subversive conservative thespian James O'Keefe has more critics than
most. Since sleazily punishing the community organizing group ACORN
into oblivion four years ago, the New Jersey native and former Andrew
Breitbart protege has become the scourge and intrigue of not only the
progressive left, but also of poor and working class folks
In case you missed this in the comments on the original post, members of Longy's prep community are planning a rally on public property outside the school at 10 am, tomorrow (Saturday 3/09) to protest the program's unexpected cancellation. Organizer Karen Weintraub says: " One way we can show our annoyance - and hopefully change the board's decision - is to make a very public statement about it."
You know that phenomenon when you find out that a band you reeaally love is coming through town, but then you're struck with the immediate realization that you reeaally
didn't love their last album? (Not that you hated it by any means, but
it was just an odd-to-bad sideways-to-regressive step during an
otherwise unblemished career trajectory.
Echoing many parents and students, Harvard Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth fired off a scathing email to Longy Director Karen Zorn, deploring Zorn's decision to shut down the school's community education program. "this is an unfortunate and extremely short-sighted decision," Lajer-Burcharth writes.
speak for myself, i am indeed both extremely saddened and angered by
your sudden and poorly justified decision.
Made while he was dying, Raoul Ruiz’s final film, Night Across the Street (2012), epitomizes
the themes he had been exploring in the hundred-plus films of his career and
serves as a surreal affirmation of the power of cinema and the imagination. An
ailing office worker reminisces about his hallucinatory past — involving
unlikely encounters with Beethoven, Long John Silver, and assorted phantasms — and
opens a labyrinth of cryptic, interconnected narratives.
[Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday, 3/7, but apparently I did something wrong, so I'm posting Friday]
We've been hearing a lot recently about alleged overzealousness of
the Department of Justice, following the suicide of activist Aaron
Swartz. The attention and scrutiny is good; but it needs to also come to
bear in cases with less sympathetic figures receiving the questionable
Film buffs and fashion aficionados alike gathered at Harvard
Square's Brattle Theatre on Oscar night to watch
the red carpet the way it was meant to be seen - on the big screen! Custom
Oscar-inspired champagne cocktails and Cambridge Brewing Company beer flowed as
VIPs bid on auction items and noshed on snacks from foodie havens Harvest and
Anyone who understands the artistic process knows that guilt and shame are part of the game. In a way, expressing yourself through artistic means is all part of a circle of guilt and shame: you channel your inner guilt and shame, form it into a song, or a picture, or a blog post; you choke down guilt and shame in order to present your art to the world; and the rest of the world is simultaneously forced to confront the guilt and shame at the core of your work, and hit you back with guilt and shame that you dare do something artistic while they have to get up for work in the morning.
Maybe Brian De Palma's best film and, next to The Shining, the best adaptation of a Stephen
King novel, Carrie (1976) remains the
scariest depiction of a difficult adolescence on film. Sissy Spacek plays the
tormented teen of the title who will not suffer long the bullies in school or her
Bible-thumping mother (Piper Laurie).
MAGIC MAN have been shrouded in mystery the past few years. First surfacing out of Providence in 2010 as a duo parked behind laptops, debut LP Real Life Color shared much DNA with the likes of MGMT and Passion Pit, especially the single, "Monster," which found a home on WFNX's Boston Accents. After relative silence since, they’re now reborn as a full five-piece synthpop band in bubbly new electronic pop single “Paris,” a warm, engaging track that suggests an identity all their own.
With one week until SXSW, and a snowstorm ready to hit New England, I had Austin on the brain this afternoon, so we dedicated today's BOSTON ACCENTS to a handful of bands headed to Texas this month. For each band's full SXSW lineup and itinerary, click on the links to their respective homepages and/or profiles.
The Longy School of Music of Bard College stunned parents when it
announced today that it is shutting down its youth and community
education programs by the end of the summer.
Parents of kids
enrolled in the prep program got the news in an email from director
Karen Zorn this afternoon; apparently, the faculty had been informed via
a similar email only hours before -- essentially getting fired over the
easiest, most obvious, and typically accurate criticism of urban
crime reporting is that the big picture gets lost in all the noise.
As reporters jump from crime scene to crime scene – seeking out
detectives for quotes, interviewing witnesses – it's easy to ignore
the systemic malfunctions that have kept poor neighborhoods broken
US Senator Rand Paul ranted for over three hours on the Senate floor today, in a filibuster protesting the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA; he would have gone longer, but fellow Republican Mike Lee decided to tag in to help, and then Democrat Ron Wyden took a turn. It ain't just liberty-minded folks on the right who have problems with the drones you know.
What to do with techno is the question for DJs who employ the genre. To complicate it with effects, render it dramatic with a voice or two, or leave it be as a pile-driving stomp: these are the usual. At NAGA on Thursday night, Munich, Germany's tINI experimented with all three routes. As might be expected, some of her ways worked; and some did not.
Yesterday at 5am on the way to the airport, my friend (and occassional Phoenix contributor) Ali Carter and I kept laughing and wondering whether or not we are crazy people. A couple of hours later, we boarded a plane for Monterrey, Mexico where we'll be checking out Festival NRMAL for the next five days. The festival runs until Sunday, with
showcases of bands from all over Mexico, South America, the US, and
Sometimes it feels like you can get a grass fed beef burger
just about anywhere, but if you happen to be a grass fed person yourself,
you're SOL. But vegetarian options in Boston
abound...if you know where to look. From an elegant bistro in Somerville
to a chromed-out retro diner in Cambridge,
vedgeheads can delight in anything on the menus from the following nominees for
Best Vegetarian Restaurant