bestnom1000x50

cultured

Latest Articles

Dream on

Dream on


Photo: Musée d’Orsee Y/RMN; courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Edgar Allan Poe was kind of a rock star. Seriously, think about it. He...
By Scott Kearnan  |  October 03, 2011
The naked eye

The naked eye


When it comes to nudity, there seems to be a fine line between art and smut. When it's painted by a harmless-looking grandpa, it's art;...
By Scott Kearnan  |  October 03, 2011
Stage fright

Stage fright


Photo: GARY SLOAN“Hitchcock” and “ballet” are not words we expect to see in close proximity. After all, as much as we love the portly director,...
By Scott Kearnan  |  September 19, 2011
Fall from grace

Fall from grace


Photo: PAUL MAROTTA Religion can be a contentious topic in relationships. Sometimes couples make differences work with relative ease. (Who says gefilte fish and Christmas...
By Scott Kearnan  |  September 19, 2011
Clashing looks

Clashing looks


As far as fashion goes, it's hard to imagine a more decidedly dichotomous concept than "Chanel vs. Harajuku." Chanel clings to all that is simple...
By Scott Kearnan  |  September 05, 2011
For the record

For the record


Every music fan can name a life-changing album. So in honor of the "American Punk" series at the Harvard Film Archive (get details here), we...
By Scott Kearnan  |  August 22, 2011


Punk and popcorn

Punk and popcorn


Maybe it’s just the rosy glow of nostalgia, but some of us remember the days when punk was a way of life. We passed around...
By Scott Kearnan  |  August 22, 2011
The reel deal

The reel deal


On a hot summer day, there's nowhere we should rather be than in a climate-controlled building where we can kick back in comfy seats with...
By Scott Kearnan  |  July 25, 2011
Buddy comedy

Buddy comedy


Photo: A.R. SINCLAIR PHOTOGRAPHY In the late 19th century, the term "Boston marriage" was coined to describe a uniquely strong bond between two women who...
By Scott Kearnan  |  July 11, 2011
Multi-story construction

Multi-story construction


As with many folktale anthologies, One Thousand and One Nights (aka Arabian Nights) has seen plenty of interesting reimaginings of its included tales. Aside from...
By Scott Kearnan  |  July 11, 2011
A gem of a show

A gem of a show


We've seen some pretty extensive jewelry collections over the years. Cousin Gina from Long Island has a walk-in closet that looks like a cross between...
By Scott Kearnan  |  June 27, 2011


Art lovers

Art lovers


Buñuel and Dalí weren't the only Surrealists whose short-lived partnership belies the big impact of their work on the art world. Opening on June 11...
By Scott Kearnan  |  June 13, 2011
The surreal world

The surreal world


We made a wide array of friends over the course of college, each a unique personality. Not all of these relationships worked out. (Who could...
By Scott Kearnan  |  June 13, 2011
Inching along

Inching along


We don't usually think of rock clubs as venues for live theater. Unless, of course, you count all the times we played spectator while a...
By Scott Kearnan  |  May 30, 2011
Graphic material

Graphic material


SECRET MUSEUMS PHOTO COURTESY OF ICARUS FILMS The smart and oversexed have found sneaky places to stash their collections of pornography ever since humankind began...
By Scott Kearnan  |  May 30, 2011
Forging art

Forging art


  He may have been one of the art world's notorious eccentrics, but Andy Warhol was still a man of the people - well, in...
By Scott Kearnan  |  May 16, 2011


Shakespeare in the park

Shakespeare in the park


The phrase "a walk in the park" is usually used to describe something simple and straightforward. But Susurrus, an interactive theatrical experience set in the...
By Scott Kearnan  |  May 16, 2011
Work! of art: Wearable Art Runway Show at Mobius

Work! of art: Wearable Art Runway Show at Mobius


Photo: JUSTIN MOORE If we've learned anything from Project Runway - besides the fact that Michael Kors thinks orange is the new black, at least...
By Scott Kearnan  |  May 02, 2011
Merge ahead

Merge ahead


Photo: JULIETA CERVANTES Citywide festivals are often exercises in excess, whether you're talking SXSW (so many bands, so many stages, too little time) or gay...
By Scott Kearnan  |  May 02, 2011
Boy toys

Boy toys


Photo: LARA CALLAHAN Remember when your friend's bachelorette party was interrupted by a "police officer" in tear-away pants? If there's one thing you learned -...
By Scott Kearnan  |  April 18, 2011
Topless dancing

Topless dancing


We're not sure that the Boston Opera House (539 Washington Street, Boston) is going to become the next boys' night out hotspot anytime soon, but...
By Scott Kearnan  |  April 18, 2011


Force and motion

Force and motion


Ah, ballet. Sometimes it's a lucid form of expression that replaces the spoken word with music, the nuance of intonation with the spellbinding effect of...
By Scott Kearnan  |  April 04, 2011
Let the record show

Let the record show


We revere vinyl records. Cassette tapes? Screw them. As soon as they were passé, we threw them into the neighborhood rummage sale without shedding a...
By Scott Kearnan  |  April 04, 2011
Lecture notes

Lecture notes


Some of us spent half of college trying to avoid lectures. Sure, now we regret blowing off Nobel laureates to recover from a keg party,...
By Scott Kearnan  |  March 21, 2011
Reality show

Reality show


"Based on actual events" - with just these four words, even the most banal plot suddenly earns must-see status. At this point, the Lifetime Movie...
By Scott Kearnan  |  March 21, 2011
Ice, ice baby

Ice, ice baby


After trudging through the sludge of this New England winter, Iceland isn't exactly tops on our list of fantasy vacation destinations. But here's something we...
By Scott Kearnan  |  March 07, 2011


Robo roles

Robo roles


  By the time we were in high school, many of us had already learned to perceive art and science as very different disciplines. The...
By Scott Kearnan  |  March 07, 2011
Great acoustics

Great acoustics


Photo: RENEE MISSELWhenever the words "Africa" and "guitar" are uttered in close proximity, we can't help but flash back to drunken karaoke nights spent wailing...
By Scott Kearnan  |  February 21, 2011
Show-bound

Show-bound


Photo: DARAGH MCDONAGH When American Repertory Theater (ART) artistic director Diane Paulus brought The Donkey Show to Cambridge in 2009, we were dazzled - and...
By Scott Kearnan  |  February 21, 2011
Princesses of pop

Princesses of pop


WOMAN VACCUMING POP ART COURTESY OF ARTIST MARTHA ROSLER AND MITCHELL-INNES & NASH, NEW YORK Her legion of devotees might find it hard to believe,...
By Scott Kearnan  |  February 07, 2011