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Fair sculptures at Decordova

Eva Hesse at the ICA and Tory Fair at the deCordova

Hesse's ability to imbue her art with body and blood and gravity anticipated the kinder, gentler minimalism of today's Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, and Roni Horn, as well as the fleshy fairy-tale figures of Kiki Smith. Boston sculptor Tory Fair has d
Women's work
By GREG COOK  |  July 29, 2011

Photos: Boston Flower Show at the World Trade Center

The Boston Flower & Garden Show takes over the World Trade Center from March 16-20, 2011.
Boston Flower & Garden Show | World Trade Center | March 20, 2011  
By DAVE BARKER  |  March 25, 2011

What a prick!

Saint Valentine, it is said, would pick the violets that grew outside his prison cell window. The third-century martyr would write little notes of love on the violets' leaves with ink that he made from the flowers' petals.
The not-so-pretty secrets of the pretty-flower business.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 12, 2010

Lilac beard

Hey, look: a lilac beard!
By KARL STEVENS  |  July 10, 2009

Livin' la Vida Locavore

Winter has always traumatized New Englanders, but because of the economy (thanks, rapacious mortgage-bundling douche bags!), this past season was particularly grim.
If farmers and artisans are packing their best goods and schlepping them to your 'hood, cheap, what's your excuse for not consuming them? 
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 10, 2009

That's how people grow up

Morrissey specializes in decadent enlargements of contrary emotions: he's got despair on lock, he's an excellent sculptor of ennui.
Morrissey, live at House of Blues, March 29, 2009
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 31, 2009


Meow mix

Spring showers have yielded not only vibrant daffodils and vexing pollen but also a variety of recordings by local experimental musicians.
Katt and some other cats
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  May 13, 2008


Sister Corita Kent was something of a celebrity.
The high voltage work of Corita Kent
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2008

The bong show

Some state legislators are using the flawed logic of prohibition to try to outlaw another plant they fear kids are using as a legal substitute for pot.
Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing to criminalize Salvia. Is this a test-run for marijuana-law reform?
By JAMES TIERNEY  |  April 23, 2008

Off the wall

Unfortunately, while many passages of fervently gathered lyricism are thrust toward us like exotic bouquets between scenes of ordinary conversation, the poetry doesn’t accumulate impact.
The strained poetry of . . . and Jesus Moonwalks
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 15, 2008

February 14, 2008

By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  February 13, 2008


Greenhut looks at 30

It’s important not to overlook the significance of Greenhut Gallery’s 30th anniversary in business.
The gallery is a great example for others
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 16, 2008

Balancing act

The spotty collection of work at the Front Room Gallery in South Portland is easily forgiven due to the nature of a holiday sale.
Juggling the contents of the imagination at the Front Room Gallery
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 16, 2008

Daisies a day

I’m in the camp that says band names are important.
Here’s the newest anchor to Portland’s folk-roots scene
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2007

Intimacy issues

There’s a fine line between “whimsically surreal” and “Oh God please make it stop.”
Pushing Daisies  hides its feelings; HBO can’t get it up
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  October 30, 2007

Arts and craftsmen

The stage at the Berklee Performance Center last Friday was strewn with Stars and bouquets of flowers.
Stars and New Buffalo, Berklee Performance Center, October 19, 2007
By ELLEE DEAN  |  October 23, 2007

Portland scene report: October 19, 2007

She’s shaved her head. That’s always a good thing.
Sibilance starts now

BBC America?

The British are coming! And they have American accents!
The networks put some English on the fall TV season
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  September 12, 2007

Bound and gagged

Girl meets boy; girl loses boy; girl wins boy back. It’s an old story, and it usually works, even when it’s set halfway around the world and the girl and boy are 17th-century Qing Dynasty aristocrats.
Lisa See gets tied up in the Qing
By CLEA SIMON  |  July 18, 2007

June 22, 2007

Weekly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  June 20, 2007

Nancy who?

Back in the ’50s, when I was 10 or so, I must have read a dozen Nancy Drew volumes.
A sleuth for all seasons
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 13, 2007

May 15, 2007

By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 09, 2007

Mistakes were made

The Portland music scene has a case of the single white males.
But Joshua Madore has produced a fine debut, nonetheless
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 02, 2007

Hot stuff

When we think of global warming, we picture glaciers melting, sunbathing polar bears, and The Day After Tomorrow .
Global-warming study looks local
By GREG COOK  |  April 18, 2007

Editors' picks: Romance

Sloane Design, Sal's Productions, Mill's Creek Natural Market, and more.
Best humor in your bouquet, best romantic vista, best hot liquid sin, and more

April 3, 2007

By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  March 29, 2007


Quiet strength

Goshawks scowl atop knotty bent branches, kingfishers stare intently down at water, and dragonflies alight on begonias in the RISD Museum’s new exhibition.
Power and Serenity at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  March 20, 2007

Boston music news: March 16, 2007

Amanda Palmer may be the public face of Dresden Dolls, but drummer BRIAN VIGLIONE is no shrinking violet.
Notes on Brian Viglione's many projects, plus Elaine O'Rourke and Guster
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 13, 2007

Flower power

Many of Zhang Yimou’s films come down to a battle between character and décor. Watch the trailer for Curse of the Golden Flower (QuickTime)
Zhang’s gaudy, gory Curse
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 20, 2006

September 26, 2006

Waxing moon in Scorpio. Another excellent day for flirting, gourmandizing, or embarking on a completely bizarre diet that’s more about what you don’t do than what you do. “Deprivation is to me, what daffodils were to Wordsworth,” said Philip Larkin. “Les
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  September 20, 2006