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Light waves: Boston Ballet's ''All Kylián''

A dead tree hanging upside down overhead, with a spotlight slowly circling it. A piano on stilts on one side of the stage, an ice sculpture's worth of bubble wrap on the other.

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 15, 2013
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Scary monsters and super freaks

What if deceased presidents were reincarnated as horses in a belated lesson in humility?

By LISA WEIDENFELD  |  February 15, 2013
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The TNT Short List: ArtsEmerson's Next Thing

Mike Daisey's anthropologic commentary on American culture is just the beginning of what ArtsEmerson has in store for festival-goers at The Next Thing (TNT) Festival.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 15, 2013
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Interview: The passion of Mike Daisey

Last January, storyteller Mike Daisey achieved a level of celebrity rarely attained among the off-Broadway set when the public radio program This American Life aired portions of his monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs .
The controversial storyteller kicks off ArtsEmerson’s “The Next Thing” festival
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 15, 2013
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Elegant scrapbook: ''Among From With Andrew Witkin''

Boston artist Andrew Witkin won the Institute of Contemporary Art's 2008 Foster Prize for local artists with a cryptic, minimalist apartment-like installation.

By GREG COOK  |  February 15, 2013
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Painting beyond the stretcher at the deCordova

"Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher" at the deCordova is a smart, sinewy examination of 18 artists who make "painting-as-sculpture and vice versa."

By GREG COOK  |  February 15, 2013


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Handel and Haydn's Purcell

Set, rather confusingly, in Mexico and Peru, the 1695 semi-opera The Indian Queen is as contorted in its plot as any real opera.

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 08, 2013
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Sweet bad dreams: Yoko Ogawa's latest book

What lingers like a nightmare?

By CLEA SIMON  |  February 01, 2013
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Humiliated: Why I hate Girls

I am a girl who hates Girls .
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By MICHAEL BRAITHWAITE  |  February 01, 2013
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In Memoriam: On the death of Jack McCarthy, a working-class poet

An unsung hero of modern poetry passed away last week.

By B. DOLAN  |  February 01, 2013
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Lawless Youth: Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless

Adolescence is tough on everyone. But imagine the growing pains that come along with a drunken mother who uses an ax to chop down your sister's bedroom door.

By MEGAN JOHNSON  |  January 18, 2013


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Nicole Pierce walks The Walk

Dance maker Nicole Pierce was working the glue gun, constructing mossy objects, papier-mâché thingamabobs and items that she could hang from a net hoisted across the Art Deco balconies of the South End's Villa Victoria Center for the Arts.

By DEBRA CASH  |  January 18, 2013
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New York to Boston: Alan Gilbert returns to the BSO

The BSO's first concert of 2013 featured one of its best guest conductors, but not one likely to be available for its music directorship.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 18, 2013
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Interview: Chris Gethard poolside

Chris Gethard calls The Chris Gethard Show (airing weekly on Manhattan public access) "a gang of weirdoes that hang out, take phone calls on way-too-personal topics, and execute crowd-sourced schemes . . . just because life should be more fun."

By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  January 18, 2013
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Frank Gohlke's New Topographics

"When that show was created, as odd as it seems now, it was extremely controversial," Frank Gohlke says of being featured in the landmark 1975 exhibit of deadpan photography, "New Topographics: Photographs of the Man-Altered Landscape" at New York's Geo

By GREG COOK  |  January 18, 2013
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Lady parts: ''The Origin of the World...'' at Samson

"The Origin of the World /\ The Force of the Source \/ The Cause of the Vigor" is a three parts brilliant, two parts non sequitur (or maybe it's the other way around) group show at Samson gallery.

By GREG COOK  |  January 18, 2013


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Life as a commercial: John Kenney's Truth in Advertising

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1984 , and dirty diapers aren't an obvious mix.

By CLEA SIMON  |  January 18, 2013
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Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man takes the stage

Ralph Ellison would not allow his National Book Award–winning 1952 novel, Invisible Man , to be made into a movie or play.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 18, 2013
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That's not all right, Mama: Memphis on tour

If ever there was an example of the perils of Broadway-ization, Memphis is it.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2012
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Brilliant friends: Great reads of 2012

You already know Chis Ware's Building Stories is the achievement of the decade (thanks, New York Times!), but some other people wrote some pretty great books this year too.

By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 21, 2012
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Heat and Light: Classical concerts of 2012

Boston has too much music on the highest level for one listener to hear everything.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 21, 2012


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Stage worthies: The best theatrical productions of 2012

With the addition of ArtsEmerson to a lively array of hometown players, the Boston Rialto has seen an embarrassment of riches.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2012
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Traditional contemporary: Ambreen Butt

Ambreen Butt is best known for her "revisionist miniatures."

By GREG COOK  |  December 07, 2012
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Science fiction at the List

One of the unsettling things about America today is how more and more people seem to think that evolution, global warming and math are matters of faith rather than evidence.

By GREG COOK  |  December 07, 2012
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It's in the cards: Karen Engelmann's new book

Historical fiction is a perfect winter indulgence.

By CLEA SIMON  |  December 07, 2012
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Hamra Abbas's war and peace pieces

Hamra Abbas resists pinning down what her art is about, but her primary subjects are love and war and the relationship between the West and her native Pakistan — in history, in the colonial era, and since September 11.
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By GREG COOK  |  November 30, 2012


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'Fear No Art 4' at Fourth Wall

A highlight of "Fear No Art 4," the Fourth Wall Project's exhibit "promoting and exposing underground art" is organizer Marka27's own paintings.

By GREG COOK  |  November 30, 2012
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As more big movies come to Boston, an indie-film industry grows around them

It's May, and about a mile north of the Boston College stop on the B line, in a three-decker on Turner Street in Brighton, a scene from director Jared Vincenti's film Day of Youth is about to be shot.
B Line to Hollywood?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 30, 2012
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The musical activism of Boots Riley

When Occupy erupted last year, politically aggressive artists had the choice either to walk the walk or quiet down.
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2012
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Sonic Jr.: On the record with engineer Justin Pizzoferrato

In talking to a cross section of talented musicians about their craft, certain themes repeat, and sometimes the names of certain people.
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By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 30, 2012