Former Boston Phoenix contributor James Surowiecki -- now the New Yorker's financial columnist -- sat down with BARNEY FRANK in late August to talk about the state of the economy and, somewhat more sexily, about the health-care town-hall debates. ahead to the 13-minute mark This was just a few days after Frank had conducted just such a town-hall in Massachusetts -- which we covered extensively
Lexington High alum Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal, who were on an acclaimed HBO series together, will be doing standup together as well at the Wilbur Theatre later this month. Here, they interview each other, with predictably enjoyable results. Show info is after the jump.
You've got one last chance to see the fantastic ALIEN TRESPASS -- a 1950s drive-in screamer that just happens to have been made in the 21st century -- before it closes this week at the Kendall Square Theater. (The final screenings are on Thursday.) If Tom Meek's review didn't convince you to shell out a few clams to see this on the big screen, maybe this will.
Former Phoenix contributor Kelefa Sanneh's profile of the legendary KATT WILLIAMS is behind the New Yorker's subscribers-only firewall -- an indication that it's likely as good as you think it's gonna be, or better -- but the multimedia teasers are live and free. The video (above) is a NSFW highlight reel of Katt in his element.
As foreshadowed by Brodeur yesterday, Metallica did indeed show up for a semi-secret gig at Stubbs BBQ. Below, video from PHX HQ, overlooking the mayhem. After the jump: video from inside Stubbs.
ThePhoenix.com/SXSW: Daily video, Twittering, blog overload
is deliciously creepy.
We've just returned from Clarendon Street in the South End, where Boston Ballet is beginning the final run-throughs of George Balanchine's rarely-performed three-act, Jewels, which opens at the Wang next week. We'll have better video coming soon -- um, like without my leg in it -- but to tide you over, here's a few minutes of what they're up to:
Maine author Hannah Holmes, whose natural history of humans, The Well-Dressed Ape (Random House), I reviewed last month, has started a new viral campaign to help market her book. The first installment of her effort is this video, which I've embedded here:
But I'll also share with you her note introducing the video, both to give you a sense of Hannah herself, and a sense of the book world as it stands today.
Next time you pick up your copy of the fishwrap edition, you may end up getting a facefull of SHEPARD FAIREY. As part of his one-man museum show "Supply and Demand," which opens this weekend, his crew has been bombing Boston Phoenix newsboxes -- not to mention the actual Boston Phoenix building -- which will be on view at the ICA Boston.
Why didn't American journalists think of this sooner?
And now for something completely different. Just before Thanksgiving, the Celtics handed over control of the halftime festivities to the Boston Ballet, who opted not to come out with a straight-up preview of their annual cash cow but instead offered a newly-choreographed routine outside their comfort zone.
UPDATE: now with brief video!
In case you weren't watching the Macy's Parade, the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends float rolled up, started doing a puppet routine, and then produced the ultimate Rick Roll: the actual Rick Astley, lip-synching the actual "Never Gonna Give You Up." Then one of the puppets yells, "I LOVE RICK ROLLING."
Spoiler alert: if you're a film geek, the rest of your work day is about to go up in flames.
Criterion launched a long-awaited new web site this morning, taking the first step towards digital distribution for the most coveted catalogue in film. Warning: It's still in wicked beta. But the plan is to let users stream full-length movies -- as well as Criterion's extras, from the accompanying essays to the directors' commentaries, behind-the-scenes vids, and short features -- on demand.
Before Bono made himself king -- or at least crowned himself rock and roll's official ambassador to the Universe -- the most internationally influential rock star, on a policy level at least, was Lou Reed. If there'd been a Secretary of State for 20th-century "alternative" rock, it woulda been Lou, since the Velvet Underground, as everyone knew, had helped topple Communism in the Czech Republic, where they seemed to have held a cultural sway that was vastly out of proportion to what they held such cultural backwaters as, say, the United States.