You're thawing out and hitting the town again, and the Phoenix Spring Arts Guide has the definitive list of what's happening in the arts around Boston. This year's Spring Arts Guide is packed with two months of local music, art, theater and more.
The Catholic hierarchy, under Archbishop Seán O'Malley's leadership, is pulling out all the stops in its effort to lobby state legislators to oppose same-sex marriage. Some Cathlic pols are beginning to feel harassed. Is the church crossing the line? Kristen Lombardi reports.
Adam Reilly says it may be time for the black community to take a page from Latino voters' playbook and figure out how to put up some fresh new talent for office.
Dana Kletter says that it's at times of acute danger such as this that Jews realize just how much they self-censor.
Our correspondent Michael Bronski travels South and (uncharacteristically) takes up the pro-gay-marriage position in a formal debate with an evangelical-conservative Louisiana judge. Guess which one argued his case on legal and constitutional grounds?
Peter Kadzis introduces you to Marvin Zonis, political economist and man of the world.
Last year, 1.3 million visitors flocked to the New England Aquarium to ooh at the penguins and aah at the sea otters. Chris Wright finds that the majority of the behind-the-scenes work, though, takes place downstairs in a mini trauma center, among foul-smelling slop.
Jonathan McPhee, jet-setting music director for the Boston Ballet, prepares to take on his third gig. Tamara Wieder talks with him.
In "Out There," Alan Olifson lays it on the table.
In "Urban Buy," Atticus Fisher says flip outsays warm-weather shoes .
In the Phoenix editorial, we say to just say no to the Red Sox, denounce more Bushie lies, and point out Yassin's Osama-like qualities.
Letters to the editor
Plus, this just in:
DEPT. OF ENDANGERED SPECIES
Cambridge versus the Zeitgeist — again
Retailing the case against war
Romney laughs off gay marriage
RNC2K protester faces trial in Philly
Gay marriage in history
Fighting the terrorist within
In Arts News, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater announces its upcoming season, Medford votes down a new arts center, and more
In Performance, Johnny Valiant wrestles with the past
In Theater, The mean streets of Mojo and Mickybo
In Galleries and Museums, The '60s at the Rotenberg Gallery, contemporary African Art at PEM, and 'Collected Evidence' in Newton
In Classical, A slew of Boston's finest flood the weekend
In State of the Art, Jafar Panahi takes heat from East and West
Plan your week:
Sean Richardson on the Star Spangles, Stellastarr, and TV on the Radio.
Brett Milano on Kristin Hersh and Meghan Toohey.
Ted Drozdowski hears Aerosmith and Clapton dig deep into the blues and rock vaults.
Lloyd Schwartz on Susan Graham, Waltraud Meier and Edo de Waart at the BSO - plus the Cantata Singers' St. Matthew Passion.
Live reviews of: Jon Stewart, Joe McPhee and Joe Giardullo and Randy Newman
Also, short reviews of:
Death by Stereo
INTO THE VALLEY OF DEATH
Brad Mehldau Trio
WITH OR WITHOUT ME
The Butchershop Quartet
THE RITE OF SPRING
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Walt Disney’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND
The Masterpiece Edition
...and Roadtripping: Fugazi's Ian MacKaye takes on toddler rock, plus Daughters at the Palladium and more
BY CARLY CARIOLI
Peter Keough says Panahi crafts a gem in Crimson Gold.
IN PRAISE OF AMATEURISM:
Chris Fujiwara likes Neil Young's Greendale.
Chris Fujiwara talks to Neil Young about bringing his CD to the screen.
Jeffrey Gantz on Wolfgang Becker's East Germany with a human face.
Also, short reviews of:
DAWN OF THE DEAD
HOW TO DRAW A BUNNY
MY BROTHER SILK ROAD
NEVER DIE ALONE
SCOOBY DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED
Iris Fanger on a 'movie-play' about moving home.
Neil LaBute meets September 11.
Jeffrey Gantz says Boston Ballet makes Lady of the Camellias worth the price.
Christopher Millis sees the Genovese Sullivan and Miller Block galleries defying the elements.
Carolyn Clay and Margaret Atwood talk Oryx and Crake.
HOTDOTS: SUNDAY 28 9:00 (4) Jesus (movie). But without all the blood. A 1999 TV-movie starring Jeremy Sisto as Our Lord and Saviour and the Son of God and Jacqueline Bisset as Mary. Not sure whether his part passes Mel Gibson's muster.
By Clif Garboden
Dining Out : Blu
Noshing & Sipping : Stretch Island Fruit Leather
Hot Plate : Misono Grill bulgogi
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