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The BSO’s conductor roulette

The last few BSO concerts of the season have had their pleasures and raised some questions, especially about who might be the next BSO music director, one of Boston's — indeed, one of the country's —major cultural positions.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 14, 2012
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Review: The Inbetweeners

Based on a popular British telly series and directed by Ben Palmer, The Inbetweeners sends its four randy, clumsy, post-high-school twits on a journey to the hedonistic vacation resort of Malia on the Mediterranean island of Crete.
Based on the popular British telly series
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 07, 2012
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Photos: The xx at the Wilbur Theatre

The xx perform live at the Wilbur Theatre on July 31, 2012.
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By COLLEEN MAGYAR  |  August 03, 2012
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Review: The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep's two films with Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia and this silly biopic, demonstrate that even when the world's greatest actress is at the peak of her powers — whether dramatic, comic, or musical — it's not enough.
Streep's not enough to save this one
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012
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Lyric's Or, mines the Restoration

Liz Duffy Adams's dramaturgical homage, Or, , is more florid than floral and sometimes clever bordering on cute. But the play, being given a brisk area premiere by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston (through November 6), is ingenious.
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 21, 2011
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Britannia rules at RISD’s “Made In the UK”

"Made In the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection," a survey of post-World War II British art at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through January 8), arrives as British artists are the top of the pops.
Top of the pops
By GREG COOK  |  October 07, 2011


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The Big Hurt: Alex James's cheese, the Chili Peppers' video, Noel and Liam's suit, Nicole Scherzinger's Killer Love, Sammy Hagar's Chickenfoot III

James is on the vanguard of a truly extraordinary future: now that cheese has been infused with the flavor of ketchup, it's only a matter of time before entire cheeseburgers — with beef, onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and all — are compressed into pre-s
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By DAVID THORPE  |  September 02, 2011

At the trough

In another example of the wonderful money management skills of government everywhere in Rhode Island, it appears that when it comes to getting rid of a budget deficit, you do it by throwing money at lawyers.
Good money after bad; letter from London; road woes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 19, 2011
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Beady Eye's Liam Gallagher talks new music, the Oasis breakup, and 'shithole' Glastonbury

Back in March, I caught up with Liam post-soundcheck in Paris, when he called to talk about his new gig, Noel taking credit for the success of Oasis, and how he is scaling back the partying -- but not to Chris Martin of Coldplay levels.
Feeling supersonic
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 19, 2011
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Review: Attack the Block

As a group of teenage thugs approach their intended victim (only their eyes are visible as they glare at the trainee nurse who's walking the cold south London streets alone on the way home from her shift), you'll be forgiven if you recall the recent wave
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By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 19, 2011
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Meery olde beer

In the increasingly specialized craft beer marketplace, fresh and edgy tends to trump tradition.
A new look at some old styles
By JOSH SMITH  |  April 15, 2011


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Review: The Druid’s fine trip to Inishmaan

Although Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan is the least likely of his plays to provoke a riot, as John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World did at its 1907 Dublin premiere, it is the most Synge-like of the Anglo-Irish dramatis
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 04, 2011