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Review: Ondine

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010
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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
By SHAULA CLARK  |  March 19, 2010
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Tall stories

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
By GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2010
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Heaven!

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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 26, 2010
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Father Feeney

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
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  October 09, 2009
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Sensations

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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 08, 2009


Crossword: ''Revenge!''

Squares in squares
Squares in squares
By MATT JONES  |  March 25, 2009
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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.
By GREG COOK  |  March 16, 2009
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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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 15, 2008
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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?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 12, 2007
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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.
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 06, 2007


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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?!
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 29, 2007
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MOMAR man

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
By SCOTT FRAMPTON  |  July 30, 2007
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Putting the ‘art’ in ‘fart’

Everybody poops.
‘Pull My Finger’ explores the dark vortex where comedy and poop jokes meet
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 06, 2007
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Dream girl

Do films hold the power of dreams?
Satoshi Kon’s got your ticket
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 30, 2007
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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
By SHARON STEEL  |  May 23, 2007


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Untold tales

Some dances are made on specific story lines that they keep to themselves.
Bebe Miller at the ICA, Kelley Donovan at the Dance Complex
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 26, 2007
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Grace notes

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
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  January 30, 2007
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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
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 28, 2006
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Selling support

It’s not eBay, but it might be better for the Earth.
Charity work
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 27, 2006
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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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 09, 2006


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Up and down

Dance is all about direction.
Boston Ballet looks for direction
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 18, 2006
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Sweet tooth

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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 19, 2006
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Holiday hangover

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
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 21, 2006
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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  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 28, 2006

Money counts

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
By  |  January 19, 2006