Troye Sivan’s ‘Bloom’ tour hits Boston with authenticity

“F*** it up, Boston!” The crowd erupted into a cheering and screaming frenzy surrounded by the chaotic blasting of white lasers as 23-year-old Australian pop star Troye Sivan leaped across the stage in preparation for his next song. Sure enough, Boston lived up to Sivan’s expectations in the Boch Center’s Wang Theatre Friday night, part of […]

Out on the Town: Mike’s Pastry vs. Modern Pastry

Boston has a large contingent of Italian immigrants dating back to the late 1800s, and the cultural footprint of Italians in Boston is still quite strong. In the North End, Italian restaurants line the narrow streets, with city-dwellers and tourists alike looking for their favorite eats. It is only natural that an area of Boston […]

Harvard’s Carpenter Center explores James Baldwin’s world in photography exhibition

Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is currently showing “Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America,” a multi-artist photography exhibit running through Dec. 30. The exhibition highlights facets of African-American life in the north and south from the 1930s to the 1960s, providing a visual context to the stories of […]

Third season of ‘The Good Place’ proves promising, but implosion lurks just around the corner

Only four episodes into its third season, “The Good Place” (2016–) already feels back in form. Despite the setting change to Earth, the gang of Chidi, Eleanor, Jason and Tahani all seem to be their normal, albeit idiosyncratic, selves. Our protagonists have a number of short-term and long-term obstacles they have to overcome. In the season […]

Boston Art Book Fair comes back for its second year, shows great development

After a successful first edition last October, the Boston Art Book Fair (BABF) is back in full force, with numerous events spanning the course of this weekend. The BABF promises to attract visitors of all ages and artistic backgrounds with fine art, radical design, independent artists and galleries, academic publications and antiquarian collectors. The schedule […]

‘Common Threads’ documents the evolution of textile as medium of storytelling

Contemporary artists know no boundaries among mediums. In their hands, paintings become sculptures, and ordinary objects become art. Indeed, not even the more artisan-oriented medium of textile has escaped being stretched beyond its conventional materials. The current tapestry exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, “Common Threads: Weaving Stories Across Time,” showcases textiles from the […]

‘Venom’ suffers lack of direction, poor character development

Just as the rise of a superhero begets the appearance of a supervillain, the surplus of superhero films in today’s cinema will no doubt spawn supervillain films in the near future. Sony Pictures’ “Venom” has attempted to kickstart this villainous takeover, telling the story of the titular, parasitic anti-hero. However, confusing plotlines, one-dimensional characters and lackluster special […]

Cheeses of Suburbia: Born for sticks

Zachary Hertz (ZH): Given recent political events, we’ve chosen Paramore’s “RIOT!” (2007) this week, starring Evgeni Dobranov, a serial tennis player with a mild interest in computer science whose love for “Misery Business” constantly prevents other people from using the shower. We have Pizza Days sticks, which surprisingly arrived on time! Sadly, Pizza Days is another […]

‘A Star is Born’ is an absolutely authentic, rich remake

Content warning: This article discusses alcohol abuse, drug abuse and suicide. In a scene from “A Star Is Born,” Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) invites love interest and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Ally Campana (Lady Gaga) on stage at a concert to perform “Shallow,” a song Ally had just begun writing. It is at this moment that both Cooper […]

The Starving Aesthete: ‘Surrealistic Pillow’

Among certain segments of the hipster community, there has arisen a consensus that the world actually ended sometime in the ’60s, and that the three subsequent generations have just been milling about the wreckage waiting for the other shoe to drop. In 1967, the undulating protoplasm of capitalism shifted from tragedy to parody, and a […]