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INVITE YOU ANd A gUEST TO A SpECIAl SCREENINg Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00pm at AMC BOSTON COMMON PLEASE vISIT contests TO DOWNLOAD YOUR COMPLIMENTARY PASSES! THIS FILM IS RATED R: ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL REGULATIONS APPLY. PLEASE NOTE: Passes are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. No purchase necessary. No phone calls, please. Limit one pass per person. Seating is not guaranteed. Arrive early. Theater is not responsible for overbooking. Screen Gems, The Boston Phoenix and their affiliates accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any loss or accident incurred in connection with use of this ticket. Tickets cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash, in whole or in part. We are not responsible for lost, delayed or misdirected entries, computer failures, or tampering. This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio or video recording device into the theater (audio recording devices for credentialed press excepted) and consent to a physical search of your belongings and person. Any attempted use of recording devices will result in immediate removal from the theater, forfeiture, and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.


“they were careless people . . . they smashed up things and creatures . . . and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” p 20 gatsby-crazed youth occupy the season’s best threads in our annual spring fashion preview.

on the cover and this page Photo by Conor Doherty :: Shot on loCation at hamPShire houSe :: on heather: a.l.C. blazer, $595 at Gretta luxe; PatriCia bonalDi Gown, $2595 at l’élite

This week AT ThePhOeNiX.COM :: iNside “68 blOCks” the Globe’s Dorchester epic hits ebook shelves. but will the paper’s metro coverage return to the back burner? :: NbA OR CiA? at mit’s Sloan Conference, sports analytics emerged as a metaphor for the modern police state. :: RUMble FeVeR the brackets are in for boston’s annual battle of the bands.

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From re: “the trials oF nadia naFFe,” by chris Faraone (03.01.13)

The complexity of the intertangled web of intrigue makes this story toxic for most media. Who would want to bother? But this was a great attempt at encapsulating it all. The lack of attention has for years given James O’Keefe the advantage. Anyone else in the public eye that had a date-drug accusation leveled at them would be plastered on page one, but Naffe’s claims didn’t get much coverage. It would be a shame to see cable TV actually intimidated by lawsuits because it would impede victims’ rights to get their stories proper attention. Whether Naffe is telling the truth or not, the point is to have a fair airing of the claims and responses so that both sides get equal opportunity. _“J5”

Best thing about this article is that it makes sense of the otherwise incomprehensible meta in the righty blogosphere. I tried to follow it in real time but it just wasn’t worth the effort to read hundreds of over-long selfreferential posts. _“blooP_ blooP i ngton”

re: “thus sPake markey,” by the Phoenix editorial Page (03.01.13) It’s just inspiring to live in a state where the politicians comprehend

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the unforgivable political scheming that replaces responsible governing. Better yet, it’s a privilege to be in a state where the media points out these facts and has the gumption to call a wrong a wrong and to describe the dangers of right-wing Republicans run amok. It is sad that to have to point this out because the national media is bending over backwards to make the sequester repercussions out to be the fault of both parties. This when we all know that right-wing Republicans purposefully aim to sabotage their and other politicians’ ability to govern responsibly on behalf of the citizens that depend on their competence, diligence, leadership, and goodwill — not malfeasant intransigence.

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» David Thorpe tracks the rising star of Lil Poopy, David Bernstein explains why labor might hand Steve Lynch the primary, and Ariel Shearer rides shotgun with the Pot Lobby.

» Spring is (finally) around the corner, but wait! Don’t bare that midriff or don that peplum until you’ve checked the fashion forecast with our modish meteorologists.

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» the Big Hurt p 28 » talking Politics p 30 » common sensi p 32

» visionary tech p 14 » collective thinking p 14 » spring style Panel p 16

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» He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel. . . . Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily. “They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such — such beautiful shirts before.”

food & drink

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» This week our food section is all about indulgences: mead, bacon donuts, and pie. LOTS of pie. » liquid p 36 » on the cheap p 39 » chew out p 40

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» As the literary world convenes on Boston for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, we offer an inside guide to where to write, drink, and mingle with AWP’s best and brightest.

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p 41 » Boston’s (ob)literati p 42 » interview: George saunders p 46 » your essential awP itinerary p 47 » interview: cheryl strayed p 50 » is Boston right for writers? p 52

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» An anonymous couple struggles with change — of the personal and climate variety — in Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs; an advertising genius overthrows a South American regime in No; and Tame Impala refuse to be quashed by modernity on their new album, Lonerism. » Boston fun list p 58 » theater p 62 » film p 64 » Music p 68

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» We mingle with models backstage at the Liberty and party with film buffs in front of the stage at the Brattle. » keeping time with fashionably late p 80 » club listings p 81 » Get seen p 82

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vol. lXXIX | no. 10

Stephen M. Mindich, Publisher & Chairman Everett Finkelstein, Chief Operating Officer Carly Carioli, Editor in Chief Peter Kadzis, Editor at Large


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NEXT, MARRIAGE EQUALITY A bolt of good news punctuated the generally gloomy political landscape last week, when Congress reauthorized the historic 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which aids victims of sexual and domestic violence. Overwhelmingly supported by Democrats, the law was renewed with the support of a significant number of Republicans who were intent on escaping the leash of right-wing leaders who see women as second-class citizens — if not outright chattel. Later this month the nation’s eyes will again zero in on Republicans. This time it will be the five Republicanappointed members of the US Supreme Court who will be under scrutiny. On March 27 and 28, the court is scheduled to hear arguments in two cases that could essentially put America on the road to full marriage equality by a) repealing California’s Proposition 8 prohibiting samesex marriage and b) voiding the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act, which bars gay and lesbian couples from all federal marriage benefits, regardless of whether they’re married under state law. These are constitutional showdowns of monumental importance. They will alter society’s contours just as surely as did last year’s decisions that ratified Obamacare (good) and allowed unlimited special-interest political contributions (bad). Zapping Proposition 8 and disintegrating the cruelly named Defense of Marriage Act will require at least one Republican on the court to join the four Democrat-appointed justices who, it is assumed, are in support of such action. In recent days, those of big heart and decent temperament who for years have advocated equal marriage rights for gay, straight, and transgender people — including those of us at the Phoenix — have found reason to be optimistic.


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Exhibit one: more than 100 Republican former elected and appointed officials have filed a friend-of-thecourt brief urging the overturn of Proposition 8. These recruits to equality include former Bay State governors Bill Weld and Jane Swift; former Utah governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman; and, perhaps most significantly, Meg Whitman, who made support for Proposition 8 a key part of her campaign when she ran for governor of California in 2010. Exhibit two: a group of big-name corporations, from Apple to Nike, have petitioned the court against Proposition 8; another 200-plus have urged the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Corporate America could have played it safe and kept quiet. These companies showed courage in saying that it’s fundamentally unfair and unreasonable to have to treat their legally married same-sex couples as a different class of people; it’s bad for morale, which is bad for productivity. Exhibit three: President Obama, committing the full political faith and credit of his administration to this struggle by arguing in the government’s friend-of-the-court brief that “the exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage does not substantially further any important government interest. Proposition 8 thus violates equal protection.” This may not sound like much to most people. But to constitutional experts this is Obama launching a massive assault on anything banning marriage equality. If the court were to be fully convinced by the “lack of government interest” argument, all 30 state bans on same-sex marriage would fall — including California’s. That would be a long shot. Trying to predict how the Supreme Court will decide is almost as tricky as forecasting the upcoming Red Sox season. But in both cases, hope springs eternal. If the moment is not now, it is certainly getting closer. Take heart. P

Zapping Prop 8 and disintegrating the cruelly named Defense of Marriage Act will require the support of least one Republican-appointed judge.


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Visionary Tech

The round glasses worn by John Lennon and legions of hippies may soon be more than throwback fashion statements, if British eyewear brand Adlens has its way. The eight-year-old company got its start as a philanthropic initiative, bringing adjustable eyeglasses to Rwanda, a country with a population of more than 10 million but just a handful of optometrists. From there, Adlens began retail operations in Asia. Now they’re setting their sights on the States: they recently set up their American HQ on Boston’s Lewis Wharf, and March 1 marked the official US launch of its commercial line of variable-focus eyewear — prescription-strength eyeglasses and shades without a prescription, customized with a few quick turns of a dial. Admittedly, the brand’s three lines may not appeal to everyone’s taste: the Emergensee glasses, which use Alvarez lenses, are vaguely reminiscent of lab goggles, and the fluid-injection technology used in the Hemisphere and John Lennon collections necessitates those round lenses. But the suggested price points — $39 for Emergensee, $59 for Hemisphere, and $79 for John Lennon — may appeal to those looking for a backup pair, an adjustable option that can be used for different tasks, or a spare that multiple people can wear (restaurants have become frequent fans, stocking specs for patrons who’d otherwise be left to squint at the menu). Plus, for every pair of Hemisphere or John Lennon glasses purchased, a pair is donated to someone in need in the developing world. Scope ’em out at _JacqueL i ne h ouT on

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In 2010, a group of 20-something art and music enthusiasts transformed an unassuming basement space on Vancouver Street into YES.OUI.SI., a multi-media gallery and gathering spot for young talents that hosted dozens of visual-art shows, film screenings, literary readings, and experimental music performances. But then, just 18 months after opening its doors, the gallery shuttered. But that wasn’t the end of YES. OUI.SI.: its energy lives on in the form of a Boston-based “boutique creative agency” run by the gallery’s former curators. They plan to produce music- and art-centric events, pop-up shows, and “collaborations with companies who want to include the arts in their activities,” says Miguel de Bragança, a cofounder of the project, whose first exhibition — “Collective Creature” — kicks off this this week. On view March 9–30 at Cambridge’s Blanc Gallery and curated by YES. OUI.SI. co-founder Olivia Ives-Flores, the show features works by 12 artists from the “YES.OUI.SI. tribe” and explores “the exterior personas that artists create” — like the colorful characters seen above and on page 13. Take in more sights and sounds at, and hit the opening on March 9 from 6 pm to midnight.

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2) Beware of bar scarring. If you hit a bar with a cover, you’ll

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St. Patrick’s day in Boston is probably be tagged. You’ll no insane. Not only is it one of doubt hit other places the largest celebrations too, but before you Got of its kind in the US, do, scrub that stamp ques BeeR t with well over half a off your hand or Hit up Ions? b e e r a b ro s @ million visitors, but our trash the wristband; dvoc city is home to more there’s no need to com o ate . r @b e e r advo “Irish bars” than most advertise your precate . stateside. combined, gaming. this brings out all sorts of amateurs, and if you’re 3) Dress the part. Weardrinking beer in the ing minimal green is fine, area this Paddy’s but you don’t want to look day, you don’t want like a leprechaun. And to be confused for any form of headgear one. Fret not; we’re basically says: “Look here to help with at me, because you’ll four simple tips. be tossing me from Sláinte! the bar later.” 1) Forgo green beer. Putting green dye in your beer is disrespectful to the brewery. It’s also nasty and potentially a health risk to some. Just say no.

4) Remember: you’re (probably) not from Ireland. As your consumption increases, the urge to communicate in a faux-Irish accent may occur. don’t act Irish. even Irish-ish. If the urge lasts four hours or more, seek a cab and go home. _Jason & Tod d aLsTröm

»When the IcA hosted Shepard Fairey’s first-ever museum survey in 2009, Boston rolled out the welcome mat — and then promptly pulled it out from under him: the BPd arrested Fairey for outstanding graffiti warrants on his way to the opening. Fortunately, it seems the street-art star doesn’t hold a grudge against our fair city, as he’s just teamed up with a local fashion favorite for an exclusive collab. Boston streetwear e-retailer Karmaloop tapped Fairey to create this design for its new KLP Gun Control Tee ($24), all proceeds of which will be donated to the Brady campaign to Prevent Gun violence. Snag the limited-edition shirt or make a donation to the cause — which Karmaloop will match, up to $25K — at »Looks like the wearing of the green will come early this year: on March 14, the revere Hotel’s Emerald Lounge will host An Emerald Evening, a party celebrating the 2013 Pantone color of the year and the 15th anniversary of the emerald Necklace conservancy, dedicated to preserving Boston’s 1100-acre park system. expect fashions and beauty finds from Saks Fifth Avenue, bling from Long’s Jewelers, and Boston design center décor curated by HGtv star taniya Nayak, plus emerald-inspired cocktails and bites. tickets ($50) benefit the conservancy; grab yours at »A camouflage-covered rugby shirt with suede elbow patches. A Hawaiian shirt whose florals are overlaid with sailboat silhouettes. A Frankensteinian button-down in a mix of denim, suede, oxford, and fleece. Launched on March 2, Bodega’s spring/summer 2013 collection is full of combos that shouldn’t work, but somehow do. the clearway Street store only put out its first full collection last spring, but it’s clearly come a long way from its start producing a few house tees and sweatshirts. check out the lineup — including a vans sneaker collaboration and a rubber-treated anorak that may have you praying for April showers — in store and at _JacqueL in e houT on

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Spring Style The Good, the Bad, and the “...Really?” B y Re n ata C eRt o -Wa R e



A Zac Posen fitand-flare dress

A Theodora & Callum scarf

NARS matte lipstick

The Panel 1. RobeRt Casey, owner and president of Maggie Inc. 2. anthony DiCostanzo, actor and model 3. Julie FRey, public-relations coordinator at the MFA 4. aubRie Pagano, CEO and founder of Bow & Drape 5. RebeCCa PenneR, co-owner and buyer at Crush Boutique 6. noelani zeRvas, stylist and blogger at Mon Petit Chou Chou

A Rag & Bone shorts suit

Mason by Michelle Mason blackand-white color blocking

What key pieces should we stock up on? RC: “Anything ’90s minimalist: monochrome colors and structured shapes.” AD: “The shorts suit. Michael Kors and Topman are giving us a new spin on the look. . . . It can be done up to look clean-cut, or dressed down to look urban-chic.” JF: “Mixed prints! I love a striped top with a floral skirt.” AP: “Spatial florals and bold stripes.” RP: “Black-and-white color blocking. It is so clean, chic, and sophisticated, but also a bit retro — a throwback to the 1960s.” NZ: “I love, love, love graphic black-andwhite prints and stripes, à la Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton — mod, loud, and universally wearable.”  What should we send packing? RC: “Footwear and fingernails seem to have jumped the shark into costume territory. Avoid shoes with a parakeet in the heel, or leopard-print nails. These only make one statement: ridiculous.” AD: “Patchwork animal print. There is just too much going on. Less is more!” JF: “Sneaker wedges are the worst trend in general.” AP: “Bermuda shorts.” RP: “Dresses with unflattering cutouts, especially in the midriff.” NZ: “Metallic clothes. Keep this trend limited to accessories only, please. Shiny silver clothing comes off part astronaut, part Reynolds Wrap. That is not a good thing.” What’s the hardest trend to pull off? RC: “Bare midriff.” AD: “Colored pants. I’ve only met a few people who can pull them off without looking like a Skittle. . . . No one wants to taste that rainbow.” JF: “Patterned pants can either be amazing . . . or tragic. Sometimes more is not more.” AP: “Cutouts and peekaboos.” >> SPRInG StyLe on p 18

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Miss wu and rag & Bone photos courtesy of nordstroM; Mason By Michelle Mason photo courtesy of scoop nyc

eason’s greetings! No, not that season . . . we’re talking about spring, the most wonderful time of the year for fashion. To help you navigate the season’s trends, we tapped some stylish locals — the president of a modeling agency, a sassy model/actor, a pictureperfect museum coordinator, the founder of a customizable clothing line, a savvy boutique owner, and a fashion-forward stylist — for some no-fail tricks and tips. The CliffsNotes version? You don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks, parakeets don’t belong on your feet, and more is not always more.

Now & Next :: fashioN << SPRInG StyLe from p 16

RP: “Drop-waist dresses. You have to have a very straight, slim body for this trend to look amazing.” NZ: “Crop tops! I adore the look of a highwaisted full skirt with a sweet cropped sweater or top, but this is one best left to the pros, preferably those with six-pack abs.”

Spatial florals from Miss Wu

Give us one quick fix that can bring us up to speed without a total wardrobe overhaul. RC: “Invest in a spa day — pamper yourself and exfoliate dry winter skin. When you feel good about yourself, you will look good!” AD: “Check out vintage shops for extraordinary pieces — but take the time to be patient and look. . . . And if all else fails, a chic brown leather jacket can bring you into spring, and you can wear it year round!” JF: “A statement necklace is the best way

Bold prints from Tory Burch

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A Ted Baker peplum top

to jazz up an outfit without having to spend a lot of money. There are amazing options for every price range, and you can pair it with everything from a white T-shirt to a patterned dress.” AP: “An ivory or pastel scarf: an easy accessory allows you to commit to the colors of the season without committing to the outfit.” RP: “Even if you are just wearing jeans and a white tee, a brightly patterned scarf completely updates your look. I’m obsessed with Theodora & Callum scarves, which come in unique tribal-inspired prints in fabulous color combinations.” NZ: “A bold, matte lip color — neon pink, classic red, deep plum — is the quickest and cheapest means of brightening up your outfit. Try NARS matte lip pencils and lipsticks in Train Bleu, Dragon Girl, and Carthage (the best bright pink money can buy!).” P

Black and white at Louis Vuitton

Topshop florals

A Michael Kors shorts suit

Miss wu, tory Burch, and topshop photos courtesy of nordstroM; Michael Kors and louis vuitton photos courtesy of reuters

What trend is flattering on everyone? RC: “ ‘It’ shapes and silhouettes don’t translate to every body type or age, but colors and themes, like indigo and deep blues, which have been shown a lot for spring, are a way to find universal inspiration.” AD: “A slightly high-waisted pant, a skinny belt, and a loose-fitting, short-sleeved button-down top in a cool pattern . . . to be specific. This season, designers have been doing patterns beautifully, and there are tons of options out there.” JF: “Can’t go wrong with an LBD!” AP: “Black as an ‘it’ summer color.” RP: “Fit-to-flare dresses, a silhouette that expands on the flattering peplum looks that are carrying over from fall and winter. For most women, the waist is the smallest part of the body, and fit-to-flare dresses really accentuate that.” NZ: “I’m quite pleased that the peplum trend has legs. It’s a great silhouette that creates curves for miles. It cinches in an hourglass waist and is a rather flattering disguise for upper hips so you can ditch the Spanx. What’s not to love?”

“It’s a rather flattering disguise for upper hips so you can ditch the Spanx. What’s not to love?”



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 If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him . . .

 Gatsby glamour PhotograPhed by Conor Doherty :: Styled by Janine Maggiore of enniS inc. :: directed by SCott Kearnan :: Produced by JaCqueline houton and JaniCe CheCChio :: hair by MiChelle lee and Jennifer ng of Salon eva Michelle :: MakeuP by Mariolga PantazoPouloS of define:beauty :: PhotograPhy aSSiStant: Brett DaviS :: ModelS: Charlotte Kennett and taylor MeaChaM of Maggie inc. and heather SeefelDt of Model club :: Shot on location at haMPShire houSe

on charlotte: chloé dress, $1350 at gretta luxe; necklace, $1350 at the ruby door; Jimmy choo heels, $525 at the tannery. on heather: Monique lhuillier dress, $448 at l’élite; brian atwood heels, $425 at neiman Marcus; earrings, $225 at the ruby door. on taylor: Penny Stock dress shirt, $98 at Sault new england; rag & bone vest, $325 at the tannery; Scotch & Soda blazer, $240 at uniform; tellason jeans, $220 at ball and buck; brioni tie, $200, and Wolverine shoes, $270, both at neiman Marcus; Panama hat, $198 at Salmagundi THEPHOENIX.cOm :: 03.08.13 21

 “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”

 on taylor: original Penguin jacket, $225, and original Penguin pants, $125, both at uniform; Zegna vest, $845, and theory shirt, $195, both at neiman Marcus; Salmagundi tie, $58 at Salmagundi; Prada shoes, $680 at the tannery. on heather: aidan Mattox dress, $385 at neiman Marcus; nicholas kirkwood shoes, $1395 at Saks fifth avenue

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• Dressing up as an evil red pope guy! • Shoving cake in Twiggy Ramirez’s face in what could be interpreted as a lascivious fashion! • Humping a kind-of-fascist-looking podium! • Tearing some pages out of a Bible, throwing it into the crowd, then producing yet another Bible and rubbing his face in it! The most disturbing thing I saw: a terrified service dog cowering under a woman’s seat. I’m not sure whether it objected to the noise or harbored lingering fears of those old “the show won’t start till the puppy is dead” rumors.

Don’t share photos that aren’t yours. (Madonna posted a photo of Frida Kahlo, which she probably didn’t take herself.) Don’t share photos that show nudity or mature content. (Madonna’s Instagram contains nothing gratuitous, but she did post one photo featuring cleavage and another showing perhaps a little more of a butt than is commonly regarded as enough of a butt.) Don’t share photos of illegal content. (One photograph shows Madonna drink28 03.08.13 :: THEPHOENIX.cOm/bIgHurT

Marilyn Manson blew the lid off his audience’s deepest beliefs with a series of shocking acts.

ing a martini, which could be problematic if she’s found to be under 21; another photo is of a horse, and I’m not familiar enough with horse law to know if it’s doing anything illegal.) Don’t share photos that attack an individual or group, or violate the Terms of Service. (Madonna posted a photo of a sign reading “WHATEVER YOU THINK THINK THE OPPOSITE,” which is a clear incitement of hatred. For example, I don’t think that Asians are inferior, but Madonna’s racist sign is telling me to reverse that opinion.) Meanwhile, I had the pleasure of seeing erstwhile shock-rock boogeyman Marilyn Manson in concert last week. In classic form, the venerable gross-out artist blew the lid off his audience’s deepest beliefs with a series of shocking and blasphemous acts, including: • Impaling a can of beer on some kind of menacing knife-microphone! • Making scary faces and wearing scary makeup!

