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A cut above

The Books, live at the ICA, April 10, 2009
From out of blearily luminous pools of spiraling orange fractals, the disembodied head of a stately-looking man emerged, coaxing us to attention with little more than his calming gaze and an invitation to “a new beginning.”
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 14, 2009

Company, present pillows!

Down and Up For a Fight
All right, sorority girls and sleepover fiends, get those pillows fluffed and ready.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 01, 2009

Everything is illuminated

Samantha Hunt weaves historical fiction from Nikola Tesla's biography
A solemn pigeon, a rolling thunderstorm, flecks of dust: nearly everything speaks in The Invention of Everything Else , Samantha Hunt's second novel.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 11, 2009

We started nothing

 Politics and other mistakes
The first thing you have to understand about how the Maine Legislature works is: It doesn't. And it isn't supposed to.
By AL DIAMON  |  January 21, 2009

Expert: Expanding wind power could unhinge insects

Unintended Consequences
Last spring, a red tail hawk was hit and killed by Rhode Island's one functioning wind turbine at Portsmouth Abbey School. Brother Joseph Byron says the bird was the first animal fatality he has seen since the 241-foot-high structure started producing 660 kilowatts in March 2006.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  November 25, 2008

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

An uninspired sit-com packed with Hollywood stars
It’s a light entertainment that can cash in with election-weary audiences.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 05, 2008

Yes, but why?

Bumpkin Island puzzler
Isolation was part of the challenge.
By IAN SANDS  |  September 03, 2008

Red Sparowes

Aphorisms | Sargent House
The brainchild of Isis guitarists Jeff Caxide and Bryant Clifford Meyer, this post-rock outfit is inspired by Mao Zedong’s attempted eradication of farm-pestering sparrows in the late 1950s.
By DAVID BOFFA  |  September 02, 2008


Not keeping late-night hours, but still delivering the Lebanese goods
Dining options for night owls are limited to a handful of Chinatown eateries and a few dubious diners. We also suffer from a dearth of good street food: what we’d give for one decent LA-style taco truck!
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 20, 2008

Light lifting

A pair of trifles at Cornerstone Playhouse
Come summertime, when you’re sunning on the sand all day and evening rolls around, sometimes the theater equivalent of light beach reading is just what you need.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 23, 2008

Werner’s world

Herzog’s End justifies his means
The world is doomed, and Werner Herzog, for one, is happy about it.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008

Pole sitter

Interview: Werner Herzog ponders the end of the world
Speaking to the legendary German filmmaker is like speaking to God.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008

‘Great’ is definitely the wrong word

Richard Bradley’s fact-challenged book on the Sox-Yanks’ ’78 season finale is filled with Buckner-esque errors.
When I come across an obvious factual error in a book, my initial inclination is to wince in sympathy for the soon-to-be-embarrassed author. Unless, that is, the mistake is infuriatingly egregious, in which case I’m more apt to throw the book up against the wall in disgust.
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  May 28, 2008

Town and country

Looking at birds and buildings
In “Construction Details” at AS220’s Project Space, artists Stephen Brownell and Jean Cozzens meditate on a subject that has haunted Providence over the past decade.
By GREG COOK  |  May 13, 2008

Big pond, little pond

Swan Lake  in Boston and Providence
Swan Lake is ballet’s prima ballerina because, 131 years after its Moscow premiere, it’s still poised on pointe.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2008

For the birds

Artful lodger comes to MIT
Buckminster Fuller was an odd duck, one who routinely tackled concepts foreign to him.
By IAN SANDS  |  April 23, 2008

Love prevails

Festival Ballet’s emotional Swan Lake
Swan Lake is second only to The Nutcracker as a familiar entity for those with a nodding acquaintance of ballet.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2008

Where raccoons dare

Our correspondent takes a walk on the Wildlife-Removal side.
Dark eyes in the darkness; quick, narrow hands working at an entrance; then the coarse slither of a heavy body through the freshly made hole.
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 09, 2008

Birds of paradise

A conversation with Jerry Laurutano, proprietor of Jerry’s Underground Hair Salon.
A conversation with Jerry Laurutano, proprietor of Jerry’s Underground Hair Salon.
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 09, 2008

Everything is coming up bacon

That intoxicating smell, the siren-call sizzle — looks like pop culture has gone hog wild
Pigs are noble creatures, selflessly giving of their delectable flesh — and we need as many of them as we can get.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 22, 2008

Fractured fairy-tales

How George Saunders, Hans Christian Andersen, and a trip to Fairyland can keep you sane
Somehow, somewhere, we seem to have forgotten the meaning of the fairy tale.
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 23, 2008

Feathered, not fun

Dr. Lovemonkey
My mother passed away last summer, and she left me her parrot, Chuckles.
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 28, 2007

Old meets new

Trinity Rep preps its 31st Christmas Carol
At regional theaters around the country, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol , that cash cow successfully mated with a golden goose, might as well be called Déjà Vu .
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2007

Pane e Vino

A loaf of bread, a glass of wine
Yes, there seem to be more Italian restaurants on Federal Hill than pigeons in the Piazza San Marco.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 10, 2007

Acting up

 KT Tunstall at First Act
The slight, dark-haired 32-year-old took the stage smiling and went right into the big hit.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 07, 2007

Fact and friction

Aaron T. Stephan at Whitney Art Works
As it happened, at the end, the parrot wouldn’t say a word.
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  August 01, 2007

Lowbrow fun

Elemental Theatre’s wacky King Stag
Outdoor summer performances have so much going against them.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 06, 2007

Surf's Up

Surf's Up wipes out
Is it coincidence or homage that a fat, sullen penguin in this animated dud resembles Michael Moore?
By ALICIA POTTER  |  June 06, 2007

One bird's opinion

Could be Verse: Poetry ripped straight from the headlines
One bird’s opinion, or Lines upon Seeing the President Struck by Avian Droppings during a Rose Garden Press Conference
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 01, 2007

Spring steps

Island Moving Co.’s Four Off the Floor
Connor walked around the rehearsal, encouraging the dancers to “think of yourself as a hawk.”
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 08, 2007

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