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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
| July 24, 2009
The color purple describes both kids' icon Barney and a bruise. And sure enough, both child-friendly uplift and florid abrasion are wound into the sprawling, heartfelt musical based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer-winning 1982 novel about a beaten-down young
The Color Purple is vivid on stage
| June 26, 2009
Boston bands Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade are different, but with a lot in common.
Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess go their own ways
| March 24, 2009
Head to the American Repertory Theatre's Zero Arrow Theatre for the world premiere of Christine Evans's TROJAN BARBIE (March 28–April 22).
Local stages bloom
| March 16, 2009
Five shows in eight days (not counting an early-music side trip with Jordi Savall’s Hespèrion XXI at Sanders Theatre), so let’s get cracking.
Björkestra, Jarrett, Kelly, and the Cohens
| November 03, 2008
Stridin’ with Fats
Long live Theatre by the Sea! The shuttered Matunuck barn theater is open for business after being dark for four summers.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ by the Sea
| June 04, 2008
Be Kind Rewind
This isn’t Gondry’s best work — it’s too unstructured, labored when it begs to soar.
A shambling charmer
| February 20, 2008
So wrong they're Righteous
Less than two years into their existence, the Self-Righteous Brothers already have a press kit worth of raves.
These brothers make their own rules
| July 25, 2007
To Hell in a handbasket
The epic poem The Wild Party is most famous for inspiring two musicals that appeared in the same millennial year.
The Wild Party; Confessions of a Mormon Boy; Buried Child
| May 01, 2007
Mark Harootian wanted to create a piece that would celebrate that music and his own Armenian heritage.
Festival ballet's Up CLOSE on HOPE
| March 07, 2007
With Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones as ingrained in the cultural fabric as cockroaches in an Allston student flat, there isn’t much refreshing about yet another pop singer’s taking a whack at a few pages in the Great American Songbook.
Sing You Sinners | Nettwerk
| January 16, 2007
Let ’em sing!
Here, in no particular order, are some my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
A year in jazz
| December 18, 2006
Fats and Wilde
It’s no surprise that this show is such naughty, irrepressible fun.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Beverly, An Ideal Husband in Wellesley
| June 07, 2006
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