Matthew Reed Baker

Modern Love

THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS drew raves last year when it unveiled the new Art of the Americas Wing. But that was playing to its strength. This month, MFA director Malcolm Rogers addresses its weakness by opening the Linde Family…

Porgy Begins Anew

THESE DAYS, the musical Porgy and Bess is more known about than known. Filled as it is with classic songs like “Summertime,” it has had two big problems: First, it’s a hybrid of jazz musical and lyric opera, aimed at…

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EVENT  Cliff Diving World SeriesWhether you think the ICA is iconic or overhyped, the structure gets put to cool use this month, when professional athletes leap from its cantilevered roof into the harbor. The event is the first-ever continental U.S….

A Real Prince

DESPITE ALL THE HOLLYWOOD HUBBUB around Boston, it’s no secret that a lot of the movies made here have been total dogs. For every Social Network or The Town, there’s been one too many along the lines of Bride Wars…

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BOOK   Reasonable DoubtSex, drugs, and race take center stage in Cape Cod author Peter Manso’s latest, which details the case of Christopher McCowen, the black man convicted of murdering white fashion writer Christa Worthington in 2002. Manso sets out to…

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DANCE   Alvin Ailey For more than half a century, the Ailey company has drawn on African-American heritage to astonish the world with its mesmerizing dance. Dorchester’s Kirven James Boyd has been one of the troupe’s brightest stars since 2004; for…

Art to Melt For

TONY JAMES, PRESIDENT of the global investment giant Blackstone Group, rolled up to the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln two years ago bearing a handsome gift — $1 million. James, who grew up in town (his dad was…

Navigator: Festivals

A FALL HARVEST FAIR is a quintessential New England experience: The crisp scents of apples and hay bales fill the air; the leaves on the trees have started to crimson around the edges; and the shrieks of children reverberate from…

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Event: SoWa Open MarketThe city’s top art and design market returns this month, setting up in the South End every Sunday through October. The bazaar showcases artists, jewelry designers, and even milliners — yes, the region’s top hat people are…

Shaking It Up — Again

DESPITE THEIR PLATINUM STATUS, the Cars haven’t exactly left fans  pining for a reunion. Nerdy and aloof, Boston’s New Wave heroes aren’t beloved like Aerosmith or revered like the Pixies. And we already endured that best-forgotten New Cars project from…