Koy restaurant brings kimchi with a twist to Faneuil Hall
Koy, a new Korean-influenced restaurant on the edge of Faneuil Hall, offers a respite from chains, tourist traps, and bars. When you’ve worked up an appetite dodging jugglers and horn players tootling holiday medleys, it’s nice to have a place to duck into for a bulgogi sandwich and a cocktail.
Newton North principal Jennifer Price takes top job in North Andover
After seeing Newton North High School through the transition to a new building and leading the community through nine years of tragedies and triumphs, Principal Jennifer Price is leaving at the end of June to become superintendent in North Andover.
Semitic Museum honors founder in compelling exhibition
Harvard University’s Semitic Museum honors the work and legacy of its founder, David Gordon Lyon, with a compelling exhibition, “From the Nile to the Euphrates.”
‘White Christmas’ glistens when dancers take the stage
According to Irving Berlin, “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing,” and that is certainly true of the return of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.”
By disc and by download, Boston artists flourished in 2014
A simple way to measure a music scene’s health is by the number of quality recordings that are coming out of it. By that metric, classical music in Boston is thriving, 2014 having seen a swarm of new CDs, DVDs, and downloads from locally-based artists and ensembles.
On stage, homeless women’s voices will be heard
With a show at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, a group of local women who’ve known homelessness just want to be heard and understood.
‘Dear Sugar’ ushers in a new era of podcasts at WBUR
WBUR enters the podcast game with “Dear Sugar Radio,” which focuses on frankly dispensed advice.
Book review: ‘Empire of Cotton: A Global History’ by Sven Beckert
Globalization is nothing new, Harvard historian Sven Beckert’s stimulating new book points out. Tracing the growth of the cotton industry across four centuries and six continents, Beckert matter-of-factly depicts indigenous populations displaced and enslaved, local economies destroyed, discriminatory laws imposed, all to feed the industry’s insatiable appetite for ever-expanding markets and ever-cheaper raw materials.
New England Latino artists share the spotlight in Fitchburg
Social justice, spirituality and religion, environmentalism, and cultural identity dominate “One Language Is Never Enough: Latino Artists in Southern New England.”
A season of change has energized ‘Homeland’
It has been a treat to see the Showtime series recover some of its lost integrity this season, which wraps on Sunday at 9 p.m. Since the writers eliminated Brody, and shooed his miserable family out the door, and moved Carrie very far away from D.C., “Homeland” has improved enormously.
In a relationship with ‘The Affair’
The drama, which finishes its first season Sunday at 10, ended up being an addictive, smart, and often swoony soap opera. It was consistently enjoyable, even if it never quite followed through on its more unusual early promise of psychological exploration.
Movie review: It’s the hard-knock life, retooled, in ‘Annie’
“Annie” review: After a bright start, this updated version of the Broadway musical turns into a formulaic drag.
‘Night at the Museum’ sequel shakes off the dust
“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” review: For its first hour, this trilogy capper feels awfully dusty. But the movie’s exceptionally clever and fresh final act delivers.
Theater shines, thanks to film buff
Steve Trumble, a Sudbury native who lives in Hudson, says people called him crazy when he decided to buy and restore Maynard’s Fine Arts Theatre Place, a circa 1949 cinema that had fallen into disrepair. “I didn’t listen to them and I’m glad,” says Trumble.
Movie review: ‘The Way He Looks’
“The Way He Looks” review: The much-mined gay coming-of-age drama gets a twist in Brazilian director Daniel Ribeiro’s debut.
R&B star D’Angelo breaks his long silence with ‘Messiah’
Breaking a silence of nearly 15 years, groundbreaking R&B star D’Angelo released his long-awaited “Black Messiah” with virtually no warning last weekend.
Minaj returns to rap with personal, probing ‘Pinkprint’
“The Pinkprint” is not an instant classic, but it is the work that fans who admire Nicki Minaj the rapper have been waiting for her to make.
Best of Boston Music 2014
From pop, jazz, and folk music to hip-hop, doom metal, and indie electronica, it was a banner year for Boston musicians on record.
Brazil’s Gilberto sums up a life’s experiences on ‘Tudo’
Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, proficient in bossa nova but eager to explore, sums up sensations from a peripatetic life on her newest album, “Tudo.”
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It’s a Young Adult Christmas
Featuring a cast of more than 30 people, the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops presents Holiday Delights. In its sixth year, the family-friendly and festive event is directed by Gloucester’s Heidi Dallin and includes stories, songs, and dance as a young girl discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Dec. 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 20 and 21 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $6-$15. Gloucester Stage Company, 267 Main St., Gloucester. 978-281-4433.