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Viking Jesus saves!

Is that Yuletide spirit rocking your wallet this month?
Plus, a busy week for Jay Berndt

Berenice Abbott's miracle of science

Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012

Van Gogh's love letter

It's gross.
By KARL STEVENS  |  July 27, 2012

Review: Take This Waltz

Margot (Michelle Williams), who makes ends meet grinding out PR pamphlets, wants to be happy with her husband Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. However, like many Seth Rogen characters, Lou's more a grab-assing buddy than a lover.
People, not clichés
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012

Seven days a week

On THURSDAY (the 19th), it's last call for Springfield, MA rhymer TABLEEK and PVD duo DIRTYDURDIE at Fête (congrats on the Best Hip-Hop Venue win in our readers' poll last week); dial 401.383.1112.
From Boo City to Weedeater
Shapeshifting totems

The Peabody Essex explores Native America

The Cree artist plays his drag show for laughs, but underlying it are serious questions about white genocide of Native American societies, about the stereotyping of Natives, and about gays in America, as well as Native American society.
By GREG COOK  |  March 30, 2012


Off the Couch: From Shaolin with love

On THURSDAY (the 22nd) head to Mardi Gras in Cranston and welcome back hard-rock quartet KANERKO ; Al, Kev, Nick, and Anthony just returned from a goodwill trip to Kosovo where they rocked out for our troops — nice work, guys.
Wu-Tang wordsmith GZA hits Firehouse 13
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 23, 2012

SLIDESHOW: ''Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo'' at the School of the MFA + ''Memory as Medicine'' at Davis Museum

''Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo'' is at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts through March 17, 2012. "Memory as Medicine'' is on display through May 6, 2012 at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum.
Through March 17, 2012 + Through May 6, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  March 16, 2012

Will Harvey have his way with the Oscars again?

Like Mitt Romney, the inevitable but unlovable Republican presidential nominee, The Artist looks like a sure bet for most of the top Oscars, which will be presented on February 26.
Beyond Help
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2012
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The Overdub Tampering Committee

Armed with an idea, a hastily written manifesto, a press release, and some software to disguise my computer's IP address, I was able to raise the question, "How do you know that what you're illegally downloading is the actual music it claims to be?" This
How a group of Boston musicians exacted their weird price from the world of online music sharing — without actually doing a thing
By RYAN WALSH  |  February 17, 2012
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Review: Young Goethe in Love

In Philipp Stölzl's fanciful portrait of the artist as a young scamp, the future genius (Alexander Fehling) introduces himself as "Goethe with an 'oe'," earning a reputation as a pratfalling screw-up.
Philipp Stölzl's portrait of the artist as a young scamp
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012

Blood and honey

Review: In the Land of Blood and Honey

Jolie has loosely reworked the story of Romeo and Juliet in an infamous setting familiar from CNN but here seen from the inside.
Angelina Jolie's feature directorial debut
By TOM MEEK  |  January 06, 2012
The 2011 "Where's Whitey?" award for Best Animal Actor: the winner

The 2011 "Where's Whitey?" award for Best Animal Actor: the winner

After an informal poll of my fellow Boston Society of Film Critics members, the winner of the 2011 "Where's Whitey? Award for Best Animal Actor"...
By Peter Keough  |  January 03, 2012
2011 Top tens, bottom fives, part 2

2011 Top tens, bottom fives, part 2

  Here "The Artist" impressively scores number one on three more lists. I feel so bad that's it's not my favorite movie. More divisive are "J....
By Peter Keough  |  January 02, 2012
The 2011 "Where's Whitey?" award for Best Animal Actor: the nominees

The 2011 "Where's Whitey?" award for Best Animal Actor: the nominees

This has been a great year for performances on screen, especially from animals. Which makes the winner of the annual "Where's Whitey?" Award for Best...
By Peter Keough  |  December 26, 2011

Interview: Michel Hazanavicius talks about The Artist

Michel Hazanavicius became one of France's directorial rock stars after the release of OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and its sequel, OSS 117: Lost in Rio, spoofy tributes to the Bond films of the '60s starring the suave Jean Dujardin as the swaggering,
Silence is golden
By CASSSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 23, 2011

Short Takes: The Artist

Review: The Artist(1)

The advent of talking pictures sends a screen idol into both a career nosedive and an identity crisis in Michel Hazanavicius's flashback to Hollywood's transitional period of the late '20s.
Michel Hazanavicius's flashback to '20s-era Hollywood
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  December 23, 2011

BSFC: Best Picture

After two rounds, it's "The Artist" by Michel Hazavicius. Runner up was "Hugo." "Margaret" was second runner-up, adding further justification to our statement of censure...
By Peter Keough  |  December 11, 2011

Out: The Dropkicks Murphys steal the scene at the Boston Music Awards; Viva Viva, Mean Creek, and Moufy also honored

Punk's not dead — it just wears a scally cap and a Joe Thornton-era Bruins jersey.
Still shipping
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 25, 2011
[holidaze schedule] WFNX Flashback Weekend: 11.23 to 11.27

[holidaze schedule] WFNX Flashback Weekend: 11.23 to 11.27

Starting at 7pm tomorrow night -- just in time to tune-out relatives arriving from out-of-town -- WFNX goes into Flashback mode. Storm Zbel kicks off...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 22, 2011
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Review: The Mill and the Cross

Clever CGI allows the effective recreation of a 16th century Flanders.
Conceptually confusing
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 21, 2011

more big 4

Why there won't ever be another 'Big Four' - and why that's a good thing

In April, thrash metal's self-billed "Big Four" — Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax — played a one-off American show in the middle of the desert in Indio, California.
The state of metal
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 26, 2011
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Miranda July takes a cookie break

July had just nabbed a chocolate-chip cookie from a table set up for a conference of visiting doctors. She was surprised — not only by the fact that one of the physicians had recognized her — but that the woman had also already seen July's latest, which
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 29, 2011
short takes - the smurfs

Review: The Smurfs

It may be a 3D movie set in a world populated by computer-animated blue-skinned natives, but this isn't Avatar .
An uninspired rip-off
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 29, 2011

Photos: Allston DIY Fest at Ringer Park

Local musicians perform and artists gather and display their wares at Allston DIY Fest at Ringer Park on July 23, 2011.
Ringer Park | July 23, 2011
By TY UEDA  |  July 29, 2011

A double dose of sugar honey iced tea

Last call for JESS POWERS and the ladies of CHANTEUSE at Burnside Park downtown on THURSDAY (the 21st).
Sweet relief


75orLess Records and the Apartment's jam-packed celebration

Be sure to get to the Apartment ("where Jake's usedta be") on Saturday, where the mighty 75orLess Records will set up shop for a dual-anniversary bash.
It's a bash!
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 22, 2011
Ungerer is back

The return of Tomi Ungerer

Last week, the children's book artist Tomi Ungerer returned to America for the first time in over a decade.
Moon man
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 24, 2011
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Reichs and wrongs on the Croisette

"I beat my kids regularly. Seems to do the trick. And I deprive them of meals."
Cannes we all just get along?
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 27, 2011

Pete Kilpatrick Band comes home; Dennis Bailey's Dylan tribute

Congrats to the PETE KILPATRICK BAND . Their "Coming Home" won a national fan-voting-based contest from insurance provider USAA this past week.