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The incredible journey of Marcus Samuelsson

If you were at the South End Buttery last week, you might have noticed a tall, sharply dressed African guy with a lilting Swedish accent sipping iced coffee, talking to a reporter, and radiating a crackling energy.
Chef's Special
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  August 17, 2012

Review: For Colored Girls

Can a mid-'70s play consisting of 20 monologues delivered by seven women survive the transition to movie screens in 2010? The short answer: not if it's adapted by Tyler Perry.
Tyler Perry turns Ntozake Shange’s “choreopoem” into . . . a Tyler Perry movie.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 30, 2010

Kings of Queens

When it comes to legendary hip-hop duos, Southerners salute UGK and OutKast, whereas nostalgic heads anoint EPMD, and eclectic contrarians endorse Organized Konfusion.
Why Mobb Deep are still the fittest
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010

Happy returns

George Balanchine didn’t go in for productions of the old classic ballets.
Boston Ballet’s Coppélia , Alvin Ailey at the Wang
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 23, 2010

Harlem | Hippies

There’s a Flying V–shaped hole in my heart left by the death of Jay Reatard.
Matador (2010)
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 09, 2010

Open to interpretation

For decades, abstraction dominated avant-garde discourse, as painters worked to break art down to its basic elements, stripping away more and more of what seemed necessary to a painting, and then stripping away even more.
‘Abstraction in Providence’ at RIC’s Bannister Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 02, 2010



It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
By GREG COOK  |  March 26, 2010

25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010

As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010

Joe Cuba | El Alcalde Del Barrio

Fania kicks off 2010 with what is sure to end up being one of the year's most important archival releases of Latin music.
Fania (2010)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 12, 2010

Message points

Instrumental music isn't very dependable at conveying specific non-musical subject matter.
Christian Scott's political science, Anita Coelho's connections
By JON GARELICK  |  March 12, 2010

Camera shy

Haven't we heard this story before?
Mike Tyson pops the paps. Plus, Rocky Top hits bottom.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 20, 2009


Mixed media

Film noir has been a running theme in composer/pianist Ran Blake's work since the beginning of his career — his very first album, The Newest Sound Around (RCA, 1962), with singer Jeanne Lee, began with David Raskin's theme to Otto Preminger's Laura .
Ran Blake's Pawnbroker, Sofia Koutsovitis's pan-American roots
By JON GARELICK  |  November 20, 2009


Purple's prose makes for wrenching melodrama
Purple's prose makes for wrenching melodrama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 20, 2009

Interview: Gabourey Sidibe

"While reading the book, I realized that I knew this girl in so many different people. Not just girls but boys, and not just black people but white and Asian and Indian."
A hidden gem discovered in Harlem
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 20, 2009

In focus

Photography has been New England’s greatest contribution to art of the past century.
‘Focus on Four’ is a sharp sampler
By GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2009

Review: Good Hair

According to Chris Rock, this documentary directed by Jeff Stilson was born when his young daughter asked him: “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?”
Chris Rock will make your head itch to know more
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 23, 2009


October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009

Where was everybody on St. Patrick's Day?

We piled into a car, we three intrepid journalists, and set out from the Back Bay Sunday morning to find our way to Royal Bolling’s party. “Roxbury’s Salute to St. Patrick’s Day,” as Bolling called it, should be easy to find, we reasoned. After all, the
Where's the (political) party?  
By MICHAEL RYAN  |  August 28, 2009

RISD's hope-less situation

On August 3 it was announced by the Rhode Island School of Design that Hope Alswang had resigned as the director of the RISD Museum. Those who have followed the coverage of this story may be somewhat confused by the revelation that absolutely everyone
Outrage over the Alswang 'Resignation.' Plus, too many sad passings
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 14, 2009

Bacdafucup, indeed!

There was a moment between the late ’80s and the early ’90s when hip-hop was cheerier than diaper commercials.
Remember Onyx? They’re still pissed.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 14, 2009

The End of the Yellow Brick Road

The Wiz wanders off course
The Wiz wanders off course
By STEVEN SCHIFF  |  July 03, 2009


Ruling the waves

The Dutch emerged at the dawn of the 17th century as a pre-eminent military and commercial power on the sea. They were in the midst of throwing off Spanish rule and developing a shipping empire that would reach from the Americas to South Africa to Asia.
The golden age of Dutch sea power sails into Salem
By GREG COOK  |  June 26, 2009

Play by Play: June 12, 2009

Boston theater this week
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 12, 2009

Revival of the fittest

While we all snoozed on eggnog during the 2007 holidays, Jeff Prystowsky and the rest of the Low Anthem were shacked up in a rickety old house on Block Island, a deserted little hamlet full of empty summer cottages off the coast of Rhode Island.
The deep, dark Americana of the Low Anthem
By MATT PARISH  |  June 12, 2009

Play by Play: June 5, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 05, 2009

Review: Bad Cop

Title a book Bad Cop and brain-basher types like Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta spring to mind.
Life as one of NYPD's not-so-finest
By AMY FINCH  |  June 05, 2009

Play by play: May 29, 2009

Boston Theater this week
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009

Play by Play: May 22, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 22, 2009

Play by Play: April 10, 2009

Plays around town
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2009

Play by play: April 3, 2009

Plays around town
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 01, 2009