Finally, in political offense: a report in Wired claims that Al Qaeda–affiliated rapper Abu Mansour al-Amriki, alleged author of America-blowing-up hits like “Make Jihad with Me,” may not have written his own lyrics! According to a scathing PDF released by a rival, alAmriki may be a sucker MC, proving once more that no ideology and no region of the world is ever safe from the international scourge of chumps. (This is the most notable example of Jihad biting since Osama bin Laden stole Biggie’s idea to blow up the World Trade Center.) P

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in her long career of pushing boundaries, Madonna has run afoul of some of the world’s most powerful institutions: the Catholic church, the Puerto Rican congress, David Letterman, the Catholic church again. Now, her provocative antics may get her thrown off Instagram. The image-sharing app recently sent her an email warning that she may be banned if she continues flouting their guidelines. They didn’t specify exactly what she’d done wrong, but their list of regulations offers some clues:

While the shockers of yesteryear may be struggling to offend, young talent is moving up to replace them. One controversial new star is Boston’s Lil Poopy — yes, Poopy — who at just nine years old is already wearing “COKE BOYS” T-shirts, flashing huge wads of cash, and slapping the behinds of adult women. Naturally, this is raising the eyebrows of authority; Poopy’s father has been the subject of a recent inquiry by the Department of Children and Families. I can’t see what they could possibly accuse the father (Big Poopy?) of, since “contributing to the unprecedented radness of a minor” isn’t a crime. Lil Poopy makes clear that the “coke” he raps about is Coca-Cola, not some illegal substance. As for the butt-slapping, it can’t be sexual in nature, for what is a butt to a child? A butt is gross; a girl’s butt is even grosser — he may as well be eating a bug or something. Leave Poopy alone, fascists!

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Labor’s Love Lost

Steve Lynch is winning back much of the union support that left him in 2009 b y D av iD S. ber nS t e i n d b e r n st e i n @ p h x .c o m :: @ d b e r n st e i n

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It’s about volunteers on the phones, knocking doors, attending rallies, and organizing get-out-the-vote efforts — particularly critical in this short-sprint, lowinterest, and low-budget special election.

More than issues

Lynch and Markey have nearly identical, and nearly perfect, pro-union voting records. “We have two good friends of labor in the race,” Steven Tolman, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO told me last week, before the union vote. But Lynch has a clear leg up on Markey. Or almost anyone, for that matter. Labor leaders in the state, including Tolman, refer to Lynch as a brother, or part of the family. When labor failed to support Lynch for US Senate in 2009, media reports pinned it on his opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Hence the general surprise at labor’s amnesia in embracing Lynch now. There was more to the 2009 rejection than that, however. Some locals were

May flowers?

This divide among unions has some Democrats concerned — especially if Markey wins the April 30 primary. Members of the locals that backed Lynch, having spent two months demonizing Markey, could flip right across the partisan line to vote for the Republican nominee — as so many of them did for Scott Brown. Not so, insists Marty Walsh, state representative from Dorchester and president of the Boston Building Trades Council. “On May first, labor will have a united front,” he says. P

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STeve LyNCh, CONGreSSmAN and former president of Ironworkers Union Local #7, abandoned plans to run for US Senate in 2009 when labor leaders proved reluctant to commit to him. Barely three years later, a long and growing list of those same organization have endorsed Lynch, and are fueling his primary campaign. The turnaround is striking; it is also the main reason Ed Markey is not a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination. The importance of labor backing was in evidence leading up to this past Friday, when the state AFL-CIO executive board gathered to hear from both candidates. Labor leaders say that both camps worked hard to sway the vote, which in the end saw neither side win the necessary two-thirds for the endorsement. These endorsements are about more than a line on a campaign website, or contributions, or even the potential votes of thousands of the union’s members.

simply playing safe by getting on board with the frontrunner. And Coakley had been piling up chits with local unions by aggressively pursuing rule-skirting employers they brought to her office’s attention — while Lynch was off meeting with national union lobbyists on more remote issues. In fact, the unions who were most furious about Lynch’s ACA vote are simply too liberal — on non-labor issues — to ever warm up to him. That includes teachers’ unions, which are backing Markey; and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), whose members skew heavily female, black, and Hispanic, and which is likely to endorse Markey next week. As one SEIU insider put it to me, “Do we have a position on choice? No. Would our members kill us [if we endorsed a pro-life candidate]? Yes.” The building trades, by contrast, consist mostly of white men for whom Markey is far too liberal. But Lynch has won the endorsement of the women-dominated Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA). That group surprised many by endorsing Elizabeth Warren before she even announced herself a candidate — but had an equally easy choice backing the less-liberal Lynch this time, says MNA president Donna Kelly-Williams. “Congressman Lynch has been a strong partner on our top legislative priority” — requiring higher RN-to-patient hospital staffing levels — and “Markey did not sign on to the legislation.”

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The NCIA TArgeTs CANNAbusINess reform B y A r iel SheAr e r

“We have a situation now where essentially anybody who sells cannabis, who’s honest with their bank, has challenges.”

LaSt Summer, outSide the White House, David Bronner — CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps — locked himself in a cage along with several cannabis plants that he used to make hemp oil on the spot. Above the cage stood a poster of President Obama next to a field of cannabis plants. The sign read, in all caps, “Dear Mr. President, let US farmers grow hemp!” Dr. Bronner’s openly uses hemp oil in all of their soaps, and Bronner is a board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a trade group based in Washington, DC, working to legitimize the commercial cannabis industry. Bronner’s stunt notwithstanding, the association usually prefers to use standard lobbying tactics rather than orchestrating acts of civil disobedience. By using the vocabulary of Washington power brokers, NCIA appeals to lawmakers in terms they can understand. And the trade group has chosen Boston for the site of their Northeast “cannabusiness” symposium on March 16, an event sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Association — a new local trade group headed by Shaleen Title, a lawyer working for the Colorado-based firm, Vicente Sederberg. Members of NCIA represent marijuana businesses across the country, from dispensaries to edibles companies, law firms to hydro supply stores. But even in states like Colorado, where marijuana is legal for adult recreational use, cannabis professionals face widespread financial challenges exclusive to their industry. “We have a situation now where essentially anybody who sells cannabis, who’s honest with their bank, has challenges,” says Aaron Smith, executive director of NCIA, addressing a crowded ballroom reserved for Vicente Sederberg’s third Massachusetts medical marijuana seminar. “Not just accepting credit cards . . . but just being able to put that money in a checking account and know that it’s not going to be closed in two weeks.” NCIA is lobbying Congress and the

Department of the Treasury to regulate cannabis like other businesses, specifically aiming for tax reform and amendment of the Bank Secrecy Act, which Smith explains is being used to deter financial institutions from working with state-legal marijuana businesses. “In Washington, for example, they’re saying this is a billion-dollar-a-year industry,” Smith says. “We don’t want that money outside the financial system — that doesn’t serve anybody’s interest.” Still, NCIA shows a vested interest in the fate of Massachusetts’s marijuana laws. And this forward-thinking sentiment is shared by out-of-state marijuana business owners, like Jamie Lewis of Denver-based Mountain Medicine and Good Chemistry, and Tripp Keber, founder of Dixie Elixirs, a Colorado-based edibles (and drinkables) company. In January, WBUR reported Keber’s plans for expansion into Massachusetts, and Lewis shared her intentions of starting a local business during last month’s medical marijuana listening session held by the Department of Public Health in Roxbury. Keber is scheduled to speak at the NCIA symposium as part of an afternoon panel focusing on dispensary, cultivation, and infused-product operation. An earlier panel featuring Massachusetts’s own Title will focus on government relations and regulatory models, but striking even closer to the core of NCIA’s values will be a keynote presentation on marijuana market data. “I think we’re really well positioned to change federal law,” Smith told the crowd at the Vicente Sederberg seminar. “It’s going to be those of you in this room — and businesses across the country that are involved with this industry and organized with the trade association that I represent, NCIA, and the new Massachusetts trade organization — that are going to make that happen.” Tickets for the National Cannabis Industry Association’s “cannabusiness” symposium on March 16 cost $250. An individual membership plan with the MMMA is $250. Or, use the cash to buy an ounce (note: that’s street price). P

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What comes to mind when you think of mead? Probably some hoary old cliché about medieval knights drinking flagons of the stuff in a great hall, right? Well, that’s partly true, but much like everything else you probably think about anything, it’s also mostly wrong. Mead has actually been around for thousands of years, and while it is made from honey, it’s got such a broad spectrum of styles, flavors, and textures that the base description “honey wine” doesn’t do it justice. “It predates written history. There are cave paintings showing man harvesting honey from beehives,” says Michael Fairbrother, founder of New Hampshire’s fast-growing Moonlight Meadery. He agrees that mead is widely misunderstood. “Most people think mead is going to taste horrible, or that it’s very, very sweet,” Fairbrother says. It turns out that’s often not at all the case. “We can make mead as dry as we want, dry as a merlot, up to like a moscato or a dessert wine.” Two of the styles I tried recently at Cambridge’s Meadhall, appropriately, are Moonlight’s Sensual, a traditional wildflowerhoney mead, deeply honeyed with a viscous feel, and Desire, a dark-red fruit mead made with blueberries, black currants, and black cherries that was much

dryer and slightly tart, but with a long fruit finish. A third, their most popular, Fairbrother notes, is Kurt’s Apple Pie, made with local apple cider, Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, and Vietnamese cinnamon. “It tastes like liquid apple pie in a glass,” he says. That’s only a small fraction of Moonlight’s 66 styles, around 30 of which are usually available at any given time. They include barrel-aged meads, carbonated varieties, melomels (fruit meads), metheglins (spiced meads), and limited-edition concoctions. It’s a hugely versatile beverage. “Think of how chefs can cook and use honey in almost anything; the same is true for making honey wines,” Fairbrother says. “We make some with chili peppers, make some with chocolate and coffee. It really is a good base to work from.”

To make their mead, Moonlight starts with raw honey, warms it to 78 degrees, combines it with water or juice (depending on the style), adds yeast, and then lets it ferment for approximately three months. Before bottling, they might add spices, vanilla, cinnamon, and so on. That willingness to experiment has helped the company grow by leaps and bounds in just a few short years. Though Fairbrother began brewing mead at home soon after taking his first sip in 1995, eventually becoming a three-time Mead Maker of the Year at the New England Regional Homebrew Competition and the president of the large homebrewing club Brew Free or Die, Moonlight got its start in 2010, when the then-

software engineer founded it as a solo project. Now Fairbrother has 14 employees, and his meads have made their way into bars around the city, like Deep Ellum and Sunset Grill & Tap, and onto shelves in 22 states. “We’re kind of fitting a whole new category,” Fairbrother says of their expansion. So while popular imagination might conceive of mead as a thing of the distant past, the growth of Moonlight and other meaderies around the country is ushering it into the future. There’s a reason for its perseverance, Fairbrother observes. “Honey is the only food source that lasts forever,” he says. “With water and honey you have everything you need to live on.” P

WANT A TASTE? Find a list of Moonlight Meadery’s local stockists at, or pay a visit to the Londonderry brewery, which opens at 11 am daily and offers tours every half-hour on weekends and as needed during the week.

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My first Maple-baCOn donut on offer, heeding the reassuring was overnighted to my freshmanvoice in my head that crooned, year roommate and me by his “You’re doing this for work.” There mother in Portland, Oregon. I were only three flavors besides the hadn’t had one since. But then in maple-bacon — honey-almond, February, two locals — Josh Danoff cherry-hibiscus, and orangeof Culinary Cruisers, which sells ginger cream (all $3). The cherrykombucha and fancy hibiscus looked like the eat uP fruit pops via bike carts, archetypal Simpsons and Heather Schmidt of donut, sans sprinkles. It Union Square Donuts, 201 Somerville Ave, City Chicks, which hosts was the least assertive Somerville home-ec classes and of the bunch, yet still parties — opened Union satisfying and floral. 617.702.2446 Square Donuts, plugging The honey-almond was Thurs–Sun, 9 am to the gaping hole in our not overly sweet, as 3 pm city’s specialty donut donuts of this ilk can market. sometimes be, and the honey glaze Say what you will about maplelent a pleasing density. I was least bacon donuts. They’re gimmicky. excited to try the orange-ginger They’re a dumb trend. They’re cream, but this one ended up being unnecessary. Naysayers can keep my favorite. It’s a total knockout — hating — more maple-bacon baked, covered in sugar like a goodness for the rest of us. The jelly donut, and filled with a truly Union Square version is perfectly delightful citrus-kissed cream that plump and yeasty, and not at all tastes of real live ginger. greasy. The maple glaze is subtle The man in front of me bought and light, and the bacon is perfectly several boxes for his office; Danoff proportioned. Yes, it’s $3.50. I know told him he was doing a “mitzvah.” I’m not alone when I say that I’ve But he’s got it mixed up. Union dropped at least that much at a Square Donuts is doing a great Dunkies in my lifetime. This donut mitzvah for us all. Mazel tov, guys. is fully worth the indulgence. Your donuts rule. _Luke Pyenson » I sampled every variety of donut

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There is literally nothing that sounds better to us right now — as rain and sleet and snow and that damned “wintry mix” slam into our windows — than watching sap magically turn into maple syrup. Groundwork Somerville will be hypnotically boiling down sap from local maple trees into pure waffle-topping goodness. And if that doesn’t sound like a rollicking enough time, there will definitely be Taza hot chocolate. Watch that sap boil, people.

We used to think that learning to bake bread would lead to a slippery slope, wherein we’d stuff our faces with buttery dough in front of the TV all day. Turns out, you can bake bread and be a normal human being who doesn’t lose control around it. So join Sofra’s pastry sous-chef, Emily Weber, as she walks you through the master techniques behind Sofra’s pita, mana’eesh, and brioche. Then put Wonder Bread to shame and awaken your inner baking savant. The carb-whores in your life will thank you.


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Boston’s (Ob)literati How to hoist a pint like this town’s greatest writers — past, present, and future B y L u k e O ’N eiL Lu k E O n E i L 47@ g m A i L .C O m :: @ Lu k E O n E i L 47

f there’s one thing we’ve always done right here in Boston, it’s drinking. Coming in a close second would be writing. Naturally, writers being how they are, we’ve also turned out our fair share of writing about drinking, or writers known for their drinking. Consider the sheer number of literary figures — from Emerson to Longfellow, Hawthorne, Alcott, Whitman, Thoreau, right on up through Frost, Lowell, Sexton, and Cheever — who were either born here, or spent a significant time haunting our hallowed watering holes. And the full list of major luminaries who spent time teaching at our universities would be too long to include. Twain and Dickens warmed a bar seat or two as well: Dickens tossed back slings and juleps at the Tremont House, which, like many of our most literary watering holes, is now lost to history or has undergone a location change. But there are still a handful of bars throughout the city with a bit of authorial tradition. And plenty are currently ushering in a new generation of young writers. Here are a few, from the past to the future.

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The LasT hurrah aT The Omni Parker hOuse The grandaddy of them all, the Omni Parker House was home to the Saturday Club in the mid-19th century, a gathering of writers and thinkers that included Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and others — like Charles Dickens, who lived in the hotel for two years. Although the original hotel was demolished and rebuilt in the 1920s, the bar here carries on a literary tradition, taking its name from Edwin O’Connor’s classic novel. 60 School St, Boston :: 617.227.8600 :: The Bar aT The Taj BOsTOn While the original building that houses the legendary Ritz-Carlton in Boston is now operating as the Taj Boston (and a new Ritz has opened nearby), it’s the Arlington Street location that still turns down the sheets, and stirs the martinis, for the literary ghosts. Tennessee Williams is said to have written parts of A Streetcar Named Desire while staying in the old Ritz. Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath were regulars at the bar here before and after their poetry workshops with Robert Lowell. 15 Arlington St, Boston :: 617.536.5700 ::

BukOwski Tavern This pair of bars not only takes its name from the poet laureate of drunken selfloathing, but his work is also featured prominently on the walls — something to think about while you’re staring off into the distance over a beer. They’ve also traditionally hosted a writing contest called the Pint and Pen, in which local writers flex their creativity for cash and prizes.

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50 Dalton St, Boston :: 617.437.9999 :: 1281 Cambridge St, Cambridge :: 617.497.7077 :: TOm engLish’s Bar + The Banshee The list of bars that have made their mark on the work of Dennis Lehane is lengthy. most of the seedier ones have long since been transformed into cleanedup versions of their former selves. But there still are two Dorchester holdovers that Lehane pointed out to me a couple years ago as having an influence on the fictional Black Emerald Bar in his books like Gone Baby Gone. The Banshee was once a much less friendly place called Bonds, and Tom English’s wasn’t nearly as clean as it seems now, but the air of old Dorchester, and Lehane’s characters, still linger around the area. Tom English’s Bar, 957 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester :: 617.288.7748 :: The Banshee, 934 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester :: 617.436.9747 :: CrOke Park a/k/a “whiTey’s” + jaCOB wirTh most of the Southie bars that would have been frequented by the lowlifes in Boston crime writer george V. Higgins’s >> BarS on p 44




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novels are no longer around — like the notorious Whitey Bulger haunt Triple O’s. if there’s anywhere left that his fictional criminal Dillon (the Friends of Eddie Coyle character many believe to be based on Bulger, although Higgins later denied it) would have hung out today, it would be old-Southie holdover Croke Park, known as “Whitey’s” (no relation). One bar we do know that Higgins himself spent time in (as well as some of the characters in his novel Cogan’s Trade) is jacob Wirth. Founded in 1868, it’s still a regular hangout for the young writers in training at the nearby Emerson College writing program. Croke Park a/k/a “Whitey’s,” 268 W Broadway, South Boston :: 617.464.4869 :: Jacob Wirth, 31-37 Stuart St, Boston :: 617.338.8586 :: griLL 23 & Bar + BrisTOL LOunge aT The FOur seasOns yet another Boston crime writer who was fond of a good bar setting was Robert Parker, author of the Spenser series. Among some of the bars where Spenser, and Parker himself, were known to drink include grill 23 and the Bristol Lounge. Grill 23 & Bar, 161 Berkeley St, Boston :: 617.542.2255 :: :: Bristol Lounge, 200 Boylston St, Boston :: 617.351.2037 :: gaLway hOuse This jamaica Plain dive is one of the recurring settings in michael Patrick macDonald’s beloved coming-of-age-inBoston novel All Souls. macDonald would go to the bar with his mother at night, where she would play the accordion to make extra money to support the family. 44 03.08.13 :: THEPHOENIX.COm

710 Centre St, Jamaica Plain :: 617.524.9677 :: The PLOugh & sTars + The CeLLar Cambridge’s the Plough & Stars, now known for its live music, was the place where owner Peter O’malley and author DeWitt Henry, now of Emerson, launched the idea for Ploughshares, one of the most respected literary journals in the country. O’malley, an irish expat from a country that knows a thing or two about the marriage of drink and poetry, and Henry, an accomplished writer and educator, went on to publish a veritable who’s who of literary talent in the intervening decades. just up the street you’ll find the Cellar, a divey little subterranean bar perfectly suited for midday brooding that a slew of Harvard literary types have called home over the years, the most notable of which include the revered irish poet Seamus Heaney.

The Plough & Stars, 912 mass Ave, Cambridge :: 617.576.0032 :: :: The Cellar, 991 mass Ave, Cambridge :: 617.876.2580 :: DarryL’s The longstanding Roxbury bar has played host to more than its share of important thinkers and writers, reaching all the way back to when it was known as Bob the Chef’s. An impressive assortment of writers and intellectuals, particularly from the African-American community, have hoisted up here, including Cornel West, malcolm X, and martin Luther king. Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Ave, Boston :: 617.536.1100 :: Tres gaTOs + TriDenT BOOkseLLers & CaFé Bringing your own book to a bar is a The First Printer

good way to while away an afternoon, but even better is being surrounded by hundreds of books — and since the library tends to frown on brown-bagging, we suggest you hit up these places instead. Both spots double as cafés and bars, where you can linger over a glass of wine and your new paperback find. Tres Gatos, 470 Centre St, Boston :: 617.477.4851 :: :: Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St, Boston :: 617.267.8688 :: FirsT PrinTer This relatively new Harvard Square restaurant takes its name, and its interior décor (antique type cases, old newspapers), from its extremely important location in the history of writing — it was the site, as you can probably guess, of the first printing press in the country. Stephen Daye printed his first broadsheet here, The Freeman’s Oath, in 1639, following it up a year later with the Bay Psalm Book. 13-15 Dunster St, Cambridge :: 617.497.0900 :: CanTaB LOunge + LizarD LOunge These eclectic bars have been hotbeds of creativity for years, hosting both music and the type of made-for-literature characters that are in plentiful supply in Cambridge. They’re also home to two long-running poetry nights, where poets both new and established sling verse to the backdrop of barkeeps slinging booze. Cantab Lounge, 738 mass Ave, Cambridge :: 617.354.2685 :: cantab-lounge. com :: Lizard Lounge, 1667 mass Ave, Cambridge :: 617.547.0759 ::


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Spotlight :: literary life

Incrementally more kind

George Saunders changes the world B y EU G EN iA W ill i A m S O N


eorge Saunders: satirist, humanist, and — after 20 years, four magisterial short-story collections, a novella, and a book of essays — now a bestselling author. Tenth of December (Random House), his latest collection, has captured the interest of the world at large. He spoke with me from his hotel in San Francisco a few days after he appeared on The Colbert Report. How do you feel about being famous? I don’t really get it. I kind of like it, but I can’t quite understand it. Mechanically, it was the New York Times Magazine piece that seemed to shoot it [Tenth of December] out of the cannon, but then there were some nice reviews clustered around it. My wife said something interesting: that maybe I leaned a little toward something maybe — whatever you want to call it — accessible, or something.

