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Author Leigh Bardugo Discusses ‘Ninth House’ at Cambridge Public Library

Leigh Bardugo surprised fans when she announced that her newest novel, “Ninth House,” would be the first installation in an adult fantasy series.

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Larissa Ponomarenko Stages an Expressive Update of Ballet Classic ‘Giselle’

Characterized by its expert dancing, thoughtful partnerships, and wildly extravagant set, Ponomarenko’s “Giselle” was a beautiful take on the classic.

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Julian Fellowes Triumphs with ‘Downton Abbey’

Watching “Downton Abbey” is like being fed freshly baked cookies, petting a soft kitten, and snuggling into a warm bed — all at once.

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‘The America Plays’: A Dive into Hidden American History

Mount Auburn Cemetery forged new ground as it hosted a site-specific play by playwright Patrick Gabridge, who brought to life several of the buried to reveal their stories.

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‘The Goldfinch’: A Lukewarm Take on a Classic

While the film is too messy to spark much award-season buzz and too plot-heavy to please the book’s readers, “The Goldfinch” still manages to be an earnest film.

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‘Lost Roses’ Brings to Life the Russian Revolution

There are great elements to “Lost Roses,” but more often than not they are caught in the crossfire of extreme symbolism or frankly impossible coincidence.

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‘Fleabag’ Season Two is a Comedic Triumph

As Waller-Bridge debuts the second season of BBC America’s hit thriller “Killing Eve” and its first season wins accolades, the second season of her original dramedy “Fleabag” finally comes to American television.

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‘The Mother-in-Law’ Redefines Family Dynamics

With their quick fire exchanges, the protagonists will certainly demand the reader’s attention.


1969 and the Rise of a Revolution: Fashion Fifty Years Ago

Charged with rebellion and anger, 1969 was marked by overwhelming political turmoil. More than any other era, the ‘60s embodies the clear link between cultural and political events and fashion trends, which is why we take a look at clothing trends which dominated 50 years ago.

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‘Gingerbread’ is a Poignant Story of Ambition, Family, and Displacement

“Gingerbread” does an excellent job of worldbuilding and providing sharp social commentary.

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‘Transit’ Is a Complex Study of War and Migration

“Transit” is not content with being a tear-jerker or just another WWII drama. Petzold distinguishes it with its almost psychological diagnostic of complicated human relationships and displacement.


Boston Ballet’s ‘Full on Forsythe’ Breathes Innovation and Excitement into Ballet

After a long career in Europe, choreographer William Forsythe created a piece for Boston Ballet called “Playlist (EP),” the first work he has choreographed for a North American company in almost 30 years.

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‘Botticelli Heroines + Heroes’ Explores the Nature Between Art and Violence

It is astounding that with their warm, bright colors and delicate gold glints, Sandro Botticelli’s iconic paintings are about violence, trauma, and sexual assault.


Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brings ‘Othello’ to Contemporary America

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "Othello" at the A.R.T. replaces the usual Renaissance Venice with a more lugubrious, yet modern American city (with the opening scenes taking place outside of a seedy nightclub) and Renaissance Cyprus with a village whose sand-toned architecture is reminiscent of the Middle East.

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Billie Eilish's New Single 'bury a friend' is Deliciously Eerie

The L.A. native’s new song relies on tried and tested methods — heavy on synth melodies, voice modulations, and layered vocals — yet distinguishes itself through its much faster, more upbeat tempo and powerfully disturbing lyrics.