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Move over, Clark Kent. All over New England, mild-mannered citizens are suiting up and doing their part to play the hero.
THWAK! I swing with my right fist, trying to connect with my opponent's face. In a smooth motion, he deflects my punch with his forearm, which is protected with a black and metallic-plastic arm gauntlet. I swing with my left fist, and am again knocked away effortlessly. I can see my reflection in his sunglasses, framed in white.
| December 11, 2009
Wizards and masterpieces
Harry Potter at the Museum of Science, and another look at the Rose
At “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Science, when a robed attendant places the sorting hat on a visitor’s head and soon after a door whooshes open to reveal the Hogwarts Express, you find yourself filled with the kind of giddy expectation you feel when getting your hands on a Potter book the day it’s released.
| November 06, 2009
Jersey Boys walks like a man
It may not be December 1963, but oh what a night is Jersey Boys (at the Shubert Theatre through September 26) for boomers wishing to enjoy the soundtrack of their youth set against a mix of Forever Plaid and GoodFellas .
| August 04, 2009
More than words
The Farnsworth's Robert Indiana retrospective
What are we to make of Robert Indiana? His is generally considered part of the Pop art group of artists who came into prominence in the late '60s, along with Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Roy Lichtenstein, and though he is not perhaps as highly regarded in the art world, he has a wider popular following than any of them.
| July 08, 2009
Slideshow: Final moments at the Rose?
Photos from what could be the final days at the Rose Art Museum
| May 13, 2009
Will Brandeis sell out the Rose?
As the clock ticks down, the world-renowned museum confronts the art of survival
Will Brandeis take the money and run?
| May 15, 2009
Easy on the eyes
At Whitney Art Works, "The Funnies" directly engage viewers with 150 pieces by 25 artists.
"The Funnies" at Whitney Art Works is a sprawling show of upwards of 150 pieces by 25 artists, all of whom have been brought together by local artist — Jeff Badger.
| February 26, 2009
Pop goes Wittgenstein
Jean-Luc Godard at the Museum of Fine Arts
"We were indeed in a political film — that is to say, Walt Disney plus blood." You might have read that bit of '60s film voiceover in a book, but it's unlikely you've ever heard Anna Karina speak it.
| February 18, 2009
Brandeis shutters art museum
Bloom off the Rose
Late Monday afternoon, Brandeis University informed leaders of its Rose Art Museum that it would close the institution this summer and auction off the more than 6000 pieces in its renowned collection, which includes major works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns.
| February 02, 2009
A look at the newly re-opened Bowdoin College Museum of Art
On the inside, though, it feels like a much larger museum has been magically folded into the fine old neo-classical structure.
| March 06, 2008
Let me see your grill
The origins of the vagina dentata
If there’s one thing the new horror flick Teeth teaches us, it’s that nothing sours a romantic soirée like a vagina dentata.
| January 25, 2008
Take it to the streets
Mexican street graphics at MassArt
“¡Sensacional! Mexican Street Graphics" is a funhouse of brilliantly clunky handmade Mexican street art.
| October 02, 2007
Real women do burlesque
Putting the tease — and some other things — back in striptease
The catcalls get louder just before I peel off my top.
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| February 17, 2007
A “Re-View” of the last 100 years at RISD
The advantage of being a teaching museum is on full display at the Rhode Island School of Design in the exhibition “Re-Viewing the Twentieth Century.”
| January 02, 2007
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