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Not so great

I'd like to thank David S. Bernstein for his story about our state's probation department hiring scandal and what it says about our legislature.
Letters to the Boston Phoenix editors, March 16, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 16, 2012
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Revisiting Nixon in China

To celebrate the forthcoming 25th anniversary of the opera Nixon in China , its three creators gathered last Tuesday afternoon on the stage of Harvard's Loeb Drama Center (home of the A.R.T.) to discuss their landmark opus.
Grand Opera and Anti-Opera
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 25, 2011
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Freedom's Foot Soldier

No one has labored with more love and assiduity to keep those liberties established by John Adams secure than John Reinstein, who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as the top lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.  
Plus, Why Romney, Brown and Kerry are wrong
By EDITORIAL  |  March 11, 2011
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Stuff at night

This week’s health headlines also included the announcement from the Boston Symphony Orchestra that music director James Levine has been sidelined again, from the “excruciating pain” he’s been suffering since his surgery for a herniated disc.
The BSO without Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, the Cantata Singers, American Classics, the Zarounian Ensemble
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 02, 2010
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Donkeys kicking Timilty

As if Democrats don't have enough problems with attacks from tea-bagging circus clowns, now one local pol is being targeted by fellow donkeys.
Governor's Council
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010
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Leon Kirchner, 1919–2009

Craggy, tender, passionate, witty, rough-edged, lyrical, uncompromising, Leon Kirchner's music, so like the man himself, made an indelible impression. Even in his recent appearance at a 90th-birthday tribute concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
In Memoriam
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 23, 2009


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More new than old

During his decade-long tenure at Festival Ballet Providence, artistic director Mihailo "Misha" Djuric has not only created a polished ensemble of dancers but fostered an impressive clutch of choreographers.
Hope gets its close-up at Festival Ballet
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 10, 2009
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Dancing ballet or not

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Celebrity Series program at the Cutler Majestic last weekend could have been a primer of the ways not to dance ballet.

By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 10, 2009
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Anniversaries and other occasions

Anniversaries, however fabricated, can still be useful. This year commemorates the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn, the 150th birthday of Victor Herbert (both recently celebrated with intensive "orgies" on WHRB), the 200th anniversary of Haydn's dea
Masur's Mendelssohn, Orfeos from Norrington and Levine, the Discovery Ensemble, and the Inauguration 'performance'
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 27, 2009
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Year in Classical: Celebrate!

In Handel's Hercules, the demented Dejanira's loss is still so painful, I was afraid to listen; now I don't want to hear anything else.
Comings and goings
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 22, 2008
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Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 08, 2008


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Interview: Jill Lepore and Jane Kamensky

Long-time friends Jill Lepore and Jane Kamensky didn't set out to write Blindspot, a novel complete with murder, scandal, slave stealing, and some very hot sex.
Two historians pen a bodice ripper
By CLEA SIMON  |  December 02, 2008

Morality plays

The next six weeks of American life will be marked by a theatrical onslaught of ambition, contention, and colorful character development.
It’s hard to escape politics this fall
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 10, 2008
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Winged feet

Dance highlights from the fall season.
Dance around town
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 08, 2008
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Bad sports

When historians trace the rise of the blog as the dominant journalistic form of the 21st century, they’ll pay close attention to two recent developments.
While old and new media are mending many fences, they’re still squaring off in jockland
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 18, 2008
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What's left behind

Tap Olé is less a new-fangled bicultural fusion than a return to tap dancing’s foundational swingtime.
Tap Olé at the Regent, Rachid Ouramdane at the ICA, Prometheus at Boston Conservatory
By DEBRA CASH  |  May 21, 2008


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More democracy now

Those of us hooked on HBO’s John Adams miniseries have been basking in Massachusetts’s central role in ushering in our nation’s bold democratic experiment.
Why Beacon Hill should allow same-day voter registration
By EDITORIAL  |  April 02, 2008
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Raising Hellboy

Got bad guys? Call Hellboy.
Mike Mignola’s sympathetic devil
By KRISTINA WONG  |  March 26, 2008
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Shocker: RI GOP in disarray

An internecine battle has broken out between the couple dozen or so people who claim to be members of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
A real two-party system requires an effective minority party
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 19, 2008
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Lorca without Lorca

Is it possible for a work of art to seem both completely sincere in its intentions and at the same time counterfeit and manipulative?
Opera Boston’s Ainadamar, plus Ida Haendel, the BSO, and West Side Story
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 30, 2007

Genuine sense of outrage

Democratic US Representative Tom Allen is being accused by editorial writers and other whack jobs of demeaning the political process.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 29, 2007


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Almost famous: Jack Gold

Favorite summer pastime? Pulling weeds.
Providence Preservation Society
By FRANK MULLIN  |  August 08, 2007
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The poetry of music

Music is like poetry without words.
And vice versa, at the 2007 Gamper Festival
By BENJAMIN J. MEIKLEJOHN  |  July 25, 2007
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Classic love

Classic summer starts with a rock-and-roll fundraiser?
Romantic performances statewide
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  June 13, 2007

Enemies in high places



By ADAM REILLY  |  May 30, 2007
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Off-color TV party

A lot of cash is a requirement for an FCC broadcast license, but there are a few other hurdles.
One of WLNE’s new would-be owners has a checkered past
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 21, 2007


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Rise and fall

With its production of the Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Opera Boston consolidates its position as this city’s most exciting opera company.
Opera Boston does Mahagonny; the BSO and the Boston Philharmonic do Sibelius
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 13, 2007
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Winter harvest

"I don’t want to be here,” soprano Susan Larson lamented in her moving eulogy to her old friend and colleague Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.  
Emmanuel’s memorial to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; Angelika Kirchschlager at Jordan Hall; Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and El Niño at the BSO
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 12, 2006

Penny for your thoughts

I strongly support  getting rid of pennies.
Letters to the Boston editor: October 20, 2006
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 18, 2006
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Orpheus ascending

Chinese-born director Chen Shi-Zheng is the latest in a line of original opera directors (Sarah Caldwell, Peter Sellars) who’ve developed a Boston following.
Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Richard Conrad, Dolores Ziegler, and John Ferrillo
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 26, 2006