Matthew Reed Baker

The Rise of the Seaport

As yet another wave of high-profile development kicks off, we highlight the 10 game-changing moments for the hottest neighborhood in town.

Arts Beat: Shakespeare in War

IT WAS WELL INTO his one-man performance of Hamlet that Ty Lemerande launched into the sword fight between Laertes (his left hand) and the titular Danish prince (his right). While this style of acting may sound overly spare, the 300…

Must List: Culture Curve

- Most Profane -  Worship with the Wu-Tang Clan at the Shaolin Temple — a.k.a. the Wilbur Theatre. 12/28 All sorts of packages are on display during the Santas in Speedos charity run. 12/10 Boston’s most authentic crime story gets…

Arts Beat: A Beat of her Own

WHEN JAZZ MUSICIAN Esperanza Spalding beat out Justin Bieber for the Best New Artist Grammy earlier this year, her bandmate Terri Lyne Carrington screamed while watching it on TV. “My friends just looked at me,” Carrington recalls, “because, well, we’re…

The Must List

EVENT  Boston Jewish Film FestivalThis creative 32-film lineup features shorts, and even the Israeli version of The Office. The centerpiece is Deaf Jam, the story of Aneta Brodski, a deaf Israeli teen in Queens who performs sign-language verse at poetry…

Movers and Shakers

MOST NEW ENGLANDERS who know the Shakers know the same few facts: They lived in communes, practiced celibacy, earned their name by “shaking” with religious vigor, and made some delightful furniture. So when ArtsEmerson started promoting a song ’n’ dance…

The Must List

EVENT  Cranberry FestivalForget the Ocean Spray guys on TV and go see the real thing at the Cranberry Harvest Celebration in Wareham. Hosted by ’berry titan A. D. Makepeace and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association, the annual event features…

Arts Beat: Nanjing Revisited

HA JIN, THE BU PROFESSOR and National Book Award winner, is back this month with his latest novel about a challenging piece of history, this time Japan’s rape of the city of Nanjing, China, in 1937. It’s been four years…

The Must List: September 2011

Music  Lowell HoedownConsider it Deliverance, Masshole-style (without the unsavory bits). Since 1980, the Lowell National Historical Park has hosted this ever-growing banjo and fiddle competition, which features musicians facing off in such genres as bluegrass and Dixieland. Free, 9/10.  Theatre …

The Arts Beat: The Mighty Return

WHEN THE DROPKICK MURPHYS announced that the Mighty Mighty Bosstones would join them for two nights at Fenway September 8 and 9, it seemed like a killer summit of local music royalty. But then the Dropkicks added more bands and…