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Dave Mustaine's righteous path

Now sober, the ginger frontman is not only sharing a bill with Metallica, but the stage in an end-of-the-night jam to celebrate the Big Four, along with Slayer and Anthrax, and commemorating 30 years of pioneering thrash by playing select gigs around the
Tragic hero
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 26, 2011
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Opera from BLO, the Met, and Teatro Lirico, plus top-level conducting at the BSO

Opera in Boston is now back in full swing. Boston Lyric Opera, with a company of singers and designers largely new to Boston led by Boston Classical Orchestra music director Steven Lipsitt, gave a memorable production of the opera that composer Viktor Ul
Good works
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 18, 2011
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For richer, for poorer

Laura Coroi saw my “Immigrant Kitchens” poster at the YMCA and introduced herself.
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By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 09, 2010
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Camera obscura

An acquired taste in French cinema, Philippe Grandrieux is an abstractionist who does narrative features, a post-punk artiste as comfortable making Marilyn Manson music videos as he is war-zone documentaries. But his three major features — which the Ha
Philippe Grandrieux's loaded minimalism
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  February 19, 2010
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Ring in the new

If 2009 lives up to the grace and power of some of the concerts that began it, we can look forward to a vintage year.
Haydn trios, Kirchner's 90th-birthday concert, Cantata Singers' Britten, Teatro Lirico's Aida
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 20, 2009
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This old house

You wouldn't know it, but throbbing away in the upper two floors of that tiny wedge of a building splitting Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue is Rise: Boston's only after-hours nightclub.
Rise celebrates 10 years on the edge
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 12, 2009


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World party

In its fifth year, FirstWorks Festival 2008 has grown to be a culturally diverse showcase, distinctly international in flavor, with an array of theater and family entertainment.  
Fresh fare at the FirstWorks Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 01, 2008
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Basic elements

Boston was a world-music stronghold even before the “world music” genre existed.
The international and roots-music scene heats up
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 08, 2008
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Pole sitter

Speaking to the legendary German filmmaker is like speaking to God.
Interview: Werner Herzog ponders the end of the world
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008
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Interview: John Cusack sounds off on War, Inc.

Most filmgoers recognize John Cusack as a brooding sexy, sometimes sardonic leading man.
Say everything
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2008
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Meter maids

Santa may know who’s naughty and nice, but he’ll have to bone up on his irregular folk meters if he wants to follow this year’s Christmas Revels to the Balkans.
Revels goes to the Balkans
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 17, 2007


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Christmas in Croatia

“If there are 1100 people in the audience,” Swanson reminds me, “around 600-700 of them will dance out into the Sanders lobby at intermission.”
Revels heads for the Balkans
By IRIS FANGER  |  December 09, 2007
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Heroics

It’s been eight years since Ricardo Chailly made his last Boston appearance.
Ricardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Teatro Lirico, and the BSO’s latest guests
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 13, 2007
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Choosing our religion

It’s all about the coffee.
How one little post-war doughnut shop became synonymous with Boston’s identity
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 02, 2007
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How not to make a fortune in publishing

The literary journal Paragraph was the ultimate little magazine.
East providence-based ¶ enjoyed a long run, mixing literary appeal with an old press
By TIM LEHNERT  |  February 21, 2007
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Anticipation

James Levine was back in front of the BSO after his Christmas break, and as good as at least one of the guest conductors.
James Levine and Deborah Voigt, Collage New Music, Teatro Lirico’s Turandot
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 06, 2007


The Portland scene report: January 12, 2007

The “Sibilance” staff would like to take a rare serious second to extend our best wishes to the family of Al Gardner, also known in the local Middle Eastern music community as Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian, whose ensemble was one of the first in the area
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 10, 2007
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Clever richness

The language in which the national political apparatus talks about war has undergone some shifts lately (no more, it seems, will we be “staying the course”), but you can safely bet on the sweeping endurance of words like “honor,” “ideals,” and, of course
Theater Project satire hits beautifully
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 08, 2006
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Carried away

I’ve heard a lot of music in the past couple of weeks — concerts by two major symphony orchestras, with two major young violinists, a hot new-music group, and two opera productions.
Frederic Rzewski, eighth blackbird, Yan Pascal Tortelier & the London Philharmonic, Emmanuel Krivine & the BSO, BLO’s La traviata, Teatro Lirico’s magical Flute
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 04, 2006