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The Big Hurt: The Stone Roses and other tales of the living dead!

In the spooky spirit of the Phoenix Halloween Goth special, a chilling tale of a band returning from the dead!
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 28, 2011

The Big Hurt: The gnome-stealing legends of Britpop failure are back! Do we care? Maybe!

Here's the biggest news of the year, if you're me or Michael Marotta or one of maybe three other idiots in the world who'd actually care: Marion is reforming.  
Marion return!
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 07, 2011

Don't look back in anger

It's been more than 15 years since Britpop's heyday, and with the exception of one man – the Manic Street Preachers' Richey Edwards, who disappeared suddenly in 1995 – the rest of the cast is still trying to get by, just like the rest of us. Here's what
Checking in with 14 former stars of Britpop to see if modern life is truly rubbish in 2011
By KAYLEY KRAVITZ  |  August 19, 2011

Review: Robin Hood (2010)

“And so the legend begins . . . ”
  The more the merrier? Hardly.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 14, 2010

Material girls

The usually evenhanded if impassioned David Hare in The Secret Rapture , a 20-year-old play being urgently, elegiacally revived by Trinity Repertory Company.
Trinity uncovers Hare's Secret Rapture
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 10, 2009

Marion Maerz | Burt Bacharach Songbook

Marion was a minor German pop star in the 1960s, one of a crowd of yé-yé girls who sprang up all over Europe as the ingénue counterparts to macho belters.
Bureau B (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 10, 2009


The Secret Rapture at Trinity Repertory Company

David Hare's The Secret Rapture , which Trinity Repertory Company is presenting through March 29.
Trinity's Rapture spans the compassion spectrum
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 24, 2009

Streetball spectacle

The other end of the court
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  June 18, 2008


Trust Boston’s socially conscious Catholic academics to connect the dots between James Joyce’s once-banned 1922 mega-novel Ulysses and (among other things) gay marriage.
Love in Bloom at BC
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  June 11, 2008

Signs of life

Gone are the days when documentaries were regarded as the scruffy relatives of “real” films.
A full slate of compelling fare at the 11th annual Newport International Film Festival

The Big Hurt: Fire sales

The world’s largest collection of recorded music has gone up for auction on eBay with a starting bid of $3 million.
Plus, this week in tedious headlines
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 04, 2008

Future schlock

Academics with lifetime job security aren’t the only ones living in ivory towers, says playwright Christine Evans with Weightless .
Weightless’ allegories need more emotion
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 07, 2007

Delpy days

If anyone deserves to make her own movie, it’s Julie Delpy.
Julie finally makes her movie
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007

Hometown rockers

There’s a rare nocturnal occurrence happening — call it a lunar local music eclipse.
‘Locals Rule’ at Lupo’s; plus, the return of the Blackstone
By BOB GULLA  |  June 26, 2007

Half-baked goods

Once again the Rhode Island Theatre Ensemble is presenting a grab bag of short plays by local playwrights.
RITE’s New Works . . . on the fringe  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 21, 2007

The new year is full of promise

Local music took a few hits in 2006, with the shuttering of more venues, leaving us with a small cluster of fully functioning outlets for homegrown bands: AS220, the Ocean Mist, Cats, and the Living Room.
Things we'd like to see happen this year in local music
By BOB GULLA  |  January 02, 2007


Flights of angels

In Wim Wenders’s iconic 1987 film Wings of Desire , the Berlin Wall is a character. In Ola Mafaalani’s theatricalization of the work for Toneelgroep Amsterdam and the American Repertory Theatre, the Fourth Wall is.
Wings of Desire takes the stage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 05, 2006

Take it outside

Okay, you like art, but you also want to get out and enjoy the great outdoors . Y ou can have your cake and eat it too at these outdoor sculpture parks. Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
Have some fresh air with your art
By GREG COOK  |  June 14, 2006

Fraud and fortune

Allegra Goodman sets her latest novel, Intuition , in a long-ago, rent-controlled Cambridge.
Allegra Goodman’s Intuition  
By DANA KLETTER  |  February 28, 2006