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Joan Rivers is on life support, daughter Melissa confirms

Joan Rivers’s family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor’s office.

Album Review | POP

// Nick & Knight, ‘Nick & Knight’

Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys and Jordan Knight from NKOTB team up for a mini-boyband summit on their new album.

stage review

// Bread and Puppet’s playful guise

Of course, this is Bread and Puppet , so these circus acts offer potent political commentary on current events.

concert review

// Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hit home run at Fenway

The band played for almost two hours to an appreciative audience that sang along.

Album Review | ROCK

// J Mascis, ‘Tied to a Star’

On his second solo album, the Dinosaur Jr. frontman goes acoustic and heartfelt.

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Book Review

‘What I Know for Sure’ by Oprah Winfrey

The book’s contents span 14 years, lending a sense of evolving consciousness to the dozens of short essays.

What's on TV tonight

// Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Tuesday night

Sarah Rodman on what to watch, including “Download Festival 2014” on VH1 Classic and “The Story of ‘Frozen’ ” on ABC.

Summer Arts Preview

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// The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.


The first days of the textile strike in Lawrence, 1912.


Oppenheim’s poem blooms in musical odes to labor

James Oppenheim’s protest poem “Bread and Roses” took root as an anthem for workers and the labor movement.

Theater & art

R. Bobby (top) and Felix Teich in Sleeping Weazel’s production of Charlotte Meehan’s “27 Tips for Banishing the Blues.”


In playwright’s view, happiness industry is a bummer

“27 Tips for Banishing the Blues” looks at depression in America, specifically casting a harsh comic light on charlatans who try to profit from it.