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Andrei Zvyagintsev's film, a Special Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2011, becomes more than a domestic melodrama: a grim, effective allegory of the daily whirl in Putinland.
Domestic servitude
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 01, 2012

Does jazz have a melody problem?

It seems lately that every other jazz musician I talk to under 40 wants to talk about melody — how it’s the thing they all care about.  
Phil Sargent and Daniel Bennett try a new approach
By JON GARELICK  |  June 04, 2010

Complete control

Let’s put aside for now the philosophical questions about a player/composer’s need for control, and whether there’s any qualitative difference between the music said player/composer writes for himself and what he writes for himself with other people, or
Pat Metheny, live at the Orpheum Theatre, May 20, 2010
By JON GARELICK  |  May 21, 2010

Poetic chaos

The melodic noise collective known as A Troop of Echoes will unveil their full-length debut Days In Automation next weekend at AS220, hosting their album release party alongside an impressive gathering of local support.
A Troop of Echoes spend Days In Automation
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 21, 2010

The Unthanks | Here's the Tender Coming

Rachel and Becky Unthank appear to have stepped out of another time and place.
Rough Trade (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 16, 2010

Jónsi | Go

To the Sigur Rós fans still weeping over the band’s decision to scrap their latest full-length and take an indefinite paternity leave: dry your tears with Jónsi’s uplifting solo debut.
XL (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  March 26, 2010


Airs and graces

Somewhere in the middle of Stephen Petronio’s terrific hour-long dance I Drink the Air Before Me last Friday night, the dancers exited and the space went dark.
Stephen Petronio at the ICA, Black Grace at the Paramount
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 26, 2010

From Mozart to milonga

We Bostonians may swathe ourselves in sweaters and lock our doors against the blustery weather, but once the music begins, dance performances can help us shake off the shivers — and often transport us to more temperate climes.
All kindsa dance hits the stage
By DEBRA CASH  |  January 01, 2010

2009: The year in Dance

You could say there were two tremendous forces that propelled dance into the world of modern culture: the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev and the choreography of Merce Cunningham.
Milestones and memories
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 25, 2009


When I reach John Hollenbeck by phone, he's on a sojourn typical of the modern itinerant composer — a week-long teaching residency.
John Hollenbeck plays New Year's Eve! Plus, the Rempis/Rosaly duo
By JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2009

Smaller, bigger, better

Is Boston in the midst of a ballet boom? You could certainly believe that if you attended Boston Ballet’s fourth annual season-opening gala last Saturday.
Boston Ballet’s fourth ‘Night of Stars’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 25, 2009


Terpsichore's delight

There's no end to variety to the fall's dance season, from a Boston Ballet classic to Hawaiian hula and "extreme action" acrobatics.
A season of foot (and body) work
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 18, 2009


Postmodern dance's conceptual, physical, and metaphysical roots spread far and wide, as four summer festival performances attested last week.
Postmodern dance takes flight
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 17, 2009

Dancing with himself

Arthur Russell's music does little to illuminate the mysteries and vagaries of his life. It simply tosses them aside, in pursuit of moods and rhythms few have successfully replicated, two decades later.
Arthur Russell's posthumous renaissance
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 24, 2009

Play by play: April 17, 2009

Theater around town
 Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 17, 2009

Play by Play: April 10, 2009

Plays around town
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2009

Play by play: April 3, 2009

Plays around town
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 01, 2009

Play by Play: March 27, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 24, 2009

Paul Schrader at the HFA

"I'm not sure what happened to me," says Paul Schrader's Patty Hearst, one of the least reliable of the director's succession of unreliable narrators, in the film named for her.
American contradictions
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  January 26, 2009


Released this summer, Nico Muhly's Mothertongue (Bedroom Community) — the latest album by the ambitious contemporary classical music composer, a protégé of Philip Glass — offers listeners a bombastic example of the ongoing collaboration between the comp
Reimagined folk songs by Sam Amidon
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 03, 2008

Beyond tradition

On December 6 the University of Southern Maine Composers' Showcase will offer selections from new composers for eclectic ensembles, and on December 8 the Decompression Chamber Music Ensemble will offer an interactive concert pairing Robert Schumann with
Two concerts seek fresh ears for 'classical' music
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  December 03, 2008


Intimate moves

What began as a way to give audiences a closer look at its dancers and choreographers an opportunity to showcase new work has become an integral part of Festival Ballet Providence’s season: the “Up CLOSE, on HOPE” series.
Festival Ballet’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE”
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 05, 2008

Get around to it

You would not guess, listening to his music, that Arthur Russell grew up in Oskaloosa, Iowa. In fact you might not guess that he came from anywhere.  
Belated props to Arthur Russell
By RICHARD BECK  |  October 21, 2008


Instead of goading us with bits and pieces of the doom-and-gloom picture, some documentarian should come up with a unified theory of why we’re all screwed.
A somewhat wishy-washy exposé
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 24, 2008

Body work

The fifth “Dancestravaganza” is Rubel’s Berenger’s Body , featuring dancers Leslie Vazquez and Katie Zarling.
Theatre Expansion’s ‘Dancestravaganza’
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008

Winged feet

Dance highlights from the fall season.
Dance around town
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 08, 2008


Dainty cabaret

Larry Keigwin’s genial take on the perennially popular theme of the four elements (water, fire, earth, air) didn’t add anything profound to the cosmic intelligence.
Keigwin + Company bring the elements to Jacob’s Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 02, 2008

Three’s a charm

Muhly, Amidon, and Bartlett are all VT-to-NY transplants and long-time collaborators.
The 802 Tour at the Museum of Fine Arts, August 24, 2008
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  August 26, 2008

The ultimate balancing act

About 100 films deep, MIFF ’08 has intriguing offerings for cineastes of all stripes. Here’s a slice of what to look out for.
An extraordinary documentary opens the 2008 Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 09, 2008

Giants and Steps

Island Moving Co. will present new dances and works from their repertoire at its summer Flight of Steps series, July 11 through 13 and July 16 through 20.
Island Moving Co. takes its annual Flight
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2008