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  • March 17, 2014

    Asking for "Permission"

    Asking for

    "This is not meant to be a general overview or survey," says Jen Mergel, the MFA's Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. "This is meant to be an exhibit with teeth." She's talking about Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection—one of our picks of spring’s must-see exhibits—which opens this week. But first, Mergel gave us the lowdown on the show's title, its reception at Art Basel Miami Beach and a few of its 46 featured artists (including one who’ll be in attendance… i… More>

  • March 14, 2014

    On the Map

    On the Map by Jacqueline Houton

    All the world’s a stage, but American stages aren’t always so worldly. “If [plays] are foreign, they’re maybe British or Irish—and they present Molière once in a while,” says Guy Ben-Aharon, 23. “Imagine how much more we’d understand what’s going on in Syria if we saw Syrian plays. They wouldn’t be just an image on CNN.” … More>

  • February 03, 2014

    Group Dynamic

    Group Dynamic by Jacqueline Houton

    For Sam Bodkin, founder of Groupmuse—a network connecting classical musicians with millennial audiences through BYOB house parties turned chamber concerts—Beethoven’s Große Fuge was a gateway drug. “My first year of college, I was sitting in the basement of one of my best friends,” a cellist who gave an impromptu performance, Bodkin recalls. “It was truly one of the formative moments of my life.” Bodkin started raiding the Newton Free Library’s classical section; soon he was hooked. “I decided I was going to devote my life to figuring out how t… More>

  • December 10, 2013

    Street Smarts

    Street Smarts by Jacqueline Houton

    It’s been serving scribes since 1997, but one might say Grub Street is entering the fast lane. Last year, Boston’s independent writing center unveiled a spiffy new HQ at 162 Boylston Street, boasting twice the elbow room of their former digs. (If you visit, be sure to take a close look around: In a creative take on crowdfunding, they allowed everything from the elevator button to the coffee machine to the toilet paper holder to be endowed by an individual sponsor and christened with a classy plaque.) Then this fall, the nonprofit secured a gran… More>

  • November 13, 2013

    Getting the Axe

    Getting the Axe by Jacqueline Houton

    Dramatic deaths are de rigueur for the opera stage; axe murders, not so much. But that’s what’s on the agenda for this month’s production of Lizzie Borden, a one-act chamber version of Jack Beeson’s 1965 opera that’s getting its world premiere at the Park Plaza Castle courtesy of Boston Lyric Opera. The libretto takes some liberties with Fall River’s infamous double murder: Here there’s no doubt about Lizzie’s guilt, and her older sister Emma becomes younger sister Margret, who gets a sea captain suitor named Jason. But the production’s tw… More>

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