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Richard III

'Richard III' Stresses the Humor of the Machiavellian Villain​​

Actors’ Shakespeare Project's "Richard III," is full of compelling acting and humor making it both enjoyable and accessible.


“The Alienist” is Dark and Intriguing

The show's combination of intriguing premise, seamless production, and haunting aesthetic bring to life the gritty underground world of crime and corruption in the Gilded Age.

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‘Persuasion’ 200 Years Later: Persuading Others To Rethink Jane Austen

The book’s 200th anniversary seems as good a time as any to reflect on its brilliance and quiet power.

HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True

‘HEAR WORD!’: An Empowering Reflection on Women and Nigeria

“HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True packs heavy emotion, incredible music and acting all in one.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Unpopular Opinion: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Its lack of character development drags it down tremendously

Aline G. Damas

Arts Vanity: The Execs as Zodiac Signs

Disclaimer: The only people who were qualified to write this did not.

Obsidian Tear

‘Obsidian Tear’: Boston Ballet Opens Season Strong

This production showcases the work of multi-award winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor and Boston Ballet’s Finnish resident choreographer Jorma Elo. McGregor’s beautiful piece features nine male dancers dancing to the haunting music of Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Lachen Verlernt” and “Nyx.”


‘Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent’ Sumptuous and Delicious

The film begins in present-day Mexico, as Towers walks through Aztec ruins to his Médira home. As he cooks himself a sumptuous meal of fresh octopus, he ruminates over his childhood, his college years at Harvard, and his restaurants.

The O.C.

Unpopular Opinion: “The O.C.”

If you’re looking for any depth, don’t.

still got time

Music Video Breakdown: ‘Still Got Time’ by Zayn Malik

The next morning Malik emerges from the building out of his ridiculously pristine white curtains to observe the damage while coughing profusely after a night of excessive smoking. To counteract this, he lights up once again, surveying his lawn strewn with rubbish.

gossip girl

Guilty Pleasures: ‘Gossip Girl’

For those who do not know, “Gossip Girl” managed to convince thousands of teenage girls that Brooklyn is a cheap neighborhood, that headbands should be worn past the age of twelve, that you shouldn’t take drugs (at least not before the SATs), and that the solution to every problem is to spread gossip through anachronistic blog posts about your fellow New York prep-school friends.


Summer Movies Revisited

There are some films that just cannot be seen on the small screen, and there is no better example of this than “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan’s boldly experimental blockbuster war epic released earlier this summer. “Hampstead” is the most amiable summer romance that you probably have never heard of.

"Melodrama" by Lorde

Lorde’s Highly-Anticipated ‘Melodrama’ Encapsulates the Pangs of Love

“Melodrama” triumphs in its ability to capture all the different facets of love and its consequent heartbreak. Each song explores these feelings in a tender way, slowly peeling back the layers of boozy nights until we are confronted with truth and raw emotion.

Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
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Akademie’s “Of Frogs and Men” Brings Sound to Life

For the 2016-2017 season of the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF), the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin played an energetic show at The New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. The program performed on March 24, “Of Frogs and Men,” consisted of Baroque music on the theme of nature. These pieces were played delightfully by fifteen players including violins, violas, oboes, a violoncello, a double bass, a bassoon, a lute, a harpsichord, and a recorder, all the while bringing to life the opulence of this style to the stage.


“Brave New World” Channels the Present

In its depiction of a crumbling utopia, Aldous Huxley’s 1932 classic “Brave New World” poses moral quandaries that remain relevant today. In their adaptation of the novel, the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company has found their own way to make connections between Huxley’s futuristic world and our present one.