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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.
Heads off
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 14, 2012
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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
Post-revolutionary
By DEBRA CASH  |  August 31, 2012
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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
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 27, 2012
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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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 18, 2012
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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
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 04, 2011
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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
By GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2010


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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.
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  April 30, 2010
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Seeing is believing

Emperor Fredrick has a wardrobe problem.
The Emperor visits the Children's Theatre
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 05, 2010
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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
By GREG COOK  |  January 15, 2010
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Female trouble

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 17, 2009
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Neo-rococo

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
By GREG COOK  |  February 20, 2009


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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."
Dying breeds
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 13, 2009
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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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2008

Crossword: ''Stuck on you''


And you can't seem to get rid of it
By MATT JONES  |  January 30, 2008
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Natalie Walker

It’s all soothing, but Walker’s never too sweet.
Urban Angel | Quango
By KEN MICALLEF  |  January 14, 2008
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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
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 12, 2007


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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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 02, 2007
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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
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 19, 2007
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Régime change

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007
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Flower power

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 20, 2006
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2006


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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
By JOHN CARROLL  |  October 25, 2006
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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.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 20, 2006
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Whatchmacallit

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 . . .
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 18, 2006

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Fate’s pansy

Reimagining the past, as historical novelists must do, is difficult.
Another view of Marie Antoinette
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 17, 2006


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Fear itself

The smell of fear is thick in the air these days.
Reflections on a disturbing, but undeniable phenomenon
By EDITORIAL  |  September 28, 2006
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Fall back

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2006
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Being there

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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 22, 2006