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Review: Dust

Resistance is futile, make the most of it
German documentarian Hartmut Bitomsky likes to make movies about how things are put together and how they come apart.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 19, 2009


Moderat bring out the best of both worlds
It’s 4 pm in Berlin, and there’s still so much shit to do before tonight’s Moderat album release party at WMF — a transient dance club that recently reopened in an old furniture factory in the center of the old city.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 19, 2009

Same difference

It's a pleasure keeping the Field on repeat
"I grew so weary of playing by myself on the laptop. I felt so controlled by the computer."
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 12, 2009

Review: The Good American

Your average pro-business Republican might take exception
By most accounts, Tom Weise is a good American.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2009

Conversation piece

Leon Johnson explains his trans-historical-post-colonial-dinner-wait-what?!
Leon Johnson explains his trans-historical-post-colonial-dinner-wait-what?!
By IAN PAIGE  |  April 29, 2009

Slideshow: Marcel Breuer at RISD

"Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture" at RISD Museum through July 19
The RISD Museum presents "Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture," a major retrospective of the late Bauhaus designer's furniture and buildings, through July 19.

Slideshow: Portland Museum of Art 2009 Biennial

The 2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, April 8 to June 7, 2009
For it’s 2009 Biennial, the Portland Museum of Art whittled down 970 applicants to just 17 Maine (or at least Maine-affiliated) artists.  
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 24, 2009

Virtual Berlin — in Two Parts

Wall Eyed
When the Berlin Wall fell, in 1989, it fell quickly. Joyful Berliners reduced most of the structure to rubble within months, and 20 years later, little evidence remains.
By KARA HADGE  |  April 17, 2009

Noir film

Jerry Berndt and Eugene Richards: The inescapable romance of decay
Fatalism and depression are consequences of life, not goals. Cheer up and don't let this dust-to-dust business slow you down.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  March 03, 2009

Slideshow: Street, studio art from Caleb Neelon

Artwork on many platforms
Artwork from Cambridge street artist Caleb Neelon.
By CALEB NEELON  |  February 13, 2009

Review: The International

Bank failure
In lieu of action, character development, or plot, The International offers architecture.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 10, 2009

Play by Play: February 6, 2009

Plays A through Z
A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 09, 2009

Wintry mix

No Triangle, Subliminal Sessions, and the New Music Festival
There are so many interesting and unusual musical happenings this week, it's almost more than this little column can bear.
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  January 26, 2009

SpeakEasy's The New Century, Cabaret at New Rep

Gay apparel
The New Century , a quartet of related short plays by Paul Rudnick, takes its name from the discount department store Century 21.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 26, 2009

Max Ophüls at the Harvard Film Archive

Plaisir d’Ophüls
Max at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 20, 2009

The Big Hurt: Cohen back on stage, Dee back in Heaven, Kelly back on the market

Music news in brief
Rascal Flatts are coming out with a sixth album, and I still haven't caught up with the previous five!
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 20, 2009

Lift every voice!

Classical goodies for 2009
Opera is the big word for 2009.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 30, 2008

Delivering the world

Can a Boston start-up reinvent foreign reporting?
No other newsroom figure boasts quite the same mix of romantic appeal and nobility of purpose as the foreign correspondent.
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 18, 2008

The Apocalypse versus stupid human tricks

Paul Chan, Adel Abdessemed, and Andrew Neumann
Among the most poetic and moving artwork to come out of 9/11 is Paul Chan’s series of videos The 7 Lights .
By GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2008


The world in comics
This season, there are two best buys when it comes to bang for your comic-book buck.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 02, 2008

A 'beautiful life'

Center Stage's Cabaret is in top form
In the context of today's new political dawn, Cabaret , the Kander and Ebb musical about 1930 Berlin, is like one of those silly horror movies that couples go to for an excuse to cling together and shriek. Isn't it great that the mayhem isn't happening to us is the unspoken message.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2008

Momus | Joemus

American Patchwork/Darla (2008)
Since the 1980s, Momus has been the recording guise of Scotsman bon vivant Nick Currie, a man of many masks and endless curiosity.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 11, 2008

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

A stirring glimpse at Europe's darkest hour
The performances never falter, and even James Horner's heavy-handed score can't dim the film's unfathomable, unshakable ending.
By PEG ALOI  |  November 17, 2008

Ends of the earth

The 20th Boston Jewish Film Festival reaches deep and far
Now in its 20th incarnation, the Boston Jewish Film Festival is almost the oldest three-ring circus of its kind (San Francisco’s annual program got there first by nine years), and in that span we’ve seen the elusive idea of “Jewish film” become an institution.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 07, 2008

Word play

Doomsday is just a state of mind in Synecdoche, New York
The end of the world has always appealed to movie audiences, no more so than now that the prospect is looking more and more likely.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 10, 2008

Death rattles

Headhunter and Kid Blue so dope it’s scary
Headhunter and Kid Blue so dope it’s scary
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 29, 2008

Back to the future

Duke Robillard unveils Sunny and Her Joy Boys
Since leaving Roomful of Blues, the vintage guitar hero Duke Robillard has moved forward by reaching back into the annals of American blues, swing, jazz, and R&B and by doing so, he’s told a pretty incredible story.
By BOB GULLA  |  October 22, 2008

Battling Scientology

Anonymous's Gregg Housh is committed to bringing down the Church of Scientology. Is he a gadfly or a goon?
In a world wracked with uncertainty, there is at least one thing you can bet on: pick a fight with the Church of Scientology, and its leaders will fight back — always with vigor, often with a vengeance, and sometimes with litigation that can be long and costly.  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 23, 2008

The Gates

Public art, food for the soul
This documentary from Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Matthew Prinzing details the tortuous journey by which “The Gates” came into being.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 09, 2008

New England product, 2008

Vets and newbs vie for your vote
It’s hard enough for bands to get any attention from their local public without some pesky election coming in and hogging the spotlight.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 11, 2008

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