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Head games

One of the best artworks seen around here in recent years was Newton artist Deb Todd Wheeler's installation Live Experiments in Human Energy Exchange , at the (now defunct) Green Street Gallery in Jamaica Plain in 2006.
Deb Todd Wheeler and Ben Sloat give conceptual art a kick
By GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2010

An Irish classic

Matriarch Juno is the only one of the Boyles who brings in any coin: Her husband Jack is a drunken boor who, to avoid working, feigns aches in his legs.
The strong ensemble of Juno and the Paycock
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 14, 2010

Pat Metheny | Orchestrion

The “orchestrion” is a Rube Goldberg-like contraption that empowers Metheny in one-man-band format to trigger a variety of percussion and other instruments as he plays guitar.
Nonesuch (2010)
By JON GARELICK  |  May 14, 2010

Review: A Serious Man

The Coen Brothers have put the sad back in sadism.
The Coens find no country for A Serious Man
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 09, 2009

Girl power at Halitosis Hall

Phillipe + Jorge have always been strong supporters of state Senator Teresa Paiva Weed, the presumptive (God, do we hate that word) new Senate president.
Paiva Weed to reach lofty height in old boys' club
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 12, 2008

Night of the living dead

It’s almost over. This is welcome news.
What if the election doesn’t end on Election Day?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 29, 2008


Frill rides

Looking back on a time when action sequences unfolded without the currently fashionable veil of rapid editing and CGI.
Getting an Indy history lesson on DVD
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2008

Not-so-instant karma

No matter what happens over their next two games, the Patriots will not have gone undefeated in 2007.
After decades of curses and calamities, Boston’s sports fortunes are at an unprecedented high. So can we stop the whining?
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 19, 2007

Following the evidence

“CSI: The Experience,” like a B-movie, is best if you don’t think too hard about it.
‘CSI’ at the Museum of Science, plus Tom Sachs at Brandeis
By GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007

Carter heaven

James Levine’s devotion to the music of Elliott Carter has been a boon to Boston.
The BSO and BVM celebrate America’s greatest living composer, plus Stockhausen’s Mantra, and music for Beckett
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 20, 2007

Greased lightning

Oil has been discovered in a Brighton backyard.
Powering the anti – fossil fuel revolution, one fried catfish at a time
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 07, 2007



What began life as the comparatively modest Fool’s Ball has mutated into an unruly (but lovable) behemoth.
AS220’s annual fest is a sensory overload — and then some
By ANDREA FELDMAN  |  July 10, 2007

Somewhere in time

As we sip sherry, Mr. Salley points to a picture of Cinderella’s castle at Disneyland, that glorious patamechanical nexus.
A senses-filling visit to the Musée Patamécanique
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 18, 2007

Body dabble

At times Brian De Palma shows signs of the genius some attribute to him. Watch the trailer for The Black Dahlia (QuickTime)
Brian De Palma makes a mess of The Black Dahlia
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007


It happens only every three or four years rather than annually, so “Faculty Exhibition 2007” at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery is bound to catch our attention.
A wide range of work by Brown's faculty
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 30, 2007

New to DVD: December, 20 2006

Plus the Black Dahlia and The Last Kiss .
  The Descent, Factotum, Jackass: Number Two
By NEW TO DVD  |  December 19, 2006


Treasured trash

“Lost and Found,” now showing at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at the Maine College of Art in Portland, is worth stumbling upon.
“Lost and Found” is rich with experience
By IAN PAIGE  |  October 18, 2006

Watered down ship

When the folks who run Rotten Tomatoes calculated the Tomatometer scores for all of last year’s films, they found that the best-reviewed wide-release film of 2005 was Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit .
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 10, 2006

Final Destination 3

If your moviegoing destination lies in the vicinity of guilty pleasures, then you’ve probably visited David R. Ellis’s Final Destination 2 , the 2003 horror sequel that eclipsed the 2000 original’s conceit that death can’t be cheated and has a nasty sen
2.5 stars
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 09, 2006

Cap and trade explained

By LISSA HARRIS  |  January 01, 1900