At the MFA, enslaved Black potters’ work brings lives into the light in ‘Hear Me Now’
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When the music is Mozart’s, and the conversation is sublime
Where to begin with Mozart? Why not start at the top, with the Sinfonia Concertante.
Seven operatic doors and the secrets behind them
On Wednesday night at Flynn Cruiseport, Boston Lyric Opera presented a rare staging of Bartok’s one-act opera ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’ alongside four songs by Alma Mahler.
Loss, feminism, snail metempsychosis, death: the best of Margaret Atwood in ‘Old Babes in the Wood’
The collection is nothing if not various, and it provides ample runway, in its myriad surfaces and angles, for Atwood to show herself as nothing if not vital and virtuosic.
In ‘Dust Child,’ Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai uses a silken touch in a tale of those left behind after the occupation of Vietnam
The exquisite novel was sparked by a BBC story chronicling an American vet’s search for his Amerasian child.
Clint Smith on the poetry of parenthood and reading to his children
In his new poetry collection, “Above Ground,” the award-winning writer explores the transformative experience of becoming a father.
‘Once We Were Home,’ by National Jewish Book Award finalist Jennifer Rosner, conjures the ravaged inner terrain of children displaced by World War II
In straightforward prose adorned with a poetic sensibility, Rosner intertwines three narratives about displaced children ping-ponging across Europe and Israel during the war and its aftermath.
Apple to splash $1 billion a year on films to break into cinemas
It is part of an ambitious effort by Apple to raise its profile in Hollywood and lure subscribers to its streaming service.
‘Great Expectations,’ and how to ruin a classic
Creator Steven Knight has added twisted, complex motivations, drug addiction, sex, and violence to Pip's coming-of-age story. What the Dickens?
Blind teenage violinist Julia LaGrand uses ‘From the Top’ to celebrate young disabled musicians
The new Musicians with Disabilities Initiative, which LaGrand created with "From the Top," gives the show’s platform to disabled and neurodivergent young musicians.
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‘Reggie’ tells a parallel story of race and baseball
Alexandria Stapleton’s documentary on Prime Video traces the career of Reggie Jackson, a.k.a. ‘Mr. October.’
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In ‘Accused,’ time works against one-off episodes
An hour — well, really, 40-something minutes — is not enough time to set up and look into some of the complex issues the writers are addressing.
THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK
In ‘Spin,’ Rebecca Caprara recasts the story of Arachne for a generation of young activists
“A large part of my character studies arose from thinking about her backstory [and] what would make a young woman brazen enough, bold enough, to stand up to a god,” she said.
Local bestsellers for the week ended March 19
Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.
Author readings around Boston March 26-April 1
All author appearances are in person and free unless otherwise noted.
The Sugar Shack brings back sweet memories for these R&B veterans
An all-star group of veteran Boston R&B artists is staging a salute to the famed nightclub, which not only brought the likes of James Brown, George Clinton, and Stevie Wonder to the city but also provided a showcase for local funk and R&B acts.