Earlier this week, barnstorming in Pittsfield for US Senate, Congressman Ed Markey was pontificating against the Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision, as he is wont to do, and said that in order to restore campaign-finance limits,
"The constitution must be amended. The Dred Scott decision had to be repealed, we have to repeal Citizens United."
The American Repertory
Theater's third annual Valentine's Gala brought a well-dressed crowd of theater
buffs to the Revere Hotel, where they mingled with drag queens, company
members, and some dude named Zachary Quinto. The cocktail hour was followed by
dinner, dancing, and awards, plus a sneak-preview performance from Cirque du
Soleil'sAmaluna, directed by ART artistic director
Diane Paulus and hitting Boston
in the spring of 2014
The Coolidge Corner Theatre continues its Django Unchained-inspired blaxploitation @fter Midnite movie series with Jonathan
Kaplan's Truck Turner (1974). Like Django,
Truck (Isaac Hayes) is a bounty hunter, but he's not as much of an idealist. He
doesn't seek justice, or even the rescue of his beloved, but rather $1000 for
bringing in a pimp named Gator.
If you've been following this music blog at all for the past month or so, you know we are Waxahatchee superfans here at The Phoenix. Earlier this month, we followed Waxahatchee a/k/a former PS Eliot singer/guitarist Katie Crutchfield around on tour for a week, documenting her stops at a few different towns around New England (in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, etc.
Stanley Kubrick's The
Shining (1980) is the happy hunting ground for those prone to byzantine, if
not paranoid, movie interpretations (the upcoming documentary Room 237 explores just a few of these).
So it's well worth watching again no matter how many times you've already seen
the kid riding the Big Wheel down the endless Overlook Hotel corridors, or the
flirty, naked, decomposing woman in the tub, or the creepy Diane Arbus twins,
or the diabolical bartender, or Jack Nicholson with a grin and an axe saying,
Over the past couple of years, Montreal's Arbutus Records has developed a well-earned reputation as one of the most interesting young record labels around, releasing music by Grimes, Doldrums, Braids, and more. Their last release of 2012, the Majical Cloudz Turns Turns Turns EP,
has become one of my most-played 12-inches in recent memory.
In this week's issue of The Phoenix -- in print and online now -- I have a column about the early start in the hypothetical congressional special election to replace Ed Markey, should he become US Senator in the upcoming special election.
A couple of quick additional notes.
First off, state representative Sean Garballey lives in and reps Arlington, not Cambridge.
A typical day in the city is stressful. Whether it's doing
battle for a seat on the T, sitting in rush hour traffic until the needle hits
‘E,' or simply weaving through tourists on packed downtown streets - we could
all use a way to unwind. Of course, there's always drinking, but so much the
better if your chosen method of relaxation is healthy for the body as well as
What's the strangest sandwich you've ever eaten? I
think we were really drunk at home, and it was one of those things
where you just go in the fridge; and we went, "Well, we got ketchup,
some olives, some bread, and some tuna.
After a few weeks of show spotlights, this week’s Playlist is a bi-polar look at opposite ends of the Boston rock spectrum. Leading off is a new track from Central Massachusetts’ post-electroni-core quartet HERRA TERRA, whose “Portals” off their new Hyperborean EP is a comet-trail of synth-song. While there are record release parties set for Worcester (March 22 at Ralph's with Animal Talk, RIBS, and Coralcola) and Providence (March 30 at Fete Lounge with Lovelife, Ravi Shavi, and the Kolour Kolt) we're holding on tightly for a Boston date to be announced shortly.
It's that time of year again -- to hit the streets and protest in the name of privacy and Internet neutrality. On February 23, the designated International Day for Privacy (#IDP13), local activists and advocates are planning to rally outside the Massachusetts Statehouse before hosting a CryptoParty at which they'll teach self-defense tactics for protecting one's self from the prying eyes of Big Brother.
In September 2011, DC Comics hit the reset button on their whole universe, resulting in, among other changes, a massive realignment of one of its lynchpins, the much-revered Justice League. JL is one of the longest-running comics of all time, existing in one state or another since 1960; with the reset (dubbed "The New 52" after the fifty-two comic lines relaunched), DC created offshoot Justice League International, wherein a UN-controlled team dispensed ass-kicking care packages to villains worldwide.
Good luck to city councilor Bill Linehan, who will take his first try
at hosting the St. Patrick's Day breakfast amid the Menino-Connolly
tension; the Collins-Forry tension; the Lynch-MeehanMarkey [oops] tension... oh, and
the Linehan-Lee tension.
I'm on record saying that the breakfast should be done away with once and forever.
How does a DJ and track producer, one of whose YouTube vidclips has over 12 million views get booked into Cambridge's Phoenix Landing, where the dance floor accommodates maybe 200 fans? Yet 12 million views it is, for Berlin, Germany's Michael Vater, who DJs as PHONIQUE. The vidclip in question is "Feel What You Want."
Doug Rodrigues, with a big-ass knife, in the kitchen at Clio.
"I'm kind of a live wire," Clio executive chef Doug Rodrigues told the Phoenix earlier this month. "I'm not consistent, and people can’t
really read me most of the time. As soon as you think I’m some hard-ass prick,
I’ll go soft on you."
Well, clarification: Rodrigues is no longer employed at Clio.
Though One Life (2011)
offers the usual anthropomorphic wildlife-documentary narrative - baby animals and
their parents - spoken by a resonant, top-tier actor - Daniel Craig, in this instance - the cinematography is especially
striking, and the creatures and their survival tactics have to be seen to be
In the February 8th issue of The Phoenix, we told you about Festooning the Inflatable Beehive, a conceptual art project created by local artists/activists/beekeepers Maria Molteni and Colette Aliman. The project is on display now through March 30 as part of the exhibition "System: ECOnomies." In that article, we also highlighted a series of workshops and discussions organized for February 9th at 808 as part of the project.
Today pretty much everyone woke up to a Facebook and twitter feed wishing KURT COBAIN a happy birthday. As Richard Bouchard, Boston's Indie Rock Ranger, put it, "Cobain would have turned 46 today, if Courtney Love hadn't murdered him in the face and made it look like a suicide." We're sure he's just kidding, CoCo.