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Realism maybe, maybe just a little. I think also the culture moved toward more comfort with “dark and edgy,” so that maybe meant a little bit too. But honestly, your guess is as good as mine. Can a famous writer effect political change? I would never want to think about it that way because it’s too much pressure, and thinking about it malforms the story. The story has to be an individual person at a specific time

GEORGE SAUNDERS AT AWP “The Lake Effect: A Celebration of Fifty Years of Creative Writing at Syracuse” :: With George Saunders, Arthur Flowers, Brooks Haxton, and Christopher Kennedy Free with AWP registration :: March 8 :: 10:30 am – 11:45 am :: Hynes Convention Center, Room 200, Level 2 ::

in a specific fix, and if you concentrate on that, then the story will have feeling. It might have some kind of political moral-ethical overtone, but I don’t think it’s your job on the creative end to worry about that. I think if you worry about that you’ll fuck it up, basically. Fiction, if it does change anything, we have a scheme or model for how it does it. I read a Chekhov story, and I get a feeling of being a little more open to things, a little more interested in my fellow man. So that lasts for six or seven hours — one hour? That’s about the most you can hope for, and then I think you can take some comfort in the fact that, generally, that’s pretty big. If you could somehow make a graph of all the people in the world who have been made incrementally more kind by Chekhov, it’s in the hundreds of thousands, maybe millions. From the creative end of it, that seems to me the healthier way of looking at it

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rather than, I’m going to support this political view or change the world. I think smaller is better. It’s more realistic and more respectful, in a certain way. Any advice for MFA students? What I would say, they already know, which is that all the answers — all the questions and all the answers — are hidden under work. You gotta just work. You gotta put in the thousands and thousands of hours. I think all of us have that natural tendency to want to conceptualize and theorize and decide in advance how we’re going to write, but anyone who’s done it for a little bit knows that’s an anxiety response, and it doesn’t really accomplish too much. . . . In some ways, it’s the simplest thing in the world: just keep doing it, and recognize that every bump you hit and every frustration and every time you go, Oh, I have no talent, that’s actually a totally valid part of it. There’s nothing else but that. I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and I’m spending this whole tour worrying about the thing I’ve got at home that I’m a few pages into and I’m not sure if it’s any good. I think that is being a writer. It’s that state of perpetual worry, and

“i’m spending this whole tour worrying about the thing i’ve got at home that i’m a few pages into and i’m not sure if it’s any good. So i think that is being a writer.”

the only way I’ve ever figured out of the worry is to work your way through it. Not that that’s even advice, but that’s the truth for me, for sure. How does that anxiety manifest itself in your work? In a positive way, it means you keep going back to it. . . . The worst form of it is, I think, when you’re outside of the story, being anxious about it, and then you’re making decisions based on theoreticals or concepts — you know, “I want to write about the demise of capitalism.” Ugh! When fans approach you, what story do they say is their favorite? “Sea Oak.” I’m hearing a lot about “The Semplica Girl Diaries” — that long one in the new book — but “Sea Oak” seems to have a special place in people’s perverse little hearts. I used to read it when I would go out to colleges. It’s really fun because I always think of it as being kind of a gentle, Chekhovian, funny story, and then you get into it and it’s like, Whoa! Who wrote this? It’s so harsh. It makes it fun to read, because you’ve got to commit. You can’t half-ass that one. You’ve got to do Aunt Bernie’s voice, the whole thing.

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Read any good books lately? There’s this book called Senselessness by Horacio Moya. . . . I don’t know anything about him, but my former student Adam Levin [author of The Instructions] is the teacher of my daughter, and they both, in the same day, emailed me to tell me to read this book. It’s a short novel that’s really funny and dark and kind of nasty. It feels real novelistic, but it’s got a great, fast shape — almost like a short story. It’s told in a really original voice that I hadn’t heard before. What did you think of Gawker demanding you write a novel of your own? I thought it was kind of sweet, but, well, that’s not how it works. The best answer is that Flannery O’Connor quote that I keep rehashing, that a writer can choose what he writes, but he can’t choose what he makes live. So as an artist, you have to do what works, and if you depart from that to do what you think you should do, you’re going to be on thin ice. P

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on’t feel like shelling out $285 ($60 for students) for all-access entrance to this year’s AssoCiAtion oF WRiteRs & WRitinG PRoGRAMs (AWP) ConFeRenCe? It’s totally worth it, if you ask us, given that the monster literary conference draws over 10,000 writers and features hundreds of signings, panels, and readings. Those with shallower pockets needn’t be discouraged, however. We’ve rounded up the mustattend — and mostly free — events going down in bars, restaurants, and other offsite venues around town in conjunction with the con this weekend. Write on! >> AWP GUiDE on p 50

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Cheryl Strayed on the sweet life


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By ThO mA S PA GE m c B E E T M C B E E@ P H X .C O M


efore she was CHERYL STRAYED, she was Cheryl Strayed: an accomplished essayist with a novel, Torch, under her belt and a lot of friends and admirers in the literary community. In 2010 she began her (then-pseudonymous) tenure as the advice columnist “Sugar” for the literary website The Rumpus (where I also write a column) while wrapping up edits on her memoir, Wild.

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You’re having this really interesting moment where you went from “making it” as a writer in a way that a lot of writers initially kind of hope for, to “making it” as a writer in a completely different stratosphere. I mean, I’m grateful for it. It’s incredibly moving because at the heart of all of that is that my book connected with so many different people from so many different walks of life. Literary people liked Wild, and people who had never read a book before liked Wild, literally. I met a woman in Santa Cruz, she came to my reading, and afterward in the signing line she just started weeping. She was in her 50s, a Latina woman, and English was not her first

language. And she said to me that she was a maid in a hotel, and somebody had left Wild behind. She wasn’t a reader and had never read a book before, and she for some reason picked up my book and started reading it, she said, and she couldn’t put it down. So that kind of experience, where the book has had reach, is just really profound to me. i think so many of us in some ways have imagined or wanted something like that to happen, and on the other hand, it seems very overwhelming. I think in our culture we think that fame is equivalent to success, so that if you’re successful in the arts, that means you must be famous. But we know that’s not true, that most of the people that we know who are writers who are very successful aren’t at all famous. There’s a community and an audience for a lot of writers who are never going to be famous. And that’s where my home is. I just think that when people say, “Oh, she’s this overnight success,” it invalidates that place, which is where most of the art in this world is made. How are you balancing the idea of Cheryl strayed and the reality of being Cheryl strayed at this moment? There’s a lot of stuff that I haven’t ever written about, as Sugar or Cheryl. If you and I were not having an interview and we were just taking a walk as friends, there would be whole swaths of my life that we could discuss that I’ve never written about and probably never will write about. >> STRAyED on p 50

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And then everything changed. “Dear Sugar” exploded. Sugar’s signature phrase, “Write like a motherfucker,” was emblazoned on coffee mugs and posters. Sugar’s identity was revealed in February of last year, Wild was released in March, and the memoir — about Strayed’s 1100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother — became a New York Times bestseller. It was chosen by Oprah as the first selection for the return of her Book Club, and was optioned by Reese Witherspoon, who will star as Strayed in the film. A collection of her “Dear Sugar” columns, Tiny Beautiful Things, was published to much acclaim last July. I saw Tiny Beautiful Things and Wild on airport newsstands across the country and thought: it’s like the writer’s version of hometown girl-makes-good. I talked to Strayed about sudden fame, roots, and transcendence.


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That voice behind that story is me. I actually am telling you this about my life, and to a certain extent you can — if you like me on the page, you’ll probably like me in person because I’m like that. But I’m also a person, and so there’s a whole aspect of myself that can’t possibly be in a work. That’s a funny terrain. It’s also kind of a onesided relationship. People know they feel close to me, and so I get a lot of people who — just strangers who write to me and say, “I hear you’re coming to my town; I would love to cook dinner for you at my house.” Which is sweet. But I never say yes; I’m always like, “Absolutely not,” because it’s like, we don’t even have a relationship. I’m not their friend. It’s very complex, isn’t it? i struggle against that myself, because i’m like, “But you don’t know me.” Exactly. You don’t. And yet reading you, there are things that we all know about you. And so it’s not entirely true that we don’t know you at all. That’s what’s so weird. But also people bring themselves to it. So for example, as Sugar, over and over and over again I have positioned myself

as somebody who hasn’t had a perfect life and has made wrong choices and still struggles with all kinds of different things, and then people will say, “Oh Sugar’s a goddess!” Or they’ll be like, “Your marriage is just, like, perfect.” And I’ll be like, “No, I’ve written about it, you can see how it’s not.” So they’re projecting, I know this because I get this quite a lot: “Do you ever mess up?” And I’ll say, “Do you ever read the column? I write about messing up.”

chERyl STRAyED AT AWP Reading and conversation with Augusten Burroughs :: Free and open to the public :: March 9 :: 8:30 pm Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston ::

When i saw “Dear sugar” blowing up, i thought it was a really profound example of writing that people feel really moved by because they can connect so deeply. I think that one of the biggest, most striking things I’ve learned in my writing life is the thing we’re all afraid of, always, all our life from the time we’re little kids, is that if we show people who we really are, they won’t like us. They will make fun of us, they will ostracize us, they will beat us. And sometimes that’s true. Sometimes that does happen when we expose our vulnerabilities, when we take that risk.

But what I’ve found as a writer is that every time I thought everyone’s going to condemn me, everyone’s going call me a slut, or say, “How dare you have an abortion,” the reverse has happened. Every time I risk actually showing myself or telling you something true and hard about something I’ve done, the flood is gratitude. People saying, “Thank you, thank you for talking about that. Thank you for writing honestly about this because I had that experience too.” That’s a way that people are connecting. And they’re connecting because I took a risk, and that’s what I think the whole deal with art is. You have to be fearless, you have to take those risks. There has not been a day for two years that I haven’t received at least five emails from people saying something that I wrote changed their life. And it’s that simple fact of me speaking to the human experience, simply by telling about my own little human experience. And it’s just a very small and humble thing. It’s not a grandiose thing. It’s really powerful, I think, that message. It’s given me a lot of faith in our world. P

CHERYL STRAYED AT “VIDA PROM” :: With readings by Strayed, Robert Pinsky, Pam Houston, Roxane Gay, and more :: $10 :: March 7 :: Daisy Buchanan’s, 240 Newbury St, Boston :: 8 pm doors; 9 pm reading; 10pm–midnight dance party ::


QUEERtOpiA! :: Leave it to the LGBT community to queer AWP up with a fourhour reading bonanza. More than 30 LGBT writers go hard from day to night at Club Café. Among them will be Saeed Jones, Rickey Laurentiis, Natalie Diaz, Stephen Tapscott, Amy King, James Allen Hall, Lee Ann Rouripaugh, Christopher Hennessy, and Kazim Ali; plus, there will be offerings from Bloom, Sibling Rivalry Press, and Seven Kitchens Press. :: Free :: 4 pm to 8 pm :: Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston

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LitERARy WiLDERNESS :: Poets and writers read to benefit and highlight several prison creative-writing programs across the country. The theme is “wilderness,” and the stacked line-up features Pushcart-winning poet and UMass prof Jill McDonough (who taught writing in prisons for 13 years), celebrated poet Matthew Zapruder, science and nature writer Bronwen Dickey, and many more. No cover, but bring cash to support a great cause. :: Free :: 7 pm to 9 pm :: Old South Church, 645 Boylston St, Boston GRUb StREEt & SMALL DEMONS

pRESENt GEt Lit :: Okay, so there won’t actually be any readings (at least, not planned) at this Grub Street and Small Demons party, but it looks like it’s going to be a hell of a time anyway. What there will be are free cocktails (100 of ’em: first come, first served) and free coasters designed by the Small Demons folks. Plus, good vibes and good times. See you at the bar. :: 6 pm to 8 pm :: Storyvillle, 90 Exeter St, Boston ApOcALypSE NOW: pOEMS & pROSE fROM thE END Of DAyS AWp RELEASE pARty :: When Get Lit wraps up at 8, head over to McGreevy’s to keep the party going at this end-of-days bash. A dozen poets will read from the newly published Apocalypse Now, and there will be a zombie (’cause you know that’s how it’s all going down in the end) photo booth, fortune readings (tidings are likely ill), a raffle for copies of the anthology, and more free drinks (to the first 50 guests). :: Free :: 8 pm to 10 pm :: McGreevy’s Bar, 911 Boylston St, Boston ViDA pROM: A READiNG AND DANcE pARty :: VIDA hosts a prom redux for the bespectacled set, with readings by heavy hitters Cheryl Strayed, Robert Pinsky, and Pam Houston, among others, starting at 9. The fancy dance party begins at 10, and shenanigans are almost definitely going to ensue. Taffeta encouraged, but not required. :: $10 :: 8 pm to midnight :: Daisy Buchanan’s, 240 Newbury St, Boston

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McRUMpUS! :: Dave Eggers’s do-nowrong press, McSweeney’s, and the best literary website in the world, the Rumpus (okay, we’re partial), hold a benefit for 826 Boston featuring the Phoenix’s own Thomas Page McBee and Atlantic powerhouse Ta-Nehisi Coates, as well as Roxanne Gay, Amy Fusselman, Paul LeGault, and hometown songstress Marissa Nadler. Hosted by the Rumpus’s dynamic duo, Stephen Elliot and Isaac Fitzgerald. RSVP required. :: 7 pm :: 826 Boston, 3035 Washington St, Roxbury

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Is Boston right for writers?

three authors take on the city’s literary culture By EU G EN iA W ill i A m S O N



oston, the birthplace of American literature, boasts three MFA programs, an independent creative-writing center, and more than a dozen colleges offering creative-writing classes. There are plenty of writing students here, as well as plenty of writers to teach them. But unlike Emerson or Thoreau, all must contend with the cost of living, consistently among the highest in the country.

How do fiction writers hack it? What’s it like to live and write in the world’s biggest, most expensive college town? I spoke with three of them — Junot Díaz, Askold Melnyczuk, and Carissa Halston — about their experiences here.

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“the very fact that the train stops running at midnight,” says Junot Díaz, “makes it cut down on the kind of insanity that a writer like me is interested in.”

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Junot Díaz — MacArthur genius, Pulitzer Prize winner, New Yorker favorite — lives in Boston during the school year. When the Dominican-American New Jersey native moved to Cambridge to teach writing at MIT, he was thrilled to find Rodney’s in Central Square, a rambling, chaotic, remainder-heavy bookstore that occasionally hosts stand-up comedy nights. “I can find some of the strangest shit there,” Díaz says. For Díaz, bookstores are Boston’s most salient feature, especially because readers hang out there. “Readers are my first nation,” Díaz says. “I come from writing from a reader’s perspective, and . . . one thing that Boston has in abundance is reading culture: there are a ton of readers here. As someone whose writing identity is predicated on the reader, this is a great place to live.” But not entirely — Díaz finds Boston “incredibly” white. “If you’re the kind of person of color I am, Boston presents challenges,” he says. “There’s a general perception, true or not, that Boston isn’t exactly a place where people of color want to be.” Anyone who has read either of his short-story collections or his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao — books

that draw heavily on the immigrant experience — can see how this might present a problem for him. “Sources of inspiration are far sparer for me here,” he says. “I am someone who is profoundly inspired by urban immigrant space, by the kind of circuits you find in world cities. Boston doesn’t exactly have those things.” It’s also very difficult to find takeout after midnight. “The very fact that the train stops running at midnight makes it cut down on the kind of insanity that a writer like me is interested in,” he says. But the same qualities that sap his imagination give Díaz the space to write. “As an author, writer, and artist, you have to drop into a more human rhythm,” he says. “[Larger] cities aren’t exactly a human rhythm, and Boston’s size is more amenable to that.”

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Carissa Halston loves living in Boston. It makes her productive: while living here, she has published two novels, A Girl Named Charlie Lester and The Mere Weight of Words, and she is at work on a third. She also curates the Literary Firsts reading series, edits an annual print journal, apt, and runs a small press called Aforementioned Productions. The handle on her website, “a writer living in Boston,” seems like an understatement. There are plenty of other writers for Halston to hang out with. When she moved here, she didn’t know a soul, but she started meeting people when she founded Literary Firsts. Because she features poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction, her talent pool overlaps with those of other local series, like the Room Down the Hallway, U35, and Four Stories. The first group Halston met was a cadre of Emerson College graduates. She was then granted entrée into what she describes as a “huge circuit”: editors of local literary journals and instructors at Grub Street, the independent writing center. “Now I know more writers than not,” she says. Like many writers here, Halston’s career circles around the university system. Unlike many of them, she didn’t start going to college until she was 26 (she’s now 31). Although her superhuman enthusiasm for literature has occasioned numerous guest lectures at area creative-writing classes, she can’t teach one — she doesn’t have an MFA. Instead, she works day jobs as an ESL teacher and administrative assistant.

“Even though I have eight years of experience, that makes people look at this as a hobby,” Halston says. “There’s Ploughshares and Salamander and AGNI and Post Road — those are journals that have money. I don’t have that.” Boston writers, she says, are more collaborative than competitive. “Word-of-mouth will treat you well — there’s not an expectation that your reputation needs to precede you,” she says. Instead of brushing a writer off for lacking prominent publications, “people are more likely to tell you about the places where you can learn more about the craft.” Recently, Halston took this advice and applied to MFA programs. While she hopes it will help her writing, it’s also a matter of economics: “It’s really hard to do all of this work for free.”


