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A good festival becomes a great one in the Midcoast this weekend

Last year, the big stories out of the Camden International Film Festival were its newfound industry cachet and a very noticeable uptick in Portlanders making the trip up to Midcoast Maine's annual documentary showcase.
Reel talk
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 30, 2011

Review: Le Quattro Volte

There's more to Pythagoras than his theorem concerning right triangles.
Pythagoras, beyond the theorem
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 15, 2011

Review: I Am Love(1)

Those shots of Milan look great
Those shots of Milan look great
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 26, 2010

The garden of Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica, the subject of a major retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive, "Vittorio De Sica — Neo-Realism, Melodrama, Fantasy," was a movie star in Italy before he became a filmmaker.
Mostly high points at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 04, 2010

Review: I Am Love

Italian cinema has come a long way from Marco Bellocchio’s Devil in the Flesh .
Sumptuous, overheated, and ridiculous
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010

Scholarship gigs

When in 1999 Björn Wennås moved from Sweden to Boston to study jazz guitar, he hardly imagined that he'd one day be playing in an ensemble that specializes in Italian folk music of the 12th to 19th centuries.
Newpoli and Steven Bernstein do their homework
By JON GARELICK  |  July 24, 2009



By the time guitarist Garrison Fewell made his first record as a leader, in the early '90s, he was nearly 40 years old, and the sound he displayed on his debut, A Blue Deeper Than Blue , was ripe.
Garrison's Fewell's journey out
By JON GARELICK  |  February 03, 2009

Puccini goes punk

Perched on the lid of a lace-draped baby grand, a bobblehead quivers along with Christine Teeters's vibrato as she powers through a Tuesday-night voice lesson in the Steinway Piano Building on Boylston Street.
Faced with diminishing mainstream opportunities, Boston's young opera singers are going small and making the repertoire their own
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 21, 2009

Transcendence through pasta

I've just added to the list of Things Humans Don't Completely Understand.
The artistry of Fabiana De Savino
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  December 17, 2008

The islander

It’s to the credit of the cast of The Tempest that many of the actors are so engaging that I didn’t even notice the city noises until the momentary silence of a scene change.
Mixed Magic’s Tempest
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008

Rocca’s smashed almond bark

While smashed almond bark is indeed a very nice treat with which to end a meal or an evening, it can also be a delightful beginning or a good bar snack.
'A very nice thing to munch on'
By TERRI RUTTER  |  December 14, 2007



Tila Tequila terrifies me.
Tila Tequila’s ass-ets
By SHARON STEEL  |  November 13, 2007

Michelangelo Antonioni

It seems inherently wrong to be writing an obituary for Michelangelo Antonioni, who died July 30 in Rome, just a day after we lost Ingmar Bergman.
1912 – 2007
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 08, 2007

Editors' picks: Food

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Best eats in Quahog County, best Thursday night two-fer, best destination dinner, and more

Sipping style

This is the stuff of millionaires and toothpicks, celebutantes and Vogue .
Pay tribute to the Fashion Weeks of the world with these chic cocktails
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 03, 2007


Many American film buffs know the names of the leading Italian neo-realists, but few would recognize that of Alberto Lattuada.
Little-seen 1962 romp gets second shot at stateside release
By TOM MEEK  |  March 21, 2007


After hours

House music — that surprise descendant of disco and of so many other, older rhythm styles — is big in Boston and becoming bigger very fast. So let’s cut right to the chase and take you into a couple of house’s power stations to see what’s going on.
The rising pulse of Boston’s house-music beat
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  January 17, 2007

Spirits + sprites

The near-uninhabited spirit island of Shakespeare’s The Tempest , at the Theater at Monmouth, is evoked with a set swathed in white.
Humanity deserted, reborn at Monmouth  
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 12, 2006

Adam Wore Khakis

This Friday — May 5, 2006 — is the feast day of Saint Geruntius of Milan.
No Pants Day takes off
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 03, 2006

The devil and his demons

Vinny Paz struts into the charity fundraiser for the special olympics at the Rhode Island Convention Center in a slick, gray pinstripe suit, with gold hoop earrings in his ears.
After blowing the millions he made as a boxer, Vinny Paz tries to find his way back
By RICHARD C. LEWIS  |  March 09, 2006

The lastest days of the Littlest Bar

The Littlest Bar sits slightly below ground at 47 Province Street, near the Granary Burying Ground and Old City Hall.
Four hundred square feet of history, camaraderie, and booze marches to its end
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 29, 2006