerouac
Ashare drops me off, frantic Matt Ashare from my paper, swilling coffee in a ceramic mug at the wheel of his sulky-blue Saturn Ion and ranting about dogfighting.
‘Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?’ . . . Lowell?!
| August 29, 2007
Joseph Arthur rounds the corner of a wall displaying his artwork, squinting into the soft, perfect light of the main gallery space.
Joseph Arthur’s abstract expressions
| July 30, 2007
Putting the ‘art’ in ‘fart’
‘Pull My Finger’ explores the dark vortex where comedy and poop jokes meet
| July 06, 2007
Do films hold the power of dreams?
Satoshi Kon’s got your ticket
| May 30, 2007
Lawn have mercy
Three years ago, a woman sold a grilled-cheese sandwich that contained the likeness of the Virgin Mary on eBay for $28,000.
A local artist is on a mission to tally the Virgin Marys in Somerville
| May 23, 2007
Some dances are made on specific story lines that they keep to themselves.
Bebe Miller at the ICA, Kelley Donovan at the Dance Complex
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| April 26, 2007
Among the shows that open each season, a few stand out like a pair of stiletto heels spotted in a swarm of rubber-soled footwear.
Sacred Hearts , States of Grace
| January 30, 2007
A winter’s tale
Even as the family drama of your holiday comes to a close, there’s no need to don a kerchief and settle in for a long winter’s nap.
The season ahead on area stages
| December 28, 2006
It’s not eBay, but it might be better for the Earth.
| December 27, 2006
Romance gone wrong
An unrequited-love triangle is at the center of Adam Rapp’s riveting and abrasive if not entirely plausible Red Light Winter.
Red Light Winter in Wellfleet; Romeo and Juliet in Williamstown
| August 09, 2006
Up and down
Dance is all about direction.
Boston Ballet looks for direction
| May 18, 2006
I hope the estate of Leonard Bernstein is collecting royalties for The Little Prince . Rachel Portman’s unremittingly sweet and relentlessly lilting score for this children’s opera based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous story borrows heavily from Be
Boston Lyric Opera imports The Little Prince , the BSO premieres Yehudi Wyner’s piano concerto, and Renée Fleming
| April 19, 2006
USM artist-in-residence Debbie Reichard spent the holiday season with university art students in a collaborative effort to speak about the belief systems that keep on getting Americans into their post-Christmas mess.
“The Brown Christmas” at USM Gorham
| February 21, 2006
In search of modern art
Despite offering many pieces that haven’t been seen in decades, the Museum of Fine Arts’ current “Degas to Picasso” is no blockbuster, and it doesn’t pretend to be.
‘Degas to Picasso’ at the MFA; ‘Fra Angelico’ at the Met
| January 28, 2006
Your superior correspondents are as guilty as most for ignoring the many legitimate candidates who seek office, but are not given much chance of winning because of their reluctance (or inability) to link up with deep-pocketed contributors.
Sheeler has a gripe about attention given to better-funded rivals
| January 19, 2006
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