Askold Melnyczuk — poet, novelist, founding editor of AGNI and professor of creative writing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston — thinks of his adopted city as “a company town.” “The universities [here] have done a lot to define the way in which the

“when i first moved to boston, there were bars and bookstores on every corner,” says askold Melnyczuk. “now there are more banks than bookstores.”

literary life unfolds, for good and ill,” he says. On the plus side, they bring writers together. Leslie Epstein, who runs the writing program at Boston University, has been particularly influential. “Out of his overcoat — the same way that Russian literature is said to have tumbled out of Gogol’s overcoat — have come Sue Miller, Ha Jin, and Jhumpa Lahiri,” Melnyczuk says. “They were all students of his, and they show you the range of experiences and geographies that a small city like Boston can contain.” Equally influential is Emerson College’s DeWitt Henry, editor of Ploughshares, who “established a pretty strong beachhead for a certain generation of fiction writers, like Tim O’Brien and Ann Beattie.” Of course, graduates of Boston universities face the problem of skyhigh rents. “When I came here 35 years ago, it was possible to arrive in Cambridge with $500 in your pocket, not knowing anyone in town, and to find a job and set up a life,” Melnyczuk says. “Now it’s impossible for me to imagine my students doing anything >> WRiTERS’ BOSTON on p 54

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similar. When I first moved to Boston, there were bars and bookstores on every corner. Now there are more banks than bookstores.” In fact, Melnyczuk thinks the city is pricing itself out of what he calls generative literary culture. “I love Boston,” he says. “I’ve defended it against New Yorker friends for years. You can walk across it, appear to get to know it, and of course never exhaust it. It is a city of great institutions and neighborhoods. At the same time, I’m genuinely sorry to see the way it’s been transformed by the money that came in the ’90s.” He’s been telling his students to move to Detroit when they graduate. But if they can hack it, they have the chance to join a great pantheon of great American writers with mixed feelings about the city: “Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, Thoreau, James — all these writers that came in and out of town 100 years ago — had their ups and their downs and their loves and their hates with Boston,” he says. “You recognize that the range of your own responses is a constant across time.” P


thE bAffLER AND MAKE pRESENt DON’t fORGEt tO EAt :: Pop into one of our favorite Cambridge pubs for a plate of bangers ’n’ mash, a pint or three, and literary performances from contributing Phoenix writer and Baffler editor Eugenia Williamson, Baffler editor in chief John Summers, Vice contributor Fred Sasaki, and poets Christopher Janke, Julia Story, and Ailish Hopper. Plus, catch live literary tunes by William Blake–inspired band Billy Blake and the Vagabonds. :: Free :: 5:30 pm to 7 pm :: Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge tROUbLiNG thE LiNE: tRANS AND GENDERQUEER pOEtRy AND pOEticS MARAthON READiNG :: The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition celebrates the new book Troubling the Line with a mighty infusion of topnotch trans and genderqueer poets, including Eileen Myles, Max Wolf Valerio, HR Hegnauer, Oliver Bendorf, Samuel Ace, TC Tolbert, and Tim Trace Peterson. :: Free :: 6:30 pm :: Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston cAVE cANEM fELLOWS :: Boston poet laureate Sam Cornish and Cave Canem elder Afaa M. Weaver lead a charge of premier Cave Canem fellows in raising funds for America’s most prestigious home for black poetry. January Gill O’Neil, CM Burroughs, Mary Moore Easter, Douglas Kearney,

Maya Washington, Keith Wilson, L. Lamar Wilson, and many others will read. Plus, your 10 bucks gets you a buffet dinner and wine. You had us at “Cave Canem,” but we’ll never say no to free wine. :: $10 :: 6 pm :: Simmons College, Main Building, 3rd Floor, 300 The Fenway, Boston MUSic iN — AND ON — thE AiR :: Okay, so we said we were limiting this itinerary to off-site events, but if

you are planning on shelling out the big bucks for the whole shebang, we suggest you make time to drop by this panel with Phoenix contributor Lloyd Schwartz and NPR Fresh Air host Terry Gross. Gross interviews Schwartz (via Skype) about his new book, Music in — and on — the Air (a collection of his Fresh Air pieces over the years), preceded by Schwartz playing and discussing recordings of poetry set to clas-

sical and popular music. Novelist Askold Melnyczuk moderates. :: Free with AWP registration :: 3 pm to 4:15 pm :: Hynes Convention Center, Room 312, 900 Boylston St, Boston


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bLAcK RADiSh bOOKS AND DUSiE LAUNch pARty AND READiNG :: People underestimate kids. Just because they’re little, their literary exposure doesn’t have to be limited to Goodnight Moon (though that’s a freaking classic) and the like. Hence, Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children — at whose launch party you’ll be treated to readings from 12 of the contributing writers. :: Free :: 5 pm to 7 pm :: Outpost 186, 186 Hampshire St, Cambridge AN EVENiNG With thE SUN :: Thoughtful, smart mag the Sun is known for its terrific literary essays. Join editor Sy Safransky and contributors Krista Bremer, Andew Boyd, and Marion Wink at Brookline Booksmith. :: Free :: 7 pm :: Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline

2013 AWP Conference & Bookfair :: On-site events in the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston + Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St, Boston :: March 6-9 ::

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Boston Fun List MOUFY :: 2011 Boston Music Awards’ Best New Artist has been around the block a few times by now, but we’re still amped on this emcee’s stylings. Air Dubai and Watch the Duck open :: Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston :: March 8 @ 6 pm :: $20 ::


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STONE SOUR + IN THIS MOMENT + HELL OR HIGHWATER :: April 3 at the House of Blues, Boston :: $32.50-$42.50 :: ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE + TJUTJUNA + PERHAPS :: April 16 at Great Scott, Allston :: $12 :: CAM MEEKINS + PILOT NATION + OG SWAGGERDICK :: April 18 at Brighton Music Hall, Allston :: $12 :: WHAT’S EATING GILBERT [CHAD GILBERT OF NFG] + THE HERE AND NOW [ALAN DAY OF FOUR YEAR STRONG] :: April 21 at the Middle East downstairs, Cambridge :: $10 :: “JAY & SILENT BOB’S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE” TOUR: SCREENING + LIVE PODCAST :: April 24 at the House of Blues, Boston :: $25-$65 :: LONGWOOD GIVING’S 2ND ANNUAL “FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS” GALA :: April 25 at the State Room, Boston :: $100; $150 w/ VIP reception :: longwoodgiving.ticketbud. com/2013gala TALLAHASSEE + HALLELUJAH THE HILLS + COYOTE KOLB + LARCENIST :: May 3 at the Sinclair, Cambridge :: $12 :: STORNOWAY :: May 5 at T.T. the Bear’s Place, Cambridge :: $14 :: CAPITAL CITIES + GOLD FIELDS :: May 8 at Paradise Rock Club, Boston :: $15 :: MOUNT PERU + ALOUD + PARKS + NURSE AND SOLDIER :: May 16 at T.T. the Bear’s Place, Cambridge :: $10 ::


The British press have fallen over themselves in praise of Django 11 Django’s self-titled 2012 debut record, and for the time at least, the props seem justified. Hit single “Default” is a bouncy experipop tune that’s a bit kooky in its earnestness. “Waveforms” might be more palatable for American audiences, but the entire package is a slightly off-kilter electronic rock composition. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston :: 7 pm :: $15 ::

“BOSTON CALLING” FEATURING THE NATIONAL + FUN. + THE SHINS + YOUNG THE GIANT + MORE :: May 25 + 26 at City Hall Plaza, Boston :: $75; $130 2-day pass; $185, $350 VIP :: KEVIN JAMES :: May 31 at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston :: $45-$75 :: WILCO’S SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL FEATURING YO LA TENGO + NEKO CASE + FOXYGEN + MORE :: June 21-21 at the Mass MoCA, North Adams :: $65-$84; $149 3-day pass :: BRUNO MARS + FITZ & THE TANTRUMS :: June 26 at the TD Garden, Boston :: $40-$94 :: ALT-J :: September 13 at Bank of America Pavilion, Boston :: $20-$30 ::

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You could say the Afro-Cuban music explosion was ignited by Wim Wenders’s 1999 Buena Vista Social Club and the ensuing live concert tours. These days, the musical director for those tours, Juan de Marcos González, is traveling with the Afro-Cuban All-Stars — a hand-picked crew of Cuba’s best — from bands like Orquesta Tropicana, Los Van Van, Sierra Maestra, and others. Get ready to stand and shake it in those BPC theater seats! sat


Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston :: 8 pm :: $28-$37 ::

Thanks to the AWP Conference, this edition of Literary Death Match is bigger and better than ever. The literati powerhouse cast includes readers Andre Dubus III, ZZ Packer, and Amelia Fray and judges like NYT Book Review editor Parul Sehgal, Onion contributor and New Yorker cartoonist Steve Macone, and poet Tony Hoagland. Blood will be spilled. Plus, they’ll be screening never-before-seen footage from the pilot episode of Literary Death Match (featuring Dexter’s Michael C. Hall, Moby, and Susan Orlean) and more. And don’t forget to turn to page 47 for a full listing of our AWP Editor’s Picks! FRI


Middle east downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge :: 7:30 pm :: $15; $12 advance ::


Valentine’s Day is in the rearview (thank gawd, says the jaded cynics in the 9 Phoenix newsroom), but that doesn’t mean the hunt for Mr. or Ms. Right (or Right Now) is over. Let that search for romance — and, more important, the cure for cancer — lead you to the 4th Annual Project Cupid Date Auction tonight (rescheduled from February 9). A crew of eligible local lads and ladies will put their bods up on the block for this date auction for a very good cause (proceeds go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund). sat


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The estate, 1 Boylston st, Boston :: 6 to 10 pm :: $20 ::

Think Rihanna is sad her show at the Garden still hasn’t sold 10 out, while tickets for Beyoncé’s Garden extravaganza in July were snapped up in what seemed like a matter of mere minutes? Don’t cry, RiRi, we still got love for you. Plus, you’re sharing your bill with A$ap Rocky, a man who might not yet have skyrocketed to Certified Boss status like our man Hova but is most definitely on his way up. This show tonight should be popping. Beyonwho? sUN


TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston :: 7:30 pm :: $35-$150 ::

Sometimes when someone is too talented, we find it obnoxious. Really?, 10 we sigh, eyes rolling, you’re a singer/writer/actress/master-potter with a black belt in karate? Do go on. Megan Mullally is not one of those people. So when we found out that the stage-and-screen actress and comedian (not to mention wife of Nick Offerman) was also a talented singer, we were psyched. Her musical collabo with actress Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights) Nancy & Beth hits town tonight. A mix of old-school songs, cabaret numbers, and the occasional hilarious cover (go YouTube a recent performance of “Smell Yo Dick” with Offerman), their show is said to be fab. We’re not surprised. sUN



Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont st, Boston :: 7 pm :: $25-$35 ::

“FiRsT THURsDAY JP: OPeN GALLeRY NiGHT”:: New exhibit Hanged on display at JP Art Market. Features photographs by Patti Smith and Daniel Johnston, self portraits by Chris Pennock (former Dark Shadows star and author of the Fear and Loathing comic,) and more :: JP Art Market, 36 south st, Jamaica Plain :: March 7 from 6 to 8 pm :: Urban Planning: a History of PUblic vs. Private sPace in tHe Heart of Downtown boston :: The Lumen Collective presents this site-specific installation followed by an after-party/reception at Good Life :: exhibit in Dewey square Park, Rose Kennedy Greenway,

Boston; after-party at Good Life, 28 Kingston st, Boston :: March 7 @ 6 pm :: ReYKJAviK CALLiNG :: In conjunction with “A Taste of Iceland” local musicians are paired with up-and-coming Icelandic counterparts.This year’s local acts are Adam Ezra Group and Kris Delmhorst :: Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston :: March 9 @ 8 pm :: sHUn li anD tHe Poet (io sono li) sCReeNiNG :: Screening of the 2011 prize-winning film followed by a Q&A with director Andrea Segre :: Harvard University, Northwest Labs Building, 52 Oxford st, Room B-103,

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Cambridge :: March 10 @ 1 pm :: sTiNG! xiv: FUTURe FUTURisT... :: 14th installment of the art and music series features new work from Eunice Choi, Patte Loper, Juan Travieso, Jodie Goodnough, Alexander Squier, and Matt Brackett plus live music by the Karen Kocharyn Quartet with Phil Grenadier :: March 12 from 6 to 8 pm :: forKs over Knives sCReeNiNG :: Screening of the 2011 documentary followed by a discussion moderated by Amy Levine of Boston Organics :: Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main st, Charlestown :: March 14 @ 7:30 pm :: 617.242.1248



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BOSTON UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA › Busoni’s Berceuse Elegiaque; Sciarrino’s Shadows of Sound; Debussy’s La Mer › 8 pm › Tsai Performance Center, 685 Comm Ave, Boston › Free › 617.353.8725 or


BOSTON BAROQUE › Carissimi’s Jephte; Charpentier’s Missa Assumpta est Maria; Bach’s Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit › Fri-Sat 8 pm › Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston › $22$76 › 617.585.1260 or CHIARA QUARTET › Ravel’s String Quartet in F; Dutilleux’s Ainsi la nuit; Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor › 8 pm › John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building, North Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge › Free › 617.495.2791 or LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY VLADIMIR JUROWSKI › Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1, with Vadim Repin; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 › 8 pm › Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston › $30-$125 › 617.482.6661 or LONGY CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY JULIAN PELLICANO › Brust’s The Remembered Present; Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1; Overture to Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet › 8 pm › Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge › Free › 617.496.2222 or

PLAYERS › Dvorák’s Bagatelles for two violins, cello, and harmonium, Op. 47; Schuloff’s Concertino for flute, viola, and double bass; Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, K.516 › 3 pm › Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston › $22-$38 › 888.266.1200 or CHORUS PRO MUSICA › Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude and Der Herr denket an uns; Brahms’s Kleine Hochzeits-Kantate; Pinkham’s Wedding Cantata; Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs › 3 pm › Old South Church, 645 Boylston St, Boston › $25-$45; $22-$41 students, seniors › 617.267.7442 or LOWELL STREET PLAYERS › Works for cello, violin, viola, and piano by Brahms and Shostakovich › 3 pm › New School of Music, 25 Lowell St, Cambridge › $12; $6 seniors ›

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JEFFREY SWANN › Works for piano by Chopin, Liszt, Wagner, Berg, Fauré, and more › 8 pm › Seully Hall, 8 the Fenway, Boston › $15 › 617.912.9222 or TRISTAN RHODES › Works for organ by Brahms › 7 pm › Cathedral of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St, Boston › $5-$10 › 617.482.5800 or

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TRISTAN RHODES › Works for organ by Brahms › 8 pm › Holy Name Parish, 1689 Centre Street, West Roxbury › $5-$10 ›


ADRIAN SANBORN AND ROBERT BEKKERS › Selection of works for flute and guitar › 3 pm › Gore Place, 52 Gore St, Waltham › $7 › 781.894.2798 or BOSTON CONSERVATORY BRASS ENSEMBLE CONDUCTED BY LARRY ISAACSON › Adler’s Concert Piece; Mozart’s Ave verum corpus, arr. Taranto; Reynolds’s Theme and Variations; Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, arr. Crees; Thomas’s Street Song for Symphonic Brass › 8 pm › Fenway Center, 70 Saint Stephen St, Boston › Free › 617.266.4457 or WESTON WIND QUINTET › Farrenc’s Sextet in C minor; Taffanel’s Quintet in G minor; Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin › 4 pm › St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave, Jamaica Plain › $10 › 617.524.2999 or BOSTON BAROQUE › See listing for Fri


BOSTON CONSERVATORY STRING ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY BRUCE HANGEN › Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3; Barber’s Adagio for Strings; Gorecki’s Three Pieces in Old Style; Debussy’s Danses Sacree et Profane, with harpist Ina Zdorovetchi; Stravinsky’s Concerto in D › 8 pm › Studio 401, 31 Hemenway St, Boston › Free › BOSTON PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY BENJAMIN ZANDER › Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, with George Li; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, with Harvard University Choirs conducted by Edward Elwyn Jones, soprano Barbara Quintiliani, and mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon › 3 pm › Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston › $15-$30 › 617.236.0999 or BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER

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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY MFA ALUMNI › Various readings › 7 pm › Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline › Free › 617.566.6660 or RYAN MCILVAIN › Elders: A Novel reading › 7 pm › Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge › Free › 617.489.0519 or “NO THOUSANDS, PART 1: AN INDIE PRESS EVENT” › Featuring authors from 1913, Action Books, Black Ocean, Octopus Books, and Poor Claudia › 6 pm › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.864.EAST or MARY ROBINSON › Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice reading › 7 pm › First Parish Church of Cambridge, 3 Church St., Cambridge › Free RUTA SEPETYS › Out of the Easy reading › 1:30 pm › Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch, 449 Broadway, Cambridge › Free › 617.868.1118 RUTA SEPETYS › Out of the Easy reading › 7 pm › Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St, Cambridge › Free › 617.491.2220 or


AFFRILACHIAN POETS › Various readings › 7 pm › Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline › Free › 617.566.6660 or COLBY BUZZELL, SIOBHAN FALLON, MATT GALLAGHER, & ROY SCRANTON › Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War discussion › 7 pm › Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge › Free › 617.495.9400 or “GIGANTIC SEQUINS & THE OFFENDING ADAM PRESENT: POETRY FROM JASWINDER BOLINA, REBECCA


BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH › Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 [Jupiter]; Thomas’s Cello Concerto No. 3, with Lynn Harrell; Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 [Organ] › 8 pm › Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston › $30-$114 › 888.266.1200 or TRIO CLEONICE › Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 70, No. 2; Wernick’s Piano Trio No. 2 [The Traits of Messina]; Schubert’s Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 100 › 8 pm › Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston › Free › 617.585.1260 or

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BOSTON BALLET › Jirí Kylián program: Wings of Wax; Tar and Feathers; Symphony of Psalms › Thurs-Fri 7:30 pm; Sat 1 + 7:30 pm; Sun 1 pm › Opera House, 539 Washington St, Boston › $29-$137 › 617.259.3400 or


LUCKY PLUSH PRODUCTIONS › Julia Rhoads and Leslie Buxbaum Danzig’s The

HAZELTON, JOSHUA KRIAH & MORE” › 7 pm › Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St, Somerville › Free › 617.776.2004 or


ROB ROBERGE, AMBER SPARKS, STEPHEN DAU, THEA GOODMAN, AND SPECIAL GUEST STEVE ALMOND › Various readings › 4:30 pm › Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline › Free › 617.566.6660 or


LINDA MARSHALL › The Passover Lamb reading › 2 pm › Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline › Free › 617.566.6660 or “MYSTERY IN THE AFTERNOON: THREE FAMOUS WRITERS SHARE THEIR SECRETS” › With Cara Black, Libby Hellmann, and Tess Gerritsen › 2 pm › UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth › $35; free for students with ID › 508.999.8000 or GEORGE SAUNDERS › Tenth of December: Stories reading › noon › Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge › $5 › 617.661.1515 “LIZARD LOUNGE POETRY NIGHT” › With music by the Jeff Robinson Trio › Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $5 › 617.547.0759 or

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ANNE CARSON › Red Doc reading › 7 pm › First Parish Church of Cambridge, 3 Church St, Cambridge › $5 ›

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ELIZABETH GRAVER › The End of the Point reading › 7 pm › Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25

Better Half › Fri 7:30 pm; Sat 8 pm › Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston › $40; $36 students › 617.876.4275 or BOSTON BALLET › See listing for Thurs


RAINBOW TRIBE, INC. › “Chapter 21,” featuring performances by Tribe, The Dance Company, Bside, and Embrace, with guest performances by hip hop dance company US Crew, contemporary dance company Bosoma, and tap dancers from Boston Tap Company, and more › 8 pm › Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Comm Ave, Boston › $25; $20 students, seniors › 617.353.1597 or BOSTON BALLET › See listing for Thurs LUCKY PLUSH PRODUCTIONS › See listing for Fri


ISRAEL FOLKDANCE FESTIVAL OF BOSTON › With hundreds of Israeli folkdancers › 3 pm › Kresge Auditorium at MIT, 48 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $15 › 617.253.3913 or BOSTON BALLET › See listing for Thurs


BOSTON BALLET › See listing for previous Thurs

White St, Cambridge › Free › 617.491.2220 or TAIYE SELASI › Ghana Must Go reading › 7 pm › Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge › Free › 617.661.1515 or

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KEVIN CULLEN, SHELLEY MURPHY, AND ROBIN YOUNG › Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice discussion › 6 pm › Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge › $5 › 617.876.6837 RASHID KHALIDI › Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East discussion › 8 pm › First Parish Church of Cambridge, 3 Church St., Cambridge › Free › DOMENICA RUTA › With or Without You reading › 7 pm › Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline › Free › 617.566.6660 or


KEVIN CULLEN AND SHELLEY MURPHY › Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice discussion › 7 pm › Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline › Free › 617.730.2380 SHEREEN EL FEKI › Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World reading › 7 pm › Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St, Cambridge › Free › 617.491.2220 or LILLIAN FADERMAN › My Mother’s Wars reading › 7 pm › Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline › Free › 617.566.6660 or MEGAN MARSHALL › Margaret Fuller: A New American Life reading › 7 pm › Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge › Free › 617.661.1515 or

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AXELLE FINE ARTS › 617.450.0700 › 91 Newbury St, Boston › › Daily 10 am-6 pm › March 9-April 7: Hollis Dunlap: “Illuminations” › Reception March 9: 6-8 pm ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART › 413.658.1100 › 125 West Bay Rd, Amherst › › Mon-Fri 10 am–4 pm; Sat 10 am–5 pm; Sun noon–5 pm › $7; $5 students › March 12-Sept 1: “The Art of Eric Carle: Feathers, Fins, and Fur” MOBIUS › 617.638.0022 › 55 Norfolk St, Cambridge › › Thurs 5-8 pm; Sat-Sun noon-5 pm › March 10-31: Margaret Bellafiore: “The New Earth” NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM › 413.298.4100 › 9 Rte 183, Stockbridge › › Nov through April, 10 am-4 pm and weekends 10 am-5 pm › Admission $16; $14.50 seniors; $10 students with ID; $5 for kids and teens 6 to 18; free for ages 5 and under › March 9-May 5: Istvan Banyai: “Stranger in a Strange Land”


ARS LIBRI › 617.357.5212 › 500 Harrison Ave, Boston › › Mon-Fri 10 am-6 pm; Sat 11 am-5 pm › Through March 30: Bruce Davidson: “Witness” ARSENAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS › 617.923.0100 › 321 Arsenal St, Watertown › › Tues-Sun noon-6 pm › Through April 5: Margot Stage and Linda Hoffman: “Shiroito” ATHAN’S CAFÉ ART GALLERY, BRIGHTON › 617.783.0313 › 407 Washington St, Brighton › › Daily 8 am-10 pm › Through March 31: “Common Art” ATHAN’S CAFÉ ART GALLERY, BROOKLINE › 617.734.7028 › 1621 Beacon St, Brookline › › SunThurs 8 am-10 pm; Fri-Sat 8 am-11 pm › Through March 31: Ruth LaGue: “Vanishing Perspectives” BEEHIVE › 617.423.0069 › 541 Tremont St, Boston › › 5 pm-2 am › March 12: “Sting! 14: Future Futurist” BOSTON ATHENÆUM › 617.227.0270 › 10-1/2 Beacon St, Boston › bostonathenaeum. org › Mon 9 am-8 pm; Tues-Fri 9 am-5:30 pm; Sat 9 am-4 pm › Through Aug 3: “Brilliant Beginnings: The Athenaeum and the Museum in Boston” BOSTON CYBERARTS GALLERY › 617.290.5010 › 141 Green St, Jamaica Plain › › Fri-Sun 11 am-6 pm › Through April 14: Rob Gonsalves, Victor Liu, and Anthony Montuor: “The Game’s Afoot: Video Game Art” BOSTON SCULPTORS GALLERY › 617.482.7781 › 486 Harrison Ave, Boston › › Wed-Sun noon–6 pm › Through April 7: Joseph Wheelwright: “Roots” › Through April 7: Rosalyn Driscoll: “Water Over Fire” BRICKBOTTOM GALLERY › 617.776.3410 › 1 Fitchburg St, Somerville › brickbottomartists. com › Thurs-Sat noon–5 pm › Through April 13: Clara Lieu and Carolyn Marsden: “Control” BROMFIELD GALLERY › 617.451.3605 › 450 Harrison Ave, Boston › bromfieldgallery. com › Wed-Sat noon-5 pm › Through March 30: Kathleen Volp: “Within These Walls” BSA SPACE › 617.391.4039 › Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress St, Boston › bsaspace. org › Daily 10 am-6 pm › Through May 31: “Design Biennial Boston” CAC GALLERY › 617.349.4380 › 344 Broadway, Cambridge › › Mon 8:30 am-8 pm; Tues-Thurs 8:30 am-5 pm; Fri 8:30 am-noon › Through June 21: “AlMutanabbi Street Starts Here” CHASE YOUNG GALLERY › 617.859.7222 › 450 Harrison Ave, Boston › chaseyounggallery.


