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Marie Antoinette rules at ART
Last year, dramatist David Adjmi raised a stir with a site-specific tea party called Elective Affinities , in which four-time Tony winner Zoe Caldwell held court in an Upper East Side townhouse, spinning a small audience into her web of entitlement.
| September 14, 2012
Interview: Karole Armitage dances with Marie Antoinette
Karole Armitage jettisoned her sobriquet as the "punk ballerina" years ago, but the Tony-nominated former Merce Cunningham dancer continues her edgy choreographic foray with her contributions to the upcoming world premiere of playwright David Adjmi's Ma
| August 31, 2012
Review: Farewell, My Queen
The gifted French director Benoît Jacquot specializes in movies about the emotions of young women.
Adapted from Chantal Thomas’s novel
PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN
| July 27, 2012
A cautionary tale from 18th-century France
Though there's no hard evidence that Marie Antoinette actually uttered "Let them eat cake," she remains a larger-than-life symbol of ruling-class decadence and a culture of gaping wealth disparity.
Honoring the masses
| May 18, 2012
Sweden's Radio Dept. create musical graffiti
Growing up in the small Swedish town of Björntorp, Johan Duncanson didn't have bright explosions of spray paint on underpasses to remind him that art could exist outside the lines of commercialism. Instead, music, movies, and comic books provided the l
Art for pop's sake
| February 04, 2011
The surreal world
Corey Grayhorse offers a style of synthetic glitz that seems to channel our society’s plastic, superficial heart.
Dreamworks by Corey Grayhorse at AS220
| May 21, 2010
Solving hunger is not a piece of cake
Marie Antoinette lost a head not too long after she allegedly offered, “Let them eat cake” as a suggestion to hungry Parisians with no bread. While there are still plenty of people making ignorant remarks these days, very few of them are French princess
Will Walk for Food Dept.
| April 30, 2010
Seeing is believing
Emperor Fredrick has a wardrobe problem.
The Emperor visits the Children's Theatre
| March 05, 2010
Visions of hope
Shannon Heuklom of Providence spent the past two summers helping at a rural clinic, serving some 2000 HIV-positive patients, that is run by the nonprofit Hope Through Health in the West African nation of Togo.
‘Coming Out’ at Firehouse 13; Dery and Easton at 5 Traverse
| January 15, 2010
At some point while watching the features in the Harvard Film Archive's "Le Film Maudit" ("cursed films") series — perhaps during the "Circle of Shit" chapter in Pier Paolo Pasolini's SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM — you might ask yourself, which is mor
"Le Film Maudit" at the HFA
| July 17, 2009
Jamaica Plain's Laurel Sparks has become one of our best local abstract painters, as her new collection of bright, fun, juicy, abstracted chandeliers at Howard Yezerski Gallery attests.
Laurel Sparks at Yezerski, plus Julie Miller, Sheila Gallagher, Darren Foote, and Michael Ellis
| February 20, 2009
Review: ASP's The Duchess of Malfi, Nora's The Cherry Orchard
T.S. Eliot famously opined that John Webster saw "the skull beneath the skin."
| January 13, 2009
The business of bubbly
Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin (say that a few times fast) is a woman after my own heart.
A Mainer's new book explores the queen of champagne
| November 05, 2008
Crossword: ''Stuck on you''
And you can't seem to get rid of it
| January 30, 2008
It’s all soothing, but Walker’s never too sweet.
Urban Angel | Quango
| January 14, 2008
The pursuit of perfection
Lines upon learning that a Lexus parked on the grounds of an English stately home was “sexually attacked” by a peacock
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
| October 12, 2007
In Search of Mozart
Phil Grabsky had Amadeus squarely in his sights when he set out to make this documentary celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Looking in all the usual places
| May 02, 2007
Readers' picks 2007: City Life
Roxanne Huff, Old Orchard Beach, Francisco's at the Blue House Café, and more
Best bartender, best beach, best tattoo artist, best people-watching, and more
PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF
| April 19, 2007
As Alfred Hitchcock famously said, cinema is not a slice of life but a slice of cake. Watch the trailer for Marie Antoinette (QuickTime) Fate’s pansy: Another view of Marie Antoinette. By Clea Simon.
Sofia Coppola’s not so sweet Marie
| February 20, 2007
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
| December 20, 2006
The future of an illusion
When I first realized that movies would, for better or worse, dominate my imagination forever, I really gave no thought to the forces at work creating these transfiguring images on a screen.
Reflections on 40 years spent in the dark
| November 15, 2006
Ask Spin Cycle
Here at the Global Worldwide Headquarters of “Spin Cycle,” up to several letters have poured in during the past few days seeking our sage advice on all things electoral.
Campaign advice for the vote-lorn
| October 25, 2006
Off with their heads
The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
| October 20, 2006
Kirsten Dunst: “The movie wasn’t about the sets or the costumes, it was about people and the history of emotions, rather than facts, to me.” Régime change: Sofia Coppola’s not so sweet Marie. By Peter Keough
Coppola, Dunst and Schwartzman explain . . .
| October 18, 2006
Regime change - side
| October 18, 2006
Reimagining the past, as historical novelists must do, is difficult.
Another view of Marie Antoinette
| October 17, 2006
The smell of fear is thick in the air these days.
Reflections on a disturbing, but undeniable phenomenon
| September 28, 2006
If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
| September 13, 2006
The plot thickens
This article originally appeared in the December 20, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Oliver Stone rewrites history with lightning in JFK
| August 10, 2006
Being there fascinates us. We like to watch even if we don’t participate, we are reminded by “States of Siege: A Consideration of Re-enactment Photography,” at the University of Rhode Island Main Gallery through March 12.
Considering re-enactments at URI
| February 22, 2006
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