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Review: The Cold Light of Day

What I learned from the latest movie from Mabrouk El Mechri ( JCVD ): Madrid's police only work during the daytime, when they're everywhere (in the morning, they seem to be the only people on the streets).
Mabrouk El Mechri's latest film
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 14, 2012
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Terror and the MBTA: You don’t look harmless

Racial profiling meets war on terror: The highest federal court in New England has said it’s okay for government officials single out dark-skinned people for searches,  as long as they can concoct some cover rationale, ginned up with vague allusions to t
 Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  December 31, 2010
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Toys are us

Stepping into Randy Regier’s occupation of Whitney Art Works is like entering a parallel-universe 1950s FAO Schwartz showroom gone awry.
Randy Regier’s alternative histories at Whitney Art Works
By ANNIE LARMON  |  May 14, 2010
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Conga's

The first clue to a fake restaurant is a phony name. Conga's isn't owned by an Afro-Cuban dance rhythm, and doesn't serve drums. Instead, it has a Spanish and South American menu cooked by Central Americans for Thai owners whose previous Japanese restaur
Faking it, just not quite making it
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 26, 2010
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Slideshow: The MFA's Luis Melendez exhibit

Images of Luis Melendez's show at the MFA
"Master of the Spanish Still Life," now showing through May 9, 2010
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 12, 2010
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Bon appétit!

Luis Meléndez himself greets you at the outset of "Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life" at the Museum of Fine Arts. He seems a haughty 31-year-old in this 1746 self-portrait, standing in a fine silk coat and ruffled shirt and holding up a cha
The delicious art of Luis Meléndez
By GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2010


Crossword: ''Initial reaction''

Letters, not words
Letters, not words
By MATT JONES  |  November 27, 2009

Crossword: ''What are the odds''

You may be luckier than you think
You may be luckier than you think
By MATT JONES  |  October 16, 2009
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The Olympic (shell) games

It’s been 13 years since the pageantry and spectacle of the Summer Olympic Games — and the mythical economic boon that goes with it — has graced US soil. But we’ll find out next week if, in a secret-ballot vote in Europe, the International Olympic Commit
Next week, we’ll find out if an American city will host the 2016 Olympic Games — and if Boston has a shot at 2020. Despite the glitzy international attention, there are billions of reasons why every debt-saddled American should hope that the US does not get the gold.
By ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE  |  September 25, 2009
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Architecture of Heaven and Earth

Looking at the wavy roofs of Félix Candela's most iconic structures, like the restaurant Los Manatiales (1958) in Mexico City, I think of pinwheels or the fluttering dress of a spinning dancer.
Félix Candela's curves, Walter Gropius's boxes
By GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2009
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Lesson from a master

Philippe de Montebello retired at the end of last year from his position as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York after 31 years. During his tenure, the museum nearly doubled in size to two million square feet and increased its collect
Legendary Met director will take your questions
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  July 17, 2009


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Mission Control

Like many of his films, Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control will test the limits of its audience's patience.
Jim Jarmusch's arbitrary Limits
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 08, 2009
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Bard in the USA

"You know," Paulus observes, "we are the American Repertory Theatre, and we haven't spent a lot of time in the repertoire on American drama."
Next season's greetings from the American Repertory Theatre
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 17, 2009
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Clara Ramona at BU

Boston-based Mavi Dance produced the performances of Clara Ramona's "Sangre flamenca en gira" ("Flamenco Blood on Tour") at the Boston University Dance Theater last weekend, but the international dance group offered only two numbers on the long program
Styles show
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 26, 2009
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The spectacle of terror

Images are weapons as real as bullets and bombs.
Why the attacks in Mumbai constitute a terrible threat
By EDITORIAL  |  December 03, 2008

Crossword: ''Hidden strength''


Yes, we can solve this puzzle
By MATT JONES  |  November 26, 2008


In context

Moneo’s Chace Center is a place where art will live — in conception, execution, and display.
Why — and how — the chace center works
By PETER KADZIS  |  September 25, 2008
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Funny bones

It was the darkly comic offerings of Mats Ek in the middle, and the personable interpretations that gave the evening its distinction.
Stockholm 59° North at the Pillow
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 19, 2008
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The reign of Spain

The winner is (drum roll, please) . . . Spain.
Never mind the Olympics — the Spanish are the big winners of 2008. Are Obama and McCain aware of this new European powerhouse?
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 06, 2008
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Estragon

A divorce and new partners have put Julio de Haro in the position to open Estragon, a larger restaurant with a 1930s-tapas-bar theme. Nostalgia deepens authenticity, no?
And you thought Taberna de Haro was authentic . . .
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 16, 2008
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Master builders

A good architectural monograph is more than just a big colorful book with too-good-to-be-true photos; it’s a window into the heart and mind of the architect it profiles.
Books on, and by, architects
By DAVID EISEN  |  June 24, 2008


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Mike Edison walks alone

On his death bed, Mike Edison probably won’t lament that he didn’t do this or he didn’t go there.
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By AMY FINCH  |  June 10, 2008
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Spy games

The gray afternoon, the loveless assignation, the endless bureaucracy.
Alan Furst’s “Night Soldiers” novels
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 09, 2008
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Eastern promises


Balkan trends with DeVotchKa and Firewater
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  May 12, 2008
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Big in every way

Men in inky darkness. Men without women (save for the Blessed Virgin). Men in splendor, men in ecstasy, men without smiles. Men as saints but not as sinners.
‘El Greco to Velázquez’ at the MFA
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 15, 2008
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Running toward truth

The first wave of current-war fiction is washing up on American shores, and Alex Carr’s The Prince of Bagram Prison is a prime example.
A fast-paced spy thriller explores the ambiguities of wartime
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 09, 2008


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Voice of authority

German baritone Thomas Quasthoff has overcome adversity (his mother took Thalidomide) to become the outstanding German lieder singer of his generation.
Thomas Quasthoff holds forth
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 14, 2007
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Dark victory

It’s a good pairing: together, Serenade and La Sylphide write an essay on doomed love
Boston Ballet in Serenade and La Sylphide
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 31, 2007
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Potpourri

In Carolee Schneemann's 1975 performance Interior Scroll, she stood naked and read about sexism from a three-foot-long strip of paper that she pulled out of her vagina.
Naked ladies, bearded ladies, naked dolls, and more
By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2007
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Les jours de gloire

“Symbols of Power: Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style, 1800–1815” looks at the Napoleonic riddle in the mirror of its art.
Napoleon’s Empire style at the MFA
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 16, 2007