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Allison J. Scharmann

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2018 Tony Award Predictions

​We’re less than two weeks away from Broadway’s biggest night—The Tonys—and there are still so many questions that need answering. Who will win? Who should win? Here are our predictions.


From Boston Calling 2018: A Toast to Khalid

There are a lot of things the 20-year old R&B artist cannot do, but his Sunday evening set at Boston Calling proved that he definitely can, in the words of his “Homemade Dynamite - REMIX” partner Lorde, “murder a stage.”


From Boston Calling 2018: Sunday Sound Bites

As the rain picked up, the indie-rock band Dirty Projectors overcame technical difficulties to put on a folksy show on the Delta Blue Stage.

Tyler the Creator

From Boston Calling 2018: Tyler, The Creator is Lonely, but Loved

Tyler, The Creator possesses a unique talent to be able to make every member of an audience feel exactly how he wants them to and change that feeling rapidly.

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From Boston Calling 2018: Saturday Sound Bites

Starting off Saturday at Boston Calling with Leikeli47 was an excellent choice.

St. Vincent

From Boston Calling 2018: St. Vincent Dazzles and Disturbs

Annie Clark (stage name: St. Vincent) has enough talent, if she wanted, to walk onstage with no costume, lights, or band—just her voice and a guitar—and bring down the house. But Clark did not do this at Boston Calling.


From Boston Calling 2018: How Perfume Genius 'Utilizes the Space'

Perfume Genius’s greatest asset is his voice. Whether it be in quiet musings or booming vocal riffs, his voice reaches out from the stage, between each person in the audience, to fill the space before it.


From Boston Calling 2018: Friday Sound Bites

On the first day of Boston Calling, Chicago rapper Noname made it halfway through a song into her Friday afternoon set on the Green Stage before she stopped the band, turned to the audience, and said “I’m going to be completely transparent, I am a little bit drunk.”

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Hayley Kiyoko Defies ‘Expectations’

Kiyoko is back with the perfect combination of relatable lyrics and infectious beats to propel her beautiful and unapologetically queer debut into the pop mainstream.

My Dear Melancholy,

The Weeknd’s Falsetto Falls Flat on ‘My Dear Melancholy,’

Objectively, the EP is not bad. There are a few catchy tracks, but it pales in comparison to Tesfaye’s previous work.

A.R.T. Workshop

The Foundations and Dreams of the Technical Theater Scene

At Harvard, technical directors are few and far between. They build the sets for the dozens of plays produced on campus, often taking on long hours in the shop. While the work can be time-consuming, there are reasons for staying, and perhaps, changes to come.

Kelela Live

Kelela Takes Boston Apart

In just seconds, the electronic R&B songstress transformed the venue’s unadorned, black stage into a deeply intimate musical spectacle.

SZA in the "All the Stars" music video.

Music Video Breakdown: 'All the Stars' by Kendrick Lamar and SZA

The music video for Lamar and R&B goddess SZA’s “All the Stars,” the pair’s single from the recent “Black Panther” soundtrack, is visually stunning and mysterious. One would expect nothing less from a creative team that includes Lamar, SZA, and director Dave Meyers.

Poetry and Race
On Campus

Dissecting Whiteness in the American Poetic Canon with Claudia Rankine

Rankine, the author of “Citizen: An American Lyric,” examined the way whiteness pervades American culture, and how this dominance is so often ignored by canonical white writers.

Visual Arts

Romance Meets Art: Valentine’s Day at the MFA

Couples milled about Boston's Museum of Fine Art holding hands and pausing for quick kisses, taking advantage of the museum’s free admission to wander the seemingly endless galleries and enjoy special events and exhibitions in honor of Valentine’s Day.