Matthew Reed Baker

Ask the Expert: Liverpool FC Historian John Williams

Though he has a day job in the sociology department at the University of Leicester (UK), John Williams may be better known as the author of soccer histories. In particular, he’s written several histories involving our new sports brethren, Liverpool…

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Fine Art: Dale ChihulyThe MFA’s four-decade retrospective presents Chihuly’s famed kaleidoscopic colors and flowering forms in grand scale. The big, dramatic spaces in the museum’s new wing play a key role here, too — the Shapiro Courtyard should fit Chihuly’s…

Arts Beat: Live and Let Fry

YOU CAN ALMOST HEAR the frantic phone calls between movie execs: Wait, there’s a new book about how Julia Child was a spy in World War II? And then she and her husband were hounded during the McCarthy Red Scare…

The Red Sox Lover's Guide to Liverpool

TO BECOME A KNOWLEDGEABLE FAN of a team with as rich a history as the Red Sox requires years of study and obsession. Liverpool supporters can relate: You need to learn the history, the current roster, the slang, the culture…and…

The Arts Beat: Masters of Arts

BACK IN JANUARY 2009, Brandeis University shocked the art scene (or at least the local slice of it) when it proposed closing its Rose Art Museum and selling off the 6,000-piece collection. Pitchfork-wielding alums and an alarmist press helped save…

The Must List: March Events

MUSIC :  DROPKICK MURPHYSMarch always means Dropkick Murphys, but this year more than most. Sure, they’ll play their annual St. Paddy’s shows at the House of Blues ($32.50–$52.50, 3/16–3/18) and UMass Lowell’s Tsongas Center ($32.50, 3/19). But first they’ll release…

The Arts Beat: Theatrical Remixes

A dour ancient Greek playwright whose work consists of grim tragedies with characters who don’t talk to one another so much as deliver soliloquies — not exactly box-office gold. But watch: This production will be. On February 25, the American…

The Must List: February Events

REOPENING: STAR TRAVELAfter last year’s $9 million renovation, the Museum of Science unveils its space theater on February 13. Highlights include the new Zeiss Starmaster — which can show more than 9,000 stars and their movement over the past 10,000…

Insider Interview: Andre Dubus III

At first, writer Andre Dubus III had planned a 20-page personal essay about growing up in the heart of Red Sox Nation but somehow remaining ignorant about baseball. Since most boys learn the game from their dads, the piece soon…

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EVENTJFK’S 50THIt’s been exactly half a century since more than one million people crammed the Capitol to witness John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. And Jack can still draw a crowd: Two JFK Library forums commemorating the anniversary of that event have…