‘Silicon Valley’ piques viewers’ interest in third season premiere

If you missed the season premiere of “Silicon Valley” (2014 – present) on Sunday night, you weren’t the only one. The parody of West Coast tech culture returned the same night as its HBO sibling “Game of Thrones” (2011 – present), whose sixth season landed with something like a biblical impact. Its 30-minute counterpart never […]

‘Archer P.I.’ makes vice and spy work funny

When show creator Adam Reed spilled some beans about the new season of “Archer” (2009-present) at San Diego Comic Con a few months ago, he gave fans reason to be excited — as if they needed more than the return of one of television’s best anti-heroes. He called the seventh season, which premiered March 31, […]

‘The Donkey Show’ makes audiences say ‘wow’

Club Oberon, the American Repertory Theater’s black box-cum-club space, hosts an eclectic range of shows that often redefine visitors’ expectations of theater performances — this is not the place for stodgy, conformist productions. A recurring element in the club’s revolving arsenal is “The Donkey Show,” a disco rendition of Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which plays almost […]

Saloon demystifies the hipster bar scene

Davis Square is chock-full of fantastic places to eat, and the dining scene is dynamic, with new establishments popping up in storefronts around the area fairly regularly. Long-established Johnny D’s is singing its swan song, Meju is now well past its first year and seems perennially packed and Yumi is a young upstart in the neighborhood. […]

‘1984’ comes to life at American Repertory Theater

The tragedy in San Bernardino has reignited the debate over the extent of privacy Americans are entitled to in their digital lives. While Apple refuses to assist in cracking open the gunman’s iPhone, the company’s transition on this matter from the paragon of information gathering to the defender of privacy shows how times have changed. […]

‘Blue Mountain State’ movie gives fans what they want

Fans of “Blue Mountain State” (2010-2011), Spike TV’s ridiculous satire of football culture at state colleges, rejoice! After departing with the show’s almost-inexplicable cancellation after three seasons, the Mountain Goats are back for a last big hurrah with “Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland” (2016), a feature-length homage that brings back a lot of old faces […]

‘Ubu Sings Ubu’ can’t get any weirder

In some situations, it is best to have no expectations. In others, the situation requires one to abandon any and all expectations completely. Both of these statements were true for the “Ubu Sings Ubu” (2016) performance at Club Oberon on Thursday night. “Ubu Sings Ubu” is an adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s 110-year-old French play “Ubu Roi”. The show […]

Panic! at the Disco keeps on innovating

Keeping up with Panic! at the Disco requires fans to exercise a great deal of flexibility in both their musical tastes and in their expectations of the band. Since their debut in 2005 with the vaudevillian alternative rock album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” and the hit “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” the band […]

What’s up this weekend

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out these events: All About Chocolate: Tufts Culinary Society presents a talk with Dr. Carla Martin on why people love chocolate and the delicious treat’s history. Samples will be available at the event. (Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Pearson 106) Battle of the DJs: Part of […]

Kid Cudi remakes mold, again

On Dec. 4, Kid Cudi dropped his year-in-the-coming “Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven” (2015). The album was first announced as a project at the beginning of the year, and was named in March. From the outset, Cudi, born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, pitched the album as a standalone piece apart from his “Man on the Moon” series, the […]