Dina Kantor’s Andre, Helsinki, 2006 is on view at the New England School of Photography as part of her show “Finnish & Jewish” now through this April 12. com › Tues-Sat 11 am-6 pm; Sun 11 am-4 pm › Through March 31: Rob Douglas: “Call of the Cinote” COPLEY SOCIETY OF ART › 617.536.5049 › 158 Newbury St, Boston › copleysociety. org › Tues-Sat 11 am-6 pm; Sun noon-5 pm › Through April 13: “Pictures at an Exhibition” › Through April 19: “24th Annual Student Show” › Through April 25: “Co›So Artists’ Small Works: Sterling” › Through April 25: “Winter Members’ Show 2013: Elemental” DESIGN INNOVATION GALLERY › 617.443.0100 › 63 Melcher St, Boston › designinnovationgallery › Call for hours › Through March 31: “Street Seats Design Challenge” DISTILLERY GALLERY › 978.270.1904 › 516 East Second St, Boston › distilleryboston. com › Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm › Through April 18: “The Rally” 808 GALLERY › 617.358.0922 › 808 Comm Ave, Boston › › Tues-Sun 1-5 pm › Through April 20: “Alternative Visions / Sustainable Futures” GALATEA FINE ART › 617.542.1500 › 460B Harrison Ave, Boston › › Wed-Fri noon-6 pm; Sat-Sun noon-5 pm › Through March 31: Jenny Lai Olsen: “Suddenly Pink” › Through March 31: Ruth Segaloff: “Lest We Forget” › Through March 31: Steve Barylick: “Sensate Focus” GALLERY AT ATLANTIC WHARF › › 290 Congress St, Boston › › Daily 7 am-10 pm › Through March 22: Daniel Feldman, Stefanie Klavens, and Lynn Saville: “The Space in Between” GOLD GALLERY › 857.239.8972 › 655 Tremont St, Boston › › Wed-Sat noon-7 pm; Sun noon-5 pm › Through March 17: Michael Costello: “Boxers & Ballerinas” GRIFFIN MUSEUM BY DIGITAL SILVER IMAGING › 617.489.0035 › 4 Clarendon St, Boston › › Tues-Wed + Fri 11 am- 6 pm; Thurs 11 am-7 pm; Sat noon- 5 pm › Through March 24: John Hirsch: “And Again: Photographs from the Harvard Forest” HALEY HOUSE BAKERY CAFE › 617.445.0900 › 12 Dade St, Roxbury › › Mon-Wed + Fri 7:30 am-4 pm; Thurs 7:30 a m-9 pm; Sat 9 am-3 pm › Through April 26: Eric “POPS” Esteves: “Hideous Beauty” JP ART MARKET › 617.522.1729 › 36 South St, Jamaica Plain › › WedThurs 2-7 pm; Fri 12:30-7:30 pm; Sat 11:30

am-8 pm; Sun 11:30 am-6 pm › Through March 31: “Hanged” LINCOLN ARTS PROJECT › › 289 Moody St, Waltham › › WedFri 4-9 pm; Sat 2-8 pm › Through March 30: Bill Dunlap: “Paint Job” › Through March 30: Courtney McKenna and Mallory April Biggins: “Hush” MILLS GALLERY AT BOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS › 617.426.8835 › 539 Tremont St, Boston › › Wed + Sun noon-5 pm; Thurs-Sat noon-9 pm › Through April 7: “Me Love You Long Time (MLYLT)” MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER › 617.577.1400 › 41 Second St, Cambridge › › Mon-Fri 10:30 am-6 pm › Through April 5: Lucy Cobos: “Impressions of the Voyageur” › Through April 8: Alexandra Rozenman: “Transplanted” NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY › 617.437.1868 › 537 Comm Ave, Boston › › Mon + Wed + Fri 9 am-5 pm; Sat 10 am-4 pm › Through April 12: Dina Kantor: “Finnish & Jewish” OGO GALLERY › › 405 Centre St, Jamaica Plain › › Wed-Sun 2-7 pm › Through March 15: “TENFOLD” OLD SCHWAMB MILL › 781.643.0554 › 17 Mill Ln, Arlington › › Tues + Sat 11 am-3 pm › Through March 16: Emily Garfield, John Maciejowski, Ann Salk Rosenberg, and Regina Valluzzi: “Driven to Abstraction” PHOTOGRAPHIC RESOURCE CENTER AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY › 617.975.0600 › 832 Comm Ave, Boston › › Tues-Fri 10 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun noon-4 pm › Through March 23: “The Doors of Perception: Vision and Innovation in Alternative Processes” ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY › 617.267.7997 › 38 Newbury St, Boston › › Tues-Fri 10 am–5:30 pm; Sat 11 am–5 pm › Through March 30: Bruce Davidson: “Witness” ROMULA ART GALLERY › 617.227.2071 › 27 Fleet St, Boston › › WedSun noon-8 pm › Through March 15: Edgardo Gonzalez: “Art inspired by a passion for fashion” SPOKE GALLERY › 617.268.6700 › 110 K St, Boston › › Wed-Fri noon-5 pm › Through March 16: “HERE” WASHINGTON STREET ART CENTER › 617.623.5315 › 321 Washington St, Somerville › › Sat noon-4 pm › Through March 30: Marissa Falco: “Love Letters :: Messages Received”

CAPE COD MUSEUM OF ART › 508.385.4477 › 60 Hope Ln, Dennis › › Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm; Thurs 10 am-8 pm; Sun noon-5 pm; Call for winter hours › Admission $8; free for ages under 18; admission by donation Thurs › Through March 10: Edward Smith: “Avian Dreams” › Through March 17: “Patrick Blackwell and Friends: Twelve Years of Drawing Together” › Through April 7: “Skid Row: Paintings of Life on the Streets by Frank Chike Anigbo” DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM › 781.259.8355 › 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln › › Wed-Fri 10 am-4 pm; Sat-Sun 10 am-5 pm › Admission $14; $12 seniors; $10 students and youth ages 13 and up; free to children under 12 › Through April 21: “AMONG FROM WITH ANDREW WITKIN: PLATFORM 11” › Through April 21: “PAINT THINGS: beyond the stretcher” › Through April 21: “Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now” › Through Oct 1: “PLATFORM 10: Dan Peterman” HARVARD ART MUSEUMS › 617.495.9400 › 485 Broadway, Cambridge › › Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm › Admission $9; $7 seniors; $6 students › Through June 1: “In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art” › Through June 1: “Re-View” INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART › 617.478.3100 › 100 Northern Ave, Boston › › Tues-Wed + Sat-Sun 10 am–5 pm; Thurs-Fri 10 am–9 pm › Admission $15; $10 students, seniors; free for ages under 17; free after 5 pm on Thurs › Through April 7: Mickalene Thomas › Through April 7: Ragnar Kjartansson: “Song” MASSACHUSETTS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART › 413.662.2111 › 87 Marshall St, North Adams › › Wed-Mon 11 am–5 pm › Admission $15; $11 students; $5 ages 6-16; free for ages 5 and under › Through April 1: “Oh, Canada” › Through May 28: “Curiosity” MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS › 617.267.9300 › 465 Huntington Ave, Boston › › MonTues + Sat-Sun 10 am-4:45 pm; Wed-Fri 10 am-9:45 pm › Admission $22; $20 students, seniors; free for ages 7-17 and under during non-school hours [otherwise $10]; free for ages 6 and under › Through March 31: Daniel Rich: “Platforms of Power” › Through April 14: “The Postcard Age: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection” › Through May 12: Cézanne: “The Large Bathers” › Through June 16: “Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Royalty on Paper” › Through June 16: Mario Testino: “British Royal Portraits” › Through June 23: “Divine Depictions: Korean Buddhist Paintings” › Through July 7: “Art of the White Mountains” › Through July 21: “Triumph of the Winter Queen” › Through Sept 8: Bruce Davidson: “East 100th Street” › Through Sept 8: “Chinese Lacquer 1200–1800” › Through Oct 14: Loïs Mailou Jones › Through June 1: “Jewels, Gems, and Treasures: Ancient to Modern” PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM › 978.745.9500 › 161 Essex St, Salem › › Tues-Sun and Mon holidays 10 am-5 pm › Admission $15; $13 seniors; $11 students; free for ages 16 and under › Through May 27: “FreePort [No. 005]: Michael Lin” › Through May 27: “Natural Histories: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth” ROSE ART MUSEUM AT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY › 781.736.3434 › 415 South St, Waltham › › Tues-Sun noon-5 pm › Admission $3 › Through June 9: Ed Ruscha: “Standard” › Through June 9: “On the Matter of Abstraction (figs. A & B)” › Through June 9: Sam Jury: “Coerced Nature” › Through June 9: Walead Beshty: “Untitled”

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Clearing the air with strong Lungs at new rep Lungs may not take your breath away, but it’s an intelligent juggernaut of a comedy about sex, trust, and just how many people ought to be allowed to blow carbon into Earth’s moribund atmosphere. British writer Duncan Macmillan’s 90-minute play is a stripped-down affair played out on a bare wood stage, backed by what look like lit-up tree roots, on which a man and a woman (dubbed M and W) consider whether to have a child when the planet is headed for the dumpster. The conversation begins in line at IKEA, which tells us all we need to know about these educated thirtysomethings, and then intensifies through several philosophic bouts and emotional crises before skipping 40 or 50 years to arrive at a tender coda. M is a likeable,

two characters desperate to have their cake and preserve the planet too, Lungs manages the neat trick of being both predictable and surprising. It is also drolly and sensitively acted by Nael Nacer and Liz Hayes. Casually if hiply costumed by Emily Woods Hogue, they alternately circle and cling to each other, capturing the piquant needs as well as the endless over-thinking of these two environmentally conscious babes in the woods. Nacer’s M at first seems the nicer of the two, then surprises by proving somewhat waffling about where his heart goes. But Hayes shrinks from neither W’s abrasive, myopic intensity nor her fierce heart. Lungs, of course, come in pairs, and it would be hard to get a better one than this. _Carolyn Clay » CClay@phx.C om

LUNGS :: Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box Theater, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown :: Through March 10 :: $36 :: 617.923.8487 or

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doG sees God: CoNFessioNs oF a TeeNaGe bloCKHead › Happy Medium Theatre presents Bert V. Royal’s unauthorized parody of Charles Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts. Michael Underhill stars as CB (Charlie Brown), who spirals into an existential depression after his dog dies. Lizette M. Morris directs. › March 14-30 › Factory Theatre at the Piano Factory, 791 Tremont St, Boston › $18-$20;

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$15-$17 students, seniors › 617.817.6600 or lysisTraTa › Leslie Drescher stars in Aristophanes’s classical Greek comedy about a fictional protest against the Peloponnesian War. According to the protest’s terms, all of the women of both Greece and Sparta refuse to have sex with anyone until the men of the two nations agree to end their war. John Deschene directs the Theatre@First staging. › March 14-23 › Unity Church of God, 6 William St, Somerville › $15; $12 students, seniors › 888.874.7554 or operaTioN epsiloN › The Nora Theatre Company stages the world premiere of Alan Brody’s new play, which Catalyst

Collaborative@MIT recently performed as a staged reading. Andy Sandberg directs the production of this drama about the end of World War II and America’s interrogation of Hitler’s “Uranium Club” about Germany’s plan to make an atomic bomb. › March 7– April 28 › Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $15-$45 › 866.811.4111 or a raisiN iN THe sUN › Huntington Theatre Company presents Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 classic drama about a struggling African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago and yearning for a better life. Liesl Tommy directs. › March 7–April 7 › Boston University Theatre,

264 Huntington Ave, Boston › $30-$95 › 617.266.0800 or soCial CreaTUres › Trinity Rep stages the world premiere of this new dramedy by Jackie Sibblies Drury about “what possibly lies ahead for us at the end of the road.” Curt Columbus directs. › March 14–April 21 › Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence › $44-$58 › 401.351.4242 or


ClyboUrNe parK › M. Bevin O’Gara directs the SpeakEasy staging of Bruce Norris’s biting political comedy written in response

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laid-back musician not unwilling to hang up his guitar to become a corporate cog; W is his more tightly wound girlfriend who is pursuing a PhD. And in Bridget Kathleen O’Leary’s expressive staging for New Repertory Theatre, their exchanges — which include some badgering arias of contradictory cogitation for her — are so rich in body badinage that Macmillan’s description of his play as “something between a stand-up comedy, a dance piece, and a wrestling match” seems apt. Certainly, the global quandaries batted around by M and W are enormous (their enormity vividly commented upon), yet the play remains grounded in less-heady matters, among them fidelity and semantics. And as the moral high ground shifts between

to Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun. Norris’s play includes scenes that take place before and after the plot of Hansberry’s work, casting a new light on the story and transforming it into a commentary on race, real estate, and gentrification. › Through March 30 › Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston › $25-$52 › 617.933.8600 or disTaNT mUsiC › James McLindon’s Cambridge-set play about a talkative Irish barkeep named Dev, his regular customer Connor, and Connor’s longtime crush, the now-married Maeve. Michael Ryan Buckley, Thomas Kee, and Sarah Newhouse play the parts, respectively, in Weylin Symes’s Stoneham Theatre staging. › Through March 10 › Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St, Stoneham › $44-$48 › 781.279.2200 or FraNK mCCoUrT’s THe irisH aNd HoW THey GoT THaT Way › Angela’s Ashes it’s not. But neither is this revue with text by Frank McCourt, first produced in the immediate wake of his Pulitzer-winning success, a thing for the ash heap. Its abbreviated history of the Irish and Irish-American experience is by necessity rudimentary and partisan, with the potato, the hooch, and abuses by the English taking pride of place. But the heart of the piece is its catalogue of Irish tunes, from the inevitable “Danny Boy” and “Finnegan’s Wake” to U2’s “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” spiritedly rendered here by a cast of six versatile singer/ instrumentalists. The voices are unadorned and pretty, and it’s a pleasure to hear them in a small space without amplification. “We are the music makers,” the text declares. And though there are certainly songbirds of other ethnicities, this sextet does nothing to disprove that assertion. › Through March 10 › Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm Street, Somerville › $39-$42 › 800.660.8462 or davissquaretheatre. com THe Glass meNaGerie › Tony winner John Tiffany’s tender and moody revival of Tennessee Williams’s timeless Depressionset “memory play” for American Repertory Theater appears suspended in a somber universe. Williams’s paean to fragility and endurance offers a poignant if sardonic portrait of a writer in the painful making — and of that immortal if antiquated Southern Tiger Mom whose time was crumbling even as she lived and loved it. Amanda is essayed here by erstwhile ART leading lady Cherry Jones, but the two-time Tony winner, doggedly charming in her antebellum tatters, is but first among equals. Zachary Quinto is a brooding if quicksilver Tom, his sad fondness for his damaged sister palpable. As Laura, who literally slides in and out of the play through the couch cushions, Celia Keenan-Bolger is a trembling whiff of a girl fiercely trying to come out of her shell. And Brian J. Smith is all bonhomie and compromised dreams as the Gentleman Caller. › Through March 17 › Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge › $25-$55 › 617.547.8300 or THe Good persoN oF seTZUaN › Fort Point Theater Channel presents Kelly Chick, Alan Sevigny, and Jeff Marcus in the Tony Kushner adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s play about love, money, and politics, written during the rise of fascism in Europe. Christie Lee Gibson directs the staging, which will feature music composed by Nick Thorkelson, performed by a four-piece band. › Through March 9 › Fort Point Theatre Channel, 10 Channel Center St, Boston › $9-$18 › 617.423.1273 or THe loVer › McCaela Donovan, Joe Short, and Juan C. Rodriguez star in Bridge Repertory Theater’s debut production. Shana Gozansky directs this Harold Pinter one-act about an unusual love triangle. › Through March 17 › Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for

the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston › $25; $15 students › 617.933.8600 or bridgerepofboston. com middleToWN › Will Eno’s two-act meditation on birth, death, and the lonely in-between is set in the nondescript burg of the title and written in utterances both random and poetic. The play proper delights as an absurdist flight of fancy taking off from Our Town, the denizens of Middletown placing their anxieties and wonderments like dollops of ice cream atop the cake of ordinary life. But despite all the birth, death, and strange encounters going on, Middletown starts to flatline. Mary (the only character who is part of a couple but whose husband is never home) and a depressive handyman named John get more stage time than the quirkier characters, and in the second act, the metaphors get as literal as the furnishings. Moreover, Doug Lockwood’s production for Actors’ Shakespeare Project, though well acted by a cast hovering between the sincere and the surreal, is too anchored in dingy realism to capture the heightened, even magical elements of the work. › Through March 10 › YMCA Theatre, 820 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $28-$50 › 866.811.4111 or mildred FierCe › James M. Cain meets George M. Cohan in Mildred Fierce, Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans’ hoofing hoot of a riff on the 1945 Joan Crawford film based on Cain’s novel about a greedy, artsy Bad Seed and her self-flagellating, if moneymaking, martyr mom. Who knew that what Mildred Pierce needed were song, dance, and the multi-talented Varla Jean Merman (Jeffery Roberson), as formidable — if not quite as masculine — a femme as Crawford? The combination of hard boil and soft-shoe in this Orphans extravaganza is irresistible — as are the twinkling city lights and architectural miniatures of Amelia Gossett and Lauren Duffy’s movie-poster-papered set, Scott Martino’s endless array of big-shouldered, cinch-waisted, Crawford-worthy costumes, and the spirited tap routines choreographed by Delta Miles (including a bankruptcy number featuring dancing vultures). Parodist Landry lives at the intersection of Old Hollywood and film noir, and the Orphans are so droll and energetic in this one that the real Crawford would have wanted to adopt them. Just hold the coat hangers — they might damage the sequins. › Through March 17 › Machine, 1254 Boylston St, Boston › $40-$50 › 800.838.3006 or red › Merrimack Rep takes on John Logan’s Tony Award-winning, semi-biographical play about abstract expressionist Mark Rothko and his quest to finish his greatest commission yet. Charles Towers directs. › Through March 10 › Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell › $15-$35 › 978.654.4678 or sToNes iN His poCKeTs › Lyric Stage Company bills this Marie Jones comedy as “the madcap story of a rural Irish village turned upside down” by the arrival of a Hollywood film crew. The work features Daniel Berger-Jones and Phil Tayler playing roughly a dozen parts: extras, movie stars, women, children, parents, teachers, and one callous British director. The play piles punch lines high through the first act, only to deliver a walloping emotional blow just before the intermission break. Stones ends up delivering an increasingly heavy message in its second half (rewards in life often go to the less deserving), but it’s padded with a cushy layer of physical humor and moved forward by smart, sincere dialogue. And just when the device of two actors playing a whole town begins to get a little tiring, the play gracefully buoys itself up to a joyful conclusion that feels earned. Courtney O’Connor directs. › Through March 16 › Lyric Stage Company, 140 Clarendon St, Boston › $25-$58 › 617.585.5678 or


