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Music Review: Favorite Albums of 2013

January 7, 2014
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The greatest album of the year isn’t even an album per se. There is a lot of hoopla surrounding the leak of what might be the debut album of elusive British lo-fi R&B artist Jai Paul.

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Theater Review: “Working, A Musical” — A Pleasantly Uneven Hymn to the Working Man

January 6, 2014
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The challenges of this musical are to keep things buoyant yet insightful (and with some backbone) about a subject many of us dread, namely work and its drudgery.

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Theater Review: Take Two — Shakespeare Plays it Safe In “Henry VIII”

January 5, 2014
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If “Henry VIII” is dramatically lacking when compared to Shakespeare’s other histories, what makes this production worthwhile is the care Actors’ Shakespeare Project has brought to staging it.

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Jazz Album Review: Herbie Hancock — A Musician of Nearly Endless Curiosity

January 5, 2014
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Amongst the acoustic live sessions, listeners should be delighted with the Chick Corea-Herbie Hancock duets.

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Book Review: “Before I Burn” — A True Crime Story Transformed into Art

January 4, 2014
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“Before I Burn” gives the reader the awesome sense of a fully perceived life—the hallmark of great art.

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Film Review: A Powerful “Philomena”

January 3, 2014
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Evaluating actress Judi Dench is akin to watching a great athlete do a high dive or land a difficult jump on ice skates. She nails it so often that you half expect a row of judges to hold up cards with nothing but 10’s on them.

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TV/DVD Commentary: Loving “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”

January 2, 2014
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Although there are bumps on the way from the brilliant first season to the uneven fourth season, “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” stands as a clever, thought-provoking and joyful creation – a pleasure that’s anything but guilty.

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Movie Review: “A Touch of Sin” — A Fearless Vision of Corruption in Contemporary China

January 2, 2014
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In “A Touch of Sin,” four depressing stories float into one other, all said to be based on news stories from Chinese papers.

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Film Review: Spike Jonze’s “Her” — Is This Love Affair Creepy? Or Probing?

December 31, 2013
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Is “Her” exploring truths about romance and emotional need? Or is this a creepy look into how far we’ve surrendered to the infantilizing embrace of technology?

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Concert Review: Melissa Ferrick at Club Passim — A Welcome Glimpse of Her Hippie Side

December 30, 2013
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Melissa Ferrick joined the songwriting faculty at Berklee, where she dropped out as a student two decades ago. The Berklee influence may account for the increased craft in her songs,.

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