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Scavenged sculpture and Dead Sea scrolls: 10 heady spring exhibits blooming in New England galleries

In Barry McGee's art, you'll find traces of influences lifted from thrift stores, tramp art, skating, punk, surfing, and Bay Area murals and psychedelia.

By GREG COOK  |  March 01, 2013
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Review: Tales of the Night

In an abandoned cinema, an old technician assists a young couple in acting out stories spanning cultures and centuries: from medieval Europe, across the African plains, to Tibet, through an Aztec kingdom, and even a Caribbean-flavored Land of the Dead.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 09, 2012
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Review: High Ground

In October 2010, 11 wounded Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans — blind, missing limbs, suffering from traumatic brain injury or PTSD — took part in "Soldiers to the Summit," a mission to climb Nepal's 20,000 foot Mt. Lobuche.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 26, 2012
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Only connect: The Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Middle East, as usual, is a mess, but its cinema, both Israeli and Palestinian, offers hope.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Alps

Like his last feature, Dogtooth, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos's new film breaks down the conventions of identity, language, and social roles with black comic — and tragic — effect.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: ''Ori Gersht: History Repeating''

''Ori Gersht: History Repeating'' | Through January 6, 2013 | Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Through January 6, 2013 | Museum of Fine Arts Boston
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 07, 2012


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Review: Never Stand Still

A multitude of A-list choreographers speak their piece to the camera — Merce Cunningham, Judith Jamison, Mark Morris — as they gather for the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass.
A-list choreographers
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 29, 2012
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Photos: Passion Pit at the MFA

Passion Pit perform at the Museum of Fine Arts on June 22, 2012.
Acoustic session | June 22, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  June 29, 2012
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Out: From the MFA to the Pavilion, Passion Pit return to Boston

When Passion Pit were conceived five years ago out of an Emerson College dorm, the result of a Valentine's Day gift of love songs Michael Angelakos crafted for his then-girlfriend, electro-pop really hadn't yet taken hold of popular alternative music.
Getting ’Pitted  
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 29, 2012
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Review: Portrait of Wally

Somewhere in the slog of Andrew Shea's Portrait of Wally is a devastating story of institutionalized extortion and its victims.
Institutionalized extortion
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 22, 2012
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Review: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

In Nuri Bilge Ceylan's minimalist "Eastern," the Leone-esque title seems ironic, as a team of bumbling investigators spend hours driving through the Anatolian wasteland searching for the grave of a murder victim.
Driving through the wasteland
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 11, 2012


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SLIDESHOW: ''Alex Katz Prints'' at the MFA

"Alex Katz Prints" is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts through  July 29, 2012.
April 28, 2012 - July 29, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 27, 2012
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Portraiture dominates Boston gallery exhibits this spring

"I figured," Alex Katz said of his paintings of his wife Ada in 1969, "well, if I get Ada right, if you only get one person right— if you get a woman or a man right — it's universal."
Photo shops
By GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2012
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Photos: James Mercer of the Shins at the MFA

James Mercer of the Shins performs at a WFNX Acoustic session at the Museum of Fine Arts on January 26, 2012.
Hosted by WFNX | January 26, 2012
By SAM LIANG  |  February 03, 2012
Attend this film fest: REELAbilitiesBoston Film Festival @ Perkins School for the Blind + other venues

Attend this film fest: REELAbilitiesBoston Film Festival @ Perkins School for the Blind + other venues


My Spectacular Theatre Already known for putting on one of the best film events in these parts, the organizers of the Boston Jewish Film Festival...
By Peter Keough  |  February 01, 2012

Attend this film fest: Iranian Film Festival @ the MFA


Good Bye Though imprisoned for so-called crimes against the state, Iranian directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof somehow managed to make features and smuggle them...
By Peter Keough  |  January 26, 2012


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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

The Fullmetal Alchemist series has expanded impressively, from the 2001 graphic novel, to the 2003 anime series and film to the 2009 reboot of the anime, and now Kazuya Murata's film, which picks up from the middle of the second anime reboot.
Animated alchemical battles
By MADDY MYERS  |  January 20, 2012

Attend this film fest: Boston Festival of Films from Iran @ the MFA


Where is the Friend's House? (1987) An unsung victim of the draconian Iranian regime is its film industry, once regarded as among the most accomplished...
By Peter Keough  |  January 19, 2012
See this [free] film program: Local Youth Film Shorts @ the MFA

See this [free] film program: Local Youth Film Shorts @ the MFA


The MFA celebrates Martin Luther King Day with their Local Youth Film Shorts program, a compilation of films made by neighborhood high school kids. The...
By Peter Keough  |  January 15, 2012

See this film: The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground at the MFA


They started out as a determined, talented, but struggling klezmer band and within a few years became, as someone comments in Erik Greenberg Anjou's documentary...
By Peter Keough  |  January 10, 2012
Review: Hell and Back Again

Review: Hell and Back Again

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Hell and Back Again offers a potent documentary correlative to the narrative of The Hurt Locker .
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By GERALD PEARY  |  January 06, 2012


Art Preview: 2012

A new Gardner, plus landscapes, performance art, and RAD

Greater Boston's art-museum building boom continues with the debut of an expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in January.
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By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011
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Boston arts institutions flexed their muscles in 2011

The following rundown of the best art exhibits of 2011 shows how greater Boston is now consistently offering some of the richest institutional art exhibition programs in the country.
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By GREG COOK  |  December 23, 2011
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Turkish Documentary and Short Film Competition


 I’m a little late on this, but the Museum of Fine Art’s annual Turkish  Documentary and Short Film Competition, which started yesterday and continues through...
By Peter Keough  |  December 02, 2011

Attend this film fest: Festival of Films From Greece @ the MFA


Attenberg If the extent of your Greek cinematic knowledge is limited to My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Mamma Mia you'd do well to widen...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  November 30, 2011
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Photos: Frank Turner at the Museum of Fine Arts

Frank Turner performs live at the Museum of Fine Arts on November 2, 2011.
WFNX Acoustic Show | November 2, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 11, 2011


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Aphrodite at the MFA; Pompeii at the Museum of Science

The ancient Greeks said the Titan Kronos cut off the penis of his father, Ouranos, the sky, and chucked it into the sea.
Love and death
By GREG COOK  |  November 04, 2011
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Photos: The Wombats at the MFA

The Wombats perform live at a WFNX MFA session on October 20, 2011.
Hosted by WFNX | October 20, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  October 21, 2011

Attend this film fest: Boston Palestine Film Festival @ the MFA


Far from provoking more intolerance and rage, the Boston Palestine Film Festival, now in its fifth year, has provided a sagacious cinematic point of view...
By Peter Keough  |  October 20, 2011
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'Degas and the Nude' at MFA

A splendid survey of a modern master as well as girls, girls, girls.
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By GREG COOK  |  October 14, 2011