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The TV ads ThaT oVerThrew a regime many say ThaT poliTical rheToric in the The actual filmmaker here, director Pablo Larrain, mainstream media is dead. NO purports to perform defiantly shoots the movie in low-definition video, the autopsy. complete with color blurs and soft detail. It’s a stunt, but It’s 1988 in Chile, and American-backed General it’s not without purpose: a surprising portion of the film Pinochet is facing international pressure — his is archival footage, and it’s cut into the narrative with government’s policy of constant abduction and impressive continuity. You’d never know that Larrain torture have turned the people against didn’t stage every second. He lets the +++1/2 him. His cabinet sets up a plebiscite that broadcasts and advertisements take over, will allow citizens to vote “Yes” or “No” showing us in meticulous detail how René no on whether Pinochet should remain in took an oppressed people’s first chance at Directed by Pablo power. With half the population frozen by free speech, corrupted it into something Larrain :: Written by Pedro Peirano and fear and the other half mired in apathy, resembling a soda commercial, and won out Antonio Skármeta :: the regime’s victory seems assured. for the greater good all the same. With Gael García Bernal, Enter René (Gael García Bernal), an ad Larrain plays the ensuing success Alfredo Castro, Luis man assigned to help the “No” campaign, on two levels, contrasting the uplifting Gnecco, Antonia Zegers, Marcial Tagle, Néstor which has 15 minutes of TV time nightly human-rights victory with the cynicism of Cantillana, and Jaime to plead its case to the people. The the game plan that was needed to achieve Vadell initial videos are painfully solemn, full it. In this way, it recalls recent Hollywood of statistics, depictions of brutality, and hits Argo and Lincoln. As Affleck did with Sony Pictures Classics :: 118 minutes outrage. They’re honest. They’re also, Argo, Larrain takes a Costa-Gavras–style René whines, “a drag.” procedural script and turns it into a thrilling potboiler. So René decides to take the politics out of the And, like Lincoln, NO suggests that “the common people” political programming. He starts broadcasting “We aren’t smart enough to be progressive: they have to be Are the World”–type music videos. He pulls the judges, duped into voting for their best interests. commentators, and pundits representing the “No” There’s a great scene in Taxi Driver where Cybill campaign off the air. And he begins to use MTV-style Shepherd says that selling a political candidate is like editing techniques, replacing direct messages with “selling mouthwash.” Here’s a movie about a man who abstract feelings. In other words, he stops being an realizes that. _Jak e Mulli gan activist and becomes a filmmaker. 64 03.08.13 :: THEPHOENIX.COM/ARTS

TribuTe The singer from a tribute band gets called in to front the band he’s been paying tribute to and gets a taste of real-life rock-and-roll glamour and decadence. Sounds like a great setup for a movie, and indeed it was: 2001’s Rock Star (based on the story of Tim “Ripper” Owens, the tribute singer who joined Judas Priest) was a revealing little rock flick, with enough backstage glimpses to make it a good contact buzz even for non-Priest fans. Because Judas Priest broke the ice, it wasn’t big news when Journey turned to YouTube to find Manila native Arnel Pineda, who replaced Steve Perry as lead singer in 2008 (Yes and Styx made similar moves). So this film is basically a non-fictionalized Rock Star — but less fun because, well, it’s Journey. There’s no sex or drugs, just a lot of professionalism. Pineda proves early on that he ++ can handle Don’t Stop the task of sounding Believin’: just like Steve everyMan’S Perry, and Journey that’s it for Directed by suspense. Ramona S. Diaz The rest is :: With Journey [Arnel Pineda, more about Neal Schon, Pineda’s Jonathan Cain, personal story Ross Valory, and than about Deen Castronovo] the band, and Docurama Films :: though it’s an 105 minutes admirable tale (he grew up in a broken home and is now happily married after a divorce and a bout with drinking), it isn’t all that interesting. Fans of Journey’s music are likely to lose patience, since the band play only one complete song, at the very end. There is, however, one backstage scene where Pineda meets up with Jason Scheff, better known for two decades as the guy who replaced Peter Cetera in Chicago, and it’s a priceless bit of replacement bonding. _Brett Mi lano

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+++ DEAD MAN DOWN › Following the stunning success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev makes his Englishlanguage bow with this bleak film noir that values character over tension. Set in lower Manhattan, it stars Colin Farrell as Victor, a gangster working under a sadistic crime boss, Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard). Victor endures the abuse because he seeks revenge for Hoyt’s involvement in the murder of his wife and daughter. Meanwhile, Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), who lives next door, complicates matters, blackmailing Victor into killing the drunk driver responsible for scarring her face. J.H. Wyman’s nuanced screenplay offers complex characters expertly played by Farrell and Rapace, who are well supported by Isabelle Huppert, F. Murray Abraham, Armand Assante, and Dominic Cooper. At times their inner lives bog down the pacing, but Oplev delivers a movie that easily outdoes his wildly overrated Dragon Tattoo and is tonally precise and brimming with humanity. › 118m › Boston Common + Fenway + suburbs _Jordan Riefe +++ FAR FROM AFGHANISTAN › A contemporary mirror of 1967’s multidirector lefty-agitprop masterpiece Far from Vietnam, this omnibus epic plumbs the American quagmire in Central Asia from the aesthetic viewpoints of five western filmmakers assembled by John Gianvito (who also contributes a segment), plus a cadre of Afghan locals called Afghan Voices.

++1/2 OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL › Sam Raimi nearly overcomes the unenviable burden of revisiting a classic by delivering dazzling footage, but not so the performances. Dorothy Gale is yet to be born when carnival magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) journeys over the rainbow to assume control of Emerald City. Franco stumbles in this role; his contemporary touches are jarring. Mila Kunis bewitches as Theodora, but is out of her depth when her character transforms into the Wicked Witch of the West. Ten years ago, Rachel Weisz would have owned that role, but she’s stuck playing Theodora’s older sister Evanora. And if this seems more Tim Burton than Sam Raimi, thank production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland), who melds art deco and art nouveau, and frequent Burton collaborator Danny Elfman, who contributes the incandescent score. Oz the Great and Powerful isn’t great, nor is it powerful, but it is competent and entertaining. › 123m › Boston Common + Fenway + suburbs _Jordan Riefe The irony of the title is a given, but contrasting American consumer privilege and life in the weeds of Afghanistan is just one of the approaches taken. The film also offers a mosaic of satellite images of village bombings, copious first-person interviews, grunt’s-eye-view battle footage, visits to a hospital and a prosthetic-limb outfitter, and so on. Less Marxist than its predecessor, it benefits from Gianvito’s gimlet-eyed patience, and suffers from the other participants’ sanctimony, but it remains something of a definitive statement on a runaway global


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disaster. The Vietnam film will screen the following evening for a then-and-now look at contrasts in political commitment. › 129m › Harvard Film Archive › March 10 @ 7pm _Michael Atkinson +++ GREEDY LYING BASTARDS › Not just another environmental movie about how we’re killing our planet and ourselves, Craig Scott Rosebraugh’s documentary focuses on the political manipulation of the debate, both nationally and around the world. It starts out, like many imitations of An Inconvenient Truth, with hackle-

raising stories of communities eaten by wildfires and island nations swallowed by rising sea levels. But with animated infographics tying Koch Industries to just about every anti-EPA effort, Rosebraugh names the names of those in the antiscientific community nurtured by FOX News and lobbyists. I was disappointed to see the filmmaker in front of the camera Spurlock-style, but I admired his covert crash of a shareholder’s meeting for a big oil company. Condensed and to the point, the film gets its message out and includes a three-step guide on how to get involved. › 89m › Coolidge Corner _Monica Castillo +1/2 JACK THE GIANT SLAYER › Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a farm boy dreams of adventure, finds it, and falls in love with a princess along the way. (For everyone’s sake, let’s just hope she’s not his sister.) Leading our hero on his journey to rescue her royal highness (Eleanor Tomlinson) is Obi-Wan Kenobi — err, Ewan McGregor — in his role as head of the King’s Guard. As for our hero, his name’s Jack (Nicholas Hoult, showing less life than as the zombie he plays in Warm Bodies), and he’s harboring a bag of magic beans with “the power to change the world.” Yes, that Jack. He’s off to slay some giants — first and foremost General Fallon and his lieutenants: Fee, Fye, Foe and Fumm. Fallon’s motion-capture and vocal performance is provided by Bill Nighy (well, for one of his heads), the actor behind Pirates of the Caribbean’s superior Davy Jones, which only serves to accentuate the shoddy effects work on display in 3D in director Bryan Singer’s colossal stumble. › 114m › Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + suburbs _Brett Michel 1/2 THE LAST EXORCISM PART II › You probably thought you’d never miss the found-footage gimmick, but at least The Last Exorcism (2010) did a few interesting things within the genre tropes, including a twist ending that added evil cult doings, along with some kind of demonic birth in the woods. Ed Gass-Donnelly’s follow-up is the afterbirth, and it’s one hell of a mess. Now that the shaky-cam nonsense has been left behind, what remains are textureless, overlit, sub-TV-quality visuals that only accentuate the fact that our protagonist, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell), is at least a decade older than the 17-year-old exorcised sect-escapee that she’s playing.


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• Raoul Ruiz Made while he 8 was dying, Raoul Ruiz’s final film, Night Across the Street (2012), epitomizes the themes he explored in the hundred-plus films of his career, and serves as a surreal affirmation of the power of cinema and the imagination. An ailing office worker reminisces about his hallucinatory past — involving unlikely encounters with Beethoven, Long John Silver, and assorted phantasms — and opens a labyrinth of cryptic, interconnected narratives. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge :: March 8-10 :: tonight @ 5 pm + 7:15 pm + 9:30 pm :: $9:75; $7.75 students; $6.75 seniors :: 617.876.6837 or FRI

• Belmont WoRlD Film FeStiVal A festival nestled in a sleepy suburb has grown into one of the area’s best-programmed and most rewarding film events. 11 Now in its 12th year, the Belmont World Film Festival, which runs through April 29, opens tonight with Argentinean director Sebastián Borensztein’s Chinese Take-Away (2011). In it, a reclusive Buenos Aires oddball whose hobby is collecting bizarre news stories uncharacteristically helps out a stranded Chinese stranger. Lotte Buiting, a Harvard doctoral candidate specializing in Latin American literature and cinema, is the guest speaker. And for those who want a real taste of world cinema (for an extra $12), the screening is preceded at 6 pm by a reception serving Chinese food and Argentinean wines. Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont :: 7:30 pm :: $11; $9 students, seniors :: 617.484.3980 or



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Frank (Muse Watson), the head of the drunk, in an extended lift from Weekend halfway house where she’s reintegrating at Bernie’s. But before passing out, he into society, tells her, “I don’t believe in stands atop a bar, drops trou, and pisses demons, but I do believe in evil. It’s done all over the patrons. I know how they feel. by people.” Yes, people like Gass-Donnelly › 93m › Boston Common + Fenway + and his co-writer, Damien Chazelle. Fresh Pond + suburbs _Brett Michel ++1/2 YOSSI › A decade after Yossi & Wait — the talented Harvard grad behind Jagger, filmmaker Eytan Fox returns Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench? Now to see how his character is getting on. that is evil! › 88 min › Boston Common + When last we saw Yossi, he had finally Fenway + Fresh Pond + suburbs _Brett admitted to his partner that he loved Michel + 21 AND OVER › As one of the him. Unfortunately, it was just Asian stereotypes in this hitas Jagger, his comrade in the or-(mostly)-miss comedy Israeli military, was dying. moRe mo from writer/directors Jon Equally unfortunate was Fox’s V ie S! FOR MORe Lucas and Scott Moore direction and roughshod RevIeWS says, “Fuck kids these days. video cinematography. OF FILMS IN THeATeRS Every one of you is drunk, Yossi’s stuck — he remains THIS WeeK, gO closeted and repressed — stupid, and fat.” In other TO THe pHOeNIx.CO but Fox has graduated words, they’re following M/ from amateur to modest the beats of The Hangover, MOvIeS professional. His quiet eye which Lucas and Moore also follows his subject around as he co-wrote. It’s not theft if you’re spurns romantic advances, scours stealing from yourself, right? the net for hook-ups, and meets a But then, they’re also borrowing crew of soldiers not unlike the ones he from Ferris Bueller’s playbook, except commanded 10 years earlier. Fox hardly neither Casey (Skylar Astin) nor Miller breaks new ground — this is a standard (Miles Teller) have the personality or bildungsroman; the most distinctive shot timing of Matthew Broderick. Back is stolen wholesale from the obviously in high school, they were part of a influential Before Sunset. But he lights the triumvirate of friends, but college split scenes well, frames shots competently, them up. Now, to mark the 21st birthday and moves things along at an enjoyable of third bud Jeff Chang (Justin Chon), pace. Maybe with another 10 years, he’ll they reunite to take their pre-med pal develop a voice. › 84m › Kendall Square out for “just one beer.” Uh huh. Jeff _Jake Mulligan spends the remainder of the film dead



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he best parts of South by Southwest are the unexpected. Sure, you can Tnever wait in a line for three hours to see Jesus & Mary Chain in a club you’re getting into, or you can accidentally stumble into a room somewhere

off Sixth Street and see something new. Here’s a loose roadmap to six bands and artists we hope to inadvertently come across next week in Austin. HAIM, Los Angeles, California :: Three young sisters from the San Fernando Valley raised in a classic-rock-playing family band take us back to the ’80s halcyon days of Bret Easton Ellis immorality and protonew-wave pop intrigue, with dashes of modern dream-pop and postR&B thrown in. All Coreys, back off. MERCHANDISE, Tampa, Florida :: Already with a cult following and a phenomenal, possibly career-defining 11-minute song (“Become What You Are”) that was the best track of 2012, this ready-to-explode modern-rock band is making us rethink Florida. Vocalist Carson Cox has a mean neo-Morrissey thing going on, and their debut EP, Children of Desire, is emotive and passionate. METZ, Toronto, Canada :: Already dogged by Bleach-era Nirvana

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comparisons (what a shame), METZ’s unabashed noise-punk is augmented by one of the best live shows going. This ferocious trio, who dropped their debut LP for Sub Pop last year, are bound to leave Austin with tinnitus. PALMA VIOLETS, London, UK :: On the cover of a recent issue of NME after releasing just two songs, Palma Violets, with their gritty garage-rock swagger and catchy guitar-pop, are poised to become the next Libertines. Let’s hope they stay away from the smack. SAVAGES, London, UK :: There’s always a healthy obsession for late-’70s/ early-’80s post-punk revivalism these days, but this bat-caving female quartet have a black-clad bite that most contemporaries are afraid to approach. We’re not apologizing for comparing Jehnny Beth’s vocals to Siouxsie’s. TYING TIFFANY, Padua, Italy :: A former Suicide Girl who’s been releasing sinister electro singles since 2005, Tiffany darkens up the otherwise glossy girlsinging-electro-beats scene. Last year’s textured Dark Days White Nights was a synth-punk revelation, and 2013’s “One Second” is a throbbing single that steps out of darkwave shadows and into dance-pop’s growing mainstream. _MI CHAEL MAROTTA » MI CHAEL@PHX.COM


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TAME IMPALA’S NEW SURROUND SOUND WhEThER IT’S BRADfORD COx WITh Deerhunter, or Dan Snaith with Caribou, or Kevin Parker with Tame Impala, there must be something with this trend in sonic auteurs with cervine band names. Perhaps it’s an unconscious nod to the ’60s Beatles/Byrds axis of stylish, mind-expanding, nature-loving, drug-influenced pop music. Or perhaps there is a suggestion that music, much like Mother Nature herself, has a certain mysterious, sacred aspect that shouldn’t be completely quashed by modernity. Parker spent the past two years of his life in his hometown of Perth, Australia, creating Lonerism (Modular Recordings) in a bedroom studio, the second record released under the Tame Impala moniker and so far the best. Underneath the moody, harmony-rich guitars and keys that swirl around in his UK-psychedeliainfluenced sound, fans of Parker’s music also can’t help but notice the unorthodox rhythms of Tame Impala’s drums. Played by the untrained Parker himself, Lonerism’s beats are rife with Keith Moon-like mid-measure fills, rolling more than rocking as they cascade from song to song, like waterfall on top of waterfall. “I’ll do a whole song on bass, guitar, and keys, and then just flail about for a few takes until I get something that I like,” he says. “[Drums] are just like any other instrument. You can’t fake expression with them.”


In a climate where even a lot of so-called psychedelic music is starting to sound the same, the boutique sonic details of Lonerism are reassuring. Sounds are filtered through the same prism of effects-processing, compression, and EQ that other similar artists are using, but with unusual results. The album has the playful sonic experimentation of early Pink Floyd and the pronounced, immaculate layering of ELO. It also has the primitive, take-it-easy cool of T. Rex (on “Elephant”) and the mournful melodicism of the pre-disco Bee Gees (“Feel Like We Only Go Backwards”). It all adds up to something Parker refers to nicely as “psychedelic soul” — where you get not only the fantastical trimmings, but also old-fashioned melodies underneath. The rubber meets the road on Lonerism’s opening track, “Be Above It” — the one song on the album that Parker recorded while living in France. A mantra-like song written to fortify his own perseverance, “Be Above It” is also Lonerism’s sole track based on a drum machine, not necessarily because it sounded good, but because, as he explains, “You can’t play drums in an apartment in Paris. You really can’t.” And what at first sounds like a loop of Parker saying “gotta be above it” sampled over the track is, according to the singer, really him saying it over and over again. An imitation of a tape loop? Imagine that. Sometimes nature imitates culture.

Singer-songwriter Kate Nash was recently named a Global Ambassador for the Because I Am a Girl initiative, which aims to give females in developing countries the opportunity for a better life. After talking about the endeavor with the 25-year-old Brit, however, it’s clear that music and her charity work — which also includes encouraging women to write music and play instruments — form a symbiotic relationship. “It is all part of the same bigger picture, in a way,” she says by phone from London. “I use my music as part of the same mission statement about inspiring people and finding that joy in life. I feel like I have this manifesto; I do loads of different things that all lean towards it.” That same women-empowering attitude permeates her third album, Girl Talk (INgrooves/Have 10p). Nash says she was going through “personal things” while KATE NASH +SUPERCUTE recording the record — a Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm confession Ave, Boston borne out by the album’s March 12 @ 6pm strident, :: All Ages :: $15 cathartic :: 617.562.8800 or and proudly feminist music, which dabbles in confessional girlgroup pop, lurching garage-punk, riot grrrl explosions, and noisy indie. “When you do go through difficult times, being creative is the best way to deal with it, because it’s not going to fuck you over,” she says. “A lot of people, when they get sad, go into negative shutdown and become destructive. And you can be destructive — via music. [Music] won’t bite you in the ass; it’ll support you and make you feel better.” _ANNI E ZALESKI » ANNI E@ANNI EZ .C OM


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ON HiS NEw REcORD On My Mind/In My Heart, the question is not if Jesse Dee can step up to the challenge of making authentic soul and R&B music in 2013, but rather how he goes about it. Like Manny Ramirez in the batter’s box, the singer/songwriter is elusive on the question of what goes through his head when he’s trying to do his thing. But instead of saying something like “I just go in there with my bat and don’t think of nothing,” he offers this: “What I’m trying to do is make real music, to write honest songs that people can connect to.” For Dee, it’s not about driving the sound forward, or hitting on all the period fixtures, or even staying true to the genre, but rather about what happens between one man, one microphone, and one crowd. While On My Mind/In My Heart (Alligator Records) has many elements of the best soul and R&B of the past — from the stirring vocals, always mixed up top, to the imposing horn charts and loosey-goosey guitar figures so often associated with the giants from RCA, Stax, Atlantic, and Hi Records — but in odd combinations. Consider the album’s opening one-two punch. “On My Hand, In My Heart” serves uptown Sam Cooke–styled syncopations over a New Orleans brew. It’s an authentic blend, but it never would have happened in soul’s heyday. “No Matter Where I Am” takes the genre apart and puts it back together again —


a guitar figure right out of the Steve Cropper playbook, some call-and-response from the baritone sax, the female back-up singers, and of course, Dee’s own reinforcing cornbread growl (à la Wilson Pickett). These hodgepodge but nonetheless convincing productions (recorded live, in analog and abetted by Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s Roll With You producer, Jack Younger) veer towards the sort of halcyon wholesomeness of such soul-revival tracks as John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” and away from the brute jadedness of Amy Winehouse. Dee might even be more positive than some of the singers he most seeks to emulate. “I’m not making music to be in a scene. It’s debatable if there is a soul and R&B scene in Boston,” says Dee in response to the idea that he has anyone to please other than himself. “The music that I’m playing or writing has to hold my interest first.” And when asked whether or not Dee feels like he has fallen down into a retro rabbit hole with his musical comrades, he blows off the suggestion as another unnecessary distraction. “I think [soul and R&B] has the potential to move and affect the largest span of people,” says Dee with a smile. “We don’t call Beethoven retro.”


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MAGIC MAN have been shrouded in mystery the past few years. they first surfaced out of providence in 2010 as a duo parked behind laptops on debut lp Real Life Color, sharing much dna with the likes of mGmt and passion pit. after relative silence since, they’re reborn as a full fivepiece band on bubbly new electronic pop single “paris,” a warm, engaging track that suggests an identity all their own. this week’s mix also features new material from VARY LUMAR and BEAR LANGUAGE, and closes with modern-rock upstarts BURGLARY YEARS, whom we fell in love with after they opened for beach Fossils last week. expect great things from them in 2013.

