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The actors help ‘Mozart’ rise above cliche
It is enormous fun watching Gael Garcia Bernal steal the show. The actor, currently starring in Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater,” makes Rodrigo into a thoroughly modern, market-friendly music celebrity who just happens to have the soul of an old-time poet.
Funkadelic, ‘First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate’
As if to make up for lost time, George Clinton and his updated Funkadelic return from a 33-year absence with a three-disc, 33-track jam session virtuosic despite its unevenness.
Disney’s ‘Worlds of Fantasy’ true to characters
While the skaters deliver, “Worlds of Fantasy” feels like a more modest version of Disney on Ice, that doesn’t have quite the wow factor we’ve come to expect.
The World of Raymond Chandler: In his Own Words edited by Barry Day
Barry Day’s new biography presents Raymond Chandler’s life as if he wrote the book himself, though the guy never wrote an autobiography or memoir. Day relies mostly on excerpts from the “hardboiled” fiction writer’s work for his portrait, along with material from Chandler’s interviews, letters, short stories, novels, and articles.
Critic’s Corner: Tuesday
A look at what’s on TV Tuesday, including “The Year: 2014” on ABC and “One Direction: The TV Special” on NBC.
Before shooting two officers, N.Y. gunman bragged about his plans
The gunman boasted to two people about what he was about to do just moments before he opened fire on the officers.
New app will help blind navigate MBTA stations
An indoor navigation system will open new doors for the visually impaired at Boston-area MBTA stations.
How the PERCEPT app works
Here is how a blind or visually impaired commuter would use the PERCEPT application to navigate the inside the Arlington MBTA station.
Ted Cruz has gained attention but little else
To be effective, the Texas Republican needs to get other senators to work with him. They’d rather stick needles in their eyes.
With Dorchester teacher’s prize, the pupils win
UP Academy teacher Nicole Bollerman won books for her students and $150,000 for her school.
Caret’s legacy enlivens search for next UMass president
Robert Caret earned high marks for lobbying lawmakers to boost funding and for his advocacy of public education.
Transit a key in Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid
Local backers have begun exploring ways to use existing, temporary, and reusable venues close to mass transit stops.
Unexpected words led to yes on parade
An overture from an organizer of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade led to the acceptance of a gay veterans group.
CIA’s poisonous legacy starts with who we are
American officials, and the American people, know very well what the CIA is, and what it does.
Boston police pledge vigilance after slayings in NYC
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans condemned Saturday’s execution-style shooting of two NYC police officers.
Obama considers returning North Korea to terror list
President Obama said he would “review” whether to return North Korea to the list of nations that sponsor terrorism.
On PBS’s ‘Sacred Journeys,’ a long walk with God
The new six-part PBS series follows religious pilgrims to Lourdes, Jerusalem, and other devotional sites.
Police officers’ deaths acutely felt in Brooklyn
The pain left by the murders of two police officers could be felt throughout New York, but nowhere was the loss more acute than in Brooklyn.
Blue Heron performs contemplative seasonal program
An unlikely seasonal hit, early-music ensemble Blue Heron’s annual holiday concert reflects on more somber aspects of the season.
Politicians aren’t the only ones with knee-jerk reactions
Almost all of us are sandwich boards with slogans.