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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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Before the concert at Symphony Hall

You smell that?
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  August 27, 2010
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John Harbison plus 10

Classical music in Boston is so rich, having to pick 10 special events for this winter preview is more like one-tenth of the performances I'm actually looking forward to.
Picking from a packed concert schedule
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 01, 2010
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The human condition

In the ambitious program they will perform this weekend (November 20 and 21 at Rhode Island College), members of Fusionworks Dance Company will premiere three pieces that look at the human condition from several perspectives.
Fusionworks’ probing fall concert
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2009
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Music and revenge

As a play, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus has more than its share of theatrical muscle.
 Elemental Theatre’s masterful Amadeus
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2009

Play by play: October 16, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
This week's theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 16, 2009


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Grown man rap

Del the Funky Homosapien and Tame One. Canibus and Keith Murray. AG and OC. Buckshot and KRS. Masta Ace and Edo G. These aren’t comments on a Facebook thread asking for hip-hop dream duos. They’re real pairs of united legends who are giving disenchanted
Masta Ace and Edo G pair up to tear down
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 16, 2009
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Loved these but not those

Of the great international orchestras, perhaps the one that's most unfairly overlooked is the London Symphony Orchestra. Yet a handful of the very greatest orchestral performances I've ever heard have been with the LSO.
Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Murray Perahia, Ian Bostridge
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 10, 2009
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Ready to rumble

The 2009 Rock Hunt kicks off this weekend and the lineup proves to be perhaps the most colorful and diverse yet...
No genre left behind in the '09 WBRU Rock Hunt
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 11, 2009
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Griot act

Some albums are extraordinary because they capture their time. Others are great because they transcend it.
Rokia Traoré breaks through with Tchamantché
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 09, 2009
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Adam and Eve

A day at New York City Ballet that starts with a matinee of Coppélia and ends with a Balanchine evening might seem to offer merely the contrast between classic and modern, old and new.
It's boy-meets-girl at New York City Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 13, 2009


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A song to sing, O!

Seiji Ozawa returns to the BSO, Boston Early Music Festival's 17th-century chamber operas, the Bostonians' Yeomen of the Guard
Seiji Ozawa returns to the BSO, Boston Early Music Festival's 17th-century chamber operas, the Bostonians' Yeomen of the Guard
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 02, 2008
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Booked up

Summertime, and the reading is easy.
Several shelves’ worth of summer reads
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 09, 2008

The music men

Like the playwright’s Equus, the spotlight focuses like a laser beam on an obsession.
URI Theatre rocks Amadeus
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2008
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Lifting the veil

If we’ve learned anything in the past five or so years of our foreign policy, it’s that we should know a few things about a country before bombing the crap out of it.
Girls just want to have fun in Persepolis
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 09, 2008
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Serenade Chocolatier

Brookline’s food spectrum is one of the best and most diverse in the greater Boston area.
Confection resurrection
By PHIL AMARA  |  December 26, 2007


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Kraftwerk

The same early-20th-century Vienna that eventually produced Freud, Schoenberg, and Wittgenstein was also the site of a renaissance in arts and crafts.
Textiles from the Wiener Werkstätte at the Busch-Reisinger, Solstice Soirée at the Gardner, Faculty Exhibition at BU, and Holiday Sale at Harvard’s Ceramics Studio
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  December 11, 2007

Nostalgia, remixed

It’s not that I think Billie Holiday: Remixed and Reimagined is some kind of unforgivable desecration.
Billie Holiday unstuck in time
By JON GARELICK  |  December 07, 2007
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Rare birds

Maria Schneider didn’t necessarily know what “The ‘Pretty’ Road” was about when she started writing it.
Maria Schneider and John Stein
By JON GARELICK  |  November 06, 2007

It’s not big, it’s large

Legislative candidate: “Thanks for your time, Mr. Swamp Thing.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 12, 2007
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Twenty-first-century syndromes

Simon Field and Keith Griffiths, who commissioned the series, found four directors who responded to the call with brilliant films.
The “New Crowned Hope” series at the MFA
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  August 28, 2007


Measuring up

Unsavoriness is rife in old Vienna.
Shakespeare passes judgement at Monmouth
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 15, 2007
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Summer Schubert

There's no better place to cool off from the summer heat.
Three scoops in Harrison
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  July 18, 2007
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Rocca

We don’t always want to be stunned; otherwise more of us would keep electric eels as pets.
Small plates rock big taste in SoWa
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 27, 2007
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In the Black

Twisted Roots transformed their “reunion” into a forward-looking intent to bestride Portland once again and develop a new crop of fans who dig terrifying guitar solos and teeth-rattling vocals.
Twisted Roots return to prominence with their first full-length since 1999
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2007
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Golden anniversary

Happy 50th anniversary to the San Francisco Film Festival.
The SF Film Fest turns 50
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 16, 2007


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In Search of Mozart

Phil Grabsky had Amadeus squarely in his sights when he set out to make this documentary celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Looking in all the usual places
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 02, 2007
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Régime change

As Alfred Hitchcock famously said, cinema is not a slice of life but a slice of cake. Watch the trailer for Marie Antoinette (QuickTime) Fate’s pansy: Another view of Marie Antoinette. By Clea Simon.
Sofia Coppola’s not so sweet Marie
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007
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The Illusionist

What is it about magicians that they’re able to conjure the most stunningly attractive women, only to have them disappear? Watch the trailer for The Illusionist   (Quicktime)
A not so magical story
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 20, 2007
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The Russians are coming

With one exception, the eight movies in the nifty “Cold War Cinema” series at the Harvard Film Archive are popular entertainments that treat the politics and sociology of the era in a variety of ways.
Cold War cinema at the HFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 30, 2007