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Cult Records » In 2008, the Virgins were the sultans of sleaze: four post-Strokes caricatures masquerading as a band, soundtracking fashion week runways and NYC loft parties with their snot-nosed dance-rock. After a half-decade of semiobscurity, frontman Donald Cumming is redefining his band as the hipster sultans of swing. Influenced majorly by Dire Straits and other classic-rock vets, the Virgins have dialed down the trademark bubblegum glitz in favor of introspective country-rock, psychedelic balladry, and smoldering guitar sass — with Cumming crooning in an awkwardly deep, Mark Knopfler-esque rumble. The results are hit-or-miss. A sturdy disco pulse on “Prima Materia” (a rare stylistic nod to their debut) is marred by Cumming’s half-drunk vocal delivery, until its explosive criss-cross guitar coda. “The Beggar,” meanwhile, drifts by in an aimless, haggard haze. Strike Gently only perks up when the Virgins kick it old-school — like on “Flashbacks, Memories, and Dreams,” a delectable spread of hectic hi-hats and campy disco bass. Maturity — for Christ’s sake — be damned. _RYAN REED » RREED 6128@ H OT M A I L .C OM THE VIRGINS + HAR MAR SUPERSTAR :: T.T. The Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline Ave, Cambridge :: April 4:: 8:30 pm :: 18+ :: $12 :: 617.492.0082 or



Sacred Bones » The Men can’t figure out why so many people have imposed that “post-punk/rock savior” bullshit tag on them. They’re just a band, they insist; they didn’t realize that a name as authoritative as the Men makes a band look, well, definitive and self-important. Especially one as hard-hitting as this one. They probably picked the name in order to project as bland an image as possible and let the music speak for itself — oops! If you believe their album titles are sly attempts to subvert the Ramones (2011’s Leave Home now belongs to horror drones) and Madonna (last year’s Open Your Heart now encompasses New York Dolls, Sonic Youth, and the Replacements), they now sound even more like big-shot revisionists. New Moon is their most purposeful beast yet. You can’t just stumble into country-rock, you have to know your shit to make pretty guitar/bass/drum music without the benefit of laptopped texture. Their homage-rock has amazingly yet to cough up something resembling a memorable chorus you can sing. You remember their dimly recorded noise for the signposts, the genre shell games, the energy. The band’s best song ever is New Moon’s track two, “Half Angel Half Light,” a bracing punk tune with the prettiest acoustic guitar break you’ll hear all year. Less eclectic here than on Open Your Heart, the Men jam less and flirt with being more straightforward on the one-two slam of “The Brass” and single “Electric,” and on the harmonica-soaked explosion of “Without a Face.” Piece by piece they’re building a canon of meaningful rock and roll in the 2010s without, say, Hüsker Dü’s songwriting gifts. But by releasing one record each year that evolves from its predecessor, they’re getting closer and closer. _D A N W EIS S » K I S S O U T T H E JA M S @G MAIL. COM

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VARIOUS ARTISTS Taste of Savage: His Pupils Sing His Music [Arbutus] Sean Nicholas Savage is a prolific avant-pop singer-songwriter who is said to be influential within the underground community in Montreal. His lengthy and diverse discography includes at least nine records over the past five years, ranging from synth-oriented discopop to ’60s-inspired folk ballads — some marked by tape hiss, some

Sub Pop » Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Pissed Jeans present a curious contrast on their fourth LP. On one hand, the album is a dazed Frankenstein’s monster — the frantically paced “Health Plan” shows half-man, half-creature savagery. But there are hints of panic evident in songs like “Chain Worker,” as if hoards of angry townspeople are at their backs. Honeys also embodies the rage of the pitchfork-bearing mob out to kill the beast. The blistering lead track, “Bathroom Laughter,” seeks blood and sets a furious pace, whereas “Cafeteria Food” is recklessly confident, declaring, “I’m feeling like Jesus Christ, our Savior.” Pissed Jeans maintain a post-hardcore, pit-opening allegiance on Honeys, but sow doubt with more tempered tracks. “Loubs” focuses on hooks and serving shots of whiskey over espresso, whereas the aforementioned “Cafeteria Food” is sludgy. Four records deep, Pissed Jeans may have trimmed some heaviness, but they open space for discovery. _PERRY EATON » PERRY@A L L S T ON P UD D I N G.C OM PISSED JEANS :: The Sinclair, 52 Church St, Cambridge :: April 14 :: 7 pm | 18+ | $15 | 617.547.5200 or

crystal-clear, sometimes so poppy they seem to be sung tongue-in-cheek. This new 17-song comp out via Arbutus Records sees his songs covered by Mac DeMarco, Doldrums, Majical Cloudz, Eola, and more. The collection plays out like a distillation of the entire community surrounding Arbutus. Stream the comp at _LI Z PELLY » LPELLY@PHx.COM

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ANIMAL COLLECTIVE + DAN DEACON › 8 pm › House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston › Sold Out › ANITA COELHO BRAZILIAN ENSEMBLE › 7:30 pm › Regattabar, 1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge › $16 › 617.661.5000 or BAD MOTHER › 8:30 pm › Ryles, 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge › $10 › 617.876.9330 or THE BIG LONESOME + HIGHWAY GHOSTS + NOWHERE LIGHTS › 9 pm › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.864.EAST or BRENDAN BOOGIE & THE BROKEN GATES + GARVY J + SHONEY LAMAR › 8 pm › Radio Downstairs, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville › $5 › 617.764.0005 or DANGERMUFFIN › 8:30 pm › T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge › $10-$12 › 617.492.2327 or “HARD ROCK RISING: THE GLOBAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS QUALIFYING EVENT #1” › With Gretchen Klempa Music + Theory 13 + Michael Maloney + The SpiritHouse Band › 8 pm › Hard Rock Café, 22-24 Clinton St, Boston › $5 › 617.424.7625 or LOVE-UP TIME + WHEELERS & DEALERS › 10:30 pm › Plough & Stars, MNE05234313_HP_AD_16.75x5.pdf 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.576.0032 or

MATT SAVAGE TRIO › 8 pm › Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Cambridge › $20 › 617.783.0090 or MELISSA BOLLING › Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Ave, Boston › 617.536.1100 or OLD TOWN TRIBUNE + T JOHN CADRIN + HAYLEY SABELLA + MORRIS AND THE EAST COAST › P.A.’s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville › 617.776.1557 PUERTO CANDELARIA › 9:30 pm › Beehive, 541 Tremont St, Boston › 617.423.0069 or RINGWORM + NEW LOWS + PANZERBASTARD + ASTRONOMER › 9 pm › Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston › $10-$12 › 603.427 or ticketweb. com SASHA + TAMER MALKI › 8 pm › The Sinclair, 52 Church St, Cambridge › $18$25 › 617.451.7700 or “STEVE ALMOND AND THE SUN PARADE PRESENTED BY DR. TJ ECKLEBURG REVIEW & MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL” › 8 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $10-$12 › 617.492.7679 or “THROWED” WITH DJ E-MARCE › 9 pm › Tommy Doyle’s at Harvard, 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge › 617.864.0655 or TODAY IS THE DAY + BLACK TUSK + KEN MODE + FIGHT AMP › 7:30 pm › Middle East Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $13-$15 › 617.864.EAST or WALTER SMITH III › 8 pm › Café 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston › $5-$10 › 1 2/11/13 PM 617.747.6038 or3:35 WANK FOR PEACE + THE ROAD

SODAS + MODERNIST › 8 pm › O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston › $7 › 617.782.6245 or


AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA › 7:30 pm › Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston › $20-$25 › 617.267.9300 or AIR DUBAI + MOUFY + WATCH THE DUCK › 7 pm › Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston › $20-$22 › 617.779.0140 or ALEN OF DALE + EFFZERO + HOT MOLASSES + CRASH CADET › P.A.’s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville › 617.776.1557 “BASSIC VS. THE THICKNESS” › With DJ Evaredy + Photek + Incyde + Pandai’a + Kate!Rush › 9:30 pm › Good Life, 28 Kingston St, Boston › $5-$10 › 617.451.2622 or THE BEN ALLISON BAND › 7:30 pm › Regattabar, 1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge › $20 › 617.661.5000 or THE BOSTON HORNS › 9 pm › Ryles, 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge › $10 › 617.876.9330 or CLUB D’ELF › 9:30 pm › Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.547.0759 or COMANCHERO + COYOTE KOLB › 10 pm › Tommy Doyle’s at Harvard, 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge › $5 › 617.864.0655 or DAUGHTRY + 3 DOORS DOWN + ARANDA › 7 pm › DCU Center, 50 Foster St, Worcester › $29.50-$49.50 › 508.755.6800 or

EIGHT FEET TALL + MIGHTY MYSTIC + THE WONDERMICS + DJ JKOOL › 9 pm › Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston › $16-$20 › 617.562.8800 or A GREAT BIG WORLD + LILY & THE PARLOUR TRICKS + JACOB JEFFRIES BAND › 8 pm › Café 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston › $12 › 617.747.6038 or “HIPPIE HOUR ALL NIGHT” › With 7 Below [Phish Tribute] + Uncle Johnny’s Band › 6 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › 617.524.9038 or JULIE SLONECKI + DRAMA QUEENS + THE WRONG NOISES › 6 pm › All Asia, 334 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.1544 or JUNKO FUJIWARA + ANDY VOELKER + JOHN MCLELLAN + KIT DEMOS + JEFF PLATZ + SCOTT GETCHELL › 8 pm › Outpost 186, 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Cambridge › $10 › 617.876.0860 or LENNY STALLWORTH & FRIENDS › Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Ave, Boston › 617.536.1100 or MARISSA NADLER › With readings from Paul LeGault, Roxane Gay, the Phoenix’s Thomas Page McBee, and more › 7 pm › 826 Boston, 3035 Washington St, Boston › $5 › 617.442.5400 or NEW HIGHWAY HYMNAL + SPEEDY ORTIZ + KRESTRELS + SOCCER MOM › 9 pm › Radio Upstairs, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville › $8 › 617.764.0005 or PATRICK COMAN + AMY ALVEY + THE FOUR LEGGED FAITHFUL › 8


pm › Toad, 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.4950 or PETER BRADLEY ADAMS + MOLLY PARDEN › 8 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $18-$20 › 617.492.7679 or PIECES OF A DREAM › 8 pm › Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Cambridge › $30 › 617.783.0090 or PLAYING DEAD [GRATEFUL DEAD TRIBUTE] › 10 pm › Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St, Somerville › $12 › 617.776.2004 or RAH RAH + TWO HOUR TRAFFIC + THE DOTTED EYES › 8 pm › O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston › $9 › 617.782.6245 or RHYTHM INCORPORATED + SOUR D + THE DISAPPOINTMENT + BABY MADE REBEL + ANDREW SCANDAL › Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville › 617.623.9211 or ROTARY PROPHETS + AUTUMN HOLLOW BAND › 9 pm › Sally O’Brien’s, 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville › 617.666.3589 or frameset.htm SHARON SHANNON BAND › 8 pm › Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville › 617.625.5700 or “SPRING FORWARD ORIGINAL REGGAE FEST” › With DubStation Band › 10 pm › Milky Way, at the Brewery, 284 Armory St, Jamaica Plain › $10 › 617.524.3740 or TESTER + DERAILER + BOTTLEFIGHT + DAMN SHAME › Radio Downstairs, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville › 617.764.0005 or

Cold Showers are at Great Scott on March 9. THAT HANDSOME DEVIL + KENDRA MORRIS + LOVE IN STOCKHOLM › 9 pm › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.864.EAST or “THE MUSIC OF CHICK COREA” › With SFJazz Collective › 8:30 pm › Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston › 617.266.7455 “THE PILL” › With DJ Ken + DJ

Michael V + Bearstronaut › 10 pm › Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston › $5 › 617.566.9014 or “XMORTIS” › With DJ Chris Ewen › 9 pm › T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge › $5-$10 › 617.492.2327 or ZILI MISIK › 10 pm › Beehive, 541 Tremont St, Boston › 617.423.0069 or


ALASTAIR MOOCK › 10:30 am › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $10-$12 › 617.536.0966 or ALEX ALVEAR & MANGO BLUE › 7:30 pm › Regattabar, 1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge › $18 › 617.661.5000 or

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• SPEEDY ORTIZ Allston Pudding and Rogue Presents team up in Union Square for a beast-man bill of sludgy rock-and-roll sounds, highlighted by the return to Boston by Northampton BFFs Speedy Ortiz. The New Highway Hymnal are showing up to launch their March tour to SXSW; Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Kestrels join in to teach us how they drone-on in Canada; and Soccer Mom take part to make us all feel silly for trying to rock louder. Radio, 381 Somerville Ave, Somerville :: 9 pm :: $8 :: FRI


• COLD SHOWERS Los Angeles post-punk band Cold Showers’ self-titled 2012 LP for Dais Records was an angst fit of dark noise, delivering on the 9 promise they showed earlier with releases on Mexican Summer and Art Fag Recordings. Moody and atmospheric as a whole, the standout is “BC,” a churning track reminiscent of the sound of late-’70s Manchester. If only Martin Hannett were alive Paws today to have had his way with it. Regardless, it’s still worthy. Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston :: 9 pm :: $15; $13 advance :: SAT

• PAWS No no no, this isn’t the criminally-under11 rated Kansas grunge band Paw, who will celebrate the 20th anniversary of near-perfect record Dragline in May. Mind the plurality and find that Paws are a buzzing Scottish jangle-punk trio with messy hair and sweet melodies. Check out “Sore Tummy” and yearn for the days of Central Square’s early ’90s college-rock scene. Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston :: 9 pm :: 18+ :: $9 :: MON

• MEI OHARA Mei Ohara’s January EP Antimatter is a complex thing. The classically-trained violinist takes her estimable chops and runs them through synthesized electronic layers, creating a depth of sound and sharpness in production that is a welcome respite from this era of messy bedroom recordings. She and her electronic violin, Vindice, take center stage tonight in Cambridge on a bill with equally experimental duo Wave///Length and DJ Rory Stark. T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge :: 9 pm :: $7 :: TUE


MUCK & THE MIRES + ANDREA GILLIS & MIDNIGHT MASS › 9:30 pm › Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.547.0759 or lizardloungeclub. com NILE › 6 pm › Palladium Upstairs, 261 Main St, Worcester › 978.797.9696 or “NO COSTELLO COVERS NIGHT” › With Eddie Japan + The I Want You Gene + Dante & The Future Starlets + Mt. Peru › 8 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › $5 › 617.524.9038 or PIECES OF A DREAM › 8 pm › Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Cambridge › $30 › 617.783.0090 or POSITIVE/NEGATIVE MAN + BLARIN + HEADBAND › Radio Downstairs, 379 Somerville

Commonwealth of Massachusetts . The Trial Court . Probate and Family Court Departments . Suffolk Division . Docket No. SU11E003 NOTICE OF COMMISSIONER’S ACCOUNT To all persons interested in the matter of Andrew J. Centauro of Sudbury, Middlesex County.

vErsis lEEdz EduTaiNMENT PrEsENTs

You are hereby notified pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 72 that the first and Final account(s) of Jan Whiting as Commissioner- (the fiduciary) of said estate has been presented to said Court for allowance.


If you desire to preserve your right to file an objection to said account(s), you or your attorney must file a written appearance in said court at BOSTON on or before the 28th March, 2013, the return day of this citation. You may upon written request by registered or certified mail to the fiduciary, or to the attorney for the fiduciary, obtain without cost a copy of said account(s). If you desire to object to any item of said account(s), you must, in addition to filing a written appearance as aforesaid, file within thirty days after said return day or within such other time as the Court upon motion may order a written statement of each such item together with the grounds for each objection thereto, a copy to be served upon the fiduciary pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 5.


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COUGAR BAIT + MISS FAIRCHILD + FUNKASAURAS + GOLD BLOOD & ASSOCIATES + TEDDI CI › 7:30 pm › Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston › $10-$12 › 617.236.7600 or DANNY HEATH & TELOPHASE › Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Ave, Boston › 617.536.1100 or DEVOTCHKA + PEARL AND THE BEARD › 7 pm › House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston › $27.50 › 888.693.2583 or DR T + DAVID ROTHENBERG + ERIC CRAWLEY + TOM MUNGENAST › 8 pm › Outpost 186, 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Cambridge › $10 › 617.876.0860 or “HEROES” › With DJ Chris Ewen › 10 pm › T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge › $7 › 617.492.2327 or ticketweb. com HOLLYWOOD ENDING + KICKING DAISIES + THIS IS ALL NOW + STAY SEVENTEEN › 1 pm › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $13$50 › 617.864.EAST or HOT MOLASSES + THOUGHT TRANSFER + SETH WONKA + DOUBLE VISION + DJ ANDREW HARRIS › 7:30 pm › All Asia, 334 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.1544 or allasiabar. com JESSE DEE › 9 pm › Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston › $15-$17 › 617.779.0140 or JOSIAH LEMING + ONE LOVE + EVELYN HORAN › 8 pm › Café 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston › $8-$10 › 617.747.6038 or JUAN DE MARCOS & THE AFROCUBAN ALL-STARS › 8 pm › Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston › 617.266.7455 KAT EDMONSON › 8 pm › The Sinclair, 52 Church St, Cambridge › $15-$17 › 617.451.7700 or LOW STRUNG › 3:30 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $10-$12 › 617.492.7679 or THE MILLING GOWNS + THE CRUSHING LOW + ASHPARK + STRANGEWAYS › Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville › 617.623.9211 or precinctbar. com MOBILE DEATHCAMP + IN HUMAN FORM + THE DIRTY KINGS + BLACK MASS › 8 pm › O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston › $9 › 617.782.6245 or MOR VE OTESI › 9 pm › Middle East Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $30-$40 › 617.864.EAST or

ThE suN aNd ThE MooN /mIDeASTclUb /zUzUbAR @mIDeASTclUb @zUzUbAR

WITNESS, JOAN P. ARMSTRONG, ESQUIRE, First Justice of said Court at BOSTON this February 22, 2013.

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Ave, Somerville › 617.764.0005 or POWER OF LOVE + THE WARD EIGHTS › 8:30 pm › Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St, Somerville › $12 › 617.776.2004 or THE CRETINS + HOOKERCLOPS + THE EVIL STREAKS + THE DRUNK NUNS › 8 pm › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.864.EAST or RYAN TAYLOR BAND + ROCKSPRING › 9 pm › Sally O’Brien’s, 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville › $5 › 617.666.3589 or SNAFU + THE FU’S + THE NASTY + RED TAPE + REBATE › 3 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › $7 › 617.524.9038 or “SOULELUJAH” › With Ty Jesso › ZuZu, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.864.3278 or VERONICA FALLS + COLD SHOWERS + CHEATAHS › 9 pm › Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston › $13 › 617.566.9014 or WILLIE NILE › 8 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $18-$20 › 617.492.7679 or


DOCKSIDE SAINTS › 1 pm › Sally O’Brien’s, 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville › 617.666.3589 or GOSPEL FOR AGNOSTICS + THE HEYGOODS › 9 pm › Toad, 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.4950 or JAKE MILLER + BOOM VOX + NICK CINCOTTA › 1 pm › Middle East Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge ›

mei ohara photo by julie leshane

Sold Out › 617.864.EAST or LEFT HAND BLUE + THE GREEN BULLETS + AT ALL COSTS + PACIFISTS AT WAR + DEATH BY BILL › 1 pm › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.864. EAST or MARK ZALESKI BAND › 8 pm › Milky Way, at the Brewery, 284 Armory St, Jamaica Plain › $5 › 617.524.3740 or MIND SPRAY + VERSIS + CHARMINGLY GHETTO › 8 pm › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.864.EAST or NATALIE FLANNAGAN + FIREKING + TRUSTY SIDEKICK › 8 pm › Sally O’Brien’s, 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville › 617.666.3589 or NATRAJ + CHITRAVINA RAVIKIRAN › Wong Auditorium, MIT Building E-51, 2 Amherst St, Cambridge › $10-$30 › OLD 97S + GLENN YODER › 7 pm › The Sinclair, 52 Church St, Cambridge › $25-$27 › 617.451.7700 or ticketmaster. com RIHANNA + A$AP ROCKY › TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston › 617.931.2000 or SHANNON WHITWORTH + REBECCA PRONSKY › 8 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $13$15 › 617.492.7679 or STANDARD ISSUE CITIZEN + TRANSDUSK + STREAK + ANTIDOTE FOR ANNIE › P.A.’s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville › 617.776.1557 ST. CLAIRE + THICK WILD › 9 pm › Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston › $8 › 617.566.9014 or SUNDIALS + SAVE ENDS + THE YOUNG LEAVES + POISON IVY LEAGUE › 8 pm › O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston › $7 › 617.782.6245 or WE CAN ALL BE SORRY + TIME COLUMNS + JUNTA + A TROOP OF ECHOES › 9 pm › T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge › $7 › 617.492.2327 or WINTER + CONNECTOR + SOFT FOCUS › 8 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › $5 › 617.524.9038 or


BIZARRE OF D12 + FURY › 7:30 pm › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10-$13 › 617.864.EAST or BROCK JONES + PATRICK DECOSTE

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Mei Ohara is at T.T. the Bear’s on Tuesday. + MATT FULLER › 8 pm › O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston › $5 › 617.782.6245 or DARCEL WILSON AND THE RHYTHM & SOUL PROJECT › 7:30 pm › Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown › $15-$20 › 617.923.0100 DJANGO DJANGO + NIGHT MOVES › 8 pm › Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston › $15 › 617.562.8800 or ticketmaster. com OLD 97S + THE O’S › 9 pm › The Sinclair, 52 Church St, Cambridge › $25-$27 › 617.451.7700 or PAWS + IDIOT GENES + DYLAN EWEN › 9 pm › Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston › $9 › 617.566.9014 or “PUNK ROCKIN’ AND PASTIE POPPIN’” › With Anne Frankenstein + Abby Normal + Mary Widow + Lolli Hoops + Kid Vicious + Penny Candy + Honey Pie + Sindy Katrotic + Chloe + Landis Darling + Dinah DeVille › 8 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › $8 › 617.524.9038 or RADIO ASTRONOMER + ALL EYES ARE ON ME NOW › 10 pm › ZuZu, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge › Free › 617.864.3278 or THALIA ZEDEK BAND + WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY › 9:15 pm › T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge › $10 › 617.492.2327 or


