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Interview: Ricky Jay
"There are people who react strangely. I've had people who will clutch rosary beads or throw glasses."
| March 31, 2009
It’s a few days after Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, and Rebecca Watson is posted up at the Asgard, a popular bar down the road from MIT, passing out leaflets promoting an upcoming “Skeptics in the Pub” event.
Pseudoscience debunkers and original thinkers unite in their lack of faith
| March 18, 2009
Writing about the dance troupe Momix is as tricky as describing effervescence
Momix bring their best to FirstWorks
| November 04, 2008
After visualizing “financial security,” I readied for Ed McMahon’s knock. No such luck — but the next morning, tucked in a pocket, I found seven dollars !
In honor of Halloween, I run a spell-check
| October 22, 2008
A number of college students are turning to Wicca.
Campus witches have no brooms, no bleeding goats. Just cookies. Sorry.
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| October 20, 2008
Kapoor’s work looks like nothing in reproduction; you have to experience it in person to get it.
Anish Kapoor at the ICA
| June 03, 2008
A look back
“Integrity” is the word that comes to mind while walking through the Lois Dodd show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport.
A longtime Maine artist gets a mini-retrospective
| May 07, 2008
A tap-dancer, a magician, and an eight-piece horn section. According to a recent Web-site missive from Tiger Saw, the latest incarnation of the Newburyport-based indie collective includes all three.
Tiger Saw show some animation
| May 06, 2008
The cupboards of Irish dramaturgy are crammed with ghosts.
Shining City at the Huntington; ASP’s The Tempest
| March 18, 2008
A philosopher in bunny ears
Martin’s new memoir, Born Standing Up , grants us our best access yet to this remote and brilliant figure — the cool architect of the comedy.
Steve Martin’s new memoir unlocks the freaky logic of his comedy
| December 31, 2007
There are several meanings to the word popular, and BalletRox’s The Urban Nutcracker satisfies the truest of them.
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| December 11, 2007
Clive Barker doesn’t do subtlety.
No salvation for Clive Barker’s Jericho
| October 30, 2007
Boombazi have performed one of the more difficult music magic tricks: They’ve managed to create a funk-heavy sound that isn’t at all dated and actually moves the genre forward.
“Dear Momma, can you say, ‘Revolution’”
| October 03, 2007
Do you believe in Magic?
On Magic (Columbia), Bruce Springsteen’s first album with the E Street Band in five years, not everything is what it seems.
Bruce Springsteen returns to the E Street Band
| October 01, 2007
Lines upon reading that Britney Spears may recently have spent the night with the heavy-metal illusionist Criss “Mindfreak” Angel
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
| August 23, 2007
Somerville’s annual ArtBeat festival operates under the idealistic philosophy that kids and adults can have fun together.
From ArtBeast to Hogwarts Square
| July 30, 2007
The last Potter
The end is never easy, is it?
What does the end mean for Harry’s strange Boston disciples?
| July 24, 2007
Prisoners’ guru to speak in Maine
Mainers will get a chance to discuss prison life with Bo Lozoff.
| July 18, 2007
Jaglom dreams on
For his shaky, pretentious first film, A Safe Place , Henry Jaglom conned Orson Welles into playing a magician.
And psychiatry gets The Treatment
| May 22, 2007
This imaginative and flawlessly performed staging of The Fantasticks sets off every spark in this fireworks celebration of youth.
Trinity Rep’s spirited The Fantasticks
| April 10, 2007
Sleight of hand
Ricky Jay laughs when I tell him he reminds me of Fred Astaire.
Ricky Jay releases an album
| February 20, 2007
What is it about magicians that they’re able to conjure the most stunningly attractive women, only to have them disappear? Watch the trailer for The Illusionist (Quicktime)
A not so magical story
| February 20, 2007
Postmodern turns out to have been the wrong word, and world, for the Nolan brothers (director Christopher and screenwriter Jonathan) of Memento fame. Watch the trailer for The Prestige (QuickTime)
A movie with a few tricks of it own
| February 20, 2007
Never mind the Citgo
For all the complaints that Boston is losing its character, there’s still a lot to this old, weird city. It’s just a matter of taking a closer look.
Beyond the clichés and picture postcards, Boston hangs on to its character
| July 05, 2006
These New York dance-rock dudes almost certainly formed a band to seduce babes.
Black Magic Show | Kemado/Hollywood
| May 17, 2006
ID Check: HumanKind
Pick a three-digit number.
Ghost-rock street hustlers
| March 02, 2006
Expect no flash from Stephen Fisher, no canvases of dead insects, no frontal nudity, no puns, no effort to exaggerate, shock, disarm, or confront.
Drawing takes flight at the Pepper Gallery
| February 18, 2006
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