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Master Harold erupts at Gloucester Stage

I first had the autobiographical Molotov cocktail that is "Master Harold" ... and the boys hurled at me in the early 1980s, when Nelson Mandela was still a prisoner and apartheid was law in South Africa.
Black power
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: Searching for Sugar Man

An obscure, forgotten singer-songwriter, Sixto Rodriguez was first discovered in a Detroit bar by celebrated producers Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore in the late '60s.
The freshman film from Malik Bendjelloul
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: Life, Above All

A grave, quietly moving coming-of-age tale of a young girl raised in a village where many (her infant sister, in this case) are robbed of the opportunity to come of age at all, Oliver Schmitz's film is told effectively through the sad, wise eyes of the 1
A quietly moving coming-of-age tale
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 05, 2011
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Turning feminist theory into a visceral rape deterrent

In Africa, your vagina can get spikes for $2. No longer just a revenge dream, this device — called Rape-aXe — was actually distributed for free last year at the World Cup in South Africa.
Striking back
By DENA RIEGEL  |  April 29, 2011
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Photos: Die Antwoord at Royale

How confident was Ninja’s swagger at Die Antwoord’s triumphant return to the Royale last night?
Ninja and Yo-Landi tear it up at Royale, on October 26, 2010
By REV. AARON  |  October 29, 2010
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Kentridge's South Africa and Coe's disasters of war

South African artist William Kentridge is often hailed for providing "a vivid history of apartheid and its legacy," as Time said when it named him one of the 100 most influential persons of 2009.
Plus posters from Hatch
By GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2010


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Die Antwoord's Ninja's zef squad

Some artists figure out their signature style through a slow organic process.
The brazen frontman talks the talk
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 15, 2010
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Review: White Wedding

Jann Turner, an NYU film grad and a well-regarded novelist, co-wrote and directed this pleasant, intentionally lightweight, South African road-movie romance with a sly integrationist political agenda.
Will black and white be allowed to kiss?
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 08, 2010
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Enter Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord have hit the sweet spot.
The rap on a South African phenomenon
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 23, 2010

Winning ticket: Celtic ‘beat’ Sporting, 1-1, at Fenway


Green was the order of the evening last night when football -- the world version -- returned to Fenway Park for the first time in...
By Jeffrey Gantz  |  July 22, 2010
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Escape from Soccer City

The FIFA complex here is a swishy maze of a mall, all upscale shops and unrelenting fluorescent lights, attaching the hotels to each other before spilling out into Nelson Mandela Square, which is right now dominated by a Sony tent — a 3D World Cup viewin
Outside the World Cup, seeing South Africa in black and white
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 16, 2010


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The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 02, 2010
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Ghana baby Ghana

Florida Road is a crowded strip of bars and clubs in Durban, a city on the eastern coast of South Africa.
A Letter from South Africa
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 02, 2010
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A Congolese feast

I met Constance Kabaziga at the checkout at Mittapheap World Market. She was buying frozen cassava root and dried beans, and I really wanted to know what she was going to do them.
Beans and rice, with African flair
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 02, 2010
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Sports Blotter: Dead Duck

The saga of the University of Oregon football team grows sadder and sadder.
Oregon's Masoli finally stalls out; plus, a World Cup ambush, and Florida strikes back
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 25, 2010

Tugboats and bugboats

As I write this, the Celtics are one win away from their 18th NBA title, but that is not our focus.
Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 18, 2010


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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010
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Freedom Watch: Speak no evil

It wasn’t the first time members of the Congressional Black Caucus had heard – and done nothing about – Sudan’s dirty secret. Even before a recent House international-relations subcommittee hearing on human-rights violations in Sudan, they knew that kid
Why are African-American leaders silent about slavery in Sudan?
By TIM SANDLER  |  May 21, 2010
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Masterful metaphor

Some individual experiences certainly can scale up.
Trinity Rep’s enthralling Syringa Tree
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 14, 2010

The way robots should be

While Ray Kurzweil pursues the Nanotech Revolution, robotics researchers in Maine are chasing their own futuristic outcomes. Here’s what’s new on the local robot scene (didn’t know we had one of those, didja?).
Maine’s burgeoning automaton population
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 30, 2010
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Hidden letters from the Holocaust

Thirteen years ago, a carpenter demolishing an old tenement in Amsterdam found 86 letters and postcards and one telegram hidden in the attic floor.
Dispatches
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 09, 2010


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Sins of the father

On a rainy afternoon, Hally, short for Harold, (Michael Littig) comes home from school as usual to his wealthy parents' tea room in apartheid-era South Africa.
Visiting the son in 'Master Harold'
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 12, 2010
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True grit

Operation Bobbi Bear is a non-governmental organization in Durban, South Africa, devoted to finding care and foster homes for children who are abused and abandoned.
A feisty, inspiring group of women combat child abuse in South Africa in Rough Aunties
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 05, 2010
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Choir power

The Romantic notion of artistic merit is that one must plumb the depths of despair to emerge with great work — and that the finest triumphs are often born of the direst misery.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo raise their voices
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 05, 2010

Play by Play: January 29, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, January 29, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 29, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010

After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010


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Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?

Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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Rainbow Nation

After a torturous history of being treated like second-class citizens, the black population in this country stunned the world by pulling off the unimaginable: voting a black man in as president.
The US isn't the only country exploring its complex racial history. South Africa prepares for its moment in the sun.
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 29, 2010

Play by play: January 22, 2010

Boston's weekly theatre schedule
Theater listings, January 22, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 22, 2010
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Diamonds in the rough

The setting is more boring '90s than Roaring '20s.
Gatz at the ART, Groundswell at the Lyric Stage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 15, 2010