THE AND COMPANY + BROTHERS MCCANN › 9:15 pm › Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.547.0759 or BO RAM HAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA › 1 pm › Café 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston ›

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Thurs March 7•10pm - 2am


DJs: Dirty South Joe (Brick Bandits), @ LiLiNternet, Jack Dice, DJ Knife Music: based, swag, crunk, chopped & screwed, trap & trill Cover: $5 Fri March 8• 9:30pm - 2am


DJs: PHOTEK (Metalheadz), Incyde, Pandai’a, and Kate!Rush Music: Dubstep, Future Bass Cover: $5 before 11pm $10 after Sat March 9• 9:30pm - 2am


DJs: Poke Smot, Damien Paul, DeathStar, Music: 70s, 80s & 90s Cover: $5 Tues March 12• 5pm - 10pm

GAME oVER (Video Games, Card Games & Board Games)

thursday, apriL 4

Wed March 13• 9 pm - 1 am


(Indoor Bicycle Racing) DJs: Mayhem & Pajaritos Music: Techno, Global Bass, Digital Cumbia, Moombahton No Cover


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thursday, mar 7 Boston jewish music Festival BeneFit

maZal / stereo sinai Friday, mar 8

(7pm) oFFending sequins poetry event Feat. national poets reading From their works (10pm) grateFul dead triBute

playing dead

saturday, mar 9

power oF love

(huey lewis triBute)

the ward eights

(jackson 5 / michael jackson triBute)

Beer drinkers & hell raisers (ZZ top triBute) sunday, mar 10 jaZZ Brunch 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

open Blues jam Feat. matthew smart Band 4:00pm - 7:00 pm monday, mar 11 team trivia -8:30 pm $1.50 hot dogs 6 - 10 pm tuesday, mar 12 r&B / Funk / soul

the interlopers shangadang

wednesday, mar 13 Funk / soul / pop

the american symphony oF soul the casual thursday, mar 14


Friday, mar 15 (7:30pm) jaZZ / Fusion guitar

oZ noy trio

w/keith carlock & anthony jackson (10pm) Blues / soul

matthew smart Band dave keller Band

Free › 617.747.6038 or FIXED BAYONETS + MAJOR STARS + GOLD BLOOD + › Fixed Bayonets + Major Stars + Gold Blood › 8 pm › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.864.EAST or JAKE ARMERDING › 8 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $18-$20 › 617.492.7679 or JEWEL › 8 pm › Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St, Boston › $55-$75 › 617.248.9700 or KAREN KOCHARYN QUARTET + PHIL GRENADIER › 8 pm › Beehive, 541 Tremont St, Boston › 617.423.0069 or MANUAL TESTET › 8:30 pm › Ryles, 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge › $10 › 617.876.9330 or MEI OHARA + DJ RORY STARK + WAVE///LENGTH › 9 pm › T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge › $7 › 617.492.2327 or NICK VIRAG AND FRIENDS › 6 pm › All Asia, 334 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.1544 or NICOLE D’AMICO & FRIENDS + GHOST OF RORY + ERIC JOHN KAISER + NOT TOGETHER › Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville › 617.623.9211 or OTIS GROVE + JIMKATA › 8 pm › Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston › $5 › 617.236.7600 or “REGGAE NIGHT WITH DJ SHAM” › 8 pm › Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Ave, Boston › 617.536.1100 or TAME IMPALA + THE GROWL › 8 pm › House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston › $20 › 888.693.2583


BRIAN DE LORENZO › 8 pm › Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Cambridge › $22 › 617.783.0090 or BRUCE FERRARA QUARTET › 8 pm › Beehive, 541 Tremont St, Boston › 617.423.0069 or CRY GUY + BIRTHDAYS + RICHARD AXEL JONES › 9 pm › Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston › $7 › 603.427 or DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS + THE WHIGS › 8 pm › Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston › $25 › 617.562.8800 or DYNASTY ELECTRIC + WHITE PRISM + CLEMENTINE & THE GALAXY › 8 pm › Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston › $10 › 617.236.7600 or ELIOT LIPP + OUTLET + DRUNKEN DOJA MONKEY + YOUNG LEGEND

saturday, mar 16 (7pm) Folk / country

porch party mamas (10pm) Funk / jam Band

the macrotones evolFo dooFeht

coming soon: 3/23 Beatle juice 3/24 For the sake oF the song 3/29 (7:30pm) johnny hoy 3/30 (7pm) Bill kirchen (10pm) nigel hall Band 4/13 (7pm) tarBox ramBlers (10pm) deBo Band 4/20 junior Brown 4/25 jon langFord inFo: 617-776-2004 concert line: 617-776-9667 johnny d’s 17 holland st davis square somerville. ma 02144

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PHX PICKS >> JAZZ & WORLD • AARDvARk The magnificent Boston jazz orchestra Aardvark, now in their 40th season, take on our fair city in leader Mark Harvey’s Boston JazzScape, encompassing everything from the Great Fire of 1872 to Sacco & Vanzetti, Urban Renewal, and more. Two of Harvey’s touchstones are Ellington and Mingus — perfect role models for this kind of broad, politically conscious musical panorama. Expect swing and lyricism to meet comic satire. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston :: March 8 :: 7:30 pm :: $25; $20 students :: 800.440.6975 or FRI


• ALEx ALvEAR & MAngO BLuE It was a drag a few months ago when, after decades as a community leader and lynchpin of Boston’s Afro-Latin music 9 scene, singer-composer-bassist Alex Alvear decamped for his native Ecuador. Tonight he’s back, leading his pan-American world-fusion band Mango Blue: saxophonists Felipe Salles and Jared Sims, keyboardist Rebecca Cline, drummer David Rivera, and percussionist-singer Yurina Sobrino. Regattabar, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge :: 7:30 pm + 10 pm :: $18 :: 617.395.7757 or SAT

• CHRIS POTTER QuARTET We 14 extolled his virtues in our Spring Preview, but this is just a reminder that the exciting saxophonist and composer Chris Potter, on the heels of his new Sirens (ECM), comes to the Regattabar with a great band that includes pianist David Virelles, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Adam Cruz. Regattabar, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge :: 7:30 pm [$25] + 10 pm [$22] :: 617.395.7757 or THU

+ 4LMNTZ + DJ STEVE MARDSEN › Wonder Bar, 186 Harvard Ave, Allston › 617.351.2665 or ERIC-JON + JIMMY RYAN & HAYRIDE › 9 pm › Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.547.0759 or THE FIDDLERS OF INISHBOFIN › 7:30 pm › Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville › 617.776.6896 or THE HILLARY REYNOLDS BAND + HANNAH CHRISTIANSON + SARAH WALK › 8 pm › Café 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston › $5-$10 › 617.747.6038 or HOLLY MCGARRY + GREY SEASON + THE SUN AND THE MOON + LICIOUS › 8 pm › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $9 › 617.864.EAST or JUSSI REIJONEN QUINTET › 9:30 pm › Ryles, 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge › $10 › 617.876.9330 or “MURDOCK MANOR ACOUSTIC

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GENTICORUM + CASEY DRIESSEN › 8 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $18-$20 › 617.492.7679 or IGNITE TONIGHT + THE MOTIONS + IN THE MEANTIME + REBUILDER › 8 pm › O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston › $7 › 617.782.6245 or JUKEBOX THE GHOST + MATT POND PA + THE SPRING STANDARDS › 7 pm › Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston › $17-$20 › 617.779.0140 or MATT COSTA + THE BLANK TAPES + VADAVEER › 9 pm › Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston › $15-$18 › 617.779.0140 or MATTHEW HALPIN › 1 pm › Café 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston › Free › 617.747.6038 or MAURA O’CONNELL › 8 pm › Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Cambridge › $25 › 617.783.0090 or MUSANER › 9:30 pm › Beehive, 541 Tremont St, Boston › 617.423.0069 or “NIGHT WAVE” › With Cassian + Jaminic + Dusty Digital › 9:30 pm › Good Life, 28 Kingston St, Boston › $5-$10 › 617.451.2622 or RYAN LESLIE › 7 pm › The Sinclair, 52 Church St, Cambridge › $22.50-$50 › 617.451.7700 or


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8:25 pm » I fly through the Liberty’s doors, past the doorman and some business-casual bros who probably wonder what a girl who’d wear pants with an unintentional hole in the knee thinks she’s doing at the Liberty. I’m here for fashion, and, slightly sweaty from my walk-jog from the T, I’m fashionably late. 8:29 » Turns out, that’s okay, because so were two of the five models. I’m escorted “backstage” — a small cubicle-lined sales office that transforms into a hair and makeup studio — where I claim a swivel chair to watch it all unfold. 8:35 » A model whose hair has been seduced into a halo of impeccably effortless curls sits barefoot and munches on a salad. She bears a striking resemblance to Taylor Swift and has a boyfriend from Greenwich who drives a BMW. I wish I’d had time to eat dinner. 8:40 » A thin, pretty girl who I’d assumed was a model appears bearing a Stella I’d ordered on a tray. She’s an intern working

the show. Her headset should probably have tipped me off. 8:45 » I’m halfway through my beer and amazed at the magic the makeup artist and hairstylist are working in their cubicles. Another thin, pretty girl I’d assumed was the intern because of her jeans and granola-y sweater turns out to be a model. I probably should have been tipped off by the hot curler in her hair. All the models now have brightred lips and va-va-voom curls. They look hot. I’m physically hot and do a furtive pit-stain check. Safe! 8:56 » We’re slightly behind schedule; everyone picks up the pace. The Liberty’s house photographer is leaning over cube walls to check on the action while eating an apple and talking in non-sequiturs. “My dog loves to sleep in my laundry,” he says. “Her name is Mel and she speaks Portuguese.” I decide I like him. 9:14 » I admire a lithe brunette getting fitted in a loose Grecian dress. It’s really pretty. A

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Some — ahem, everyone in nyC — would say Boston isn’t a fashion-forward city. We’d like to issue them a respectful but firm “Fuck you!” While it may be like a little sister in size, Boston ain’t nobody’s red-headed stepchild. Just ask Rachel Moniz, the Liberty Hotel’s GM and the mind behind its Fashionably Late series. “Boston fashion is taking something classic and making it interesting,” she says. “I know a lot of Bostonians who are stylish, but they aren’t interested in being trendy.” Fashionably Late is a guerilla-style fashion show that’s taken over the Liberty’s lobby on Thursdays since 2009. Each installment features a local designer or shop. “I realized for such a conservative city there was an underbelly of innovation,” says Moniz. “I met designers Michael DePaulo and Sam Mendoza at various (boring) fashion events and started to pick their brains. I realized there was a lack of space to showcase up-and-coming designers.” Best of all, it’s free for everyone involved, attendees included. The Liberty pays for lighting technicians, professional hair and makeup (by G2O and makeup artist Kacie Corbelle, respectively), models (booked through Dynasty Models), and music. The idea, Moniz says, is to make fashion accessible. “At the end of the day I just want everyone to have a good time while giving designers and stores a place to show their goods.” I hit a recent edition, featuring Charles Street’s VIRA Boutique, for a behindthe-scenes peek into what goes into staging a weekly fashion show. What follows is a time-stamped account of one fashionable night out.

STUFF » NighTliFe :: clUbS model almost trips over my outstretched feet, and I realize I’m kind of in the way. “I have a clear handbag,” says the photographer, in response to a conversation about nude lipsticks. 9:34 » All the models are ready, and all look amazing. We still have 25 minutes until the show, and Taylor Swift is showing everyone a pair of wickedly sexy knee-high boots. 9:35 » The model in the Grecian dress gives her approval, adding that it’s hard to find boots to fit legs as thin as theirs. Everyone nods sympathetically; I glower into my notebook. 10:01 » Dolly Parton is on the radio, and we’re all grooving. The makeup artist puts lastminute lip-gloss touches on the girls. 10:10 » “Game faces, ladies,” says VIRA coowner Radhika Rana as the models line up by the door. 10:13 » Show time! The DJ drops a beat, and the first model steps out into a pool of light on the catwalk above the lobby. The models make their way through tables of people who look up from glasses of champagne and plates of charcuterie to admire them. 10:23 » Now the models are poised by the escalator, ready to ascend into the crowded lobby. There’s a surplus of single men circling the bar; I’m pretty sure they’re going to be into this. 10:26 » One or two of said men are leering creepily, but most are watching respectfully. I take a moment to admire the clothes — lots of flowing dresses in pastels. Hotel guards help the models onto makeshift stages (the concierge desk, for one). 10:40 » While the models are backstage for a wardrobe change, a leery-type bro sidles up and asks me where they’ll appear next. I gesture vaguely towards the escalator and try to look busy with my notebook. He doesn’t know that I just wrote the words “leery-type bro.” 10:43 » Writing industriously hasn’t deterred him. He tells me his buddy’s girlfriend was in “one of the things once.” “Hmm,” I say, wondering when the models will be back. 10:46 » They’re back! This time they’re clad in glamorous, mostly black designs. Their return has captured my companion’s attention, and I escape back to the second floor to watch from above. 11:02 » I join the models backstage for the final wardrobe stage. All has gone without a hitch. We are professionals. 11:05 » “Here we go!” says Rana, and the models are off again. I’m very tired and wonder how they walk with such poise in heels so high. For energy, I eat some truffled potato chips I ordered during a lull in the action. They’re delicious. 11:18 » The models are on their last circuit, and everyone in the Liberty claps along with them, because we’ve just seen a genuine fashion show — for free, a price that’s always in style. 11:26 » The models have posed for photos, taken off their heels, hugged Rana, and departed into the night and their boyfriend’s BMW. I’m collapsed in a swivel chair, licking truffle salt from my lips and thinking about another beer. Fashion is fun, but it’s exhausting. P

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BIJOU NIGHTCLUB & LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › House/Hip-Hop › “Bijou Thursdays” BOND › Boston › 9 pm › House › “Taste Thursdays” with Joe Bermudez + Greg Pic DOWN ULTRA LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › House/EDM › “Hype Nightlife Presents” with DJ Bamboora ESTATE › Boston › 10 pm › Top 40/Hip-Hop › “Glamlife Thursdays” NIX’S mATE › Boston › 7 pm › Top 40 › “Rotating Action” with DJ Action Jackson + DJ Matty D pHOENIX LANDING › Cambridge › 10 pm › Drum n’ Bass › “Elements” with Crook & Lenore RAmROD › Boston › 10 pm › House › “Trainwreck Thursdays” with DJ Brian Derrick RUmOR › Boston › 11 pm › House/EDM/HipHop › “Rumor Thursday Sessions” with DJ Tak Yamashita


BIJOU NIGHTCLUB & LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › Top 40 › “Onyx Fridays” with Victor Calderone BOND › Boston › 10 pm › Top 40 › “Redemption Fridays” CURE LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › “VIP Fridays” with DJ Profenna DISTRICT › Boston › 10 pm › Latin › “Latin Fridays” with DJ Juan Madrid EmERALD LOUNGE AT REVERE HOTEL › Boston › Reggie.B GUILT › Boston › 10 pm › House/EDM › “Queer Fridays” GYpSY BAR › Boston › 10 pm › House › “InstaParty Fridays” RISE › Boston › 1 am › Mike Hoska & Morgan Louis + Andres Escallon + Gil K + Patrick Barry + Mark Ingram ROYALE › Boston › 10 pm › House/Electro/ Disco › “Full on Fridays” RUmOR › Boston › 10 pm › Top 40/Mash-Ups › “Touch Fridays” with DJ Dres + DJ Hectik + DJ Lus UmBRIA pRImE › Boston › 10 pm › House › “VIP Fridays” VENU › Boston › 11 pm › EDM/Hip-Hop/House › “Venu Fridays”

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BIJOU NIGHTCLUB & LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › House/Hip-Hop › “Bijou Saturdays” DISTRICT › Boston › 10 pm › Mash-Ups › “Status Saturdays” with DJ Cootz DOWN ULTRA LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › House/Top 40/Hip-Hop › Dueling DJs EmERALD LOUNGE AT REVERE HOTEL › Boston › DJ BK ESTATE › Boston › 10 pm › Top 40 › “VIP Access Saturdays” GEm RESTAURANT & LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › Top 40 › “East Coast Nightlife Presents” with DJ Jacques Dumas GUILT › Boston › 10 pm › Top 40 › “Guilt Trip Saturdays” NIX’S mATE › Boston › 10 pm › House › “Nix’s at Night” with DJ Dirty Dek pHOENIX LANDING › Cambridge › 10 pm › 80s/90s/One Hit Wonders › “Boom Boom Room” with DJ Vinny RAmROD › Boston › 10 pm › Punk › “Loud!” with DJ Ghost + DJ Jonah Laze RISE › Boston › 1 am › Honey Dijon + Ryan Ruel RUmOR › Boston › 10 pm › House/Hip-Hop/ EDM › “Rumor Saturdays” with DJ Roger M + DJ JC › 11 pm UmBRIA pRImE › Boston › 10 pm › House/ Hip-Hop/EDM › “Gossip Saturdays” VENU › Boston › 10 pm › Top 40/Mash-Ups/ Latin › “Entourage Saturdays”


mINIBAR › Boston › 10 pm › Top 40s › “MiniBar Mondays” pHOENIX LANDING › Cambridge › 10 pm › Roots/Reggae/Dancehall › “Makka Monday” with Voyager 01 + DJ Uppercut RAmROD › Boston › 10 pm › Retro/90s/Glam › “The Attic” with DJ Kuro

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mINIBAR › Boston › 10 pm › 90s/House › “MiniBar Tuesdays” NAGA › Cambridge › 10 pm › Top 40/House › “Tabu Tuesdays” RAmROD › Boston › 10 pm › Punk › “Punk Night” with DJ Ghost RUmOR › Boston › 10 pm › Top 40 › “Evolution Tuesdays” with DJ Hectik

Eliot Lipp is at Wonder Bar. sunDAY 10

CURE LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › Hip-Hop/ International House › “Industry Sundays” with DJ Hectik EmERALD LOUNGE AT REVERE HOTEL › Boston › 9 pm › Old-School Hip-Hop/R&B › “Svedka Sundays: Industry Night” pHOENIX LANDING › Cambridge › 10 pm › Dubstep/EDM/House/Techno › “The Drop” RAmROD › Boston › 10 pm › House/Dance › “Dance!” with DJ George Pappas RUmOR › Boston › 10 pm › Hip-Hop › “Tilt Sunday” with Supa DJ JKool + DJ Jack Frost + DJ Blackout + DJ Kojak


BRAHmIN AmERICAN CUISINE AND COCKTAILS › Boston › House › “F*mous Wednesdays” with RoksonRoks DISTRICT › Boston › 10 pm › Top 40/MashUps/Hip-Hop › “Classic Wednesdays” with DJ Tanno EmERALD LOUNGE AT REVERE HOTEL › Boston › Reggie.B ESTATE › Boston › 10 pm › Top 40 › “Spring Break Bash” with Tommy Trash RAmROD › Boston › 10 pm › House/Dance › “Dance!” with DJ George Pappas RUmOR › Boston › 10 pm › House/Latin › “Rumor Wednesdays” with DJ Adilson + DJ Boatslip + DJ Maryalice WONDER BAR › Allston › Eliot Lipp with Outlet + Drunken Doja Monkey + Young Legend + 4LMNTZ + DJ Steve Mardsen








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» At the Brattle Film Foundation’s Annual Oscar Party

Film buFFs and Fashion aFicionados alike gathered at Harvard Square’s Brattle Theatre on Oscar night to watch the red carpet the way it was meant to be seen — on the big screen! Custom Oscar-inspired champagne cocktails and Cambridge Brewing Company beer flowed as VIPs bid on auction items and noshed on snacks from foodie havens Harvest and Flour. Guests were also treated to a screening of the nonprofit art-house theater’s Kickstarter campaign video. It must have been effective: the Brattle has since exceeded its goal of raising $140,000 for a new digital projector and HVAC system, so next year’s Oscar Party will be even better. For more information and programming deets, visit

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Andrea looked red-carpet worthy in a Forever 21 mod-chic frock. She kept the accessories simple with a dainty necklace by jeweler and friend Bethany Cooper, a gift from her boyfriend. Her other accessories were a bit more permanent. She was sporting some pretty fierce ink, including a tattoo of the line “Daylight is good at arriving at the right time,” a favorite George Harrison lyric. Another tattoo commemorates her dog Duncan, a yellow lab. (It’s written in Braille so no one mistakes it for an ill-advised ex-boyfriend tat.) This theater buff’s favorite movie of the season is Les Misérables, but she was also rooting for Django Unchained, or more specifically her celeb crush, Christoph Waltz. “There’s something about the way he talks that fascinates me!” Her daily style is a mix of 1950s and 1960s vintage, and she heads to shops like Artifaktori to keep her closet stocked. She completes the look with her daily makeup routine: cat-eye liner and a bold red lip. _RENaTa CERTo-WaRE

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